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Balibago News Jan-2017

28 Jan 2017 - Guv vows no-balance billing for TB patients

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda vowed to include tuberculosis (TB) patients in the no-balance billing policy being implemented in all government hospitals in this province.

The governor announced this during the assembly of more than 700 TB patients from Lubao, Floridablanca, Guagua, Sasmuan, Sta. Rita and Porac held at Lubao Gymnasium on Friday.

28 Jan 2017 - DOE eyes auto-LPG on jeepneys

SUBIC BAY -– The Department of Energy (DOE) is eyeing the use of Auto-Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) as alternative fuel on jeepneys.

“Our goal is to enhance the energy supply security through fuel diversification using LPG as clean alternative fuel for transport like jeepneys,” DOE Senior Science Research Specialist Roselle Ibuna said during the recently concluded Multi-Sectoral Forum on Energy Sector Innovations through the use of Alternative Fuels and Energy Technologies.

28 Jan 2017 - Diño bares P140-B dev't projects for Subic Bay Freeport

SUBIC BAY -- Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chair Martin Diño disclosed his proposed development projects for the Freeport Zone amounting to P140-billion.

“SBMA has been one of the foundations of our country in economic growth, job creation and catalyst of national and local development,” he said during the recently concluded Multi-Sectoral Forum on Energy Sector Innovations through the use of Alternative Fuels and Energy Technologies of Department of Energy and Philippine Information Agency.

28 Jan 2017 - Pampanga peace council okays P40-M budget for 2017

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) chaired by Governor Lilia Pineda and vice-chaired by Vice Governor Dennis Pineda led the approval of the P40-million budget for this year on Wednesday.

The budget proposal was presented by its Secretariat and Department of Interior and Local Government-Pampanga Director Myrvi Fabia during the council’s first meeting for 2017.

27 Jan 2017 - Business insurance ordinance ‘railroaded’

ANGELES CITY -- A businessman has assailed the City Council for allegedly “railroading” the passage of the Commercial/Public General Liability (CGL) Insurance or the mandatory business insurance.

Ruperto Cruz, owner of the Grand Palazzo Royal and Royal Garden Golf and Country Club, said that the city council deliberately conducted the public hearing in a far village like Sapang Bato to hide its passage from the businessmen.

27 Jan 2017 - Legarda pushes for swift passage of free tuition bill for SUCs

CLARK FREEPORT -- Senator Loren Legarda is pushing for the immediate passage of a bill that seeks to institutionalize the provision of full tuition fee subsidy for students enrolled in all of the country’s 114 state universities and colleges (SUCs).

In her co-sponsorship speech on Senate Bill 1304, or the proposed Free Higher Education for All Act, Legarda underscored the need to pass a law that will set out mechanisms and guidelines by which the funding for free tuition, already appropriated for this year, will be utilized.

27 Jan 2017 - BFAR eyes more mangrove plantations in Masantol

PAMPANGA -- In a bid to further protect the coastal areas in this town, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) plans to plant more mangroves along the portion of the Pampanga River in Masantol.

BFAR representative Arlyn Morales met Friday with Mayor Danilo Guintu of this town to discuss the possible areas where they can plant the aquatic trees.

26 Jan 2017 - PAL to mount Clark flights to Cebu, Davao

CLARK FREEPORT -- Two domestic routes to the southern Philippines --- Davao and Cebu -- are set to be launched by Philippine Airlines (PAL) at Clark International Airport (CRK) in Pampanga.

This was learned from Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president and Chief Executive Officer Alexander Cauguiran, who said that this “development is seen to further strengthen operations at the premier airport north of Manila.”

26 Jan 2017 - DOTR to release P2.8B for Clark airport 2nd terminal

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Department of Transportation (DOTR) is set to release some P2.8 billion for the construction of a second passenger terminal at the Clark International Airport, according to the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC).

CIAC confirmed the release of the initial funding for the new passenger terminal that is expected to double the airport’s capacity to eight million passengers a year. The second terminal is scheduled for construction within the next three years, CIAC also said.

