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Balibago News Dec-2014

30 Dec 2014 - Businessman: 2014 was a good year

PAMPANGA -- "The year 2014, for Pampanga and Central and North Luzon's economy, was relatively a good year."

So disclosed Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) chairman emeritus Levy Laus, as he noted that businesses and investments boomed the whole year-round in Pampanga and the rest of the region, taking much of North Luzon into an economic upswing, even if the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has been affected by the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

30 Dec 2014 - Lito Lapid announces mayoralty bid in Angeles

ANGELES CITY -- Senator Manuel "Lito" Lapid has officially announced his plan to seek the mayoralty post in this highly urbanized city.

Lapid made the announcement during a Christmas Party his camp organized for incumbent and former barangay leaders here on Monday.

30 Dec 2014 - Mayor calls for more ‘heroic’ partnerships

PAMPANGA -- San Fernando City Mayor Edwin Santiago urged Tuesday Fernandinos and multi-sectoral representatives to bond together and form more "heroic and strategic" partnerships for governance to enhance the city's growth.

During the commemoration of the 118th death anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal at Heroes Park here, Santiago stressed that the city's stakeholders are "everyday heroes" who see to the welfare of Fernandinos.

30 Dec 2014 - Angeles village chief portrays Rizal at hero’s 118th martyrdom rites

ANGELES CITY -- A barangay captain of Angeles City portrayed Jose Rizal for the fifth straight year on Tuesday during the commemoration of the 118th martyrdom anniversary of the national hero who was executed here on December 30, 1896.

Salapungan Barangay Captain Reynaldo “Rey” Malig said “I am deeply honored to play the role of Rizal as proud member of the Order of the Knights of Rizal (OKOR).”

30 Dec 2014 - Rotarians optimistic with Sama for district governorship

PAMPANGA -- Some Rotarians from various Rotary Clubs under Cluster 4A are optimistic that a Rotarian from their cluster would be Rotary governor as nominations are set this January.

Their confidence is set on Rotarian Jesus "Jess" Sama who is currently the holder of the position of assistant governor. Rotarians and even cluster presidents expressed their confidence for Sama during a mid-week meeting at Villa Asucena in Barangay San Matias here.

30 Dec 2014 - Displaced farmers get aid from San Fernando

PAMPANGA -- Some 53 displaced farmers from Barangay Maimpis who were affected by a land row received Tuesday financial assistance from the City Government of San Fernando on Tuesday.

Jived with the commemoration of Dr. Jose Rizal's 118th death anniversary at Heroes Park here, Mayor Edwin Santiago lauded the farmers for their sacrifices and "standing up to their rights in times of adversity," branding them as heroes who fight for food sufficiency.

29 Dec 2014 - 2014 quarry revenues reache P1.3-B mark

PAMPANGA -- The provincial government’s revenue from quarry operations reached an all time high anew as it posted a P1,364,566,747.34 income December 23 this year.

The total income from Pampanga's sand and gravel industry, excluding revenues for December 29, which was still unavailable at press time, is the sum of aggregate quarry collections, weighing scale fees, accreditation of motor vehicles and sand and gravel fees.

29 Dec 2014 - Mayor: New Arayat improves basic services

PAMPANGA -- "The new Arayat continuously improves the delivery of basic services and is friendly to businesses."

Thus said Mayor Emmanuel "Bon" Alejandrino on Monday as he showed the newly constructed offices, multi-purpose hall and birthing station at the compound of the municipal hall.

29 Dec 2014 - 6 nabbed in drug buy-bust

PAMPANGA -- The intensified anti-drug operations of the Tarlac City Police Office (TCPO) resulted in the arrest of six alleged drug dependents in this city on Monday.

Earlier on, the CAIDSOFT (the anti-drug unit of TCPO) led by SPO2 Ronald Ibañez conducted a buy-bust operation against Perry Michael Dayrit, 24, single, a resident of Sitio Santos, Barangay Matatalaib, Tarlac City.

29 Dec 2014 - Suspected pusher, users arrested in Candaba

PAMPANGA -- Alfer Mallari, 27, An alleged shabu pusher and seven persons were arrested in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Bahay Pare, Candaba, Pampanga, Saturday.

Confiscated from his possession were two heat sealed transparent plastic sachet containing suspected shabu and a P500 bill used in the buy-bust operation, Recomono said.

28 Dec 2014 - Miss Mabalacat City pre-pageant set today

MABALACAT CITY -- The region’s most awaited and elaborate beauty pageant, Miss Mabalacat City, will be having its pre-pageant Monday as it stages a broadway musical-inspired production that will parade 15 lovely ladies in this city.

Among the musicales it will feature are excerpts from Hairspray, Miss Saigon, Cats, Mary Poppins, Grease and other broadway hits, including a grand production for its January 30 Coronation Night.

28 Dec 2014 - Don’t use firecrackers, public warned

MABALACAT CITY -- The Department of Health (DOH) has warned the public not to use firecrackers in welcoming the New Year because of the risk it poses.

The agency stated that it will treat all individuals injured by firecrackers during the New Year festivities "but damaged future has no cure. Don’t use firecrackers to welcome the New Year."

28 Dec 2014 - Kapampangan film bags awards in MMFF

PAMPANGA -- The Kapampangan independent film "Magkakabaung" (The Coffin Maker) won three major categories in this year's Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) New Wave Section.

The film won Best Director for Jayson Laxamana, Best Actor for actor Allen Dizon and Best Film in this year's Metro Manila Film Festival New Wave category. The entries for the New Wave category were presented last December 17, while the eight mainstream films were presented a few days before Christmas.

28 Dec 2014 - Vice guv lauds SM for treating 72 kids at Sky Ranch park

PAMPANGA -- Vice Governor Dennis "Delta" Pineda expressed gratitude to the management and officials of SM City Pampanga for allowing 72 young Aetas to have "an unforgettable and happy day" at the mall's Sky Ranch Pampanga amusement park recently.

Pineda and Angelina “Angie” Blanco, head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), led the “Christmas Treat” for the Aetas at the latest crowd-drawer at the SM Pampanga.

27 Dec 2014 - Hospitals on ‘white’ alert for New Year

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Health (DOH) has announced that Pampanga province’s 11 district hospitals and its lone provincial medical facility will be on “Code White” alert in preparation for the celebration of New Year.

The alert means that the medical personnel in the province are on-call for firecracker-related incidents, according to Dr. Jesse Fantone, head of the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit of DOH-Central Luzon.

27 Dec 2014 - Arroyo back at hospital after Christmas furlough

PAMPANGA -- Former President and incumbent Pampanga Second District Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo returned to the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City on Friday after her furlough request which started on December 23 ended on December 26.

Arroyo was reported to have arrived at the VMMC around 2:17 p.m. Friday, according to reports.

27 Dec 2014 - Pampanga mason holds Christmas party for kids

PAMPANGA -- Hundreds of children felt the spirit of Christmas after attending Saturday’s party sponsored by the Pampanga Masonic Lodge Number 48.

The kids were given food, toys, and candies during the event dubbed “Pamaskong Handog ng Pampanga Masonic Lodge Number 48, F. and A. M. Para Sa Mga Bata.”

26 Dec 2014 - Sto. Tomas relentless vs drug pushers

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Joselito "Lito" Naguit has ordered the police to continue its aggressive campaign against alleged drug pushers in line with the directive of the provincial government to purge their illegal trade.

Naguit's order to Chief Inspector John Clark, town police chief, resulted in the arrest of at least 18 drug pushers since the renewed campaign was launched a few months ago. Two other suspects were arrested for alleged possession of illegal drugs, added Clark, who was assigned as chief cop of Sto. Tomas last January.

26 Dec 2014 - Mabalacat business district peaceful during Christmas

MABALACAT CITY -- The business district of this city was relatively peaceful during the celebration of Christmas Day.

