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Balibago News Nov-2015

30 Nov 2015 - Bonifacio heir wants hero's remains found

PAMPANGA -- A descendant of Andres Bonifacio said she wishes for the disclosure of the location of the hero's remains.

In line with the City of San Fernando’s commemoration of the 152nd birth anniversary of Bonifacio, his descendant Makati City Police forensic chemist Andrea Bonifacio said she is hoping that the remains of the Katipunero and and that of his brother Procopio will be traced.

30 Nov 2015 - Pamintuan underscores ‘inclusive growth’

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has stressed the importance of “inclusive growth” in local governance.

The United Nations (UN) repeatedly told developing countries like the Philippines that government wealth should be distributed to the people, according to the mayor.

30 Nov 2015 - Santiago: Continue the fight for freedom

PAMPANGA -- In this time of global integration, Mayor Edwin Santiago has urged Fernandinos to continue the fight for freedom that heroes had died for.

Despite the absence of colonial war nowadays, Santiago said the battle for the nation's freedom is still needed due to the numerous problems of the country.

30 Nov 2015 - Authorities dismantle 2 drug dens

MABALACAT CITY -- Elements of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Luzon (PDEA) scored in simultaneous high impact operations which resulted in the dismantling of two drug dens and the arrest of 12 drug personalities, including seizure of 106 grams of shabu at 19th Street, Lakandula, Mabalacat, Pampanga on Monday.

PDEA Regional Director Gladys F. Rosales identified the arrested suspects in the first raid as Joseph G. Tanglao, 30; Carlo P. Dela Cruz, 20; Enrico P. Uavel, 41; Fredie A. Ariza, 42; Lester N. Pontilo, 33; Armalyn A. Santos, 27; and Heidi C. Lacardin, 41, all residents of Mabalacat.

30 Nov 2015 - Tourism stakeholders express full support to Clark airport

CLARK FREEPORT -- Various groups belonging to the Greater Clark Visitors Bureau (GCVB) expressed support to the full development of Clark International Airport (CRK) as the country’s premier gateway.

This was disclosed by GCVB president Gilda Padua during a recent meeting with the newly-elected officers of the Pampanga Press Club (PPC) at the Bale Balita media center of Clark Development Corporation (CDC).

30 Nov 2015 - Cops arrest drug suspect in Minalin

PAMPANGA -- Police arrested a drug suspect in a buy-bust operation on Wednesday last week at Barangay Sta. Rita here.

The suspect identified as Arnel Mercado, 48, a resident of the said barangay was arrested by police at about 9:15 am.

29 Nov 2015 - Arayat mayor wants police chief out

PAMPANGA -- Arayat Mayor Emmanuel Alejandrino has asked Governor Lilia Pineda and police officials in Pampanga to immediately relieve the chief of police here for alleged neglect of duty.

Police Superintendent Allan Palomo, acting chief of police, is not performing his duty as the head of law enforcers, according to the mayor.

29 Nov 2015 - Candaba celebrates municipal day

PAMPANGA -- The local government here celebrated their annual municipal day with colorful activities on Saturday.

The festivity which started with a parade of the 33 barangays of the municipality is the expression of the gratitude to the town's patron saint, San Andres, for their bountiful year.

29 Nov 2015 - Anakpawis: Filipinos remained oppressed

PAMPANGA -- Anakpawis party-list said that more than a century after Andres Bonifacio led the Philippine Revolution against Spanish colonialism, the basic sectors in the country remained poor, oppressed and exploited by foreigners and rich and powerful elite.

Hicap also stressed that the present-day Filipino workers live practically the same way as did the “polistas,” Filipinos who were subjected by the Spanish colonialists to “polo y servicio” or forced labor to construct buildings, infrastructures, ships and other needs of the colonial government.

29 Nov 2015 - Packed house at Gala for Gold Concert

PAMPANGA -- It was a magical night to remember at the Carwold Showroom over the weekend at the world-famous Philippine Madrigal Singers serenaded a packed house of audience in a rare concert aimed at raising funds of major repairs, projects and programs of the Saint Augustine Parish Church in Barangay San Agustin here.

The Philippine Madrigal Singers played a variety of pop, liturgical and Christmas songs in a two part program.

28 Nov 2015 - First 2 FA-50PHs arrive in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- The first two of the 12 FA-50 supersonic fighter aircraft the Philippine government acquired from South Korea arrived at the Philippine Air Force (PAF) base here Saturday.

During a ceremony, Air Force pilots on board S-211 trainer jets flying in diamond formation fetched the FA-50 Lead-In Fighter Trainers (LIFT) over Tarlac province before landing in Clark.

28 Nov 2015 - Ospital ning Angeles aspires for tertiary hospital category

ANGELES CITY --- The Ospital Ning Angeles (ONA) or the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center is now in the process of upgrading its facilities and equipment in order to earn a higher classification.

This was disclosed by ONA Director Antonio Dizon during a recent press conference initiated by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.

28 Nov 2015 - Chuzon Supermarket opens in Apalit

PAMPANGA -- Chuzon Supermarket opened here Saturday, assuring customers of affordable prices of goods and commodities.

Located along MacArthur Highway in Barangay San Vicente, Chuzon Supermarket has a grocery store, sells products like ready-to-wear shirts, glassware, furniture, school supplies and souvenirs at low prices.

27 Nov 2015 - Alejandrino: Shooting incidents not politically motivated

PAMPANGA -- Arayat Mayor Emmanuel "Bon" Alejandrino denied Friday that the recent shooting incidents in this town were politically motivated.

Since September, the municipality has already recorded five shooting incidents that killed eight people and injured seven more.

27 Nov 2015 - 5 Central Luzon establishments face closure

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Region 4 (RR4) here is set to facilitate the closure of tax delinquent establishments before the second week of December under its Oplan Kandado Program.

BIR RR4 Regional Director Jethro Sabariaga, who did not identify the targets of the closure order, told Sun.Star that at least five establishments in Pampanga and other towns under the revenue region may be closed just before the second week of December.

27 Nov 2015 - QI Pampanga starts partnership with SFES-SPED

PAMPANGA -- The Quota International (QI) of Pampanga has started its assistance program with the Special Education (SPED) Class of San Fernando Elementary School as it bats to bring in needed assistance through the club's Hand-in-Hand program.

Hand-in-Hand program chair Zelinda Soto said that they hope to help the students under the SPED classes.

26 Nov 2015 - 7th most wanted person in Apalit arrested

PAMPANGA -- Local police have arrested the seventh most wanted person here on Monday at Barangay San Jose, San Simon.

About 11:30 a.m., the suspect identified as Alex Tagle, 57, a resident of Barangay Sucad here was arrested.

26 Nov 2015 - Guiao's group to do Clark airport master plan

PAMPANGA -- First District Representative Joseller “Yeng” Guiao and his technical working group have been tasked to come up with a master plan for the Clark International Airport as the country's alternate gateway.

Guiao was given until January next year to submit the plan.

26 Nov 2015 - Anakpawis renews call for P125 wage hike

MABALACAT CITY -- Days before the November 30 commemoration of national hero Andres Bonifacio, the militant Anakpawis Party-list renewed its demand for a P125 hike nationwide and across the regional wage boards, for minimum wage of private sector workers.

This is amid the Aquino administration’s push of House Bill 6268 or the Salary Standardization Law of 2015 (SSL 2015) that proposes a P40,924 or 341 percent salary increase (from P120,000 to P160,924 monthly) for the president on its first tranche of salary grade (SG) 33

26 Nov 2015 - Septage management implemented in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has required locators and residents here to install their respective septage management system.

