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Balibago News Aug-2015

31 Aug 2015 - CSF mayor: Continue heroes' fight for freedom

Mayor Edwin Santiago has urged the people, particularly the youth, to continue what the heroes did for the country.

The mayor stressed this as the city government joined the nation in commemorating the National Heroes Day on Monday.

31 Aug 2015 - Espino to run for Arayat mayor

PAMPANGA -- Former Mayor Chito Espino of this town has vowed to reclaim his old post in May 2016.

Espino, who was mayor from 2004 to 2013, said that he wants to continue his projects, programs and brand of service to the people of Arayat , especially to the less fortunate members of the community.

31 Aug 2015 - Cops arrest San Luis drug suspect

PAMPANGA -- Police officers recently arrested the town's top eight most wanted person at Barangay San Juan here.

Suspect Efren Dimayuga, a resident of the said barangay, was arrested after being suspected of violating Section 11 (drug possession) of the Republic Act 9165 or Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

31 Aug 2015 - Drug pusher nabbed in Candaba

PAMPANGA -- Police officers here arrested on Saturday a 51-year-old man suspected of selling prohibited drugs in Barangay Paralaya.

Raymundo Balagtas, tagged as one of the town's five most wanted persons, was arrested in a buy-bust operation of the police.

31 Aug 2015 - Marian exhibit in SM Pampanga set

PAMPANGA -- Different images of the Virgin Mary are now displayed in SM City Pampanga Trade Hall as part of Catholic patron saint's forthcoming birthday.

The Congregation of the Children of Marias (CCM) San Luis Chapter collected more than 60 titles of Mother Mary from different Marian devotees in the province for the exposition.

31 Aug 2015 - Rains increase Angat Dam water level

PAMPANGA -- Water level at the Angat Dam continues to increase due to the rains in the watershed area over the weekend.

Water at the reservoir was seen at 185.62 meters since last week due to the recent rains providing a much needed halt over the decreasing water level of the dam.

31 Aug 2015 - $20-M tourism project to rise in Subic Freeport

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- A $20-million tourism-related project will soon rise here.

Taiwan Vice President Annette Lu visited last week the leisure project site which include the restoration of the Triboa Clubhouse and the construction and management of condominium buildings and luxury villas in the Triboa Area here, said Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman and Administrator Roberto Garcia.

30 Aug 2015 - Parish launches Jubilee year celebration

PAMPANGA -- The Saint Augustine Parish in this city formally launched the year-long celebration of its Golden Jubilee celebration over the weekend with a host of events and activities in a bid to help the poor and strengthen the faith of the community.

The year-long celebration was formally announced by parish priest Msgr. Ric Serrano and Parish Pastoral Council coordinator Tess Laus during after last Friday`s Mass in celebration of the Solemnity of Saint Augustine. The Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Emeritus Paciano Aniceto and other guest priests.

30 Aug 2015 - Man who stole San Luis mayor's farm equipment arrested

PAMPANGA -- Police arrested recently one of the suspects who allegedly stole three farming machines owned by Mayor Venancio "Asiong" Macapagal of this agricultural town.

Cops identified the suspect as Jesus Catacutan, 35, of Barangay San Juan, this town.

30 Aug 2015 - Capitol to hold job fair on Tuesday

PAMPANGA -- The provincial government through the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) will hold a job fair at the Benigno Aquino Hall, Capitol compound this September 1, Tuesday.

According to PESO manager Luningning Vergara, four local recruitment agencies have job openings overseas.

30 Aug 2015 - Porac to spend P3-M DILG fund on infrastructure

PAMPANGA -- The local government here is set to use the P3-million fund from the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for infrastructure projects.

Mayor Condralito dela Cruz and Vice Mayor Dexter David formally received the funds from the DILG over the weekend in Clark Freeport.

30 Aug 2015 - Texas Instruments to spend $10M for expansion project

CLARK FREEPORT -- Global semiconductor company Texas Instruments Inc. has announced that it is set to infuse $10 million for its expansion project here.

This was announced by Mohammad Yunus, president and managing director of TI Philippines during the groundbreaking ceremonies of its expansion project on product distribution center here in the Freeport last Thursday.

30 Aug 2015 - Bridal Expo Filipino goes to Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- The Philtrade Exhibit conducted the sixth edition of its Bridal Expo Filipino on Friday to Sunday at SM City Pampanga.

The project is aimed at helping couples and party celebrators to find different event suppliers in one place.

28 Aug 2015 - 'Stop destructive upland farming'

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda appealed anew to the almost 400 upland farmers of Arayat to stop destructive farming practices as she gave them food packs for their weeklong consumption.

It was learned that most of the residents from villages near the mountain are upland farmers who cultivate slope areas and “slash-and-burn” portions of the forest which they converted into farmlands.

28 Aug 2015 - Kapampangans unite for Sassa

ANGELES CITY -- Public officials and teachers here have joined the Kapampangan people in supporting "The Voice Kids" finalist Sassa Dagdag of Barangay Balibago in this city.

Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda, Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, Pampanga Vice Governor Dennis Pineda, Pampanga Board Member Mike Tapang, Balibago Chairman Tony Mamac, and other officials in the city and the province expressed support to the Kapampangan pride.

28 Aug 2015 - Pampanga lawmakers bat for more international flights from provinces

PAMPANGA -- First District Representative Joseller “Yeng” Guiao and chairman of the House Committee on Metro Manila Development Representative Winston Castelo have issued a strong warning to the Philippine air panel to refuse any request for additional landing rights to Manila that may be lodged by airlines of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the bilateral air talks currently being held in Manila.

The panel, headed by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), is meeting a delegation from the UAE government for negotiations to revise the air transport agreement between UAE and the Philippines, which fixes a maximum of 28 flights per week for UAE-Manila route operations.

28 Aug 2015 - Boking: Plant trees, help save mother earth

MABALACAT CITY -- Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales has urged his constituents to plant trees and help in the worldwide campaign to save mother earth.

The city mayor issued the statement during the recent tree planting activity along the Manila North Road (MacArthur Highway) in Barangay Tabun here.

28 Aug 2015 - Angeles to experience power interruption on August 31

ANGELES CITY -- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has advised residents in Angeles City to take precautions and necessary preparations for a power interruption scheduled on August 31, Monday.

The power interruption is scheduled from 6 a.m. to 12 noon (Mexico-AEC 69kV Line 1) and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Mexico-AEC 69kV Line 2).

28 Aug 2015 - TB cases rise in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Records from the Department of Health Region III (DOH-3) showed that cases of tuberculosis (TB) in the province increased for the second quarter of the year.

Compared to the 1,800 estimated TB cases in the second quarter of the previous year, the DOH recorded 2,700 cases this year during the same period.

27 Aug 2015 - Yeng wants mandatory PhilHealth coverage for PWDs

CLARK FREEPORT -- Pampanga First District Representative Joseller “Yeng” Guiao has filed House Bill 5939 calling for mandatory Philhealth coverage for all persons with disabilities (PWDs).

Guiao said that under the bill---“An Act Providing Mandatory PhilHealth Coverage for all PWDs, Amending for the Purpose of Republic Act 7277, as Amended by RA 9442 the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons,”--- people with disabilities, though having the same health needs as non-disabled people, have less access to health care services and therefore experience unmet health care needs, as noted by the World Health Organization.

27 Aug 2015 - Angeles City vice mayor named outstanding local legislator

ANGELES CITY -- Angeles City Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting was named anew on Wednesday as one of the recipients of the Outstanding Local Legislator Award (OLLA) 2015 from the prestigious Superbrands Marketing International Inc. (SMI)-Philippines.

SMI is an award-giving body engaged in consumer and service products that acknowledges the efforts of public servants and business organizations in their role towards nation building.

27 Aug 2015 - Villanueva: Tesda is for jobs, transformation

CLARK FREEPORT -- Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) Director General Joel Villanueva has underscored the agency’s role to uplift the lives of the Filipino people.

Villanueva issued the statement during the closing and awarding ceremony of the 2015 Provincial Skills Competition at SM City Clark on Thursday.

27 Aug 2015 - CIAC official expresses support to Philippine carriers

CLARK FREEPORT -- A top official of the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) has expressed support to Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific (CEB) which are opposing the granting of additional seat entitlements to Emirates Airlines.

CIAC head Emigdio “Dino” Tanjuatco said that CIAC fully supports the position of the two airlines.

27 Aug 2015 - Body of missing woman found in Masantol

PAMPANGA -- Police said that the body of woman who allegedly drowned at the Pampanga River was found yesterday morning at Barangay Nigui, here.

Police Officer 3 Efren Palpag said that around 5 a.m., the body of the victim was discovered and identified as Estephanie Mercado, 24, a resident of Barangay Pescadores, Candaba.