26 Jan 2017 - Lazatin wants return of historic steam locomotive

PAMPANGA -- This city’s Vice-Mayor Jimmy Lazatin is initiating efforts to have one of the historic steam locomotive of the Pampanga Sugar Development Company which has ended on display in front of a restaurant outside the Riverbanks Shopping Center in Marikina City.

The said locomotive is among the 82 known steam locomotives in the Philippines during the boom of the sugarcane trade in the early 1920’s. The Pampanga Sugar Development Co. (PASUDECO) 2-6-0 no. 2 (3’6” gauge Baldwin No. 60506 / June 1928) is among the remaining steam locomotives in the country that is still in good condition.

26 Jan 2017 - Mayor to form desk to protect Koreans

ANGELES CITY --- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said he will form a desk to protect Korean nationals in the city.

Pamintuan, while in Rome for the third round of peace talks, issued the statement to local media following the involvement of city police officers in illegal detention, robbery and extortion of Korean nationals recently.

26 Jan 2017 - San Fernando mayor claims city '80% drug cleared'

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Edwin Santiago disclosed that the capital city is already 80 percent drug cleared as of press time Thursday. Santiago was reiterating an updated report of the local police on the status of the anti-drug campaign in the town.

Santiago said the city is now poised at creating its own transformation and rehabilitation program for its own drug users and pushers who have earlier surrendered.

24 Jan 2017 - 7 Angeles cops sacked over extortion racket

ANGELES CITY -- Seven policemen detailed in Angeles City have been sacked over a robbery-extortion case involving Korean nationals in December last year.

Chief Supt. Aaron Aquino, Central Luzon Police director, identified the seven as PO3 Arnold Nagayo; PO3 Roentjen Domingo; PO2 Richard King Agapito; PO2 Ruben Rodriguez; PO3 Gomerson Evangelista; PO1 Jayson Ibe; and PO1 Mark Joseph Pineda.

24 Jan 2017 - Arayat town resumes noisy muffler hunt

PAMPANGA -- Town authorities here may have been lenient in apprehension during the New Year revelry, but firmly resumed a resolute stand against motorcycle drivers who are using modified mufflers.

Authorities of the Arayat Traffic Management Unit opened the flag ceremony on Monday by presenting January’s share of confiscated modified mufflers to town officials led by Mayor Emmanuel “Bon” Alejandrino, Vice- Mayor Monching Changcoco, Sangguniang Bayan members and barangay captains at the front of the Arayat Municipal Hall.

24 Jan 2017 - Police charge ex-lawmaker's driver over car crash

PAMPANGA -- The driver of former Second District Representative Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo is now facing charges over the head-on car collision involving him, the ex-lawmaker and another passenger onboard a Toyota Hilux which killed a policeman who was driving a Honda Civic in the mishap that transpired at the portion of the FVR Megadike in Bacolor town.

On Monday, Arroyo and his two companions, driver John Michael Macaraeg and Edward Mendoza Montevergin figured in a car crash with Police Officer 3 Alexander Villamin of the Central Luzon Regional Public Safety Battalion in Barangay Maliwalu in this town.

24 Jan 2017 - DA targets 3.7 million metric ton palay production for 2017

PAMPANGA -- The Department Agriculture (DA) is targeting a 3.7 million metric ton palay production for 2017 as it had placed 130,000 hectares for hybrid production.

"We hope to achieve the highest production in 2014," Villacorta said, adding that the hectares devoted this year for hybrid is 20,000 more than in the year 2016.

24 Jan 2017 - Ex-lawmaker, 2 companions injured; policeman killed in car crash

PAMPANGA -- Former Second District Representative Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo and his two companions were injured while a Central Luzon policeman was killed in a car collision that transpired at the portion of FVR Megadike in Bacolor town on Monday at about 3:30 pm.

According to Police Officer 2 Melchizedek Asuncion, investigator of the case, a metallic gray Toyota Hilux bearing conduction sticker VH-7847 driven by John Frederick Macaraeg and carrying Arroyo and Edward Mendoza Montevergin were headed to Porac town while a Honda Civic with plate number WFP-604 driven by Police Officer 2 Alexander Villamin of the Regional Public Safety Battalion 3 was moving towards Bacolor town.

