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Balibago News Jun-2016

29 Jun 2016 - Rimpy wants nameless factories investigated

PAMPANGA -- Fourth district Representative Juan Pablo "Rimpy" Bondoc recently disclosed his plan to have "nameless" factories located along the stretch of Quezon Road in San Simon investigated.

Bondoc raised his concern over the possible illegal activities inside the "sketchy" manufacturing plants allegedly operating without registered business names.

29 Jun 2016 - Suspected drug trader killed in shootout

PAMPANGA -- A suspected notorious drug pusher was killed in a shootout with anti-illegal drug operatives at dawn yesterday at Purok 13, Barangay Sta. Lucia, San Fernando.

The slain suspect was identified as Alvin Bais y Bondoc alias Alvin, a notorious drug-peddler and a resident of said barangay, who shot it out with joint elements from the Pampanga Police Provincial Office-Provincial Intelligence Branch/PAIDSOTG, City of San Fernando police, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Police Regional Office III.

29 Jun 2016 - Thousands of devotees join 172-year old fluvial parade

PAMPANGA -- Thousands of devotees and hundreds of boats including some officials from different towns in the province joined the Apalit Apung Iru 172-year old fluvial parade on Tuesday.

Sangguniang Bayan Secretary Glenn Danting said that he started joining the fluvial parade with his brothers when he was about 10 years old.

29 Jun 2016 - Clark supports training center for 'Super Lolas'

CLARK FREEPORT -- More efforts to bring additional livelihood opportunities rather than giving alms is now the focus of the various government agencies, including Clark Development Corporation, to†the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in the contiguous areas of this Freeport.

This is the intent when the CDC together with the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), and the Diwata-Women in Resource Development Inc. (DIWATA) recently signed an agreement for the use of the BCDA Group Women's Center facility in Clark. The project aims to train more solar engineers among the women of the indigenous Aeta community or now commonly referred to as "Solar Lolas."

27 Jun 2016 - PRO-3 chief: Magalang shootout not a rub-out

PAMPANGA -- Police Regional Office III (PRO-3) Acting Regional Director Aaron Aquino on Monday stressed that Central Luzon police operatives did not violate human rights and followed the right process on engagement during the Magalang shootout last week where seven suspected members of the notorious Jimboy Santos criminal group were killed.

This, after one Maritess Carreon, live-in partner of alleged syndicate member Reynaldo Domingo, Jr., claimed that the incident was a rub-out.

27 Jun 2016 - CSF eyes greener MacArthur Highway

PAMPANGA -- Local officials in the City of San Fernando planted more than 300 trees along major thoroughfares here as part of the celebration of Philippine Arbor Day on June 25 and in a bid for a "greener" MacArthur Highway.

City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Engr. Anele David said that a total of 340 seedlings of dwarf caballeros were planted in service roads along MacArthur Highway in Barangay San Agustin over the weekend.

27 Jun 2016 - Pelco-3: Cooperatives exempted from taxes

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga III Electric Cooperative or Pelco-3 clarified that cooperatives are "exempted from taxes to a local government unit (LGU)" contrary to claims of the Sto. Tomas Municipal Government that it has to pay an alleged P8-million tax obligations to the LGU.

Pelco-3 officer-in-charge Elizabeth Urbano said that it is stipulated under Presidential Decree 269, Section 39 that "one of the incentives given by the government for cooperatives is the extension from taxes."

27 Jun 2016 - Council hails Pineda over 'exemplary' social development work

PAMPANGA -- Gov. Lilia "Nanay" Pineda was recognized by the Regional Development Council (RDC) for her exemplary job as the chairperson of the Sectoral Committee on Social Development (SCSD).

RDC Chairman and Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado awarded the certificate of recognition to Pineda during the RDC 12th full council meeting held at the National Economic Development Authority Regional Office III (NEDA-R3).

26 Jun 2016 - 2 RIT robbers slain by cops in Angeles

ANGELES City -- Two motorcycle-riding robbers were killed in a shootout with policemen here after midnight yesterday.

Senior Supt. Sidney Villaflor, acting city police director, identified only one of the slain suspects through a release order found inside his pocket as Jay Ayson Cayanan.

26 Jun 2016 - Phivolcs chief: 'Don't panic, prepare for lahar threat'

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Director Renato Solidum clarified that his statement regarding the lahar threat is not meant to scare people but to let them prepare for any disaster that may occur during the rainy season.

Solidum said earlier that the eruption of Mount Pinatubo is over but the lahar, which is a mixture of water and sediments, has been a lingering threat.

26 Jun 2016 - Heavy rains may cause lahar flows, deep floods

CLARK FREEPORT -- Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Director Renato Solidum revealed that heavy rains that will be brought about by an Ondoy-like typhoon may trigger lahar flows and flooding in Pampanga.

Solidum issued the statement during a briefing with Pampanga-based newsmen belonging to the Capampangan In Media Incorporated (CAMI) at the Bale Balita here on Friday.

25 Jun 2016 - Guv: Make Pampanga drug-free

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda over the weekend urged all 505 barangays to help the provincial government achieve its goal of a drug-free Pampanga.

The governor, during an emergency meeting, briefed village chiefs on the peace and order campaign of the province.

25 Jun 2016 - San Fernando holds food safety training

PAMPANGA -- The City Health Office of San Fernando recently trained micro, small and medium-scale enterprises (MSMEs) on basic food safety awareness at the Heroes Hall.

The “Food Handler’s Class” is an eight-hour session that discussed the Sanitation Code of the Philippines, personal hygiene, food sanitation, solid waste management in the workplace, pest and vermin control, food-borne and water borne diseases, and public human relations.

