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Balibago News Apr-2015

30 Apr 2015 - Cop busted for drugs

ANGELES CITY -- A police officer and his cohort were busted along MacArthur Highway in Barangay Dau, Mabalacat City, Pampanga on Wednesday after attempting to escape a buy-bust operation by anti-narcotics operatives.

Chief Superintendent Ronald Santos, officer-in-charge of the Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3), said Inspector Roger Ocampo, 37, presently assigned at the Regional Anti-Illegal Special Operation Task Group III (RAIDSOTG) and Sharmaine Matic, 25, both residents of Madapdap Resettlement, Mabalacat City were arrested by joint operatives of the Anti-Illegal Drugs Operation Task Group of Camp Crame, and Angeles City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Group.

30 Apr 2015 - JASA pedestrian overpass finally opened

PAMPANGA -- Hounded by controversies and disagreements over its location and construction, the P11-million, 52.6-meter long and two-meter wide steel truss pedestrian overpass along east Jose Abad Santos Avenue (JASA) here was finally opened to the public on Thursday morning.

Third District Representative Oscar Rodriguez said the completion of the Korean-fund assisted overpass will now avert the loss of lives due to accidents along the widened avenue and bring convenience to employees of surrounding business establishments.

30 Apr 2015 - SBMA execs face raps over illegal takeover of condotel

SUBIC BAY -- Officials of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), including SBMA Chairman and Administrator Roberto Garcia, were charged before the Ombudsman with grave misconduct and grave abuse of authority in connection with the alleged illegal takeover of a condotel here on April 1.

Documents obtained earlier this week named the respondents in an administrative case before of the Office of the Ombudsman for Luzon for grave misconduct and grave abuse of authority are: Garcia; Randy Escolango, deputy director for legal affairs; Von Rodriguez, legal department manager; Ruel John Kabigting of the regulatory monitoring unit; and Orlando Maddela Jr., chief of the law enforcement department.

30 Apr 2015 - Masantol gets new birthing station

PAMPANGA -- A new birthing and lying-in clinic was opened to the public by the Municipal Government here on Wednesday.

The new dual-function facility is located right beside the municipal office of the town. The clinic will offer several services such as ante-natal care, safe birth with skilled attendance and post-partum.

29 Apr 2015 - Mabalacat mayor: Protect, serve PWDs

MABALACAT CITY -- Mayor Marino Morales urged City Government employees to serve and protect physically challenged individuals or persons with disability (PWDs).

Morales directed the local government offices including PWD Affairs Office, Rural Health Units, and Social Welfare to continue implementing programs for the disabled.

29 Apr 2015 - Neda lauded for approving P7.2-B Clark airport funds

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Emigdio Tanjuatco III has expressed gratitude to the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) for approving the P7.2 billion budget passenger terminal in Clark International Airport (CRK).

Tanjuatco at the same time expressed gratitude to Representative Joseller Guiao (Pampanga, 1st dstrict) for supporting the development of the Clark Airport.

29 Apr 2015 - Angeles joins simultaneous dance rally for culture

ANGELES CITY -- This highly urbanized city is among the key cities who joined in Wednesday's simultaneous dance rally in a bid to promote the country's heritage sites as the country also celebrates International Dance Day and National Dance Week.

The event dubbed "Yugyugan para sa Kultura ng Bayan" was held here in front of the Plaza Angel in the middle of the city's heritage district. The event was also held in various locations including Baguio City, Cebu City, Iloilo City, Cagayan de Oro City, Batangas City, and Manila (Rizal Park).

29 Apr 2015 - Apalit conducts People’s Day

PAMPANGA -- Local officials of Apalit have been reaching out to their constituents by conducting "People's Day" in the different barangays of the town.

Recently, the municipal government, along with the Kapampangan Development Foundation resumed its "People's Day" program in Barangay Colgante.

29 Apr 2015 - Morales to MCWD: ‘Continue providing safe, potable water’

MABALACAT CITY -- Mayor Marino Morales urged Wednesday the Mabalacat City Water District (MCWD) to continue providing quality service by producing safe and potable water for its consumers.

Morales issued the statement during the 37th year celebration of the MCWD, which coincided with the blessing and inauguration of the water firm’s new building yesterday.

29 Apr 2015 - Parish continues churchyard project despite NCCA call

PAMPANGA -- The recent "visit" of a technical inspector from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) proved futile as officials of the Santa Rita de Cascia Parish have pushed through with their churchyard project, which is now 80 percent complete.

This, as an NCCA representative had visited the project last week and asked that construction be halted until an evaluation and recommendations from the NCCA are forwarded to the parish.

29 Apr 2015 - Tesda training center inaugurated in Masantol

PAMPANGA -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) unveiled to the public Wednesday a new training center at Holy Child of Mary College (HCMC) here.

Through the initiative of Mayor Danilo Guinto, a training institute was opened to the community to help indigents acquire skills that will help them in their living.

28 Apr 2015 - Bacolor police face raps over town hall burglary

PAMPANGA -- Members of the Bacolor police are facing administrative charges for alleged lapses and negligence after the robbery break-in at the town hall here last weekend.

The burglars, who remained unidentified, carted away P500,000 cash stashed at the safety vault of the Treasurer’s Office located just a floor above the police station.

28 Apr 2015 - Bacolor cops face charges

PAMPANGA -- Members of the Bacolor police led by Chief Inspector Romeo Balubal, Jr. are now facing administrative charges for alleged lapses and negligence after the robbery break-in at the town hall here last weekend where burglars carted away P500,000 cash stashed at the safety vault of the Treasurer's Office located just a floor above the police station.

This was disclosed by Pampanga Provincial Police Office Director Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono Jr., who has put under investigation Balubal and three of his men who were on duty at the time of the robbery.

28 Apr 2015 - P100,000 bounty up for arrest of rape-slay suspect

MABALACAT CITY -- Officials here have set a P100,000 reward for the capture of the suspect in the brutal killing of a six-year-old girl in Northville 16, Barangay Atlu-Bola in this city over the weekend.

Mayor Marino Morales said the City Government, through the social welfare office, provided assistance to the family of Nicole Garcia, who was also raped by the suspect.

28 Apr 2015 - Pecson-Cunanan tandem finalized

PAMPANGA -- It's final: incumbent Magalang Mayor Romulo "Romy" Pecson and former mayor Lyndon Cunanan will join forces for the 2016 polls.

Pecson will seek reelection while Cunanan will oppose incumbent Vice Mayor Norman Lacson in the vice-mayoralty race.

28 Apr 2015 - 40 graduate under Macabebe scholarship program

PAMPANGA -- More than 40 college students from different universities and colleges graduated this year under Macabebe Mayor Annette Flores-Balgan's scholarship program.

Out of the 420 registered scholars of the town, 10 percent successfully graduated this year, according to Rose Bustos, Macabebe scholarship coordinator.

28 Apr 2015 - Family awards scholarship grants

PAMPANGA -- Two groups of students in Angeles City and this town benefited from the scholarship granted by the Alvaro clan on Monday.

Former Angeles City Councilor Ireneo Alvaro Jr., owner of the Fionas Farm situated in Barangay La Paz here, led the distribution of the study grants to 22 college students of the City College of Angeles (CCA).

