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Balibago News Sep-2015

30 Sep 2015 - Solo parents gathered in Apalit

PAMPANGA -- The Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) in Apalit together with Vice Mayor Peter Nucom gathered solo parents of this town on Wednesday at the municipal hall to remind and encourage them that “they are not alone.”

Harley Cortez, MSWDO officer, said that Nucom reminded the solo parents not to lose hope because the government is helping them.

30 Sep 2015 - Pineda: Tap LGUs in SHS classroom construction

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda urged the Department of Education (DepEd) in Region III to tap local government units in the construction of classroom buildings needed for the K-12 program’s full implementation next year.

This was gleaned during the fifth meeting of the Sectoral Committee on Social Development (SCSD) of the Regional Development Council (RDC) on Wednesday at the Neda office in Barangay Maimpis here.

30 Sep 2015 - Proposed ordinance requires restos to disclose nutrition info

ANGELES CITY -- Councilor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr. has filed an ordinance requiring all restaurants operating within the city to disclose and include the nutritional information of food on their menus.

Restaurants and fast-food chains will be required to secure, as an additional requirement for operation, a Nutrition Disclosure Compliance Certificate (NDCC) from the City Health Office (CHO), within six months after the ordinance takes effect.

30 Sep 2015 - SSS gives back to pensioners

PAMPANGA -- In line with its anniversary celebration, the Social Security Systems (SSS) allotted a day to give back to its pensioners.

SSS held the annual Pensioners' Day at Robinsons Starmills on Wednesday to culminate their month-long celebration of their anniversary.

30 Sep 2015 - 139 Candaba high school students get educational assistance

PAMPANGA -- A total of 139 high school students of Barangay Pulong Gubat here received their educational assistance recently.

As part of the priority projects of Mayor Rene Maglanque, students of Pulong Gubat High School received P1,000 each.

30 Sep 2015 - Angeles officials honor solo parents in mass assembly

ANGELES CITY -- Single moms and dads from the different barangays of this city gathered at the MarQuee Mall Activity Center recently for their Third Annual Solo Parent General Assembly.

With the theme “Nay-Tay Natin, Kayamanang may Galing”, the event was organized by the Solo Parents Alliance for Community Empowerment (SPACE) through the help of the local government.

30 Sep 2015 - Japanese anime features Angeles City street

ANGELES CITY -- The 13-episode anime Charlotte has accorded a few minutes of fame to Fields Avenue (now The Walking Street) as scenes from the iconic district were shown in the last episode of the anime.

Charlotte’s episode 13 showed main protagonist Yuu as he journeys to the Philippines, particularly in Angeles City and showed Fields Avenue’s bar establishments as well as slum scenes and Kapampangan characters.

30 Sep 2015 - Motorists urge government to repair potholes, ‘craters’

PAMPANGA -- Motorists plying Jose Abad Santos Avenue on Wednesday urged concerned government agencies to immediately repair potholes and “craters” under the Dolores Flyover along MacArthur Highway that have been causing heavy traffic and damage to vehicles.

Drivers Ernie Lanuza, Joe Serrano and Bert San Jose, who regularly pass by the critical point in the Jose Abad Santos Avenue-MacArthur Highway intersection, said that the portion of the road “is so badly deteriorated” that motorists have to slow down to prevent sudden bumps and damages to their vehicles.

30 Sep 2015 - Police probe death of US national

MABALACAT CITY -- Police here are looking into the death of an American citizen who was reportedly found lifeless in his rented unit at Terra Cotta Villas in Barangay Camachiles in this city recently.

Police documents identified the American as Chance Eugene Batchelor, a 65-year-old white male, who was reportedly discovered unconscious last September 14 at around 6:30 a.m. in the master's bedroom on the second floor of Unit 2 by the son of the caretaker.

30 Sep 2015 - Dole to hold 3rd Career Guidance Advocacy Congress in Clark Freeport

PAMPANGA -- Guidance counselors and advocates all over the region once again will be flocking to this year’s Regional Career Guidance Advocacy Congress, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) said Tuesday.

The Congress, on its third year, will be held on October 1 at the Mimosa Convention Hall, Mimosa Golf and Country Club in the Clark Freeport Zone.

29 Sep 2015 - Pamintuan lauded for anti-crime efforts

ANGELES CITY -- The Central Luzon regional police office has lauded Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan for his effort to address criminality in this city.

The mayor received the citation when he was invited to be the guest of honor and speaker at the Police Regional Office III flag raising ceremony, hosted by the Regional Internal Affairs Service III (RIAS 3) at Camp Olivas.

29 Sep 2015 - Laus Group locates in Clark, cites Freeport progress

CLARK FREEPORT -- One of the largest and fastest growing multi-brand car dealership networks in the country today is investing P200 million for the establishment of dealership and showcase for various automotive brands inside this Freeport.

The Laus Group of Companies (LGC), headed by its Chairman Levy P. Laus on Monday signed an agreement with Clark Development Corporation President Atty. Arthur P. Tugade for the lease of 1.9-hectare property in Clark.

29 Sep 2015 - 2 dead, 3 injured in shooting incident

PAMPANGA -- Two died and three were injured in a shooting incident on Monday at Barangay Arenas, Arayat.

Authorities identified the victims as Jaymar Bulanadi, 21; Ronnie Lugue, 21; Jayvee de Leon, 23; and Arjay Mallari, 23, all residents of Barangay San Agustin, Santa Ana town; and Rizalyn Paguinto, 23, a resident of Barangay Lacquios, Arayat town.

29 Sep 2015 - Angat Dam still below normal level

PAMPANGA -- Angat Dam’s water level is still far from improving as the reservoir’s depth is only 189.60 meters, way below the normal 200 meters.

The dam has a spilling level of 210 meters and a critical (very low) level of 180 meters. But with the current level, officials said it would need some heavy rains to improve the reservoir’s water holdings, just enough to cushion the effects of El Niño in Central Luzon.

29 Sep 2015 - Apalit holds sports fest

PAMPANGA -- Municipal employees in Apalit are holding a five-day sports fest which will run from Monday to Friday aimed at reminding everyone that exercise is important.

Harley Cortez, municipal social welfare and development officer, said that it is the first time that the sports fest for the employees is being conducted.

29 Sep 2015 - Capitol distributes financial assistance to dengue patients

PAMPANGA -- Due to the rising number of dengue cases in the province, the provincial government of Pampanga headed by Governor Lilia “Nanay” Pineda recently distributed financial assistance to dengue patients.

Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management officer Angelina Blanco together with Provincial Health Officer Dr. Marcelo Jaochico and Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Elizabeth Baybayan handed the P2,000 worth of financial assistance each to the 33 dengue patients admitted at the Jose B. Lingad Regional Memorial Hospital.

28 Sep 2015 - 2 dead persons found in mall parking area

PAMPANGA -- Two dead bodies were discovered inside a sports utility vehicle parked at SM City Pampanga on Monday.

The victims identified as Aly Santos, 50, a resident of Concepcion, Lubao and Liezel Corpuz, 32, a resident of Sta. Catalina, Lubao, were found dead by security guards at the back seat of a black Hyundai Tucson at about 7:20 a.m.

28 Sep 2015 - Guv wants 50,000 OSYs enrolled in ALS

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda is targeting some 50,000 Kapampangan out-of-school youth (OSY) to be enrolled in the Alternative Learning System (ALS) program of the Department of Education (DepEd).

The governor announced this during the meeting of the 916 passers of the ALS held at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center, this city.

28 Sep 2015 - Lubao commemorates Diosdado Macapagal's 105th birthday

PAMPANGA -- Government officials led by Lubao Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab placed flowers before the monument of former president Diosdado Macapagal, whose 105th birthday was commemorated.

The event was attended by Macapagal's children, former Vice Governor Cielo Macapagal-Salgado and Diosdado Macapagal, Jr., and National Historical Commission Vice President Carminda Arevalo.

28 Sep 2015 - Floridablanca expects P6M from iTax

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Eddie Guerrero is expecting to double its annual P3-million land tax revenue as it has recently implemented the German-made Integrated Taxation Management System (iTAX) that aims to boost local Real Property Taxes (RPT).

This town has an area of 17,548 hectares (43,360 acres) but Guerrero said that old practices in collection and problems in land ownership here have long been problems in the collection.

28 Sep 2015 - Balgan to seek re-election in 2016

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Annette Balgan of this town said recently that she will seek re-election in 2016 to continue her programs and projects.

"I will continue my projects for the youth like offering scholarships for their education," she said, citing among them the Alternative Learning System (ALS).

27 Sep 2015 - Guiao tops survey

ANGELES CITY -- Representative Joseller “Yeng” Guiao is leading comfortably in a pre-election poll in the congressional race in the first district.

In the survey conducted from August 10 to 25 this year, Guiao was the top choice of the respondents with 47.7 percent, followed by former congressmen Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin with 23 percent and Francis “Blueboy” Nepomuceno, 18.7 percent.

27 Sep 2015 - Indigent seniors receive social pension

PAMPANGA -- The Candaba local government here, through the Bottom-up Budgeting program of the national government, distributed social pension to some 400 indigent senior citizens recently.

