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Balibago News Oct-2014

31 Oct 2014 - Pamintuan shuts down city MRF

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has directed local environment officers to shut down the city's materials recovery facility (MRF) in Barangay Pampang here.

The mayor said that starting November 1, the City Government will no longer accept waste from barangay garbage haulers and workers.

31 Oct 2014 - Morales optimistic of CDC projects for Mabalacat

CLARK FREEPORT -- The City Government of Mabalacat led by Mayor Marino Morales is hopeful Clark Development Corporation's (CDC) infrastructure projects will push through next year.

According to Morales, the perimeter road at Barangay Dau, which stretches up to SM City Clark, has been given priority by CDC and is expected to ease traffic congestion along MacArthur Highway in Mabalacat City.

31 Oct 2014 - Aspiring writers push campaign vs corruption

ANGELES CITY -- Youth make up the majority of the population and can play an important role in combating corruption in the Philippines.

This was the key message that resonated during the "Lunduyan 2014: 15th Luzon-wide Student Press Convention," held October 20 to 24 at the Department of Education Regional Educational Learning Center, Angeles City, Pampanga.

31 Oct 2014 - 9-day All Souls’ Day starts in Guagua town

PAMPANGA -- Residents of Guagua's Betis District take the commemoration of All Souls' Day in a more religious and meaningful significance with nine days of masses for the souls of the dead celebrated at the Saint James the Apostle Parish and visiting the tombs of their relatives to light candles after each afternoon mass.

While others would have been setting aside leftover candles after the November 1 occasion, folks of this district would continue honoring the dead, showering them with prayers in the company of family members continuously for nine days, starting from November 1 until November 9.

31 Oct 2014 - 3 nabbed in Sta. Rita buy-bust

PAMPANGA -- Larry Miranda, 48 and Charlie Tungul, 36, who are both residents of the said barangay; and Ronald Caso, 36, a resident of Barangay Payatas, Quezon City were arrested Tuesday following a buy bust operation conducted by the Sta. Rita Municipal Police Station (MPS) at Barangay San Basilio, this town.

The arrest of three suspects was due to the P1,000 marked money and 11 sachets of suspected shabu, which were recovered from the suspects’ possessions.

31 Oct 2014 - Mindanao mayors push for bigger share of IRA

CLARK FREEPORT -- Municipal mayors from Mindanao are pushing for the amendment of the Local Government Code provision on the internal revenue allotment (IRA) to allow a bigger fund share for the poor municipalities of the country.

The issue was raised during the three-day 2014 Mindanao Cluster Island Conference (MICC) organized by the League of Municipalities Philippines (LMP) at Oxford Hotel Convention Hall, Clark Freeport, Pampanga.

31 Oct 2014 - Porac students graduate from short term courses

PAMPANGA -- Dozens of students from various sectors here graduated from the short-term courses offered at the Porac Manpower Training Center in cooperation with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) over the weekend.

Mayor Condralito dela Cruz led the graduation of the graduates of short-term courses in Hair Dressing, Beauty Care, and Cookery courses.

31 Oct 2014 - SM City Pampanga holds monster fun run

PAMPANGA -- In celebration of Halloween, more than a thousand runners, trained and amateur alike, joined the Monster City Fun Run Thursday evening held at the SM City Pampanga Amphitheatre.

The 5-km sprint within the mall’s perimeter plus an obstacle course inside the zombie-filled Amphitheatre was a huge success. Already on its second year, this year’s celebration of Halloween was surely one of the seasonal events the kabalens are anticipating for.

30 Oct 2014 - TTKD breaks record

ANGELES CITY -- The Tigtigan Terakan keng Dalan (TTKD) Festival 2014 (TTKD) has broken its previous records as an estimated 65,000 to 70,000 revelers trooped to Balibago in Angeles City during the weekend for the two-night street party.

"The massive attendance confirms the festival's reputation as one of the biggest, if not the biggest, street parties in the country," said Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, who initiated TTKD back in 1992 to bring back entertainment and merriment in the streets of Angeles City after the devastating eruption of Mt. Pinatubo.

30 Oct 2014 - Bizman’s ‘lucky charm’ is Apu Church in Angeles

ANGELES CITY – "I didn't ask for anything from 'Apu' but He was good to me and gave me so much blessings."

Thus said prominent businessman Reghis M. Romero II, doctor of humanities, as he is expected to join thousands of devotees of "Apung Macalulu" when they troop to its shrine-chapel in Barangay Lourdes Sur here today, October 31. It's the 117th Anniversary of Apung Macalulu – or The Lord of Mercy – and the annual religious event is celebrated on the last Friday of October.

30 Oct 2014 - Mabalacat execs keen on solving traffic problem

MABALACAT CITY -- Local officials here have expressed eagerness to avert the city’s worsening problem on vehicular traffic congestion.

Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales said the Sangguniang Panlungsod has approved Ordinance 29 series of 2014 entitled "Ordinance Enacting the Mabalacat City Traffic Code."

30 Oct 2014 - Napolcom, PRO3 now probing Masantol cops

PAMPANGA -- The National Police Commission-3 (Napolcom-3) and Police Region Office 3 (PRO-3) on Thursday confirmed the relief of the chief of police of Masantol, Pampanga and four police officers who are now being formally investigated following their involvement in the alleged detention of a bar owner and eight other persons.

Earlier, Pampanga Police Office (PPO) director Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono, Jr. identified the relieved police chief and officers as Chief Inspector Jowen Dela Cruz, PO3 Rogelio Carpio, PO3 Eduardo Capily, PO2 Jay Dela Cruz and PO1 Mark Louie Alapriz WHO are currently facing multiple charges of arbitrary detention, grave threat, coercion, child abuse and slight physical injuries.

30 Oct 2014 - Deles: ‘No to conflict, yes to peace’

CLARK FREEPORT – "We stand now on the brink of a new era of peace and development in the Bangsamoro, and throughout Mindanao. We stand here ready to close the door to conflict and enter a world sharing peace, prosperity and security. What we are witnessing is a country coming together in taking bold, unprecedented, and yes, historic steps to define peace in the context of heritage and cultural identity."

This was the key message of Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Secretary Teresita "Ging" Deles as she addressed 400 municipal mayors from Mindanao during the 2014 Mindanao Island Cluster Conference (MICC) held October 27 to 29 at the Oxford Hotel Convention Hall, Clark Freeport.

30 Oct 2014 - Execs: Regulate selling of fireworks

MABALACAT CITY -- Now that the Yuletide Season is approaching, local officials are looking for ways on how to regulate the selling of firecrackers particularly those that are powerful and harmful.

Two separate ordinance were proposed in Barangay Dau council and Sangguniang Panlungsod to control retailers of pyrotechnics.

29 Oct 2014 - Cybersex operators get life sentence

PAMPANGA -- Two cybersex operators in nearby Angeles City were sentenced to life imprisonment and ordered to pay P25,000 to P2 million in damages to their victims.

The verdict was handed down by Angeles City Regional Trial Court Judge Angelica Paras-Quiambao against Esmeraldo “Jay” Tejero Amurao and Marlyn “Lyn” Dizon Valencia.

29 Oct 2014 - Pampanga bishop wants justice for Laude

PAMPANGA -- Justice must be served in the death of Filipino transgender Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude, Archbishop Emeritus Paciano Aniceto said Wednesday.

"Laude should definitely be given justice because the victim is also a human person. As what one commentator said, the problem here is not about gender orientation, it is killing. It is about human life and only God can take away your life," said Aniceto.

29 Oct 2014 - CIAC prexy eyes Mindanao flights

CLARK FREEPORT -- Newly installed Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president and Chief Executive Officer Emigdio Tanjuatco III said that he will work for the addition of more domestic flights, particularly to Mindanao.

Tanjuatco issued the statement when he addressed more than 200 delegates in the convention of League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Mindanao Chapter at the Oxford Hotel here the other day.

29 Oct 2014 - Former exec: Lazatin may run for mayor, congressman

ANGELES CITY -- Former Pampanga First District Representative and Angeles City Mayor Carmelo "Tarzan" Lazatin may run for mayor or congressman.

This was disclosed on Tuesday by former councilor Willie Rivera when he announced in a press conference his plan to seek the vice-mayoralty post in this highly urbanized city.

29 Oct 2014 - Oplan Kaluluwa starts today

PAMPANGA -- With three days to go before the observance of All Saints' and All Souls' Days and with the expected influx of hundreds of motorists and people going to various provinces in Central Luzon, the Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) starts Thursday Oplan Kaluluwa 2014 with police on heightened alert.

"Starting Thursday the entire personnel of PRO3 and different Provincial and City police offices will be placed on Heighten Alert Status as part of Oplan Kaluluwa 2014," said Deputy Regional Director for Administration Senior Superintendent Ronald Santos.

29 Oct 2014 - Morales shares cityhood journey with LMP execs

CLARK FREEPORT -- Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales on Monday night welcomed close to 400 Mindanao town mayors of the League of Municipalities Philippines (LMP) who converged for the Mindanao Island Cluster Conference (MICC) at the Oxford Hotel inside Clark Freeport.

Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda, who has been supporting LMP programs consistently over the years, lauded Morales' endeavors as he shared experiences in transforming Mabalacat town to a component city.

29 Oct 2014 - Police eyeing new ways to curb crime

PAMPANGA -- The high crime rate remains a big challenge for the government this year but the police are devising new strategies to maintain the security of people in Central Luzon, the Police Regional Office-3 (PRO-3) said Tuesday.

Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta, regional director of PRO-3, said the high levels of crime in some of provinces in the region are not unlike the problems confronting the other parts of the country.

28 Oct 2014 - Masantol cops sacked

PAMPANGA -- The chief of police of Masantol and four other police officers were ordered relieved after they were charged with arbitrary detention, grave threat, coercion, child abuse and slight physical injuries.

Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono Jr., Pampanga Provincial Police director, said those ordered relieved were Chief Inspector Jowen Dela Cruz, Police Officer (PO) 3 Rogelio Carpio, PO3 Eduardo Capily, PO2 Jay Dela Cruz and PO1 Mark Louie Alapriz.

28 Oct 2014 - LTO chief lauds guv for licensing Office

PAMPANGA -- Land Transportation Office (LTO) Central Luzon Director Oliver Macaspac commended the initiative of Governor Lilia Pineda for the construction of the more than P10-million Pampanga LTO Driver’s Licensing Office built inside the Capitol grounds.

This came after Pineda, Provincial Administrator Andres Pangilinan, Jr., and Macaspac, together with Pampanga LTO Chief Rosita Simbulan formally opened Tuesday the new government facility after the blessing officiated by Fr. Aristotle dela Cruz.