CDC issued a memorandum circular that requires establishments and housing facilities here with existing septic tanks to maintain pre-treatment facilities through the services of accredited Septage Haulers of the Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

26 Nov 2015 - 4Ps beneficiaries to become SSS members

PAMPANGA -- Some 1,300 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries here will soon be members of the Social Security System.

The 4Ps beneficiaries who were not yet SSS members had their orientation on Tuesday and Wednesday at the municipal covered court.

26 Nov 2015 - Sinukwan fest celebrates Kapampangan resiliency

PAMPANGA -- The 18th Sinukwan Festival is celebrating the resiliency of Kapampangans who bounced back from major devastations brought about by the eruptions of Mount Pinatubo in 1991.

Themed #Pinatubo@25 "Pangakabus ning Kapampangan... Pagmasusian at Pasalamatan!", the festival remembers its foundation after the Kapampangans survived the ravages of lahar that almost cleared from the Philippine map.

26 Nov 2015 - Duman Festival set December 5

PAMPANGA -- Tourists and food delicacy lovers will again troop to Sta Rita town for its duman delicacy in the upcoming 13th Duman Festival this December 5 at the town's famed EcoPark area with performances from homegrown Kapampangan artist group Arti.StaRita.

Andy Alviz and his group Arti.StaRita started the festival in 2002, which originated from the long standing tradition of pounding and winnowing unripe glutinous rice (lacatan) and turning it into a light pale gold or green delicacy called "duman."

26 Nov 2015 - Armed drug pushers arrested

PAMPANGA -- Police in Candaba recently arrested two drug pushers with high-powered firearms and ammunition in a buy-bust operation.

The suspects identified as Ronnie Santos, 34, and Willy Pelayo, 34, were caught in Barangay Bahay Pare of this municipality.

26 Nov 2015 - Activities for 444th Pampanga Day revealed

PAMPANGA -- he provincial government has announced the approved line-up of activities for the celebration of 444th Aldo Ning Kapampangan (Pampanga Day) celebrations.

Provincial Administrator Andres S. Pangilinan, Jr. and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer Angelina Blanco made the announcement before municipal and city mayors who attended a recent meeting presided by Governor Lilia G. Pineda at the Executive House of the Capitol.

25 Nov 2015 - Agents want BI Angeles chief probed, relieved

ANGELES CITY -- At least nine immigration officers and confidential agents have asked Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Siegfred Mison to relieve the Alien Control Officer (ACO) of the bureau's field office here in connection with alleged irregular visa processing of Chinese nationals at Clark Freeport.

In a letter dated November 19, 2015, the immigration officers also requested Mison to subject Janice Christine de Jesus-Corres, Chief and Alien Control Officer of BI Angeles Field Office, for an investigation “over suspicious Chinese nationals whose visas are being extended by their office.”

25 Nov 2015 - BI Angeles chief: ‘Allegations malicious’

ANGELES CITY -- The acting Alien Control Officer (ACO) of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) here has described the allegations hurled against her by her staff as “malicious and untrue.”

Janice Christine De Jesus Corres, acting ACO of the Angeles Immigration Field Office, said the accusations of some nine immigration officers and BI confidential agents about the alleged irregular processing of Chinese tourist visas are baseless.

25 Nov 2015 - Pamintuan: Cardiac care unit at ONA opens December

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has announced the establishment of a Cardiac Care Unit at the Ospital Ning Angeles (ONA) or the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center, whill open by December this year.

The mayor said this during his monthly media forum on Wednesday at Plaza Angel, situated at the city's heritage district.

25 Nov 2015 - Police raise bounty to solve robbery case

PAMPANGA -- The police in Bacolor recently raised the reward money to solve the robbery case that transpired at Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University (DHVTSU) on October 18.

Authorities led by Police Chief Inspector Napoleon Cruz sought help from different stakeholders in the municipality to produce a cash reward to anyone who can identify the robbery suspect.

24 Nov 2015 - Pampanga to assist rebel returnees

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga has assured assistance for rebels who would like to reintegrate themselves into mainstream society through the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP).

The provincial government has adopted the CLIP through Executive Order No. 13-2015 or the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) of Pampanga signed by Governor Lilia Pineda and formed the CLIP committee of the province.

24 Nov 2015 - Angat Dam level receding 79 centimeters per day

PAMPANGA -- A water supply problem may occur again as Angat Dam is receding approximately 0.79 meter a day due to irrigation and domestic use.

Last Friday afternoon, the water level of Angat Dam was at 208.30 and it is expected that after one month, will be at 184.06 meters, and on Christmas Day, at 180.09 meters.

24 Nov 2015 - Anakpawis hits Aquino for pushing SSL 5

MABALACAT CITY -- The Anakpawis Party-list assailed President Benigno Aquino III for pushing House Bill 6268 or the Salary Standardization Law of 2015 in what they described as “grand scam” against government and private sector employees.

Government employees have been pushing for P6,000 increase in monthly salary as proposed by House Bill 3015, while teachers by near P6,500 from salary grade (SG) 11 rate of P18,549 to P25,000 as proposed by House Bill No. 245.

24 Nov 2015 - Tolentino eyes cityhood for Apalit

PAMPANGA -- Fourth District Board Member Nestor "Bay" Tolentino said Tuesday that he is looking into the possibility of Apalit becoming a component city of the province.

Tolentino, who is gunning for the local top position in Apalit, said that he is very hopeful and optimistic of the possible major development of the municipality.

24 Nov 2015 - Masantol inaugurates new water pump station

PAMPANGA -- The municipal government here together with the Masantol Water District inaugurated on Tuesday its fourth water pump station.

Mayor Danilo Guintu said that the new water pump station located in Barangay San Nicolas can accommodate the needs and serve up to 15 barangays in the town.

24 Nov 2015 - Floridablanca Aetas to host Sukit Festival

PAMPANGA -- An Aeta village perched 1,200 feet above sea level in this town's mountain range will play host to the first ever "Sukit Festival" on December 9.

"Sukit" is an Aeta term for a dish that closely resembles the lowland dish pinakbet. The event is a harvest festival that will also feature street dancing from the Aeta community in the area.

23 Nov 2015 - Law adds 4 trial courts in Pampanga

ANGELES CITY -- Two additional municipal trial courts (MTCs) in Angeles City and two more for Mabalacat City and Magalang have been created by a law signed by President Benigno Aquino III recently.

Aquino signed House Bill 2409, authored by Pampanga First District Representative Joseller “Yeng” Guiao, into Republic Act 10694, amending Batas Pambansa Bilang 129, otherwise known as The Judiciary Reorganization Act of 1980.

23 Nov 2015 - Women honored in 1st Aslag Angelena Awards

ANGELES CITY -- “They always let others shine. Now, it’s their time to shine.”

Thus said Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting when she led the First Aslag Angelena Awards at the Lewis Grand Hotel here on Sunday.

23 Nov 2015 - Suspected gunman in murder of Bulacan judge killed

PAMPANGA -- Police said the suspected gunman in the killing of Malolos City Regional Trial Court Judge Wilfredo Nieves was killed when he tried to grab the gun of his police escort on their way to San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan on Monday morning.

Chief Superintendent Rudy Lacadin, Police Regional Office-3 director, identified the slain suspect and alleged gunman as Arnel Janoras, 43, a resident of Dela Costa Graceville, San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan.