The pensioners, who were identified through the Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), received P6,000 each.

27 Sep 2015 - Cops arrest man in buy-bust operation

PAMPANGA -- Minalin Police officers here arrested a man reportedly selling illegal drugs during a buy-bust operation Wednesday afternoon at Barangay Sto. Domingo here.

The town police identified the suspect as Perry Pangilinan, 45, a resident of the said barangay.

27 Sep 2015 - Man stabs two women dead, tries to kill self

ANGELES City -- Two women, Mildred Supan and Josephine Joy Garcia, died after they were stabbed several times by a man in Sitio Abacan, Barangay Malabanias here Saturday afternoon.

Police found the suspect Roel Supan, 30, unconscious with a self-inflicted wound in the neck.

26 Sep 2015 - DPWH exec orders full-blast construction of Pandan Road

ANGELES CITY --- Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson has assured city officials here that the construction of the Angeles-Magalang Road in Barangay Pandan will go full-blast starting Monday.

This was learned from Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan who disclosed that Singson personally inspected on Friday the ongoing road-widening project, whose completion was delayed for almost one year now.

26 Sep 2015 - Central Luzon police launch newest anti-criminality drive

PAMPANGA -- The Police Regional Office (PRO) Central Luzon launched its newest anti-criminality campaign, "Krimenitxtmo, Aksyonan Ko" through a ride for a cause dubbed "First Ride Against Crime in Central Luzon" earlier morning Saturday.

Chief Superintendent Rudy Lacadin, regional police director, said at least 2,000 motorcycle riders from different riders group from Central Luzon and Metro Manila participated in the said ride for a cause.

26 Sep 2015 - Bring preventive health care to people

ANGELES CITY --- Vice-President Jejomar Binay has stressed the need for government to ensure that all Filipinos, even those in far-flung areas, get vaccinations, have access to vitamins, medicine and potable drinking water, and are educated on proper nutrition and sanitation.

"This must be done immediately. Let us go to them and bring to them preventive measures, instead of waiting for an epidemic to hit an area. Let us not be reactive but pro-active. Let us not wait for our Filipino brothers and sisters to end up as statistics as victims of malaria, pneumonia, tuberculosis, hepatitis, among others," Binay said.

25 Sep 2015 - Angeles officials to file charges vs DPWH, contractor

ANGELES CITY -- Officials here are planning to file charges against public works officials and the contractor of the Pandan Road, which became a virtual river after a thunderstorm few days ago.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan disclosed this on Friday after several residents in Barangay Pandan and motorists aired their complaints against the road construction project which was supposed to completed last year.

25 Sep 2015 - Oca eyes to boost Arayat tourism

PAMPANGA -- Pampanga Third District Representative Oscar Rodriguez is eyeing various projects to boost the tourism industry in Arayat town.

During the recent visit of Rodriguez in the municipality, he vowed to the people of Arayat to harness the full tourism potential of the town where Mt. Arayat stands.

25 Sep 2015 - PNP-ACG Northern Luzon forms advisory council

PAMPANGA -- The Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) Northern Luzon Field Unit has invited representatives from local government units (LGUs), religious, media, business and academe sectors to comprise the newly created advisory council.

Police Senior Superintendent Arnel Escobal administered the oath-taking of the members and officers of the advisory council led by its chairperson Porac Vice Mayor Dexter Albert David, vice chairperson Maylin Bayza from the academe with members Joel Mapiles from the media, Pastor Joel Sariego from the religious sector and Benjie Talaro from the business sector.

25 Sep 2015 - Cops nab Lambat Sibat target in Arayat

PAMPANGA -- Authorities here arrested recently a suspected notorious drug user, Dionidis Dinolan, 45, a resident of Barangay Arenas, after during a buy-bust operation.

Police said the suspect is the 10th in their top priorities in the Lambat-Sibat operations.

25 Sep 2015 - Bus firm bullish on Central Luzon growth

PAMPANGA -- Officials of provincial bus company Victory Liner expressed their optimism on Friday in the economic growth of Central Luzon with a projection of gross domestic product (GDP) growth of six to eight percent per year for the next 20 years.

Victory Liner, one of the biggest provincial bus companies in the country today, says that it expects to benefit from this development as economic growth would also translate to people going around the region either for economic or leisure activities.

25 Sep 2015 - Angeles all set for Fiestang Kuliat 2015

ANGELES CITY -- Inspired by the growing recognition and accolades it receives from all over the country and from all over the world, Angeles City is set to launch Fiestang Kuliat 2015 (FK2015), the longest fiesta celebration in the country on September 29, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. at this city's heritage zone, Plaza Angel.

It is now gaining recognition as one of the crowning jewels of heritage preservation and cultural renaissance, not only in the region, but the whole country as well.

24 Sep 2015 - Light hybrid road train to ply Clark roads

CLARK FREEPORT -- A 160-capacity light hybrid road train will soon be plying the main roads here, the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) announced on Thursday.

The new mode of transportation is part of the state-owned corporation’s means to address the transportation needs of workers inside the Freeport.

24 Sep 2015 - Capitol distributes P10.5-M financial aid to 2,882 scholars

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda spearheaded recently the distribution of P10,457,500 worth of financial assistance to the 2,882 college students from the four districts of the province.

Out of the total, 482 scholar beneficiaries (class valedictorians, salutatorians and first honorable mention) each received P10,000; while the 275 (4th-8th ranks and ALS passers) got P5,000 and the 1,785 (whose grades are 85 percent above) got their share of P2,500 each.

24 Sep 2015 - Tumang to run for Mexico mayor

PAMPANGA -- Provincial Board Member Teddy Tumang confirmed his plan to reclaim the top position here next year.

"I will be leaving my provincial seat to serve again the people of Mexico," said Tumang, a former three-term mayor.

24 Sep 2015 - Korina Sanchez to fight for LGBTQ rights

PAMPANGA -- Broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez said in a visit to Masantol on Wednesday that she wanted to focus on the issues that were not usually noticed by people if her husband former Local Goverment Secretary Manuel Roxas II will be elected president in 2016.

Sanchez said that she wanted to focus on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) community.

24 Sep 2015 - Lubao steps up drive vs dengue

PAMPANGA -- Lubao Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab is now beefing up efforts to prevent the spread of dengue mosquito carriers as she urged barangay officials and residents for a massive cleanup drive.

This came as records from the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the Department of Health Regional Office 3 (DOH-R3) show that Lubao has 250 dengue cases including 1 death from January to September of this year, the highest number of dengue cases in the 19 municipalities of Pampanga.

24 Sep 2015 - San Simon officials, staff conduct bloodletting project

PAMPANGA -- San Simon Municipal officials and staff conducted a bloodletting project on Wednesday at Barangay Sta. Monica, here.

Dr. Marline Dela Rosa, rural health unit officer, said that 17 officials and staff donated blood.

24 Sep 2015 - Pampanga foundation presents ‘Obra Sagrada’

ANGELES CITY -- The Foundation for Lingap Kapampangan, Inc. (FLKI), formerly known as the Save Pampanga Movement, is set to launch the country’s first ecclesiastical exhibit, “Obra Sagrada,” to provide support and raise awareness for Filipino religious artisans.

The event will take place on October 10 and 11, 2015 at the Event Centre of SM City Clark, with support from the Archdiocese Commission on Church Heritage and the Shopping Center Management Corporation (SCMC), which operates SM Supermalls.

24 Sep 2015 - Marijuana found inside elephant statue

ANGELES CITY -- Some three kilos of dried marijuana leaves stuffed inside a two-foot long wood-carved elephant statue was discovered by authorities in Barangay Balibago, on Wednesday.

Chief Superintendent Rudy Lacadin, acting Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Luzon director, said the wooden statue was recovered by Balibago barangay chairman Tony Mamac after it was reportedly left behind by unidentified persons in front of a vegetable farm in Sitio Hadrian in Barangay Balibago.

23 Sep 2015 - Clark airport redesigning opposed

ANGELES CITY -- An advocacy group has opposed plans to redesign the original blueprint of the P15-billion expansion of Clark International Airport (CRK).

The Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement, headed by businessman Ruperto Cruz, stated that the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) and the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) should stick with the airport’s original plan.

23 Sep 2015 - Clark Freeport zone advisory council coordinators named

CLARK FREEPORT -- The five original member-mayors and advisers of the Metro Clark Advisory Council (MCAC), the information and communication mechanism in the Clark Freeport Zone (CFZ) and the adjacent local government units have designated their highly esteemed nominees for MCAC coordinators.

Papers show that the designation of MCAC Coordinators/CDC Liaison Officers is pursuant to Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Board Resolution No.SM-05-04.

23 Sep 2015 - Sick Kapampangans asked to avail of Capitol’s free health services

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda urged all Kapampangans in the province suffering from different kinds of cancer, myoma, polyps, cysts and other illnesses to avail of free health services from the provincial government.

This came as the governor started anew on Wednesday her free health services in this town benefitting some 563 cancer patients who came from the different municipalities of the province during their assembly on Tuesday at Lubao Gymnasium, here.

23 Sep 2015 - DA provides P3.9M for Mabalacat City farmers

MABALACAT CITY -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) recently turned over to the city government P3.9 million which will be used for various projects for farmers.