27 Aug 2015 - 7 dengue cases reported in Apalit

PAMPANGA -- Authorities said Thursday that a total of seven dengue cases in different barangays in Apalit were reported due to the southwest monsoon spawned by Typhoon "Ineng."

Municipal Health Office Nurse II Vilma Manlapaz said that Barangay San Juan had the highest rate of dengue cases.

26 Aug 2015 - House probe sought into Capilion project

ANGELES CITY -- The Sangguniang Panlungsod here has asked the House of Representatives to conduct an investigation on the Clark Green Frontier of Singapore-based Capilion Corporation PTE Limited.

The city councilors expressed their request to Congress through a resolution unanimously approved on Tuesday.

26 Aug 2015 - CDC: Capilion is within Clark Freeport

CLARK FREEPORT -- The 3.8-hectare property where Capilion would put up its Clark Green Frontier (CGF) Project is within the Clark Freeport Zone, the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) reiterated Wednesday.

Under Republic Act 9400, the location of the project falls within the Freeport. A survey map issued by the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) shows the boundaries of the Clark Freeport Zone and it includes the CGF area.

26 Aug 2015 - Police arrest LTO-3 Flying Squad man who shot colleague

PAMPANGA -- Within three hours, the suspect in the killing of a Land Transportation Office Central (LTO-3) Flying Squad member was arrested in his residence in Capas, Tarlac.

Superintendent Jean Fajardo, chief of police of City of San Fernando, said suspect Eleserio Magasael, also a member of the LTO-3 Flying Squad was in coordination with Capas police.

26 Aug 2015 - Mayor confident court will issue arrest warrant vs town hall thief

PAMPANGA -- Bacolor Mayor Jomar Hizon said Wednesday he is confident that the court will release the warrant of arrest for the municipal hall burglar who carted away some P500,000 from the treasury vault.

He also said that they already know the location of the suspect and will start to coordinate with the authorities there once the documents are ready.

26 Aug 2015 - BIR: Pineda's Sopa an indicator of Pampanga's economic performance

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Pampanga sees Governor Lilia Pineda’s recent state of the province address or “Ulat Panlalawigan” report on the economic and business performance of the province as one of the positive indicators of the province's economic performance.

BIR RR4 officer-in-charge Conrado Lee said that Pineda's report particularly on fiscal performance and local revenue generation could serve as indicators on how BIR would set its collection targets.

26 Aug 2015 - Man arrested for locking up, abusing live-in partner

PAMPANGA -- Police recently arrested a man for abuse against women and illegal detention at Barangay San Vicente, Apalit.

Police identified the suspect as Chryplerson Gomez, 38, who was accused by his live-in partner Rosally Lugue of beating and detaining her for almost five hours in their house.

26 Aug 2015 - 'The Voice Kids' finalist seeks Kapampangan support

ANGELES CITY -- Pampanga’s pride Sassa Dagdag, one of the four finalists in ABS-CBN's talent search "The Voice Kids", and her family are seeking the support of the Kapampangans this Saturday for the grand finals of the singing contest's second season.

Jennifer Dagdag, Sassa's aunt, said they need all the support for Sassa.

26 Aug 2015 - Sto. Tomas police nab top 2 target

PAMPANGA -- Police officers here arrested recently the second most wanted person in the list of Oplan Lambat Sibat at Barangay Moras Dela Paz in Sto Tomas.

Police identified the suspect as Chris Bautista, 27, a resident of the said barangay.

25 Aug 2015 - MIAA: Flight diversion due to bad weather

CLARK FREEPORT -- An official of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has clarified that the diversion of nine Manila-bound flights to Clark International Airport (CRK) over the weekend was due to bad weather.

MIAA public relations officer David Faustino de Castro stated this in reaction to an article saying that the local flights were diverted to Clark due to air traffic congestion.

25 Aug 2015 - 1,100 indigents get food packs

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda distributed Tuesday food packs to 1,100 indigents here as part of the provincial government's support to indigents during the typhoon season.

Pineda led the distribution along with Board Member Rosve Henson at the People's Gymnasium in San Fernando.

25 Aug 2015 - LTO-3 Flying Squad man guns down colleague

PAMPANGA -- A Land Transportation Office Central Luzon (LTO-3) Flying Squad member gunned down his law enforcement colleague after a heated argument at a gas station in Barangay San Isidro, San Fernando early morning Tuesday.

City of San Fernando Police Chief Superintendent Jean Fajardo identified the victim as Stanley Ferrer, of Otero Avenue, Barangay Mabayuan, Olongapo City, who died on the spot due to multiple gunshot wounds.

25 Aug 2015 - BIR wants construction of 'Green Building' in January 2016

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Region IV (RR4) in San Fernando is optimistic to start the construction of its eight storey "Green Building" by January 2016 as it sets to bid out the P650-million project this December.

BIR RR4 officer-in-charge Conrado Lee said they are now in the process of determining the green initiative measures for the building.

25 Aug 2015 - LTO licensing sites activated in Central Luzon

ANGELES CITY -- The Land Transportation Office has activated 25 sites in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and Eastern Visayas for license issuances.

This is the agency’s response to the driver’s license backlog issue. Allcard Plastics will be responsible of the delivery of license cards over a 12 month period.

25 Aug 2015 - Pamintuan Mansion to boost Angeles City tourism

ANGELES CITY -- The historic Pamintuan Mansion which reopened on Monday as the Museo ng Kasaysayang Panlipunan ng Pilipinas is expected to boost Angeles City's already thriving local tourism as the re-branded facility boasts of galleries showcasing Filipino culture and tradition.

“The conversion of the Pamintuan Mansion into a museum is good news for the city as we could expect around 500 visitors daily. We are now working at improving our Museo ning Angeles which was formerly the municipal hall so that we could transform this area into a heritage district along with the Holy Rosary Parish Church,” Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said.

25 Aug 2015 - UN food program to establish food packaging center in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- The United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) is planning to establish a food packaging center here to support the government on its emergency response.

In a letter to Clark Development Corporation (CDC) dated March 17, 2015, the UNWFP requested for assistance to identify a 3,500 square meter permanent concrete warehouse inside the Freeport.

25 Aug 2015 - 'Ineng' leaves at least 4 dead in Central Luzon

PAMPANGA -- Four have been confirmed dead as heavy to intense rains caused by typhoon Ineng-enhanced southwest monsoon affected Central Luzon.

“Two-year-old Reannelyn Quintero and nine-month-old Regienry Quintero of Purok 2, barangay Manganvaka in Subic, Zambales both died of drowning due to flashflood at around 2:30 in the morning (Tuesday). Their house was swept away by strong current of water along Manganvaka River,” Office of Civil Defense Regional Director and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Council Chair Josefina Timoteo said.

24 Aug 2015 - Chinese Cook Hacked Dead

A stay-in female Chinese cook identified the victim as Li Shuiying, 41, was hacked to death at the kitchen of an employees’ residence here before dawn last Monday.

Her dead body was discovered by another employee at the kitchen of Residence 5 around 3:45 a.m.

24 Aug 2015 - 2 children drown, another missing in flashfloods

SUBIC BAY -- Two children drowned and another remains missing when their house was swept away by strong currents in Barangay Mangavaka, Subic, Zambales, early dawn Monday, disaster authorities said.

The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council III (RDRRMC-3) said that Reanne Quintero, 2, and his brother Regenty, 9 months old, died in the flashfloods at 2:30 a.m. Monday when their house was swept away by rampaging waters along Manganvaka River.

24 Aug 2015 - Drug couriers nabbed

PAMPANGA -- Suspected couriers of illegal drugs, Marvin Vino, 34, and Ronald Tiamson, 47, were nabbed by authorities here while conducting a checkpoint over the weekend.

Police recovered from Tiamson two sachets of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu and drug paraphernalia such as disposable lighter, aluminum foil strip and tooter.

24 Aug 2015 - Man arrested for child abuse, illegal firearm possession

PAMPANGA -- Police arrested a man for alleged child abuse and illegal possession of firearms recently at Barangay Sucad, Apalit.

The suspect was identified as Allan Pancho, 44, a resident of Calumpit, Bulacan and was accused by a 14-year-old male of physically abusing him, handcuffing and detaining him at the suspect's house for almost one day on August 15.

23 Aug 2015 - Yakimix reopens Angeles branch at Marquee Mall

ANGELES CITY -- Yakimix restaurant reopened on Sunday its branch at Marquee Mall here following its temporary closure last August 9.

The city government suspended the buffet restaurant’s operations after more than 40 persons allegedly suffered gastroenteritis and other illnesses after eating in the establishment.