24 Jan 2017 - P7-M proceeds of anomalous hog sale transferred to Angeles RTC

PAMPANGA -- Magalang Municipal Mayor Malu Paras-Lacson on Tuesday said that the P7 million check representing the proceeds in the sale of the hogs was transferred to the Clerk of Court of the Regional Trial Court in Angeles City Monday morning.

Lacson said that the court directed the municipal treasurer to transfer the funds to the court as custodial legis or in the custody of the law: the taking, seizing, or holding of something by lawful authority.

23 Jan 2017 - San Fernando Mayor ‘happy’ about turnout of taxpayers

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Edwin Santiago on Monday expressed joy over the huge turnout of taxpayers from the city, who continue to troop to the Business One Stop Shop (BOSS) at the city hall.“It’s really good to set the example as I and our officials were the first to actually pay our taxes–real property and residence certificates this month.

I and our fellow officials are very happy that Fernandinos pay their dues on time as evidenced by the huge turnout at our BOSS,” he said.

23 Jan 2017 - Drug suspect killed in buy-bust

PAMPANGA -- A suspected drug pusher from Bulacan province was killed in a buy-bust operation conducted by operatives of the City of San Fernando police.

The suspect whom the police did not yet identify, was arrested midnight of Saturday at Barangay Sindalan here.

23 Jan 2017 - Pamintuan urges Angeleños to obey traffic rules

ANGELES CITY -- Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has called the attention of the public to strictly follow traffic rules to avoid apprehensions.

“The reports coming from the Public Transport and Regulatory Office (PTRO) and Angeles City Traffic Development Office (ACTDO) regarding the number of apprehensions on traffic violations are quite alarming because it shows that a great number of motorists, both public and private, are either ignorant of traffic laws or they are just indifferent in following them,” said Pamintuan.

23 Jan 2017 - USS John S. McCain arrives in Subic Bay

SUBIC BAY -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) arrived in Subic Bay on Monday for a brief port call that highlights the strong community and military connections between the Philippines and the United States.

The McCain crew will participate in a series of community service projects and sporting events during the crew’s visit to the Philippines.

18 Jan 2017 - Execs deny irregularities in sale, purchase of hogs

PAMPANGA -- Bacolor Mayor Jose Mari "Jomar" Hizon and Magalang Mayor Malu Paras-Lacson denied Wednesday irregularities in the sale and purchase of hogs seized from a clandestine shabu laboratory in Magalang town late last year.

On Tuesday, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) officially filed a complaint at the Office of the Ombudsman against Hizon and Lacson for entering into a trade of the 4,038 pigs "which were owned by private individuals and not the municipality of Magalang."

18 Jan 2017 - Korean 'cremated' a day after abduction

PAMPANGA -- The body of an abducted South Korean businessman in Angeles City last October 2016 was allegedly cremated in a Caloocan crematorium operated by a former police officer involved in the kidnapping, investigations disclosed.

In the findings sent by Philippine authorities to South Korean Foreign Ministry on Tuesday, it said Ji Ick-Joo was strangled to death after he was abducted. After which, Joo's remains were allegedly cremated.

18 Jan 2017 - Mayor, City Council hit for business insurance

ANGELES CITY -- A businessman here has assailed Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and the Sangguniang Panlungsod for enforcing the city's Commercial/Public General Liability (CGL) Insurance.

Ruperto Cruz, owner of the Royal Garden Gold and Country Club and Grand Palazo Royal, claimed that the ordinance was passed without a public hearing.

18 Jan 2017 - Guiao to continue advocacy for Clark airport

ANGELES CITY -- Former congressman Joseller "Yeng" Guiao has vowed to continue advocating for the full development and utilization of Clark International Airport (CRK).

Despite his defeat in the congressional race, Guiao said that he is still pushing for the development of Clark airport.

17 Jan 2017 - Alejandrino starts dismantling mega shabu lab

PAMPANGA -- Despite the absence of a court order to abolish the facility, Mayor Emmanuel "Bon" Alejandrino of this town on Tuesday started dismantling the parts of the largest methampethamine hydrochloride laboratory in the country discovered in his jurisdiction in September last year.

But despite the failure to secure a court order, Alejandrino asserted that their operation is not illegal since they only took down and set aside the equipment.