28 Apr 2015 - Capitol supports Popcen 2015

PAMPANGA -- Provincial Administrator Andres Pangilinan Jr. said Tuesday that Governor Lilia Pineda, through the newly created Provincial Census Coordinating Board (PCCB), is in full support to the scheduled 25-day Population Census (Popcen) 2015 which will be held from August 1 to 25, this year in the entire country.

It can be recalled that Governor Pineda issued Executive Order No. 02-2015 creating the PCCB tasked to assess the needs of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in the region in terms of transportation, communication facilities, trainings, lodging, security, publicity and other logistics.

28 Apr 2015 - Radio program on rice production set this May

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) Central Luzon, in collaboration with the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), will be hosting a radio program dubbed School-on-the-Air (SOA) on rice production in Zambales from May to September this year in the hopes of benefiting farmers in Central Luzon.

SOA is a series of radio episodes, presenting the subject matter systematically and in a progressive manner that aims to enable rice farmers to know agricultural breakthroughs on rice production to further improve productivity and sufficiency, generate more income and employment leading to global competitiveness.

28 Apr 2015 - Masantol mayor to sponsor free viewing of ‘Fight of the Century’

PAMPANGA -- In line with the upcoming Manny Pacquiao's versus Floyd Mayweather Jr. bout, the municipality of Masantol will set up three widescreens in different areas of the town to preview the "Fight of the Century" on May 3.

Mayor Danilo Guinto will again sponsor a free viewing of the anticipated Pacquiao-Mayweather fight via live feed.

27 Apr 2015 - Capitol execs vow anew to support guv's socio-economic, infra programs

PAMPANGA -- The department heads of the Provincial Government vowed anew their full support to the Pineda administration in making Pampanga, an ideal and peaceful province to live where socio-economic and infrastructure services are readily available at the doorstep of Kapampangans.

This came as department heads led by Provincial Administrator Andres Pangilinan, Jr. attended a team building for human resource development program focused on supporting the fulfillment of the objectives of Governor Lilia Pineda in bringing basic social services and infrastructure development closer to kabalens.

27 Apr 2015 - ‘Don’t use streets as parking space’

ANGELES CITY -- Angeles City Councilor Carmelo Lazatin has asked business establishments here not to use streets as extension of their parking spaces.

Lazatin has filed an ordinance prohibiting traders to post sign boards in front of their establishments.

27 Apr 2015 - Angeles cited for business-friendly policies

ANGELES CITY – This city, under the leadership of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, recently bagged three awards from the Central Luzon Growth Corridor Foundation Incorporated (CLGCFI) for its consistent and efficient implementation of its business permit and licensing policies.

The awards were conferred during the 9th Recognition of Outstanding Central Luzon LGUs Implementing the Streamlining Program in the Issuance of Mayor's Permit at Holiday Inn Hotel, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga.

27 Apr 2015 - Pampanga to get 121 additional classrooms

PAMPANGA -- Public schools in Pampanga are set to get a boost as some 121 classrooms are set to be built under the Phase II of the Public-Private Partnership for School Infrastructure Project (PSIP) of the Department of Education (DepEd).

The classrooms are part of the total of 1,017 classrooms to be built in Central Luzon.

27 Apr 2015 - Masantol saves P60,000 with solar powered lights

PAMPANGA -- The Municipality of Masantol saves up to P60,000 monthly after using solar powered street lights.

The municipal government, in coordination with local non-governmental organization (NGO) Samar Solar Systems, installed 54 solar-generated streetlights in the town proper alone.

27 Apr 2015 - Council gives educational aid to 300 students

PAMPANGA -- A total of 300 college students benefitted from the educational financial assistance distributed by the Provincial Board (PB) over the weekend at the Benigno Aquino Hall in Capitol.

The P750,000 worth of assistance distributed by Board Members Arthur Salalila, Salvador Dimson Jr. and Jerome Tubig was part of the Educational Financial Assistance Program (EFAP) of the provincial government, which is one of the basic social services intended for underprivileged but deserving students in Pampanga.

27 Apr 2015 - Police probe death of man in Mexico

PAMPANGA -- Police are investigating the killing of a man in Mexico town who is believed to have been summarily executed last Sunday in Barangay Lagundi.

Pampanga Police Provincial Director Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono Jr. identified the victim as Ricky Jimenez, 51, a resident of Barangay Sta. Monica, San Simon.

27 Apr 2015 - San Simon named most outstanding LGU

PAMPANGA -- The San Simon town was once again recognized as one of the region's most outstanding local government unit (LGU) by the Central Luzon Growth Corridor Foundation (CLGCF).

The town was also acknowledged by CLGCF, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for its excellent implementation of streamlining procedures in the issuance of mayor's permit for Category 1.

27 Apr 2015 - DPWH completes 15 health facilities in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed the construction and expansion of 15 health facilities in Pampanga under the Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP) of the Department of Health (DOH).

The completed facilities are part of the 51 health infrastructure and hospitals in Central Luzon under the said program.

27 Apr 2015 - Burglars ransack Bacolor town hall

PAMPANGA -- Burglars ransacked the municipal town hall here over the weekend and carted away some P500,000 cash and an undetermined amount of valuables during a robbery break-in.

Mayor Jose Maria Hizon has ordered an in-depth investigation on the incident.

26 Apr 2015 - Neda approves P7.2-B Clark airport terminal

CLARK FREEPORT -- The National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) approved last week the construction of the P7.2-billion terminal building at the Clark International Airport (CRK) in Pampanga.

In a statement over the weekend, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said that the Neda’s Investment Coordination Committee (ICC) on Thursday gave the green and go for the start of the construction of CRK’s low cost carrier passenger terminal building, which will be built by the government.

26 Apr 2015 - Marcos: LTO should implement 'no plate, no travel' policy gradually

PAMPANGA -- Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. said over the weekend that the Land Transportation Office or LTO “should implement its ‘no plate, no travel’ policy gradually” to avoid complaints and confusion among car owners and dealers.

In a forum with Pampanga media last week, Marcos stressed that the implementation of the policy should in phases and not abrupt as what surprised new car owners last April 1 when it was enforced.

26 Apr 2015 - Quota Pampanga gets awards

PAMPANGA -- The Quota International (QI) of Pampanga carted off several awards for their various programs and events as evaluated in the recent Quota International Regional meeting held at Bellevue Hotel in Bohol over the weekend.

QI of Pampanga president Atty. Joycel Panlilio received the award before regional officers and international delegation of QI members. The awards included Service to the Disadvantaged Women and Children, Service to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Membership Award for Highest Gain in Membership for 2014-2015. QI of Pampanga's programs have been noted during the awarding.

26 Apr 2015 - SM music festival attracts 20,000

PAMPANGA -- What started as an experimental event to bring young music lovers together has now turned into a grand slam event as some 20,000 people flocked to this year's Cast Away 2.0 Music Festival at SM City Pampanga's Amphitheater.

The Saturday event had hundreds of sound trippers partying until late night to the music of Parokya Ni Edgar, Rico Blanco, Taken By Cars, Never the Strangers, Techy Romantics, Autotelic, Earthmovers, The Ransom Collective, DJ Tom Taus, and Marc Mercs.