28 Oct 2014 - Angeles official hits malls charging parking fees

ANGELES CITY -- Angeles City Councilor Max Sangil has assailed shopping malls here that are allegedly charging parking fees to customers entering their establishments.

Sangil described the act as "greediness" and people going to shopping malls deserve free amenities including free parking in car parks.

28 Oct 2014 - 2nd cooperative summit held in Angeles City

ANGELES CITY -- As part of its thrust to strengthen the capacity of the cooperative sector, the Angeles City Cooperative Development Council (ACCDC) recently kicked off the Second Angeles City Cooperative Summit at the Angeles City Library and Information Center.

The event dubbed, "The Coop Challenge, Expand the Membership, Build Future Together" was in cooperation with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) as part of the month-long celebration of the National Cooperative Month.

28 Oct 2014 - DA awards outstanding farmers

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) here recognized outstanding farmers, farmers' groups and fisherfolks in the 2014 Gawad Saka Regional Awards held at the Heroes Hall here recently.

DA Undersecretary for Operations (Livestock) Jose Reano, who served as guest of honor and speaker, lauded the farmers for their remarkable performance in increasing farmers' productivity, resulting to food sufficiency and sustainability.

28 Oct 2014 - Pampanga’s pride in sports is practical shooting champ

ANGELES CITY -- A full-blooded Kapampangan is making her presence felt at international practical shooting competitions, landing fifth place at the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) Handgun World Shoot XVII held from October 7 to19 in Florida, USA.

Franchette Shayne Quiroz, who was born and raised in this city, held her ground against the toughest opponents from 72 countries to register the highest score for the Philippine team in the ladies standard division.

27 Oct 2014 - Pelco II benchmarks Pelco I operations, practices

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga II Electric Cooperative Inc. (Pelco II) has conducted benchmarking activities at the Pampanga I Electric Cooperative Inc. (Pelco I) at its main office in Barangay Sto. Domingo, this town, last week.

The benchmarking highlighted PELCO I’s financial, institutional and technical accomplishments including its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs and good practices.

27 Oct 2014 - Masantol top cop, 4 others charged

PAMPANGA -- Five Masantol policemen, including the town’s police chief, were charged with arbitrary detention, grave threat, coercion, violations of laws on domicile, child abuse and slight physical injuries before the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor last Friday, October 24.

Charged with the offenses were Police Chief Inspector Jowen Dela Cruz, chief of police, Police Officer (PO) 3 Rogelio Carpio, PO3 Eduardo Capily, PO2 Jay R Dela Cruz and PO1 Mark Louie Alapriz, all assigned at the Masantol Police Station.

27 Oct 2014 - Lavarias: ‘I am willing to listen’

PAMPANGA -- New San Fernando, Pampanga Archbishop Florentino Lavarias on Monday expressed his willingness to listen to the province's Roman Catholic faithful as he invited all sectors to help in charting the road map for his leadership of Pampanga's clergy and laity.

Lavarias made this statement shortly before his installation Monday as he met with leaders of the Provincial Government of Pampanga led by Governor Lilia Pineda during the civil reception at the Capitol grounds. The governor presented the new archbishop the ceremonial key to the province.

27 Oct 2014 - CIAC ready for Ebola

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC), in coordination with the Department of Health (DOH) and the Bureau of Quarantine has implemented strict monitoring measures for the deadly Ebola to prevent the entry of the disease through the Clark International Airport (CRK).

"The safety of the passengers and of the country from the threat posed by the deadly Ebola disease is of utmost importance. We must prevent it from entering our country through strict monitoring," CIAC president and CEO Emigdio Tanjuatco III said.

27 Oct 2014 - Haven for the youth opens in Angeles City

ANGELES CITY -- On a fine Sunday morning, elementary student Marvin Sevilla and his friends were knocking on a steel gate at the haven for the youth and museum for the poor in Barangay Sta. Teresita here.

It was around 8:00 a.m. and Sevilla and other young people living around the area used to begin entering the Bale-Balayan earlier when most residents were at the height of cleaning their houses.

27 Oct 2014 - Man, 19, slain by MRCs

PAMPANGA -- Mariel Sembrano, 19, a resident of Sitio 7, Barangay Sto. Nino was gunned down by motorcycle riding criminals (MRCs) in Barangay Sto. Nino, City of San Fernando, Friday night.

The victim was with other companions having a conversation along the alley when the suspect arrived and approached him and without any reason shot him in the body, Recomono said.

27 Oct 2014 - Lawmaker wants NLEX renamed after President Cory

PAMPANGA -- Nueva Ecija Representative Magnolia Rosa-Nadres is seeking to rename the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) after the late President Corazon C. Aquino.

The congressman filed House Bill 4820 renaming NLEx into President Corazon C. Aquino Expressway (CAEX). The bill is now pending at the House of Representatives and has undergone first reading before the committee on public works and highways.

27 Oct 2014 - Haima zooms up with ‘best deals’

ANGELES CITY -- Haima Philippines zoomed up anew after hundreds of motoring enthusiasts booked themselves of Haima vehicles and grabbed excellent offers during the three-day “Best Deals” affair at MarQuee Mall in this city over the weekend.

Best Deals showcased Haima’s game-changing line up of accessorized vehicles including the Haima 2 and the Haima M3, which recently participated at Car Awards Group, Inc.’s Car of the Year Philippines’ test-fest at Filinvest City in Alabang.

27 Oct 2014 - Armed teenagers rob elderly American in Olongapo

ANGELES CITY -- American tourist Richard Edwards Cannon, 63, temporarily staying at a residential compound along Montelibano Street, lost his personal belongings and significant amount of cash to young robbers at the corner of Montelibano Street and National Highway in Barangay Baretto here over the weekend.

The victim was on board an owner-type jeep (CJN-242) and heading downtown of this city when his path was blocked by two young men who volunteered to clean his vehicle’s windshield and oments later, De Los Reyes said the suspects pulled a handgun and bladed weapon and at gunpoint announced a hold-up past 7 a.m.

26 Oct 2014 - CA rules in favor of GGDC

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Court of Appeals (CA) has issued a writ of preliminary injunction against a dismissed contractor of the 177-hectare Global Gateway Logistics City (GGLC) here, which in effect allows Global Gateway Development Corporation (GGDC) to proceed with the project.

In its nine-page resolution dated October 21, the Court of Appeals Eighth Division ruled against Peregrine Development International Incorporated (Peregrine), the disgruntled contractor of the GGLC and The Medical City (TMC) Clark, a world-class 150-bed hospital, which is expected to be completed by December this year.

26 Oct 2014 - Capitol welcomes new archbishop Monday

PAMPANGA -- Capitol officials led by Governor Lilia Pineda will join Monday the Diocesan Clergy, the religious and thousands of laity in welcoming Archbishop-elect Florentino Lavarias as the new archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Fernando, Pampanga.

Jived with the Provincial Government's regular Monday flag-raising ceremonies, the civil reception for the incoming prelate who will replace Archbishop Emeritus Paciano Aniceto, will see Pineda extending the warm welcome in behalf of Pampanga's estimated 3.3 Catholics.

26 Oct 2014 - San Fernando is most biz-friendly

PAMPANGA -- The City of San Fernando, Pampanga was once again named by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) as 2014 Most Business-Friendly Local Government Unit of the country in the city level category.

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago received the award from PCCI president Alfredo Yao at the 40th Philippine Business Conference and Expo in Manimla Hotel, which was graced by President Benigno Aquino III as the keynote speaker and guest of honor over the weekend.

26 Oct 2014 - Santa Rita children join Parade of Saints

PAMPANGA -- Scores of children in Santa Rita Catholic School here donned costumes of Roman Catholic saints and martyrs as they roamed streets and visited establishments and houses in an advance trick-or-treating for the Halloween over the weekend.

Glenn Emmanual Canlas, focal person for the event, said that the event, now on its second year, is in response to the call "to promote a more Catholic celebration of Halloween."

26 Oct 2014 - Cayetano to Angeles trike drivers: ‘Work hard for your family’

ANGELES CITY -- Senate Majority Floor Leader Alan Peter Cayetano has inspired tricycle drivers here to work hard to uplift their living condition and support their respective families.

The senator made the encouragement to the drivers when he personally turned over to the Balibago Operators and Tricycle Drivers’ Association (BOTDA) here financial assistance amounting to P150,000.

26 Oct 2014 - Archbishop Lavarias: The new shepherd of the flock

PAMPANGA -- The 3.3 million Catholic faithful of the Archdiocese of San Fernando, Pampanga now have a new shepherd who will guide Kapampangans in the ways of the Lord.

The Most Reverend Florentino “Dong” Galang Lavarias, D.D. is the Roman Catholic Archbishop-elect of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Fernando who was appointed by Pope Francis last July 25 to be the fourth Archbishop to hold the Metropolitan See, succeeding 77-year-old and now Archbishop Emeritus Paciano “Apu Ceto” Aniceto, who resigned on reaching the age limit of 75.

25 Oct 2014 - Trafficking suspect falls

ANGELES CITY -- A suspected human trafficker here was arrested five years after the court issued a warrant of arrest against him.

Agents of the Pampanga Criminal Investigation and Detection Team (CIDT) swooped down the notorious white slavery center here known to local folks as “Area” in Bgy. Sta. Teresita and arrested Ramil “Bong” Cadiz last Thursday evening.

24 Oct 2014 - Bogus PTV-4 reporters fall

PAMPANGA -- Two alleged employees posing as reporters of the state-run PTV-4 television station were arrested during an entrapment operation at Capitol's Provincial Information Office in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga, Thursday afternoon.

Police Chief Inspector Eugene Rebadomia, chief of the Provincial Criminal Investigation and Detection Team (PCDIT), identified the "bogus" media men as Milandro Barredo Reyes, alias Lhander Reyes, 30, resident of Block 2, Lot 42, Lapid's Ville, Longos, Malolos City; and Patrick Cortez, 24, a resident of 1738, Cambambangan, San Vicente, Apalit, Pampanga.

24 Oct 2014 - San Fernando recognized as most business-friendly city

PAMPANGA -- After being a hall of famer in 2010, the City of San Fernando in Pampanga has been named anew by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PCCI) as the most business-friendly in the country.

Nominated by the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. or PamCham, the new recognition comes after the PCCI noted of the component city’s strong institutions and ISO-certified business processing systems that has attracted investors and businesses to locate in Pampanga’s capital.

24 Oct 2014 - 1st Angeles City Arnis fest on

ANGELES CITY -- This city is holding the First Angeles City Arnis Festival Championship on October 25 until October 26 at Robinsons Place in Balibago, Angeles City.