This was according to Chief Inspector Melvin Florida, newly installed Dau police commander, who disclosed that there were no major incidents over the past few days.

26 Dec 2014 - Gun-related crimes rise by 45% in 2014

PAMPANGA -- The number of shooting incidents in the province of Pampanga has increased significantly this year, the Pampanga Police Provincial Office (PPPO) said recently.

PPPO data showed that reported shooting-related crimes went up from 98 cases (January to December 2013) to 142 cases in the same period this year. This year’s figure is up by 45 percent or 44 cases of gun-related crimes, with five days to go before year-end.

26 Dec 2014 - Soldiers convert Basa Air Base into Christmas-themed attraction

PAMPANGA -- Deafening cheers cut through the chilly air as impatient, giggling children marveled at the strings of Christmas lights that burst into the stunning landscape of Basa Air Base in Floridablanca.

Every December, the spirited members of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) here convert a part of the camp into a Christmas-themed park, which boasts of a number of rides, shows, and booths.

26 Dec 2014 - Drug dealer killed in post Christmas Day shootout

PAMPANGA -- It was the end of the road for a notorious drug pusher after Christmas Day when he tried to shoot it out with joint police operatives of the Capas and Concepcion police.

Earlier on, Capas police intelligence operatives conducted a buy bust operation against Rico Bundalian, Jr. alias Jun and JB, 44, single, a resident of Ilang-ilang Street, Green Village, Concepcion, Tarlac at Barangay Sto. Domingo 2nd in the town of Capas.

22 Dec 2014 - Businessman cites role of media in development

PAMPANGA -- Laus Group of Companies Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Levy P. Laus is optimistic for the local economy of Central Luzon this coming 2015 as he highlighted the importance of local media in the region’s development.

Laus made this forecast during the Christmas media luncheon with Pampanga media at Max's Restaurant on Monday

22 Dec 2014 - Lazatin: Rodriguez’s re-election bid good for San Fernando

ANGELES CITY -- Former first district Representative Carmelo "Tarzan" Lazatin welcomed Monday the decision of third district Representative Oscar "Oca" Rodriguez to seek re-election, allowing a "harmonious relationship" between officials in the nearby City of San Fernando.

In a phone interview, Lazatin said both Rodriguez and City of San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago "are doing very good in their respective posts and there is no reason for them to clash in 2016."

22 Dec 2014 - Central Luzon ‘well-poised’ for Asean economic integration

PAMPANGA -- Central Luzon is in a strong position to partake in the economic integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) next year, an official of the Regional Development Council (RDC-3) in Central Luzon assured, citing vigorous economic progress and positive image in the international community.

“What does it mean for us here in Central Luzon? First of all this is not an option for us because we are all involved here and all of us are stakeholders and are bound to feel the impacts of the integration,” RDC-3 chairman and Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado clarified during the RDC-3 Forum on the Asean Economic Community (AEC) held recently at the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda-3) Central Luzon Office, Diosdado Macapagal Government Center, this city.

22 Dec 2014 - Fire hits sugarcane farm in Guagua

PAMPANGA -- A portion of a sugarcane farm in Barangay Maquiapo here was destroyed by fire recently.

Fire Officer Christopher Felimco, officer-in-charge of the Guagua Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), said the fire might have been ignited by the cold weather.

22 Dec 2014 - PRO3 seals cops’ guns

PAMPANGA -- The muzzle taping of firearms that aims to prevent illegal discharge of guns by Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel, here was conducted Monday.

Chief Superintendent Ronald Santos, Deputy Regional Director for Administration of the Police Regional Office III (PRO3), said the sealing of firearms of policemen in Central Luzon has been annually conducted to ensure that no one will use issued guns during the celebration of Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

21 Dec 2014 - Mabalacat wants ordinance vs riding in tandem

MABALACT CITY -- Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales has urged the City Council to come up with an ordinance that will drastically reduce the crimes committed by individuals riding motorcycles.

Morales, who was interviewed at the Pampanga Mayors’ League (PML) Christmas party on Saturday night, said he directed Vice Mayor Christian Halili to immediately consult the public and study a proposed ordinance aimed at limiting the movements of motorcycle-riding criminals.

21 Dec 2014 - Oca to seek re-election

PAMPANGA -- Third District Representative Oscar “Oca” Rodriguez said he is seeking re-election in 2016, dousing reports that he wants to make a comeback as mayor of this city and challenge his longtime political ally, Mayor Edwin Santiago.

“Who said I want to run for mayor? I never said that I will run for mayor. ” said Rodriguez in an interview on Friday night.

21 Dec 2014 - Group offers free physical therapy for indigents

PAMPANGA -- The Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) has been offering free physical therapy sessions for indigent stroke patients with the help of volunteers from the Arellano University at the Jose A. Datu Medical Center here.

KDF president Benigno Ricafort said the new program is on a per schedule basis and would be available as long as there are patients willing to avail of the services of the volunteers.

21 Dec 2014 - Suspected drug peddler arrested

PAMPANGA -- Police operatives here arrested a suspected drug dealer in a buy bust operation few days before Christmas.

Oliver Canlas, 28, of Purok 2 San Vicente, this town, was caught allegedly handing selling illegal drugs to a police agent.

21 Dec 2014 - Capitol backs SC mandamus

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government headed by Governor Lilia Pineda reiterated its strong support and backing for the Supreme Court’s mandamus on Manila Bay aiming to bring back its old glory and make it a “swim and bath” spot again.

During the recent Manila bay Day commemoration at Heroes Hall in this city, Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Officer Engineer Art Punsalan said that Capitol has strengthened its solid waste management program and continues to sustain its environmental program to attain the objective of the High Tribunal’s mandamus covering 14 line government agencies.

20 Dec 2014 - ‘Maestro’ gives Fernandinos songwriting tips

PAMPANGA -- “Maestro” Ryan Cayabyab over the weekend gave aspiring high school students and professionals in this city important songwriting tips to enhance their talent and craft.

The half-day training program was facilitated by the city’s Multi-Sectoral Governance Council and Manila North Tollways Corporation in partnership with Cayabyab’s Philpop Music Foundation.

20 Dec 2014 - US custody of Pemberton hit

CLARK FREEPORT -- Anakpawis Partylist Representative Fernando Hicap described as "highly condemnable" the United States government's hard stand to retain the custody of US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton, suspect for the murder of transgender Jennifer Laude.

Hicap said the people should strongly demand not only for the Philippine government to assert custody of the American soldier while the murder case is still being prosecuted, but also for the immediate termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).

20 Dec 2014 - Business sector urged to support San Fernando adopt-a-scholar program

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando recently urged business owners and traders to support a local scholarship program.

Mayor Edwin Santiago said the local government has already provided educational assistance to the students of the City College of San Fernando.

20 Dec 2014 - 5 Central Luzon bets win in 2014 Gawad Saka

PAMPANGA -- Central Luzon bets have bagged awards at the National Gawad Saka 2014 held at Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) recently.

The Gawad Saka is an annual contest to recognize farmers, fisherfolks, livestock raisers and farmers' and fisherfolks' groups who have excelled and made significant contributions in enhancing the development of the agriculture and fishery sector in their respective communities and in the country.

20 Dec 2014 - Sto. Tomas indigents get Christmas gifts

PAMPANGA -- Some 50 children from this town received Christmas gifts from the Santo Tomas Municipal Police as part of their social program this Yuletide Season.

Police chief John Clark said that the move was part of the local police's desire to win the hearts of the people in the community.

20 Dec 2014 - Mabalacat junkshop robbed

Four armed men riding in two motorcycles held-up a junkshop located along Mampan road, Barangay Camachiles, Mabalacat City, Wednesday.

Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono, Jr., Pampanga Police Provincial director, said the suspects armed with caliber .45 pistols were on board Honda wave motorcycles without plate numbers when they arrived at the EM junkshop owned by Eufracia Marin, 52, a resident of Barangay Camachiles, of said city.