The agency, through the Bottom Up Budgeting (BUB) program, turned over the fund to the city last Monday at the city hall situated at the Xevera Complex here, Lourdes Balatibat, head of Office of the City Agriculture (OCA), said.

23 Sep 2015 - CSF holds 4Ps Family Day

PAMPANGA -- Some 100 family beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4ps) of the city government attended the Pantawid Pamilya Family Day held at the Heroes Hall, September 21.

The program was spearheaded by the City Social Welfare and Development Office in coordination with their counterpart at the Department of Social Welfare and Development Region III.

22 Sep 2015 - 2 Minors Rescued From KTV Bar

SUBIC BAY -- Police operatives and Municipal Social Welfare and Development (MSWD) personnel rescued two minors who were allegedly hired as guest relations officers at a KTV bar here.

Police said the owner of the Pink Blooms KTV Bar, identified as Bangie Cervantes, a.k.a. Candy, 40, in Purok 2, Bgy. Cawag, Olongapo, was arrested.

22 Sep 2015 - Angeles village council rejects proposed CCTV ordinance

ANGELES CITY -- Six members of the Barangay Balibago Council comprise the majority vote against the proposed closed circuit television (CCTV) ordinance.

This was disclosed by Balibago Chairman Rodelio “Tony” Mamac, who expressed disappointment over the ordinance’s disapproval.

22 Sep 2015 - Guv: Protect students from health risks

Governor Lilia Pineda met with provincial medical practitioners, rural health workers and principals of various public schools in Pampanga and called for consolidated efforts in ensuring the health safety of students in the province.

The health summit held at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center on Monday in this city focused on addressing health issues on food preparation in schools as well as preventing serious communicable diseases like tuberculosis.

22 Sep 2015 - Ex-Pampanga board members weigh options for 2016 polls

PAMPANGA -- Former Third District board members Trina Dizon-Guevarra and Monina Laus are now keeping their options open for the 2016 race here.

Dizon, in a chance interview at the Capitol, said that she and Laus are not closing their doors to local politics. She said that there have been calls from supporters, constituents and local officials for them to run again for an elective post.

22 Sep 2015 - Cops arrest drug suspect in checkpoint operation

PAMPANGA -- Police officers arrested the seventh most wanted drug suspect in the list of Lambat Sibat targets in a checkpoint operation recently at Barangay San Gabriel in Macabebe.

Chief of Police Gil Arizo Domingo said that the suspect identified as Paulito Yambao was arrested with the help of a Barangay Information Network (BIN) informant.

22 Sep 2015 - Top drug suspect arrested in Arayat

PAMPANGA -- Suspect Hermie Galang, 48, a resident of Barangay San Mateo, Arayat, was arrested after police conducted an illegal drug operation at the said barangay.

Police were able to confiscate one heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing suspected shabu and recovered another one from the suspect's possession.

22 Sep 2015 - Olongapo City gathers 26,000 volunteers to clean up waterways

SUBIC BAY -- The local government of Olongapo City led by Mayor Rolen Paulino managed to gather 26,541 volunteers for the annual International Coastal Cleanup 2015 dubbed “Making Riverth Possible’ last Saturday in its effort to spread environmental awareness among its residents in the city.

Paulino led students, government employees, non-government organization, barangay officials and residents to cleanup drainages, creeks, rivers and the city’s coastline.

22 Sep 2015 - CSF gives subsidies to GLF participants

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando through the Giant Lantern Festival Foundation (GLFF) has awarded financial aid to eleven participating barangays of this year’s Ligligan Parul.

During Monday’s flag raising rites, Mayor Edwin Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilors Nelson Lingat, Harvey Quiwa, BJ Lagman, and GLFF president Alfrito Mah led the ceremonial awarding of the cash check amounting to P180,000 each as subsidies to participants who will compete on December 19 at Robinsons Starmills.

22 Sep 2015 - 'Redesigning Clark airport opens chance to PH bidders'

CLARK FREEPORT -- The need to redesign the original blueprint of the P15-billion expansion of the Clark International Airport will give a chance to Philippine bidders to enter into the scene, said Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Emigdio Tanjuatco III.

Tanjuatco said this during the "CAMI Inn the News” forum last Friday hosted by the Capampangan in Media Inc. (CAMI) in partnership with Holiday Inn Clark and Clark Development Corporation.

22 Sep 2015 - Pampanga to host Dayaw Festival

PAMPANGA -- The Province of Pampanga will host one of the biggest celebrations of indigenous Filipino culture next month.

Dayaw Festival is the annual gathering of the country’s indigenous people in connection with October as Indigenous People’s Month.

22 Sep 2015 - Cops arrest top drug suspect in Lambat Sibat

PAMPANGA -- Police arrested the 10th drug suspect in an operation over the weekend at Barangay Telacsan, Macabebe.

The suspect identified as Arex Cortez, 32, a resident of the said barangay, was arrested during wake of his late father in their residence.

22 Sep 2015 - Use of rain harvesters urged during El Niño

ANGELES CITY -- An environmentalist has urged people to use rain harvesters in order to ensure sufficient supply of water during the El Niño phenomenon cycle which may cause drought in the country.

Former Councilor Louie Reyes, head of the Green Youth Brigade, said that big volumes of water supply will be saved if people recycle and use rain water for other purposes.

22 Sep 2015 - Consultant: Airports like Clark need connectivity

CLARK FREEPORT -- Connectivity. This is what Clark International Airport (CRK) needs in order for airlines and investors to come in.

Thus stated Andrew Acquaah Harrison, GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC) chief executive advisor, when asked by some of the Pampanga-based newsmen who recently visited Cebu and Bohol for a three-day educational tour on what advice he can give for Clark airport.

22 Sep 2015 - Mexico town to build additional public cemeteries

PAMPANGA -- Mexico folks will soon have more spacious necropolis as the local government here are set to break ground of their new public cemeteries.

Some of the new acquisitions of the municipality here, under the leadership of Mayor Roy Manalastas are the parcels of land to be transformed into memorial parks soon.

20 Sep 2015 - Agencies explain effects of El Niño phenomenon

PAMPANGA -- The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), together with the regional office of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), conducted a two-day seminar in Minalin in a bid to educate the people about the effects of the El Niño phenomenon.

Updates and preparations for the drought expected to be brought about by the phenomenon were discussed during the seminar held last Thursday and Friday at the municipal hall.

20 Sep 2015 - CDC launches Mr. and Ms. Clark 2015

CLARK FREEPORT -- The search is on for Mr. and Miss Clark 2015 sponsored by Clark Development Corporation (CDC).

According to Ms. Noemi Garcia, manager of CDC’s Tourism Promotions Department, the competition is one of the highlights of the Clark Grand Fiesta 2015.

20 Sep 2015 - LGUs to hold benchmarking on tourism, quarry industries

PAMPANGA -- Officials of the Municipal Government of Del Surigao City and Puerto Princesa City are set to visit the province for a series of bench marking activities on the province's tourism and local governance sector.

Provincial Tourism Officer Arwin Lingat said that Pampanga has hosted a series of bench marking activities under the term of Governor Lilia Pineda.

20 Sep 2015 - Sassa thanks guv for support

PAMPANGA -- "The Voice Kids" fourth placer Sassa Dagdag recently visited Governor Lilia Pineda to thank her and all of the Kapampangans for their support.

Dagdag was accompanied by her parents, who hail from San Fernando and Angeles City respectively.

20 Sep 2015 - DA hosts workshop on enterprise development

PAMPANGA -- The Regional Project Coordination Office 3 (RPCO3), led by its I-REAP Component and Procurement Unit, gathered the Provincial Project Management and Implementing Units (PPMIUs) and the proponent groups of Zambales, Tarlac, Bataan, Aurora, and Nueva Ecija recently for a workshop at Clark Freeport.

The training workshop regarding the preparation of the work and financial plan of the seven Enterprise Development subprojects that have been recently approved by the Regional Project Advisory Board of Central Luzon last April 24 and June 11 of this year.

19 Sep 2015 - Sinukwan 2015 to celebrate resiliency of Kapampangans

PAMPANGA -- The Foundation for Lingap Kapampangan Inc.-backed 17th Sinukwan Festival, which will run from November 21 to 28 this year, will celebrate the resiliency of Kapampangans who rose from the devastation wrought by the Mt. Pinatubo eruption in June 1991.

Themed #Pinatubo@25 "Pangakabus ning Kapampangan…Pagmasusian at Pasalamatan," Sinukwan Festival 2015 Hermano Mayor Irwin Nucum disclosed during a press conference at Robinsons Starmills on Friday that the annual “mother Pampanga festival” will be anchored on the 25th commemoration of the Mt. Pinatubo eruption which nearly erased the province from the map of the Philippines.

19 Sep 2015 - Businessman thankful of LBP award, bullish of the next 10 years

ANGELES CITY -- Fiesta Communities Inc. president Wilfredo Tan is thankful of the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP)’s recognition as his home-grown socialized housing company received the Gawad Kaagapay 2015 Award for Large Corporation (Non-Agri Based) and expressed optimism on the vibrant economic prospects for the company in the next ten years.