25 Jun 2016 - Legarda: Protect Filipino seamen

MABALACAT CITY -- In celebration of the Day of the Seafarers, Senator Loren Legarda renewed her call for the institution of mechanisms that would provide better protection of the rights and welfare of Filipino sea-based workers.

Legarda stressed the need to implement a strong, consistent legislative agenda for Filipino seafarers to address issues facing the maritime industry at present.

25 Jun 2016 - Vice guv to criminals: Leave Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Vice Governor Dennis Pineda recently warned suspected criminals to leave Pampanga after two separate shootouts took place in Angeles City and Barangay San Jose in Magalang town, which left seven members of a carnap group dead.

He assured the people of Pampanga that they will not stop hunting for criminals and that the provincial government is in full support to the advocacy of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte in decreasing the nation’s alarming crime rate.

25 Jun 2016 - Hotel donates supplies to Minalin schoolchildren

PAMPANGA -- The Hotel Sogo has donated assorted school supplies to the pupils of Minalin Day Care Center.

Mar De Jesus, regional head of Hotel Sogo, said that scores of schoolchildren received bags, notebooks, papers, pencils, and other supplies during the event dubbed “Back to School Program” which is part of the corporate social responsibility of Hotel Sogo Dau and Hotel Sogo Mexico.

24 Jun 2016 - Group welcomes Duterte’s plan to review CARP law

MABALACAT CITY -- The Anakpawis Party-list said it welcomes the statement of President-elect Rodrigo "Digong" Duterte to review the expired Republic Act No. 6657 or the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

The partylist organization said the move will determine if the lives of the farmer-beneficiaries improved or the ands were taken back by the landowners.

24 Jun 2016 - Senior high enrollment reaches 144,044

PAMPANGA -- City of San Fernando, Pampanga--Senior High School (SHS) enrollment in Central Luzon reached 144,044 as of June 24, or 3.16% higher than the projected 139,631 Grade 11 enrollees in public and private senior high schools.

This was based on the DepEd's Learner Information System (LIS) wherein a total of 72,200 SHS students are enrolled in the public school, 70,071 in private schools and 1,773 in SUCs.

24 Jun 2016 - Omeng: Town still has P38M in funds

PAMPANGA -- Santa Ana outgoing Mayor Rommel "Omeng" Concepcion of this town recently disclosed to the public that the municipal government still has standing funds in the amount of P38,849,404.76 dispelling rumors that the town is cash-strapped.

During the recent distribution of educational assistance here, Concepcion presented to the residents the certification from the Land Bank of the Philippines of the remaining P38,849,404.76 savings under the three accounts of the Municipality of Sta. Ana.

23 Jun 2016 - MVP Prefers Clark as disaster hub

CLARK FREEPORT -- Tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan said he still prefers Clark as the national center for disaster operations and rehabilitation.

Pangilinan said he finds Clark Freeport to be the ideal location for the National Operations Center (NOC) because of its high elevation and geographical attributes.

23 Jun 2016 - Tanjuatco lauds China's offer to build Clark-Manila railway

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President Emigdio "Dino" Tanjuatco III has described the offer of China to construct a railway system from Manila to Clark as a "positive sign."

Tanjuatco said "it's a welcome development. Any plan to improve the connectivity between Manila and Clark is always a positive sign for the development of Clark International Airport (CRK)."

23 Jun 2016 - PHO hosts training on child injury prevention

PAMPANGA -- Provincial Health Office (PHO) conducted a two-day training program on child injury prevention and control at Benigno Hall, Capitol Compound recently.

This is in line with the observance of the National Safety Month.

23 Jun 2016 - 3 suspected pushers nabbed in buy-bust

PAMPANGA -- Three suspected illegal drug pushers were nabbed in a buy-bust operation conducted recently in Barangay Quebiawan, San Fernando recently.

The suspects were identified as Aldrin Rivera, AJ Rivera and Liezel Pelayo, all are residents of the said barangay.

22 Jun 2016 - Mayor demands Pelco-3's payment of tax obligations

PAMPANGA -- Sto Tomas mayor Joselito Naguit yesterday publicly denounced the actions of Pampanga III Electronic Cooperative (Pelco-3) in the recent cutting off of the power supply of government buildings and streetlights on alleged debts of the town adding that it should be the power utility who should settle its tax obligations with the municipal government.

Naguit said that they estimate Pelco-3's tax obligations to more than P8 million.

22 Jun 2016 - CDC conducts surgery on century-old trees

CLARK FREEPORT -- The environment office of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has conducted "tree surgery" to protect century-old trees inside this Freeport.

In its report, officials of the Environmental Permits Department (EPD) of CDC stated that they have reinforced trees with steel bars to save decaying old trees.

22 Jun 2016 - Angeles City execs welcome China offer to build Clark-Manila railway

ANGELES CITY -- City officials here said they welcome China's offer to build the Clark Manila railway.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said the Scarborough issue should not be discussed and that China should build railways in the entire country to spur development in the countryside.

22 Jun 2016 - Mayor pushes plans to make city biker-friendly

PAMPANGA -- City of San Fernando--Mayor Edwin Santiago over the weekend said that his administration will intensify its promotion of the use of bicycle as a means of transportation to keep the air clean and make San Fernando a biker-friendly-city.

This was stated during a cycling caravan sponsored by the LGU last June 19 which was participated by hundreds bike enthusiasts coming from the city and nearby areas.

22 Jun 2016 - PRO3 holds earthquake drill

PAMPANGA -- The Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) Wednesday joined in the observance of the 2nd Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill.

Officer-In-Charge of PRO3 Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino said that the earthquake drill/simulation aims to help prepare PNP personnel and other employees inside the camp on how to respond in case of an earthquake situation.