23 Aug 2015 - Kapampangan short film bags award in Cebu Int'l Film Fest

PAMPANGA -- Short film U.S.F.A. created by award-winning director Jason Laxamana has won Best In Philippine Focus (Narrative) at the Cebu International Film Festival (CEBU.IFF) recently.

CEBU.IFF aims to gather global filmmakers to celebrate the art and craft of film making, promoting valuable cross-cultural partnerships, and sharing inspirational stories across the globe. The festival features an exposition of short films from different countries across the world.

23 Aug 2015 - No landslides in Mt. Arayat as 'Ineng' passes

PAMPANGA -- Authorities here watched over Mount Arayat for possible landslides while Typhoon Ineng is in the country.

But the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) here reported no incidents of landslide.

22 Aug 2015 - CIAC chief: Projects should not ‘crowd’ Clark Freeport

CLARK FREEPORT -- A top official of the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) has expressed support to the call of a local advocacy group not to “crowd” this Freeport’s entrance as well as the civil aviation complex here.

CIAC president and Chief Executive Officer Emigdio “Dino” Tanjuatco issued the statement during a forum called by the Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM), which is calling for the full development of Clark airport.

22 Aug 2015 - Guv distributes land titles to NHA resettlement site beneficiaries

PAMPANGA -- At least 500 National Housing Authority (NHA) - Mount Pinatubo resettlement site beneficiaries received their titles for their houses and lots.

Governor Lilia Pineda and Ines Gonzales, NHA project manager for Pampanga, Bataan and Bulacan, led the distribution of titles to recipients from Bulaon (100 beneficiaries) in the City of San Fernando; Camachile (56), Mawaque (100) and Madapdap (44) in Mabalacat City; Pandacaqui 100) in Mexico; and Sta. Lucia (100) in Magalang resettlements.

22 Aug 2015 - West JASA now fully lighted

PAMPANGA -- The western stretch of Jose Abad Santos Avenue from Magliman village to Lazatin Boulevard in this city is now fully lighted and safer for motorists and pedestrians after officials headed by Pampanga Third District Representative Oscar Rodriguez jointly turned the main switch of hundreds of LED lamps on Thursday evening.

Rodriguez said the P43.9-million Road Board "Preventive Maintenance National Road Lighting Program" along the former Gapan-San Fernando-Olongapo Road being implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways' First District Engineering Office is just the initial stage of lighting up vital routes, which includes MacArthur Highway or the Manila North Road.

22 Aug 2015 - Mayor to personally check wirings of burnt drugstore

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau Fire Station (BFP) in Candaba said Friday that Mayor Rene Maglanque of this town will personally check the electrical wirings of a drugstore here, which was gutted by fire last Sunday.

FO1 Terence Dela Cruz said that after the drugstore is reconstructed, the mayor will lead the inspection.

22 Aug 2015 - 30 street children rescued in Balibago

ANGELES CITY -- Some 30 street children were rescued in two separate operations conducted by officials of Barangay Balibago here.

Balibago village chairman Rodelio "Tony" Mamac said that they conducted the rescue following several complaints and reports that some of the kids are exploited for illegal activities.

21 Aug 2015 - Clark airport prepared for disasters

CLARK FREEPORT -- A top official of the Clark International Airport (CRK) has assured the airport’s operational readiness should a strong earthquake or any other natural calamities hit the area.

Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) head Emigdio “Dino” Tanjuatco disclosed this during a recent radio talk show aired over GV AM 792 anchored by broadcast journalist Arnel Panganiban and businessman Ruperto Cruz.

21 Aug 2015 - Angeles City clarifies issue on NCCA funds

ANGELES CITY -- "The last tranche of the NCCA funds are not yet with us. It is still with the NCCA."

This was the reaction of Leonardo Kirk Galanza, secretary to the city mayor, on the statement of Jason Paul Laxamana alleging that the city government has not disbursed funds for his CineKabalen project.

21 Aug 2015 - Angeles execs set to file tax relief ordinance

ANGELES CITY -- At least five members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod here are set to file an ordinance granting relief in the form of condonation of interests, penalties and surcharges of unpaid real property (RPT) taxes in the city starting 2010 up to 2014.

This was learned from Councilor Alex Indiongco, who disclosed that he and four other members of the city council’s majority bloc, have sponsored the ordinance upon Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan’s request.

21 Aug 2015 - Clamor for 'Congressman Tetangco’ mounts

PAMPANGA -- People and organized groups from the grassroots level, farmers, fisherfolk and homeowners are now joining the growing clamor for Apalit Mayor Oscar Tetangco, Jr. to run for fourth district congressman.

A representative from a group who requested anonymity said they are now organizing a movement to call for the replacement of the long-running administration representing the fourth district in the House of the Representatives.

21 Aug 2015 - Angeles Coop hailed best in Central Luzon

ANGELES CITY -- The Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) has recently conferred Angeles City Cooperative Development Office (ACCDO) with the Regional Best Performing Local Government Unit for Chartered Cities during the annual “Gawad Parangal” held in Lubao, Pampanga.

City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan extended his applause and gratitude to the ACCDO for their valiant efforts that lead them to vie for the national best cooperative development agency on its second straight year.

21 Aug 2015 - HIV/Aids cases in Central Luzon up 24.5%

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Health (DOH) recorded a 24.5 percent increase in Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Aids) cases in Central Luzon in June 2015 compared to the same period last year.

“There were 61 cases this year which is a significant increase from the 49 reported cases in 2014,” DOH Regional Epidemiologist Jessie Fantone said.

21 Aug 2015 - CSF employees get free flu vaccines

PAMPANGA -- The City Health Office of San Fernando is set to provide its annual flu vaccine to all city hall employees on the month of August this year.

Rural health physician Dr. Cindy Canlas administered the vaccine to Mayor Edwin Santiago, during Monday’s flag raising ceremony, to lead the ceremonial vaccination.

21 Aug 2015 - Mabalacat City gets DILG seal of good governance

MABALACAT CITY -- The City Government has obtained the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Seal of Good Local Governance in 2014. This was learned from City Administrator Rosano Paquia who disclosed that Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales is set to formally receive the award on August 28 at Fontana.

20 Aug 2015 - School gets brand new computers from AboitizPower, Sfelapco

20 Aug 2015 - Workshops on senior high school program held

ANGELES CITY -- The Department of Education (DepEd) is conducting a series of workshops for its regional and division coordinators for the Adopt-A-School Program (ASP) to strengthen the capacity of its field offices for building partnerships and linkages with educational stakeholders from different sectors for the Department’s Senior High School and other last mile efforts.

The workshop aims to orient newly-designated ASP coordinators on their roles and responsibilities, strengthen coordination, and reinforce guidelines concerning the said program. Standardization among ASP-related processes from project preparation to implementation and monitoring was also emphasized.

19 Aug 2015 - Mexico crime hotspot tag clarified

PAMPANGA -- Senior Police Officer Robert Reynoso clarified Wednesday that Mexico town has been considered a possible crime hotspot because it is a Class A municipality.

Reynoso’s statement came after the Police Regional Office III said Mexico town is one of the possible crime “hotspots” in the province.

19 Aug 2015 - Best housing design eyes slum-free Clark Green City

CLARK FREEPORT -- The best housing design from the final five entries of the BALE (Building Accessible and Liveable Ecologies) global competition is geared towards making the Clark Green City a slum-free community where everyone can afford decent and quality housing, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said.

The grand winner of the international housing design competition will be awarded on August 20 at the Mind Museum in Bonifacio Global City.

19 Aug 2015 - CSF lantern makers benefit from Yaman Pinoy program

PAMPANGA -- Some 72 Fernandino lantern makers graduated from the electrical installation and maintenance training conducted by the City Government of San Fernando in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

The event was led by City Mayor Edwin Santiago together with Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilor Jacklyn Calimlim, DTI Provincial Director Len Ordonio, Investment and Promotions Head Remedios Agoncillo and Project Development Officer Jeffrey Yutuc.

19 Aug 2015 - Pamintuan Mansion to be inaugurated as museum

ANGELES CITY -- The 125-year-old Pamintuan Mansion in Miranda Street, Barangay Sto. Rosario will be host to hundreds of people on August 25 as it will then be inaugurated as the Museum of Philippine Social History.

The new museum aims to show the wealth and diversity of Filipino culture and the many influences, both local and foreign, as a result of successive colonial experiences. This will be the first ever museum in the country that will delve into social history.

19 Aug 2015 - 35.20% of PSIP II classrooms in Central Luzon completed

PAMPANGA -- Citicore-Megawide has completed 358 out of 1,017 or 35.20 percent of the classrooms in Central Luzon that will be built under Phase II of Public-Private Partnership for School Infrastructure Project (PSIP) of Department of Education (DepEd).