25 Apr 2015 - Marcos wants PH-China sea dispute resolved peacefully

MABALACAT CITY -- Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said that the country's dispute at the West Philippine Sea with China should be resolved peacefully.

During his visit in Pampanga on Thursday, the senator cited three ways to solve the crisis -- Internal Court Justice (ICJ), war, and multi-lateral or bilateral agreement, which he favored.

25 Apr 2015 - Dole all set for 113th Labor Day celebration

PAMPANGA -- All lined-up activities for the month-long Labor Day celebration in Central Luzon are set, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) said on Friday.

This year's 113th Philippine Labor Day Celebration is anchored on the theme, "Disenteng Trabaho at Kabuhayan, Alay Natin sa Bayan."

25 Apr 2015 - Apalit firefighters on alert vs grassfires

PAMPANGA -- As the summer heat rages, firefighters at the Apalit Fire Station continue to monitor grassfire outbreaks in the municipality and nearby towns.

Apalit Fire Station officials said they are "all vigilant to any grassfires that may occur in the municipality to avert them from spreading and affecting houses and business establishments."

25 Apr 2015 - Empowerment highlighted in San Fernando Earth Day forum

PAMPANGA -- The City of San Fernando, Pampanga through its Environment and Natural Resources Office joined the nation in celebrating Earth Day by conducting a seminar for the deputized employees and volunteers who implement local laws for environmental protection and preservation.

This was held at the Heroes Hall last April 22 and was attended by deputized personnel from the CSF Federation of Homeowners Association, Association of Barangay Captains, and Kagawads, members of the local Philippine National Police, barangay tanods, city hall employees, among others.

25 Apr 2015 - Pampanga hotels, restos host cook fest

PAMPANGA -- The Hotels and Restaurants Association in Pampanga (HARP) hosted a cooking challenge the other day at SM City Pampanga in a bid to promote Kapampangan dining and local tourism.

HARP is an association that is geared towards the promotion and development of tourism in Pampanga. The Department of Tourism (DOT) launched Flavors of the Philippines for the whole month of April in connection with the event Madrid Fusion Manila.

25 Apr 2015 - 7 shabu pushers arrested in Pampanga, Nueva Ecija

PAMPANGA -- Seven suspected shabu pushers were arrested on Thursday during separate anti-drug operations conducted in Pampanga and Nueva Ecija.

Chief Superintendent Ronald Santos, officer-in-charge of Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3), said that two buy-bust operations were conducted by the Provincial Anti-Drug Operation Special Team (PAIDSOT) in the provinces of Nueva Ecija and Pampanga that resulted in the arrest of the seven shabu pushers.

24 Apr 2015 - San Fernando best in business permits implementation

PAMPANGA -- The City of San Fernando was again named the best and most successful local government unit (LGU) in the implementation of the business permits and licensing system (BPLS).

The award was given by Department of Trade Industry, Department of the Interior and Local Government, and Central Luzon Growth Corridor Foundation Inc. during the 9th Recognition of Outstanding LGUs Implementing the Streamlining Program in the Issuance of Mayor's Permit held at Holiday Inn Hotel in Clark Freeport.

24 Apr 2015 - Marcos: ‘Law states electronic counting’

MABALACAT CITY -- Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said Thursday that 2016 elections should be conducted by means of automated canvassing.

During his visit in Pampanga, Marcos said that unless the law is amended, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) should not proceed with its plan to do manual counting in the 2016 national and local polls.

24 Apr 2015 - Groups call for national P16,000 minimum wage hike

MABALACAT CITY -- Members of the Party-list Anakpawis, Kilusang Mayo Uno and Hacienda Luisita staged a picket protest in front of the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) calling for a uniformed salary increase amounting to P16,000 monthly both in private and public companies.

"In the midst of skyrocketing prices of basic commodities and public utilities, there is no logical reason why our demands can be seen as unjust or even impossible," said Anakpawis party list Representative Fernando Hicap.

24 Apr 2015 - Masantol eyes river cruise

PAMPANGA -- Masantol is eyeing the creation of an environmental cruise along the Pampanga River to attract more tourists to come to the town and the province.

Inspired by the Loboc River Cruise in Bohol, officials here are planning to enhance the eco-tourism of the town by developing the Pampanga River and make it beneficial to the community.

24 Apr 2015 - NGO chooses coastal village for anti-poverty projects

PAMPANGA -- A national non-government organization (NGO) has chosen the coastal village of Sapang Kwayan here for its poverty alleviation and literacy projects.

Operation Health for Peace is an NGO, which aims to develop and alleviate life in coastal areas with its community development programs.

23 Apr 2015 - Lawmaker to LTO on delayed plates, licenses: ‘Solve backlog first’

PAMPANGA -- Third District Board Member Rosve Henson urged on Thursday the Land Transportation Office (LTO) here to solve first the backlog on the issuance of car plates as well as drivers' licenses before enforcing the "no registration, no travel" policy in Central Luzon.

Henson, chair of the Provincial Board's committee on peace and order, said that it is government's obligation and mandate to provide all the necessary requisites before implementing such a policy, which he branded as "anti-people" for unrightfully punishing vehicle owners and the public.

23 Apr 2015 - Marcos keeping options on presidential bid open

PAMPANGA -- Senator Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr. said Thursday that he is open to running for president in 2016.

During a luncheon meeting with Pampanga-based journalists at Fortune Seafood Restaurant here, Marcos said he always remembers the advice given to him by his elders in politics, which is "keeping your options open."

23 Apr 2015 - Angeles sets measures for impending water crisis

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has started implementing measures to avert a water crisis in Angeles City.

Among these measures are massive tree planting in and around the city through the Task Force One Million Trees, the cleaning of Abacan River and Sapang Balen Creek, and close coordination with the Angeles City Water District relative to the conservation of water resources.

23 Apr 2015 - Marcos on relationship with Poe: 'It's a silly rumor'

PAMPANGA -- Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has described his reported blood relationship with Senator Grace Poe as "another one of those silly rumors that goes around."

Apparently irked, Marcos clarified to a Pampanga-based reporter during a press conference at Fortune Seafood Restaurant on Thursday that he only has two sisters, Imee and Irene.

23 Apr 2015 - San Simon celebrates Earth Day

PAMPANGA -- San Simon town joined Wednesday the global celebration of Earth Day by planting different kinds of vegetables at Concepcion High School.

Several barangays from the municipality participated in vegetable planting as a tribute for Mother Earth.

23 Apr 2015 - Cops launch organized road run

PAMPANGA -- An organized road run was launched by the Police Regional Office in Central Luzon in order to motivate Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel to engage themselves in regular physical exercises.

Senior Superintendent Timoteo Pacleb, regional police chief directorial staff, said that he organized the road run to challenge PNP personnel every athletic day on Tuesday and Thursday.

22 Apr 2015 - Tanjuatco backs Tugade

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president and chief executive officer Emigdio "Dino" Tanjuatco III has thrown his full support to Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president Arthur Tugade amid reports that the latter resigned from his post.

"I find this controversy totally unwarranted, and almost comical," Tanjuatco said in a statement.