21 Jun 2016 - Builder charged for tax evasion

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed a criminal complaint with the Department of Justice against Ricardo Tayag III for alleged Willful Attempt to Evade or Defeat Tax, and Deliberate Failure to Supply Correct and Accurate Information in his Income Tax Return (ITR) and Value Added Tax (VAT) Return for taxable year 2013, in violation of Sections 254 and 255 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997, as amended (Tax Code).

Tayag is the owner of R.P. Tayag Builders with business address at 2-9 Pandan Magalang Road, Salapungan, Angeles City. He is engaged in the construction of residential houses and buildings.

21 Jun 2016 - Slain Jimboy group members identified

ANGELES CITY -- Police officially identified the members of a notorious crime syndicate who were slain in a shootout that transpired on Monday at the boundary of Angeles City and Magalang town.

The fatalities were identified as part of the Jimboy Santos crime group who are allegedly involved in car theft, kidnapping, robbery-hold up and highway robbery.

21 Jun 2016 - Mabalacat City to send lone delegate to World Youth Day

MABALACAT CITY -- The city is sending its lone delegate to the 30th World Youth Day which will be held in Krakow, Poland on July 25 to 31.

Daryl Quioc, 21, will be joining millions of youth to the international Catholic event themed “Blessed are the merciful for they will receive mercy” ((Matthew 5:7).

21 Jun 2016 - Minalin outgoing vice mayor to go back to lawyering

PAMPANGA -- Former Vice-Mayor Querolico Daag, who sought the mayoral post in the last elections and lost to incumbent Mayor Edgar Flores, said he will go back to private life and continue his practice as a lawyer.

"Of course, I will go back to work as a lawyer and to private life, but the service to the people will still continue," he said.

21 Jun 2016 - Volunteers ready to wage war versus crimes, drugs

ANGELES CITY -- Members of the newly-formed Balibago Peacekeeping Operations and Surveillance Group (BPOSG) have started waging war against illegal drugs and all forms of criminality.

The volunteers --including Bantay Bayan members, purok leaders, motorcycle club riders, and others – recently completed various courses on surveillance, investigation, crime prevention, illegal drugs and other topics.

20 Jun 2016 - DFA to roll out new global online appointment system

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has announced the system-up schedule of the APO Online Appointment System for E-passport applications to provide better and more efficient consular services to the public in a most responsive and effective way.

The new global online appointment system will be rolled out on June 24, 2016 where 20 DFA regional consular offices, including RCO Pampanga will "go live."

18 Jun 2016 - Trader asks Duterte to develop regions

ANGELES CITY -- A businessman has urged President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to develop the regions as part of the decongestion of Metro Manila.

Rene Romero, vice chairman of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Incorporated (PamCham), said countryside development will prevent the migration of people from the provinces to the metropolis.

18 Jun 2016 - CL residents urged to join nationwide earthquake drill

PAMPANGA -- The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) is enjoining residents of Central Luzon to actively participate in the Second National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) scheduled on June 22 at 9:00 a.m.

Office of Civil Defense Regional Director and RDRRMC 3 Chair Josefina Timoteo said “Through your commitment and cooperation, we can make our region a resilient and prepared community. So what are you waiting for? Come and join us! Shout-out your commitment and let us do the Duck-Cover-Hold technique on Wednesday.”

18 Jun 2016 - Cebu Pacific joins Unicef’s food program for children

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Cebu Pacific (CEB) has participated in the food program of the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef).

Now, flying with Cebu Pacific will not only take travelers to the best destinations here and abroad, it will also bring much-needed health and nutrition to infants and young children.

18 Jun 2016 - San Fernando prepares for rainy season

PAMPANGA -- The City Government here recently purchased a hydraulic excavator backhoe on barge in preparation for the rainy season.

The equipment, which was inaugurated Friday at the Mapalad Creek in Barangay San Nicolas through the initiative of the City Engineer’s Office in line with their River Management Program, will be used in dredging and desilting river channels surrounding the city.

18 Jun 2016 - DOE cites partners in Euro 4 Fuel Eco Run 2016

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Energy, through its Energy Utilization Management Bureau, recognized recently partner vehicle manufacturers that contributed to the success of the Euro 4 Fuel Eco Run 2016.

Sponsored by Petron Corporation, the May 27 run covered a distance of 280 kilometers from the Petron Service Station inside Clark Freeport to Urdaneta, Pangasinan via the Subic-Clark-Tarlac and Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressways.

17 Jun 2016 - 8 Mabalacat teachers commended

MABALACAT CITY -- The Department of Education Region III (DepEd-3) recently commended eight elementary school teachers here for “developing and nurturing” a pupil with autism.

Dr. Irelyn P. Tamayo, head of the City Schools Division of Mabalacat (CSDM), said that their office received the commendation letter from DepEd-3 Director Malcom S. Garma.

17 Jun 2016 - Megaworld allots P180-B for township projects

PAMPANGA -- Property developer Megaworld has stated that it will be spending around P180 billion in the next 10 years to implement its township projects in various provinces across the country.

The firm is expanding its development portfolio in the provinces as opportunities for economic growth look brighter and bigger outside of Metro Manila.

17 Jun 2016 - Pampanga fetes Pinatubo heroes

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga, together with the Mt. Pinatubo Executive Committee, on Wednesday recognized individuals and groups who shared their efforts to rebuild the province from the devastation wrought by the Mt. Pinatubo eruption in 1991.

Led by Governor Lilia Pineda, Vice-Governor Dennis Pineda and Pinatubo Committee Chairman Levy P. Laus, the "Pinatubo heroes" were feted for their invaluable contribution to help Pampanga rise from the ashes of the world's second worst eruption of the 20th century.