The said competition is sanctioned activity by Arnis Philippines, Inc. (ARPI) and will be administered by ARPI technical officials.

24 Oct 2014 - DILG-3 implements second wave of webpage development project

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Interior and Local Government Central Luzon Office (DILG-3), in its effort to enhance its role for the mobilization and coordination of the application of resources for local governance capacity development, has implemented a second wave of the Webpage Development Project for local government units (LGUs) in the region recently at the Crown Legacy Hotel in Baguio City.

The project is an initiative of the DILG Regional Management which started in 2013 with the developed official LGU websites as outputs of the project’s first wave. The activity served as a follow-through activity to put more information value on the content of these sites.

24 Oct 2014 - CHR to curb cases of child abuse

PAMPANGA -- Rampant child abuse remains a major social challenge in the region but it can be curbed with the right preparations and strategies, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Central Luzon Office said Friday.

As one of the most vulnerable sectors in society, children are susceptible to physical, psychological, emotional, and sexual abuses, the CHR said.

24 Oct 2014 - Prices of processed meat products to increase this Yuletide season

PAMPANGA -- The newly elected president of the Society of Tarlac Meat Processors (STAMP) announced during the launching of the group that it is very inevitable processed meat products to be sold this Yuletide season will increase by as a much as five percent.

Gene Aquino-Nicolas said that the suppliers will have different prices, but noted that STAMP will assure the buying public that there will be ample and steady supply of their products.

23 Oct 2014 - Prelate tells parishioners: Stop bashing priests on FB

ANGELES CITY -- Soon-to-be Archbishop Emeritus Paciano Aniceto has one last appeal to Kapampangans: to put a stop to the unabated bashing of at least two priests on the social networking site Facebook stressing that social media is no venue to address parochial issues.

"Putting up such accounts is divisive and does more harm on the parish and people who see such posts," Aniceto told.

23 Oct 2014 - Fil-Am biz group, PamCham ink pact

PAMPANGA -- Traders from the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PamCham) and the Federation of Philippine Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (FPACC) are now business partners in pursuing countryside development in the province of Pampanga.

After signing the memorandum of cooperation, local executives in Pampanga and in the United States started forging their entrepreneurial ties as part of the “2014 Trade, Investment, Tourism and Humanitarian Mission” in the Philippines, which will run until October 24.

23 Oct 2014 - Guv wants Pampanga to be Central Luzon’s cleanest

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda on Wednesday urged the provincial and all municipal solid waste management boards in the province to take all the necessary efforts needed in making Pampanga the cleanest province in Central Luzon and achieving zero waste management.

This, after the governor expressed dissatisfaction over the report of the Provincial Government and Environment and Natural Resources Office that Capitol achieved only 40 percent of its solid waste management target in the last four years.

23 Oct 2014 - Pamintuan secures road lighting projects

ANGELES CITY -- The whole stretch of the Fil-Am Friendship Highway will soon have state-of-the-art LED (light-emitting diode) street lamps.

This development came after Road Board Executive Diector Adolfo Escalona yesterday (October 23) met with Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan at the latter’s office in City Hall.

23 Oct 2014 - Famous Kapampangan designer to hold gala in Angeles City

ANGELES CITY -- Prolific designer Philip D. Torres will do a fashion show dubbed as "PIDAYIT", a project supporting the restoration of the Museo ning Angeles (formerly Angeles Municipal Hall), on November 28, 2014 at 7 p.m., at the Epiphany of Angels, Holy Angel University here.

"A momentous event and gathering of culture and arts advocates joining hands to restore our Kapampangan Heritage," a statement describing the event said.

23 Oct 2014 - Pelco 2 works to lower power rates – coop exec

MABALACAT CITY -- The management of the Pampanga II Electric Cooperative (Pelco 2) is working hard to improve its operations and services, which in effect will lower power rates in covered areas.

This was disclosed by Amador "Ka Basil" Guevarra during the inauguration of the 10-MVA substation in Barangay Manibaug, Porac town on Wednesday.

23 Oct 2014 - MACDAAM 2014: The ultimate challenge towards sports unity and excellence

MABALACAT CITY -- City Schools Division Superintendent Nicolas Capulong, Ph.D., CESO VI officially opened the Mabalacat City Division Amateur Athletic Meet (MACDAAM) 2014 at the Don Teodoro V. Santos Institute here in the city.

Delegates from north, east and south districts and private schools will compete during the three-day "ultimate challenge" set on October 22 to 25 to distinguish who is best fit to represent the city during the Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association (CLRAA) and Palarong Pambansa.

23 Oct 2014 - 308 PRO3 men join Scout training

PAMPANGA -- At least 308 Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) personnel participated in the opening ceremony of the of the 45 day rigid training on Special Counter Insurgency Operations Unit Training (Scout), recently.

The training was conducted by the Regional Personnel and Human Resources Development Division personnel headed by Superintendent Rolly Mendoza.

22 Oct 2014 - Binay: Broadcasters to have own homes

ANGELES CITY -- Broadcasters will have more good news to relay after they get their own houses.

This was the statement of Vice President Jejomar Binay after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Pag-Ibig Fund and the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Tuesday night.

22 Oct 2014 - CIAC promotes Clark airport

CLARK FREEPORT -- Executives of the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) have visited several provinces in the Northern Luzon area to promote Clark International Airport (CRK) as an international gateway.

CIAC visits in Pangasinan, Laoag City and Vigan, Ilocos Norte, held on October 16, 17, and 18 are part of the second leg of the North Philippines Clark Airport Road Show.

22 Oct 2014 - Pelco 2 solves power woes in Porac town

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga II Electric Cooperative (Pelco 2) has solved the low power voltage problem in this town after a 10-MVA station in Barangay Manibaug was energized last month.

With the commissioning of the substation, Pelco 2 officials said that member-consumers and industrial complexes including Ayala Land Inc.'s Alviera will be assured of adequate and reliable power supply.

22 Oct 2014 - Kapampangan sculptor tapped for Papal visit icons, images

PAMPANGA -- Presidential Merit Awardee for Ecclesiastical Art Willy Layug has been designated to create not just one but three sculptures of religious images to be used for the upcoming pastoral visit of Pope Francis in January 2015.

Layug was asked by the Archdiocese of Palo to conceptualize the Marian image to be placed near the altar of the open-air Mass at the Tacloban airport during the Pope's visit to Tacloban.

22 Oct 2014 - Musical on Pope Francis to debut this November

ANGELES CITY -- The theater stage is set this season for the maiden premier of the much awaited musical mostly based on the life of Pope Francis as Teatru Kapampangan brings on stage "I Love Pope Francis: The Musical" on November 29.

The project is the latest presentation of multi-talented director Andy Alviz and writer-lyricist Randy Del Rosario. The latest musical follows in the tradition of well-loved musicals like Ima, Beauty Parlor, Perry: The Musical, Ciniong and Tulauk: A Lenten Musical.

22 Oct 2014 - Cops bust syndicate selling drugs in jail

PAMPANGA -- Operatives of the Tarlac Provincial Police Office busted suspected Wednesday members of a syndicate allegedly selling illegal drugs to inmates at the provincial jail in Porac.

Superintendent Elsa F. Miranda, Deputy Director for Administration dispatched a team from the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group or PAIDSOTG headed by PSI Dennis Lawrence Bautista to conduct investigation at the jail, after receiving a confidential report from Jail Warden retired Police Supt. Pascual Delos Reyes and Jail Guards PG1 Ronaldo Ferrer and PG1 Larry Azaldon that an inmate at Cell Number 10 was sniffing shabu in his bed.

21 Oct 2014 - San Fernando to pour P60-M for ‘tourism road’

PAMPANGA -- Buoyed by the massive influx of tourists in this city, a local official here revealed a government plan to pour P60 million into the construction of a "tourism road," which is set to commence before the end of this year.

The road project, which covers a 500-meter bypass cum service road along the Balimbing Creek, will connect Jose Abad Santos Avenue (JASA) and the city proper through Barangay San Jose.

21 Oct 2014 - Taxman’s collection grows 21.78% percent in September

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Region IV (RR4) has collected P1.63 billion in tax revenues for the month of September registering a 21.78 percent or P278 million growth rate for the whole region.

Revenue Region 4 (RR-4) OIC Regional Director Conrado Lee stated the regional office also has an excess collection of P70,843,316 and was able to surpass its collection goal for the month, which was set at P1,556,641,000 or by 4.55 percent.

21 Oct 2014 - Robbers forcibly enter 2 San Fernando pawnshops

PAMPANGA -- Robbers managed to enter two pawnshops, which were a few meters away from the City of San Fernando Police Station but failed to get any valuables, including cash, police said on Monday.

Sta. Monica Pawnshop and GG Royale Pawnshop which are located along B. Mendoza Street in Barangay Sto. Rosario, City of San Fernando were reportedly forcibly entered by unidentified men but did not get anything from them, said Superintendent Rechie Duldulao, city chief of police.

21 Oct 2014 - DILG-3 names winners in photo tilt

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Department of Interior and Local Government Central Luzon Office (DILG-3) recently named the winners in its photo contest dubbed "Capturing Good Governance through the Lens" in rites held at the Fontana Convention Center in Clark Freeport.

The photo contest is part of DILG-3's celebration of the 23rd Local Government Code anniversary which seeks photographs of individuals representing and advocating "in action" good local governance with this year’s theme "Ang LGUng Magaling, May Nararating".

20 Oct 2014 - Bishop, Angeles mayor cite partnership

ANGELES CITY – "It's a dream come true. This is an accomplishment of partnership."

Thus said Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio “Ambo” David in his speech shortly before joining the Angeles City government officials and workers, businessmen, volunteers and village officials in a “boodle fight” at the People’s Park here over the weekend.

20 Oct 2014 - Porac exec wants livelihood program for displaced farmers

PAMPANGA -- Porac Councilor and Ex-Officio Provincial Board Member Mike Tapang said Monday that displaced farmers and landowners in Hacienda Dolores and nearby areas in Porac affected by on-going developments should be given other forms of livelihood on top of the land titles they are now receiving from developers.

Recently, hundreds of farmers received land titles from Leonio Land Holdings, a partner of Ayala Land Inc. in the development of the mega estate Alvierra.

20 Oct 2014 - Haven rehab patient abducted

PAMPANGA -- Four unidentified armed men stormed a rehabilitation center for women and children located in Barangay San Vicente, Magalang, Pampanga and abducted a 17-year-old girl patient early dawn Saturday.

Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono, Jr., Pampanga police provincial director, said that the suspects forcibly entered the Haven Rehabilitation Center of the Department of Social Welfare and Development-3 and kidnapped Almira Macala, a resident of San Rafael, Guagua, Pampanga.