The award was presented during at the Fortune Hongkong Seafood Restaurant in Balibago over the weekend and entailed a P100,000 cash award.

19 Sep 2015 - Korean hotel owner murdered

MABALACAT CITY—A Korean businessman was shot and killed by a lone gunman inside his office at Korean Town in Angeles City on Thursday, police said on Friday.

Supt. Rodrigo de Guzman, head of the Investigation and Detection Management Bureau of the Angeles police, said Park Youn Jae, 60, owner of the 145-room Royal Hotel at Royal Garden Estate in Barangay (village) Cuayan in Angeles, was attacked at noon while he was with another Korean national in his office.

18 Sep 2015 - Capitol execs undergo retraining on good governance

PAMPANGA -- Longing for more development projects and service in the province, the department heads of the provincial government led by Governor Lilia Pineda are currently attended a two-day retraining program on good governance and human resource development on Thursday and Friday.

Pineda said she wants the province to become a better, peaceful place to live in where Kapampangans enjoy the fruit of economic prosperity and development, hence, she wants the provincial government heads and employees to become effective catalysts of change and development.

18 Sep 2015 - Multi-billion peso hotel industry in Clark still growing

CLARK FREEPORT -- The multi-billion peso hotel industry here, operating on world-class standards, continues to grow with bigger infusion and better facilities, transforming the once symbol of American might into one of the best tourist destinations in the country today.

The investments poured to develop key tourism projects make this Freeport a preferred travel destination not only by local tourists but also foreign nationals.

18 Sep 2015 - Central Luzon consumer complaints resolved through mediation

ANGELES CITY -- Majority of consumer complaints lodged at the regional and provincial offices of the Department of Trade and Industry Region III (DTI-3) were resolved through mediation.

For the first three quarters of 2015, DTI-3 received 332 consumer complaint cases, 313 of which were resolved through mediation.

18 Sep 2015 - Award-winning indie director conducts film workshop

PAMPANGA -- Internationally-acclaimed Kapampangan independent filmmaker Brillante Mendoza showcased his current film in the Brillante Mendoza Film Appreciation Workshop hosted by SM City Pampanga.

Mallgoers were given the chance to meet Mendoza during the launching of the event on Thursday.

18 Sep 2015 - CSF holds fun run

PAMPANGA -- In line with the observance of Civil Service Month this September, the city government through its Human Resources and Development Office recently held the second edition of Takbong Kawaning Fernandino Fun Run.

More than 100 employees from the city hall departments participated in the race which covered three kilometer categories that started from the Heroes Hall to the Provincial Capitol, and the five kilometer category where the runners proceeded to the City Hall before looping back to the finish line at the Heroes Hall.

18 Sep 2015 - 1st Luen Thai Cup to benefit Tuloy Foundation

CLARK FREEPORT -- Luen Thai Philippines is hosting the First Luen Thai Cup for the benefit of the Tuloy Foundation.

The football cup will be staged this October.

17 Sep 2015 - P30-B township to rise in Pasudeco property

PAMPANGA -- In the early 1900's, the Pampanga Sugar Development Corporation (Pasudeco) through its first Filipino-financed sugar central ushered an age of industrial and commercial activity in Pampanga.

Today, its 35.6-hectare prime property here will again see to a new age of development for the city as Megaworld Corporation is set to invest P30 billion over the next 10 years on a mixed township project.

17 Sep 2015 - Capitol moves to cushion El Niño effects on water, food supply

PAMPANGA -- The provincial government through the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) on Wednesday took steps to cushion the ill-effects of the anticipated El Niño phenomenon on the province’s supply of water and agriculture.

Vice Governor Dennis Pineda and Angelina Blanco, head of the PDRRMO, led the El Niño Assessment for local government units, to determine the extent of possible damage the weather phenomenon could inflict on the province’s agriculture and supply of potable water.

17 Sep 2015 - Oca awards farm machinery to Arayat farmers

PAMPANGA -- Third District Representative Oscar Rodriguez awarded Thursday various farm machinery to the farmers of Arayat town.

Rodriguez continues to uplift the lives of the indigent people, particularly the farmers, through his projects that benefit the poor.

17 Sep 2015 - Village chiefs ordered to help prevent dengue

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda urged village chiefs to maintain the cleanliness of their own barangays to prevent the spread of mosquitoes with dengue virus.

This developed after the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the Department of Health (DOH) Regional Office 3 recorded a total of 2,520 dengue cases in the province of Pampanga from January to September 5 of 2015.

17 Sep 2015 - CSF conducts job fair

PAMPANGA -- Job seekers from in and out of the city trooped the mega job fair organized by the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) here.

Thousands of local and overseas job vacancies were opened to the public on Wednesday by some 50 participating employers at the SM City Pampanga Event Center.

17 Sep 2015 - 12 OFWs receive P120,000 livelihood assistance

PAMPANGA -- Twelve distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFW)-returnees from different parts of Central Luzon received a P120,000 livelihood assistance, the Department of Labor and Employment said Wednesday.

Dole Regional Director Ana Dione said that the livelihood assistance, amounting to P120,000 was sourced from National Reintegration Center for OFWs’ (NRCOs) Livelihood Development Assistance Program (LDAP).

17 Sep 2015 - Clark Green City to serve as back-up government center for Metro Manila

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Green City (CGC) is perfectly suited to become a back-up government center for Metro Manila should a devastating earthquake happen, according to Arnel Paciano Casanova, president and CEO of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority.

“Earthquakes are impossible to predict but this proactive approach to have a back-up government center will ensure the continued operations and delivery of vital services following the Big One,” Casanova said.

17 Sep 2015 - Guv distributes food packs to 3,840 Aetas

PAMPANGA -- The provincial government of Pampanga headed by Governor Lilia Pineda distributed on Tuesday food packs to 3,840 Aeta families coming from the upland barangays of Porac, Floridablanca and Mabalacat City.

As early as 6 a.m., Pineda started the distribution of food packs to the families in the town of Porac followed by the distribution in Floridablanca and Mabalacat City.

16 Sep 2015 - DA readies El Niño action plan for Central Luzon

PAMPANGA -- Santa Rita town agriculturists in Central Luzon are busy crafting the El Niño Action Plan with the Department of Agriculture (DA) after agriculture officials got alarmed by the possible heavy losses that may be incurred by the rice producing region because of drought.

This developed after the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Tarlac and Aurora may experience drought beginning in the last quarter of the year.

16 Sep 2015 - Masantol town to strictly implement ban on plastics

PAMPANGA -- Masantol Mayor Dan Guintu has vowed to strictly implement the plastic-free ordinance here which started on Monday.

Guintu noted that the ordinance was approved last year but they implemented it only this year as public market vendors requested to sell out their remaining plastic items and Styrofoam packaging materials.

16 Sep 2015 - Hope springs for organic farming in lahar-ravaged town

PAMPANGA -- Recycling residual organic waste has never been this exciting for Porac's local agriculture industry.

The prospects of converting residual waste into organic fertilizer; reducing the local government’s expenses on garbage disposal; and at the same time helping local farmers with low cost fertilizer and rehabilitating lahar ravaged farmlands are the reasons that prompted the Municipal Government of Porac to embrace a simple yet revolutionary technology on organic fertilizer production.

16 Sep 2015 - P18-M medical equipment donated to Magalang town

PAMPANGA -- The World Medical Relief Incorporated (WMRI) has donated P18.4 million worth of medical equipment and supplies to the Magalang local government.

Dr. David L. Zarate, WMRI’s Ambassador of Health, turned over on Wednesday the donations placed inside a 40-foot container van to local officials led by Mayor Romulo “Romy” Pecson at the town hall.

16 Sep 2015 - CHR-3 breaks ground for new home

PAMPANGA -- The Commission on Human Rights Region III (CHR-3) is now a step closer to having their permanent home after decades of renting a place for work.

CHR-3 will finally be joining other government agencies at the Diosdado Macapagal Government Center in Barangay Maimpis in this city as it kicked off the inauguration of their new building on Wednesday.

16 Sep 2015 - Anakpawis: Commemorate US bases ejection by watching Luna movie

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Anakpawis partylist has urged the public to commemorate the 24th anniversary of the United States military bases ejection by watching "Heneral Luna," a movie on the life of Filipino revolutionary hero Antonio Luna.

The Philippine Senate rejected the extension of the 1947 Military Bases Agreement on September 16, 1991.

16 Sep 2015 - Bills raising health consciousness among vulnerable sectors sought

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Pampanga Medical Society (PMS), a 79-year-old exclusive club of doctors in Pampanga is aiming for local and national legislative measures that aim to raise health consciousness among the indigent people and vulnerable sectors of society and will enable easy access to medical and health related services.

The group is in effect preparing concrete studies, proposals and recommendations to substantiate its clamor for legislative actions and remedies that will be focused on serious means of helping the poor in their medical problems.

15 Sep 2015 - Dengue cases in Pampanga up 75%

PAMPANGA -- Dengue cases in Pampanga are on the rise as the Department of Health (DOH) has recorded 1,802 cases as of September, a 75.1 percent jump from 1,029 cases tallied in the same period last year.