17 Jun 2016 - Duterte asked to transfer domestic flights to CRK

ANGELES CITY--Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has asked incoming President Rodrgigo Duterte to transfer regional and domestic flights from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to Clark International Airport (CRK).

Pamintuan said that he, together with his chief of staff Alexander Cauguiran, who is a former vice president of Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC), discussed the development of Clark airport with Duterte during their recent visit in Davao.

17 Jun 2016 - Sun.Star Pampanga finalist in 2015 Civic Journalism Community Press Awards

PAMPANGA -- Sun.Star Pampanga, the only daily community newspaper in Central Luzon is a finalist in the 2015 Civic Journalism Community Press Awards of the Philippine Press Institute (PPI).

The first ever feat sees Sun.Star Pampanga vying for the top spots in editing, photojournalism, editorial page, business and economic reporting, environmental reporting, reporting on history, arts and culture, and fisheries.

17 Jun 2016 - Candaba gets P1.5-million worth of negokarts

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday turned-over the P1.5-million check to the local government here for the Negosyo sa Kariton (NegoKart) project.

DOLE-Pampanga Field Office Head Arlene Tolentino awarded the check to outgoing Mayor Rene Maglanque which was witnessed by the intended recipients.

15 Jun 2016 - Pamintuan: Angeles City rose from the ashes

ANGELES CITY -- No man-made or natural disaster can break the spirit of the Angelenos.

This was how Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan described his people who bounced back after the deadly and destructive eruptions of Mount Pinatubo 25 years ago.

15 Jun 2016 - Arayat Mayor worried over slow construction of Cupang dike

PAMPANGA -- Re-elected Mayor Emmanuel "Bon" Alejandrino of this town recently expressed his worries over the slow rehabilitation of the Cupang section of the Apalit-Arayat Setback levee facilitated by the Department of Public Works and Highways Region III (DPWH-3).

Earlier, the DPWH-3 has released a P45-million fund for the reconstruction of the slope protection of the damaged portion of the setback levee in Barangay Cupang which stands as the second line of defense of the province besides Arnedo dike.

15 Jun 2016 - 1 Central Luzon firms choose renewable energy

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Aboitiz Power Corporation has announced that it is supporting eleven of the biggest companies in Central Luzon which are choosing renewable energy to support their respective operations.

Aboitiz Power Corp., through its subsidiary AdventEnergy welcomed its eleven newest customers from Central Luzon under the Retail Competition and Open Access (RCOA) regime.

15 Jun 2016 - Medical center sets free prostate exam

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Medical City Clark, in cooperation with the Philippine Urological Association Incorporated, has set a free digital rectal and prostate examination on June 18.

The project, which is open to men 40 years old and above, is in line with the observance of the Prostate Health Awareness Month, officials of the TMC Clark said.

15 Jun 2016 - Provincial Blood Council collects 140 blood bags

PAMPANGA -- In line with the celebration of World Blood Donor Day, the Provincial Blood Council of Pampanga has collected 140 units of fresh blood in a bloodletting activity held at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center (BZGCC) Tuesday.

Members of the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Bureau of Fire Protection and civilians who regularly donate blood participated in the activity.

14 Jun 2016 - BCDA sets completion of Clark Green City access road on July 15

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) has announced that 19.4-kilometer access road of Clark Green City will be completed by July 15.

Arnel Paciano Casanova, BCDA president and chief executive officer, said that the construction of the access road project is in full blast and is currently 60 percent complete.

13 Jun 2016 - Gov on 25th Pinatubo eruption anniversary: Never forget

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda yesterday urged Kapampangans to never forget the valuable lessons from the 1991 eruption of Mt. Pinatubo and how the destructive forces of the subsequent lahar flows have proven the indomitable courage and resiliency of the Kapampangan spirit.

"The lessons of those years and the values that we have learned must never be forgotten. They should be kept alive for future generations to learn from," Governor Pineda said.

13 Jun 2016 - NGCP working on CSF request for relocation of posts

PAMPANGA -- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines or NGCP yesterday stressed that their management is closely working on the request of the local government unit of San Fernando to move the 20 electric posts currently standing in the middle of the Jose Abad Santos Avenue in this city.

This, after city Councilor Celestino “Tino" Dizon expressed his plans to file a complaint against the power corporation due to their alleged negligence on their motion which has been raised on as early as 2013.

12 Jun 2016 - Dong visits, thanks Arroyo

PAMPANGA -- Third District Representative-elect Aurelio “Dong" Gonzales Jr. visited former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City over the weekend as he thanked the latter for all her support through the years.

"I owe a lot to Madam GMA, my district owes her a great deal for all her support in the past years," Gonzales said.

12 Jun 2016 - Kapampangans get glimpse of ancient Philippine gold, jewelry tradition

PAMPANGA -- The celebration of the 118th anniversary of independence yesterday took a more cultural approach as National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) showcased exact replicas of the country’s ancient gold collection at a city mall.

The exhibit of pre-Hispanic gold and jewelry heritage titled Ginto: A Golden Heritage displays ancient gold ornaments crafted by early Filipinos from 700 to 1,200 years ago.

12 Jun 2016 - PLDT, Smart fire up 3 700 MHz cell sites

CLARK FREEPORT -- PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications (Smart) has fired up its first batch of three LTE (Long-Term Evolution) cell sites using the 700-megahertz (MHz) spectrum, and has posted peak download speeds of up to 222 mbps in one of those sites using LTE-Advanced with Carrier Aggregation.