23 Nov 2015 - Aspiring BM to push for tax relief

PAMPANGA -- Aspiring third district board member and incumbent Bacolor Vice Mayor Ananias Canlas, Jr. said he will push for several tax relief measures in special situations if given a seat in the Provincial Board next year.

Canlas said his tax relief proposal would cater to some instances where people would need direct intervention from the government such as in times of disaster.

23 Nov 2015 - Dump truck hits electric post, causes 19-hour blackout

PAMPANGA -- A dump truck hit a concrete electric post at Barangay Sampaloc, Apalit early Sunday morning that caused a 19-hour brownout in six towns.

About 4:30 a.m., the towns of Minalin, Santo Tomas, San Simon, Apalit, Macabebe and Masantol experienced power outage. Power was restored 11 p.m. the same day.

23 Nov 2015 - Maglanque: Education is foundation for success of next generation

PAMPANGA -- Candaba Mayor Rene Maglanque said Monday education is the best foundation for the success of the next generation.

During the inauguration and blessing of the new annex building of the Central School here, Maglanque cited the role of education in development.

23 Nov 2015 - DTI to public: Beware of substandard Christmas decors

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Trade and Industry Regional Office III (DTI-3) has asked the public to refrain from buying fake Christmas lights and decorations as these may cause fire and electrical accidents.

This, as the DTI said advised the public to always look for ICC or Import Commodity Clearance, and Philippine Standards (PS) seal when buying Christmas lights.

23 Nov 2015 - PWD-friendly tourism industry in Central Luzon sought

ANGELES CITY -- The National Council for Disability Affairs (NCDA) and Department of Tourism (DOT) pitched for a tourism industry in Central Luzon that caters to the needs of persons with disabilities (PWDs).

“The first step towards the realization of the Accessible Tourism for All goal is for everyone to know, understand, respect, and advocate PWD rights in the environment,” NCDA Acting Executive Director Carmen Zubiaga said during the one-day seminar on how to handle PWDs in the tourism industry.

23 Nov 2015 - Kids undergoing chemotheraphy receive gifts from Porac exec

PAMPANGA -- Some 40 children from the oncology ward of Jose B. Lingad Memorial General Hospital received food stuff and financial assistance from Porac Vice Mayor Dexter David who celebrated his birthday with them recently.

David said that the celebration is his own way of expressing thanks for another year in his life. He added that he and his wife thought of celebrating with the children as way of spreading cheer among them and their families.

22 Nov 2015 - Tugade, CDC lauded for bagging Asia CEO award

PAMPANGA -- Businessman Levy Laus has commended Clark Development Corporation president and chief executive officer Arthur Tugade and his management team for recently bagging the much-coveted Asia CEO Award in the Executive Leadership Team category.

Laus, chairman and founder of the Laus Group of Companies and chairman emeritus of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham), said Tugade and the CDC team have set the bar of excellence with the prestigious award.

22 Nov 2015 - Sinukwan fest celebrates Kapampangan resiliency

PAMPANGA -- The 18th Sinukwan Festival is celebrating the resiliency of Kapampangans following the major devastation brought about by the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991.

With the theme #Pinatubo@25 "Pangakabus ning Kapampangan... Pagmasusian at Pasalamatan!", the festival remembers its foundation after the Kapampangans survived the ravages of lahar that almost cleared from the Philippine map.

22 Nov 2015 - KDF wants high-value fruit trees for Central Luzon

PAMPANGA -- The Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) has announced the availability of coconut seedlings to Central Luzon provinces after distribution of free high-value fruit trees for local farmers.

KDF Trustee Sylvia Ordonez said that KDF and the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) have Libreng coconut seedlings for Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Bataan, Zambalez farmers as alternative crops for idle lands and backyards.

22 Nov 2015 - Students’ group sets youth ministry

MABALACAT CITY -- The Mabalacat City College Youth Ministry (MCCYM) has set Pampanga’s first campus youth ministry assembly on November 24, 2015 at Jade Hall, Xevera (Lot Only) in Barangay Tabun here.

MCCYM seeks the necessity to organize campus ministries among public and private schools, catholic or non-sectarian to address the growing challenge on the faith of students.

22 Nov 2015 - Wanted person arrested

PAMPANGA -- Police have arrested a wanted person in Pampanga last Friday.

Chief Superintendent Rudy Lacadin, Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) director, identified the suspect as Jose Pasion, 35, of Barangay San Isidro, San Simon.

22 Nov 2015 - Kia offers early Christmas gift

PAMPANGA -- Kia Motors is offering an early Christmas gift to its clients through the Kia Lucky Drive to Australia promo.

Through test driving the new Kia Forte variants, Sedan, Koup and Hatchback, customers are entitled to participate in the promo.

21 Nov 2015 - Arayat chief cop denies mistaken identity report

PAMPANGA -- Superintendent Allan Palomo, town police chief, belied Saturday circulating reports that fatalities in the recent shooting incident here were victims of mistaken identity.

Palomo's statement came after a news report said that "police reports said that it appears that some of the victims were just collateral damage or victims of mistaken identity."

21 Nov 2015 - Pamintuan: Angeles business establishments increase by 20%

ANGELES CITY -- The number of business establishments in this highly urbanized city has increased to 10,867 this year.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said the figure indicates an increase of 20 percent compared to the previous count of 8,870 businesses when he assumed his first term as the city’s chief executive in 2010.

21 Nov 2015 - Binay: 4Ps program started under Arroyo's administration

MABALACAT CITY -- Vice President Jejomar Binay said that he will not stop the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), a subsidy program which started under the administration of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Binay also asked Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman to direct her staff to refrain from spreading black propaganda regarding the 4Ps.

21 Nov 2015 - SCTEX sections to undergo asphalt overlaying

PAMPANGA -- Some 94 kilometers of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) will undergo new asphalt overlaying after the concession was given to Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC).

MNTC president Rodrigo Franco said that some P300-million will be allocated for the project that is in line with the integration of SCTEx with the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX).

21 Nov 2015 - Rodriguez: Diverted flights show Clark airport's potential

CLARK FREEPORT -- The diversion of flights from Manila to Clark during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit has proven Clark International Airport (CRK)'s worth as the twin airport of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and potential as the country’s premier gateway.

Pampanga Third District Representative Oscar Rodriguez stated this during the weekly media forum of Capampangan in Media Incorporated (Cami) at the Holiday Inn Clark Saturday.

21 Nov 2015 - Businessman reiterates need to decongest Metro Manila

PAMPANGA -- The government should start decongesting Metro Manila now to reduce risks and avert economic paralysis if a magnitude 7.2 earthquake or other large scale disasters hit the country’s the financial and governing center.

This was reiterated last Wednesday by Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) Chairman Emeritus Levy Laus, as he spoke before members of the Rotary Club of San Fernando at Max’s Restaurant in Villa Del Sol, this city.

21 Nov 2015 - Police arrest man for beating wife

PAMPANGA -- Police arrested a 40-year-old man on Monday for allegedly beating his wife and violating the Anti-Violence against Women and Children Act of 2004.

The suspect identified as Bernardino Bondoc, a resident of Barangay San Roque here, was arrested after he had allegedly beaten his wife, Maribel Dungo-Bondoc, 40.

20 Nov 2015 - Cops lead clean-up drive

PAMPANGA -- Police in Minalin led on Saturday a clean-up drive in efforts to save the environment.

The policemen were joined by students from Minalin Central School and beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in cleaning Barangay San Nicolas, Barangay Sta. Rita and Barangay Sto. Rosario.