22 Apr 2015 - Angeles mourns loss of ex-vice mayor

ANGELES CITY – Surrounded by family and friends, 90 year old former city vice mayor Alberto Ganzon Pamintuan Jr. passed away Tuesday night after suffering from aplastic anemia at the Sacred Heart Hospital, this city.

"My father's death is truly a tragic loss for all of us in the family, but we are consoled by the thought that he is reunited with my mother, Ima Lilay, my brother Benedict, Apung Delang, Lolo Quitong, and all his siblings who went ahead of him in heaven," said the incumbent Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.

22 Apr 2015 - 40,000 jobs up for grabs on Labor Day career fair

PAMPANGA -- At least 40,195 jobs will be up for grabs in this year's Labor Day Job Fairs in Central Luzon, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) said on Tuesday.

Jobseekers may avail of these job-openings on the Dole Regional Office III's region-wide job fairs on May 1 to commemorate this year's 113th Philippine Labor Day Celebration.

22 Apr 2015 - BIR to impose penalties on late tax payments

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Apalit is urging taxpayers here who did not meet the April 15 deadline to still file their 2014 Income Tax Returns or ITRs immediately to avoid bigger penalties.

The BIR Apalit said the filing for ITRs is still ongoing but are now surcharged with P1,000 per return.

22 Apr 2015 - Missing businesswoman's car found in supermarket parking lot

ANGELES CITY -- he car of a businesswoman who was reported missing was found abandoned at the Jomafer Supermarket parking lot at Xevera Compound in Barangay Tabun, Mabalacat City, Pampanga recently.

Superintendent Noel Torre, chief of police of Mabalacat City, said that Christine May Lazatin, 44, a resident of Villa Gloria Subdivision, Angeles City, failed to return home since April 12.

22 Apr 2015 - Families affected by road widening to get P5,000 each

MABALACAT CITY -- Families whose properties will be hit by the ongoing construction of the Camp Dau Road leading to the old Clark Freeport gate will get P5,000 each from the City Government here.

Vice Mayor Christian Halili said the city council passed a resolution authorizing Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales to extend the financial assistance to the residents affected by the P39 million road-widening project.

21 Apr 2015 - LTO officials may face charges over backlog

PAMPANGA -- Officials of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Central Luzon here may face charges if they are found to be remiss in their duties on the issue of the backlog in the processing of car plates for the region.

This, as LTO spokesperson Jason Salvador said that the agency is doing all it can to address the problem and to find possible solutions.

21 Apr 2015 - Exec: LTO law needs to amended

PAMPANGA -- An official of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) said Tuesday that the "no registration, no travel" policy needs to be amended as the seven-day window for processing of documents is seemingly not enough for car dealers and vehicle owners.

In a press conference at the regional office here, LTO spokesperson Jason Salvador said they are supporting calls to amend the policy, which stemmed from Department of Transportation and Communications' Memorandum Circular AVT-2015-1927, because seven days "are sometimes not enough" for car dealers to work for the registration of the vehicle bought from them.

21 Apr 2015 - Angeles council OKs CCA head appointment

ANGELES CITY -- The City Council recently approved a resolution affirming the appointment of Averell Laquindanum as head of the City College of Angeles (CCA).

Councilor Edu Pamintuan, City Council committee on education chairman, said that the city council has approved the "reappointment" of Laquindanum as CCA president.

21 Apr 2015 - 4,440 summer jobs up for grabs in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Indigent students here will soon be able to avail of jobs this summer under the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) as 4,400 slots have been allocated for Pampanga.

The number is part of the 18,000 slots allocated for Central Luzon. Pampanga received the most number of slots followed by Bataan with 4,142; Bulacan with 3,100; Nueva Ecija with 2,511; Zambales with 2,030; Tarlac with 974; and Aurora with 882. Those who qualify may take jobs as tax mappers, barangay survey personnel, encoders, school assistants, food service crew, gasoline attendants, and promotion merchandisers.

21 Apr 2015 - Mabalacat farmer earns PSAU honorary degree

MABALACAT CITY -- A 77-year-old farmer in this component city has received an honorary degree on Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU) for his 55 years on actual farming.

Jose "Apung Piping" Fausto, 77, of Sitio Cuatro, Barangay Santa Maria, this city, received a special citation "for his untiring effort in farming of rice, mango, vegetables, livestock, and Aqua Culture Integrated Farming system.

20 Apr 2015 - LTO removes validity period of temporary driver's license

PAMPANGA -- The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has removed the 150-day validity period of the temporary driver's license (TDL) after the reported shortage of materials for the plastic cards, which results to the delay of releases of driver's licenses.

A source at the LTO regional office here disclosed that the agency decided to remove the validity period of the TDL after complaints from drivers and license card owners.

20 Apr 2015 - Apalit steps up drive to protect businesses

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Oscar Tetangco Jr. said on Monday that the safety of the public and the protection of businesses were the priorities of his administration since he assumed office in 2007.

Tetangco said he and the town council led by Vice Mayor Peter Nucom worked for the installation of state-of-the-art closed-circuit television (CCTV) in areas where most businesses are and places frequented by the people.

20 Apr 2015 - 'Holcimables' to be hauled for free

PAMPANGA -- Local government units in Pampanga can now save more in their solid waste management program as Holcim Philippines is willing to haul "Holcimables," or plastic waste without metals, for free.

This was disclosed by Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Office chief Engr. Art Punsalan, who said that once "Holcimables" in a particular materials recovery facility reaches eight metric tons, Holcim would haul the waste free of charge, leaving only small amounts of residual waste in the MRF for disposal to Kalangitan Sanitary Landfill in Tarlac.

20 Apr 2015 - BCDA: Public interest upheld in eviction of Korean lessee

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Bases Conversation and Development Authority (BCDA) recently said that the recent eviction of the Hollywood Park Development Corporation (HPDC) at the Clark Special Economic and Freeport Zone is, ultimately, due to the government’s commitment to uphold public interest and welfare.

The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) in January seized the property of HPDC after the latter’s failure to comply with contractual obligations under the lease agreement signed three years ago in spite of the government's concessions extended to HPDC.

20 Apr 2015 - Porac to get another P1-M from DILG

PAMPANGA -- The Municipal Government of Porac is set to receive another P1- million from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) as it recently qualified under the agency's Performance Challenge Fund (PCF).

DILG Regional Director Florida Dijan, in a letter dated April 15 to Mayor Condralito dela Cruz, said that the municipality, a consistent Good Financial Housekeeping passer for two years, may now access the said amount for projects here.

20 Apr 2015 - Capitol distributes another batch of barangay vehicles

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government led by Governor Lilia Pineda and Vice Governor Dennis Pineda turned over 59 brand new barangay patrol cars to village chiefs over the weekend to accommodate the needs of every barangay.

The said vehicles can be used for general public service and social and humanitarian needs (makeshift ambulance, rescue, peace and order).

20 Apr 2015 - Duyan Ni Maria children get Quota teddy bears

ANGELES CITY -- Children under the care of shelter facility Ang Duyan ni Maria here received Quota Teddy Bears in a social mission organized by the members and officers of Quota International of Pampanga and the Rotary Club of Angeles Kuliat.