Arayat town has 54 cases as of September compared to seven cases last year with a percentage increase of 671 percent. It was followed by Masantol with 65 cases (441 percent increase), and Santo Tomas with 12 cases (200 percent increase).

15 Sep 2015 - Top drug dealer in Pampanga arrested

PAMPANGA -- A suspected big-time shabu distributor in the province was apprehended on Monday by joint operatives of the Regional Philippine Drug Enforcement (PDEA-3) and Pampanga Provincial Anti-Illegal Drug Special Operations Task Group (PAIDSOTG) in a buy-bust operation along Jose Abad Santos Avenue, City of San Fernando.

Gladys Rosales, PDEA-3 regional director, identified the suspect as Hadjie Usop Pangalian, 29, a resident of St. Francis Subdivision, Barangay Dolores, of the said city.

15 Sep 2015 - CSF, Int’l Justice Mission ink pact on child protection

PAMPANGA -- The city government of San Fernando through Mayor Edwin Santiago entered into a memorandum of agreement last Monday with International Justice Mission (IJM) for the creation of a Survivors Support Network (SSN) where victims of violence can get all the support and resources they need.

The group partners with local authorities including local government units to rescue victims of violence, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors, and strengthen justice systems.

15 Sep 2015 - 'Declare Clark as Luzon gateway'

CLARK FREEPORT -- A businessman based in Pampanga has asked President Benigno Aquino III to declare the Clark International Airport (CRK) as the country’s main gateway in Luzon.

Rene Romero, president of the Romac Group of Companies, said that the question of every Kapampangan which is when is the national government going to fully develop Clark airport will be answered if the president made this pronouncement.

15 Sep 2015 - Angeles to put up P50-M command center

ANGELES CITY -- The city government here announced the establishment of an interconnected P50-million command center to monitor the city’s traffic, support peace and order, and coordinate emergency response actions.

“Through the command center, we will install closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in our barangays equipped with intelligent video analytics software. This will allow us to monitor crimes as they happen, while being able to pinpoint details to aid us in identifying the criminals such as plate numbers, the suspect’s face even behind tinted windows, and so on,” said Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.

15 Sep 2015 - Lacadin warns PNP personnel over use of recovered vehicles

PAMPANGA -- A top police official here warned Tuesday his men not to use recovered stolen or impounded vehicles or face dismissal from the service.

Chief Superintendent Rudy Lacadin, Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) director, issued the statement after he received reports that some policemen were using the recovered or impounded vehicles particularly motorcycles.

15 Sep 2015 - Public school inaugurates P1-M building

PAMPANGA -- A public school in Mexico launched their newly-renovated building which will house some of the faculty staff.

A long-standing building of San Juan High School, through the initiative of Principal Garry dela Cruz’ was refurbished and renovated to give staff a better working place.

15 Sep 2015 - AUF community promotes anti-FASD advocacy

ANGELES CITY -- Angeles University Foundation (AUF), in cooperation with the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), CAS-Communication Department, and Samahan ng mga Mag-aaral ng Komunikasyon (SAMASKOM) batch 2015-2016, showed their support for the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) awareness campaign last September 9.

SAMASKOM president Danicca Verallo said that the main objective of this advocacy is to promote awareness against alcohol intake especially to women who are pregnant.

15 Sep 2015 - AUF guidance center conducts #MayForever seminar

ANGELES CITY -- Angeles University Foundation (AUF), in cooperation with the Guidance and Counseling Center (GCC), conducted a love, courtship and chastity seminar entitled “#MayForever” last September 11 at the AUF Sports and Cultural Center here.

The event aims to increase awareness on the issues concerning love, courtship and marriage among teenagers, to provide guiding principles on establishing relationship with the opposite sex, and to enable to develop a sense of responsibility and accountability on decisions.

14 Sep 2015 - Angeles City gets free Wi-Fi access

ANGELES CITY -- This city has become the first urban center outside Metro Manila to provide free Wi-Fi access to its residents.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and Converge ICT Solutions chief executive officer Dennis Anthony Uy are set to formally sign an agreement for the permanent operation of the 11 hotspots.

14 Sep 2015 - Capitol gives Pampanga villages new computer sets

PAMPANGA -- New computer sets from the provincial government were distributed on Monday to 312 of Pampanga's 505 barangays.

Governor Lilia Pineda said the high capacity computers that came with printers and accessories will enable the villages to update their data bases and load all necessary information that may be needed by Capitol in responding to needs and concerns like barangay infrastructure, statistics and demographics, among others.

14 Sep 2015 - Guiao: House probe into Capilion project counterproductive

CLARK FREEPORT -- Pampanga First District Representative Joseller “Yeng” Guiao said a congressional inquiry into the P7-billion Clark Green Frontier of the Singapore-based Capilion Corporation PTE Limited is “not productive for Clark.”

The lawmaker issued the statement during a recent forum with members of the Capampangan in Media Incorporated (CAMI) at the Bale Balita here.

14 Sep 2015 - 400 year-old cross declared ‘important cultural treasure’

PAMPANGA -- The National Museum unveiled Monday a marker here declaring the venerated wooden cross of Santa Cruz Parish in Barangay Santa Cruz as an Important Cultural Treasure.

A radiocarbon dating test revealed that the cross is more than 400 years old which sees to support claims that the cross is the same the Spanish military leader Martin De Goiti used to pacify the town during the early years of the Spanish conquest.

14 Sep 2015 - CSF names young city officials

PAMPANGA -- Twenty-four student leaders from different schools were named on Monday as this year's young city officials in the opening of the Youth Week.

Mayor Edwin Santiago, together with other city officials and the Rotary Club of San Fernando, presented the young officials who will be given opportunity to work for their fellow Fernandinos for a week.

14 Sep 2015 - Macabebe village chiefs join budgeting seminar

Twenty-five barangay captains here attended a three-day seminar about proper budgeting on September 14 to 17 at Widus Hotel in Clark Freeport.

Municipal Administrator Jomel Cruz said the training was aimed at teaching village chiefs on the preparation and disbursement of barangay budgets for next year.

14 Sep 2015 - Mexico PWDs get educational assistance

PAMPANGA -- Mexico Mayor Roy Manalastas of this town recently awarded educational assistance to children with disabilities.

Some 67 physically and mentally challenged children from elementary to college received their annual financial aid during a simple ceremony.

13 Sep 2015 - 'No government funds used in Mexico land deal'

PAMPANGA -- Mexico officials have clarified the two-hectare property in Barangay Camuning recently acquired by the local government was donated by a businessman.

Mayor Roy Manalastas said Vicente Panlilio, a well known businessman here and his family donated the lot to the municipal government.

13 Sep 2015 - CDC continues to get recognition

CLARK FREEPORT -- The leadership at this Freeport's main managing company continues to get recognition from various groups and individuals in the area and even in Metro Manila.

CDC president Arthur Tugade recently received an award from the SKAL International-Makati during the 25th SKAL International Tourism Personality Awards held at the Grand Ballroom of New World Makati Hotel in Makati City.

13 Sep 2015 - Natural healing festival set at Orissa Garden

Some of the most followed and credible healers from the Philippines are set to conduct a free healing event at the foot of Mt. Arayat (Barangay Ayala, Magalang) on October 3.

According to the host of Orissa Garden of Wellness, the “Free Healing Festival” will be participated by 20 licensed healers and medieval doctors coming over from different regions.

13 Sep 2015 - Hausland donates P200,000 to Tuloy Foundation

PAMPANGA -- The Hausland Development Corporation (HLDC) donated P200,000 to the Tuloy Foundation in bid to help the foundation in its objective of helping street children as operate its Bahay Bata facilities in Barangay Cuayan.

HLDC chief executive officer Wilfredo Tan personally handed the check donation to Tuloy Foundation founder Fr. Rocky Evangelista in a luncheon meeting in Angeles City.

12 Sep 2015 - CL’s No. 2 Drug Suspect nabbed

ANGELES City -- Police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) operatives arrested the no. 2 suspect in Central Luzon’s priority target list of drug personalities, Arvin Samia de Luna, alias “Koreano”, 36, during a buy-bust operation last Sept. 11 in Bgy. Pampang, here.

Confiscated from the suspect were three heat-sealed plastic sashets containing white substance believed to be shabu weighing 7.7 grams and a 9mm Taurus pistol loaded with seven ammunition. The black Toyota Hi-Lux pick-up truck (AWA 2483) the suspect used in the drug deal was also confiscated.

12 Sep 2015 - Guv, PNP-ACG set to hold anti-cyber crime summit

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government and the Philippine National Police Anti-Cyber Crime Group (PNP-ACG) are set to hold a joint first-ever provincial anti-cyber crime summit to create public awareness on cyber crimes, cyber security and how families and children can protect themselves from the danger it poses.

The governor said it is about time to create public awareness on how to stay safe online by means of addressing the growing concerns on cyber crime as more Filipinos continue to embrace information and communication technology.

12 Sep 2015 - Businessman apprehensive on Capilion project

ANGELES CITY -- A businessman here has expressed apprehensions about the location of the P7-billion Clark Green Frontier mixed use facility being developed by Singapore-based Capilion Corporation PTE Limited.