20 Nov 2015 - Duman Festival set December 5

PAMPANGA -- Tourists and food delicacy lovers will again troop to this town for its duman delicacy in the upcoming 13th Duman Festival this December 5 at the town's famed EcoPark area with performances from homegrown Kapampangan artist group Arti.StaRita.

Andy Alviz and his group Arti.StaRita started the festival in 2002, which originated from the long-standing tradition of pounding and winnowing unripe glutinous rice (lacatan) and turning it into a light pale gold or green delicacy called "duman."

20 Nov 2015 - Ople: Pray for Zapanta, OFWs on death row

ANGELES CITY -- Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) advocate Susan Ople has urged the Filipino people to pray for Maryjane Veloso, Kapampangan Joselito Zapanta and other Filipino workers who are on death row in other countries.

Ople aired her concern about the OFWs on death row during a press conference with the team of presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe at the Fortune Restaurant at the New Street here on Thursday.

19 Nov 2015 - Angeles mayor cites gains in revenue collection

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said the city government’s efficient collection of taxes resulted in the increase of revenues totaling to P1.3 billion.

The mayor stated this during his State of the City Address (Soca) at the Marquee Mall on Wednesday.

19 Nov 2015 - LP stalwarts back anti-dynasty bill

PAMPANGA -- Liberal Party stalwarts Camarines Sur Third District Representative and vice presidential bet Leni Robredo and incumbent Pampanga Third District Representative Oscar Rodriguez said they are pushing for the implementation of the anti-political dynasty bill.

Robredo, co-author of the bill, said she joined the call for the expedient passage of the bill since people have been clamoring for a specific measure which will give every Filipino a chance to serve in government.

19 Nov 2015 - Pampanga leaders, BCDA commend CDC

CLARK FREEPORT -- Top local officials in Pampanga, including the parent company of Clark Development Corporation (CDC), commended the management team of the state-owned firm after recently bagging a prestigious award.

Governor Lilia Pineda, First District Representative Joseller “Yeng” Guiao and Bases Conversion and Development Authority president Arnel Casanova congratulated CDC for winning the Executive Leadership Team category in the Asia CEO Awards.

19 Nov 2015 - DTI intensifies watch on Christmas lights

ANGELES CITY -- Beware of fake Christmas lights.

This is the warning of the Department of Trade and Industry Regional Office III (DTI-3) to Christmas shoppers this holiday season as many imported Christmas lights and electronic display materials are peddled in the streets without any assurance of their quality and safety.

19 Nov 2015 - Concepcion to allocate P1M for Sta. Ana villages

PAMPANGA -- Outgoing Santa Ana Mayor Rommel "Omeng" Concepcion of this town said he will distribute P1 million from the 20 percent development funds for 2016 to the 14 barangays of the municipality.

During the inauguration of the new farm-to-market road in Barangay Sta. Maria here, Concepcion said that most of the barangays here will use their budgets for the construction of roads.

19 Nov 2015 - Capas distributes P86-M worth of vehicles, heavy equipment

PAMPANGA -- The local government unit of Capas, Tarlac headed by Mayor Antonio “TJ” Rodriguez, Jr. on Tuesday distributed some P86-million worth of service vehicles and heavy equipment to enhance the delivery of basic services to the people of the town.

The distribution of the 58 service vehicles and heavy equipment coincided with Rodriguez’s is State of the Municipality Address and the blessing and inauguration of the new façade of the Capas Public Market.

18 Nov 2015 - Toy gun used in heist

A couple used a toy gun to rob a woman in Barangay Malabanias here Tuesday night.

The suspects, who were arrested by elements of Mabalacat Police Station 2, were identified as couple Jonas Navarro Pineda, 45 and his live-in partner Berlyn Toebeles Sundiam, 30, of Kalye 18, Xevera Calibutbut, Bacolor, Pampanga.

18 Nov 2015 - 4Ps beneficiaries receive OTC payout

PAMPANGA -- The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries of Apalit received their Over-the-Counter (OTC) grants on Wednesday at the municipal function room here.

"Those beneficiaries who don't yet have their Automatic Teller Machine cards received their grants OTC," said Mark Anthony Roque, 4Ps Municipal Link Staff.

18 Nov 2015 - Baligod banking on anti-corruption campaign in Senate bid

CLARK FREEPORT -- Lawyer Levito Baligod is hoping that his anti-corruption campaign will bring him to the Senate next year.

Baligod, a private complainant in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam cases which resulted in the jailing of three senators, believes that many Filipinos are tired of being shortchanged by government as 40 percent of the total budget only goes to corruption.

18 Nov 2015 - Quantum Asia now ready to build plasma plants

PAMPANGA -- The newly formed Quantum Asia announced yesterday that the construction of numerous plasma facilities is set to start in December as various delays in their Philippine plasma programs have been already settled.

Quantum CEO and Director of Operations Al Johnson said that he is still totally committed to seeing the Philippines with 20 plus plasma facilities to be completed within five years.

18 Nov 2015 - Kids showcase talents in children’s congress

PAMPANGA -- Children from daycare centers in the 11 towns and two cities of Pampanga showcased their talents in the Provincial Children’s Congress recently held at Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center.

According to Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWD) Officer Elizabeth Baybayan, the activity was in line with the National Children’s Month which is being celebrated every November.

18 Nov 2015 - SM Clark hosts 4th PyroFest competition

CLARK FREEPORT-- Metro Clark's skyline was once again lighted with colorful fireworks as SM City Clark began hosting the three Saturday fireworks display in this year's 4th PyroFest Competition.

The much awaited event features competing delegates from different provinces in the country, exhibition from three countries, and performances by the Philippines’ top bands.

18 Nov 2015 - Flights for Manila diverted to Clark due to Apec

CLARK FREEPORT -- Manila-bound flights were diverted to Clark International Airport (CRK) in Pampanga on Wednesday, November 18, due to the ongoing Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) meeting in Metro Manila.

Cebu Pacific AirBus A-320 from Dubai with flight number 5J-7945 arrived in Clark around noon Wednesday.

17 Nov 2015 - Apalit dad questions alleged letter to INC

PAMPANGA -- Councilor Sanny Mendoza questioned on Tuesday the letter he allegedly sent to Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) head Eduardo Manalo where he promised to fight the Ang Dating Daan (ADD), a religious group headed by Bro. Eli Soriano, and its members” in this town, in exchange for "favors" from the INC.

Mendoza’s reaction stemmed from an opinion piece at, a news website, which said that Mendoza allegedly wrote a letter to the INC to seek help for the 2016 polls.

17 Nov 2015 - Porac execs all praises for Aetas, students

PAMPANGA -- Porac officials led by Mayor Carling De La Cruz and Vice Mayor Dexter David praised students and Aetas who performed during the 10th Binulu Festival in front of the Jose Songco Lapid Sports Complex, impressing spectators and tourists who flocked to this year's festival grand opening.

“Not just I but many, including town officials, noticed the passion and dedication of the students and Aetas when they joined and performed at the street dance and showdown,” said De La Cruz.

17 Nov 2015 - Capitol extends burial aid to Arayat massacre victims

PAMPANGA -- The provincial government processed on Tuesday the burial assistance to be given to the families of the five victims who died on the spot in violent killings in Barangay San Juan Bano, Arayat.

Executive Assistant IV Myrna “Bot” Manio, head of the Governor’s Medical Services Unit said the Capitol will give P10,000 burial assistance to the families of Jerry S. Calma, 23; Ronald Allan C. Lumbang, 23; Reymart C. Lampasa, 17; Nelson S. Soriano, 17; and Angel L. Galang who were gunned down separately November 9 at 6:30 p.m.