19 Dec 2014 - Burials resume at CVC

CLARK FREEPORT -- Burials at the Clark Veterans Cemetery (CVC) has resumed after the Bases Conversion Development Authority suspended the interment at the war veterans’ resting place on December 1.

Earlier, United States Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) urged the Philippine government to end the suspension of burials at the CVC.

19 Dec 2014 - Business group fetes mayor for support

PAMPANGA -- The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) presented a plaque of appreciation to Mayor Edwin Santiago for generously hosting the dinner reception for the delegates of the Federation of Philippine-American Chambers of Commerce (FPACC) and business matching with the members of the chamber recently.

PamCham said that it is also thankful for the support of the mayor to the business community here for the past year. The group said that the city's vibrant economy has been the product of proactive teamwork between government leaders and the business community in the city for the past decade.

19 Dec 2014 - US marine appears in court for arraignment

US Marine Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton showed up Friday at the Olongapo City Hall of justice where he was fingerprinted and photographed.

The US Marine was scheduled for his arraignment but was postponed, Delos Reyes said.

19 Dec 2014 - SBMA to hold training-program on CSR

SUBIC BAY -- The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) wants the locators of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ) to regard corporate social responsibility (CSR) not as a mere philanthropic initiative but as a mature, refined discipline.

Victor Persius Chan, CSR manager of Redondo Peninsula Energy Incorporated (RP Energy), issued this call on Wednesday during a media briefing held at the Buma Hotel, Moonbay Marina Area, this Freeport.

19 Dec 2014 - DFA announces schedule of holiday season authentication services

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs released on Friday the schedule for authentication services in observance of the public holidays in the last week of December.

The schedule covers DFA City of San Fernando-Pampanga at Robinsons Starmills, Department of Foreign Affairs-Aseana (DFA Aseana), DFA NCR-West (SM Manila), DFA NCR-East (SM Megamall), DFA NCR-Northeast (Ali Mall), and DFA NCR-South (Metro Gaisano Alabang).

19 Dec 2014 - Nicdao is new PamCham prexy

PAMPANGA -- Prominent businessman Jess Nicdao has been elected as the new president of the influential Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham).

This came as PamCham corporate secretary Malou Garbes announced the new set of officers as a result of the special meeting of the group's board of directors last December 16.

19 Dec 2014 - Angeles honors gun shooting champ

ANGELES CITY – The City Council recently honored Franchette Shayne Quiroz, a full-blooded Kapampangan who is making a name in international practical shooting competitions.

Franchette, who is based in this city, was cited through a city council resolution, said Councilor Maricel “Marang” Morales in an interview on Thursday.

19 Dec 2014 - Motorcycle riders kill 2 in Mexico, San Fernando

PAMPANGA -- Two persons were killed by motorcycle riding suspects in Mexico town and the City of San Fernando, Tuesday.

Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono Jr., Pampanga Police Provincial director, identified the fatalities as Warren Legaspi, 23, a resident of Barangay Lagundi, Mexico; and Restituto Dimabuyo, 41, a resident of Barangay Bulaon, City of San Fernando.

18 Dec 2014 - San Fernando tops in ECA

PAMPANGA -- The City of San Fernando was recognized by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) after it topped this year’s Environmental Compliance Audit or ECA and for its environment-friendly programs and projects.

During the second year commemoration of Manila Bay Day at the Ninoy Aquino Amphitheater of Heroes Hall in this city, DILG Regional Director Florida Dijan said that San Fernando exemplified the “passion to protect the environment” through sound solid waste programs and projects that are compliant to RA 9003 and to the spirit of “bayanihan” which runs in accordance with the Mandamus order of the Supreme Court to save Manila Bay and water tributaries connected to it.

18 Dec 2014 - Angeles employees to get P10,000 bonus

ANGELES CITY -- Plantilla personnel of the City Government will each be getting an additional P10,000 Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) bonus before Christmas as Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan approved the passage of Supplemental Budget No. 3, ordained by the Angeles City Council during a Special Session on Wednesday.

“Our permanent, co-terminus, contractual and casual employees deserve this additional productivity bonus especially those at the front line services. This is based on Executive Order No. 80 issued by President Benigno Aquino III and its implementing guidelines, DBM Memorandum Circular No. 2014-3 dated December 2, 2014,” Pamintuan said.

18 Dec 2014 - Medical City Clark offers specialized health services

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Medical City (TMC) Clark has vowed to provide specialized health care with its certified physicians and state-of-the-art equipment.

The medical center is committed to offer specialties including orthopedics, ophthalmology, otolaryngology (ENT), radiology, pathology, hematology/oncology, endocrinology, physical therapy, neurology, nephrology, pediatrics, neonatology, OB-gynecology, and different kinds of surgery.

18 Dec 2014 - San Fernando holds abilympics, special welfare day

PAMPANGA -- The United Nations (UN) International Day of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) may have passed but the City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga still kicked off Tuesday a special welfare day and abilympics for the city’s PWDs.

The celebration is based on the International Abilympics (IA) or Olympics of Abilities for PWDs, which traces its roots in Japan in 1972 when Abilympics, an annual national skill competition for the disabled persons, was organized by the Japanese Association for the Employment of the Disabled (JAED).

18 Dec 2014 - Street children get Yuletide treat from Quota Pampanga

ANGELES CITY -- Some 50 street children under the care of the Bale Anghel here received Christmas gifts and food from members of Quota Intentional of Pampanga on Thursday.

Quota International of Pampanga president Joycel Robles said that the event is part of their Christmas program for disadvantaged children in the city. The group was invited to help in the Christmas program for the street children under Bale Anghel.

17 Dec 2014 - Morales urges CDC to open Dau-Clark gate

MABALACAT CITY -- Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales urged the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) to open the Dau-Clark Gate (formerly Dau Checkpoint) of the Clark Freeport.

The mayor said the opening of the old entry point will help in decongesting the traffic volume at the central business district of Dau.

17 Dec 2014 - Ex-PML president: Binay has the ‘heart’ for people

CLARK FREEPORT -- The former president of the Pampanga Mayors' League (PML) has renewed his commitment to support the presidential bid of Vice- President Jejomar Binay.

In a press conference at the Fontana Residences here recently, former Candaba Mayor and PML president Jerry Pelayo said Binay has the "heart" and genuine concern for the Filipino people.

17 Dec 2014 - Farmer slain in Arayat

PAMPANGA -- A 28-year-old farmer was shot to death by motorcycle riding criminals in Barangay San Juan, Arayat, Pampanga, Monday.

Police identified the fatality as Albert Oronce, 28, a resident of Barangay San Juan.

17 Dec 2014 - Vermicomposting takes roots among Bacolor farmers

PAMPANGA -- Some farmers here have scrapped conventional farming, citing that it is not only dangerous for human consumption due to chemical fertilizers, but is also costly to maintain.

With growing awareness about the different processes of organic farming, the town of Bacolor, particularly in Barangay Sta. Barbara, became interested in using vermicomposting.

17 Dec 2014 - Cine Kabalen bares Kapampangan film-making winners

ANGELES CITY -- Carlo Catu's "Mis Da Ka" was awarded the Best Film in this year's Fourth Cine Kabalen Film Festival.

The winners were announced at the Cinema 4, SM City Clark recently. The 10 Kapampangan short films from different towns and cities in Pampanga vied for the following major awards: Gintung Tugak (Golden Frog), Gintung Salaksak (Golden Kingfisher), Gintung Matsin (Golden Monkey), Gintung Tikbalang (Golden Kapampangan Centaur), GintungDapu (Golden Crocodile) and the distinguished Gintung Damulag (Golden Carabao) for the best film. The trophies were designed by Kapampangan artist Don Reich De Dios.