In the latest report submitted to the Regional Development Council Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC), Bulacan and Nueva Ecija has the most number of completed classrooms at 106 each followed by Pampanga-79, Bataan-35, Tarlac-20, Zambales-7, and Aurora-5.

19 Aug 2015 - Macabebe disaster officials conduct training

PAMPANGA -- The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) here conducted a four-day training-seminar from August 18 to 21 on disaster preparedness.

Municipal Administrator Jomel Cruz said that around 25 participants coming from the rescue team, municipal police station, Bureau of Fire Protection and selected barangay officials joined the training-seminar.

18 Aug 2015 - Ex-US Marine murder suspect dies in Philippine jail

ANGELES CITY -- Timothy Kaufman, 37, a former US Marine from Knoxville Tennessee facing double murder charges in the Philippines has died of a heart attack in a northern city jail, police said Wednesday.

Kaufman was one of three men, including another American and a Filipino, accused in the murder of David Balmer, a former Irish police officer, and Balmer's girlfriend, Elma de Guia, in September 2011.

18 Aug 2015 - Pamintuan asks City Council to condone tax penalties

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has asked the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) to pass an ordinance which will condone interest of unpaid real property tax (RPTs).

The mayor certified as “an urgent and priority measure” the granting of “relief in the form of condonation of interests, penalties and surcharges of unpaid RPT for the periods January 1 to December 31, 2010; January 1 to December 31, 2011; January 1 to December 31, 2012; January 1 to December 31, 2013; and, January 1 to December 31, 2014.”

18 Aug 2015 - Marquez orders cops to conduct patrols

PAMPANGA -- Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ricardo Marquez wants all policemen assigned in all police stations in the country to go out and conduct patrolling in their respective areas of responsibility.

This was the message of Marquez during 114th PNP anniversary held at the Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) here on Tuesday.

18 Aug 2015 - Guv lauds agency chiefs for funds approval

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda extended her gratitude to the national line agency chiefs and their local counterparts in her recent State of the Province Address.

Pineda thanked Dr. Leonita Gorgolon, her partner in delivering quality health services and the regional director of Center for Health and Development.

18 Aug 2015 - Clark garment firm to open sewing school in Angeles

CLARK FREEPORT -- A garment factory inside the Freeport is set to open a sewing school in Barangay Cuayan in Angeles City.

The Communications Department of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) said that Luenthai International Group Philippines Incorporated (L&T) recently unveiled the project marker of the training facility.

18 Aug 2015 - Macabebe cops undergo seminar on human rights

PAMPANGA -- The regional office of the Commission on Human Rights conducted a seminar on Monday for 31 police officers in this town under the command of Police Chief Inspector Gil Domingo.

PO1 Irma Hernandez said that the lecture entitled "Human Rights Education of International Humanitarian Law" aimed at educating policemen about the laws and concepts of the human rights.

18 Aug 2015 - Candaba to replace ‘Ibon-Ebon’ festival

PAMPANGA -- The municipal government here said recently that they would conceptualize a festival replacing the “Ibon-Ebon” celebration.

The Ibon-Ebon festival is a colorful event celebrated here every February and is known around the world, but was stopped by incumbent Mayor Rene Maglanque, putting the festival funds to education instead.

18 Aug 2015 - San Simon youth want to make a difference

PAMPANGA -- The youth in this town said recently that they wanted to make a difference among other towns by conducting a youth congress to encourage young people to be responsible.

April Deanne Tayag, Youth Congress president, said that she was the one who proposed the congress to Mayor Leonora Wong, who supported it.

18 Aug 2015 - Balibago's odorless piggery to market products soon

ANGELES CITY -- The "Babuyang Walang Amoy" or Odorless Pigpen in Barangay Balibago will soon be able to market its first set of meat products as the project gained a P50,000 boost from Senator Allan Cayetano and a promise of equipment assistance from the lawmaker through the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Barangay Captain Tony Mamac said that the P50,000 would be used as a standby fund for the purchase of ingredients for meat processing as they await the necessary equipment. The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority will handle the training programs on meat processing.

18 Aug 2015 - 100 millionth baby gets assistance from city

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando, together with the Commission on Population (PopCom) and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) awarded assistance to the 100 millionth baby Fernandino on Monday.

A year after POPCOM Region III announced the list of the 100 millionth babies, assistance was given to Kylie Espiritu Dalusong as part of her birthday celebration being the symbolic baby of the city.

18 Aug 2015 - Guagua gets nod for 10-year solid waste management plan

PAMPANGA -- This town received the go-signal from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the implementation of a 10-year Solid Waste Management plan.

Mayor Dante Torres said that the plan now awaits a formal resolution for its actual implementation.

18 Aug 2015 - Guv salutes KDF, Operation Smile

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda acknowledged the efforts and support of Operation Smile International and Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF), their volunteers and donors for the free surgical operation of children with facial malformations due to cleft lip and cleft palate.

The governor also recognized Dr. Antonio Jay Rivera, senior consultant of the Ricardo P. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital Extension in Bacolor for his unrelenting cooperation to the provincial government and its programs, doing surgical operations on patients for free.

18 Aug 2015 - Fire guts P6M worth of medicines in Candaba

PAMPANGA -- A pharmacy in this town's capital caught fire on Sunday evening, leaving P6 million worth of medicines, supplies, utensils and cash totally burned.

The fire transpired at Jeans Pharmacy, Ferguson Street in Barangay Buas, Poblacion Candaba.

18 Aug 2015 - DTI provides livelihood funds to Mabalacat City

MABALACAT CITY -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recently turned over to the city government some P600,000 which will be used in livelihood projects.

Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales received the check turned-over by DTI officials at the city hall yesterday.

18 Aug 2015 - 1,313 PhilHealth cards distributed to Angeles beneficiaries

ANGELES CITY -- A total of 1,313 beneficiaries from the 33 villages of this city received their Philhealth Point-of-Care (POC) cards from Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan during the turnover ceremony held Monday at the Ospital ning Angeles (ONA).

Pamintuan, along with local officials and village chiefs here, led the distribution of the POC cards that will aid indigent patients of ONA with their medical needs and hospital bills.

18 Aug 2015 - Dog killer arrested

PAMPANGA -- Police here recently arrested a man for allegedly killing a dog brutally in Barangay San Roque, San Luis.

Police said the suspect identified as Milord Perez, 44, a resident of the said barangay but currently staying in Tondo, Manila, was reportedly under the influence of liquor and shot a neighbor's dog several times until it died.

18 Aug 2015 - Macabebe residents willing to give way to road project

PAMPANGA -- Macabebe mayor Annette Balgan said recently that the residents of this town who will be affected by the right of way of a farm-to-market road project of the provincial government are “willing to give way.”

"The process is now on-going. We consulted the affected residents and said that they are willing to give way," Balgan said.

16 Aug 2015 - Maglanque shrugs off civil case

PAMPANGA -- Candaba Mayor Rene Maglanque said he is certain that the Commission on Audit will dismiss the civil case filed against him by his vice mayor.

Vice Mayor Normita Evangelista filed the case asking the COA to prohibit and nullify an office order issued by the Office of the Mayor.

16 Aug 2015 - Arroyo wants to attend 'pasiyam' for late brother

PAMPANGA -- Former president and Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has reportedly asked the Sandiganbayan to attend the "pasiyam" for his late brother Arturo Macapagal.

Arroyo was able to attend necrological services on Saturday but had to leave before 2 pm. The court, however, did not grant her request to attend the pasiyam or novena for the departed.

16 Aug 2015 - Bizman: Government road projects to boost tourism

PAMPANGA -- Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) vice chairman Rene Romero said Sunday that he has high hopes that the Department of Tourism (DOT) projects for Central Luzon under the Tourism Road Infrastructure Project Prioritization Criteria (TRIPPC) will provide a "needed boost" to the region's tourism activities.

Romero, a senior member of the Regional Development Council, said that some of the programs under construction works. Among these are the Clark – Angeles – Magalang Road, Angeles City and the West Circumferential Road (Friendship Highway) Angeles City Section.

16 Aug 2015 - Cayetano introduces PTK beneficiaries to bizmen

ANGELES CITY -- Senator Alan Peter Cayetano has introduced two group-beneficiaries of his Presyo, Trabaho, Kita, Kaayusan(PTK) program to some businessmen in Pampanga during his recent visit in Barangay Balibago here.

Cayetano was accompanied by some officers of Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Incorporated (MACCII) including Rene Romero and Pruds Garcia when he turned over another P150 to tricycle drivers and senior citizens here on Friday.

