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Balibago News Apr-2016

30 Apr 2016 - Pampanga mayoral bet's aide gets death threat

PAMPANGA -- A security aide of Sto. Tomas town mayoral bet John Sambo received on Saturday a hand grenade and a handwritten note containing a death threat.

Minalin Chief of Police Inspector Romwald Basa disclosed that around 8:10 a.m. on Saturday, Adriano Canlas, 43 and his wife Rosel, 43, both residents of No. 919, Purok 1, Barangay San Pedro, this town, reported to police the hand grenade inside a plastic bag and the letter tied to it at the gate of their house.

30 Apr 2016 - Comelec-3 ready for May 9 polls

PAMPANGA -- The Commission on Election (Comelec) in Central Luzon said Saturday that they are already on the finishing touches of their preparations to ensure orderly polls on May 9.

Comelec Regional Director Emmanuel Ignacio said that their office has done all the necessary ground works and assured the public of clean and safe elections.

30 Apr 2016 - Central Luzon workers to get pay hike on Labor Day

PAMPANGA -- Workers in Central Luzon will have more reason to celebrate Labor Day as the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole)-Central Luzon announced additional take home pay anew.

An additional P7 increase on the minimum wage will be implemented on May 1, simultaneous with the 114th Philippine Labor Day celebration, to complete the P15 wage hike approved by the National Wages Productivity Commission under Wage Order RB III-19.

30 Apr 2016 - LTO Angeles City continues efforts to improve services

ANGELES CITY -- The Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Angeles City continues to exert maximum efforts to improve its services and deliver utmost customer care and convenience.

This was disclosed by LTO Angeles City Chief Transportation Regulatory Officer Aida Santiago during the agency's "Big Clean-up and Sorting Day" on Saturday, where personnel came together once more to spruce up the district office’s interior and exterior premises.

29 Apr 2016 - Thousands of careers up in Labor Day job fairs

PAMPANGA -- As many as 30,000 local and overseas job opportunities will be up for grabs in this year’s Labor Day Job Fairs in Central Luzon.

This was disclosed by Department of Labor and Employment Central Luzon (Dole) Central Luzon Director Ana Dione who said that the annual May 1 job fairs aim to address unemployment, underemployment and jobs mismatch.

29 Apr 2016 - Board member wannabe: ‘I am alive’

PAMPANGA -- Board member aspirant Masantol Vice Mayor Alvin Ignacio belied Friday circulating reports stating he was shot by unknown gunmen on his way to campaign sorties around the fourth district.

Ignacio asserted that there was no shooting incident that happened involving him and that the reports are “only false alarms” intended to mislead his supporters.

29 Apr 2016 - PRO-3 personnel cast votes as absentee voting starts

PAMPANGA -- At least 17 Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) personnel here on Thursday have cast their votes as the absentee voting for government employees started.

The absentee voting was held in the morning of Thursday at the PRO3 Post Conference Room, here.

29 Apr 2016 - Grassfire in Apalit town reaches 3rd alarm

PAMPANGA -- A grassfire on Thursday night in Apalit between the boundary of Barangay San Vicente and Barangay Sampaloc reached third alarm, putting residents in danger.

Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Inspector Gilbert Romero said that the residential houses near the vacant lot where the fire was were put at risk.

29 Apr 2016 - Comelec's eyes on Apalit town

PAMPANGA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Central Luzon is now closely monitoring the situation in Apalit town following the alleged election-related cases that transpired in the municipality recently.

Comelec Regional Director Emmanuel Ignacio said that they are already looking into the possibility that the municipality will be added in the election hotspots and poll watch lists.

28 Apr 2016 - Roxas wants more debates

PAMPANGA -- With just 11 days to go before the May 9 polls, the camp of Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas expressed its desire for more presidential debates to give voters a clearer picture of the presidentiables’ platforms.

Relaying her husband’s desire during a forum here yesterday, Korina Sanchez-Roxas stressed that pre-election debates help solidify voters’ decisions on their leadership preferences, especially that the country’s future is at stake.

28 Apr 2016 - Dole urges establishments to hire safety practitionersDole urges establishments to hire safety practitioners

PAMPANGA -- In line with the observance of the World Day for Safety and Health, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) urged establishments to practice occupational safety and health in workplaces by hiring safety practitioners.

Dole has been advocating for safety as a way of life at the workplace and prevention of work-related accidents to laborers.

28 Apr 2016 - Macabebe mayor bares projects in 6 years

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Annette Flores-Balgan of this town has reported her accomplishments to the people for the past six years, stressing that “education and livelihood was and will always be the priority of our administration.”

Balgan started with at least 11 college scholars shortly after she first became mayor in 2010. After six years, Balgan has some 1,414 scholars and spent some P13-million for their tuition in various public and private colleges in Pampanga.

28 Apr 2016 - DTI fetes bookstore chain with ‘Gold Bagwis’ awards

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Pampanga recently conferred the Certified Establishments (CE) award to a popular bookstore chain in Pampanga.

The CE or “Gold Bagwis Seal” was awarded by the DTI to five branches of the Pandayan Bookstore in Apalit, Angeles City, City of San Fernando, Guagua and Sta. Ana in recognition of its practice of responsible business and respect for consumer rights.

28 Apr 2016 - Electronic group sets 124th assembly in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation, Incorporated (SEIPI) has set its 124th General Membership Meeting inside the Freeport, today, Friday.

The event dubbed “Pairs: Policies, Actions, Investments/Innovations, Reforms and Services for the Semiconductor and Electronics Industry,” will start at 10 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Clark.

28 Apr 2016 - 2 hour brownout to hit Pampanga on May 1 - NGCP

PAMPANGA -- Some areas will experience up to 12 hours power interruption on Sunday, May 1.

Based on the advisory issued by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), the 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. scheduled power outage will affect areas being serviced by the Pampanga I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (PELCO I); Pampanga II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (PELCO II) and Pampanga and the Pampanga Rural Electric Service Cooperative, Inc. (PRESCO).

27 Apr 2016 - NBI nabs Chinese mammal smuggler

CLARK FREEPORT -- A Chinese-national businesswoman was arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation Region III (NBI3) yesterday for suspected smuggling of two extinct species inside the Clark Freeport Zone.

The suspect, identified as Peimin Zhang, was caught in possession of four pangolins and two cobras which are both under the “Red List” of animals threatened with extinction by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, inside her Mitsubishi Grandis bound to Tarlac province.

27 Apr 2016 - Comelec scraps mall voting for May polls

PAMPANGA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) released Wednesday its final decision on the inclusion of shopping malls as voting precincts for the May 9 polls nationwide.

Comelec Central Luzon Regional Director Emmanuel Ignacio disclosed that the poll body decided to cancel the mall voting with a vote of 4-3.

27 Apr 2016 - Robredo thanks supporters for lead in SWS survey

CLARK FREEPORT -- Liberal Party vice presidential bet Leni Robredo thanked her supporters for her lead in the recent Social Weather Station (SWS) survey.

During a recent visit in Clark Freeport, Robredo said, "what seemed impossible is now happening."

27 Apr 2016 - Guiao regrets rival’s ‘no show’ in forum

ANGELES CITY -- Reelectionist Pampanga First District Congressman Joseller Guiao has expressed disappointment over the failure of his opponent to attend in the candidates' forum organized last Wednesday by the Knights of Columbus (KofC).

Guiao said “it was a lost opportunity” when his opponent in the congressional race, Carmelo “JonJon” Lazatin, Jr. did not show up in the forum.

27 Apr 2016 - Angeles to host Yugyugan Dance Rally anew

ANGELES CITY -- The city's heritage district will once again come to life this Friday with dance and song.

Artists and dancers from all over Pampanga will troop to this city tomorrow (April 29) at 5:00 pm for the Yugyugan Para sa Kultura ng Bayan 2.

27 Apr 2016 - Guv lauds BIR for new building

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda lauded the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for its new building adding that the agency has contributed to the country’s development.

Pineda and Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares led the groundbreaking and time capsule laying ceremony for the construction of the new BIR Revenue Region 4 (RR4) building.

27 Apr 2016 - Clark recycling event nets P.5-M

CLARK FREEPORT — In celebration of World Earth Day, the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) announced that the recent recycling event here yielded a total amount of P541,388.50 in waste materials from various locators inside this Freeport.

The 13th Recyclables Collection Event last April 22 coincided with the implementation of the total ban on the use of plastic and polystyrene (brand name: Styrofoam) on various business entities, especially in commercial establishments.

27 Apr 2016 - Pelco I conducts free circumcision activity

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Pelco I) has conducted recently its free circumcision operations for young boys at its main office at Sto. Domingo, Mexico.