16 Dec 2014 - Officials oppose Minalin anti-flood project

PAMPANGA -- The mayor of nearby Macabebe town and two officials here, including Vice Mayor Querolico Daag, are opposing the proposed P170-million Saguing Cut-Off flood control project due to its "negative impact" on the livelihood of hundreds of fisherfolk and the possibility that "it could worsen" the flooding in the two towns and nearby areas.

In a statement, Macabebe Mayor Annette Flores-Balgan, Daag and Minalin Councilor Enrico Suba said the design of the 1.7-kilometer Saguing Cut-Off “is outdated and will not solve but worsen the flood problems” at the southwestern portion of Pampanga, including Minalin, Sto. Tomas, Macabebe, Masantol and Apalit towns.

16 Dec 2014 - Guv: Community helpers, Peso coordinators unsung heroes

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda lauded the efforts of some 1,225 barangay community helpers and Public Employment Service Office (PESO) coordinators in helping local officials in the cleanliness of their respective villages and bringing job opportunities closer to the communities and families.

“Your volunteerism and untiring efforts for human and community development is worth recognizing for. You are one of the unsung heroes of the Province of Pampanga,” the governor told them during the “Aldo Ding Mangalakal” and “Aldo ding Barangay Livelihood and Employment or PESO Coordinators” held at Pineda Gym, this town, Tuesday.

16 Dec 2014 - CDC gifts folks at Mabalacat orphanage

MABALACAT CITY -- The state-run Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has brought joy to children with special needs at the Munting Tahanan ng Nazareth in Barangay Mabiga here with a Christmas gift-giving activity.

Employees and volunteers under the External Affairs Department (EAD) and other CDC departments gave the institution grocery items and other goods.

16 Dec 2014 - Duman Festival reset for December 20

PAMPANGA -- It is all set for this year's 13th Duman Festival supposedly set last December 6 which was later cancelled due to Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) as organizers of the event said it would push through this Saturday, December 20 at the Santa Rita Eco-park.

Andy Alviz and his group Arti.StaRita started the festival in 2002, which originated from the long standing tradition of pounding and winnowing unripe glutinous rice (lacatan) and turning it into a light pale gold or green delicacy called "duman." The festival features alfresco dining were rows and rows of delicacy stalls would sell various pastries and native dishes of the town, with duman being the major highlight.

16 Dec 2014 - Group urges appointment of municipal veterinarians

ANGELES CITY -- Anakpawis Partylist representative Fernando “Ka Pando” Hicap filed Tuesday House Bill 5297 or "An Act Providing for the Mandatory Appointment of a Municipal Veterinarian Officer."

Hikap said the move is for the purpose of decisively addressing the proliferation of contagious and harmful animal diseases in the countryside and the immediate delivery of public veterinary services to far-flung villages where the raising and production of farm animals is concentrated.

16 Dec 2014 - Masantol most wanted nabbed

PAMPANGA -- A man responsible for a series of robberies in Pampanga was arrested Tuesday in Barangay San Nicolas, Masantol.

Police Chief Inspector Joel Aparejado of Masantol Police identified the arrested as Armando Gaddi Trinidad, 40, a resident of Barangay Bagang here.

16 Dec 2014 - Man, 42, slain in San Fernando

PAMPANGA -- Raymundo Reyes was gunned down by motorcycle riding Criminals along Barangay San Juan, City of San Fernando, over the weekend.

The victim, together with his sister, were seated in front of the house of barangay councilor Alfer Bondoc, when two unidentified gunmen on board a Wave motorcycle without plate number arrived.

16 Dec 2014 - 2 drug pushers arrested in Porac

PAMPANGA -- wo suspected drug pushers were arrested in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Manibaug, Paralaya, Porac town, Sunday.

Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono Jr., Pampanga police provincial director, identified the suspects as Jerico Juco, 29, a resident of Nepo Subdivision and Marco Macapinlac, 28, a resident of Bagong Bayan, both in Angeles City.

15 Dec 2014 - Capitol employees to get P30K bonus

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda announced on Monday that Capitol employees will receive P30,000 each as Christmas bonus.

The bonus will benefit the more than 2,000 permanent and casual employees of the provincial government.

15 Dec 2014 - Betis furniture, wood carving tilt set

PAMPANGA -- Betis is staging its first open national competition for the country’s wood furniture makers and carvers as part of its annual Dukit Festival this month.

Guagua Mayor Dante Torres said the competition, which will be held at the Betis Church on December 23 to 28, will showcase the creations of top wood furniture makers and carvers from Paete in Laguna, Ifugao, Isabela and other known hubs for topnotch artisans, including Betis, in the country.

15 Dec 2014 - Sta. Ana releases last batch of educational assistance

PAMPANGA -- The municipal government of Santa Ana has released the last batch of educational assistance for this year with the local government unit shelling out almost P3 million in aid to indigent students for the whole year.

Mayor Rommel Concepcion led the distribution of P250,000 to 161 beneficiaries at the Santa Ana Municipal hall yesterday. The group of beneficiaries included 89 college students and 72 high school students with assistance ranging from P2,000 to P1,000 respectively.

15 Dec 2014 - Pagcor launches feeding program

MABALACAT CITY – The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) launched recently a feeding program which will benefit 110 severely wasted pupils of Doña Asuncion Lee Integrated School here.

The feeding program will run from December 2 to March 2015.

14 Dec 2014 - Dolores wins 2014 GLF

PAMPANGA -- The entry of Barangay Dolores won this year’s Giant Lantern Festival (GLF) held on Saturday evening at Robinsons Starmills here.

The village received for P150,000 for beating eight other participants to the “Ligligan Parul."

14 Dec 2014 - CHR: Police torture, rights abuses rampant in Central Luzon

PAMPANGA -- Police torture and other forms of human rights abuses are still rampant in Central Luzon, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Regional Director Jasmin Regino said.

Based on the data of the CHR, as of 2013, Central Luzon recorded some 187 cases of human rights violations. From January to November of this year, the CHR reported 173 cases.

14 Dec 2014 - Slay suspect on the run

PAMPANGA -- The police here have initiated a hot pursuit operation against a person who allegedly killed a 20-year-old man during the town’s fiesta.

The incident happened last Monday night in front of a covered court in Barangay Concepcion, Mexico.

14 Dec 2014 - Gawad Kalinga village to rise in Porac

PAMPANGA -- A GAWAD Kalinga village is now fast rising in this mountain side town as 30 houses are currently being built for 30 beneficiary families in Barangay Pulung Santol here.

Councilor Mark Valencia said that the new facility will greatly help beneficiaries of the project and could usher in further development in the area. The lot for Gawad Kalinga Village in Porac was donated by the Payumo family, according to Valencia.

13 Dec 2014 - Mayor wants ‘sanity’ back in Angeles City

ANGELES City -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said Friday that he has asked all sectors to “bring back sanity” in this city amid on-going improvements and projects like addressing traffic woes.

In a forum at the Imerex Plaza Hotel held recently, Pamintuan has stressed that the projects and programs being implemented by his administration are all geared for the convenience and safety of Angeleños, sans color of politics.

13 Dec 2014 - First Sky Ranch branch opens in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Officials of SM Supermalls led the opening of the Sky Ranch Pampanga at SM City Pampanga over the weekend, marking the full operation of the first ever amusement park of its kind in Pampanga.

SM in a statement said the Loop Roller Coaster rotates 360 degrees and swerves from left to right, a ride that is ideal for thrill seekers while the Dream Log is a water ride that mimics the experience of going down a raging river. The company decided to create its own river and island especially for this ride to give visitors a unique experience.

13 Dec 2014 - Orphans receive Christmas gifts

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has donated grocery items, food packages, and other household goods to the children of the Bahay Bata Learning Center in Angeles City.

The donation, which included two cavans of rice, grocery items, toiletries, and free meals, will benefit the orphans staying inside the learning center.