The three Smart cell sites fired up with 700 MHz are in Tanay, Rizal; Matina, Davao City; and Manggahan area in Pasig City, where peak download speeds of 101 Mbps were attained on a single-band, 700-MHz LTE set-up.

11 Jun 2016 - DFA exec to lead 2016 Independence Day rites at Pamintuan Mansion

ANGELES CITY -- Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Laura Quiambao-Del Rosario will lead the 118th Independence Day rites today at Pamintuan Mansion.

“Event starts with a parade from Museo ning Angeles which is near the Holy Rosary Parish. Participants shall consist of students, teachers, boy scouts, government employees, policemen, firefighters, soldiers, and representatives from the private sector,” the City Information Office (CIO) said.

11 Jun 2016 - Kapampangans to celebrate spirit of resiliency, recovery

PAMPANGA -- Twenty five years after the devastation wrought by the Mt. Pinatubo eruption, Pampanga will not only commemorate the June 15 catastrophe and its aftermath, but more importantly, Kapampangans will celebrate the spirit of resiliency, determination and unity that led to the province’s impressive recovery.

According to Arts, Culture and Tourism Office of Pampanga head Arwin Lingat, the event is a commemoration of the disaster that devastated Pampanga and a celebration of the resiliency of the Kapampangans in overcoming any form of adversity.

11 Jun 2016 - Pampanga, Japan prefecture plan sisterhood pact on agri-business

CLARK FREEPORT -- The provincial government of Pampanga and Yamanashi Prefecture Ichikawamisato in Japan through the Pampanga State Agricultural University and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) plan to formalize a sisterhood accord for the planting of Mulberry Tree and other agricultural business in the province.

The delegation from Yamanashi Prefecture in Japan was headed by Han Sung Min, president of Kuwanosato, Inc Shigeru Kanemaru and Hisashi Tatsuzawa of ALPS Inc.,Yoshino Harunobu, Fuki Takehiro of Task Co. Ltd., In Uk Bak of Pines International Academy while the provincial government was represented by Governor Lilia Pineda, Board Member Crisostomo Garbo and some department heads and Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU) president Honorio M. Soriano, Jr., Dr. Rogelio D. Cosio, Dr. Norman G. De Jesus and Dr. Ernesto D. Supan.

11 Jun 2016 - Legarda: Build a pollution-free nation

CLARK FREEPORT -- As the nation celebrates 118 years of independence from colonial rule on June 12, Senator Loren Legarda called for unity in building a pollution-free environment.

“We celebrate our Independence Day commemorating the sacrifices made by our heroes who laid down their lives to break free from the clutches of oppression, But while we are a sovereign nation, we continue to live in a polluted environment that has trapped us in a cycle of disaster vulnerability and poverty,” said Legarda.

11 Jun 2016 - BPO execs eye Clark call center hub

CLARK FREEPORT -- Officials of a newly inaugurated business process outsourcing (BPO) located at the technology hub building of SM City Clark said that they see Clark as a potential area for their expansion program.

Annie Pineda, vice president of Motif Incorporated outsourcing firm, said that they picked Clark as their fourth global delivery center because they believe in the skills and ingenuity of the Kapampangans.

11 Jun 2016 - Construction of Clark Green City roads now full blast

CLARK FREEPORT -- The state-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said that the construction of the 19.4-km Clark Green City access road project is now full blast and is 60 percent complete.

“The bulldozers are on full throttle and we are on track in building the country’s first smart, green and disaster-resilient metropolis,” BCDA president and CEO Arnel Paciano D. Casanova said.

11 Jun 2016 - MAO to adjust planting calendar of crops

PAMPANGA -- The San Simon Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) here said Friday that they would adjust their planting calendar to avoid waste on crops production as the La Niña phenomenon is expected to hit the country this year.

Following the onslaught of El Niño phenomenon this year, reports said that the country might be experiencing La Niña a few months from now.

11 Jun 2016 - Woman killed in motorcycle mishap

PAMPANGA -- A 21-year-old woman died on Friday evening after being hit by a motorcycle in Barangay Sto. Niño, San Simon.

The victim identified as Cindy Rosales, a resident of the said barangay, was accidentally hit around 8:30 p.m. by a motorcycle driven by John Azily Valderama, 23, resident of Barangay Cansinala, Apalit town.

10 Jun 2016 - Air Force adopts Angeles school

ANGELES CITY -- Major units of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) in Clark Freeport conducted an outreach program at a primary school at the Export Processing Zone Authority (EPZA) resettlement center in line with their 69th founding anniversary on July 5.

The feeding program and gift-giving, which benefitted elementary pupils and faculty members, was jointly conducted by the six major PAF units led by the 600th ABW.

10 Jun 2016 - Minalin council approves 'No Bible verse, no permit' law for PUVs

PAMPANGA -- Passengers and commuters in this fourth district town will no longer be greeted with "Basta driver, sweet lover," "god knows Judas not pay," "Barya lang po sa umaga" as the municipal council passed on third and final reading what stakeholders here branded as a “unique" law that requires such quotes to be replaced with Bible verses.

The "No Bible Verse, No Permit" ordinance, which also earned the nod of public utility vehicle drivers and operators of jeepneys and tricycles, was approved by the council on last June 8 after a public hearing on June 1.

10 Jun 2016 - CSF mulls complaint vs NGCP

PAMPANGA -- The San Fernando city government here is contemplating on filing a complaint against the National Grid Power Corporation of the Philippines or NGCP for allegedly neglecting the administration's appeal to move the electric posts currently located in the middle of Jose Abad Santos Avenue (JASA) here.

This was disclosed by city Councilor Celestino "Tino" Dizon, in-charge of the project, who expressed concern over the risks posed by the electric posts.