Dubbed as “Operation: Big Birds”, a total of 120 young male kids have availed of the free circumcision with free medicines from this latest Corporate Social Responsibility Project (CSR) of Pelco I.

27 Apr 2016 - Aquino stresses need for disaster preparedness measures

CLARK FREEPORT -- President Benigno S. Aquino III stressed the need to further intensify disaster preparedness measures in the community and within the family as he led the launching of the Listong Pamayanan and Listong Pamilyang Pilipino components of the Operation Listo program recently.

“Historically, around 20 typhoons enter the country every year. The onslaught of each typhoon leaves severe flooding and cause loss of lives and damage to properties and livelihood. It is because of this annual scenario that the national government launched the Operation Listo in 2014 through the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in order to capacitate the local government units (LGUs) to be the first responders in case of any disaster,” Aquino said.

27 Apr 2016 - DA program implements interventions for Central Luzon

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Agriculture's Organic Agriculture Program in Region III has been able to sustain its support programs for Central Luzon with various intervention programs.

The DA said that the programs have been providing technical, market development, education and extension support services to farmers to facilitate their conversion from conventional to organic farming.

27 Apr 2016 - Dole to hold World Day for safety, health

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) announced Monday that its observance of the World Day for Safety and Health for Central Luzon workers will happen Thursday, April 28.

Dole Central Luzon Director Ana Dione said that annual event was organized by the DOLE and the Central Luzon Occupational Safety and Health Network (CLOSHNET).

26 Apr 2016 - Gonzales links Rodriguez to ‘pork’ scam

PAMPANGA -- Former Third District Representative Aurelio Gonzales linked Tuesday incumbent Representative Oscar Rodriguez to the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) controversy as he showed members of media proof of the latter's involvement to the scam.

He shared copies of the Rodriguez' involvement in the pork barrel scam and copies of alleged checks issued by the City Government of San Fernando just before the May 10 elections in 2013.

26 Apr 2016 - Guiao takes Pagcor, PCSO before SC

PAMPANGA -- District Congressman Joseller Guiao filed Tuesday a Petition for Mandamus with the Supreme Court (SC) against the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

The case is in relation to the agencies' alleged failure to honor their obligation to remit close to P4-billion from 2010 to 2015 alone, to the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), an amount that should be a "game-changer" in Philippine sports funding.

26 Apr 2016 - Rodriguez challenges Gonzales to public debate

PAMPANGA -- Amid the accusations of former Third District representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr. regarding the alleged involvement of incumbent Representative Oscar Rodriguez in the pork barrel scam, the camp of the Liberal Party stalwart has challenged the former lawmaker to a public debate to "come out with the truth" and clarify issues.

In a statement to Sun.Star Pampanga, Rodriguez’s campaign manager, Engr. Ferdinand Caylao, said that “it will be best to answer Gonzales’ allegations in a public forum so the ‘real score’ will be known.”

26 Apr 2016 - Thousands join Espino's 3-kilometer long motorcade

PAMPANGA -- In an overwhelming show of support for three-term comebacking Arayat Mayor Luis Espino of the NPC and team "Dabarcadz," some 4,000 supporters joined a three-kilometer long motorcade passing through several barangays in this town on Sunday.

Ador Pineda, personal secretary of Espino, told Sun.Star Pampanga that more than 4,000 supporters and volunteers aboard 250 motorcycles, 230 tricycles and 200 showboats and private vehicles joined the motorcade of team "Dabarcadz."

26 Apr 2016 - BIR ground breaks new building project

PAMPANGA -- It's all systems go for the 600-million new Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Building Project in Barangay Sindalan here as no less than Commissioner Kim Henares and Governor Lilia Pineda led the groundbreaking ceremonies on Tuesday.

The Provincial Government of Pampanga earlier donated a P200-million one-hectare property to the BIR RR4 for the construction of its building. The building is expected to be a four to five storey eco-friendly building project.

26 Apr 2016 - Knights of Columbus sets ‘Know our Candidates’ forum

ANGELES CITY -- The Knight of Columbus (KofC) Holy Sepulcher Council Number 04278-S13 organized a candidates’ forum dubbed “Know Our Candidates Forum 2016” at the Holy Angel University (HAU) yesterday.

The KofC conducted the forum in partnership with the Commission on Elections (Comelec), academe and student organizations, business sector, civil society, mass media, religious organizations, and others.

25 Apr 2016 - DA hosts training seminar for women

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Agriculture (DA), in cooperation with Rural Improvement Club, conducted a "Training Seminar on Vermicast Production, Processing Vermi Tea and Fish Processing and Production" the other day at Agri- Pinoy Trading Center, Caalibangbanganan, Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija.

The DA has been proactive in supporting different agricultural organizations such as RIC through conducting trainings and seminars.

25 Apr 2016 - MDRRMO joins national simultaneous earthquake drill

PAMPANGA -- The San Simon Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) recently joined the National Simultaneous Earthquake drill at the municipal hall grounds.

The MDRRMO headed by Benjamin Santos, together with local police and Bureau of Fire Protection personnel led the earthquake drill recently.

25 Apr 2016 - VCMs to arrive in Pampanga today

PAMPANGA -- The vote counting machines (VCMs) that will be used for the coming May 9 national elections are expected to be delivered Tuesday, April 26, in the province, according to the Provincial Election Monitoring Action Center (PEMAC).

On the statement given by PEMAC, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will start to ship some 1,500 VCMs from its operation center in Laguna where they were programmed and all other election paraphernalia like marking pens and thermal papers for voting receipts are packed for shipment to the Pampanga provincial hub.

25 Apr 2016 - Tallest and longest burgers unveiled at SM malls

PAMPANGA -- SM City San Fernando Downtown unveiled a 10-foot tall stack of burgers while SM City Pampanga unveiled a 60-foot long burger in yesterday's Burger Mania at the two malls.

SM Public Relations Manager Rain Cervantes said that the two events are part of the SM Summer Bucketlist series. Earlier the malls hosted this year's Castaway series and Hydro events that are all part of the Summer Bucketlist program.

25 Apr 2016 - Businessman to prioritize hiring of CCA grads

ANGELES CITY – "The 184 graduates at CCA have priority in the available jobs at Converge Group. That is my gift to you on this very special day."

Thus said Converge Chief Executive Officer and Angeleño businessman Dennis Uy during his commencement speech in the recent graduation rites at the City College of Angeles (CCA).

24 Apr 2016 - Mayoral bet wants Apalit included in hotspots list

PAMPANGA -- Mayoralty candidate and Board Member Nestor “Bay” Tolentino wants Apalit town to be included in the “hotspots” and watch lists of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the upcoming May polls.

"Hopefully, we are appealing to the national government, Philippine National Police (PNP) and Comelec to take a look into the incident of the killing of farmer-leader Vicente Pingol and consider Apalit to be included in the list of election hotspots," said Tolentino.

24 Apr 2016 - Comelec accredits 5 malls as voting precincts

PAMPANGA -- Voters in the province will now enjoy the convenience of casting their ballots as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) accredited five shopping malls to serve as voting precincts.

Comelec-Pampanga Election Officer Elaiza Sabile-David disclosed the accredited malls as Waltermart and Robinsons Starmills in this city and SM City Clark, Robinsons Place Balibago and Marquee Mall in Angeles City.

24 Apr 2016 - Laus: Pinatubo struggle must not be forgotten

PAMPANGA -- Laus Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Levy Laus, a leading light in the difficult struggle to save Pampanga from lahar devastation in the aftermath of the Mt. Pinatubo eruption in 1991, said that the generation of today should not forget Pampanga’s struggle and triumph through the devastation and the values that come with the recent experience.

Laus said this during the first meeting of the committee that will steer the grand commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the disaster this June 15.

24 Apr 2016 - PNP applicants warned on fake height waivers

PAMPANGA -- The National Police Commission (Napolcom) has warned civilian applicants seeking to join the Philippine National Police (PNP) service on the use of bogus height waivers allegedly issued by the commission.

In a statement to Sun.Star Pampanga, Napolcom Regional Director Rodolfo Grande Santos, Jr. disclosed that the warning comes after the discovery of fake height waivers submitted by some applicants to the Police Regional Office III in the ongoing police recruitment.

23 Apr 2016 - Bizman hits new Clark airport advocacy group

ANGELES CITY – A businessman here has assailed a newly-organized advocacy group that called for the full development and utilization of Clark International Airport (CRK).

Ruperto Cruz, head of the Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM), which also calls for the immediate development of Clark airport, said he refused to join the Advocacy for Dual Airport Authority (Adapt) and sign the group convenors’ manifesto.