17 Jan 2017 - 2 execs face raps over sale of hogs

PAMPANGA -- Magalang Mayor Maria Lourdes Lacson and Bacolor Mayor Jose Maria Hizon are now the subject of a graft complaint at the Office of the Ombudsman filed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) over the sale of 4,038 hogs that were seized from a piggery that was a front for the underground shabu laboratory.

PDEA’s 10-page complaint said that the "pigs were owned by private individuals and not the municipality of Magalang." Hizon, son of a prominent businesswoman who owns a meat processing firm, allegedly bought the said hogs.

16 Jan 2017 - Oil tax measure to hit the poor – Anakpawis

MABALACAT CITY -- Anakpawis party-list Rep. Ariel “Ka Ayik” Casilao has urged the Duterte government not to push with the proposal of his economic managers to impose its tax reform measures particularly on the increasing of the excise tax on oil products.

In a press statement, Casilao said the administration should instead run after tax evaders, improve tax collection or impose higher taxes on richest elite in the country such as those tagged by Forbes as the 50 richest.

15 Jan 2017 - Minalin town to implement truck ban

PAMPANGA -- In its bid to regulate the worsening traffic situation along the major thoroughfares in this town, the local government here is set to implement partial truck ban this week.

Based on the Municipal Ordinance No. 69 S. 2016 unanimously approved by the Sangguniang Bayan on December, the truck ban takes effect from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. during weekdays excepts holidays.

14 Jan 2017 - Abducted Korean remains missing

ANGELES CITY -- Despite his wife paying some P8-million for his release, kidnapped Korean trader Ick Jee Joo from this city remains missing since his abduction at Timog Park Subdivision in Barangay Pampang here.

Ick Jee Joo, along with house help Marissa Dawis, was abducted by a band of heavily armed men on October 18 last year.

14 Jan 2017 - CDC: Hot air balloon fiesta signature event of Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) considers the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) as a signature event of Clark Freeport.

Noel Tulabut, CDC Communications Department manager, said the sports aviation event brings in not just tourists but economic benefits for Clark and its surrounding communities.

14 Jan 2017 - Private sector, gov't unite in solving Pampanga's traffic woes

PAMPANGA -- In its bid to spur sustainable growth and development in the province, the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham), has called upon multi-sectoral stakeholders and the government to unite in mitigating vehicle congestion in the province.

During a meeting on Thursday, PamCham Chairman Emeritus Levy Laus said there is an urgent need to address common-wide traffic being experienced in Pampanga, particularly in the capital City of San Fernando.

14 Jan 2017 - Apalit improves solid waste management scheme

PAMPANGA -- In order to comply with the environmental requirement of the national government, the local government here is now in the process of improving its solid waste management scheme.

According to Mayor Peter Nucom, he already directed the municipal planning and development coordinator to expedite the formulation of the 10-year solid waste management plan, which will serve as the blueprint in organizing household trash in the town.

14 Jan 2017 - Mom, son murdered

PAMPANGA -- A 36-year-old mother and her son were hacked to death in their own quarters in Barangay Consuelo in Macabebe on Thursday by their fellow caretaker.

The mother, Sara Perez and her family, one-year-old SP (not his real name), and father Jojo Perez were identified caretakers of a fishpen and are from Hagonoy, Bulacan.

12 Jan 2017 - De Lima seeks remedy against jail congestion

MABALACAT CITY -- Senator Leila de Lima has called on the Senate to look into the extreme problem of congestion as well as the subhuman conditions of the country’s jails and penitentiaries that encouraged the proliferation of illegal activities among the inmates.

In a press statement, De Lima said she hopes that the Senate Justice and Human Rights Committee would give the matter its utmost attention and priority as inmates continue to cramp up the already-populated jails under “unspeakable, uncivilized and inhumane condition.”

11 Jan 2017 - Provincial jail to improve drainage system

PAMPANGA -- Provincial Administrator Andres Pangilinan, Jr. made rounds of the Pampanga Provincial Jail on Wednesday as part of the provincial government’s regular inspection of the said facility.

Pangilinan, together with the General Services Office (GSO) and Provincial Assessors Office (PAO) also inspected the drainage system of the jail to find a solution to Pampanga Philippine National Police Compound residents’ complaint of foul odor coming from the jail’s creek.