16 Aug 2015 - Guv’s challenge to quarrymen: P2-B quarry revenues in 2016

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda recently challenged quarry operators, haulers, the Kapampangan a Lulugud at Matapat quarrymen and the Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Office (PGENRO) to boost quarry revenues to P2-billion before her second term ends in 2016.

At present, collections from quarry operations in Pampanga stand at P1,476,885,000 excluding derivatives.

15 Aug 2015 - Central Luzon farmers learn to use new equipment

MABALACAT CITY -- Hundreds of farmers in different parts of Central were taught on how to handle modern farm implements during a whole-day training held at the Technology Resource Center (TRC) in Barangay Paralayunan here on Friday.

Engineer Ramon Estanislao, assistant regional director of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Central Luzon, said that they conducted the hands-on seminar for farmers who received the equipment under the government's agricultural modernization program.

15 Aug 2015 - New UP campus to rise inside Clark Green City

CLARK FREEPORT -- The state-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority and the University of the Philippines (UP) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) recently that will pave the way for the establishment of a UP global campus in Clark Green City.

BCDA president and Chief Executive Officer Arnel Paciano Casanova and UP President Alfredo Pascual signed the MOA in simple rites held at the Board of Regents (BOR) Room at the UP Administration Building in Diliman, Quezon City.

15 Aug 2015 - SBMA to release bigger revenue shares

SUBIC BAY -- The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) will be releasing at least P124-million in revenue shares for the first semester to the seven municipalities and one city located near this premier Freeport.

This was announced by SBMA chairman Roberto Garcia, adding that the P124-million shares for the first semester of 2015 topped last year's P93.7-million by 32.5 percent.

14 Aug 2015 - Angeles mayor calls DOF ‘lazy’

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has called the Department of Finance (DOF) “lazy” for failing to update the income and expenditures of the city.

The mayor was reacting to the DOF’s statement that Angeles City is one of the cities that failed to increase its Real Property Tax (RPT) for the last 18 years.

14 Aug 2015 - Yakimix vows to reimburse food poisoning victims

ANGELES CITY -- The management of Yakimix Restaurant at MarQuee Mall has vowed to reimburse their customers who allegedly suffered gastroenteritis and amoebiasis after dining at the buffet food outlet, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said Friday.

The move is included in the official position of the establishment during the hearing called by the Sangguniang Panlungsod last Tuesday, according to the mayor.

14 Aug 2015 - Crimes take dip in Macabebe

PAMPANGA -- Police in Macabebe said Friday that the town had almost zero crime for the past four months.

Police Officer 1 Pinky Cayanan said that the visibility of cops on roads and areas prevented crimes. He added that the last incident reported was last April at Barangay Caduang Tete here where a motorcycle was allegedly stolen.

14 Aug 2015 - Sta. Ana engineer wants DPWH to coordinate road works

PAMPANGA -- The road widening and upgrading project of the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) which aims to lessen the traffic in this town now causes more headaches for the motorists.

This was disclosed by Sta. Ana Municipal Engineer Hilario Maliwat on Thursday.

13 Aug 2015 - 'Mar-Poe tandem is team to beat in 2016'

PAMPANGA -- A tandem between San Fernando Secretary Manuel Roxas II and Senator Grace Poe will be unbeatable in 2016, a Liberal Party stalwart and a businessman said.

Pampanga Third District Representative Oscar Rodriguez said that they are still courting Poe to be the running mate of Roxas in the national elections.

13 Aug 2015 - Soldiers asked to help in preserving nature

CLARK FREEPORT -- A high-ranking official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has asked soldiers belonging to the First Air Division of the Philippine Air Force to contribute in the world-wide effort of saving nature.

Major General Raul Del Rosario, commander of the PAF First Air Division, issued his message to the soldiers during the start of the division’s 44th founding anniversary celebration on Thursday.

13 Aug 2015 - Candaba mayor to seek re-election

PAMPANGA -- Candaba mayor Rene Maglanque will seek re-election in 2016, saying he wants to continue improving this town.

Maglanque, who is on his first term, said he has many progressive plans to implement if re-elected, like making the Poblacion area here the center of trading in the province.

13 Aug 2015 - DA hosts marketing seminar on operational planning

ANGELES CITY -- The Department of Agriculture (DA)through its Agribusiness Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) spearheaded a three-day Operational Planning workshop at Oasis Hotel in a bid to further develop marketing approaches in agriculture not just in Central Luzon but in key agricultural development areas in the country.

Agri-Pinoy Trading Center (APTC) consultant Rudi Oviedo said that the primary objective of the workshop is to develop or create a common operational approach towards the operational technical services for the APTC of the Luzon cluster.

13 Aug 2015 - Police nab drug pusher

PAMPANGA -- Joselito Salinas, 28, a resident of San Jose of this city, was arrested after selling sachets of methamphetamine hydrochloride, otherwise known as shabu.

Operatives were able to confiscate three sachets of the illegal drug and recover the P500 marked money.

13 Aug 2015 - Angeles village visited by CamSur village execs

ANGELES CITY -- Leaders from various villages of Calabanga town in Camarines Sur recently visited Barangay Balibago of this city as part of their Lakbay Aral program.

The CamSur delegation decided to visit Balibago in order to learn and adopt some of its best practices and programs relative to local governance.

12 Aug 2015 - Capilion to construct green buildings

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Capilion Corporation Pte Ltd. will build “green buildings” in its P7-billion mixed use facility project called Clark Green Frontier (CGF).

This was gleaned in the question and answer (Q&A) released by the Clark Development Corporation recently.

12 Aug 2015 - Guv thanks private sector for helping rebuild Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda on Wednesday thanked and lauded the provincial government’s private sector partners for helping the province rise from the devastation wrought by the Mt. Pinatubo eruption in 1991.

In the introductory note of her state of the province address, Pineda said that the Save Pampanga Movement, Save San Fernando Movement and the San Fernando Filipino-Chinese Chamber mustered efforts that allowed Kapampangans to rise from the ashes, embodied in the late Governor Bren Z. Guiao’s famous quote “Eko magmalun.

12 Aug 2015 - Minalin conducts anti-rabies vaccination

PAMPANGA -- The Municipal Agricultural Office said Wednesday that they had vaccinated close to 2,000 dogs and cats in different barangays of Minalin town since July.

Dr. Aneleah Venturina, MAO veterinarian, said that eight out of 10 barangays have been visited in the town and a total of 1,954 dogs and cats have been injected with anti-rabies vaccine.

12 Aug 2015 - Police disseminate tips on rape prevention

PAMPANGA -- Police in Candaba are now distributing fliers that contain tips and information on preventing rape.

Police Officer 3 Aldrin Soliman said this is one of the public service advisories of the Philippine National Police to lessen crimes in the country.

12 Aug 2015 - 187 policemen deployed for guv’s Sopa

PAMPANGA -- A total of 187 policemen were deployed to maintain peace and order at the State of the Province Address (Sopa) of Governor Lilia Pineda on Wednesdat at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in this city.

The city police here, led by Police Superintendent Jean Fajardo were augmented by different municipal police personnel for security, traffic maintenance and implementation of safety measures.

12 Aug 2015 - Yeng disappointed in PH’s failure to clinch World Cup hosting rights

PAMPANGA -- Representative Joseller “Yeng” Guiao on Wednesday expressed disappointment in the country’s failure to win the bid over China in hosting the FIBA 2019 world basketball tourney.

“Of course, disappointed tayo but I think China has the qualifications to host the 2019 FIBA," Guiao said before Governor Lilia Pineda’s state of the province address at Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in this city.

12 Aug 2015 - Cops arrest drug suspect

PAMPANGA -- Police officers arrested a drug suspect on a buy bust operation recently at Barangay Tenejero, Candaba.

Police said that the suspect identified as Victor Castro, 31, a resident of Barangay Talang, here violated Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002

11 Aug 2015 - Angeles court stops sewerage project

CLARK FREEPORT -- An Angeles City court has issued a preliminary injunction against a sewerage handling and sanitary disposal project at the Clark Special Economic Zone (CSEZ).

Executive Judge Omar Viola of the Angeles Regional Trial Court branch 57 stated in his order that respondents (Lydia C. Soliman, Tesuphils Inc., and Rainbow Holdings, Inc.) “are hereby restrained and enjoined from implementing the June 16, 2015 Memorandum of Agreement, including the Joint Venture as well as other activities related thereto or in connection with the construction, establishment and operation of the Waste Recovery Facility in Barangay Calumpang, Mabalacat City, CSEZ.”

11 Aug 2015 - Aetas to file raps vs CDC execs

CLARK FREEPORT -- Leaders of different Aeta tribal communities in Mabalacat City in Pampanga and Bamban town in Tarlac have bared plans to file criminal and administrative charges against Clark Development Corporation (CDC) for allegedly disregarding the Ancestral Domain Law.