17 Nov 2015 - Hontiveros: Secure airports, seaports

ANGELES CITY -- Former Akbayan Representative Risa Hontiveros has underscored the need to secure the country’s airport and all points of entry.

The 2016 senatorial bet issued the statement during a meeting with local leaders of Angeles City and Magalang town at the residence of businessman and former city councilor Ireneo “Bong” Alvaro on Monday.

17 Nov 2015 - San Simon dedicates 244th Foundation Day to Lando victims

PAMPANGA -- This municipality dedicated the celebration of its 244th Foundation Day on Monday to the victims of the recent typhoon Lando in the town.

The program began with a parade starting from Barangay Concepcion with a theme "2015 Alay Lakad, Unang Hakbang Tungo sa Pagbangon Mula sa Kalamidad" where some 1,500 participants joined the activity.

17 Nov 2015 - Lazatins donate lot for chapel

ANGELES CITY -- Former Mayor and Congressman Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin and his children, including Councilor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr., recently donated a lot for a chapel in Barangay Santo Domingo here.

Tarzan, who was also joined by Stotsenberg Hotel Clark General Manager Janet Lazatin and First District Congressional bet Carmelo “Jonjon" Lazatin during the signing of the deed of donation, turned over a 204-square meter property to the Villa Leoncia Pastoral Council (VLPC) represented by its president, Teresita Umipeg.

17 Nov 2015 - Remains of OFW who fell to death in Macau arrive

PAMPANGA -- It was a tragic reunion for the family of 30-year-old Marvin Bautista as his remains arrived from Macau on Tuesday.

The Pampanga Action Center for OFW Concerns (PACOC) of the provincial government announced the arrival of Bautista's body who allegedly committed suicide by jumping off a bridge in Macau sometime in October.

17 Nov 2015 - Azzurro Hotel brings out the best in upcoming months

ANGELES CITY -- Azzurro hotel brings out the best and unique services which is perfect for relaxation and offers a lot of promos these BER months.

The hotel is located at 4895 Mon Tang Avenue, Balibago, Angeles City and caters to both leisure and business travelers with its brand new facilities like function rooms and bedrooms with excellent services.

15 Nov 2015 - Yokohama management hit for firing union leader

CLARK FREEPORT -- An officer of the Alliance of Yokohama Supervisors (AYS) assailed the management of the Yokohama Tire Philippines Incorporated (YTPI) for the recent termination of a worker belonging to a labor union.

Sonny Guzman, treasurer of the Alliance of Yokohama Employees (AYE), was dismissed in connection with “willful disobedience and soliciting bribery” cases slapped against him by the YTPI management.

15 Nov 2015 - Lazatin urges congressional probe into 'laglag bala’ scheme

ANGELES CITY -- Councilor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr. has filed a council resolution requesting the House of Representatives and the Senate to conduct investigation on the alleged "laglag bala" scam in all international airports in the country, including the Clark International Airport (CRK).

Lazatin said the numerous "laglag bala" or bullet planting incidents are tarnishing the reputation of Philippine airports.

15 Nov 2015 - Kapampangan film wins in 1st Urduja Film Festival

PAMPANGA -- Kapampangan indipendent film "Magkakabaung" wo Best Screenplay in the recently concluded 1st Urduja Heritage Film Awards.

Urduja Film Festival honors films that promotes and preserves the country’s cultural and heritage values. Some of the esteemed jurors of the event were Bb. Joyce Bernal (Gawad Urian and MMFF Best Director), Nady Mangaliag (Film Critic), Jun Velasco (FAMAS Board of Director), and Dr. Aveleo Fuentes (Playwright and Chairman Urduja Film Festival).

15 Nov 2015 - KDF awarded for social services

PAMPANGA -- The Kapampangan Development Foundation ( KDF) was awarded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the group's services and programs for Central Luzon that run in line with those of DSWD.

DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman awarded the Best Partner In a Region 3 recognition to KDF over the weekend at the Ramada Hotel in Manila.

15 Nov 2015 - Magalang research station celebrates Field Day

PAMPANGA -- The Research Outreach Station (ROS) for Upland Development Zone Magalang conducted its first Field Day over the weekend at Barangay Sto. Niño in Magalang town.

Participants include municipal government officials and employees, elementary school teachers and students and staffs from Department of Agriculture (DA) Central Luzon.

12 Nov 2015 - Robredo pushes measure vs 'tanim bala' scam

PAMPANGA -- Vice presidential aspirant and Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo has filed a bill seeking to curb the “tanim bala” or bullet planting scam at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and other airports in the country.

During a morning press conference at the Laus Group-owned CLTV 36 -- her first stop in Pampanga for a series of speaking engagements -- Robredo stressed that the bill aims to “relax the law” and “disintensify extortion” related to the scheme where innocent individuals are victimized.

12 Nov 2015 - CDC bags top plum in Asia CEO Awards

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation won this year’s Executive Leadership Team category in the prestigious Asia CEO Awards, besting other top corporations both in the government service and private sector.

The Asia CEO Awards, held Wednesday in Manila, is presented by PLDT Alpha Enterprise and is considered the largest event of its kind in the Philippines and one of the largest in Asia.

12 Nov 2015 - Youth commissioner mulls provincial ordinance on DRRM

PAMPANGA -- Actor and National Youth Commission (NYC) commissioner-at-large Dingdong Dantes on Thursday expressed his desire to propose a provincial ordinance that will institutionalize youth participation in disaster risk reduction management (DRR) of Pampanga.

During the Poverty Forum held at the University of the Assumption in this city, Dantes said he will propose to Governor Lilia Pineda an ordinance which calls for youth representation on local DRRM councils.

12 Nov 2015 - Robredo: Pampanga a model for other LGUs

PAMPANGA -- Once again, the Province of Pampanga under the administration of Governor Lilia Pineda was recognized for progress and growth.

Camarines Sur Representative and vice presidential aspirant Leni Robredo said Pampanga deserves to be emulated following massive developments, investments and programs implemented by the Capitol for Kapampangans.

12 Nov 2015 - Guiao wants inquiry on flight cancellations due to Apec

PAMPANGA -- First District Representative Joseller “Yeng” Guiao on Thursday filed a resolution at the House of Representatives seeking an inquiry on the cancellation of numerous flights due to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Leaders’ Meeting next week in Manila.

Close to a thousand flights of almost all carriers led by the Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific, had to be cancelled when the “situation” could have been avoided with proper planning and preparation, Guiao said.

12 Nov 2015 - $150-M aero park to create employment, attract investors

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation president and Chief Executive Officer Emigdio “Dino” Tanjuatco III said the $150-million AeroPark Campus will create jobs for the people of Central Luzon and the same time attract investors for Clark Freeport.

Tanjuatco disclosed this during the groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, where he said: “This is a welcome development for Clark as it is expected to create job opportunities as well as to attract more investors that will benefit the development of Clark Airport.”

12 Nov 2015 - 10th Binulu Festival all set

PAMPANGA -- Porac Aeta communities will take center of stage in the 10th Binulu Festival here on November 16.

This was said by Mayor Carling De La Cruz, who along with Vice-Mayor Dexter David and his sister, former Pampanga Board Member Olga Frances “Fritzie” David-Dizon, will lead the festival which is a part of the commemoration of the 421st founding anniversary of this town on Monday.