10 Jun 2016 - Construction of holding area for rescued children pushed

MABALACAT CITY -- A village chief in this city has pushed for the construction of a holding area for children who will be rescued in line with the impending implementation of curfew on minors.

Dr. Oscar Aurelio, chairman of Barangay Dau, said that the city social welfare office is mandated to receive rescued kids.

10 Jun 2016 - Capitol to create Pampanga Bay desilting team

PAMPANGA -- The provincial government of Pampanga is eyeing the formation of a multipartite monitoring team (MMT) for the proposed desilting and dredging project along Pampanga Bay and Pasac River.

According to Arthur Punsalan, head of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PG-ENRO), the MMT is part of the condition in the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Office-Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) to the provincial government and the Buildnet Construction Inc., the private partner for the desilting and dredging project.

10 Jun 2016 - Mexico ex-village chief shot dead

PAMPANGA -- A former village chief in this municipality was shot dead recently by still unidentified suspects.

The victim identified as Rodrigo Andan, former chairman of Barangay Acli here, was shot by two suspects on board a red Honda TMX at Barangay Calulut in the City of San Fernando.

9 Jun 2016 - DepEd extends SHS enrollment in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Incoming Grade 11 students in public Senior High Schools (SHS) are given until June 30 to enroll in their chosen school as the Department of Education Regional Office III (DepEd-3) announced the extension of the SHS enrollment in Central Luzon.

This move seeks to ensure that the projected enrollment for public SHS students will be realized. As of the first enrollment deadline last June 3, only 57,637 out of the 100,333 or 57.6 percent of projected Grade 11 enrollees have registered.

9 Jun 2016 - Apu Ceto urges faithful: Pray for Duterte

PAMPANGA -- Amid the rants of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte against the Catholic Church and some of its bishops, San Fernando Archbishop Emeritus Paciano Aniceto on Wednesday urged the faithful to "pray for him to stand by the truth, pursue common good and uplift the dignity of Filipinos."

Aniceto, the feisty pro-life prelate now retired but still active with his mission and advocacies, said the incoming president is "in a complicated situation that needs guidance and prayers."

9 Jun 2016 - Hizon calls for witnesses on supporters' shooting incident

PAMPANGA -- Re-elected Bacolor Mayor Jose Mari "Jomar" Hizon yesterday appealed to possible witnesses on the shooting incidents experienced by some of his supporters during the election season to appear and help them bring justice to the victims by helping them identify the suspects.

During the heat of election season, the houses of Eugene Yumul and Normando David, both alleged Hizon leader and supporter respectively, were strafed by unidentified suspects riding a silver Toyota Vios and a motorcycle.

9 Jun 2016 - Central Luzon population now at 11.22M

PAMPANGA -- The population of Central Luzon has reached 11.22 million, according to the 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN 2015).

It is higher by over a million since the previous POPCEN in 2010 and the region remains the third largest nationwide after Calabarzon and Metro Manila.

8 Jun 2016 - Recall landslide warning, Alejandrino tells MGB

PAMPANGA -- Re-elected Arayat Mayor Emmanuel "Bon" Alejandrino yesterday urged the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region III (MGB-3) to recall their recommendation in declaring Barangay San Juan Baño a landslide danger zone.

MGB-3 Supervising Geologist Clarissa Villanueva earlier reiterated their suggestion to declare the area as a "no habitation, no build up" zone following the landslide activity on 2009 which killed 12 people.

8 Jun 2016 - Boking to Filinvest: Re-hire displaced Mimosa workersBoking to Filinvest: Re-hire displaced Mimosa workers

MABALACAT CITY -- Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales of this city has appealed to the Gotianun family's Filinvest Group that took over the management and operation of the 202-hectare Mimosa Leisure Estate from the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) to reconsider hiring some 455 displaced workers.

The 455-strong members of the Association of Clark Mimosa Employees (ACME) have already received their full benefits from the state-run CDC after an arduous court battle.

8 Jun 2016 - After 30 years, PH's ecclesiastical artist graduates from college

PAMPANGA -- Some thirty years ago, a cash strapped and love-stricken Willy Layug dropped out of his collage course at the University of Santo Tomas to live a quiet life with his wife and pursue his dream of becoming a wood carver in Guagua town's Betis District.

The story of his life from that point has become part of contemporary history. It was a long and bitter struggle towards success. He would later become the first-ever Kapampangan wood carver to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Merit for Ecclesiastical Art by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and recently honored by the Roman Catholic Church with the "Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice" (For the Church and the Pope) or "Cross of Honor" medal--the highest medal that can be awarded by the Papacy.

8 Jun 2016 - BIR closes Santo Tomas shop for P775k tax liability

PAMPANGA -- Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Region 4 (RR4) Regional Director Jethro Sabariaga yesterday led the team that implemented the closure of Matitu Enterprises, a hardware shop, for value added tax (VAT) liability amounting to P775,470.

Sabariaga led the team as they implemented the closure order under the BIR's Oplan Kandado program. The said establishment, owned by one Joseph Matitu, attempted to "evade payment of taxes by not complying with the registration requirements set forth by the National Revenue Code of 1997."

8 Jun 2016 - Transgender killed and stuffed inside luggage

MABALACAT CITY -- A Chinese national has been arrested for killing a Pinay transgender whose body was found inside a luggage in Bacoor, Cavite.

The suspect was in a relationship with the victim from Mabalacat and admitted that he killed her but he said he regrrets it.

7 Jun 2016 - Even with no recorded landslides: MGB insists town city susceptible

PAMPANGA -- Despite no recorded landslides in the City of Mabalacant and Porac town, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region III (MGB-3) yesterday insisted that the two areas are "still susceptible to landslides."