This was disclosed on Tuesday by Juvylyn Margarito, spokesperson of the Aeta communities, after a court issued an order directing the proponents of the $2 million sewerage handling and sanitary disposal project in Barangay Calumpang, Mabalacat City to stop constructing the facility.

11 Aug 2015 - Pampanga gets P7M from DILG

PAMPANGA -- The provincial government received on Monday a check worth P7-million as Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) from the Department Of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

DILG Provincial Director Myrvi Fabia personally handed the check to Governor Lilia Pineda and board members.

11 Aug 2015 - Kapampangan photographer leads PH launching of IPA

PAMPANGA -- Multi-awarded photographer Ruston Banal has led the Philippine launching of the International Photography Awards (IPA) in this year’s installment of The Lucie Awards recently.

Banal said that the IPA will hold its 13th annual competition to compete for the top prizes at the Lucie Awards Foundation to be held at Carnegie Hall New York City on October 27.

11 Aug 2015 - Mabalacat police chief urged to solve drug problem, traffic woes

MABALACAT CITY -- Mabalacat City Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales has directed the newly-installed police chief here to work on the city’s problems on illegal drugs and traffic congestion.

The mayor issued his marching orders to Superintendent Jomar Basa, who assumed his post last August 4, replacing Superintendent Nicolas Torre.

11 Aug 2015 - Clark Museum features science, technology exhibits

CLARK FREEPORT -- Works of students coming from various schools in Pampanga are currently featured in a Science and Technology exhibit series at the Clark Museum.

The undertaking is co-organized by the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) Central Luzon campus, Clark Development Corporation (CDC), and Department of Science and Technology.

11 Aug 2015 - Central Luzon CCT beneficiaries get corn seeds

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office III (DA-RFO3) has extended its grain distribution not just to farmers of Central Luzon but also to include the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries.

The 4Ps is a program under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) which aims to eradicate extreme poverty in the country by improving the health, nutrition needs and education of children through conditional cash transfer.

11 Aug 2015 - 11 patrol vehicles to be used in anti-crime campaign

PAMPANGA -- Eleven newly acquired Kia personnel carriers which are part of the 102 patrol vehicles for the Police Regional Office-III (PRO3) will be distributed to the Regional Public Safety Battalion and different provincial and city public safety companies for the anti-crime campaign.

The turn-over ceremony was held on Monday here and was attended by Director Maro Virgilio Lazo, chief of the Special Action Force.

11 Aug 2015 - Sta. Ana to construct slope protection to lessen flooding

PAMPANGA -- The local government of Sta. Ana will soon construct slope protection along Matubig Creek will lessen flooding in low-lying areas here.

The project has a budget of P550,000 from the Bottom-up Budgeting of the national government.

10 Aug 2015 - Dole wants end to steel plant row

The Department of Labor and Employment Central Luzon (Dole-3), together with the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), said they are finding a way to put an end to the dispute between workers and the management of the closed steel plant in San Simon.

Dole-3 Regional Director Ana Dione said the issue has dragged on for long since both camps failed to reach an agreement.

10Aug 2015 - Groups agree to resolve flooding woes immediately

PAMPANGA -- The city government here headed by Mayor Edwin Santiago, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. on Monday agreed to resolve recurrent flooding in some areas here.

During the anti-flood meeting at Carworld in this city, PamCham Chairman Emeritus Levy P. Laus stressed that concerned stakeholders should not wait for “rain three” as previous monsoon rain caused flooding, stranding hundreds of vehicles and pedestrians overnight.

10 Aug 2015 - Capitol opens P12.5-M development center

PAMPANGA -- The provincial government led by Governor Lilia Pineda, together with Senator Cynthia Villar, formally opened yesterday the Pampanga Center for Development (PCD) in Barangay Moras dela Paz, Sto Tomas to equip Kapampangans with needed trainings and seminars attuned for human and community development.

The newly and fully renovated two buildings vacated by the National Irrigation Authority (NIA) -- funded at an amount of P12.5-million by the provincial government -- will be used as facilities for the trainings and seminars for out-of-school youths, college graduates who will undertake review classes and local officials for their professional growth.

10 Aug 2015 - Porac gets P7-M fire truck

PAMPANGA -- The Municipal Government of Porac received one of 80 1000-gallon fire trucks from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), through the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), as part of the first batch of 469 fire trucks to be distributed all over the country.

Vice Mayor Dexter David said that they formally received the new vehicle at Camp Vicente Lim in Calamba, Laguna City over the weekend.

10 Aug 2015 - Cheaper flour pushes down bread, noodle prices

ANGELES CITY -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recently reported that the suggested retail prices (SRP) of bread products like Pinoy tasty and pandesal have dropped due to the steady decrease in the price of hard flour.

The Consumer Protection and Advocacy Bureau (CPAB) of DTI said that the baking industry implemented a P0.50 to P1 reduction in the price of loaf bread while the price of 10 pieces of pandesal was reduced by P1.

10 Aug 2015 - Central Luzon residents asked to support 2015 census

PAMPANGA -- Central Luzon residents are urged by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) to support and actively participate in the conduct of the 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN 2015) which begins Tuesday.

“POPCEN 2015 is designed primarily to take an inventory of the population of the entire Philippines. It also collects information about some characteristics of the population such as age, sex, marital status, and highest grade completed,” PSA Interim Regional Director Edgardo Pare said.

10 Aug 2015 - Siblings injured in motorcycle mishap

PAMPANGA -- Two men were injured in a motorcycle accident on Saturday night at Barangay Sulipanin Apalit.

Police said the victims were riding a black Isuzu Radar 150 (5174 AO) and were heading home to Barangay San Isidro, Magalang after work from Manila.

9 Aug 2015 - Armed men caught on camera robbing steel store

PAMPANGA -- Police were called to the LMD Steel in Barangay Sampaloc, Apalit last Thursday afternoon but the robbers managed to get away after stealing some P20,000 worth of cash and gadgets from the victims.

Police said that two unidentified men entered LMD Steel, pointed their short firearms at the victims and declared hold-up.

9 Aug 2015 - Reduce use of paper, BIR official urges men

PAMPANGA -- Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Region 3 officer-in-charge Conrado Lee has called on personnel of the regional office here to help in protecting the environment by reducing the consumption of paper and printing only necessary documents.

He encouraged employees to print only necessary documents and to make use of digital formats in ordinary office community. Lee said that it takes 12 trees to make one ton of 100 percent non-recycled newsprint.

9 Aug 2015 - Marian enthusiast to host exhibit on the life of Mary

PAMPANGA -- Santa Rita de Cascia Parish Youth Ministry head Glenn Canlas will be hosting an exhibit on the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary with images coming from different art collectors depicting scenes from the biblical life of Mary and from popular tradition.

Exhibit features the images of Mary under the titles and honors accorded by the Roman Catholic Church and the people and communities all over the world and is initially planed to be held in this town this September.

9 Aug 2015 - Former Masantol vice mayor not running in 2016 elections

PAMPANGA -- Despite his continuous service to people as member of the Coastal Emergency Response Office, former Vice Mayor Marcelo "Bajun" Lacap will not seek for any elective post in May 2016.

Lacap said he entered politics when he was 24 years old as a barangay captain and he wants to focus his attention now to his family.

9 Aug 2015 - Comelec conducts satellite registration at SM Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) office in this city conducted over the weekend a satellite registration at SM City Pampanga.

This is part of the agency's program to urge the voting public including the youth to register and exercise their rights to suffrage.

8 Aug 2015 - Angeles orders temporary closure of mall resto

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government has issued a temporary closure order against Yakimix Restaurant located inside the Ayala Marquee Mall here after some 25 people were hospitalized after allegedly dining at the buffet food chain.

The Notice of Temporary Closure dated August 7 was signed by City Administrator Dennis Pamintuan pending the result of the test on food, water supply, additives, ingredients collected from the restaurant.

8 Aug 2015 - CDC: P7-B Clark project to benefit local economy

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) stated that the P7-billion Clark Green Frontier (CGF), which is being handled by Singapore-based Capilion Corporation Incorporated, will benefit the local economy.

This was gleaned in a Question and Answer (Q&A) released by the state-owned corporation in a bid to inform the public about the mixed-use facility, which will be constructed at the freeport’s main entrance.

8 Aug 2015 - Yakimix: 'Everything we serve is safe'

ANGELES CITY -- The management of Yakimix Restaurant at MarQuee Mall in Angeles City assured Saturday the public that everything it serves is safe and that it complies with health and sanitation standards.