13 Dec 2014 - Int’l exec takes over top post at Ocean Adventure

SUBIC BAY -- A veteran of international business and Rhodes scholar is now at the helm of Ocean Adventure and Camayan Beach resort here.

Arthur D. Tai was appointed president and chief executive officer by the newly-elected board of directors of Subic Bay Marine Exploratorium Inc. (SBMEI), parent company of Ocean Adventure and Camayan Beach resort hotel, this December.

13 Dec 2014 - Quota Int’l launches program for special kids

The Quota International of Pampanga launched over the weekend its Quota Bears program in a bid to raise funds for children with special needs.

Quota president Joycel Panlilio said that funds raised will be used for programs and support projects for children with special needs as well as differently-abled children.

13 Dec 2014 - CDC cited by PWD group

CLARK FREEPORT — A group of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Central Luzon has conferred to Clark Development Corporation the Central Luzon Federation of Persons with Disabilities, Inc. (CLFPWD) Choice Award recently.

The award was given in recognition of CDC’s genuine support and contribution to the cause of PWDs.

12 Dec 2014 - San Fernando launches books on GLF

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando and the Giant Lantern Festival (GLF) committee have made another historic first with the release of the first ever coffee table book chronicling the Giant Lantern Festival and a children's book on the world famous tourist attraction.

The Giant Lantern coffee table book is a commemorative edition that features the works of veteran journalists Tonette Orejas of Philippine Daily Inquirer, Bong Lacson of Punto Central Luzon, and Joey Pavia.

12 Dec 2014 - DHVTSU gets historic marker

PAMPANGA -- The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) on Friday unveiled a historical marker at the Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University (DHVTSU) as part of the university’s 153rd foundation day.

NHCP Research, Publication, and Heraldry Division Chief Alvin Alcid, DHVTSU president Enrique Baking and other university officials publicly launched the historic marker in front of the DHVTSU Heritage Building, considered as one of oldest structures in the Bacolor town, having been constructed in 1892.

12 Dec 2014 - Inter-regional Terminal Hub opens at Robinsons Starmills Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Officials of Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC) led the opening of the first ever Inter-Regional Terminal Hub in Pampanga at the Robinson Starmills in a bid to interconnect neighboring regions to Central Luzon.

The opening was attended by Mayor Edwin Santiago and officials of different bus companies and is the third of its kind in the Philippines. RLC has transport hubs in Robinsons Novaliches and Robinsons Place Dumaguete.

12 Dec 2014 - City of San Fernando bares winners of inter-school lantern parade

PAMPANGA -- The San Jose Juliana Elementary School, Sindalan High School, and City College of San Fernando were named as the winners in their respective categories during the City of San Fernando’s annual Inter-School Lantern Parade and Competition held recently at the City Hall.

As part of the Giant Lantern Festival 2014, the inter-school lantern competition was participated in by some 37 schools for the elementary, high school, and college categories.

11 Dec 2014 - Mabalacat mayor wants parallel probe on Gantan slay

MABALACAT CITY -- Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales has formally requested the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct a parallel probe on the killing of a 29-year old woman here last month.

Morales said he already sent a letter to NBI officials in the region to conduct a separate investigation on the killing of Marian Lucas Gantan.

11 Dec 2014 - Lubao lass crowned Pampanga’s ‘mutya’

PAMPANGA -- Young Miss Lubao Mary Angelique Serrano Manto was crowned “Mutya Ning Kapampangan 2014” on Wednesday evening after being hailed as the most beautiful and intelligent among the pool of 22 other equally talented and pretty candidates during the coronation night at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in this city.

With Manto in her court are first runner-up Patricia Lois Talusig of the City of San Fernando; second runner-up Zaina Marie Chandley of Angeles City; third runner up Maolin Yalung of Mabalacat City; and third runner up Mary Joy Caparas of Macabebe town.

11 Dec 2014 - Parul Sampernandu shining in Lebanon

PAMPANGA -- For the first time, the world renowned “Parul Sampernandu” or Fernandino Lanterns are shining and shimmering in Lebanon. In a report the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said that “the Lebanese community took a rare opportunity to witness for the first time in Lebanon the lighting and display in public of the iconic Philippine Christmas parols during the first-ever Philippine Christmas Festival, which was held on November 30 at the historic Unesco Palace in Beirut.”

11 Dec 2014 - CDC to bring Christmas cheers to less fortunate kids, elderly

CLARK FREEPORT -- Less fortunate children and elderly from select orphanage and nursing homes in Clark’s adjacent areas are guaranteed to receive early Christmas gifts soon---thanks to the annual gift giving activities of the state-run Clark Development Corporation (CDC).

The gift giving is a yearly tradition of CDC and regular part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program to make the less fortunate children, families or orphans in communities near Clark feel the spirit of Christmas through gifts, food baskets or meals shared by CDC employees and volunteers.

10 Dec 2014 - Lawmakers urge PH air panels: Boost CRK air traffic rights

CLARK FREEPORT -- Two members of the House of Representatives are urging Philippine air panels to intensify its offer and promotion of air traffic rights to and from the Clark International Airport (CRK).

Representatives Joseller "Yeng" Guiao (Pampanga, 1st district) and Cesar Sarmiento (Catanduanes, lone district) have filed Resolution 1753 urging "the Philippine Air Negotiating Panel, through the Secretary of Foreign Affairs as its Chairman, and the Philippine Air Consultation Panel, through the Secretary of Transportation and Communications as its Chairman, to immediately set up the necessary parameters and lay down the corresponding timetable on the promotion of air traffic rights in Clark International Airport, in line with its mandate to intensely pursue the country's international civil aviation liberalization policy."

10 Dec 2014 - 6,350 students to benefit from senator’s scholarships

ANGELES CITY -- At least 6,350 high school students in Central Luzon, 1,530 of them in Pampanga, stand to earn scholarships from the educational assistance program of Senator Alan Peter Cayetano.

This, after President Benigno Aquino III signed Cayetano's bill, which mandates all state universities and colleges to give automatic admission and provide scholarship grants to the graduating top 10 public high school students of their respective graduating classes.

10 Dec 2014 - Mabalacat exec orders arrest of illegal motorcycle racers

MABALACAT CITY -- A city official has ordered the arrest of individuals participating in illegal motorcycle racing along the national highway and other secondary roads in the city.

Vice Mayor Christian Halili directed the city police to stop the illegal activity, which is now becoming a form of gambling and placing motorists at risk.

10 Dec 2014 - 1 dead after motorcycle, patrol truck collide

PAMPANGA -- A village patrol truck and a motorcycle collided on Monday in this town resulting in the death of one motorist.

The motorcycle rider, identified as Angelo Elegores, 17, of Barangay San Pablo, Magalang, was transported to a hospital, where he died due to injuries suffered in the crash.

10 Dec 2014 - Korean in the act of sniffing shabu nabbed

ANGELES CITY -- A South Korean national was arrested while in the act of sniffing suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu along Arellano Street, Barangay Lourdes North West, Angeles City, Monday.

Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles City police director, identified the arrested as Yoo Jae Hong, a construction manager and a resident of Limay, Carbon Site, Bataan.

10 Dec 2014 - Man nabbed for attempted snatching in Guagua

PAMPANGA -- A man was charged with robbery after attempting to snatch the bag of a customer in a vulcanizing shop in Barangay Rizal, Guagua town Tuesday morning.

The Guagua police identified the suspect as Jonathan Mataga, 36, a resident of Barangay Dila-Dila, Sta. Rita, Pampanga.

10 Dec 2014 - Senior citizens get Christmas gifts from Rotary Cluster 4A

PAMPANGA -- Some 180 senior citizens from 18 villages received Christmas gifts from various Rotary Clubs under Cluster 4A during distribution ceremonies held at Villa Azucena Resort here led by Assistant Governor Jess Sama.

Sama said that the event was made possible through the collective efforts of all the officers, members and presidents of Cluster 4A who contributed their time and resources in making the event possible.