23 Apr 2016 - Pineda, PWDs endorse Romualdez’s senate bid

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda and some 1,207 persons with disabilities (PWDs) endorsed senatorial candidate Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez in a gathering in Lubao town Friday.

With the endorsement, Romualdez thanked Pineda and the PWDs as he vowed to work hard for the welfare and common good of the PWDs in the Senate, should he get elected in the May 9 polls.

23 Apr 2016 - Mayor, police tighten security in Masantol town

PAMPANGA -- Masantol Mayor Danilo Guintu, together with the local police, tightened security in the town to assure peaceful elections on May 9.

Guintu said police officers are strictly monitoring the town, adding that motorists who pass by checkpoints after 10:00 p.m. are being inspected.

23 Apr 2016 - Carwash boy found dead; suspect caught on CCTV

PAMPANGA -- A carwash boy was found dead recently at Barangay Sta. Rita in Macabebe town, while his alleged killer was caught by the closed-circuit television (CCTV) of the establishment.

The victim was identified as Nelson Nagar, 23, a resident of Capalonga, Camarines Norte; while the suspect was identified as Ricky Borra, a resident of Buhi, Camarines Sur

23 Apr 2016 - Cayetano: Fight drugs, crimes

ANGELES CITY --- Vice presidential candidate Senator Alan Peter Cayetano has underscored the need to fight illegal drugs and crimes in the country, which affect the way of life of the ordinary people.

Cayetano stressed this during his Ronda Serye consultation meeting on Friday with officers and members of the Angeles City Public School Teachers and Employees Cooperative (ACPSTEC).

23 Apr 2016 - Dole-Central Luzon set for 114th Labor Day festivities

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

This year’s 114th Philippine Labor Day Celebration is anchored on the theme, “Kinabukasan Sigurado sa Disenteng Trabaho.”

23 Apr 2016 - Tanjuatco supports advocacy for Clark airport development

CLARK FREEPORT --- Clark International Airport Corporation (Ciac) President Emigdio Tanjuatco III has expressed support to the advocacies of the newly-formed Advocacy for Dual Airport Priority (Adapt) which is urging the national government to fully develop and utilize Clark International Airport (CRK).

“It’s a very commendable undertaking. The stakeholders of the airport the environs, the local government units, travel agents, hotels, restaurants, business sector, to converge into one venue and purpose to actually engage the national government in this endeavor,” Tanjuatco said.

21 Apr 2016 - Kris Aquino pitches for Roxas, Robredo

PAMPANGA -- After a long time of being mum on her support for the administration bet, presidential sister, TV host and actress Kris Aquino on Thursday finally stepped on the stage of Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center to campaign for standard bearer Mar Roxas and running mate Leni Robredo.

Aquino, who was wearing a yellow shirt, sought the support of her kabalens in securing the victory of the "anointed ones."

21 Apr 2016 - UNA: Press freedom in danger under Duterte

ANGELES CITY -- The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) has warned that the leadership of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will put journalists and press freedom in danger.

According to Reporters Without Borders or RSF, the global score of the Philippines in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index fell 3.47 points from last year’s 41.19.

21 Apr 2016 - Arroyo asks for SC nod to vote in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Former President and second district Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to allow her to vote on May 9 in her home province, Pampanga.

Arroyo, in a petition submitted to the SC, copy furnished the Sandiganbayan by her lawyers, asked that she be allowed to leave the Veterans Memorial Medical Center and travel to her hometown Lubao in Pampanga where she is registered as a voter.

21 Apr 2016 - CDC execs face robbery charges

MABALACAT CITY -- A religious leader belonging to an Aeta tribal community here has filed before the Office of the City Prosecutor robbery with intimidation against person against four officials of Clark Development Corporation (CDC).

Roldan Gepulle Serrano, 37, a church pastor and owner JDS Trading/Vibro Processing Plant filed raps against Juan Miguel Fuentes, CDC Estate Recovery Department manager; Mark Quiuniones, also of the firm’s estate recovery department; Ricardo Banayat, CDC Vice President for Security Operations; and Rolando Aquino, CDC Public Safety Department manager.

21 Apr 2016 - San Fernando releases pensions for indigent elderly

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando through its Social Welfare and Development Office has released monthly pensions amounting to P500 per month to indigent Fernandino senior citizens on Wednesday.

The beneficiaries are residents of the city's 35 barangays and registered by the Office of the Senior Citizen Affairs. They received grants retroactive from January to March 2016 amounting P1,500 each.

21 Apr 2016 - Clark perimeter road project ahead of schedule

CLARK FREEPORT -- A six-kilometer vital road project worth P173-million, which is expected to ease traffic congestion in the cities of Angeles and Mabalacat, is nearing completion, an official of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) recently said.

Alveen Tabag, CDC vice-president for Engineering Services, said the construction of the Mabalacat Clark East Perimeter Road is ahead of schedule.

21 Apr 2016 - More than 30,000 jobs up for grabs on Labor Day Job Fairs

PAMPANGA -- At least 31,044 jobs will be up for grabs in this year’s Labor Day Job Fairs in Central Luzon, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) said Thursday.

Jobseekers may avail these job-openings on the Dole's region-wide job fairs on May 1 to commemorate this year's 114th Philippine Labor Day Celebration.

21 Apr 2016 - GRF gives training to Pampanga BHWs

PAMPANGA -- One of the oldest foundations in the country yesterday provided training to barangay health workers (BHWs) from the province at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center.

The Gerry Roxas Foundation, an institution established by the late senator and father of presidentiable Manuel Roxas II, implements programs towards local governance development, barangay justice and peace, health services, youth leadership and development finance.

21 Apr 2016 - World Bank review team concludes support mission

PAMPANGA -- The North Luzon cluster of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) was the last cluster visited and evaluated by the World Bank during the second implementation support mission that started on April 4.

The activity follows the support mission held last September, by which a satisfactory rating was given by the World Bank (WB).

20 Apr 2016 - Farmer leader shot dead in Apalit

PAMPANGA -- A known leader and supporter of mayoralty aspirant and 4th District Board Member Nestor Tolentino, was shot dead on Saturday evening at Sitio Sampaga in Barangay San Vicente here.

The victim was identified as Vicente Pingol, 73.

20 Apr 2016 - Manhunt on vs bizman killers

PAMPANGA -- Authorities are now after the suspects in the killing of a businessman in Barangay Panipuan, San Fernando last Saturday.

This city's police chief Superintendent Jean Fajardo said that the victim was identified as Manolo Doropa, 54.

20 Apr 2016 - Guiao supports group's call for Clark airport dev't

CLARK FREEPORT -- Pampanga First District Representative Joseller "Yeng" Guiao has expressed support to the call of an advocacy group for the immediate development and utilization of Clark International Airport (CRK).

“We welcome the all the help we can get, all the sectors of our community that are willing to push for the maximum and full use of our airport,” Guiao said.

20 Apr 2016 - CCSFP produces 4th batch of grads

PAMPANGA -- The City College of San Fernando, Pampanga (CCSFP) has produced new set of graduates during the 4th Commencement Exercises held April 20 at the Mini Convention in Heroes Hall.

A total of 199 students completed four-year degree courses in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor in Elementary Education, Bachelor in Secondary Education and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

20 Apr 2016 - Legarda: Conserve Water amid El Nino

MABALACAT CITY -- Senator Loren Legarda said that one way to start a low carbon lifestyle is to undertake water conservation initiatives.

Legarda, chair of the Senate committee on Climate Change, stressed the importance of water management in the battle against climate change and the devastating impact of depleting water resource.

19 Apr 2016 - Shabu peddler slain in shootout

PAMPANGA -- The number five in the list of illegal drug personalities in Angeles City was killed in a shootout with policemen in Sapangbato of the said city over the weekend.

Angeles City police director Senior Superintendent Sidney Villaflor identified the slain suspect as Edwin Castro, a resident of said barangay.

19 Apr 2016 - LGC holds first management conference

PAMPANGA -- The Laus Group of Companies (LGC) on Monday gathered executives and managers from its different automotive dealerships and other businesses for the first management meeting dubbed as "Power of Two: The 1st Sales and After Sales Conference".

With that theme "Integrating our Strengths", the LGC management ratified its goal to continuously develop the skills and expertise of its employees through the leadership training held at the spacious LGC Event Center located along Jose Abad Santos Avenue in this city.

19 Apr 2016 - CCSFP produces 4th batch of grads

PAMPANGA -- The City College of San Fernando (CCSFP) has produced new set of graduates during the 4th Commencement Exercises held April 20 at the Mini Convention in Heroes Hall.