12 Nov 2015 - Boking cites Mabalacat City employees’ unity

MABALACAT CITY -- Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales has lauded the solidarity and teamwork of the local government employees during the launching of the city hall’s sports festival on Thursday.

“Ing pamiyabe-abe tamu ngeni has been motivated by love. Atin tamung unity, solidarity and teamwork,” he said during the launch at the Xevera Covered Court in Barangay Tabun.

11 Nov 2015 - Kuwaiti firm breaks ground for Clark AeroPark campus

CLARK FREEPORT -- Kuwaiti firm KGL Investment Company (KGLI) broke ground on Wednesday for the first phase of the multi-million dollar AeroPark Campus in the 177-hectare Global Gateway Logistics City (GGLC) here.

KGLI Asia CEO Mark Williams said the first phase of the AeroPark Campus will involve the construction of five office buildings located across The Medical City Clark, which was also built by KGLI.

11 Nov 2015 - Pampanga still assessing flood damage

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) has yet to lift the declaration of a state of calamity in Pampanga's seven towns recently devastated by Typhoon "Lando" as the provincial government is still assessing damages and possible rehabilitation efforts.

PDRRMC head Angie Blanco said that the province is still undertaking assessment operations in the seven towns. The towns of Arayat, Apalit, Candaba, Macabebe, Masantol, San Simon and San Luis are still under a state of calamity after being visited by flood waters.

11 Nov 2015 - Officials to resolve traffic problem in GSO road

PAMPANGA -- Local officials in the province are now boosting their efforts to resolve the growing traffic in the Gapan-San Fernando-Olongapo road in the area of Mexico, Sta. Ana and Arayat.

Third District Representative Oscar Rodriguez said he had already coordinated with the Department of Public Works and Highways for road widening and upgrading.

11 Nov 2015 - Cebu Pacific reroutes 4 domestic flights to Clark for Apec summit

LARK FREEPORT -- Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) is rerouting four domestic flights from the busy Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila to Clark International Airport (CRK) in Pampanga during the Apec Summit week on November 16 to 20.

"We were informed by CEB’s station office at CRK that flights going to Kalibo in Aklan, Puerto Princesa in Palawan, Dumaguete in Negros Oriental and Tagbilaran in Bohol will be temporarily launched out of CRK as a result of government decision to limit NAIA’s commercial operation to give way to the official arrival and departure of APEC delegates in Manila," said Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Emigdio Tanjuatco III.

11 Nov 2015 - Porac farmers group gets P3M

PAMPANGA -- Members of the Nagkakaisang Mamayan para sa Agrikultura at Kalikasan (NAMAAK) based in Barangay Pio here received a P3-million budget for the construction of a small water impounding project that would benefit farmers in the area.

The funding was made possible through the efforts of the Municipal Government of Porac and the support of Butil Farmers Party.

11 Nov 2015 - US-based doctors donate medicines to Candaba

PAMPANGA -- Two United States-based doctors donated boxes of medicines and disinfecting wipes to the local government here recently.

Cardiologist and Candaba native Dr. Jose Evangelista, together with his wife pediatrician Dr. Estella Evangelista provided eight boxes of different medicines for cough, sore throat and antibiotics and two boxes of disinfecting wipes for their needy kabalens.

10 Nov 2015 - Media barred from covering Delfin Lee trial

PAMPANGA -- Members of the Pampanga media were stopped on Monday from covering the hearing of real estate developer Delfin Lee's multi-billion peso syndicated estafa case.

“I was given the instruction by (Regional Trial Court branch 42) Judge (Amifaith) Reyes not to allow media inside the court building. Sorry. I’m just relaying the order,” Clerk of court Gino Capati told reporters.

10 Nov 2015 - 4 killed, 3 injured in Arayat shooting

PAMPANGA -- Four were killed and three others were seriously wounded when five unidentified gunmen fired at them in Barangay San Juan Baño, Arayat, Pampanga on Monday night.

Arayat Chief of Police Police Superintendent Allan Palomo said victims Jerry Calma, 23; Reymart Lampasa, 17; and Nelson Soriano, 17, all died on the spot while Ronald Alan Lumbang, 23, was pronounced dead on arrival after being brought to Holy Trinity Hospital here.

10 Nov 2015 - No dengue outbreak in Barangay Dau

MABALACAT CITY -- There is no dengue outbreak in Barangay Dau, a top village official clarified on Tuesday.

Dau Barangay Chairman Oscar Aurelio, a medical doctor by profession, issued the clarification following the reported increase in the number of dengue fever cases in his village.

10 Nov 2015 - Lapid welcomes graft complaint

PAMPANGA -- Senator Lito Lapid welcomed the filing of a formal complaint on alleged irregularities committed during his tenure as governor of the Province of Pampanga.

This, as Lapid on Monday posted bail before the Sandiganbayan in connection with his alleged participation in the P728-million fertilizer fund scam.

10 Nov 2015 - Porac to celebrate ‘Binulu’ this November

PAMPANGA -- This mountain-side town has begun its yearly celebration of the Binulu Festival which be highlighted on November 16 featuring the best binulu dishes in the yearly event meant to promote this town's indigenous cooking tradition.

Vice Mayor Dexter David said that the event is aimed at popularizing binulu dishes and set standards for new dishes from the original sour delicacy.

10 Nov 2015 - Exec: BPO industry in PHL still growing

CLARK FREEPORT -- The business process outsourcing industry in the country is still growing, according to a top executive of a call center company in Clark.

Cynthia Maslian, vice president for recruitment of iQor BPO firm here, disclosed this during a recent job fair at SM City Clark which was conducted by the call center company.

10 Nov 2015 - Hundreds of job seekers attend skills registration

PAMPANGA -- Job seekers from all over Pampanga flocked to the online registration for skills profile on employment abroad sponsored by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Provincial Government of Pampanga at the Benigno Aquino Hall on Monday.

Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager Luningning Vergara said that the activity aims to register all persons who are in need of overseas employment.

9 Nov 2015 - Feeling betrayed, Wong ‘elbows’ rival

PAMPANGA -- San Simon Mayor Leonora Simbulan Capule-Wong “elbowed” on Monday her 2016 opponent, Concepcion Barangay Captain Sonny Simbulan.

Wong elbowed Simbulan, instead of shaking hands as requested by Governor Lilia Pineda during the turn over ceremonies of new a barangay patrol given to Barangay Concepcion, San Simon, in front of the Provincial Capitol at about 7:30 a.m.

9 Nov 2015 - Oca sees 2016 poll results as preparation for 2019

PAMPANGA -- Third District Representative Oscar Rodriguez said Monday that the outcome of the 2016 elections in the district and in Pampanga are part of the preparations for the political configurations in 2019.

Rodriguez, in a chance interview after a meeting with Governor Lilia Pineda at the Capitol said that, while most observers see the coming elections in the province uneventful due to lack of serious opposition for major positions, he still takes the coming congressional race seriously.

9 Nov 2015 - Maglanque cool to proposed retarding basin

PAMPANGA -- "What I need is a solution for my municipality and not for other areas."

Thus said Candaba Mayor Rene Maglanque as he disclosed Monday that he wants a deeper study of the proposed retarding basin as the anti-flood engineering intervention would adversely affect this town.

9 Nov 2015 - CDC joins tire firm in planting 4,735 trees

CLARK FREEPORT -- A leading Japanese tire exporter based inside this Freeport has led efforts to plant at least 4,735 native tree seedlings as part of the company’s eight annual installment of the Forever Forest tree planting project.