In its statement, Yakimix said, "We value the welfare of all our customers. We always strictly comply even above the cleanliness and sanitation standards set by health authorities. Thus, we assure you that everything we serve is safe."

8 Aug 2015 - Police: 19 Central Luzon areas possible 'hot spots'

PAMPANGA -- At least 19 areas in Central Luzon have been identified as possible crime "hot spots" leading police to intensify the "Oplan Lambat-Sibat."

Chief Superintendent Ronald Santos pinpointed the cities of Cabanatuan, San Jose and Gapan in Nueva Ecija; San Jose Del Monte and Malolos in Bulacan; San Fernando, Mabalacat and Angeles in Pampanga; Balanga in Bataan and Tarlac in Tarlac province.

8 Aug 2015 - Santiago focused on service, not politics

PAMPANGA -- San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago of this city said he does not want to talk about politics for the meantime as he is focused on serving Fernandinos.

Santiago said he believes on succession management where projects started must be finished and that is what he is doing right now.

8 Aug 2015 - MNTC to add extra lanes in NLEx Mabalacat area

PAMPANGA -- The Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) is set to add additional lanes on the Dau to Santa Ines section of North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) for the safety and convenience of motorists.

MNTC president Rodrigo Franco said that the project will include a four kilometer-lane for the Dau-Sta. Ines section where there has been a recorded high number of accidents due to collision.

7 Aug 2015 - 25 hospitalized after dining in mall resto

ANGELES CITY -- At least 25 people were hospitalized after allegedly dining in a buffet restaurant inside a mall in this city over the past few days.

The victims were reportedly admitted in various hospitals including Angeles University Foundation Medical Center (AUFMC), The Medical City Clark (TMC), Sacred Heart Hospital, Saint Rafael Medical Center, Ospital ning Angeles, Angeles Medical Center and Makabali Memorial Hospital in the City of San Fernando.

7 Aug 2015 - San Luis mayor to seek re-election

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Venancio Sagum Macapagal said on Friday that he, Vice- Mayor Leonardo Salas Jr., and some Municipal Board members will seek re-election next year.

Macapagal said that his team belongs to the local political party Kambilan.

7 Aug 2015 - Trader to bring more Japanese firms to Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- A top executive of a Japanese firm here expressed his intention to bring more Japanese firms in Clark.

Clark Premiere Industrial Park Inc. (CPIP) president and Chief Executive Officer Hiroyasu Yaguchi cited the Freeports' potential in terms of business and tourism.

7 Aug 2015 - 4 Angeles City cops relieved

Four policemen were relieved after a detainee, Arnaldo Nunag, 50, a former member of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and resident of Barangay Pandan, escaped from the detention cell of the City Anti-Illegal Drug Special Operation Task Group (CAIDSOTG) office in Angeles City on Wednesday.

Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, city police director, said those relieved were Police Officer 1 Jeffrey Latosa, Adonis Rabanal, Cris Adsuara and Joven Malazzab, all assigned at the CAIDSOTG.

6 Aug 2015 - Village exec wants lost territory back

ANGELES CITY -- A village chief in this city has bared plans to recover some portions of his barangay, which were lost because of what he described as "bad politics or political patronage" during the term of previous city and barangay officials.

Balibago chairman Rodelio Mamac, during a media forum hosted by the Pampanga Press Club at the Widus Hotel and Casino on Wednesday, cited several including the Bayanihan Park, which also covers parts of SM City Clark.

6 Aug 2015 - Santiago: San Fernando ready for Asean integration

PAMPANGA -- San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago said the city is ready for the economic integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).

Recognized recently as the second most competitive city in the Philippines, Santiago said that he believes the city can keep pace with the growing economy of the country.

6 Aug 2015 - founder named among 2015 Asia 21 Young Leaders

ANGELES CITY -- Henry Motte-Muñoz has been named by Asia Society as part of the Class of 2015 Asia 21 Young Leaders, the preeminent network of young leaders from across the Asia Pacific, representing the private, public, and non-profit sectors. He is the only Filipino who made it to this year’s batch of leaders.

Henry Motte-Muñoz is the founder of, a comprehensive online database of higher education courses and scholarships, which will launch in the Philippines this year.

6 Aug 2015 - Guv lauded for rehab of district hospitals

PAMPANGA -- The daughter of former president Diosdado Macapagal has lauded the Provincial Government led by Governor Lilia Pineda for the renovation of the Romana Pangan District Hospital (RPDH) here, as well as other district hospitals in the province.

Cielo Macapagal-Salgado said their grandmother Romana Pangan, and her father "Apung Dadong," "would be very happy in heaven seeing the present condition of the hospital."

6 Aug 2015 - Businessman: Corruption not the real problem in PH

PAMPANGA -- "The problem in the Philippines is not really corruption, but people who perpetrate and tolerate the act."

Thus said Dr. Maurice GT Teo, a prominent businessman and lecturer in Asia, during the third Regional Development Council lecture series on the Asean Economic Community on Wednesday here.

6 Aug 2015 - Japanese company invests P7.7M in Clark Freeport

CLARK FREEPORT -- A supplier of electrical equipment in Japan is set to expand its business by locating in Clark with P7.7 million investments in its first three years of operations here.

In a report submitted by Clark Premiere Industrial Park (CPIP) to Clark Development Corporation, JTA Electronics Philippines Corporation (JTA) has recently established its manufacturing plant here.

6 Aug 2015 - Angeles officials receive medical supplies from US

ANGELES CITY -- City officials received on Wednesday assorted medical supplies, which are part of the humanitarian assistance program of the United States military.

The medical supplies on board a cargo truck arrived via the floating hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), which docked at the Subic Bay Freeport on August 5.

5 Aug 2015 - JASA drainage systems need massive overhaul

PAMPANGA -- Officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and San Fernando City Government here said that major drainage systems along the vital Jose Abad Santos Avenue (JASA), particularly the 150-meter stretch along the Dolores intersection and flyover, will need massive overhaul to avoid a repeat of deep and prolonged flooding that occurred last month.

In the last two weeks of July when heavy monsoon downpours caused flashfloods in the area, hundreds of pedestrians and motorists coming off from work were stranded, forcing many to stay overnight at offices, convenience stores and sleep in transport terminals.

5 Aug 2015 - Pampanga, Bulacan may sustain P3-B in losses due to El Niño

PAMPANGA -- The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) said that areas that depend on the Angat Dam for their water supply may sustain P3.82-billion worth of damages to their agricultural production due to the effects of the El Niño phenomenon.

NIA's projection covers 47,950 hectares farmlands or 225,000 metric tons of rice. The areas are within Pampanga and Bulacan provinces whose farmlands are serviced by the by Angat-Maasin River Irrigation System (AMRIS).

5 Aug 2015 - Fisherfolk get P2.8-M food aid, P1.4-M cash from vice-governor

PAMPANGA -- Vice Governor Dennis Pineda distributed on Wednesday at least P2,839,000 worth of food assistance and additional P1,419,500 in cash to 2,839 affected fisherfolk in six towns due to a recent fishkill in Pampanga River.

The number of fisherfolk-beneficiaries are as follows: 490 from Candaba, 147 from San Luis, 556 from San Simon, 650 from Masantol, 254 from Macabebe and 742 from Apalit.

5 Aug 2015 - Arayat crime rate down

PAMPANGA -- The crime rate in this town decreased due Oplan Lambat Sibat, police disclosed on Wednesday.

Following the guidelines and procedures of Oplan Lambat Sibat, police here led by Police Superintendent Allan Barruga Palomo said they were able to decrease crime rate by 9.59 percent and increase crime solution efficiency by 6.11 percent based on 2014 reports.

5 Aug 2015 - San Fernando to avail of loan facility

PAMPANGA -- Despite their big tax collection for the past year, the City Government here said they will avail of the term loan credit facility to fund some of the projects lined up for this year.

City treasurer Mary Ann Bautista said that despite the big numbers on their tax collection, the city cannot pour the money on infrastructures alone as there are other annual basic services to focus on.

5 Aug 2015 - Mamac to face 3 lawyers in 2016

ANGELES CITY -- A village chairman here welcomed Wednesday the possibility of contending with three lawyers in the city's vice mayoralty race in 2016.

During a media forum hosted by the Pampanga Press Club at Widus Hotel and Casino in Clark Freeport, Balibago Barangay chairman Rodelio Mamac said that he will face incumbent councilors Bryan Nepomuceno and Arvin Suller, and former councilor Willie Rivera in next year's polls.

5 Aug 2015 - Residents near Pampanga River experience stomach pains, vomiting

PAMPANGA -- Apalit residents near the Pampanga River experienced stomach pains and vomiting during the cleaning and removal of waste and water lilies from the water channel recently, authorities here said.