A total of 199 students completed four-year degree courses in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor in Elementary Education, Bachelor in Secondary Education and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

19 Apr 2016 - Legarda: Conserve Water amid El Nino

MABALACAT CITY -- Senator Loren Legarda said that one way to start a low carbon lifestyle is to undertake water conservation initiatives.

Legarda, chair of the Senate committee on Climate Change, stressed the importance of water management in the battle against climate change and the devastating impact of depleting water resource.

18 Apr 2016 - Pampanga netizens dismayed over Duterte rape 'joke'

PAMPANGA -- Netizens were dismayed over the utterance of presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on the rape of an Australian woman missionary in his city in 1989.

Some called it "inappropriate" while others said that Duterte had obviously crossed the line.

18 Apr 2016 - LP: Roxas steady numbers will give enough votes

PAMPANGA -- Leaders of the Liberal Party (LP) are confident that standard-bearer Manual Roxas II's steady numbers will translate into enough votes come election time this May.

Earlier, Liberal Party veteran and Pampanga 3rd District Representative Oscar Rodriguez said that they are not disturbed at Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s continuous rise in the surveys but was quick to note that they are taking the surveys seriously.

18 Apr 2016 - Partylist group bats for socialized education

PAMPANGA -- Central Luzon Alliance for Socialized Education (Clase) is set to push for socialized education by providing a platform of government that aims to improve the indigent student’s access to education.

Clase is running for a partylist seat in the House of Representatives under its first nominee Renato Legaspi.

18 Apr 2016 - Abe continues to gain support, vows efficient public service

ANGELES CITY- "There should a continuity of the projects initiated by the mayor, and we opt to support him (mayor) for another term in office."

This was the declaration of Lolet Anicete, a resident of Barangay San Jose here, bestowing her trust and confidence to City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and to the rest of the candidates of Partido Abe Kapampangan.

18 Apr 2016 - NCC: Angeles is 9th most efficient gov’t in PH

ANGELES CITY – "This is a definitive indication that we have improved and are consistently improving in the delivery of basic services to our constituents."

Thus said Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan as this city's local government, on Friday, received a citation by the Central Luzon Growth Corridor Foundation, Inc. (CLGCFI), for placing 9th in Government Efficiency (Highly Urbanized City Category), in the Cities and Municipalites Competitive Index (CMCI) by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC).

18 Apr 2016 - CSF is Central Luzon's best BPLS implementer

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando was once again recognized as Central Luzon’s most successful local government unit in the institutionalization of business permits and licensing system by the Central Luzon Growth Corridor Foundation, Incorporated (CLGCFI) last April 15, 2016.

Mayor Edwin Santiago received the award during the 10th Recognition of Outstanding LGUs Implementing the Streamlining Program in the Issuance of Mayor’s Permit held at Holiday Inn Hotel, Clarkfield Pampanga.

18 Apr 2016 - Mayoralty candidate eyes public hospital

PAMPANGA -- Board member and mayoralty aspirant Nestor Tolentino is looking at the establishment of a public hospital if he gets a chance to be elected as Apalit mayor.

Tolentino added that he will also prioritize on spending the Internal Revenue Allotment of the town in the basic social services like health, education, infrastructure and support for the agriculture sector.

18 Apr 2016 - Kapampangans benefit anew from 17M-worth of BUB projects

PAMPANGA -- A total of P16.8 million worth of infrastructural and procurement projects were completed directly benefitting thousands of “cabalens,” all of which are funded by the Department of the Interior and Local Government under the Bottom-Up Budgeting Program of the national government.

Addressed on the completed projects were problems of the Kapampangan community on: safe and potable water supply, absence of life-saving and emergency rescue facilities and/or equipment during disaster and onslaught of calamities, absence or poor farm to market roads, among others.

18 Apr 2016 - Streamlining Award rites for LGUs held in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- Outstanding local government units in Central Luzon whose exemplary efforts and achievements in enhancing business environment in 2015 were recognized in ceremonies held today at Holiday Inn, Clark Freeport Zone.

The Central Luzon Growth Corridor Foundation Inc. (CLGCFI), chaired by Tarlac Governor Victor Yap, organized the “10th Recognition of Outstanding Central Luzon LGUs Implementing the Streamlining Program in the Issuance of Mayor’s Permit,” an annual event held with the support of the Department of Trade and Industry – Central Luzon (DTI-3) and the Department of Interior and Local Government – Central Luzon (DILG -3).

17 Apr 2016 - Street children rescued in Angeles entertainment district

ANGELES CITY -- Scores of street children were rescued by authorities in this city’s entertainment district of Barangay Balibago recently.

Balibago chairman Tony Mamac said that some of the kids were involved in snatching, vandalism and other minor offenses.

17 Apr 2016 - After Pampanga support, Negros rally behind Roxas

PAMPANGA -- Top officials of the Negros Island Region have assured their support for Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II barely a month after Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda gave similar assurance that will have Roxas the province’s support in the May 9 elections.

Leading the Negrense delegation were Governors Alfredo Marañon Jr. of Negros Occidental and Roel Degamo of Negros Oriental, who was accompanied by Vice Governor Edward Mark Macias.

17 Apr 2016 - Best-selling author to speak at Laus Group

PAMPANGA -- Best-selling author Francis Kong, the country’s number one inspirational speaker, will speak today before executives and managers of the Laus Group of Companies in the newly built Laus Group Event Centre along Jose Abad Santos Avenue in this city.

Kong, a Maxwell and Ziglar leadership trainer, will talk about “integrating our strengths” in the LGC’s 1st Sales and Aftersales Conference.

17 Apr 2016 - EMB issues notice of adverse findings vs Puning resort

ANGELES CITY -- The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) has issued a "Notice of Adverse Findings (NAF)" against the Puning Hot Spring Resort located at Sitio Target in Barangay Sapangbato here.

This was gleaned in the letter of EMB Central Luzon Director Lormelyn Claudio to businessman Rene Romero dated April 5, 2016.

17 Apr 2016 - 4 killed in Pampanga, Bulacan raids

PAMPANGA -- Four persons were killed while four others were arrested during simultaneous raids, on Thursday, in Pampanga and Bulacan.

Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) director Chief Superintendent Rudy Lacadin identified those killed as Jaypee Aguilar and Arnel Lacap, both residents of Barangay Malusac in Sasmuan, Pampanga and Mark Gonzales and a certain alias Diokno, both of Barangay Poblacion, Sta. Maria, Bulacan.

16 Apr 2016 - Clark execs honor Roxas' 68th death anniversary

CLARK FREEPORT -- Officials of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) led the commemoration of the 68th death anniversary of Manuel Roxas, the fifth president of Philippines.

Roxas was born in Capiz (now Roxas City) on January 1, 1892 and died at the age of 56 in Clark Air Base on April 15, 1948.

16 Apr 2016 - Officials: Roxas wants Clark airport fully utilized

CLARK FREEPORT -- Two government officials has confirmed that presidential candidate Mar Roxas has listed as one of his platform of government the full development and utilization of Clark International Airport (CRK).

During Friday’s meeting with officers of the Capampangan in Media Incorporated (Cami) here, Pampanga 1st District Representative Joseller Guiao said that Roxas vowed to immediately implement the dual airport system for Manila and Clark if the latter becomes president.

16 Apr 2016 - San Simon hires 243 SPES beneficiaries

PAMPANGA -- The Municipal Government of San Simon hired 243 students to benefit from the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) under the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole).

Students were assigned to different departments in the municipality and have started working since Monday.

16 Apr 2016 - Bondoc opposes guv's retarding basin

PAMPANGA -- Representative Juan Pablo Bondoc recently expressed opposition over the proposed flood mitigation project of the Governor Lilia Pineda and the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Bondoc said that the retarding basin is not ideal both for the municipalities and residents that will be affected.

15 Apr 2016 - Rodriguez: Roxas will win

PAMPANGA -- Re-electionist 3rd district Representative Oscar Rodriguez is optimistic that presidential candidate Mar Roxas will win in the May 9 presidential race adding that the Liberal Party standard-bearer has both the support of party machinery and the government.

Rodriguez, in a phone interview, said that Roxas may have a victory similar to that of former President Fidel Valdez Ramos in 1992.

15 Apr 2016 - Guiao to pursue Clark airport authority bill

CLARK FREEPORT -- Pampanga Representative Joseller “Yeng” Guiao has vowed to pursue a bill seeking the conversion of Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) into an authority.

The lawmaker issued the statement during a forum with the Capampangan In Media Incorporated (Cami) at the Bale Balita here on Friday

15 Apr 2016 - Fire burns house, shanty

PAMPANGA -- Two fire incidents were reported here on Tuesday at Barangay Colgante and Barangay San Vicente, Apalit.