Yokohama Tire Philippines, Inc. (YTPI) held the “Forever Forest 8” last Saturday at the company’s tire manufacturing site here and was supported by the Clark Development Corporation (CDC).

9 Nov 2015 - Body of 'salvage' victim found in Minalin

PAMPANGA -- Police officers on Monday morning found the body of a "salvage" victim at Barangay Sto. Domingo, MInalin.

Police said the still unidentified victim was believed to have been dumped in the said barangay by suspects to mislead authorities.

9 Nov 2015 - DOT to launch child safe tourism program in Central Luzon

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) will launch on Sunday, November 15, its Child Safe Tourism program in Central Luzon in a bid to build a supportive environment for children, particularly in the travel and tourism community.

DOT Regional Director Ronnie Tiotuico said the program aims to provide the best quality service for children and youth of both genders in tourism enterprises through child-focused service training for tourism workforce and best practice solutions.

9 Nov 2015 - Honest hotel employee receives award

MABALACAT CITY -- Officials here commended a hotel employee who returned a bag containing cash and other valuables left by one of their foreign guests last November 3.

Jade Anunciacion, a room attendant of Hotel Sogo Dau who found the bag containing more than P700,000 worth of Philippine and foreign currencies and gadgets, received a plaque of recognition during the flag raising ceremony at the city hall on Monday.

8 Nov 2015 - Pamintuan orders release of employees’ incentives

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has ordered the release of incentives to all regular personnel under the Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA).

The grant of this incentive was part of the 2014 to 2016 CAN forged between the city mayor and the Association of Government Employees for a New and Dynamic Angeles City (AGENDA), the city government employees’ union.

8 Nov 2015 - Butil: Exempt Central Luzon farmers from irrigation fees

PAMPANGA -- Butil Farmers Representative Agapito Guanlao has called on the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) to exempt farmers in Central Luzon who were victims of Typhoon "Lando" from paying irrigation fees until they recover their losses.

Guanlao recently filed House Resolution 2488 calling on NIA to defray irrigation fees for the meantime.

8 Nov 2015 - SM City Pampanga starts Yuletide cheer

PAMPANGA -- SM City Pampanga welcomed the Yuletide season with its grand Christmas launch highlighting Cartoon Network that is expected to delight young mall goers and those who are young at heart.

The event was led by the Angeles University Foundation Concert Chorus who performed Christmas medleys during the opening program at the Event Center. The opening was attended by dozens of mall goers, cartoon enthusiasts and officers of the mall.

8 Nov 2015 - Erosion displaces 3 families

PAMPANGA -- Three families in Barangay Buas, Candaba are now homeless due to lateral erosion that transpired along the Pampanga River last Thursday.

Authorities said the incident is an aftermath of Typhoon "Lando" as downpour caused massive flooding in the area.

7 Nov 2015 - 2 Hong Kong-based firms to invest US$150-M in Clark Freeport

CLARK FREEPORT -- Two major Asian private equity firms are investing US$150-million to construct five office towers inside this Freeport.

The project, which will be implemented by ADM Capital and BPE Asia Real Estate, is one of the largest investments by foreign investors in the Philippines' real estate sector.

7 Nov 2015 - Kapampangan wins consumer welfare month poster contest

PAMPANGA -- A Grade 10 student from the province of Pampanga placed first in the regional poster-making contest organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as part of the 2015 Consumer Month Welfare (CMW) celebration.

Marc Lemuel Gonzales from Pampanga High School was adjudged as having the best artwork and took home P5,000 worth of gift certificates plus a certificate of recognition.

7 Nov 2015 - Sculptor marks Yolanda anniversary today with Papal mass replicas

PAMPANGA -- Presidential Merit Awardee for Ecclesiastical Art sculptor Wilfredo Layug is now in Tacloban with two three feet replicas of the Our Lady of Hope of Palo to mark the anniversary of the disaster wrought by Supertyphoon "Yolanda" (international name: Haiyan) in the Visayas.

It could be remembered that Yolanda whipped tsunami-like waves in Eastern Visayas on November 8, 2013, killing more than 6,000 people, mostly in Leyte.

7 Nov 2015 - No ‘laglag bala’ in Clark airport

CLARK FREEPORT -- Officials of Clark International Airport (CRK) have assured passengers that security measures are in place to ensure that no incidents of “laglag-bala” will happen in the country’s alternate airport.

This was learned from Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) head Emigdio Tanjuatco III, who said that they implemented security measures to protect their passengers amid the “laglag-bala” or bullet planting scheme of some personnel gypping passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

6 Nov 2015 - Ousted INC member faces libel raps

PAMPANGA -- Members of the Society of Communicators and Networkers (SCAN) International filed on Thursday libel and unjust vexation complaints against Lowell Menorca II, an expelled evangelical worker of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC), with San Fernando Prosecutor’s Office.

Alvin Cudia Abata, president of SCAN-City of San Fernando Chapter, and several members of the group trooped to the prosecutor’s office at about 11:10 a.m. to file the complaints against Menorca.

6 Nov 2015 - BCDA turns over SCTEx to MNTC

MABALACAT CITY -- State-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) formally turned over on Thursday the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) to the Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) in a simple ceremony held at the SCTEx Toll Operations Center Building.

On October 16, President Benigno Aquino III approved the Supplemental Toll Operations Agreement (STOA) among BCDA, MNTC and the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) formally putting the concession to manage, operate and maintain the 94-kilometer toll road to MNTC.

6 Nov 2015 - Guv wants long-term intervention on disasters

PAMPANGA -- Due to the massive floods brought about by Typhoon “Lando” in seven towns of the province, Governor Lilia Pineda on Tuesday urged all members of the Regional Development Council (RDC), government agencies, stakeholders and the private sectors to come up with an integrated solution to manage disasters.

This was gleaned during a joint meeting of the RDC with the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) and Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) led by Regional Director Josefina Timoteo at the National Economic and Development Authority Conference Room in Barangay Maimpis, this city.

6 Nov 2015 - Alviera to host Christmas jamboree in November

CLARK FREEPORT -- Alviera, an Ayala-land developer, is set to host a one-of-a-kind Christmas adventure for the whole family on November 28 and 29 in Porac town.

Through its “Christmas Jamboree,” Alviera promises a unique Yuletide celebration where families get to camp out under the stars and enjoy day-long arts and crafts workshops, live performances and holiday games.

6 Nov 2015 - CDC sets seminar on social benefits

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) will hold a seminar today, Friday, on Social Welfare Benefits Updates at the Vegas Function Hall of Widus Hotel and Casino here.

Participating the event are the Social Security System (SSS), Philippine Health Insurance Inc. (Phil Health), Home Mutual Development Fund (HMDF or Pag-IBIG), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Bureau of Immigration (BI) which are vital in the operations of companies in Clark.

6 Nov 2015 - Barangay disaster teams show off skills in Rescue Olympics

PAMPANGA -- If disaster strikes, are the villages of the City of San Fernando ready?

The disaster response skills of this city’s barangay were put to the test on Wednesday in the First Barangay Rescue Olympics held by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office at the Heroes Hall.

5 Nov 2015 - Lawmaker lauds governor for unity in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Senator Ralph Recto lauded Governor Lilia Pineda recently for achieving unity in Pampanga.

Recto visited Governor Lilia Pineda recently where he donated some P200,000 for flood victims in the province.

5 Nov 2015 - Flores asks Balgan to leave municipal employees alone

PAMPANGA -- Macabebe Vice-Mayor Vince Flores said Wednesday that he is asking his aunt, Mayor Annette Balgan to leave municipal employees alone.