Rural Health Unit head Edwin Dimalanta said that the residents reported they experienced vomiting and stomach pains because of the bad odor that was emitted while the river was being cleaned by authorities.

5 Aug 2015 - MNTC apprehensive on 'renaming' NLEx

ANGELES CITY -- A top official of the Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) has expressed apprehensions over the renaming of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) to Corazon Aquino Expressway (CAEx).

MNTC president and Chief Executive Officer Rodrigo Franco said on Wednesday that NLEx has already established its own identity.

5 Aug 2015 - CDC welcomes TRO vs waste treatment facility in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) welcomes the issuance by an Angeles City Court of an order that halts the construction of a waste recovery facility along Sacobia River at the Clark Special Economic Zone (CSEZ).

Executive Judge Omar Viola of Regional Trial Court branch 57 issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) status quo ante order against the construction of the said project in Barangay Calumpang, Mabalacat City.

5 Aug 2015 - Parts of Pampanga to experience 9-hour power outage on August 6

PAMPANGA -- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines announced Wednesday the shutdown of some of its transmission facilities from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 6.

NGCP Corporate Communications Officer Ernest Vidal said that Bacolor, Sta. Rita, Sasmuan, Porac, Lubao, Guagua and Floridablanca under distribution utilities (DU) Pampanga II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (PELCO II) and San Fernando Light and Electric Power Company (SFELAPCO-Floridablanca) will be affected by the nine-hour power outage.

5 Aug 2015 - 700 children benefit from retirees organization's medical mission

ANGELES CITY -- More than 700 children in Barangay Capaya and other villages in this city benefitted from a medical mission conducted by the Returned and Services League (RSL) of Australia Angeles City Chapter recently.

Barangay Balibago Chairman Rodelio Mamac, coordinator of RSL Angeles City Chapter, said that they also distributed free medicines and vitamins to the kids.

5 Aug 2015 - Bukas Kotse gang member nabbed in San Fernando

PAMPANGA -- Elements of the city police arrested an alleged member of the Bukas Kotse gang after her attempt to steal almost P100,000 worth of items from a car in Barangay Quebiawan here.

According to police, Minie Lea Nasal, 36, was caught ransacking the things of Rose Ann Reyes inside her car after she parked it in front of Lelut Baculud to buy breakfast at 4:00 a.m. on Monday.

3 Aug 2015 - Four Fake NBI Agents Arrested in Angeles City with 6 Guns and 94 Bullets

ANGELES city – Four men were arrested in a sting operation which not only found them in possession of six handguns and 94 bullets, but the men were posing as NBI agents in Angeles City.

The bogus agents were arrested by the Pampanga Criminal Investigation and Detection Team and city police on Monday night.

3 Aug 2015 - Pampanga donates P200M lot to taxman

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government donated a P200–million one-hectare property to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Region IV (RR4) for the construction of its eight storey P650-million building.

BIR RR4 Officer-in-Charge Conrado Lee said the property along MacArthur Highway in Barangay Sindalan, this city, where the bureau's new building will be constructed will have ample parking for vehicles, providing more convenience and accessibility to commuting taxpayers.

3 Aug 2015 - Pamintuan honors former Angeles councilor

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan led the local government in giving honor and recognition to former city councilor and businessman Dr. Irineo "Bong" Alvaro during Monday's flag raising ceremony at the City Hall.

A plaque of gratitude was presented to Alvaro in recognition of his family's donation to the scholarship fund of students of the City College of Angeles (CCA).

3 Aug 2015 - Board passes 535 resolutions, 51 ordinances in 2014

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Board (PB) headed by Vice Governor Dennis Pineda has ratified a total of 535 resolutions and 51 ordinances catering mostly to significant needs of Kapampangans in 38 sessions and 109 committee hearings in 2014.

One of the resolutions approved last year was the Senior Citizens Code of the province. The said ordinance led to the creation of the Provincial Council for the Welfare of Senior Citizens. Through the ordinance, the Provincial Government was able to focus more on aged Kapampangan men and women of the province.

3 Aug 2015 - Apalit exec: 'Work first before politics'

PAMPANGA -- Vice-Mayor Peter Nucom of Apalit said Monday that work and service for the people is his priority over politics even as he said he was eyeing the mayoralty seat of Apalit in 2016.

"I have a plan to run for mayor next election. However, me and my partner (Apalit Mayor Oscar Tetangco, Jr.) are still discussing about it. But for now, we have to work first," said.

3 Aug 2015 - Porac gets another P1-M performance challenge fund

PAMPANGA -- The Municipal Government of Porac formally received another P1- million from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) as it recently qualified under the agency's Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) for its 2014 performance.

The check was formally presented before government officials and employees of the town on Monday.

3 Aug 2015 - Mothers join Breastfeeding Pinays Hakab 2015

MABALACAT -- Dozens of mothers joined this year's Hakab Na! 2015 event hosted by the Breastfeeding Pinays Pampanga highlighting support and awareness of the economic benefits of breastfeeding.

The event gathered supporters and promoters of breastfeeding at the Air Force City Officers Club last August 1.

3 Aug 2015 - Mexico starts dredging, desilting waterways

PAMPANGA -- The Municipal Government here is now on full gear in dredging and desilting waterways to avert flooding and prevent fishkills from happening.

Municipal Engineer Orlando Cruz said that they are removing debris and other waste materials that are entrenched in the water floors.

2 Aug 2015 - Arayat students benefit from cops' feeding program

PAMPANGA -- Forty-nine Day Care students of Barangay Camba, Arayat were chosen as beneficiaries of the Municipal Police Station's campaign against malnutrition.

Through the help of the local government here, the Arayat Police Station shared their resources to the indigent children of the town by conducting a feeding program.

2 Aug 2015 - BIR Pampanga joins agency's 111th anniversary celebration

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Pampanga (Revenue Region 4) joined the celebration of the department’s 111th year anniversary yesterday with a program honouring service awardees and activities showcasing personnel talents.

The event was led by BIR RR4 officer-in-charge Conrado Lee who enjoined all BIR personnel to continue with the culture of excellence in the revenue region. Lee also reported on the current developments in RR4 as he announced the approval of the P650 fund by the national office for the construction of the new BIR building in Barangay Sindalan.

2 Aug 2015 - CSF joins breastfeeding drive

PAMPANGA -- The San Fernando city government takes part in a worldwide drive to raise awareness about the importance of breastfeeding.

Almost 300 breastfeeding mothers and supporters gathered on Saturday at SM City Pampanga for the Big Latch On 2015 where mothers nursed their children all at the same time.

2 Aug 2015 - Macabebe police observe PCR month

PAMPANGA -- Police officials here said Sunday that they conducted different activities in July as part of the celebration for Police Community Relations month.

A dialogue on special laws and a feeding program were among the activities conducted by the local police.

2 Aug 2015 - Crimes in Central Luzon down 20 percent - Santos

PAMPANGA -- Crime incidents in Central Luzon have decreased by 20 percent since the implementation of Oplan Lambat-Sibat in March, police said.

Chief Superintendent Ronald Santos, Officer-In-Charge of Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3), attributed this to the continuous conduct of checkpoints, mobile and beat patrols and other police operations.

1 Aug 2015 - USNS Mercy to conduct surgical mission

SUBIC BAY -- The floating hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) is set to arrive here on August 5 to undertake a cleft-lip and palate surgical mission as part of Pacific Partnership 2015 (PP15), the largest annual multi-lateral humanitarian assistance and disaster-relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

According to the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), the surgical mission will be done aboard the USNS Mercy and will be sponsored by Operation Smile and the Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) in cooperation with Rotary International District 3790.

1 Aug 2015 - Fishkill-affected folks to get aid

PAMPANGA -- The Municipal Agriculture Office in Candaba said Friday that Governor Lilia Pineda will extend assistance to each fishermen in every town affected by the recent fishkill.

Municipal Agriculture Officer Mario Concepcion said that Governor Pineda instructed local officials to collect all the names of the fisherfolks affected.

1 Aug 2015 - Minalin sets 'Boat R'

PAMPANGA -- The Municipal Agriculture Office in Minalin said recently that they will begin the "Boat R" or the registration of boats next week.

Municipal Agriculture Officer Edna Manlapaz said that the files and equipment to be used on measuring and registering the boats are ready.

1 Aug 2015 - Firm conducts disaster preparedness seminar

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Yokohama Tire Philippines Incorporated (YTPI) has conducted an emergency preparedness and response (EPR) seminar for selected schools and universities in nearby cities of Mabalacat and Angeles and San Fernando.

Officials of various public and private schools attended the seminar spearheaded by the Japanese tire firm's Safety Management Team.