20 Oct 2014 - San Fernando holds mega job fair

PAMPANGA -- As part of the City Government's thrust to promote livelihood programs and employment growth, the City of San Fernando Public Employment Service Office (PESO), over the weekend held the 2014 Mega Job Fair at the Plaza Arayat Atrium, Robinsons Starmills.

The event was in cooperation with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Department of Labor and Employment (Dole).

20 Oct 2014 - PTCC stages 4th toy fest

ANGELES CITY -- Sharing their passion in collecting toys, the Pampanga Toys Collectors Club (PTCC), in partnership with SM City Clark staged the Fourth Toyfest Pampanga recently.

Toyfest is a yearly event that aims to give joy to other people by showcasing the collectors' toys collections and also serves as a recruitment fair for the PTCC, said event organizer Ryan Dabu.

20 Oct 2014 - Imerex Plaza Hotel features works of Kapampangan artists

ANGELES CITY -- The city's finest aboriginal boutique hotel wants to give guests a glimpse of the ingenuity of Pampanga’s visual arts and culture.

Strategically located at the heart of Angeles City's heritage district, the Imerex Plaza Hotel is holding a series of art exhibits, which features original carvings, paintings, fabric, and furniture.

20 Oct 2014 - Clark Museum to go touchscreen, 4D

CLARK FREEPORT---By January next year, educational tours at the Clark Museum will never be dull again as students and other young visitors can expect a more upbeat setting and could just tap, swipe, bump or whatever else they can do with their fingers on story lines they prefer to peruse.

Visitors can also better assess historical features and images from exhibit to exhibit or experience watching the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo on a 4D theatre or a 3D movie with sensor-equipped motion seats, wind, strobe, fog, rain and scents.

20 Oct 2014 - Clark’s Omni flying school to transfer to Tarlac town

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Omni Aviation Corporation, a flying school based at the Clark Freeport in Pampanga, will reportedly transfer in Concepcion, Tarlac, Mayor Andy Lacson disclosed over the weekend.

In a press conference with the Capampangans in Media Inc. (CAMI), Lacson said, "I have convinced Omni to transfer in Concepcion."

19 Oct 2014 - Suspected drug traders nabbed

ANGELES CITY -- Fernando Oliver alias “Bin Laden” and Ryan Leonel Pamintuan were collared in a buy-bust operation in Purok 3, Arayat Boulevard, Barangay Pampang, Angeles City, over the weekend.

Confiscated from the suspects were six heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu with an estimated weight of 15 grams and one silver gray Toyota Vios.

19 Oct 2014 - Angeles People’s Park ‘dream come true’

ANGELES CITY -- “It’s a dream come true. This is an accomplishment of partnership.”

Thus said Auxiliary Bishop Pablo Virgilio “Ambo” David in his speech shortly before joining the Angeles City government officials and workers, businessmen, volunteers and village officials in a “boodle fight” at the People’s Park here on Friday afternoon.

19 Oct 2014 - Bank of Florida opens 15th branch

ANGELES CITY -- Aspiring regional rural banking champion Bank of Florida (BOF) opened over the weekend its 15th branch here and launched two new products that will cater to doctors and entrepreneurs.

The Angeles City branch is located along the central business district in Sto. Rosario Street and is the newest addition to the 50-year-old bank’s network across Central Luzon.

18 Oct 2014 - ‘Big Bite’ seen to generate P10-M in sales

ANGELES CITY -- Ayala officials on Friday led the opening of the three-day second “Big Bite: The Northern Food Festival” at the Marquee Mall here and the food festival is expected to generate some P10 million in sales.

At least 128 food and delicacies makers are participating in the food festival which started October 17 and will culminate today.

18 Oct 2014 - Marang to face Yeng Guiao in 2016 congressional race?

ANGELES CITY -- A political development is circulating -- last-termer Angeles City Councilor Maricel "Marang" Morales is reportedly set to face First District Representative Joseller "Yeng" Guiao in the congressional race during the 2016 polls.

Morales said she is keeping her "options open" and is considering running for a seat at the House of Representatives or the post of Angeles City vice-mayor.

18 Oct 2014 - Students benefit from computer literacy program

PAMPANGA -- At least 95 young people, including out-of-school youths here benefited from the recent computer literacy program of the Philippine Army's Civil Military Operations Group and the developers of the P75- billion Alviera township project in Porac town.

The 95 students and out-of-school youths from underprivileged communities in Pampanga "have leveled up on computer literacy and are now part of the online world," said the Leonio Land Holdings Inc. (LLHI) in a statement. The Pampanga-based firm and the Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) have partnered in developing the 1,100-hectare Alviera.

18 Oct 2014 - Workers from burnt shirt firm start anew

PAMPANGA -- Thanks to the Department of Labor and Employment’s Adjustment Measures Program (Dole-AMP), displaced workers of Smart Shirts Philippines Inc. (SSPI) were able to start anew as they recently launched their T-Shirt making project at the Madapdap Resettlement in Mabalacat City, Pampanga.

Dole Regional Director Ana Dione reported the good news to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz that the launching of Smart Shirts (Phils.) Inc. Workers Union’s (SSPIWUs) Tee-Shirt Making Project was witnessed by Dole Pampanga Field Office head Arlene Tolentino, National Conciliation and Mediation Board-3 Director Teresita Cancio, SSPIWU president Ludynela Hamor, and SSPIWU-legal counsel Ernesto Arellano.

18 Oct 2014 - Tricycle driver nabbed for illegal drugs

PAMPANGA -- A tricycle driver here was arrested recently after the village watchmen discovered four small sachets of illegal drugs in his possession.

Roel Chavez, chief of the village watchmen, identified the suspect as Robert Alfonso, 34, a resident of the Barangay San Matias, Lubao, Pampanga.

18 Oct 2014 - HAU brings saints back to Halloween

ANGELES CITY -- Holy Angel University, the biggest Catholic school in the region, will celebrate Halloween this year with a unique twist: instead of vampires, demons and ghosts, participants will wear saints’ costumes.

Robby Tantingco, vice-president for External Affairs, said the event is part of the University’s advocacy to promote a more Catholic celebration of Halloween.

17 Oct 2014 - Anakpawis blames VFA, EDCA for Laude’s murder

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Anakpawis Partylist has held the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) as grounds for violent crimes committed by American military personnel against Filipinos.

Fernando Hicap issued the statement as he conveyed condolences to the family of Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude, who was allegedly killed by US Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton last October 11.

17 Oct 2014 - Capitol honors outstanding coops

The Provincial Government through the Provincial Cooperative and Economic Development Office (PCEDO) awarded on Wednesday nine outstanding cooperatives as it joined the nation in celebrating National Cooperative Month this October to recognize the vital contribution of the cooperatives in the development of the province.

Outstanding Cooperatives in the province were recognized by the provincial government in the “Galal Parangal Kareng Kooperatiba Ning Pampanga” headed by Second District Board Member Anthony Joseph Torres and PCEDO officer-in-charge Luningning Vergara.

17 Oct 2014 - EPHAI to hold Halloween treat for kids

PAMPANGA -- It's "trick or treat" once again at Essel Park subdivision in Telabastagan, this city, as the Essel Park Homeowners Association, Inc. (EPHAI) holds its annual Halloween gathering for children from the village’s surrounding communities on October 30 starting at 4:00 p.m.

Past EPHAI president Raul Aquino said that this year, the homeowners expect around 350 kids from areas in the City of San Fernando and nearby Angeles City to gather at the village park.

17 Oct 2014 - Murder suspect gunned down

PAMPANGA -- Alvin Salas, 42, a resident of Barangay San Antonio, Mexico, who has a standing case of murder was gunned down when he tried to shoot it out with policemen in Barangay Sta. Lucia, City of San Fernando, Tuesday.

During the exchange of firefight, Salas was hit in the different parts of the body and taken to the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Hospital in Barangay Dolores, City of San Fernando. However, while undergoing treatment at about 3:03 p.m., the victim expired, the report said.

17 Oct 2014 - Air Asia returns to Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- Low-cost carrier leader Air Asia Berhad on Friday officially returned to Clark International Airport (CRK) with the re-launching of their four times weekly flight to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

Clark International Airport Corporation President and CEO Atty. Emigdio Tanjuatco III welcomed the return of Air Asia to Clark, and hoped that the stay would be permanent.

16 Oct 2014 - Murder case vs US serviceman filed

SUBIC BAY -- Police filed Wednesday a murder case against the US Marine who killed a transgender woman on Saturday inside a hotel in Olongapo City.

Police Regional Office-Central Luzon Director Raul Petrasanta said that after less than a week of intensive police investigation, the murder case was filed Wednesday night against Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton before the Office of City Prosecutor Emilie Fe Delos Santos.

16 Oct 2014 - Exhibit raises awareness on children’s rights

ANGELES CITY -- It was the accidental discovery of a group of street children living under a bridge in Angeles City that made Joy Cruz, executive director of Kuliat Foundation Inc. (KFI), reflect deeply about the real purpose of her duty.

Last year, Cruz met 10-year-old Hero who told her about the disheartening hardships of a child forced to work every day to have something to fill his grunting stomach.

16 Oct 2014 - Angeles to celebrate new festival of Angels

ANGELES CITY -- Angels from the heavens will flock to the Sto. Rosario Heritage District, this city, as the local government here launches a new festival dedicated to the Angeleños' patrons and guardians.

Dubbed as "GraciAngeles", the festival marks the celebration of the Fiestang Angel in the city, which is a new addition to the fiestas being celebrated every October: Fiestang La Naval on the second Sunday and Fiestang Apu Mamacalulu on the last Friday.

16 Oct 2014 - Miss World New Zealand seeks help for Aetas’ water supply

CLARK FREEPORT -- Miss World New Zealand 2014 Arielle Dianne Garciano has called for help to provide an indigenous community in Bamban, Tarlac, with a water system.

Garciano, together with volunteers and members of World Changing and Kiwi Assess, visited the Aeta village in Sitio Martin on Monday for a humanitarian mission.

16 Oct 2014 - PDEA-3 bags 2 big time pushers

ANGELES CITY -- Two suspected big time shabu pushers were arrested by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-3), Regional Anti-Illegal Drug Special Operation Task Group (RIADSOTG) and Angeles City Police Station during a buy-bust operation in a public market of Barangay San Nicolas, Angeles City, Wednesday.

PDEA-3 director Jeoffrey Tacio identified the suspects as Amino Andamen, a resident of Barangay San Nicolas and Suplado Bantuas of Barangay Sto. Rosario, both in Angeles City.