On Tuesday, officials and stakeholders from Mabalacat City raised howlers and asked the MGB to clarify its statements regarding the city's being prone to landslides, as it is not "hilly or mountainous" and far from the Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges, as MGB Supervising Geologist Clarissa Villanueva disclosed a recent briefing where she noted that landslides may occur in the two areas if heavy rains fall continuously or for a prolonged period of time.

7 Jun 2016 - CSF records 30% increase in dengue cases

PAMPANGA -- The City of San Fernando has already recorded 252 cases of dengue or a 30 percent increase from the 195 cases in the same period last year.

According to Dra. Renely Tungol, City Health Office Dengue Coordinator, the number of cases are rising even before the rainy season starts where dengue usually abounds.

7 Jun 2016 - NLEx Mabalacat widening to be completed by October

MABALACAT CITY -- An official of the Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) said that the widening of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) Mabalacat Segment 3, which is expected to ease traffic congestion in the locality, is in full swing and will be completed by October.

Robbie Tanada, MNTC Assistant Vice President for Government Relations, said this during a project presentation at the Sangguniang Panlungsod here on Monday.

7 Jun 2016 - 20 OFW returnees start anew with P200k NRCO aid

PAMPANGA -- Some 20 OFW-returnees can now start anew, thanks to a P200,000 livelihood assistance made possible through the Department of Labor and Employment's (DOLE) Assist-WELL Program.

The Assist WELL Program, which stands for Welfare, Employment, Legal, and Livelihood, is a package of reintegration assistance or services for repatriated OFWs.Some 20 OFW-returnees can now start anew, thanks to a P200,000 livelihood assistance made possible through the Department of Labor and Employment's (DOLE) Assist-WELL Program.

6 Jun 2016 - 2 towns, 1 city identified as landslide prone areas

PAMPANGA -- As La Niña threatens the region expectedly by year-end, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' Mines and Geosciences Bureau III (MGB-3) identified the landslide prone areas in Pampanga as part of early warning moves.

The MGB is the agency responsible in mapping the geophysical aspect of the country and which identifies areas prone to earthquake, tsunami, landslide and flooding.

6 Jun 2016 - DTI intensifies monitoring prices of basic goods before rainy season

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Trade and Industry Central Luzon (DTI-3) is closely monitoring the prices of basic goods and prime commodities as the rainy season sets in.

The DTI is currently monitoring prices of canned goods, instant noodles, bottled water, candles, processed milk, bread, processed pork and beef, flour, soap and condiments.

6 Jun 2016 - CSF, TESDA ink pact for skills trainings

PAMPANGA -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the City Government of San Fernando recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in the implementation of Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB)-funded projects.

With this, skills trainings on Construction (Carpentry NC II), Metals and Engineering (SMAW NC I) and Tourism (Cake Making leading to Bread and Pastry Production NC II) shall open to public.

6 Jun 2016 - MAO: El Niño caused low crop production

PAMPANGA -- The Minalin Municipal Agricultural Office (MAO) said yesterday that the El Niño phenomenon caused low crop production and harvest of farmers in the town.

MAO head Edna Manlapaz said that rice and vegetable crops of some farmers were reportedly damaged.

5 Jun 2016 - Cayetano: Get used to Duterte’s style

ANGELES CITY -- Senator Alan Cayetano said the media and the people should get used to how President-elect Rodrigo Duterte communicates his thoughts to avoid problems.

If you will get used to it, we can avoid miscommunication,” he said.

5 Jun 2016 - 2 Mayors-elect to support Duterte's advocacies

PAMPANGA -- Two recently elected mayors said they will support President-elect Rodrigo Duterte in his advocacies.

Apalit mayor-elect Peter Nucom, from Nationalist People's Coalition, said that he will support Duterte's advocacies as long as it would benefit the people.

4 Jun 2016 - DTI denies raps over deformed steel bars

PAMPANGA -- Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Central Luzon denied Saturday the allegations of the Philippine Iron and Steel Institute (PISI) that it allegedly issued provisional and conditional import commodity clearance over imported deformed steel bars.

DTI Regional Director Judith Angeles brushed off the allegations as "baseless, malicious and incriminating in nature", saying Zambales Provincial Director Leonila Baluyut had acted within the mandate and bounds of the law, rules and regulations being implemented by the DTI.

4 Jun 2016 - Guv distributes 700 food packs to Aeta families

PAMPANGA -- Some 700 Aeta families from the upland villages of Nabuclod and Camachile, this town received food packs from the provincial government led by Governor Lilia Pineda on Friday.

Pineda, together with board member Rosve Henson personally facilitated the distribution to the beneficiaries.

4 Jun 2016 - Air Force units adopt Mabalacat orphanage

CLARK FREEPORT -- Six major units of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) stationed in this Freeport conducted an outreach program by adopting the Send the Light Foundation orphanage located in Barangay Dapdap at the nearby town of Mabalacat City.

Lieutenant Julimar Romero, public information officer of the PAF 600th Air Base Wing, said that activity is in line with the PAF's 69th founding anniversary on July 5, 2016.

4 Jun 2016 - Police bust Olongapo global sextortion ring

SUBIC BAY -- The Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) busted what is believed to be a global "sextortion ring" in Olongapo City after the arrest of 28 persons, one of them a woman, engaged in ceybersex operations Saturday.

PNP–ACG director Senior Superintendent Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar said the 28 individuals were found engaged in the business of selling pornographic materials or pornographic website links to their clients abroad and later duping them into exposing themselves in front of webcams.