9 Dec 2014 - Gantan slay bounty raised to P500,000

MABALACAT CITY -- City officials announced Tuesday that the reward for the Gantan slay case has been raised to P500,000.

Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales, who convened the city's Peace and Order Council (POC) on Monday, said they decided to increase the reward for the speedy resolution of the case.

9 Dec 2014 - Vice guv to mayors: desilt rivers, tributaries now

PAMPANGA -- San Fernando Vice-Governor Dennis "Delta" Pineda asked Pampanga mayors to excavate and desilt all rivers, creeks and tributaries in their respective municipalities and cities now before the next rainy season.

The vice-governor said local government units should act now about the siltation of rivers and waterways to avoid problems on perennial flooding, water borne diseases and inconveniences of affected families during calamities.

9 Dec 2014 - Kapampangan film showing at SM City Clark set December 13

ANGELES CITY -- Kapampangan films will be shown for free this December 13 (Saturday) from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at SM City Clark Cinema 4 in Angeles City.

From 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., exhibition films will be shown including two award-winning Kapampangan short films. “Lisyun Qng Geografia” (Geography Lessons) by Petersen Vargas is one of the three winners of Best Picture in the recently concluded Ika-26 Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video.

9 Dec 2014 - No. 1 most wanted in Porac arrested

PAMPANGA -- Police arrested the alleged number one most wanted person in Porac town during a manhunt operation at Purok 2, Barangay Jalung, Porac, Pampanga, Monday.

Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono Jr., Pampanga Police Provincial director, identified the arrested as Romeo Laxa, 25, a resident of the said barangay.

9 Dec 2014 - P200-M government center to rise in San Simon town

PAMPANGA -- The local government here announced on Monday the plan to build a P200-million government center to further improve the delivery of services to the people of this industrial town.

Mayor Leonora Wong, in her Ulat Sa Bayan, said that plans are on the way for the construction of a government center in Barangay Sto. Nino here.

9 Dec 2014 - WMRI officials to continue charitable medical mission

CLARK FREEPORT -- Executives of the World Medical Relief Incorporated (WMRI) have vowed to continue their charitable medical missions in the country to help indigent Filipinos.

The WMRI officials, led by their president and chief executive officer George Samson, a native of Magalang, Pampanga, reiterated their mission when they turned over assorted medicines and other medical supplies to members of the Pampanga Press Club here yesterday.

8 Dec 2014 - AirAsia Berhad flight cancelled; 4 aircraft diverted to Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- An AirAsia Berhad flight from Kuala Lumpur enroute to the Clark International Airport was cancelled on Monday due to typhoon Ruby (Hagupit), which dumped heavy rains in Eastern Samar.

Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president and CEO Emigdio Tanjuatco III said AirAsia Berhad Flight AK982 bound for Clark had been cancelled.

8 Dec 2014 - San Fernando receives new ISO certification

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga has once again received an ISO seal from the Certification International (CI) Philippines for meeting customers' needs and expectations.

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, together with Vice-Mayor Jimmy Lazatin presented the certification to the city's department heads and employees during the flag raising ceremony held at the city hall.

8 Dec 2014 - HAU bags top animation awards

ANGELES CITY -- A student and a teacher from the Holy Angel University (HAU) have been named among the top animators of the country after bagging awards from this year's Animahenasyon Philippine Animation Festival, held at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Benilde School of Design and Arts in Manila.

Animahenasyon is an annual festival of original Filipino animated films, sponsored by the Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc.

8 Dec 2014 - Palawe bridge reopened

PAMPANGA -- San Fernando Motorists can now pass through the newly renovated Palawe Bridge, a project engineer of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said Monday.

The Palawe Bridge, which connects the town of Bacolor to the City of San Fernando, undertook a number of structural and aesthetic improvements.

7 Dec 2014 - DA sets new record in rice production

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) here has finally set a new record in palay crop production after it is now near its target of 3, 743 540 million ton palay production exceeding its target of 3, 524, 558 metric tons.

DA regional director Andrew Villacorta said that the record breaking production could be attributed to the good weather in Central Luzon for the later part of the year, stressing that the production gives a clear outlook on the real capacity of Central Luzon.

7 Dec 2014 - Council allots P600,000 reward for Mabalacat slay cases

MABALACAT CITY -- The City Council has appropriated P600,000 reward for the speedy solution of two separate slay cases here.

Vice Mayor Christian Halili said the reward will be given to individuals who can give information about the suspects in killing of a woman in Barangay Mabiga and couples in San Joacquin recently.

7 Dec 2014 - Cabigting lauds Lazatin’s dedication in public service

ANGELES CITY -- Angeles City Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting praised first-termer Councilor Carmelo "Pogi" Lazatin's enthusiasm in fulfilling his duties as a councilor.

Cabigting lauded Lazatin as she delivered the "Ulat ng Paglilingkod" during the City Council's Regular Session last December 2 at Hausland Pavillion, Timog Residences.

7 Dec 2014 - Guardians leader bares organization’s vision

ANGELES CITY -- A top leader of the Guardians International Unified Command (GIUC) said that his group is uniting various factions of the brotherhood to work for a common vision of liberating the Filipino people from the bondage of poverty.

GIUC president Alfonso "Sonny" Dobles said members of the Nagkakaisang Guardians in Regional 3 and other parts of Luzon join and support National Transformation Council in its advocacies of immediate regime and systems change in the government.

7 Dec 2014 - RCCP holds eye screening for Santo Tomas indigents

PAMPANGA -- The Rotary Club of Central Pampanga (RCCP) hosted eye screenings here that would aim to benefit indigents with cataract problems under the Kapampangan Development Foundation's (KDF) upcoming free cataract surgery missions.

RCCP president Lourdes David said that they have been working KDF partners in order to identify possible beneficiaries of the program from poor communities here. She added that they hosted the screening at Sitio Dalakitan, San Matias of this town.

6 Dec 2014 - Pampanga ready for Ruby

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Disaster risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) headed by Angie Blanco disclosed Saturday that the Provincial Government and all local government units in Pampanga are ready for the onslaught of Typhoon Ruby.

During the disaster response plan updating at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention here where officials from the province’s 505 barangays gathered for a briefing on Ruby, Blanco said the PDRRMO has prepositioned essentials and is closely monitoring the typhoon which is expected to bring heavy rains that may cause flooding and storm surges in low-lying areas.

6 Dec 2014 - Aeta’s get Christmas gifts from Pampanga guv

PAMPANGA -- Aeta communities here and in the towns of Floridablanca and Mabalacat received Christmas gifts from Governor Lilia Pineda as part of this year's celebration of the 443rd Aldo Ning Kapampangan celebrations with the communities being treated with cultural performances and activities promoting local culture.

Pineda was accompanied by Vice-Governor Dennis Pineda and Pampanga board members who also distributed educational assistance to Aeta students taking up various courses in different universities and colleges in Pampanga.

6 Dec 2014 - San Fernando boosts MacArthur Highway lighting

PAMPANGA -- The so-called "killer road" in San Fernando is now getting road lighting improvements because of landmark infrastructure projects implemented by this city.

City Planning Officer Engineer Fernando "Fer" Limbitco said the City Government allotted P20 million to set-up illumination projects along MacArthur Highway, where a "dramatic increase" in terms of deaths and injuries due to vehicular accidents has been recorded.

6 Dec 2014 - Bizmen help police build new office

ANGELES CITY -- Businessmen, including the owner of a major construction supplier here, supported the establishment of the new office of the Angeles City Police Office (ACPO) City Investigation and Detective Management Branch (CIDMB).

Charlie Koo of the NCR Construction Supply and Willy Ng funded and supported the construction of the new office of the CIDBM at the ACPO compound in Barangay Sto. Domingo.