16 Oct 2014 - Pamintuan: Allocate funds for senior citizens

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said the local government here has allocated more than one percent of its budget for senior citizens.

The budget for senior citizens’ activities and benefits had been more than P20 million pesos in 2013 and 2014, according to the mayor.

16 Oct 2014 - Clark locator to hold ‘Forever Forest 7’

CLARK FREEPORT -- Yokohama Tire Philippines Inc. (YTPI) will conduct another tree-planting event dubbed Forever Forest 7 on November 8, 2014 starting at 6 a.m. within its plant facility in the West Plant area.

YTPI, in a statement, said that the event is now on its 7th year and will feature more than three thousand seedlings mostly grown from the company’s greenhouse that will be planted on an area of 1,300 square meters. These seedlings are an addition to the existing 30,427 trees planted from Forever Forest 1 to Forever Forest 6, the statement said.

16 Oct 2014 - Kapampangan musicians to stage Rocktoberfest

ANGELES CITY -- A Pampanga-based organization of musicians will stage a concert today, Friday, October 17, to provide a venue for local bands to showcase their talents since the participation of local bands have been limited at the celebration of the annual Tigtigan at Terakan keng Dalan in this city next week.

Paul Lauricio, president of Musikerung Kapampangan (MK), said the annual MK concert, dubbed “Rocktoberfest III”, will be held at the Amphigarden located at Mar’s Garden in Barangay Balibago, Angeles City and will feature at least 12 local bands performing songs from various musical genres.

16 Oct 2014 - SM Foundation serves 1,200 patients in San Fernando village

PAMPANGA -- The SM Foundation, the charitable arm of SM Supermalls on Wednesday served over 1,200 patients from mixed beneficiaries of elderly, pregnant and children during its Gamot para sa Kapwa Medical Mission in Barangay San Jose, City of San Fernando on Wednesday.

Together with the foundation’s project partner, the City Health Office of San Fernando headed by Dr. Eloisa Aquino, the recipients were given free medical, dental and laboratory services.

15 Oct 2014 - Bigger and brighter GLF set December 13

PAMPANGA -- This capital city's Giant Lantern Festival (GLF) will feature 10 competing barangays on December 13 as organizers promise a “bigger and brighter” celebration this year.

This, as the Giant Lantern Festival Foundation and the GLF Executive Committee chaired by Maria Theresa Laus met with members of the media Wednesday to announce details of this year’s event. The Giant Lantern Foundation and the GLF Executive Committee also signed a memorandum of agreement with the Robinsons Starmills officials who will be hosting this year’s festival.

15 Oct 2014 - Guv completes P200-M infra projects in 10 months

PAMPANGA -- The provincial government under the leadership of Governor Lilia Pineda completed about P199,782,000 worth of various infrastructure projects across the province from January to October, this year.

The provincial government completed the general renovation of P43-million Regional Trial Court (RTC) building, which was inaugurated recently by Governor Pineda and Supreme Court Chief Justice Lourdes P.A. Sereno.

15 Oct 2014 - SITG ‘Laude’ to take on US Marine’s case

SUBIC BAY -- The Special Investigation Task Group “Laude” (SITG Laude) was created Wednesday for the immediate filing of a murder case against the US marine responsible in the killing of a transgender in Olongapo City.

Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta, Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) director, said SITG “Laude” is composed of the Olongapo City Crime Laboratory, Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division and City Provincial Legal Service, and will be headed by Senior Superintendent Pedrito Delos Reyes, Olongapo City police director.

15 Oct 2014 - Top drug trader nabbed

PAMPANGA -- 48-year-old Marceliano Mungcal, a resident of the Barangay Pabanlag, Floridablanca considered as being among the top three illegal drugs personality on the target list of the police was arrested in a buy-bust operation on October 9 in Barangay Palmayo, Floridablanca.

Police Officer David Paul Tagle of Floridablanca police said the arrest was part of their efforts to put an end to the vast illegal drugs operations in the town.

15 Oct 2014 - Police bag Mabalacat’s most wanted men

MABALACAT CITY -- Police arrested recently one of the top 20 most wanted person here and two others in separate operations.

Superintendent Ferdinand Perez, City Police chief, identified the arrested MWP as Jay-R Gonzales, of legal age and a resident of Camachile, this city.

15 Oct 2014 - San Fernando to give scholarships for criminology students

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Edwin Santiago announced yesterday that the city is prepared to provide full scholarships to indigent students of the city taking up criminology courses here in a bid to increase specialized manpower in the city.

Santiago said that the program is part of the priority course programs under the scholarship program of the city. The mayor added that there are currently some 2,800 scholars aside from the 1,250 enrolled students in the City College of San Fernando.

15 Oct 2014 - AirAsia exec recognized as Filipina of distinction

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Filipina Women’s Network (FWN) has selected Maan Hontiveros, CEO of AirAsia Inc. Philippines and Chair of AirAsia Zest, as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World (Global FWN100)™ - Builder award category for 2014.

The award, according to FWN, is given to those who have demonstrated exceptional business impact at a large workplace environment; displaying deep passion for a cause through collaborative initiatives or alliances with nonprofit organizations on behalf of her own organization; demonstrates high potential and skill with measurable results at a government agency, or organization in the public and private sectors.

15 Oct 2014 - Smart provides weather updates

ANGELES CITY -- Smart Communications Incorporated (Smart) has upgraded its programs providing weather update which will help its subscribers during heavy rains and onslaught of typhoons.

These days, an afternoon thunderstorm can easily flood streets, cause heavy traffic, and aggravate the woes of drivers and commuters.

14 Oct 2014 - US Marine in transgender slay to face raps

SUBIC BAY -- A suspected United States (US) military man is now under hot water after allegedly killing a transgender woman inside a lodge in this city on Saturday.

Police identified the suspect as one Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, a US marine from the Second Battalion assigned at West Pacific Express and onboard the amphibious assault ship Peleliu presently docked in Subic Bay Freeport.

14 Oct 2014 - Flyover shutdown causes traffic jam

PAMPANGA -- The "unannounced" shutdown of the Lazatin Flyover along west Jose Abad Santos Avenue in San Fernando on Tuesday caused a five-hour gridlock and a traffic jam that stretched all the way to the Dolores Flyover which is more than a kilometer eastbound to as far as the Bacolor boundary a kilometer away from the area.

The two-lane Lazatin Flyover was suddenly closed to traffic at around 11:00 am, surprising motorists who piled up at the intersection below the flyover, with many taking U-Turns and finding alternative routes.

14 Oct 2014 - Arayat fetes Kapampangan UN peacekeeper

PAMPANGA -- A few weeks after receiving awards from President Benigno Aquino III and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), a Kapampangan member of the 7th Philippine Contingent to United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping Force in Syria was once again feted a hero’s welcome and outstanding recognition from the local government officials of his hometown in Arayat, Pampanga.

Mayor Emmanuel “Bon” Alejandrino and Vice-Mayor Monching Changcoco recently awarded 55-year-old Sergeant Victoriano Pangilinan a plaque of recognition during the flag ceremony at the Arayat Municipal Hall.

14 Oct 2014 - Miss World inspires Aeta children to reach dreams

CLARK FREEPORT -- Miss World New Zealand 2014 Arielle Dianne Garciano has inspired Aeta children in Sitio San Martin here to work hard if they want to realize their dreams in life.

Garciano, who apparently enjoyed being with the upland kids, said “really really good. The kids are so cute. I’m so excited for everything that is going on right now.”

14 Oct 2014 - Papal Nuncio to preside over new archbishop's installation

PAMPANGA -- Papal Nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto will preside over the installation of Bishop Florentino Lavarias who be officially installed as the fourth archbishop of San Fernando in the city’s Metropolitan Cathedral on October 27 in a ceremony expected to last some two hours, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said.

"Thousands of faithful are expected to attend the rite, which symbolically starts with the archbishop-elect entering the front door, initiating a service that will culminate with Lavarias ‘taking possession’ of the cathedral and the entire archdiocese," the CBCP said in a news release.

14 Oct 2014 - Local gov’t leaders asked to preserve PHL heritage

MABALACAT CITY -- Senator Loren Legarda has called on local government leaders and their respective offices to lead the preservation of the country’s heritage and do whatever they can to prevent the destruction of structures with historical and cultural significance.

Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities, made the call as she expressed disappointment over continued disrespect for Philippine heritage with the destruction of many heritage buildings, bridges and similar structures.

14 Oct 2014 - SSS collects P2.4-B in Central Luzon

PAMPANGA -- Citing the success of its micro-saving programs, the Social Security System (SSS) said on Monday it has collected P2.4 billion in contribution from its members from Central Luzon from January to July 2014, 14 percent higher than the collection for the same period last year.

According to Vilma Agapito, SSS Assistant Vice President for Central Luzon Division, the increase in the collection rate is a result of the high employment growth in Clark Freeport, Subic, Angeles City, City of San Fernando, Ologapo City, and Cabanatuan City.

14 Oct 2014 - City implements height clearance for tricycles

MABALACAT CITY -- The City Government of Mabalacat has implemented City Ordinance 25 requiring all tricycles to observe the "10 inches" minimum clearance from the ground to the base of all sidecars.

Tricycle operators are given six months from the approval of the ordinance on August 6 to apply corrective measurement on the sidecars.

13 Oct 2014 - Sheriff: Demolition continues in Maimpis

PAMPANGA -- A sheriff tasked by the Regional Trial Court (RTC) branch 47 in San Fernando said over the weekend that the demolition of illegal structures in the contested 130-hectare property in Barangay Maimpis, being claimed by lawyer Eligio Mallari and some 90 farmers on the other end, is ongoing as embodied in the June 4, 2014 Writ of Demolition issued by the court.

In his fifth partial report Sheriff Designate-on-Case Angelito Domingo said that from September 3, the demolition of remaining structures--concentrating on the boundaries-- in the two parcels of land under Lot 3364 with TCT No. 154516-R (now TCT No. 042-2012002013) and Lot 3843 with TCT No. 154515-R (now TCT No. 042-20100057900) situated in Maimpis village in the City of San Fernando, continues.

13 Oct 2014 - Suspect in killing of village official surrenders

ANGELES CITY -- The suspect in the killing of Barangay Cutcut official Billy Bautista has surrendered to Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan yesterday.

Pamintuan, in a text message, said that the suspect (a minor) asked to be turned-over to the him after he was arrested by his security aide and police officers.

13 Oct 2014 - US Marine tagged in Olongapo killing

A US Marine is now under custody after he was tagged in the killing of a transgender in this city Saturday evening.

The transgender, identified as a certain Jeffrey Laude, also known as "Jennifer," 26, from Barangay West Bajac Bajac, this city, was found dead inside Celzone Lodge along Magsaysay Drive around 11 p.m. Saturday.