Rene Romero, president of the Romac Group of Companies, issued the statement in support of the call of local officials and businessmen for the relocation of the planned commercial complex at the main entrance of Clark Freeport.

12 Sep 2015 - Tuloy Bahay Bata opens in Angeles

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, together with Tuloy Foundation Inc., founder Fr. Marciano Evangelista recently led the formal launching of the "Tuloy Bahay Bata," a newly established institution for street children located in Barangay Cuayan, this city.

According to statistics from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, there are an estimated total of 1,500 street children in Angeles City in the year 2010. In Luzon, there is an estimated total of 22,728. These numbers specify the need for additional facilities that cater to street children.

12 Sep 2015 - SBMA net income doubles in 1st semester

SUBIC BAY -- Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) authorities announced that its net income has doubled in the first semester of the current year.

SBMA Chairman Roberto Garcia said that after hitting record highs in financial performance for three consecutive years, the agency has another substantial increase of 104 percent in its net income for the first half of the current year.

12 Sep 2015 - Missing boy found dead in Masantol

A minor who went missing on Tuesday afternoon was found dead at Barangay Balibago in Masantol town around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Police said that the victim named Joseph, 11, a resident of Barangay San Pedro here, went out to swim with his classmates at Pampanga River in this town when he accidentally drowned.

11 Sep 2015 - Government implements P15-B BuB projects for Luzon

CLARK FREEPORT -- The national government, under its Bottom-Up budgeting (BuB) has implemented P15-billion worth of projects for the entire Luzon.

This was revealed during the BuB Summit to Subic this week which showcased progress of projects, which have benefited grassroots communities in Northern Luzon.

11 Sep 2015 - BCDA, UK firm forge pact for health project

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) recently inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with UK-based firm M Health Limited (MHL) for the implementation of a health project here.

The firm is set to conduct a study that will incorporate social health or “healthy living” with the planned development of a 160-hectare area in Clark Green City for mixed use.

11 Sep 2015 - El Niño may be strongest since 1950s

PAMPANGA -- Few people today may still remember the droughts in the 1950s and the decades after that, but 2016 may provide a refresher course into climate history as the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) announced that a “mature and strong” El Niño has arrived.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is now bracing itself as he said dry spell will affect at least 29 provinces in the country.

11 Sep 2015 - 'Needs of Masantol barangays being addressed'

PAMPANGA -- The head of the barangays league in Masantol said Wednesday that all the needs of barangay captains and their respective constituents are being addressed.

Association of Barangay Council (ABC) president Bernie Guevarra said through proper budgeting, all the needs and concerns of each barangay are being responded to with the help of Mayor Dan Guintu.

11 Sep 2015 - Brigada News FM Kapampangan station rises in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Brigada 92.7 FM News radio station, owned by the Brigada Group of Companies based in General Santos City will officially hit the airwaves of Pampanga on Monday, September 14, to deliver news and commentaries in Kapampangan language.

Brigada 92.7 News FM, located in Barangay Sindalan, this city, is a 24-hour entertainment channel. Brigada will cater to cabalens with music, news and commentaries delivered in Kapampangan similar in style to 25 Brigada radio stations nationwide.

11 Sep 2015 - CSF starts 100-day countdown for Giant Lantern Festival

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando on Thursday launched the 100-day countdown to the annual Giant Lantern Festival (GLF) at Robinsons Starmills on Thursday.

This year’s Executive Committee Chairperson Ernesto Cunanan and GLF Foundation President Alfrito “Bong” Mah led the kick-off ceremonies of the world-renowned festival of lights and sounds.

11 Sep 2015 - San Simon conducts mission for folks with cataracts, pterygium

PAMPANGA -- The Rural Health Unit (RHU) here conducted a medical mission for people with cataracts and pterygium on Friday at the municipal covered court.

RHU head Dra. Marline Dela Rosa, together with Municipal Tourism Officer April Gozum, some municipal nurses and barangay health workers with the help of Mayor Leonora Wong, spearheaded the mission.

10 Sep 2015 - Guiao, stakeholders to monitor Clark airport expansion project

CLARK FREEPORT -- First District Representative Joseller “Yeng” Guiao said lawmakers and other interested parties will monitor the progress of the P15-billion Clark International Airport project.

“This is a big development for Clark airport so it has to be closely monitored because it is backed up by money and Neda (National Economic and Development Authority) approval. There is an allocation of P1.2 billion this year and another P2 billion for 2016. We must make sure that commitments are met because in the past, there were attempts to slash those budgets,” he said.

10 Sep 2015 - 'Fate of Clark airport expansion project depends on next president'

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) head Emigdio Tanjuatco, Jr. said the fate of Clark airport lies on the decision of the country’s next president.

Tanjuatco issued the statement a few days after the National Economic Development Authority (Neda) Board, chaired by President Benigno Aquino III approved the P15-billion expansion of Clark International Airport (CRK).

10 Sep 2015 - Pampanga Press Club asks police to address theft cases

CLARK FREEPORT -- The president of the Pampanga Press Club (PPC) called on the police Thursday to check nagging reports that criminals from outside this province now find refuge in the growing number of unregistered boarding houses in towns around the Clark Freeport to elude arrest.

This, after PPC director and veteran journalist Ding Cervantes fell victim to a thief apparently renting space in a nearby unregistered boarding house.

10 Sep 2015 - Illegal drugs top San Simon Youth Congress agenda

PAMPANGA -- The San Simon Youth Congress here started with its tour of schools by conducting a symposium at the Dela Paz National High School on Thursday aimed at educating students about teen issues.

Principal Elmer Meneses said that his goal is to prevent the use of illegal drugs in his school.

10 Sep 2015 - Guv discusses health programs with 2nd district PWDs

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda met with persons with disabilities (PWDs) from Lubao, Sasmuan, Guagua, Santa Rita and Porac as she distributed food packs and discussed the health programs of the provincial government.

Pineda's administration has been instrumental in the assistance to PWDs not just in terms of health but also in educational assistance.

10 Sep 2015 - Fil-Chi chamber promotes indigenous bamboo instruments in schools

PAMPANGA -- The Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) has shown support for the promotion of bamboo-based musical instruments as it donated on Thursday a 30-piece set of bamboo instruments to Dolores Elementary School.

The donation was made by FFCCCII vice president Mary Go Ng through (FFCCCII) and the San Fernando Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (SFFCCII) president Eddie Chua.

10 Sep 2015 - Fernandinos pay tribute to heroine

PAMPANGA -- Fernandinos paid tribute on Thursday to local heroine Nicolasa Dayrit-Panlilio by commemorating her 141st natal day as part of the celebration of Women’s Week in the city.

A wreath laying led by Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, the heirs of the heroin, Local Council on Women Chairperson Dr. Leticia Yap, members of women’s groups and city officials was conducted at the non-combatant woman’s monument at Heroes Park.

10 Sep 2015 - BCDA, Filinvest tie-up for Clark Green City

CLARK FREEPORT -- State-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said giant property developer Filinvest Land, Incorporated has tendered its bid to become the agency’s partner in the development of the 288-hectare Clark Green City.

With this, the development of the country’s first smart, green and disaster-resilient metropolis successfully took off, the BCDA said in a press statement on Tuesday.

9 Sep 2015 - BCDA, Filinvest tie-up for Clark Green City

CLARK FREEPORT -- State-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said giant property developer Filinvest Land, Incorporated has tendered its bid to become the agency’s partner in the development of the 288-hectare Clark Green City.

With this, the development of the country’s first smart, green and disaster-resilient metropolis successfully took off, the BCDA said in a press statement on Tuesday.

9 Sep 2015 - First BPO in CSF to operate soon

PAMPANGA -- "The first business processing outsourcing (BPO) company will soon operate in this city, opening new opportunities and challenges to Fernandinos."

Thus said San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago during the courtesy call made by Professional and Technical Outsourced Services (PROTOS) executives, an Australia-based company that caters to more than 200 companies internationally as back office support, marketing arm, virtual assistance promotion and branding, positioning and internet optimization for the advancement of their businesses.

9 Sep 2015 - San Fernando gears up for ‘Ligligan Parul’ 2015

PAMPANGA -- The City of San Fernando Giant Lantern Festival Foundation and the city government will hold its kick-off ceremonies for this year’s Giant Lantern Festival (GLF) today, September 10, with the launching of its 100-day countdown for the “Ligligan Parul” 2015.

This year’s lantern competition is slated December 19 at Robinsons Starmills Pampanga with nightly giant lantern exhibitions from December 20, 2015 to January 6, 2016 to give ample time for locals and tourists to enjoy the colorful and creative heritage treasures of the city.

9 Sep 2015 - Mexico village chief injured in shooting incident

PAMPANGA -- A barangay captain, Lolito Calma, 57, chairman of Barangay Acli, here was shot by men riding-in-tandem near his house recently.

According to police, the victim was walking in the street near his house when the two unidentified suspects onboard a Kawasaki Rouser motorcycle blocked his way.

8 Sep 2015 - Capitol bats for 10-year waste management plan

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Office (PGENRO) is urging all local government units in the province to institute their respective 10-year solid waste management plans as required by law.