Some 19 employees from the Vice-Mayor's Office here were terminated on October 15.

5 Nov 2015 - Judge wants Delfin Lee moved to another facility

PAMPANGA -- n executive judge of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Third Judicial Region in this capital city has asked for the transfer of detained real estate developer Delfin Lee to another jail facility amid alleged threats to his life.

According to reports, Lee now fears for his life with his impending transfer to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) facility in Barangay Telabastagan here, after Executive Judge Divina Luz Aquino-Simbulan, in a letter dated October 29 to Judge Maria Amifaith Fider-Reyes, the presiding judge of RTC Branch 42 hearing the case of Lee, "advises that the appropriate Court Order" from the latter be issued "directing the transfer of accused Lee."

5 Nov 2015 - Energy exec wants power mix to reduce energy prices

PAMPANGA -- Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla said that a vital mix between conventional energy sources and renewable energy ventures would be the ideal "power mix" for the country that would eventually reduce power prices.

Petilla, during an interview after his visit at the Pampanga II Electric Cooperative office here said that he is pushing for renewable energy for health and environment reasons. However, Petilla was quick to note that coal power generation would still remain.

5 Nov 2015 - Honest hotel employee returns bag with cash, items worth P700,000

MABALACAT CITY -- An honest employee of a hotel in this city received praises for returning a foreign guest's bag containing more than P700,000 worth of cash, electronic gadgets and other valuables.

Attendant Jade Anunciacion found the bag inside the room of Hotel Sogo, which was occupied by the foreigner (not identified) last Tuesday.

5 Nov 2015 - San Fernando holds 1st rescue Olympics

The City Government of San Fernando, through its City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO), held Wednesday the first Barangay Rescue Olympics at the mini-convention center of Heroes Hall.

CDRRMO head Raymund Del Rosario said five selected barangay rescue teams composed of a crew of seven, which were chosen from a field of 18, participated in the Olympics, which covered various situations and disaster and calamity scenarios.

5 Nov 2015 - Lazatin: Pre-school crucial period on child’s education

ANGELES CITY -- Councilor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr. has vowed to support day-care centers in the city saying that pre-school stage is a crucial period on a child’s education.

In line with his education program, Lazatin recently distributed 33 television sets in day care centers (DCC) in various barangays.

3 Nov 2015 - 19 Macabebe municipal employees terminated

PAMPANGA -- Nineteen employees of the MAcabebe Vice Mayor's Office here are now jobless.

Vice Mayor Vince Flores said he did not expect that the employees would be removed from his office last October 15, days after he and his father ex-Mayor Leonardo "Bobong" Flores, who is seeking the mayoral post here, filed their certificates of candidacy for the 2016 polls on October 12.

3 Nov 2015 - 4th district gets P380M for flood mitigation projects

PAMPANGA -- Fourth District Representative Juan Pablo "Rimpy" Bondoc said Monday that some P380 million has been released by the national government to resolve the flooding problem in the fourth district of Pampanga.

Bondoc said P80-million of the said budget will be allocated to build a cut-off channel and bridge that will allow for the straight flow of water from the municipality of Arayat to Manila Bay.

3 Nov 2015 - Ex-lawmaker wants more laws for laborers, employees

PAMPAMGA -- Former Representative Catalina Bagasina of the Association of Laborers and Employees (ALE) said that they are pushing for laws that would strengthen the rights of laborers and employees as their group bats for fresh seats in the House of Representatives next year.

Bagasina said that they hope to push for laws that would regulate contractualization and promote better wages for employees.

3 Nov 2015 - Mabalacat folk benefit from Clark firm’s medical mission

MABALACAT CITY -- More than 300 residents in Barangay Santa Ines benefited from a medical mission conducted recently by the Yokohama Tire Philippines Incorporated (YTPI).

Infants, children and senior citizens received free medical attention from volunteer doctors tapped during the YTPI’s second medical mission for 2015 last Friday.

3 Nov 2015 - Typhoon 'Lando' damage estimate in San Simon reaches P57M

PAMPANGA -- The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) here said Tuesday damages on infrastructure and crops caused by Typhoon "Lando" reached nearly P57 million.

MDRRM officer Benjamin Santos reported P34-million worth of damage to agriculture and P23-million worth of infrastructure.

2 Nov 2015 - Central Luzon has highest fishery harvest; 48% coming from Pampanga

Despite being placed as fifth highest only in terms of production, Central Luzon was recognized with the highest value of fishery harvest in the country based on the records of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

During the culminating activities of the agency's Fish Conservation Month, BFAR National Director Asis Perez disclosed that Region III currently has the highest value of harvest with 41.3 percent.

2 Nov 2015 - Mayoralty aspirant thanks guv, Kambilan for support

MABALACAT CITY -- A female mayoralty aspirant here has expressed gratitude to Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda and the Kambilan Party for throwing support to her candidacy in the upcoming polls.

Niña Manipon, spouse of incumbent city mayor Marino “Boking” Morales, at the same time vowed to implement programs in line with the governor’s platform of government.

2 Nov 2015 - Global business forum set in Clark Freeport

CLARK FREEPORT -- The K-Mas Management Brunei Corporation has set an international business forum at the Mimosa Convention Center here on November 5 and 6.

The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has welcomed the event dubbed "Leaders Forum on Organization Productivity Enhancement," to be participated by four world renowned business speakers.

2 Nov 2015 - Kapampangan flood victims get P4-M relief assistance

PAMPANGA -- Flood victims in Pampanga's seven towns that were recently placed under a state of calamity received some P4-million worth of relief goods from the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) through the San Fernando Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (SFFCCII).

The relief operation covered some 11,120 families in the towns of Arayat (1,650 beneficiaries), Candaba (1,750), San Luis (1,600), San Simon (1,600), Apalit (1,750) Macabebe (1,170) and Masantol (1,170).

2 Nov 2015 - Bondoc implements food for work program

PAMPANGA -- After the destruction brought by Typhoon "Lando," Fourth District Representative Juan Pablo "Rimpy" Bondoc implemented a "food for work" program as aid to the flood-stricken families here.

In order to help fix the aftermath of the recent typhoon, Bondoc tasked the village chairmen of the 33 barangays here to lead the cleanup of their barangays over the weekend.

1 Nov 2015 - Recto eyes anti-flood project for Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, a Liberal Party member who is running under the administration banner, visited Governor Lilia Pineda over the weekend and discussed flood control projects for Pampanga.

Recto was in Pampanga after visiting various areas in Central Luzon that were recently affected by Typhoon Lando and the subsequent flooding.

1 Nov 2015 - BFAR-Central Luzon to help fisherfolk affected by 'Lando'

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Central Luzon vowed to aid fisherfolk affected by Typhoon Lando, particularly those whose livelihood was destroyed.

BFAR Central Luzon Director Wilfredo Cruz said they are already coordinating with local government units to validate their damage assessment reports.

1 Nov 2015 - Agri chief leads distribution of rice processing centers

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala personally led the turnover ceremony of the Rice Processing Centers (RPCs) for Central Luzon in Licab, Nueva Ecija, recently.

A total of five RPCs were turned over to Bantug Agricultural Multi-Purpose Cooperatives, Anak Bukid Producers Cooperative, Barangay Aquino Development Cooperative, Talabutab Norte Primary Multi-Purpose Cooperative and Bagong Buhay ng Mabini Multi-Purpose Cooperative.