11 Jan 2017 - Candaba starts war vs illegal gambling

PAMPANGA -- After the intensified campaign against dangerous drugs, the Philippine National Police (PNP) and local government here launched the fight against illegal gambling on Wednesday.

Led by Superintendent Paul Gamido and Mayor Danilo Baylon, authorities confiscated and destroyed four video karera units from Barangay Mapaniqui and Pangcalara to kick-off the campaign.

11 Jan 2017 - 18 Mabalacat villages declared drug-cleared

MABALACAT CITY –- Some 18 out of the 27 barangays here were declared drug-cleared by the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Vice-Mayor Christian Halili, together with the city’s chief of police, Superintendent Juritz Rara, announced the drug-cleared villages during the flag raising ceremony last Monday at Mabalacat City Hall.

11 Jan 2017 - Yokohama workers decry ‘deaf ears’ on employees’ pleadings

CLARK FREEPORT --- Yokohama Tire Philippines Incorporated (YTPI) Vice President for Operations Juanito “Nitoy” Arona on Tuesday belied workers unions’ claims about the presence of threats and intimidation inside the tire manufacturing firm in this Freeport.

Arona’s reaction came after a statement issued by two workers unions – Alliance of Yokohama Employees (AYE) and Alliance of Yokohama Supervisors (AYS) -- which earlier complained of threats and intimidation from the tire firm management.

10 Jan 2017 - Mabalaqueño tops agriculturist licensure exams

MABALACAT CITY -- A resident of Barangay Sapang Biabas here has topped the Agriculturist Licensure Examinations (ALE) with an 85.83 percent passing rate.

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) said that Arriz Lansangan Cabigting, 21, topped some 1,790 ALE passers out of 5,795 examinees.

9 Jan 2017 - Board member pushes for additional aid for farmers

PAMPANGA -- Board Member Rolando "Pol" Balingit recently disclosed his plans to create more projects that will aid farmers of fourth district towns and the whole of Pampanga this year.

Balingit, who represents the fourth district in the provincial government, recognized farming and agriculture as the main sources of income of the residents of seven towns as well as nearby municipalities.

9 Jan 2017 - Apalit eyes P230-M budget for 2017

PAMPANGA -- This municipality is targeting a P230-million budget this year as proposed by Mayor Peter Nucom.

Nucom said that the local government is still in the process of creating the overall budget for 2017 which might play around the target amount.

9 Jan 2017 - Porac villages get garbage trucks

PAMPANGA -- The Municipal Government of Porac on Monday led the turn-over of four garbage trucks to four barangays here as part of the municipal government's aid to barangays and in a further effort to streamline garbage collection in a more efficient level.

Municipal officials led the turn-over of the keys of the new garbage trucks to the barangay officials of Senora, Babo Sacan, Balubad and Pio in simple ceremonies here.

9 Jan 2017 - Mayor bares plans for 2017

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan announced on Monday his plans for this city, and for the region being the newly appointed chairperson of the Regional Development Council of Central Luzon (RDC-3).

Pamintuan highlighted the refurbishment of the Heritage District and the increase of the numbers of scholars in the City College of Angeles.

8 Jan 2017 - Improve Pampanga’s lackluster RPT collection, municipal officials told

PAMPANGA -- The Governor of Pampanga has called on mayors and other municipal officials to help improve Pampanga's Real Property Tax (RPT) by instituting tax measures, updating revenue codes looking into the RPT payments in their respective localities.

This, as Pampanga still has one of the RPT collections that need improvement in Central Luzon.

8 Jan 2017 - Senior citizens, PWDs in San Fernando to enjoy free movies during Mondays

PAMPANGA -- This city's senior citizens (SCs) and persons with disabilities (PWDs) can now enjoy free movies in all cinemas in this capital city starting Monday.

This, as the the Sangguniang Panlalawigan will start implementing the Expanded Free Movies to Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities Ordinance (SP Ordinance No. 2016-014) authored by Councilor Harvey Quiwa.