PGENRO head engineer Arthur Punsalan said that while such plans are not easy to conceptualize, more so to implement, the provincial government and local government units are mandated to address solid waste management issues through permanent and ecologically friendly solutions.

8 Sep 2015 - CIAC: New Clark airport terminal to cost P15B

CLARK FREEPORT -- The total cost of the new Clark International Airport (CRK) passenger terminal will be at P15 billion and not P7.2-billion estimated by concerned government agencies.

This was clarified by Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) head Emigdio “Dino” Tanjuatco on Tuesday who said that the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the National Economic Development Authority (Neda) has appropriated P15-B for the terminal.

8 Sep 2015 - DILG-3 hosts Northern Luzon BuB Summit

SUBIC BAY -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government Region III (DILG-3) hosts the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BuB) Summit for the Northern Luzon Cluster which started on September 8 and will culminate today, Wednesday, at Travelers Hotel, Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

The summit’s objective is to generate observations, learnings and recommendations from all BuB stakeholders of Regions I, II, III and Cordillera Administrative Region.

8 Sep 2015 - Angeles crime rate down 46%

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan lauded the efforts of this city’s Peace and Order Council for consistently working on the reduction of criminality in the city.

At the council's assembly at the City Hall last Tuesday, Angeles City Police Office Director Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale said that the city recorded a 46 percent decrease in the comparative crime statistics of the total index and non-index crimes.

8 Sep 2015 - Guv supports all-out war vs drugs

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda has vowed to support PNP Central Luzon Director Chief Superintendent Rudy Lacadin’s declaration of an all-out war against drug peddlers.

In a meeting with the Peace and Order Council recently, Lacadin denounced the current strategies being applied by the authorities and the justice system as ineffective.

8 Sep 2015 - 3 Central Luzon provinces maybe hardest hit by El Niño in 2016

PAMPANGA -- Pampanga, Bulacan and Tarlac in Central Luzon will start to feel the sustained moderate or even intensified El Niño in the last quarter of the year and until 2016, with Tarlac as the mostly likely to be affected by the reduced rainfall.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said El Niño will affect most of the country's planting schedules.

8 Sep 2015 - 8,159 Fernandino families get PhilHealth coverage

PAMPANGA -- A total of 8,159 indigent families received proof of their coverage of socialized health care under the Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) and the city government’s “CSFP’s Philhealth para sa Masa Program" at no cost to the beneficiaries.

Mayor Edwin Santiago, who personally distributed the PhilHealth’s MDRs (Membership Data Records), said that this is to ensure that the poorest of the poor can avail of hospitalization and other health services.

8 Sep 2015 - Apalit MSWDO to implement cash for work program

PAMPANGA -- The Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) in Apalit said that the cash for work and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino programs of the municipality every year for indigents and beneficiaries will be implemented soon.

According to Harley Cortez, MSWD officer, the job of the beneficiaries is to clean river banks, water ways, creeks and irrigation canals for ten days.

7 Sep 2015 - Clark airport execs laud Aquino for new passenger terminal

CLARK FREEPORT -- Officials of the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) lauded President Benigno Aquino III for approving the P15-billion world-class passenger terminal here.

The National Economic Development Authority (Neda) Board, chaired by the President, approved on September 4 the expansion of the Clark International Airport (CRK) terminal which is expected to accommodate 15 million passengers annually once completed.

7 Sep 2015 - Angeles businesses want more anti-corruption laws

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Social Weather Station (SWS) presented to stakeholders on Monday the results of the Annual Enterprises Survey on Corruption for 2014.

The forum held at Xenia Hotel in Clark Freeport Zone is part of the roadshow of the National Competitive Council (NCC) to raise awareness of the participants coming from businesses, local government units, academe, media, national government agencies and business associations in Central Luzon on the perception and experience of enterprises in their transactions with government.

7 Sep 2015 - EdPam wows delegates, mayors in APEC meet

ANGELES CITY -- “Mayor Pamintuan, thank you for sharing very creative and inspiring solutions for our cities.”

Thus said APEC CEO Summit Chief Operating Officer Guillermo Luz, host of the “Building Better Cities: A Forum on Livable, Sustainable, Competitive Cities Mayors” held September 3 to 4 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City.

7 Sep 2015 - LGC donates Haima Fstar to Tuloy Foundation

ANGELES CITY -- The Laus Group of Companies (LGC) donated on Monday a Haima Fstar for the newly opened facility of Tuloy Foundation in Barangay Cuayan here.

The vehicle will be used for Tuloy Foundation's Bahay Bata Center, a facility that hopes to provide comprehensive rehabilitation program for street children.

7 Sep 2015 - Capas reports healthy financial standing

PAMPANGA -- The Municipal Government of Capas, Tarlac headed by Mayor Antonio “TJ” Rodriguez performed above average in terms of income generation, garnering significant increases.

This was manifested in a written report by Rodriguez, which is written in Capas’ native Kapampangan language in preparation for his State of the Municipality Address (Soma).

7 Sep 2015 - CL PESOs post 92% placement rate in first half of 2015

PAMPANGA -- Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) of local government units in Central Luzon posted a placement rate of 92 percent or 94,669 out of 102,612 referred applicants landing local and overseas jobs.

“The high placement rate can be attributed to the intense campaign of the PESOs in further promoting employment opportunities to the grassroots,” Department of Labor and Employment Technical Support and Service Division for Employment and Welfare head Alejandro Inza Cruz said.

7 Sep 2015 - 1 dead, 2 injured in NLEx mishap

PAMPANGA -- One died while two others were injured in a jeepney accident Sunday afternoon at the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) southbound lane within the vicinity of Apalit.

According to police, the driver identified as Joselito Villas, 45, a resident of Barangay Dagat-dagatan, Malabon City, ran over the droop part of the bridge at NLEx and lost control of the wheel.

7 Sep 2015 - Fernandinas urged to boost economic development

PAMPANGA -- Fernandinas are being encouraged to further boost economic development in this city by engaging in the enterprise sector.

At the launch of Women's Week held Monday at city hall, Committee on Women's Right and Gender Equality Chairman Councilor Jacklyn Calimlim said they are now committed in empowering women to be part of the city's progress.

7 Sep 2015 - Porac gets new tractor for farmers, coops

PAMPANGA -- The Municipal Government of Porac received on Monday a brand new tractor worth P1 million as it aims to strengthen its agriculture sector with facilities for farmers and farmer cooperatives.

Mayor Condralito Dela Cruz and Vice Mayor Dexter David formally presented the new machinery before government employees and representatives from farmer cooperatives here.

7 Sep 2015 - Quarry revenues hit P1.62B at end-August

PAMPANGA -- The provincial government of Pampanga has generated a total of 1.62 billion from the quarry industry.

Based on the records from the Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Office (PGENRO), the province has collected P119,385,000 in 2010; 238,380,000 in 2011; P292,017,500 in 2012; P283,902,500 in 2013; P343,160,000 in 2014 and P225,620,000 from January to August this year.

6 Sep 2015 - Aquino, Neda lauded for approving Clark airport expansion project

ANGELES CITY -- Local businessmen and officials lauded President Benigno Aquino III and the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) Board for approving the P15-billion expansion project of the Clark International Airport.

Aquino approved five new projects in transportation and energy amounting to P131.4 billion during a Neda board meeting Friday in Malacañang.

6 Sep 2015 - All set for 5th Grand Augustinian Procession in Sta Rita

PAMPANGA -- The 5th Grand Agustinian Procession on November 13 will be bringing together some 30 religious icons and hundreds of devotees in honoring the feast day of all the saints of the Augustinian Order.

Confradia Ning Cintas, a church organization of religious devotees here, said that the event is in honor of the Augustinian Order who had helped shaped the history of Pampanga.

6 Sep 2015 - BIR to set up audit laboratories

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is set to put up Computer Assisted Audit Tools and Techniques (CAATTS) laboratories in major revenue regions including Pampanga.

The audit laboratories, which are worth P11 million, will speed up and make efficient process payments from companies and taxpayers with computerized auditing systems.

6 Sep 2015 - Cops show crime prevention film to Pampanga College students

PAMPANGA -- Police in this town recently conducted a film viewing about crime prevention for 126 students of Pampanga College.

Police Officer 1 Pinky Cayanan said this is part of the anti-criminality campaign under the nationwide Lambat Sibat implemented by the Philippine National Police.

5 Sep 2015 - Thousands to attend Marian event in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- Thousands of Catholic Marian devotees are expected to flock to the historic Parade Grounds here for the September 7-8 visit and “59th Canonical Coronation of Virgen de los Remedios” set on September 7 and 8.

The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has prepared a traffic routing system to cope up with the influx of vehicles and devotees in the freeport.

5 Sep 2015 - Kapampangan 'indie' film gets 14 nominations on 63rd Famas

The Kapampangan independent film "Magkakabaung" is up for possible awards in 14 categories of the 63rd Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Awards (FAMAS).

The film is nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Child Performer (Felixia Crysten Dizon), Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Sound, and Best Music. The films director Jason Laxamana is also nominated for Best Story, Best Director, Best Editing and Best Screenplay.