Quota International president Joycel Panlilio told Sun. Star Pampanga that the teddy bears program is part of their organization's initiative of providing some form of comfort to children in "crisis".

19 Apr 2015 - Group wants Delfin Lee freed

ANGELES CITY -- A group of former barangay officials and university professors here has organized a movement calling on the National Government to release property developer Delfin Lee, who is now detained at the Pampanga Provincial Jail in the City of San Fernando.

Lee was arrested on March 6, 2014 on charges of syndicated estafa filed by the Department of Justice in 2009 in connection with the alleged housing scam at Xevera subdivision Bacolor and Mabalacat, Pampanga.

19 Apr 2015 - Tugade resignation hearsay – CDC execs

CLARK FREEPORT -- Some officials of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has dismissed reports that the state-owned firm’s president, lawyer Arturo Tugade, has resigned from his post last week.

Sonny Lopez, CDC public relations department manager, described the report as false information.

19 Apr 2015 - 2015 CineKabalen calls for entries

ANGELES CITY -- The CineKabalen Kapampangan Film Festival, which is now on its fifth year, has called on Kapampangan film makers to send their entries on or before November 6.

The CineKabalen Kapampangan Film Festival aims to motivate Kapampangans to explore digital filmmaking.

19 Apr 2015 - Kapampangan movie selected for Caribbean film festival

PAMPANGA -- The Kapampangan film "Walu Pang Bulan" (Eight More Months) is set to be shown in the Cayman Islands.

The film was selected in the first Cayman Islands International Film Festival (Environmental Film category).

19 Apr 2015 - Lazatin files ordinance seeking PWD benefits

ANGELES CITY -- Persons with disabilities (PWD) here may soon enjoy a new benefit once an ordinance proposed by Councilor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr. is passed.

Proposed Ordinance No. PO-835-02-15, which was approved on first reading on March 3, seeks to provide free movie passes for PWDs in all movie houses here.

18 Apr 2015 - Cops intercept ‘botcha’

MABALACAT CITY -- Police officers, together with inspectors of the city meat inspection team, intercepted several kilos of suspected "hot meat" or "botcha" at the Madapdap Resettlement Center at dawn on Saturday.

Superintendent Nicolas Dela Torre, city police chief, said the city police provided assistance to the City Meat Inspection Team headed by Myrna Galang, which conducted a surprise inspection at a talipapa (wet market) in said village at 2:00 a.m.

18 Apr 2015 - Pampanga unveils biggest 'alualu'

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government unveiled Saturday what could be the biggest native Kapampangan version of the popular Filipino cooler "alualu" (or halo-halo meaning mixed together) at the SM City Pampanga Event Center on Friday.

The almost ten feet ice delicacy was unveiled before tourism officials, government executives and Kapampangan food enthusiasts. Famed chef Claude Tayag facilitated the mixing of the delicacy that required at least 25 bags of shaved ice. The ingredients from sweetened banana, egg custard and ube were sourced from Pampanga's different towns.

18 Apr 2015 - Pagcor awards P3-B to DPWH for construction of more classrooms

PAMPANGA -- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) awarded Friday a check amounting to P3-billion to Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for the construction of more classrooms in public schools under its “Matuwid na Daan sa Silid-Aralan” project.

Pagcor Chair and Chief Executive Officer Cristino Naguiat, Jr., assisted by Education Secretary Armin Luistro, gave it to Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson in a ceremony at Tarlac National High School main campus with President Benigno Aquino III as witness.

17 Apr 2015 - PLDT SME Nation: Technology greatest equalizer in business

SUBIC BAY -- The PLDT SME Nation hosted the recent Tech Island 2.0 here and it aimed to make the country's growing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) competitive in the digital market.

Jerameel Azurin, assistant vice-president and head of SME marketing, said they organized the "Transformational Leadership in the Digital Era" to help the SMEs "grow" and capitalize on the reported 40 million Filipinos who are active on social network.

17 Apr 2015 - Bank security guard killed

ANGELES CITY -- Police are investigating the motive in the killing of a security guard of a bank who was found dead in his post in Barangay Balibago, Angeles City, Wednesday.

Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles City police director, said Francisco Tamayo, security guard of RCBC branch in Barangay Balibago was seen lying bloodied and lifeless on the floor.

17 Apr 2015 - Group eyes Clark as PH’s disaster operations hub

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Philippine Disaster Response Foundation (PDRF) is set to establish a private disaster operations center (DOC) inside the Freeport here.

The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has donated a building to house the DOC, which will be supported by various facilities including training and response areas.

17 Apr 2015 - Sta. Rita parish priest orders resumption of churchyard project

PAMPANGA -- Santa Rita de Cascia Parish Priest Msgr. Abelardo Basilio has ordered the resumption of the churchyard project here that was put on hold after the request of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) after representatives from the latter have been invited to visit the project this Sunday.

This came after members of the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) and Basilio met with the NCCA in Manila. Basilio has ordered the resumption of the project after NCCA failed to show any concrete complaints lodged against the project.

16 Apr 2015 - Angeles City library to host Earth Day lecture

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles City Library and Information Center and the Kitchen for the Soul: Cecilian Lecture Series will hold a lecture on the topic "Kitchen for the Soil: An Education Seminar for Earth Day" on April 23 as a post National Earth Day event.

Earth Day, which is an annual event celebrated worldwide every April 22, seeks to broaden the base support for environmental programs to rekindle public commitment and build community activism around the world through a broad range of events and activities.

16 Apr 2015 - San Fernando targets 40 metric tons of waste with ‘no plastic’ ordinance

PAMPANGA -- The City of San Fernando is looking at reducing its garbage generation from 80 metric tons of residual garbage to 40 metric tons after the implementation of its "no plastic" ordinance.

Councilor Benedict Jasper Lagman, who authored the no-plastic ordinance in San Fernando, said that they are now monitoring the effect of the law on the residual waste production of the city.

16 Apr 2015 - CIAC: ‘Try Clark airport’

CLARK FREEPORT – "Try using Clark International Airport in Pampanga to avoid traffic congestions and flight delays."

The Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) issued the message urging passengers in the North Philippines to use Clark Airport to avoid any inconveniences on their flights.

16 Apr 2015 - Drilon favors Clark airport conversion

CLAKR FREEPORT -- Senate President Franklin Drilon has expressed support for the conversion of the Clark International Airport into the country's premier gateway.

In a meeting with local officials and business leaders in Magalang town last week, Drilon said the country's international airport must be transferred outside of Metro Manila, citing Clark as a viable alternative.

15 Apr 2015 - 4 suspected drug pushers nabbed

PAMPANGA -- Four suspected drug pushers were arrested in the towns of Floridablanca and Sta. Ana, Tuesday.

Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono Jr., Pampanga Police Provincial director, identified those arrested as Rey Dulay, 39, a resident of Barangay Calantas, Floridablanca; Jomar Dumlao, 37, of Barrio Barreto, Olongapo City; Gabriel Favis, 46, a resident of Barangay San Juan, Sta. Ana town; and Victor Guzon, of Barangay Sta. Maria also in Sta. Ana.