13 Oct 2014 - More Hacienda Dolores folks get land titles

PAMPANGA -- More than 100 land titles were formally turned-over to residents of Hacienda Dolores here during simple ceremonies with LLL Holdings and Municipal Government Officials, Mayor Condralito dela Cruz told on Monday.

Dela Cruz said that the land titles form part of the 1,000 land titles being processed for locals who have entered into a compromise with the LLL Holdings. He added that they are closely monitoring the release of other land titles to the residents who have been coordinating with LLL Holdings.

13 Oct 2014 - In-depth investigation on slaying of gay ordered

SUBIC BAY -- Police authorities ordered an in-depth investigation on the slaying of a transgender or gay who was found dead inside a comfort room in Celzon Lodge located along Ramon Magsaysay Drive, East Tapinac, Olongapo City, Saturday.

Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasnta, Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) director, said he has instructed Senior Superintendent Pedrito delos Reyes, Olongapo City Police director, to identify and arrest the killer of Jeffrey Laude, alias Ka Jennifer, 26, of West Tapinac, Olongapo City.

13 Oct 2014 - Pelco 2 vows better services, facilities by December 2014

MABALACAT CITY -- The improvements in electric services and customer service systems of the Pampanga II Electric Cooperative Inc. (Pelco 2) shall all be in place by December this year, Dennis Anthony Uy, president and chief executive officer of Comstech Integration Alliances Inc. (Comstech) assured over the weekend.

Uy made the assurance as he announced improvements on the customer services of the power cooperative after its management was turned-over to Comstech in partnership with the Manila Electric Company (Meralco).

13 Oct 2014 - Tricycle driver nabbed for illegal drugs

PAMPANGA -- Santo Tomas police nabbed a tricycle driver over the weekend after he was found to be in possession of suspected illegal drugs.

Police Chief Inspector John Clark led the Municipal Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group operatives of this station in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) of Camp Olivas in the buy-bust operation along Magsaysay Street, Barangay Sto. Niño Sapa of this town, which led to the arrest of the suspect.

13 Oct 2014 - Obinque promoted to senior superintendent

PAMPANGA -- Superintendent Westrimundo Obinque, chief of the Regional Comptrollership Division of the Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3), was promoted to senior superintendent.

Obinque, a member of Philippine Military Academy Class '92 was promoted last week together with Chief Superintendent Manuel Gaerlan, former Deputy Regional Director for Operations.

13 Oct 2014 - Reviving the art of letter writing at SM City Olongapo

SUBIC BAY -- The Philippine Postal (PhilPost) Corporation together with the Department of Education (DepEd), Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) and SM Supermalls held the Second National Letter Writing Day recently at SM City Olongapo to mark the celebration of World Post Day in the country.

The ever-expanding world of new technology brings change the way our brains work, emails and texts influence much of our letter writing skills, while the classic letter writing has died out.

12 Oct 2014 - Arayat open for business

PAMPANGA -- Vice Mayor Ramon Changcoco said that local officials under the leadership of Mayor Emmanuel “Bon” Alejandrino are working hard to improve the image and status of Arayat town.

Changcoco issued the statement during the launching of the Air Cable, provider of cable television and internet, last Friday.

12 Oct 2014 - Caragan festival 'potential' national event

MABALACAT CITY - A consultant of the Department of Tourism (DOT) has said that the city’s Caragan Festival is a potential national event.

Nilo Agustin, a DOT consultant on special projects, issued the statement during the culmination of a three-day workshop on festival planning and management sponsored by the City Government last week.

12 Oct 2014 - ACCTN now serving Arayat town

PAMPANGA -- The Angeles City Cable Television Network (ACCTN), the leading cable television and internet provider in Central Luzon, continues to expand its service area, this time reaching out to the town of Arayat, Pampanga.

The launching of ACCTN in this town was held during a simple ceremony at the network’s office located at Stall 2 Kibanoff, Santiago Building, Gapan-San Fernando-Olongapo (GSO) Road Purok 7, Plazang Luma here.

12 Oct 2014 - 14 hurt in Guagua accident

PAMPANGA -- At least 14 individuals were injured on Friday morning following a chain collision of five vehicles along the Jose Abad Santos Avenue (Jasa) in Barangay San Matias, Guagua.

The accident involved a 14-wheeler truck, an owner-type jeep, two sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and a tricycle.

12 Oct 2014 - Asean economic integration highlighted in seminar

ANGELES CITY— In preparation for the upcoming regional integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) next year, the Jocson College Incorporated (JCI) conducted on October 8 a seminar-exhibit on the region-wide Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Tourism Professionals (MRA-TP).

The regional economic integration will create an Asean Economic Community (AEC), which envisions the Southeast Asia as “a single market and production base, a highly competitive economic region, a region of equitable economic development, and a region fully integrated into the global economy.”

12 Oct 2014 - Porac community benefits from Aussies' medical mission

PAMPANGA -- The indigent families of Pio Model Community here were the beneficiaries of the Returned and Services League of Australia - Angeles Branch's recent medical mission that aimed to address the health needs of local residents.

Mayor Condralito Dela Cruz said that the municipal government is thankful for the support of the group that brought free medical services and medicines to the locals. Beneficiaries availed of check-ups, free medicines and multivitamins for children.

12 Oct 2014 - Tricycle driver nabbed for illegal drugs

PAMPANGA -- Police arrested suspect Francis Canicon, 29, a resident of Sto. Nino Viejo in the City Of San Fernando after the suspect handed over one piece of small heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing white crystalline substance (believed to be shabu) to poseur buyer PO1 Sherwin Deloria in exchange for a P500-bill utilized as marked money.

Police Chief Inspector John Clark led the Municipal Anti-illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group operatives, in coordination with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), in the buy-bust operation along Magsaysay St., Barangay Sto. Nino Sapa of this town.

11 Oct 2014 - Execs clarify charges over village land row

PAMPANGA -- Several high-ranking government officials clarified recently the charges brought against them involving the land dispute between former Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chairperson Eligio Mallari and some 90 farmers of Barangay Maimpis, City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

An affidavit of complaint were filed against Pampanga Third District Representative Oscar Rodriguez, Butil Party-list Representative Agapito Guanlao, City of San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago, Baragay Maimpis Captain Romeo Dizon, and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) First Engineering District Officer-in-Charge Engineer Enrico Guilas.

11 Oct 2014 - Capitol gives P1.9-M aid to 2nd district students

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government headed by Governor Lilia Pineda distributed at least P1,945,000 in educational financial assistance to 778 college students from the second district of Pampanga.

These student-beneficiaries who received P2,500 each are under the offices of Vice-Governor Dennis Pineda, 478 students; Board Members Salvador Dimson, Jr., 100; Arthur Salalila, 100; and Anthony Joseph Torres, 100; The students come from the towns Floridablanca, Sta. Rita, Guagua, Lubao, Porac and Sasmuan.

11 Oct 2014 - Once vanishing Kuliat vines now nurtured

ANGELES CITY -– It's the first celebration today, October 12, of the so-called “twin fiesta” of this city and the residents and their visitors will again take note of the name "Kuliat."

The last of twin celebrations will be held on the last Friday of October.

11 Oct 2014 - Angeles cultural group promotes Filipino traditional dances

CLARK FREEPORT -- Attired in traditional Filipino costumes, several members of the Kundiman ning Angeles Foundation (KNA) showcased the ingenuity of Filipino culture through a traditional dance ball held recently at Holiday Inn in this Freeport.

KNA is an active, non-profit organization revived in 2005 by Rely Suarez and son Mancio, which promotes and preserves Kapampangan culture and heritage of Angeleños.

11 Oct 2014 - Pampanga declares July 10 as Arbor Day

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Board passed on Friday an ordinance declaring July 10 of every year as Arbor Day in the province of Pampanga.

Fourth District Board Member Nestor "Bay" Tolentino, who had pushed for the ordinance, said that the date is also declared a public working holiday to ensure involvement on the activity that encourages participation and involvement in tree planting and greening activities.

11 Oct 2014 - BFP-3 celebrates 23rd year

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Central Luzon Office (BFP-3) vowed to improve its public service delivery system during the recent celebration of its 23rd anniversary at Otel Apartelle in this city.

Following the theme, “Isulong ang Kaunlaran, Sunog ay Iwasan, Kaalaman at Pag-iingat ay Kailangan,” the celebration highlighted the institutional reforms which will be implemented to develop the efficiency of the fire protection agency’s public services. The event also announced that the BFP will receive new fire fighting tools and equipment from the government as part of its efforts to modernize the country’s fire protection system.

11 Oct 2014 - Bizman arrested for guns, ammo

Police arrested a businessman after confiscating two firearms and several ammunition in his house in Barangay Mambangnan, San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija on Friday.

Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta, Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) director, said the Nueva Ecija Police Intelligence Branch, Provincial Public Safety Company and Nueva Ecija Detection Field Office raided the house of Josefino Milanes, a businessman of the said barangay and confiscated two guns and ammunitions which do not have pertinent documents.

11 Oct 2014 - 40th PBCE set October 22 to 24

PAMPANGA -- The Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PamCham) announced yesterday that the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) is now set for its premier annual event, the 40th Philippine Business Conference and Exposition (PBCE) to be held on October 22 to 24, 2014 at the Manila Hotel.

PamCham said the PBCE is an annual three-day business summit that provides a collaborative venue for business leaders, government officials and other development stakeholders to exchange ideas on issues on business and the economy, and share business opportunities.

10 Oct 2014 - Aquino’s cousin suspended by Tarlac council

PAMPANGA -- A cousin of President Benigno Aquino III was suspended by the Tarlac Provincial Board (PB) for alleged misconduct, abuse of authority and culpable violation of the Constitution.

Paniqui Mayor Miguel Cojuangco Rivilla said he was caught "off-guard" when his suspension order was served by the PB on Friday afternoon.

10 Oct 2014 - 9,282 indigents benefit from Capitol POC program

PAMPANGA -- Some 9,282 indigent Kabalens who are non-PhilHealth members directly benefited from the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation's (PhilHealth) Point of Care (POC) program of the Provincial Government headed by Governor Lilia Pineda as of October 2.

At least P20-million has been allocated and approved by the Provincial Board for the payment of PhilHealth premium under the POC program.

10 Oct 2014 - Parts of Pampanga to experience power interruption on October 14

PAMPANGA -- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) announced Friday the scheduled shutdown of some of its transmission facilities in areas being served by the Pampanga III Electric Cooperative Inc. or Pelco III.