The early morning fire in Barangay Colgante gutted one residential house.

15 Apr 2016 - DTI chief cites Central Luzon 'balanced growth'

CLARK FREEPORT -- Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Adrian Cristobal Jr. has lauded the balanced economic growth of Central Luzon for the past few years.

Cristobal said this during the DTI’s 10th Recognition of Outstanding Local Government Units (LGUs) in Central Luzon at the Holiday Inn Hotel here Friday.

15 Apr 2016 - El Niño, avian pest kill 5T fowl in Apalit

PAMPANGA -- Some 5,673 chickens and ducks reportedly died in Apalit due to the heat brought by the El Niño phenomenon and Newcastle Disease, also known as the Avian Pest.

The Municipal Agriculture Office said that 4, 144 native chickens, 584 fighting cocks and 945 ducks have died in different barangays here.

13 Apr 2016 - Bizwoman faces P228M tax evasion case

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has filed a criminal case before the Department of Justice against businesswoman Lilibeth Nuque for tax delinquencies amounting to P228 million.

BIR Revenue Region 4 regional director Jethro Sabarriaga confirmed that Nuque failed to report properly her taxable income for the years 2010, 2011 and 2012.

14 Apr 2016 - City council to recall San Fernando history book

PAMPANGA -- San Fernando Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin and some members of the city council are set to recall this city’s first ever history book entitled "Kasalesayang Ning San Fernando" (History of San Fernando) after the book received negative comments.

During Thursday’s media brief at the Heroes Hall, Lazatin said that they will file a motion to recall the book for possible academic review as soon as a formal complaint is lodged before the city council.

14 Apr 2016 - Cayetano: Duterte did not receive P1B from Arroyo

ANGELES CITY -- Vice presidential candidate Senator Alan Peter Cayetano yesterday denied reports that his running mate, presidential candidate Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte received P1billion pesos from former president and Pampanga Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Cayetano issued the statement during his recent visit to vendors of Pampang Public Market in this city yesterday.

14 Apr 2016 - Legarda: Expect hotter days due to climate change

MABALACAT CITY -- Senator Loren Legarda said that Filipinos should expect a rise in hotter days and consistently hotter years because of climate change.

Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, made the statement following reports that the heat index in the past days has reached danger levels.

14 Apr 2016 - MNTC widening on NLEx starts

PAMPANGA -- The Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) has started the widening of both lanes of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) from the Sta. Rita, Guiguinto section all the way to the City of San Fernando.

The MNTC has started the widening of the sections that will add additional lanes to the said areas.

14 Apr 2016 - Development of Philippines' 'new city' starts

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) on Monday started the first phase of an envisioned "new city" north of Manila.

President Aquino III led the ground breaking rites in Capas, Tarlac, where the Clark Green City, the "country's first smart, green and disaster-resilient" metropolis is located.

14 Apr 2016 - CDC is set to implement Clark Green Building Manual

CLARK FREEPORT -- Ensuring increased efficiency in the use of resources such as energy, water and other elements in existing and new buildings here, the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) is set to implement Clark Green Building Manual.

CDC's Clark Green Building Manual (CGBM) is focused on developing and implementing green building regulations in the Clark Freeport Zone that aims to maximize energy efficiency while minimizing the impact of energy usage on human health and the environment here.

14 Apr 2016 - BIR padlocks convenience store in Sta. Ana

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Region IV (RR-4) has ordered the closure of Jun Dizon Store along Sta Ana's downtown area here after it was found to have been remiss in its tax payments.

BIR RR4 regional director Jethro Sabarriaga personally served the closure order Wednesday along with BIR officers under the "Oplan Kandado" program. The "sari-sari" store was found to have failed to properly declare its taxable income.

13 Apr 2016 - Hot air balloons to fly over Pampanga skies today

PAMPANGA -- This year’s 3rd Lubao International Balloon Festival (LIBF) will add color to Pampanga skies as today’s kick-off is expected to feature more than 40 balloons in a four-day at Pradera Verde in Barangay Prado Siongco here.

The event is dubbed as the biggest balloon festival in Southeast Asia.

13 Apr 2016 - Honasan: Solve poverty to end criminality

CLARK FREEPORT -- United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) vice presidential bet Senator Gregorio Honasan II has called for sobriety amid calls to fight crime with violence saying the only way to put an end to criminality would be to solve its root cause, which is poverty.

During his recent visit here, Honasan said that it is impossible to solve the country's crime problem in six months as other candidates claim.

12 Apr 2016 - Taxman padlocks 2 shops in San Fernando

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue Region IV (RR-4) on Tuesday shut down two business establishments here for failure pay correct taxes.

BIR RR-4 Director Jethro Sabarriaga implemented the closure order against Nico Enano Bakeshop and Pasalubong Store and ERQ Transport Services.

12 Apr 2016 - DHVTSU-Porac produces first batch of graduates

PAMPANGA -- The Don Honorio Ventura Technical State University (DHVTSU)-Porac Campus has produced its first batch of graduates belying earlier reports that the campus is non-operational.

The campus was able to graduate some 44 students. Twenty students finished Bachelor of Technical Teacher Education course while 24 more got their respective diploma for Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

12 Apr 2016 - Lapid to prioritize education, college scholarship program

ANGELES CITY -- Mayoralty candidate Senator Lito Lapid said that he and his running mates, under the Lingap Lugud Capampangan party, will work hard to increase the number of college scholars in this city if elected on May 9.

Lapid said that he recognizes the importance of education because he himself was denied of such right during his early years due to poverty.

12 Apr 2016 - Pamirangal ning Gelingan fetes outstanding AC teachers, students

ANGELES CITY -- The Department of Education (DepEd) division of this city, together with the local government, recently lauded the remarkable talents and achievements of Angeleño teachers and students through Pamirangal ning Gelingan awarding at the DepEd Gabaldon Pulungbulu held on April 7, Thursday.

The award giving body recognizes individuals who have been recognized and brought pride in the city through various academic competitions, research efforts, and sports, among others.

12 Apr 2016 - DPWH seeks extension on JASA road project

The Department of Works and Public Highways (DPWH) has sought extension over the delayed multi-portion road project along Jose Abad Santos Avenue in Mexico.

Traffic Management Office head Edmond Nozawa disclosed that the agency, together with the contractor GVDPM Construction Company, requested for a 15-day extension from the local government here on the road rehabilitation program timeline which was supposed to end last March 31 of this year.

12 Apr 2016 - Mayor declines to comment on graft and corruption case

PAMPANGA -- Re-electionist Magalang mayor Romulo Pecson has declined to issue any comment or statement regarding the graft and corruption charges filed by his political opponents.

Councilor Maria Lourdes Lacson, a mayoralty candidate here, and her brother-in-law, re-electionist vice mayor Norman Lacson filed the complaint against Pecson and two other officials before the Office of the Ombudsman for Central Luzon on November 16, 2015.

11 Apr 2016 - Delayed JASA road project irks residents, motorists

PAMPANGA -- A delayed road rehabilitation project has been identified as the reason for worsening traffic congestion along Jose Abad Santos Avenue (JASA) in Mexico, a official government official said.

Gener Sambile, co-chairman of the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team here and a resident of the Sto. Domingo village here, stressed that the road construction being undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) continues to cause massive gridlock and inconvenience to road users since it was started in October last year.

11 Apr 2016 - Angeles HRMO bags Prime-HRM award

ANGELES CITY -- "We now have a concrete manifestation of our city's thorough compliance with the human resource standards set by the Civil Service Commission on Human Resource Management Systems and in the application of these procedures."

Thus said Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, as the local government here recently bagged the "Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management" (PRIME-HRM) award from the Civil Service Commission (CSC) in Central Luzon.

11 Apr 2016 - Macabebe gets P2.5-M training fund from Tesda

PAMPANGA -- The Macabebe Municipal Government recently received P2.5 million from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) as part of the National Government's poverty reduction projects.

The funds came from the government’s Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB), said Tesda-Pampanga director Belinda Labutong during the recent signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Mayor Annette Flores-Balgan.

11 Apr 2016 - Apaliteños conduct free shirt printing for Duterte supporters

PAMPANGA -- An Apaliteño who is a supporter of presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte conducted free printing of Duterte shirts for fellow followers at Barangay San Vicente yesterday.

Emmie Luzano, head volunteer, said that the residents kept on coming to have their shirts printed starting at 7 am.

11 Apr 2016 - Council bet to push for more health care programs for Angeles

ANGELES CITY -- Carlo Maniago, the son of former Angeles City Councilor Ruben Maniago is pushing for more health care programs and sports for Angeleños if elected for a seat in the city council.