15 Apr 2015 - Man dragged, shot to death

PAMPANGA -- A 34-year-old man was dragged from his house and was shot to death by six unidentified gunmen in Barangay San Isidro, San Simon, recently.

In a report here, the fatality was identified as Larry Pineda, 34, a resident of Purok 3, Barangay San Isidro, San Simon town.

15 Apr 2015 - DOH warns public vs heat stroke

ANGELES CITY -- With the onset of summer, the Department of Health (DOH) has released health tips to prevent heat stroke.

The DOH stated that when suffering from a heat stroke, the body overheats and cannot cool down by sweating because of dehydration.

15 Apr 2015 - Board members urge Kapampangans to maximize use of health cards

PAMPANGA -- Members of the Pampanga Provincial Board (PB) here urged beneficiaries of the National Household Targeting System-Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) program of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) to maximize the use of their cards for health benefits.

Second District Board Members Anthony Joseph Torres and Arthur Salalila stressed this during the distribution of PhilHealth members' data records (MDR) to 2,684 residents of Sasmuan and 6,640 residents of Guagua under the NHTS-PR identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

15 Apr 2015 - CDC: Actions vs Korean firm aboveboard

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) clarified Wednesday that the actions taken against a Korean firm for its failure to comply with contractual obligations are "aboveboard."

The CDC claimed that the government's [CDC] seizure of the property was based on the "persistent non-compliances" of Hollywood Park Development Corporation (HPDC) with its commitments under the agreement signed three years ago "despite reconsideration and concessions extended to the erring firm."

14 Apr 2015 - Binay hits Senate probe on Delfin Lee

PAMPANGA -- Vice President Jejomar Binay slammed the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee's decision to suddenly grill the Home Development Mutual (Pag-Ibig) Fund over Delfin Lee.

The beleaguered Vice President stressed that the ongoing bullying against him must stop.

14 Apr 2015 - Angeles showcases various versions of 'sisig'

ANGELES CITY -- It is the event that any pork dish lover would certainly die for. Rows and rows of the different versions, alterations and hybrids of the famed Kapampangan pork dish sisig were showcased Tuesday in the Department of Tourism's (DOT) Flavors of the Philippines at the Museo Ning Angeles.

Sisig Fest 2015 serves as a prelude for Madrid Fusion Manila 2015 and the DOT's month-long cultural and gastronomic feast, which presents the country's culinary prowess and interest worldwide.

14 Apr 2015 - ‘No plate, no travel’ policy suspended

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) is lifting immediately the "no plate, no travel" policy until the system is polished after re-evaluation.

This was disclosed by Pampanga third district Representative Oscar Rodriguez who earlier called for the suspension of the "no plate, no travel" policy of the LTO for at least a month as complaints from car owners and auto dealers mounted after its implementation last April 1.

14 Apr 2015 - CDC prexy, 5 others face raps at Ombuds

ANGELES CITY -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president and CEO Arthur Tugade and five other CDC officials were charged with grave misconduct and grave coercion before the Ombudsman in connection with the alleged harassment on a Korean businessman and the forced removal of his corporation at the Clark Freeport last January.

Charged with Tugade were Mariza Mandocdoc, OIC of the Business Development Business Enhancement Group; lawyer Perlita Mateo Sagmit, corporate secretary and chief legal counsel; Evangeline Tejada of the marketing department; Ricardo Banayat of the security services; Thelma Ocampo, manager of the marketing and promotions section; and lawyer Juvy Manwong of the legal department.

14 Apr 2015 - Cop refuses P100,000 bribe

PAMPANGA -- A police officer did not accept the P100,000 offered by a 72-year-old father for the release of his son who was among five suspected drug pushers arrested during a buy-bust operation over the weekend in Barangay Sto. Rosario, Mexico, Pampanga.

Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono Jr., Pampanga Police Provincial director, identified the policeman who refused to accept the P100,000 bribe as Police Officer 2 Julius Ryan Miranda, a member of the Mexico Police.

14 Apr 2015 - DOTC, BCDA approve Clark railway project

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) have approved the Clark railway project.

The two agencies agreed to proceed with the construction of the Tutuban-Malolos-Clark leg of the $6 billion North-South Commuter Railway project.

13 Apr 2015 - DPWH blacklists road contractor

ANGELES CITY -- As a result of the continuing complaint of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, the Department Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has cancelled the contract of JQG Construction and blacklisted the said construction company.

JQG Construction was the winning bidder of the Pandan-Magalang Road Rehabilitation Project of the national government being implemented through the DPWH.

13 Apr 2015 - Senator recognizes war vets’ sacrifices, heroism

PAMPANGA -- “We will always treasure your sacrifices and heroism.”

This was the message of Senator Bam Aquino as he led the remembrance ceremony for the Filipino and American soldiers who were part of the infamous 1942 Death March at Capas National Shrine.

13 Apr 2015 - NCCA to visit stalled Sta. Rita churchyard project

PAMPANGA -- Representatives from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) have been invited to personally look into the stalled churchyard project of the Santa Rita de Cascia Parish as officials of the Parish Pastoral Council here are expected to shed light on the contested project, a source from the parish said.

The source who refused to be named said that some people critical of current parish priest Msgr. Abelardo Basilio have been complaining of the project. The same people, the source said have been behind the moves to have the parish priest removed and have closely identified themselves with former parish priest Msgr. Eugenio Reyes who is currently the rector of the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Fernando.

12 Apr 2015 - Pampanga to launch Great Alualu Festival

The Provincial Government of Pampanga will be launching the first ever Great Alualu Festival on April 17 at the SM City Pampanga Trade Hall here.

The event will be made possible through the Arts, Culture and Tourism Office of Pampanga (ACTOP) in partnership with SM City Pampanga.

12 Apr 2015 - Mais Festival to highlight Mexico's corn industry

PAMPANGA -- Mexico town's Mais Festival slated in May is expected to highlight its corn industry.

The festival, which will feature a parade of floats made of corn products and materials, will be held in Barangay Anao.

12 Apr 2015 - Solar power installed in Angeles' 1st green home

ANGELES CITY -- An alternative and renewable energy services company has completed the design, installation and commissioning of the first solar photovoltaic system here.

The Navitas Asia Pacific, in cooperation with it’s Direct Energy Partner in Pampanga, Web of Life, installed the 3-Kilowatt On Grid Solar PV System on first-of-its-kind "green home" situated at Heritage Place Subdivision Phase 2, owned by former councilor Louie Reyes, an environmentalist, and businessman.

12 Apr 2015 - Retirees hold medical mission in Angeles City

ANGELES CITY -- Close to 800 residents of Barangay Pulung Maragul and other villages here benefitted from the medical mission conducted by the Returned and Services League (RSL) of Australia.

Assorted medicines and vitamins for children and adults were distributed to the indigent patients.

11 Apr 2015 - Angeles extends more support to youth athletes

ANGELES CITY -- Angeleño youth athletes from the 33 barangays here are set to receive additional support from the local government as they compete in the Second Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan Sports Festival.

This was announced by Pamintuan's chief-of-staff Alex Cauguiran during his opening remarks in the festival kick off held Wednesday, April 8, at the MarQuee Mall Activity Center.