On October 14, Tuesday, power in Apalit, San Simon, Macabebe, Minalin, Masantol, and Sto. Tomas will be interrupted from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

10 Oct 2014 - PAF sergeant commits suicide

CLARK FREEPORT -- A member of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) died after he reportedly shot himself inside their office at Clark Field, Angeles City, recently.

Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles City police director, identified the victim as Master Sergeant Alberto Jacinto Clemento, 55, assigned at the Administration Office Directorate for Intelligence of the 600th Air Base wings based at Clark Field.

10 Oct 2014 - Wanted person in Central Luzon arrested

PAMPANGA -- Police arrested the number seven most wanted person in his house in Barangay Partida, San Miguel, Bulacan, Wednesday.

Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta, Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) director, said the policemen armed with a warrant of arrest issued by the Regional Trial Court branch 20, Malolos City when they raided the house of Joselito Chico alias Pulot at the said barangay.

10 Oct 2014 - Cop, 2 others arrested for transporting illegal lumber

PAMPANGA -- Three persons including a police officer were arrested during a hot pursuit operation after they did not stop in a checkpoint in Barangay Kita-Kita, San Jose City, Monday.

Senior Superintendent Crizaldo Nieves, Nueva Ecija police provincial director, identified those arrested as Police Officer-1 Kennedy Catabay, 26, a resident of Barangay Bulagaw, Tuao, Cagayan; Danilo Lacar, 31, of Cabugao, Apayao and Odilon Bautista, 38, driver and resident of Pilar, Abra.

10 Oct 2014 - Children brigades formed, trained vs disaster

PAMPANGA -- In its continuing efforts to increase the disaster preparedness and resiliency of children in schools, international non-government organization Save the Children has formed children brigades in various schools in Pampanga.

Members of the brigade will be part of the School Disaster Risk Reduction Management Group (SDRRMG), and will be peer facilitators, who will communicate the risks brought by calamities and the preparations needed to mitigate its effects.

10 Oct 2014 - SM City Clark marks second National Letter Writing Day

ANGELES CITY -- The Second National Letter Writing Day was held SM City Clark last Thursday.

The event is in partnership with Philippine Postal service (PhlPost), Department of Education and SM Supermalls.

9 Oct 2014 - Sereno lauds Pineda for support to courts

PAMPANGA -- Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno lauded and thanked Thursday the Provincial Government of Pampanga led by Governor Lilia Pineda for funding the construction of the P43-million Regional Trial Court (RTC) building and addressing the concerns and needs of local courts.

During the blessing and inauguration of the RTC building located just at the back of the Provincial Capitol, Sereno said, "Rest assured that our judiciary will remain fair and independent and we will be active partners of the people and the government in the administration of justice."

9 Oct 2014 - Dengue cases surge in Lubao

PAMPANGA -- Local health workers and residents of this town are worried over the rising cases of dengue this year.

Based on the data of the Department of Health (DOH) Central Luzon Office, the number of dengue cases is up by 14 percent this year.

9 Oct 2014 - Another dolphin pregnant at Ocean Adventure Park

SUBIC FREEPORT -- Another baby dolphin will be born next year, officials of Ocean Adventure announced on Thursday.

"This is a result of the nurturing environment provided to all the animals at the marine theme park, and the care and affection bestowed upon them by the Ocean Adventure family. We want to share this very positive development to the public, as it tells us that we are doing the right thing in taking care of our animals. We are quite happy to announce that another of our dolphins is pregnant," said Gail Laule, executive vice-president of Ocean Adventure

0 Oct 2014 - DOT: Homegrown merchants to join food expo

ANGELES CITY -- Home-grown food merchants will participate in the Big Bite! The Northern Food Festival set on October 17 to 19 at the MarQuee Mall, the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced.

DOT Central Luzon Director Ronnie Tiotuico said "food-lovers have every reason to visit the province of Pampanga during the event."

9 Oct 2014 - BuklatAklat: Bookworms in the Age of the World Wide Web

ANGELES CITY -- Reading will be cool again on October 11, 2014 as the AB-402 class of the College of Arts, Sciences and Education of Holy Angel University launches the BuklatAklat: Libro Mo, Kinabukasan Ko project, a book drive for the benefit of the students of Maliwalu Elementary School in Bacolor, Pampanga.

The project seeks to solicit old children's books, fiction and non-fiction books, comic books and educational books from fellow CASEd students. "We want to promote and maintain book reading in the age of Facebook and internet gaming," says project head and Communication Arts student Genesis C. Aquino, who believes reading is an essential activity to a child's learning and education, therefore it must be instilled in them early on.

9 Oct 2014 - 11-more day-care centers in CSFP accredited by DSWD

PAMPANGA -- With 11 more day-care centers and workers accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga guarantees the delivery of quality early childhood care and development programs to Fernandino children.

Mayor Edwin Santiago announced the results of the accreditation during the kick-off program for the city’s observance of children’s month yesterday. These day-care centers are from Barangay Sta Teresita, San Felipe, Magliman, Dela Paz Sur, Lourdes, San Isidro, Alasas, Quebiawan, San Juan, and two from Dolores.

9 Oct 2014 - 200 discover art of letter writing at SM City Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Some 200 students from Santa Cruz Academy in Lubao town and Dominican School of Mexico rediscovered the art of letter writing in yesterday's 2nd National Letter Writing Day at SM City Pampanga.

SM City Pampanga public relations manager Rain Cervantes said that the Philippine Postal Corporation (PhlPost) led the activity in cooperation with the Department of Education, Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino and SM Supermalls. SM City Clark has hosted a similar event.

9 Oct 2014 - Sto. Tomas police nab drug suspect in buy bust

PAMPANGA -- Police operatives here arrested suspect Manuel Feliciano in a buy bust operation that resulted in the recovery of suspected illegal drugs.

Chief Inspector John Clark said that they have conducted the operation in coordination with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency at Sitio Balangcas in Barangay San Matias here.

9 Oct 2014 - Developer donates lands to Porac residents

PAMPANGA -- Real estate developer Leonio Land conducted a Land Title Donation Program during the recent fiesta in Barangay Dolores here.

The Program, which forms part of Leonio Land’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities, will benefit about 600 households consisting of an estimated 3,000 informal settlers in Barangay Dolores, including the lots of the Dolores Elementary School and Church. Roughly 27 hectares of land owned by the company, with an average lot size of 372 square meters per family, will be donated.

7 Oct 2014 - GLF among PHL best festivals

PAMPANGA -- The City of San Fernando's famed "Ligligan Parul" or Giant Lantern Festival (GLF) has been acclaimed anew as one of the best tourism events in the country during the 10th Pearl Awards held last Saturday in Bacolod City.

Last year, the world renowned festival of lights and sounds held every December, also earned the first runner-up slot in the Pearl Awards which is organized by the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines and the Department of Tourism.

7 Oct 2014 - Hanjin admits workers using illegal drugs

SUBIC BAY -- Workers of the Korean firm Hanjin Shipyard are reportedly using illegal drugs and “is quite alarming,” said an official here.

“The reports of illegal drugs use in the shipyard have prompted the management of Korean shipbuilder Hanjin to tighten their security,” Illuminado Comandao, an official of Sushicor, a Hanjin subcontractor said.

7 Oct 2014 - Artist denies involvement in Angeles Museo exhibit

PAMPANGA -- Presidential Merit Awardee for Ecclesiastical Art Willy Layug has denied any involvement in the upcoming exhibit of the alleged works of the late Kapampangan artist Juan Flores at the Museo ning Angeles this October stressing that he was not part of the affair and that his current works are not part of the exhibit.

"I am surprised that my name was being used to promote the event. It also saddens me that some people are using my name to advance their interests," Layug told.

7 Oct 2014 - Tricycle driver nabbed in Lubao for illegal drugs

A tricycle driver here was recently arrested after a drug buy-bust operation conducted by the Lubao police at Barangay San Nicolas II, this town.

Police Officer Avelino Agumboy identified the suspect as 33-year-old Makoy who is a resident of the said barangay. Agumboy said that the arrest of Makoy was due to a P500 marked money, two big sachets of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu which were recovered from the suspect’s possession.

7 Oct 2014 - Clark hosts Northern Luzon Shipping Summit

CLARK FREEPORT -- Around 200 industry stakeholders recently attended the Northern Luzon Shipping Summit at Clark Freeport, which was organized by the Subic Bay International Terminal Corporation.

Clark Development Corporation President Arthur Tugade vouched that the Clark Airport and Subic Bay seaport, which are both former American bases, could be viables gateway for Northern Luzon.

7 Oct 2014 - Alcala lauds DA, Gawad Kalinga for Central Luzon project

PAMPANGA -- Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala lauded the efforts of Gawad Kalinga (GK) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) regional office here for the two-hectare land project in Bulacan that will be used for technology demonstrations and would benefit other provinces in Central Luzon.

In a memorandum of understanding between DA and GK, a two–hectare piece of land (animal farm) located at Barangay Encanto, Angat, Bulacan will be allocated to DA for technology demonstration on the sustainable agricultural technology showcasing various crops and livestock under the high value crops development program, organic agriculture, rice, corn and livestock program and shall be managed by DA for two years and GK thereafter.

7 Oct 2014 - Man shot dead by MRCs in Arayat

PAMPANGA -- Two suspected motorcycle riding criminals (MRCs) opened fire on a residential area in Barangay San Juan Baño, Arayat, Pampanga killing a man last Saturday.

The Arayat police identified the victim as Remy Mesina, 45, a resident of Purok 1, Barangay San Juan Baño, Arayat, Pampanga.

5 Oct 2014 - Guv calls for united effort vs dengue

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda met with officials of the Department of Health (DOH), municipal health officers and doctors to drum up a united effort against dengue in Pampanga following the rise of dengue cases and the recent declaration of an outbreak in one municipality.

Pineda directed the local officials to use resources and manpower available to reduce incidents of dengue. She cited the need to for clean-ups and other measures.

5 Oct 2014 - Construction painter arrested for illegal drugs

PAMPANGA -- A construction painter in Floridablanca was recently arrested following a drug buy-bust operation conducted by the Floridablanca police at the Barangay Del Carmen, this town.

The arrest, Floridablanca police anti-illegal drugs unit said, is part of their local campaign against illegal drugs trade.

5 Oct 2014 - Homeowners urged to join anti-drug campaign

PAMPANGA -- San Fernando Councilor Jimmy Lazation has urged officers of the federated home owner associations and members in the City of San Fernando to join the effort of the City and Provincial Government in a multi-sectoral joint effort to eradicate drug pushing and drug use here.