8 Jan 2017 - Fake cop caught selling illegal drugs

MABALACAT CITY -- A suspected drug pusher posing as high-ranking officer of the Philippine National Police (PNP) was arrested in an entrapment operation conducted by the City police recently.

A man named Frederick Pingol Bacani was arrested in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Dau.

8 Jan 2017 - Lawmaker: Convert Mexico-Magalang Road into national highway

PAMPANGA -- Third District Rep. Aurelio "Dong" Gonzales Jr. is pushing for a proposed bill that seeks to convert the Mexico-Magalang Provincial Road into a national road.

According to Gonzales, the said road is a “vital artery” that connects the 3rd and 4th Districts of the province and helps “promote peace and order as well as economic growth” in the locality and surrounding areas.

8 Jan 2017 - Yokohama workers cry threats, intimidation

CLARK FREEPORT --- Officers and members of Alliance of Yokohama Employees (AYE) and Alliance of Yokohama Supervisors (AYS) are now worried of the threats and intimidation they are receiving from the Yokohama Tire Philippines Incorporated (YTPI) management.

According to the two labor unions, the company is selectively issuing memorandums and transfers to employees identified as members either of the two unions which, they claimed, raised anxiety and tension.

7 Jan 2017 - Execs plans to stop Clark balloon fiesta

CLARK FREEPORT --- Airport authorities have bared plans to make this year's Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival the last one inside the Freeport.

Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) head Alexander Cauguiran said this as the national government is finally pushing for the immediate full development and utilization of Clark International Airport (CRK).

4 Jan 2017 - DOT prepares for Asean summit

CLARK FREEPORT --- The Department of Tourism (DOT) in Central Luzon is now preparing for the upcoming ministerial meeting of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in Clark in November this year.

DOT Central Luzon Director Ronnie Tiotuico said that the regional tourism office has started conducting safety and security seminars in different various hotels in Clark and in nearby Angeles City.

4 Jan 2017 - Sasmuan town all set for dance ritual

PAMPANGA -- A mixed crowd of devotees, people with disabilities and tourists will form part of the endless sea of participants in this year’s “Kuraldal Atlung Ari" this weekend at Sasmuan town.

Kuraldal Atlung Ari is an annual religious folk dance that has spawned hundreds of followers and believers through the years.

3 Jan 2017 - Lawmaker wants DHVTSU renamed to PamSU

PAMPANGA -- Third District Representative Aurelio "Dong" Gonzales, Jr. is pushing for a proposed bill that will rename the Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University (DHVTSU) in the municipality of Bacolor to Pampanga State University (PamSU).

Gonzales said that renaming of the university will bring about the modification of restrictive provisions of Republic Act (RA) 9832 and elevate the status of this higher education institution from a technological to a comprehensive university.

3 Jan 2017 - Exclude fountain, others from firecracker ban

PAMPANGA -- An official from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Central Luzon asked Tuesday the national government to exclude some types of fireworks from the proposed firecracker ban.

DTI-Central Luzon Director Judith Angeles said that the implementation of a total firecrackers ban may lessen the essence of celebrating New Year's Eve in the country.

3 Jan 2017 - Masantoleño PWDs get wheelchairs

In a bid to uplift the lives of person with disabilities (PWDs) here, the local government, together with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), distributed facility aid to their indigent members recently.

Some 12 handicapped residents from different villages in the town received wheelchairs to support their mobilization.

2 Jan 2017 - 85 firecracker-related injuries recorded in Central Luzon

PAMPANGA -- In line with the celebration of New Year's Eve over the weekend, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has recorded some 85 victims of firecracker-related injuries in Central Luzon.

This was disclosed by Police Regional Office III Director Aaron Aquino who stressed that the said victims sustained minor injuries only.

2 Jan 2017 - Quarry revenues close at P1.978-billion

PAMPANGA -- Quarry operations within the Province of Pampanga ended 2016 with P1,978,725,000 in revenues from July 2010 to December 28 this year, very close to the target of P2 billion.

The near to the P2-billion collection does not include other quarry derivatives, but just purely gravel and sand hauling, with operations peaking to P35,720,000 in June 2016, and income of P26,580,000 as of December 28, bringing last year’s revenues to P370,220,000, the highest ever recorded so far in the history of quarry operations in Pampanga.