3 Jun 2016 - PPC: Duterte should clarify stand on media

PAMPANGA -- Press Club (PPC) president Diosdado "Deng" Pangilinan yesterday said that President-elect Rodrigo Duterte should clarify his stand on media killings and his statements regarding the assassination of corrupt journalists.

On Wednesday, various media organizations and groups led by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) scored Duterte for his "crass" pronouncement that most journalists who were killed are corrupt.

3 Jun 2016 - Pamintuan back from Apec forum in China

ANGELES CITY -- Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has returned from the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) High-Level Urbanization Forum 2016 held in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China last June 2 and 3.

The forum, hosted by the China National Development and Reform Commission, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is aimed at exploring opportunities for cooperation, promoting trade and investment, creating jobs, safeguarding social equality, with a view to achieving people-oriented urbanization and inclusive growth.

3 Jun 2016 - Robredo thanks Kapampangans for support

PAMPANGA -- Vice President-elect Leni Robredo on Thursday thanked Kapampangans for their support as she added that she is excited for the challenges that her new position would entail.

The Vice President-elect said that her team is now in coordination with outgoing Vice-President Jejomar Binay to make the transition to the post smooth.

3 Jun 2016 - Apalit town prepares for annual fluvial parade

PAMPANGA -- The local government unit (LGU) is now preparing for the annual fluvial parade slated on June 28 to 30.

Mayor-elect Peter Nucom said that the LGU, the police, and rescuers are now getting ready for the programs to be conducted in the 172-year old yearly religious tradition in honor of this town's patron Saint Peter.

3 Jun 2016 - Lazatin to push Clark airport development

CLARK FREEPORT -- Congressman-elect Carmelo "Jonjon" Lazatin has vowed to push for the development of Clark International Airport (CRK) as the country's premier gateway.

Lazatin who defeated Congressman Joseller "Yeng" Guiao in the recent congressional race for the first district of Pampanga, said the full development and utilization of Clark airport will create more jobs for the people in the entire Central Luzon and other parts of the country.

3 Jun 2016 - Mabalacat senior high ready

MABALACAT CITY - The infrastructure and human resources needed for the proper implementation of the new Senior High School (SHS) level in this component city are now ready.

This was disclosed by City Schools Division of Mabalacat (CSDM) officer-in-charge Superintendent Dr. Irelyn Tamayo who said that classrooms and teachers are ready to accommodate some 4,887 students expected to enroll as senior high school for school year 2016-2017.

2 Jun 2016 - 2 businesswomen face tax raps

PAMPANGA -- THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Thursday filed a case with the Department of Justice (DOJ) against the owners of two fuel filling stations in Magalang town and Angeles City for their failure to declare their Income Tax Return (ITR) correctly.

BIR Revenue Region IV Director Jethro Sabariaga confirmed that a criminal complaint was filed against Arleen San Miguel Lansangan, owner and operator of Cutud Fuel Filling Station which is located at Magalang Road, Barangay Cutud, Angeles City, for a P72 million tax evasion case.

2 Jun 2016 - Lazatin vows to work with Governor

CLARK FREEPORT -- Congressman-elect Carmelo 'Jonjon' Lazatin has vowed to work with Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda particularly on the health programs for residents of the province's first congressional district.

The incoming representative issued the statement during the Pampanga Press Club (PPC) monthly media forum dubbed Talk Widus at Widus Hotel and Casino last Wednesday.

2 Jun 2016 - More than 11,300 jobs up in CL Kalayaan job fairs

PAMPANGA -- Some 11,373 jobs await jobseekers in this year's region-wide Kalayaan 2016 Job Fairs in Central Luzon, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Thursday.

Of the total job vacancies solicited, around 5,955 will be available for local employment from 142 participating companies from various industries and 30 government plantilla positions.

2 Jun 2016 - La Niña to hit Central Luzon before year-end

PAMPANGA -- After the destructive El Niño phenomenon in Central Luzon, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) is now preparing for the expected onslaught of La Niña before the end of the year.

La Niña is the opposite of El Niño and is characterized by above normal rainfall, strong monsoon activity, and formation of more tropical cyclones.

2 Jun 2016 - CIAC records 8% passenger increase

CLARK FREEPORT -- More passengers flew in and out of Clark International Airport (CRK) during the first four months of 2016 compared to the same period last year.

This was learned from Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Emigdio Tanjuatco III who bared statistics showing that 316,656 passengers used CRK from January to April this year compared to 292,659 passengers during the same period in 2015.

1 Jun 2016 - Pamintuan to attend APEC forum in China

ANGELES CITY -- Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) High-Level Urbanization Forum 2016 set to be held in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China on June 2 and 3.

The forum, hosted by the China National Development and Reform Commission, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is aimed at exploring opportunities for cooperation, promoting trade and investment, creating jobs, safeguarding social equality, with a view to achieving people-oriented urbanization and inclusive growth.

1 Jun 2016 - New PRO-3 chief to watch over cops' illegal activities

PAMPANGA -- Newly-installed Police Regional Office III (PRO-3) Officer-in-Charge Aaron Aquino on Monday vowed to scrap all illegal activities committed by his fellow policemen during his stay in the office.

Aquino, who formerly headed the police force of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte in Davao City, said he wants to strengthen the counter-intelligence against policemen who abuse power.

1 Jun 2016 - Exec: No more discrimination vs Aetas

CLARK FREEPORT -- Indigenous people particularly the Aetas should feel that they belong to the mainstream of the Filipino society.

This were the words Sonny Dobles, an environmentalist and leader of Nagkakaisang Guardians, after the Asian Sports Apparel Philippines Incoporated (AsaPhil) conducted its very first job fair in San Martin, an Aeta village in the town of Bamban, Tarlac province last May 20, 2016.