This as the Provincial Government of Pampanga led by Governor Lilia Pineda and city officials held another Anti-Drug Summit at the Heroes Hall over the weekend. The event was attended by dozens of sector leaders in the fight against drug abuse along with agency heads and other government officials.

5 Oct 2014 - Subic dolphin calf named Lana

SUBIC BAY -- “Lana” is the name of the female dolphin calf.

This was announced on Saturday by officials of Ocean Adventure, a marine theme park here.

4 Oct 2014 - AEC seen as ‘threat’ to farmers, traders

PAMPANGA -- Several farmers and traders in the province expressed apprehension over the upcoming regional economic integration of the Association of Southeast Nations (Asean), which is set to materialize next year.

The regional economic integration will create an Asean Economic Community (AEC), which envisions Southeast Asia as "a single market and production base, a highly competitive economic region, a region of equitable economic development, and a region fully integrated into the global economy."

4 Oct 2014 - Guv calls on Porac tanods to help fight illegal drugs

PAMPANGA -- Dozens of barangay captains and tanods from Porac's villages gathered on Friday at the home of former Board Member Fritzie David-Dizon here for the Anti-Drug Summit meant to increase awareness on the drug problem at the grassroots level as they were urged by Governor Lilia Pineda to help in the campaign.

The summit is part of the series of talks on the Capitol's anti-drug campaign after drug related crimes and incidents in Pampanga have become alarming in the past months. Pineda aims to address all of the province's 10,000 tanods. She added that she has already addressed some 7,000 tanods to date.

4 Oct 2014 - LTO-Angeles keen on improving services

ANGELES CITY -- The Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Angeles City vowed that it will continuously improve its facilities to provide utmost comfort and convenience to its clients.

During the agency's second semester "Big Clean Up and Big Sorting Day" on, LTO Angeles City Chief Transportation Regulation Officer Aida Santiago said that serving their clients come from the heart.

4 Oct 2014 - Capitol steps up war on drugs

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda has called on all local officials including homeowner associations in the province to join forces in the fight against illegal drugs.

During a summit on Anti-Illegal Drugs held at Heroes Hall here, Pineda asked Fernandinos to support provincial officials in eradicating of illegal drug problems among subdivisions not only in San Fernando but also in the entire province.

4 Oct 2014 - 306 ‘modern day heroes’ donate blood

PAMPANGA -- Some 306 blood donors joined on Friday the bloodletting activity of the provincial government themed, "Daya Cu, Saup Cu, Blood Donors Cu, Pagmaragul Cu," to help augment the blood requirements needed by the patients in the province.

Governor Lilia Pineda called the blood donors as "modern day heroes".

4 Oct 2014 - Government expo to showcase services

ANGELES CITY -- The "Kabisig Philippine Government Expo and Trade Fair 2014" scheduled on October 28 to 31, 2014 at the Event Center of SM City Clark here is expected to showcase government services and bring government programs closer to the people.

Kabisig chairman Daniel Guillen said that the event is a one-stop information exhibit that will feature government office profiles, service facilities, programs, projects and accomplishments, including products and services.

3 Oct 2014 - Peregrine not required to register with PCAB

CLARK FREEPORT -- Officials of the Peregrine Development International Incorporated (Peregrine) said Friday that they are not required to register with the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB).

Dennis Wright, president and chief executive officer of Peregrine, said that international firms like Peregrine are not required to register with PCAB.

3 Oct 2014 - 1 killed, 6 injured in NLEx mishap

PAMPANGA -- A bus conductor died and six passengers were injured during a collision of two buses and a cargo truck along the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) in Barangay Sampaloc, Apalit, Pampanga, early dawn Friday.

Senior Superintendent Marlon Madrid, Pampanga police provincial director, said the lone fatality was identified as Quevil Pugal, 40, Dominion Bus Lines conductor.

3 Oct 2014 - Man shot dead in San Luis

PAMPANGA -- A blood-soaked man, who was shot by a still unidentified suspect, was found at Sitio Tagulod, Barangay Sta. Monica, San Luis town.

The San Luis police identified the victim as Moises Ponce, 34, a resident of Barangay Mangga, Candaba town. The dead body was found in grassland at around 6 a.m. on Friday.

2 Oct 2014 - GGDC: Peregine not registered

CLARK FREEPORT -- A top official of the Global Gateway Development Corporation (GGDC) has revealed that Peregrine Development International Incorporated (Peregrine) is not a registered contractor.

GGDC president and Chief Executive Officer Mark Williams said documents obtained from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) show that Peregrine is not a duly accredited contractor.

2 Oct 2014 - Sisig to highlight Big Bite fest

ANGELES CITY -- Hailed by the New York Times in a review as "arguably the greatest pork dish on earth," this city’s renowned sisig will highlight "Big Bite: The Northern Food Festival" slated on October 17 to 19 at the Activity Center of MarQuee Mall here.

Organizers of the food festival -- MarQuee Mall, in partnership with the Department of Tourism, Department of Trade and Industry, Angeles City Tourism Office, North Luzon Expressway, Bank of the Philippine Islands and Lifestyle Network -- disclosed that Big Bite will be kicked-off with a giant sisig cook-off, symbolizing Angeles City’s major contribution to Philippine cuisine.

2 Oct 2014 - Pamintuan vows to construct Angeles’ third park

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has vowed to build the city's third park at the red-light district of Barangay Balibago here.

"A third people's park will soon rise near the Checkpoint Transport Terminal in Barangay Balibago," Pamintuan said.

2 Oct 2014 - 2 suspected top CPP-NPA leaders arrested

PAMPANGA -- Two alleged top leaders of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) were arrested by authorities during a manhunt operation in Barangay San Antonio, Mexico, Pampanga, on Wednesday.

Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta, Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) director, identified the arrested suspects as Eugenia Magpantay-Topacio, alias "Reming" and her partymate-husband Agaton "Boy" Topacio alias Cosme, both residents of the said barangay.

2 Oct 2014 - San Fernando aims to lessen vehicular accidents

PAMOANGA -- The San Fernando City Government here recently conducted a safety driving seminar to decrease the growing number of accidents in the city.

Based on the data of the city traffic management division, for the month of September 2014 alone, the city recorded a total of 41 vehicular accidents.

2 Oct 2014 - ‘Pinasaya’: PhilPost, SM Clark celebrate letter writing day

ANGELES CITY -- In celebration of World Post Day, SM Supermalls celebrated the National Letter Writing Day at SM City Clark in partnership with the Philippine Postal Corporation (PhlPost) on Thursday.

Dubbed "Pinasaya," the postal awareness campaign aims to develop the writing skills of students and help them hone their composition skills, as well as foster the enjoyment of sending and receiving letters through the postal office.

2 Oct 2014 - 2,000 Porac residents get PhilHealth cards

PAMPANGA -- Porac officials led by Mayor Condralito dela Cruz recently led the distribution of 2,000 locally funded PhilHealth cards at the Jose Songco Lapid Cultural And Civic Center in bid to help indigents get access to quality health services.

Councilor Mark Valencia said that the event was attended by Vice Mayor Dexter David along with local and barangay officials.

2 Oct 2014 - Internet firm exec abducted

PAMPANGA -- The owner and manager of Adflix Solution, reportedly a Globe internet provider located in Barangay Quebiawan, was abducted by three unidentified armed men at the parking lot of Emagine building compound along MacArthur highway in Barangay Quebiawan, City of San Fernando on Tuesday.

Senior Superintendent Marlon Madrid, Pampanga Police provincial director, identified the victim as Adrian Pagtalunan, 34, and a resident of Luntiang Paraiso Resort, Tabang Guiguinto, Bulacan.

1 Oct 2014 - TMCC to open December 8

CLARK FREEPORT -- A top official of the Global Gateway Development Corporation (GGDC) revealed on Wednesday that The Medical City Clark (TMCC) will be completed and will open on December 8 this year.

GGDC president and chief executive officer Mark Williams said, "The Medical City is actually going forward, despite of what you're hearing in the press.

1 Oct 2014 - Only Clark viable as 2nd int’l airport – AirAsia CEO

CLARK FREEPORT -- AirAsia Philippines Chief Executive Officer Maan Hontiveros on Wednesday said that the Clark International Airport (CRK) is the "only viable second international airport" of the country and is the best option to decongest the flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

"We always believe in the dual airport system. We always believe that this is Clark. It will complement the operations of the NAIA," said Hontiveros at the "Talk Widus" press conference at the Widus Hotel-Casino here.

1 Oct 2014 - Council commends Luciano for Clark airport development

ANGELES CITY -- The city council here has commended outgoing Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president and Chief Executive Officer Victor Jose Luciano for his invaluable contribution to the airport's development.

In Resolution 7047, Luciano was commended “for his leadership and him being instrumental in bringing in flights to the Clark International Airport that benefited the economy of Angeles City and adjacent communities.”

1 Oct 2014 - Agri officials gear up for AEC 2015

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries in partnership with the Department of Agriculture gathered agricultural information officers, planning officers, banner program coordinators from Luzon A cluster (CAR, Regions 1, 2 and 3) for a two-day seminar-workshop at Lewis Grand Hotel here in preparation for the Asean Economic Community (AEC) in 2015.

AEC is about making trade and investments flow freely such as goods, services, and investment, among others, thus, creating an enabling environment for businesses to prosper by seizing opportunities in the global market.

1 Oct 2014 - Girl, 13, molested by father

PAMPANGA -- A 13-year-old girl was allegedly molested by her own father in Apalit town.

Lolong (not his real name) was brought to the custody of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) last September 25 following a complaint by the victim's relatives that the 64-year-old suspect sexually molested his own daughter Maria (not her real name).

1 Oct 2014 - Rabies cases decline in Central Luzon

PAMPANGA -- Man’s best friend, the dog, can possibly be his worst enemy when it comes to the spread of rabies infections.

“Rabies is a fatal disease in the developing countries. It is the rabies virus which invades the brain of an individual once you have been bitten by a rabid dog,” said Jane Barrera, a nurse from the Lubao District Hospital.

1 Oct 2014 - Outstanding Kapampangan scientist feted

ANGELES CITY -- Angeles City born scientist Karl Marx A. Quiazon was recently honored by the Angeles City Council for his achievements in the field of aquatic biosciences after being awarded as among the 12 Outstanding Young Scientists at the Philippine International Convention Center recently.

Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting presented the City Council resolution honoring Quiazon's work at the City Hall Session Hall.

1 Oct 2014 - 214 police recruits take oath of office

PAMPANGA -- At least 214 police recruits took their oath of office during a short program held at the Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) ground parade, here, on Tuesday.

Superintendent Rolly Mendoza, chief of the Regional Police Personnel and Human Resource Development Division (RPHRDD) administered the oath taking ceremony.