A nurse by profession, the younger Maniago who earned the tag "Salamin" from his father, also vows for more realistic health agendas fitting for especially for the marginalized folks of the city who cannot even afford to go to public hospitals due to some expenses entailed.

11 Apr 2016 - San Luis, DOH allocate P3-M for burned down health building

PAMPANGA -- The San Luis Municipal Government here allocated some P3-million for the rehabilitation of the Rural Health Unit (RHU) II which was gutted by fire last March 30 at Barangay Sta. Monica.

Vice Mayor Leonardo Salas said that P1.5-million would be provided by the local government while the other P1.5-million would come from the Department of Health.

10 Apr 2016 - Pampanga doctor sued for 25M tax evasion

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed Thursday a criminal case before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against a Dr. Mildred Mañalac-Mariano Pampanga Medical Specialist Hospital Inc. (PMSHI) for an alleged 25M tax evasion.

BIR regional director Jethro Sabariaga confirmed that Deputy Commissioner BIR Estela Sales filed a case against Dr. Mariano for her failure to declare her taxable income correctly.

10 Apr 2016 - Pampanga's biggest music festivals draws 55,000 music lovers

PAMPANGA -- Day 1 and 2 of Castaway 3 Music Festival at SM City Clark and SM City has brought together 55,000 music lovers and sound enthusiasts in the biggest homegrown music festival outside of Metro Manila.

It was a night to remember at SM City Clark as crowds of Generation Y trooped to the said mall for a night of party and dancing. SM City Clark public relations officer Venus Manalang said that some 20, 000 people attended the first day leg.

10 Apr 2016 - Sto. Tomas mayoralty bet faces raps at Ombudsman

PAMPANGA -- A mayoralty bet here has been charged with alleged graft and corruption before the Office of the Ombudsman for Luzon.

Documents revealed that incumbent Magalang Vice-Mayor Norman Lacson, who is seeking reelection, and Councilor Maria Lourdes Lacson, who is running for mayor in Magalang town filed the complaint on November 16, 2015 against Sto. Tomas mayoral candidate Fausto Sengson, former Magalang municipal treasurer, along with Magalang Municipal Accountant Teresita Lakandula and re-electionist Mayor Romulo Pecson, and certain John Does and/or Jane Does.

10 Apr 2016 - Angeles village chief keeps homeless teen couple

ANGELES CITY -- A village chairman here has adopted a homeless teen couple found sleeping in front of the barangay hall with their four-month-old baby.

Chairman Tony Mamac of Barangay Balibago said he offered the 19-year-old boy a job to support his 17-year-old partner and new born baby.

10 Apr 2016 - Church to hold charity drive event

PAMPANGA -- The Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes (ASOLL) in Bacolor is organizing a charity drive event for the benefit of church's young scholars.

Dubbed as "Takbo Mo, Edukasyon Ko!", the fun run will be covering three-kilometer, five-kilometer and 10-kilometer wdistance which will start at the shrine grounds in Cabetican village on May 14 at 5 a.m.

10 Apr 2016 - PRO3-BMW host Ironman challenge

PAMPANGA -- At least 300 motorcycle riders from various groups from Central Luzon and Metro Manila participated at Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) and Bavarian Motor Works (BMW) Boss Ironman Motorcycle Challenge for Secure and Fair Elections (Safe) 2016, held at Camp Olivas, Saturday morning.

The said raid challenge was for an event for a cause, which started at 7 a.m. at the PRO3 parade ground going to their 460 km route along seven control points.

10 Apr 2016 - Lazatin pushes socialized housing program

ANGELES CITY -- Reelectionist Councilor Carmelo Lazatin, Jr. has vowed to push for the passage of an ordinance, which calls for the mandatory allotment of 10 percent of the city government’s total annual budget for housing programs for the city’s urban poor.

Councilor Lazatin said that the Housing Development Fund will be solely used to finance land acquisition for socialized housing programs.

8 Apr 2016 - Mayoralty bet cries foul over checkpoint

PAMPANGA -- Santo Tomas Mayoralty candidate John Sambo cried "foul" and filed a complaint of harassment before the Police Regional Office-3 (PRO-3) against police officers manning a Commission on Elections (Comelec) checkpoint in Barangay San Vicente.

In his complaint to PRO-3 Director Chief Superintendent Rudy Lacadin, Sambo disclosed that he was flagged down around 8:30 a.m. on April 6 by a law enforcement agent manning the PNP-Comelec checkpoint in front of the San Vicente Elementary School in this town.

8 Apr 2016 - Dengue cases in Central Luzon up 45%

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Health (DOH) – Central Luzon has reported a 45 percent increase in the number of dengue cases in the region for the first quarter of this year.

According to the data provided by DOH, the reported dengue cases in Pampanga kicked up to 4,302 as of April 2 this year, 1,930 cases higher than the 2,372 posted in the same period in 2015.

8 Apr 2016 - AUFMC gets Philhealth accreditation

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles University Foundation Medical Center (AUFMC) has been accredited by PhilHealth to provide the Z-Benefit Package for Kidney Transplantation and Coronary Arterial Bypass Graft Surgery, says AUFMC president and CEO Gabriel Martin L. Angeles.

The Z- Benefit Package was crafted by Philhealth to treat a variety of primary disease conditions that are commonly referred to as economically and medically “catastrophic.” Through the Z- Benefit, members may get up to 100 percent coverage on these operations thus ensuring that Filipinos, especially the poor, are not deprived of quality care and better health outcomes.

8 Apr 2016 - Folks alarmed as concrete road ‘rises’

PAMPANGA -- San Fernando Residents here were alarmed after a concrete road suddenly “rose up” recently at Barangay San Isidro.

Municipal Engineer Benigno Bonus said that around four meters of the concrete road “rose up” adding that authorities have now closed the affected area to avoid accidents.

8 Apr 2016 - Drilon lauded for NLEx-SCTEx integration

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) has lauded Senate President Franklin Drilon, who pushed for integration the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx).

Without his intervention, the integration would have taken longer or at worst may have not pushed through at all,” BCDA president Arnel Paciano D. Casanova said.

8 Apr 2016 - Husband hits wife with hammer

PAMPANGA -- Suspected jealousy drove a husband to hit his wife with a hammer Wednesday morning in Barangay Sta. Cruz, SAn Simon.

Police said that the victim, Virginia Ponio, 46, was about to call her husband Michael for a cup of coffee who was then at the second floor of their house around 5:30 a.m., when she was hit by the suspect with a hammer as she was about to go downstairs.

8 Apr 2016 - CDC reiterates ‘no plastic’ policy in Clark Freeport

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark authorities have reminded employees, locators and residents of the Freeport of the implementation of “no plastics and polystyrene” here.

Rogelio Magat, manager of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Environment Permits Department, said the state-run firm will be implementing guidelines prohibiting, regulating and prescribing certain usage of plastics and Styrofoam (polystyrene) on April 22.

7 Apr 2016 - CDC head resigns

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president and Chief Executive Officer Arthur Tugade has submitted his resignation letter to the state-owned corporation’s board last week.

This was learned from Noel Tulabut, manager of the CDC Communications Department, who said that Tugade has tendered his resignation to the CDC Board on March 31, 2016 because of health issues.

7 Apr 2016 - 41 dirigibles to fly in 3rd Lubao int’l balloon festival

PAMPANGA -- Forty one hot air balloons will grace Pampanga skies this coming April 14 to 17 in celebration of the Third Lubao International Balloon Festival 2016 (LIBF).

Pradera Verde in Barangay Prado Siongco will play host to what could be the biggest hot air balloon festival in Southeast Asia.

7 Apr 2016 - San Fernando starts school-based dengue vaccination

PAMPANGA -- The Local Government of San Fernando launched on Thursday its school-based dengue vaccination aimed at targeting the virus at the school level.

The City Health Office (CHO) led the vaccination at San Fernando Elementary school with 1,000 Grade 4 pupils free three doses of vaccine "Dengvaxia", which is considered as the world's first vaccine against mosquito-borne dengue virus.

7 Apr 2016 - Masantol mayor belies issue on tax collection

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Danilo Guintu of this town belied Thursday the issues circulating in the municipality on the alleged additional taxes to be implemented by his administration if he will be re-elected in the coming May polls.

According to reports, the local government here will be imposing additional taxes in every household if the incumbent mayor will stay at his post.

7 Apr 2016 - Olongapo cops hold police caravan series

SUBIC BAY -- In line with the Olongapo City Police Office (OCPO) campaign against illegal drugs and other criminality, the Police Precinct 5 (PP5) held a series of police caravan dubbed "Pulis Gapo @ Ur Service Po", in various barangays and educational institutions in the locality.