11 Apr 2015 - Cayetano: Car owners suffer in LTO misdeed

PAMPANGA -- Senate Majority Floor Leader Alan Peter Cayetano said that car owners are the ones being penalized from the fault of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) regarding the delayed issuance of license plates to registered vehicles.

Cayetano issued the statement during a recent visit in this city in line with his Presyo, Trabaho, Kita (PTK) where he released the second batch of funds (total of P300,000) to the Angeles San Fernando Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association.

11 Apr 2015 - Floridablanca to experience 9-hour brownout on Tuesday

PAMPANGA -- Residents and businessmen in Floridablanca town in Pampanga are being asked by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) to prepare for a nine-hour power interruption on Tuesday, April 14.

The power interruption, said NGCP Central Luzon Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Officer Ernest Lorenz Vidal, will start at 8:00 a.m. He said that power is expected to be restored by 5:15 p.m.

11 Apr 2015 - Nepomuceno vows to work on employment

ANGELES CITY -- Councilor Bryan Nepomuceno said he will continue implementing programs to improve employment status of his constituents.

Nepomuceno, who recently announced his vice mayoralty bid, said that he effected the passing of an ordinance that ensures job-matching or the proper linking of employers and job seekers.

11 Apr 2015 - Bike cops patrol Mabalacat City

MABALACAT CITY -- Police have started patrolling on bicycles in this city to cover the areas that were previously difficult to reach.

Police Superintendent Nicolas Torre III, chief of Mabalacat police, said the bike patrol units made it easier to conduct hot pursuits in tight and crowded spots that are inaccessible to other patrol vehicles.

11 Apr 2015 - 2 suspected drug pushers in Floridablanca nabbed

PAMPANGA -- Two suspected drug pushers were arrested in a police operation in Barangay Calantas, Floridablanca, Pampanga, Thursday.

Superintendent Jhoanna Rosales, Floridablanca police chief, said Rollin Santos alias Ka Barolen, 43 and Alvin Capulong alias Ka Binong, 41, both of the said barangay, were arrested by the anti-illegal drugs team of Floridablanca police during the operation.

11 Apr 2015 - Teatro Angeleño to conduct summer art workshop for street children

ANGELES CITY -- For some children, art merely serves as a form of play and recreation, but for those living on the streets it also means rebuilding their broken dreams.

"We have always believed in the power of art to give a voice to the underprivileged children. It has been our advocacy to bring them out of the streets," said Teatro Angeleño artistic director John Jurado.

10 Apr 2015 - Guv urged to run for higher post

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Regional Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines in Central Luzon wants Governor Lilia Pineda either to join the senatorial race or run for a higher position in the 2016 local and national elections.

Retired Judge Ricardo Agapito, president of the regional federation told officers of senior citizens groups in Central Luzon during the first-ever Regional Senior Citizens' Congress held at Oxford Hotel in this Freeport to unite and give their full support in rallying behind the lady governor whatever higher position she would want to run for in 2016.

10 Apr 2015 - 2 suspected drug pushers arrested

PAMPANGA -- Two suspected drug pushers were collared by policemen during a buy-bust operation at Villa Herencia, Barangay Telabastagan here, police said Friday.

Superintendent Retchie Duldulao, city chief of police, said Marvin Parungao, 53, a resident of Barangay Telabastagan and Violeta Garcia, 35, a resident of Sapang Libutad, Angeles City, were apprehended by the Anti-Illegal Drugs Team during an operation.

10 Apr 2015 - Dozens of jobs up for grabs in BPO job fair

ANGELES CITY -- The biggest Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies are set to open dozens of job opportunities here at the job fair organized by Vice-Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting on April 29 to 30 at Marquee Mall.

The event dubbed "Career Expo 2015" is in cooperation with the Philippine Call Center Institute (PCCI) and will feature companies like Sykes, Teletech, Accenture and Convergys among others. The job fair will start from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

8 Apr 2015 - Suspension of ‘no plate, no travel’ policy urged

PAMPANGA -- Third District Representative Oscar Rodriguez and Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano called Wednesday for a 30-day suspension of the “no plate, no travel” policy of the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

Rodriguez said he has already relayed his request to Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, Jr. that the policy be suspended until next month, when it has been reassessed and motorists informed about the ruling which took effect last April 1.

8 Apr 2015 - Angeles' Sisig to be showcased in DOT's Flavors

ANGELES CITY -- The best pork dish in the world, as dubbed by New York Times, is set to be showcased in the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) month-long cultural and gastronomic feast, which presents the country’s culinary prowess and interest worldwide.

The famed Angeles Sizzling Sisig will take center stage at DOT's Flavors of the Philippines, an event that serves as a prelude for Madrid Fusion Manila 2015.

8 Apr 2015 - City engineer, son wounded in ambush

PAMPANGA -- A city engineer and his son were wounded when they were ambushed by two unidentified armed men on board a motorcycle in Barangay San Sebastian, Tarlac City, recently.

Senior Superintendent Alex Sintin, Tarlac police provincial director, said Engineer Bonifacio Liwanag, 52, Tarlac City engineer and his son Fire Officer-1 Cyrus, 24, assigned at the Bureau of Fire and Protection at said city were on their way to their work when they were ambushed by armed men.

8 Apr 2015 - Guv eyes cataract-free Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda is eyeing to achieve a cataract free Pampanga as she sought the assistance of barangay health workers (BHWs) to locate poor Kapampangans suffering from eye ailments.

This came as she convened the BHWs from the first, third and fourth districts of Pampanga in a general assembly held at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center on Wednesday.

6 Apr 2015 - ‘Sabuaga’ awes Pampanga officials

PAMPANGA -- Officials led by Fourth District Board Member Nestor Tolentino, who represented Governor Lilia Pineda, were awed by the staging of the 6th “Sabuaga” festival on Easter Sunday here.

“I want to credit Sto. Tomas officials for institutionalizing the festival. The Sabuaga will be spared from politics,” said Tolentino.

6 Apr 2015 - Customs seizes M16 magazines from Korean tourist

CLARK FREEPORT -- A Korean tourist was interrogated by authorities here after Bureau of Customs (BOC) officials discovered 111 empty magazines for an M16 armalite rifle in his luggage shortly after arriving at the Clark International Airport (CRK) on Sunday.

The Korean national, identified as Kim Son Nam, managed to put the rifle magazines inside his hand-carry and check-in baggage.

6 Apr 2015 - Town sets Aldo ning Mexico celebration

PAMPANGA -- This historic town will be celebrating its 434th founding anniversary with a two week-long series of activities from April 24 to May 4 highlighting its people and their rich culture and heritage.

The Municipal Government of Mexico said that the 434th Aldo ning Mexico carries the theme “Baleng Pakamalan: Balikan. Pagmasusyan. Palabungan.”

6 Apr 2015 - P159M in scholarships up for Central Luzon students

PAMPANGA -- More students are set to avail of skills-related courses as the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) has earmarked P159.76 million in scholarship funds for Central Luzon this year.

The fund will be used for 21,400 marginalized youth in three provinces in Central Luzon availing of technical-vocational education.