5 Sep 2015 - Angeles students join International Coastal Clean-up drive

ANGELES CITY -- Hundreds of students from different secondary and college schools in this city participated in a clean-up drive along the Balibago creek recently.

The project is in line with the International Coastal Clean-Up adopted by the Philippine government through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

5 Sep 2015 - Marcos: Empowering LGUs key to address poverty, hunger

PAMPANGA -- Providing greater empowerment to local government units is key to addressing poverty and hunger in the country, said Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., chairman of the committee on local government.

Marcos noted that despite the country's economic expansion, ordinary Filipinos hardly felt any improvement in their lives.

5 Sep 2015 - Senior citizens get medical equipment

PAMPANGA -- San Simon Mayor Leonora Wong granted the request of the Office of the Senior Citizen Affairs (OSCA) here by giving various medical equipment like blood pressure apparatus, nebulizers and glucometers.

Wong, together with Rural Health Unit Doctor Marline Dela Rosa, handed over the 14 pieces of medical equipment to OSCA leaders of each barangay.

4 Sep 2015 - Work more for Pampanga, governor urges employees

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda urged the provincial government employees to work more in order to provide quality services that will uplift the standards of living of the Kapampangans.

“I firmly believed with the help of everybody in the province, we can continue our work of making Pampanga a better place to live in,” the governor said.

4 Sep 2015 - CSF observes International Coastal Clean-Up Month

PAMPANGA -- Joining the world in the observance of the coastal clean-up month, the local government here held on Friday a simultaneous clean up drive around the city.

International Coastal Clean-up is an event observed worldwide where volunteers come together in the whole month of September to clear coastal areas and waterways.

4 Sep 2015 - DOST awards outstanding inventors

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) announced the winners of the recent 2015 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibit (RICE).

RICE is an annual event participated by local inventors to showcase their creations to the public and to companies who would want to adapt their prototypes.

4 Sep 2015 - Alejandrino eyes Arayat cityhood by 2018

PAMPANGA -- Arayat town is aiming to join San Fernando, Mabalacat and Angeles in the roster of Pampanga's cities by 2018.

"Nakalatag na ang mga gagawin namin, yung mga plano to improve Arayat," said Mayor Emmanuel "Bon" Alejandrino.

4 Sep 2015 - MOKA 2015 nominations open

PAMPANGA -- The Most Outstanding Kapampangan Awards (MOKA), the provincial government’s annual recognition of the exceptional sons and daughters of Pampanga, is now open for nominations.

The prestigious MOKA started in 1978 as part of the commemoration of Pampanga Day to honor outstanding men and women of the province and their contribution to its progress.

4 Sep 2015 - Mabalacat residents benefit from CDC medical mission

CLARK FREEPORT -- Almost 200 patients benefitted from a medical mission conducted by the Clark Development Corporation in (CDC) on Wednesday.

The medical mission was spearheaded by CDC and supported by 21 doctors from Central Luzon Ears Nose and Throat Association, four doctors from the 1st Air Division Philippine Air Force and Barangay Health Workers from Macapagal village.

3 Sep 2015 - Drug pusher found dead in Mabalacat

MABALACAT CITY -- A body of a suspected drug pusher along the main road of Barangay Sapang Biabas in Mabalacat City on Wednesday.

Pampanga police director Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono Jr. said the unidentified man, clad with yellow shirt and maong pants, was found by residents.

3 Sep 2015 - Bodies of drowning victims in Sitio Palakol found

PAMPANGA -- Police in Floridablanca recovered the other day the bodies of Karen Ronquillo and Kenneth Maling, both of Sto. Domingo, Lubao town after they drowned while swimming at a river in Sitio Palakol here.

Ronquillo and Maling, both in their 20s, have been reported missing since Sunday when the river waters swelled due to heavy rains upstream. It took authorities two days to recover the victims' bodies.

3 Sep 2015 - San Fernando City Hall under renovation

PAMPANGA -- The city hall here is undergoing minor renovation and expansion including repair of facilities.

This was learned from Fer Limbitco, City Planning And Development Coordinator, who said that the project is aimed to provide convenience to the people transacting business a the city hall.

2 Sep 2015 - Arayat political scene starting to heat up

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Emmanuel "Bon" Alejandrino of this town said former mayor Chito Espino, his potential rival in 2016 polls, takes pride in "false achievements."

The incumbent mayor issued the statement after Espino made a declaration of his political plans in 2016 and his administration's accomplishments.

2 Sep 2015 - Pampanga cybercrime summit set

PAMPANGA -- The provincial government and the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) are set to hold a summit.

Governor Lilia Pineda said the project is set to create public awareness including how the families and children can protect themselves from cyber crimes.

2 Sep 2015 - Drought affects farmers

PAMPANGA -- Farmers may soon take the heavy hit from loosing water supply from Angat Dam as prolonged drought brought about by El Niño phenomenon looms over the region until 2016.

As a result, National Irrigation Administration (NIA) manager Romeo Lopez said that at least 50,000 metric tons of palay will no longer be harvested in the current cropping season.

2 Sep 2015 - CDC, Sutherland give free call center training

CLARK FREEPORT -- Bridging the gap between potential employers and talent pool, the state-owned firm partnered with a business process outsourcing (BPO) locator here in training prospective workers.

Clark Development Corporation, in partnership with Sutherland Global Services, Inc. (SGSI) launched the first Language and Call Center Fundamentals Training at Clark Polytechnic Compound on Tuesday.

2 Sep 2015 - Girl raped by own father in Santo Tomas

PAMPANGA -- Police officers arrested a man who allegedly raped his 15-year-old daughter inside their house Monday afternoon in Barangay San Vicente here.

The suspect, identified as Rene, was under the influence of alcohol when he molested the girl, police said.

2 Sep 2015 - Angeles students prefer culinary arts course

ANGELES CITY -- More students moving up to the 10th and 11th grades next school term prefer taking up culinary arts.

The Department of Education (DepEd) will be focusing on this inclination in its in-depth studies that will be launched soon, according to Leilani S. Cunanan, officer-in-charge (OIC) of the Angeles City Schools Division.

2 Sep 2015 - Angeles City ready for K-to-12 program

ANGELES CITY -- The Department of Education’s (DepEd) K-to-12 program is set to take effect next year.

This term’s fourth year high school students will not go straight to college but will instead have to enroll in the 10th, 11th and 12th year levels “in preparation” for enrollment in college.

2 Sep 2015 - Peregrine nabs 2 national awards

CLARK FREEPORT -- Peregrine Development International has been chosen as the recipient of 2015 Frost & Sullivan Philippines Logistics Infrastructure Developer of the Year at the Philippine Excellence Awards on July 16 at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel.

Frost and Sullivan Best Practices Awards has been recognizing companies in a variety of regional and global markets for showcasing exemplary achievements and superior performance in an array of different fields such as technological innovation, customer service, leadership, and strategic product development.

1 Sep 2015 - Angeles mayor approves tax relief ordinance

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has signed an ordinance condoning penalties for unpaid real property taxes.

Ordinance No. 374, series 2015, was passed by the 16th Sangguniang Panlungsod of Angeles after Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan wrote a letter to the Sangguniang Panlungsod majority bloc proposing this.

1 Sep 2015 - APO Pampanga throws support to Binay

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Alpha Phi Omega (APO) Pampanga Chapter has vowed to support the presidential bid of Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Officers and members of the fraternity, headed by their president Rondon Mercado, gathered at the Stotsenberg Hotel here to welcome Binay who visited several areas in Bulacan over the past two days.

1 Sep 2015 - Pineda to help steel firm workers in labor dispute

Governor Lilia Pineda has reportedly vowed to help workers of Stronghold Steel Corporation, formerly known as Milwaukee Steel Corporation, at Barangay Paligui in Apalit to file a case against the firm owner.

This was learned from one of the firm's former employee who quoted the governor that she will help in filing a case against the owner of the said company.

1 Sep 2015 - EdPam to attend APEC mayor’s forum in Cebu

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan is set to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) City Mayors Forum at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City on Wednesday.

Themed “Building Better Cities”, the forum will hold sessions on the creation of livable, sustainable and competitive urban areas, how cities can cope with emerging planning approaches, tools for managing cities, how to build green cities, creating value from waste and how cities can create “business models” for urban development.

1 Sep 2015 - P135-M zoo to rise in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has forged a contract with a firm for the construction of a P135-million zoo inside this freeport.

The agreement, signed by CDC President Arthur P. Tugade and Global Zoo and Theme Park Alliance Inc. (GZTPAI) President Romeo Siccion, would pave the way for the establishment of a zoo in Clark.

1 Sep 2015 - Cops conduct traffic rules seminar for trike drivers

PAMPANGA -- Some 100 tricycle drivers and operators in this town attended a seminar on traffic rules conducted by San Simon police.

The seminar on Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code was conducted at the municipal covered court on Monday.

1 Sep 2015 - Delta hosts job fair for international employment

Vice Governor Dennis Pineda on Tuesday hosted a job fair at the Benigno Aquino Hall in San Fernando that featured job opportunities for international employment.

Public Employment Services Office (PESO) manager Luningning Vergara said that the event was participated by 4 job placement companies.