In his report here, Senior Superintendent Jerry Sumbad, Olongapo City police director, said Inspector Arabani Abdurasul, Chief of Police of Precinct 5 has already conducted information dissemination, with lectures and open forums in Barangay Sta. Rita, Barangay Mabayuan and in Barangay Gordon Heights, Olongapo City, recently.

7 Apr 2016 - Pelayo: Roxas will not get Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Former Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo of this town said Thursday that administration bet Manuel Roxas II will not get majority of voters in the vote-rich province of Pampanga contrary to what their party says.

Pelayo, a known ally of former President and now Second District Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, said that there is a big possibility that Kapampangan voters will not go for Roxas for the sole reason that he is being endorsed by President Benigno Aquino III.

7 Apr 2016 - Lazatin pushes socialized housing program

ANGELES CITY – Reelectionist Councilor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. has vowed to push for the passage of an ordinance which calls for the mandatory allotment of 10 percent of the City Government's total annual budget for housing programs for the city’s urban poor.

Councilor Lazatin said that the Housing Development Fund will be solely used to finance land acquisition for socialized housing programs.

6 Apr 2016 - Angeles council condemns Puning resort incident

ANGELES CITY -- The City Council has condemned the alleged barring of a Pampanga off-roaders group from passing through a barangay road in Sapang Bato here by the management of a hot spring resort.

The SP members, through Resolution Number 7391 Series of 2016, “condemn the February 13, 2016 incident at Puning Hot Spring Resort in Barangay Sapangbato, Angeles City, wherein the management of the resort assumed the authority to prevent law abiding and tax-paying Filipinos from using the barangay road at Sitio Target going to the scenic trails around the area.”

6 Apr 2016 - Pampanga gets biggest share in BOI-approved investments

PAMPANGA -- The Province of Pampanga got the biggest share from Board of Investments (BOI)-approved investments in Central Luzon last year.

Investments in Central Luzon approved by the BOI in 2015 reached more than P20-billion, the BOI said in a report.

6 Apr 2016 - CLTV36 kicks off 9th year with brand new shows

PAMPANGA -- Brand new current affairs, news, travel, cooking and lifestyle are just a few of the new program genres that CLTV36 are cooking up for viewers on its 9th Anniversary.

CLTV36 launched brand new light-hearted feel-good programs apart from its news and current affairs programming, which also includes “Lonely Pangets” (Places and Getaways) with host comedian Ariel Villasanta.

6 Apr 2016 - Ex-mayor: Bacolor fully rehabilitated

PAMPANGA -- Former Bacolor Mayor Romeo Dungca recently expressed exhilaration over the continuous development of this municipality after it experienced major devastation brought by the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991.

Dungca, who served as local chief executive of this town from 2001 to 2010, said that the devastating eruption paralyzed the economy of Bacolor and has displaced the lives of thousands of residents here.

6 Apr 2016 - Central Luzon farmers, fisherfolk get equipment from DA

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) distributed P335-million worth of equipment to about 2,500 farmers and fisherfolk from different municipalities in Tarlac at the Farmers and Fisher-folk Forum held at Diwa ng Tarlak, Tarlac City.

The forum aims to identify the needs of the farmers and fisherfolk of the said province and assess the status of the Department of Agriculture's project across the province.

6 Apr 2016 - Honasan: Develop Clark as business hub, premier airport

CLARK FREEPORT -- Senator Gringo Honasan said Wednesday that the government should prioritize the development of Clark Freeport as a center of commerce.

Honasan stressed this during a media forum sponsored by the Pampanga Press Club at the Widus Hotel and Casino.

6 Apr 2016 - 179 Simonians benefit from Tupad

PAMPANGA -- Some 179 unemployed indigent Simonians benefited from the Tulong Panghanap Buhay Sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (Tupad) or "emergency employment".

The participants who will work for 10 days by maintaining the cleanliness of their respective barangays were given long sleeved shirts and caps for them to use in their jobs on Tuesday morning at the municipal covered court.

5 Apr 2016 - Korean Robbed Of P4.6-M Payroll in Calamba

PAMPANGA -- Three unidentified men held up a Korean executive and a company administrator and carted away P4.6 million which they just withdrew from the BDO branch in Bgy. Real, Calamba City, Tuesday afternoon.

The victims were identified by police provincial director OIC Senior Supt. Ronnie Montejo as Lee Dongho, 40, safety manager of FSPPHILCORP, a Korean, and company administrator Jhenelyn Secreto Baccay, 24.

5 Apr 2016 - RCBC gets boost from big clients

PAMPANGA -- Rizal Commercial and Banking Corporation (RCBC) has received a big image boost after several big clients issued statements of support following the controversial alleged laundering of $81-million stolen by Chinese hackers from the Bank of Bangladesh into which one of its branches was linked.

In separate statements, highly prominent businessmen Manuel Villar, Andrew Tan Edgar Sia, and Levy P. Laus expressed their unqualified support for RCBC in light of the controversy which is now the subject of a Senate investigation.

5 Apr 2016 - San Fernando holds 2nd barangay fire Olympics

PAMPANGA -- The City Government here and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) held at Heroes Hall on Tuesday the second City of San Fernando Fire Olympics to boost the capabilities of barangay fire brigades.

Participants from different barangays competed in drills set by BFP on modified rescue and transfer relay, modified bucket relay and modified flammable liquid fire extinguishments.

5 Apr 2016 - Angeles hosts food fairs, events for Flavors of the Philippines

ANGELES CITY - A sundry of events ranging from food fairs, cook-offs and cooking demos will pepper the whole month of April as the city participates in Flavors of the Philippines.

Organized by the Department of Tourism (DOT), “Flavors” is a month-long cultural and gastronomic feast, allowing patrons to experience the varied dishes and cuisines from across the Philippines' 7,107 islands.

5 Apr 2016 - Napolcom to improve curriculum for Pampanga criminology students

PAMPANGA -- The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) is now aiming at improving the curriculum for criminology students in Pampanga as officials met college of criminology deans recently.

The meeting is in a bid to improve their curriculum to meet the standards of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

5 Apr 2016 - Clark Water systems loss down to 4%

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Water Corporation, the sole water and used water services provider of Clark Freeport and Clark Special Economic Zones, has posted a record-low of four percent in system loss while strengthening water supply reliability through the construction of four new deep well facilities by end of 2015.

The water company’s four percent level of non-revenue water or system loss was made possible through the proper management of water levels and monitoring of water pumping schedules, maintenance of a highly reliable network as well as intensified efforts on Energy and Key Accounts Management.

5 Apr 2016 - Guardians promote Lapid

CLARK FREEPORT -- A brotherhood calling for the creation of more jobs at manufacturing firms and farms promoted its popular member who is running for mayor in Angeles City.

The Nagkakaisang Guardians led by its international president, Sonny Dobles, promoted Senator Manuel “Lito” Lapid to Supreme Godfather. Lapid was then Pampanga governor when he joined the Guardians in 1999.

5 Apr 2016 - Hizon clan not endorsing candidates

PAMPANGA -- The influential Hizon clan declared Tuesday that they will not be endorsing any candidates in the coming national polls on May 9.

The Hizon family, owners of a renowned meat processing firm Pampanga's Best, clarified that the recent visit of several political aspirants in their plants in Barangay Dela Paz Norte in this city does not signify endorsement or declaration of support.

5 Apr 2016 - Porac mayor, vice mayor lead river clean-up drive

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Condralito Dela Cruz and Vice-Mayor Dexter David and other groups over the weekend led a clean-up drive along the Porac River.

Dela Cruz, David and the Porac Team CD joined the clean-up campaign dubbed "Oplan Linis … Isalba Ilog at Sapa ning Balen Porac."

4 Apr 2016 - Binay hits Aquino over Clark airport

CLARK FREEPORT -- Vice-President Jejomar Binay slammed Monday the national government for its alleged "failure" to develop and maximize the use of Clark International Airport (CRK).

Binay, who cited the potential of CRK to accommodate big airlines, assailed President Benigno Aquino's administration's choice to centralize business at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and inhibit other airports' possible development.

4 Apr 2016 - DILG orders local execs to create transition teams

PAMPANGA -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento has directed governors and mayors all throughout the country to create local governance transition teams not later than April 8.

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) issued Memorandum Circular 2016-21 regarding local governance transition in view of the forthcoming national and local elections.

4 Apr 2016 - DOT celebrates summer with food campaigns

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) office in Pampanga and throughout the country are gearing up for this year’s month-long gastronomic festival.