6 Dec 2014 - Off-roaders hit Porac in 4x4 challenge

PAMPANGA -- ff-road enthusiasts once again faced-off in the Fifth Councilor Maynard Lapid 4x4 Off Road Challenge held recently in Babo Sacan, Porac, Pampanga as part of the celebration of Binulu Festival.

The participants hailed the town of Porac as "one of the best off-road destinations of the Philippines."

5 Dec 2014 - Put up flights in CRK

CLARK FREEPORT -- Pampanga First District Representative Joseller "Yeng" Guiao asked the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to grant the Clark International Airport (CRK) landing rights and at the same time influence airlines to transfer some of their flights here.

Guiao issued the statement during Thursday’s consultative forum here initiated by the House of the Representatives Committee on Transportation.

5 Dec 2014 - Guv, PB launch PWDs code

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda and the Provincial Board launched on Thursday Ordinance 648, enacting the Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) Code of the province which officially establishes the Provincial Council on PWDs Affairs and creates the PWDs Affairs Office under the supervision of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development.

This came as Governor Pineda announced during the "Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) Day" held at Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center that the Capitol will allot one half of one percent of the annual budget of the provincial government for the education, livelihood, financial and medical assistance and other needs of the PWDs.

5 Dec 2014 - Angeles observes World AIDS Day

ANGELES CITY -- World AIDS Day was marked in this city with educational seminars as local health officers went to different schools to lecture on various aspects of the HIV/AIDS.

The World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that in 2013, 35 million people were living with HIV, 2.1 million people were newly infected with the virus and at least 1.5 million people died of AIDS.

5 Dec 2014 - Tanjuatco underscore national policy on two-airport system

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Emigdio "Dino" Tanjuatco has stressed the need for a national policy for a dual-airport system in order to promote Clark airport as the country’s next gateway.

Tanjuatco stressed this during a consultative meeting organized by the House Committee on Transportation here on Thursday.

5 Dec 2014 - Police arrest illegal loggers

PAMPANGA -- Three alleged illegal loggers were arrested by policemen in a checkpoint along Barangay Consuelo, Floridablanca, Sunday.

Superintendent Jhoana Rosales, chief of police of the town, said while her personnel were conducting checkpoint operations at the said barangay, flagged down a passenger jeepney with license plate number CWW-992.

4 Dec 2014 - Petrasanta suspended

PAMPANGA -- Police Regional Office (PRO) 3 Director Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta, along with Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima and 10 other police officials were ordered suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman for six months without pay over the alleged misuse of gun owners' courier fees.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales signed the suspension order that stems from the administrative and criminal complaints from an alleged anomalous PNP delivery service contract in 2011 with Werfast Documentary Agency, a private company.

4 Dec 2014 - Angeles exec to launch ‘Kabuhayan Patrol’

ANGELES CITY -- Vice-Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting is set to launch this December 16 the "Kabuhayan Patrol" program that aims to help micro entrepreneurs expand and improve their businesses here.

Cabigting said that the program targets sari-sari storeowners, small carinderia owners, and tricycle and jeepney drivers.

4 Dec 2014 - Crime of passion eyed in Mabalacat slay

MABALACAT CITY -- Police probers are still puzzled over the slaying of a young businesswoman here as they are looking into the crime of passion angle as a possible motive in the November 23 ambush.

Highly placed sources said Marianne Lucas Gantan had quarreled with her live-in partner weeks before she was waylaid along MacArthur Highway at Barangay Mabiga, this city.

4 Dec 2014 - DILG comments on controversial Balibago ordinance

ANGELES CITY -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has expressed its opinion on the rejected amusement fee ordinance of the Balibago Barangay Council after Barangay Captain Tony Mamac wrote the department about the actions of the Angeles City Council.

Mamac claimed that if the City Council finds the barangay ordinance inconsistent with the law or city ordinance, it shall return the same with comments and recommendations for adjustment, amendment, or modification within 30 days, which it failed within the said period, he stressed.

4 Dec 2014 - Cabetican bridge set to open before Christmas

PAMPANGA -- Bacolor motorists can soon cross the newly renovated Cabetican Bridge after a year of construction, a project engineer of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

The Cabetican Bridge, which connects the town to other parts of the province, underwent a number of structural and aesthetic improvements.

4 Dec 2014 - Elderly man found dead in Lubao

PAMPANGA -- The police are investigating the death of a blood-soaked elderly man who was discovered in his own house at Barangay Sta. Barbara, Lubao.

Luis Nicdao, 92, was found with several stab wounds on his head and nape at around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

4 Dec 2014 - 3,605 Aeta families feted in Katutubo Day

Governor Lilia Pineda feted more than 3,605 Aeta families in the upland villages of Mabalacat City, Porac and this town during the "Katutubo Day" held Wednesday in their respective venues as part of the 443rd Aldo Ning Kapampangan or Pampanga Day celebrations.

Governor Pineda, who came as early as 6:00 am in Barangay Nabuclod was welcomed by Mayor Eduardo Guerrero who expressed his profound gratitude extended by the provincial government to his constituents in the upland villages of Floridablanca.

4 Dec 2014 - Turn Clark, Subic into logistics hub – Central Luzon folk

ANGELES CITY – "Make Central Luzon jueteng-free and turn the former US bases (Clark and Subic) into an international logistics hub for transport, trade, tourism, and development."

These were embodied in the declaration of Central Luzon folks who aired their urgent grievances and concerns to the National Transformation Council during its fourth leg assembly in this city on Wednesday.

3 Dec 2014 - Pamintuan underscores role of education in development

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has underscored the importance of education on urban development and support to indigent families.

“In our city, we established an institution of hope, the City College of Angeles, for the benefit of our poor but deserving students – and I believe that involving the poor is what inclusive growth for urban development is really all about.”

3 Dec 2014 - AUF to install 4th university president

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles University Foundation (AUF) will formally install Dr. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles as its fourth university president in solemn investiture rites Thursday.

Pampanga Archbishop Florentino Lavarias will officiate the oath of office and confer the University Medallion upon Angeles.

3 Dec 2014 - Capitol honors outstanding farmers, OFWs

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government on Tuesday paid tribute to farmers and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families in separate recognition rites at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center and SM City Pampanga Trade Hall here as part of the ongoing 443rd Pampanga Day celebrations.

Some 2,000 Kapampangan farmers and fisherfolk gathered for the “Aldo Ding Ortelanu” or Farmers’ Day, where 28 outstanding farmers -- many of them now senior citizens -- were awarded plaques of appreciation for their important contributions to the development of the agricultural sector in the province, and helping boost food security. The farmers also received early Christmas gift packs from Capitol as well as farm implements from Senator Cynthia Villar who graced the affair, along with Butil Party-list Representative Agapito Guanlao.

3 Dec 2014 - Big time woman pusher nabbed in Mabalacat

MABALACAT CITY -- Joint operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Region III (PDEA-3) and PAIDSOTG collared a high value target in a buy-bust operation which resulted to the arrest of a suspected big-time woman pusher at the Dau Bus Terminal, Mabalacat City, Pampanga, on Tuesday.

In the report PDEA Regional Director Jeoffrey Tacio identified the suspect as Amina D. Timbona, female, 27, a resident of Purok 5, Tambacan, Iligan City.

3 Dec 2014 - 1st bike fest launched in Porac

PAMPANGA -- The town’s first bicycle festival was held recently when Fun Ride 2014 opened as part of this year’s celebration of the Binulu Festival.

Fun Ride organizers said the event was aimed at gathering bike enthusiasts and promoting public health, tourism, and environmental protection.

3 Dec 2014 - Cop to get a ‘star’

PAMPANGA -- Senior Superintendent Ronald Santos, deputy regional director for administration, was recently promoted to Chief Superintendent and will be pinned a "star" on Monday.