5 Apr 2015 - ‘Panata at Panalangin’ wows devotees

ANGELES CITY -- Hundreds gathered in Marquee Mall Park in this city on Black Saturday to watch a breath-taking portrayal of the religious practices in the province of Pampanga.

While the prominent Kapampangan Lenten celebration showcased bloody crucifixion rites last Good Friday, the “Panata at Panalangin” (vows and prayers) featured a non-violent means of observing Holy Week by embarking on a spiritual journey through culture and the arts.

5 Apr 2015 - Santa Rita museum to show old photos

PAMPANGA -- It will be a virtual trip down memory lane as the Museo Ning Santa Rita de Cascia will be hosting an exhibit of old photos of the town and its old parish's history.

The exhibit has been organized through the help of locals who have donated and loan old photos from old family albums. Museum curator Romy Dizon said that the organizers have tried their best in gathering old and even contemporary photographs to show how the town and its parish has grown through the years.

5 Apr 2015 - Macabebe sets 'bloodless' Lenten tradition

PAMPANGA -- A group called "Everybody’s Club" started a “bloodless” Lenten tradition in Barangay San Isidro here 59 years ago.

Pampanga -- notably in the cities of Angeles and San Fernando – is known to be the country’s center of self-flagellation during Holy Week. At least six villages in San Fernando and two in Angeles are known to hold crucifixions rites on Good Friday.

5 Apr 2015 - Anti-rabies info drive launched

PAMPANGA -- The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Region 3 started a region-wide awareness and information campaign on rabies with a Kapihan ng Mamamayan (KNM) in Barangay San Nicolas here recently.

Speakers included Department of Agriculture Veterinarian II Xandre Baccay, Global Alliance for Rabies Control Field Veterinarian Rosebelle Gamal, and City Health Office Rural Health Physician Renely Tungol.

5 Apr 2015 - ‘Panata at Panalangin’ wows devotees

ANGELES CITY -- Hundreds gathered in Marquee Mall Park in this city on Black Saturday to watch a breath-taking portrayal of the religious practices in the province of Pampanga.

While the prominent Kapampangan Lenten celebration showcased bloody crucifixion rites last Good Friday, the “Panata at Panalangin” (vows and prayers) featured a non-violent means of observing Holy Week by embarking on a spiritual journey through culture and the arts.

5 Apr 2015 - Santa Rita museum to show old photos

PAMPANGA -- It will be a virtual trip down memory lane as the Museo Ning Santa Rita de Cascia will be hosting an exhibit of old photos of the town and its old parish's history.

The exhibit has been organized through the help of locals who have donated and loan old photos from old family albums. Museum curator Romy Dizon said that the organizers have tried their best in gathering old and even contemporary photographs to show how the town and its parish has grown through the years.

5 Apr 2015 - One of Santo Tomas' most wanted falls

PAMPANGA -- Ralph Laurence Tongol, a resident of Santo Domingo, Angeles City, was charged with frustrated homicide and tagged as number 19 in the town's most wanted person list.

Chief Inspector John Clark, Santo Tomas Police chief, said the suspect was a subject of a manhunt operation as effected by the warrant of arrest issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 42 under criminal case number 18261 dated May 29, 2012.

4 Apr 2015 - Holy Week peaceful in Mabalacat

MABALACAT CITY -- A top police official here said that there were no major incidents were reported during the observance of the Holy Week.

Chief Inspector Melvin Florida, Dau police commander, said critical areas including the infamous Sitio Talimundok, were monitored by the local police.

4 Apr 2015 - Sinukwan Kapampangan opens training for aspiring dancers

ANGELES CITY -- Well, here’s the perfect opportunity for aspiring dance artists: The Sinukwan Kapampangna Training Center for the Arts is opening its doors to a new batch of local talents.

The training will start on April 6, 1 p.m. at the Sinukwan Studio, Sta. Juliana Street, Salapungan, Angeles City or Bale-Balayan Museum for the Poor at Araw Malansik St. Sta. Teresita, Angeles City.

4 Apr 2015 - New coffee table book promotes Angeles City

ANGELES CITY -- Leading social network Facebook has inspired a local group led by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and his wife Herminia to come up with a book for the present and future generations of this highly urbanized city.

“Balen Angeles, Kanita’t Ngeni” (Town of Angeles, Then and Now) is a coffee table book conceived out of the Facebook group called “Angeles City.” The account was created and maintained by Paolo Torno Galang, Danon Dizon and Elmer Cato.

4 Apr 2015 - Clark Green City pushed as national sports training center

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM) said the Clark Green City (CGC) is the best location for the new training center of Philippine athletes.

PGKM head Ruperto Cruz, owner of the Hacienda Royal Golf and Country Club and Grand Palazzo Royale, issued the statement in response to the call of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) for the immediate transfer of the national training center from Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila to Clark.

4 Apr 2015 - Bizman sees GDP to expand by 6.7% in next quarter

PAMPANGA -- Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.(PamCham) Vice-Chairman Rene Romero sees further robust growth in Philippine gross domestic product (GDP) to 6.7 percent owing to the current performance of the country's economy.

Romero said the election season would kick-in at the last quarter of the year and coupled with government spending and the performance of the private sector, would enable such a forecast possible.

3 Apr 2015 - Filipino devotees nailed to crosses in Good Friday rites

PAMPANGA -- Screaming in pain, Filipino devotees had themselves nailed to wooden crosses to mimic the suffering of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in Asia's largest Roman Catholic nation.

Church leaders have spoken against the annual practice mixing Catholic devotion with folk belief, but it continues to draw big crowds, particularly in northern Pampanga province.

1 Apr 2015 - Foul play eyed in death of Kapampangan OFW

PAMPANGA -- Relatives of Kapampangan overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Astrid Jay-Ar Manalang are suspecting that he was killed.

According to reports from CLTV 36, Manalang, 30, from Mexico town in Pampanga, died last February 20 when he reportedly jumped off from the seventh floor of the residential building where he lived.

1 Apr 2015 - CDC named best social enterprise

CLARK FREEPORT -- For implementing various programs related to social responsibility, the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) was named best social enterprise in the international Golden Globe Tigers Award.

Under the organization award category on social innovation, the state-run corporation bagged the Best Social Enterprise for its corporate social responsibility (CSR) innovative projects.

1 Apr 2015 - Central Luzon policemen receive 84 motorcycles

PAMPANGA -- A total of 84 newly acquired Kawasaki Rouser motorcycles that will be used in the Philippine National Police (PNP)’s Oplan “Lambat-Sibat” were turned over Wednesday to the Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3).

The turnover ceremony was held in front of the PRO3 parade grounds here and were received by Chief Superintendent Ronald Santos, officer-in-charge of PRO3 from Police Director Juanito Vano, Jr., chief of directorate for logistics.

1 Apr 2015 - San Fernando releases traffic scheme for crucifixion rites

PAMPANGA -- The Traffic Management Division of the City of San Fernando has released information on the traffic scheme that will be implemented this Good Friday as part of the city’s road management preparation for the annual crucifixion rites here.

Renato Pineda, head of the San Fernando Traffic Management Division, said the traffic scheme will cover three barangays: San Juan, Sta. Lucia, and San Pedro Cutud.