Dubbed “Flavors of the Philippines”, which is now on its second year, the event aims to ignite activities that will range from simple food tastings, meals, and buffets, to community-wide fiestas, bazaars, and agri-fairs.

4 Apr 2016 - Voters note value of Gonzales' infra projects

PAMPANGA -- Voters in the Third District of Pampanga are carefully paying attention to the public value of the infrastructure projects of former congressman Aurelio Gonzales Jr. who quietly seeks to regain the post he lost to Representative Oscar Rodriguez in 2013.

This as more vehicles are now plying the interior roads in Mexico via the San Jose Malino-Anao bridge to avoid the heavy traffic along the Jose Abad Santos Highway in the Mexico poblacion area because of the ongoing road concreting works by the Department of Public Works and Highways.

4 Apr 2016 - Cayetano underscores countryside development

CLARK FREEPORT -- Vice presidential candidate Senator Alan Peter Cayetano has reiterated the importance of countryside development to the economic status of every Filipino family.

Cayetano stressed this during a recent consultation meeting with factory workers of AsiaPhil shoe manufacturing firm inside this Freeport.

4 Apr 2016 - Hundreds of vehicles caught in NLEx jam

PAMPANGA -- Hundreds of vehicles were caught in a massive gridlock Sunday at the southbound lane of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx).

Around 1:30 p.m, heavy traffic was experienced by motorists from the Mexico toll all the way up to the San Simon exchanges.

4 Apr 2016 - Ex-mayor receives warm welcome on opening salvo

PAMPANGA -- A former Masantol mayor here received a warm welcome from around 5,000 supporters during their opening salvo on Sunday evening.

Comebacking Mayor Peter Flores, together with Apalit Mayor and congressional aspirant Oscar Tetangco, Jr. and provincial board aspirants Gerome Tubig and Santo Tomas Vice-Mayor Mark Louie Arceo, said that Masantoleños gave them a rousing welcome during their sortie here.

3 Apr 2016 - CLTV 36 marks 9th year with new 'metro' brand

PAMPANGA -- The Laus Group-run CLTV 36 marked on Saturday, April 2, its 9th year in the industry by launching its new branding dubbed "Metro Central Luzon."

During the celebration held at the new Laus Group of Companies (LGC) Events Center in LGC Boulevard, Laus Group Complex along Jose Abad Santos Avenue in this city, viewers, guests, local officials and members of the media were also treated to a mini-concert featuring the renowned CLTV 36 talents, who belted out numbers from pop, classics to Broadway musicals.

3 Apr 2016 - Kapampangan ‘exotic’ food featured in Flavors of the Philippines campaign

PAMPANGA -- Kapampangan dishes took center stage Sunday, April 3, at SM City San Fernando Downtown’s Flavors of the Philippines campaign at the mall’s ground floor where a makeshift stage featured the cooking of native Kapampangan “exotic” food.

SM City Downtown public relations officer Rain Cervantes said the event aimed to promote the other side of Kapampangan cooking.

3 Apr 2016 - Lazatin wants free tuition for city college

ANGELES CITY -- Re-electionist Councilor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. has vowed to push for free tuition fee at the City College of Angeles.

“Hindi lamang po ako ang nangangarap na maging libre ang kolehiyo kundi ito ay pangarap rin ng maraming Angeleño,” said Lazatin during a meeting in Barangay Santo Cristo on Sunday, April 3.

3 Apr 2016 - Cayetano vows to create economic zones

PAMPANGA -- Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano said that ordinary Filipino workers, especially those living outside Metro Manila, can expect better working conditions under the Duterte-Cayetano leadership.

He made this assurance before factory workers in their recent “Ronda Serye” listening tour in Angeles, Pampanga, where the senator presented their tandem's "bold solutions" to improve the lives of the working people.

3 Apr 2016 - Dau barangay chief vows to improve basic services

MABALACAT CITY -- The chairman of Barangay Dau promised improved delivery of basic services to constituents.

Dau village chief Dr. Oscar Aurelio said this during a recent barangay assembly, which was attended by thousands of residents belonging to various sectors.

2 Apr 2016 - Prices of basic goods in Central Luzon still stable — DTI

ANGELES CITY -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) disclosed Friday that prices of basic goods and prime commodities in Central Luzon are still stable.

The DTI Regional Office said that based on its monitoring, most of the commodities and goods remain unchanged, with some prices decreasing and just a few posting increases.

2 Apr 2016 - Ex-mayor questions ‘blocking’ of vehicles

PAMPANGA -- A former Santo Tomas mayor questioned the claims of a mayoralty aspirant on the alleged “blocking” of the entrance in Barangay Sto. Rosario (Pau) using the vehicles of his political opponent during their motorcade recently.

Former Mayor Lucas Arceo, father of the town's incumbent vice mayor and provincial board member aspirant Mark Louie Arceo, questioned the claims of the local party “Team Progreso” headed by mayoral candidate John Sambo and reelectionist incumbent Fourth District Congressman Juan Pablo "Rimpy" Bondoc, regarding the alleged blocking of the road of the said barangay using the vehicles of their political opponents led by mayoralty aspirant Barangay Sto. Rosario (Pau) Chairman Matias "Bong" Pineda.

2 Apr 2016 - Masantol signs pact with Tesda

PAMPANGA -- The local government of Masantol has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) under the 2016 Bottom-Up Budgetting (BUB) on Friday morning at Barangay Sto. Niño.

Around P1-million was allocated by Tesda for 2016 for the training of some 197 students.

2 Apr 2016 - Legarda: Honor commitment to environment

MABALACAT CITY -- Senator Loren Legarda called on the government to honor its commitments to environmental protection and encouraged citizens to do their share through everyday environment-friendly practices.

Legarda, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Climate Change and United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s (UNISDR) Global Champion for Resilience, issued the statement as nations observe the Earth Day this month.

2 Apr 2016 - Yokohama adopts Angeles high school

ANGELES CITY -- The Yokohama Tire Philippines Incorporated (YTPI) has adopted a public high school implementing various programs for its students.

The YTPI renovated two comfort rooms at the Rafael L. Lazatin Memorial High School increasing six cubicles to 10, which are ready to be used by male and female students for school year 2016-2017.

2 Apr 2016 - Kapampangan cuisine showcased in Flavors of the Philippines drive

PAMPANGA -- The best of Kapampangan cuisine is highlighted in this year’s Flavors of the Philippines campaign launched on Friday at SM malls across Pampanga.

Following last year’s successful celebration of Madrid Fusion in the Philippines with the Great Kapampangan “Alualu,” (ice cooler) SM City Pampanga featured on weekend a giant “Biringhe” concocted by renowned Kapampangan Chef Claude Tayag and “Guardian of Old Kapampangan Recipe” Atching Lillian Lising-Borromeo, assisted by Hotel and Restaurant Management students from University of the Assumption, St. Nicolas College and Angeles University Foundation.

1 Apr 2016 - Bizman assures graduates of a brighter future

PAMPANGA -- Laus Group of Companies (LGC) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Levy Laus assured Thursday the graduates of Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University of a bright future ahead of them as they depart from the halls of the institution.

Laus was invited to speak before the 699 graduates from the colleges of Business Administration Major in Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hotel and Restaurant Management and Social Works held at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in San Fernando.

1 Apr 2016 - Emirates official: Clark airport remains viable

CLARK FREEPORT -- An official of the Emirates Airlines said Thursday that Clark International Airport (CRK) remains to be a viable airport for both passenger and cargo services.

Senior vice president for commercial operations in Far East of Emirates Badr Abbas said this during the launching of the airline’s circular service from Dubai to Cebu and onto Clark.

1 Apr 2016 - Cayetano promises better working conditions for workers in Pampanga road show

ANGELES CITY -- Senator Alan Peter Cayetano has promised to pursue better working conditions for workers during his visit to Pampanga.

In a statement Cayetano said that ordinary Filipino workers, especially those living outside Metro Manila, can expect better working conditions under the Duterte-Cayetano leadership.

1 Apr 2016 - Hundreds join Angeles creek clean-up drive

ANGELES CITY -- Hundreds of volunteers participated in the cleaning of a creek in this city in line with the World Water Day celebration.

Participants in the clean up drive for Sapang Balen creek dubbed "Water and Jobs" came from government and business communities.

1 Apr 2016 - Tieza exec: CRK development to boost Pampanga tourism

CLARK FREEPORT -- Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority Chief Operating Officer Mark T. Lapid recently expressed assurance that the eyed development of Clark International Airport (CRK) and creation of railway system will boost tourism in this province.

The senatoriable, who is running under the umbrella of Liberal Party, echoed the statement of standard bearer Mar Roxas II regarding the full preparation of infrastructure for the enhancement of CRK.