The order of the promotion to Santos was dated November 20 and the pinning of rank will be held at the National Headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

3 Dec 2014 - Top robber arrested in Sta. Ana

PAMPANGA -- An alleged robber with a standing arrest warrant was arrested Monday in this town.

Police Chief Inspector Ynigo Gamido, chief of Sta. Ana police, said the suspect attempted to escape the authorities and was about to point his gun at them. However, he was disarmed before he could shoot.

3 Dec 2014 - Widus Clark opens expanded casino; new and better Ride Wid Us promo

CLARK FREEPORT— Widus Hotel and Casino Clark promises even more excitement to its loyal customers, with a chance to win three luxury cars as it unveiled a bigger and better casino inside Clark Freeport recently.

After the first Ride Wid Us promotions, Widus offers the opportunity to its members for a very happy Christmas on December 27, 2014, and a chance to win not one, but three brand new cars– Audi, Mini Cooper and Peugeot. The promo extends to members through raffle tickets earned from points every week.

2 Dec 2014 - Folks hit DPWH over unfinished bridge

PAMPANGA -- Residents of several villages here are complaining against authorities for failing to complete the construction of a major bridge connecting many areas within Guagua.

The residents of Poblacion district, Pangulo district, Locion district, and Betis district complained that the bridge construction was halted by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) without prior notice.

2 Dec 2014 - CBCP: Ashley Madison site promoting adultery

PAMPANGA -- The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines said Monday they are against the international web dating service Ashley from being launched in the Philippines since "it blatantly promotes adultery."

In an interview here, Fr. Melvin Castro of the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life said Christoph Kraemer, a German national and spokesman of the international online dating service is busy visiting radio, TV networks and newspaper outfits in the country “speaking about how good the website is for a family, since the website is intended for the lonely husband or lonely wife who wants to find happiness.

2 Dec 2014 - DOH-3 beefs up preparations vs Ebola

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Health (DOH) Central Luzon continues to intensify its preparations against the threat of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

In a recent media conference, DOH 3 Regional Epidemiologist Jessie Fantone said that although the country remains free from Ebola, the agency started preparing its manpower and facilities in the entire region in the event the disease enters the country.

2 Dec 2014 - Applicants get hired on Pampanga Day job fair

PAMPANGA -- Some 160 job applicants were hired on the spot during the kick-off of the Pampanga Day at Benigno Aquino Hall.

Provincial Employment Service Office (PESO) manager Luningning Vergara said that this number is part of the 1,266 job applicants who took time to try their chances for employment.

2 Dec 2014 - Capitol brings Pampanga Day medical mission to inmates

PAMPANGA -- This year's 443rd Aldo Ning Kapampangan (Pampanga Day) Celebration featured medical and surgical missions, which benefitted some 500 inmates at the Pampanga Provincial Jail.

The Provincial Health Office headed by Dr. Marcelo Jaohico sponsored the medical mission in cooperation with the chiefs of the 11 provincial and district hospitals run by the provincial government.

2 Dec 2014 - PH air carriers assail CAB for Emirates route extension

CLARK FREEPORT -- Philippine carriers including Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, PAL Express, and Tiger Airways Philippines expressed grave concern that the Philippine Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) has allowed Emirates to continue operating seven weekly flights on its Dubai-Manila-Dubai routes.

In a statement, the Philippine carriers purportedly stated that these are in excess of their maximum entitlement under the existing Philippines-United Arab Emirates bilateral air agreement.

2 Dec 2014 - 12,000 informal workers target of Balibago social program

ANGELES CITY – Some 12,000 informal workers including barangay officials, tanods and bar workers in the entertainment district of Barangay Balibago here will soon enjoy the government social protection coverage program which was apparently been deprived from them for a very long time.

Barangay Balibago Chairman Rodelio “Tony” Mamac, together with the Social Security System (SSS) and Pag-Ibig Fund, the other day forged a memorandum of understanding (MOU) seeking for mandatory compliance to social protection coverage to both regular and informal workers in that village.

2 Dec 2014 - SMART posts 69%-increase on mobile data revenues

CLARK FREEPORT --Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has a recorded an unprecedented increase on mobile data revenue amounting to P5.73 billion in the last nine months of 2014.

This is 69.2 percent increase compared to the same period in 2013, which indicates that more subscribers are using web-enabled smartphones to access the mobile internet.

1 Dec 2014 - Pampanga Day bash kicks off

PAMPANGA -- The 11-day 443rd Pampanga Day celebrations kicked off on Monday morning with the opening of the biggest trade fair, the traditional Harvest Festival and a host of other activities showcasing the spirit of unity of Kapampangans.

This year's Agro, Industrial, Trade, Food, Cultural, Arts and Crafts Fair featured the biggest gathering of food retailers, agricultural producers, artisans, crafts producers and retailers in a three-day event aimed at promoting local products, arts and culture.

1 Dec 2014 - Dengue cases in Central Luzon down by 34.7%

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Health (DOH) recorded a 34.7 percent decrease in dengue cases in Central Luzon from January to the second week of November this year compared to the same period last year.

"There were 10, 908 cases this 2014 which is a significant drop from the 16,714 reported cases in 2013," Center for Health Development 3 Regional Epidemiologist Jessie Fantone said.

1 Dec 2014 - Pamintuan conferred service medal

ANGELES CITY -- In a fitting ceremony, the Knights of Rizal conferred on Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan the rank of a Fourth Degree Knight and awarded him with the Distinguished Service Cross for “having performed, with honor and selfless devotion to duty, an outstanding achievement for the Order and/or the Philippines, through pre-eminent and exemplary activities or projects that bring honor and distinction to the Order and/or the Philippines.”

The conferment was done during the organization’s 12th Central Luzon Assembly held at the City Library in this city.

1 Dec 2014 - Clark Water reduces rates by P1

CLARK FREEPORT -- Early this year, Clark Water Corporation (CWC) has become the lowest water utilities in Central Luzon, even in other economic zones.

Though lowest, the water firm continues to provide world class services to its 1,987 clienteles inside this Freeport.

1 Dec 2014 - LPRATs urged to submit GPP plans for 2016 earlier than December 15

PAMPANGA -- The Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT) in Central Luzon headed by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) urged Local Poverty Reduction Teams (LPRATs) to submit their plans earlier than the scheduled date.

This came as the LPRATs are set to submit on December 15 this year their plans and programs for the Grassroots Participatory Process (GPP) for 2016.

1 Dec 2014 - Indian national abducted in Mabalacat

MACALACAT CITY -- Armed men abducted an Indian national in front of the Mawaque Resettlement Center in Barangay Mawaque, Mabalacat City, Pampanga, Sunday.

Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono Jr., Pampanga police provincial director, identified the kidnapped victim as Varinder Kumar, 28, an Indian national, presently residing at Brentwood Village, Barangay Mabiga, Mabalacat City.

1 Dec 2014 - SBMA holds 1st women’s summit

SUBIC BAY -- Women here and around this premier Freeport were oriented on their rights, privileges, and opportunities as the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) made history by holding the first Women’s Summit in the community.

With the theme, “Ang Bagong Pinay,” the recent two-day gathering sought to promote the welfare and development of women and update them on the latest socio-economic and political issues that have significant bearing on them.

1 Dec 2014 - Students with disabilities get cash assistance from police

PAMPANGA -- Some 22 pupils with disabilities received P5,000 each from the local police here.

Senior Inspector Michael Masangkay, town police chief, said that this is part of the local police's social responsibility program to help the schoolchildren in their educational needs.

1 Dec 2014 - PRO3 sets firearms licensing in Angeles City on December 5

ANGELES CITY -- Upon the request of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Region 3 (PRO 3) will conduct a License to Own and Possess Firearms (LTOPF) caravan on Friday, December 5 at the Taxpayers' Lounge located at the first floor of the City Hall of Angeles in Barangay Pulung Maragul, this city.

Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition requires gun owners as well as buyers of new firearms to secure the LTOPF from the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office.