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Balibago News May-2017

31 May 2017 - Mayor wants contaminated smelting plant shut down

PAMPANGA -- San Simon Mayor Leonora Wong of this town wants the immediate shut down of a smelting plant where the soil and ground in its vicinity is allegedly contaminated with lead.

On Wednesday after monitoring the plant, Wong told SunStar Pampanga that the local government will issue a cease and desist order if the firm -- Celica Lead Company -- will not stop operations.

31 May 2017 - Japanese experts to study monitoring of Candaba river

PAMPANGA -- Japanese experts were in this town Wednesday, May 31, for the site visit as part of a study development of a river water level monitoring system using wireless network and information communications technology.

The experts which included Hachihei Kurematsu, Tomoyoshi Nishizumi, Megumu Niori, and Professor Yashushi Fuwa were welcomed by town officials.

31 May 2017 - Pampanga levels up for Seal of Good Local Governance 2017

PAMPANGA -- Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) assistant Regional Director Araceli San Jose said she was impressed by the improvements of the public services and facilities of the Pampanga Provincial Government during the 2017 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) assessment held at the Executive House, Capitol Building on Monday.

San Jose specifically lauded the Provincial Government's efforts to make wheelchair ramps accessible to persons with disabilities (PWDs) and its move to provide disaster management brochures readily translated in Kapampangan through its Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO).

31 May 2017 - Candaba schools get e-learning system

PAMPANGA -- Three schools here received e-learning systems as part of the town’s partnership with the APT J3 Programme for rural areas.

The beneficiaries include Bahay Pare National High School, Pulung Gubat High School and Mangga High School. The systems were discussed during the visit of the Japanese partners of the project at the town hall Wednesday, May 31.

31 May 2017 - Senator hails passage of free college tuition bill

MABALACAT CITY --- Senator Loren Legarda hailed the Senate’s approval of the bicameral conference committee report on the proposed Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act.

Legarda, co-sponsor of the bill, said that the measure institutionalizes the provision of full tuition fee subsidy for students enrolled in all of the country’s state universities and colleges (SUCs), local universities and colleges (LUCs) and in state-run technical-vocational institutions.

31 May 2017 - Trader urges LGUs to prepare for Clark airport’s full operation

CLARK FREEPORT -- A businessman reiterated his call to local government units (LGUs) around the Freeport to prepare for the full operation of Clark International Airport (CRK).

Rene Romero, vice chair of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Incorporated, said that people in Pampanga and Central Luzon will inherit the social cost that will be brought about by the Clark airport operation.

31 May 2017 - Comelec affirms Mabalacat City mayor's disqualification

MABALACAT CITY --- The Commission on Election (Comelec) En Banc has affirmed the First Division’s decision cancelling Mabalacat City Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales’ certificate of candidacy in the May 2016 election.

In a 13-page decision, the Comelec En Banc stated that it sees no cogent reason to depart from the assailed resolution of the Comelec First Division.

31 May 2017 - DOJ inaugurates new hall of justice in San Fernando City

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) inaugurated on Tuesday, May 30, the new Hall of Justice located at the Diosdado Macapagal Government Center in Barangay Maimpis.

Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez and Prosecutor General Victor Sepulveda led the inauguration of the new building worth P70-million, together with DOJ Assistant Secretary Juvy Manwong, Governor Lilia Pineda and City of San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago.

31 May 2017 - DPWH exec: Platform in Balimbing Creek temporary

PAMPANGA -- Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Central Luzon Director Antonio Molano, Jr. on Monday, May 29, clarified that the “controversial” platform constructed in the middle of Balimbing Creek is only temporary

Molano said that the facility was only constructed to serve as craneway or passage for the machinery which is tasked to drive heavy materials in line with the construction.

31 May 2017 - Masantol mayor honors honest policeman

PAMPANGA -- Masantol Mayor Danilo Guintu on Monday recognized the good deeds of the honest policeman who returned the cash he found in a street here recently.

Police Officer 1 Joey Velasco, who is detailed at the Masantol Police Station, received a certificate of appreciation from the local government during the flag ceremony held at the Municipal Hall grounds.

31 May 2017 - Miss Gay Fernandino Festival Queen crowned

PAMPANGA -- Shun Ichiro Mallari, a 23 year-old transgender, was crowned Miss Gay Fernandino Festival Queen 2017 during the coronation night held over the weekend at the Heroes Hall.

“This is my second attempt in this pageant and I’m happy that I’ve finally won the title. I want to spread awareness about HIV, so that everyone will be knowledgeable on what it is and how to prevent it,” Mallari said in an interview.

31 May 2017 - Clark airport viable, marketable

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark International Airport is viable, marketable and will largely contribute in solving the decongestion problem in Metro Manila, said Representative Emi Calixto-Rubiano, chairperson of the House Committee on Bases Conversion.

Rubiano made the statement after the committee’s legislative tour at the Clark airport over the weekend.

31 May 2017 - DTI-Central Luzon releases school supplies SRP

PAMPANGA -- In time for the opening of classes on June 5, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) released the Suggested Retail Price Tables (SRP) of various school supplies.

DTI Regional Director Judith Angeles said this SRP table would guide consumers in buying various school supplies such as notebooks, writing pads, crayons, ballpens, pencils, erasers, and sharpeners.

30 May 2017 - New ‘Reyna ning Las Flores delos Angeles’ crowned

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles City Tourism office (ACTO) has capped this city’s celebration of the National Heritage Month this year by crowning the new Reyna ning Las Flores delos Angeles.

Eighteen-year-old Michelle Kaye Macalacad of Barangay Sapalibutad was hailed as the new Reyna Ning Las Flores on May 26 at the Holy Family Academy Gymnasium in Sto. Rosario Heritage District.

29 May 2017 - Angeles City mayor: Let our flag symbolize hope for peace

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has urged private and public establishments here to hang the country’s National Flag in their respective premises, not just to observe its commemoration day but to be one with the nation in finding lasting peace.

“May our national emblem symbolize hope for peace especially to our brothers and sisters in Mindanao who are facing security crisis nowadays,” said Mayor Pamintuan who is a member of the government panel for the Peace Process.

29 May 2017 - San Fernado vice mayor calls for unity amid martial law

PAMPANGA -- Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin on Monday, May 29, called for unity among all Filipinos amid the declaration of martial law in Mindanao island.

President Duterte declared martial law on May 23 following the deadly clashes in Marawi City between government forces and terrorist groups which allegedly sympathizers of Isis.

29 May 2017 - San Fernando City to collect trash under Balimbing bridge

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando has vowed to collect and properly dispose the garbage that accumulated under the Balimbing bridge.

City Administrator Engineer Fer Limbitco said the announcement came after concerned citizens aired their worry over the growing piles of garbage under the said bridge which hampers the flow of water at Balimbing Creek and Jose Abad Santos Avenue.

29 May 2017 - DPWH starts P30M Mexico road rehab

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has started the rehabilitation and widening of the Mexico portion of the Ninoy Aquino Byway.

The project, which include a 80-linear canal system, is worth P30 million.

29 May 2017 - San Fernado vice mayor calls for unity amid martial law

PAMPANGA -- Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin on Monday, May 29, called for unity among all Filipinos amid the declaration of martial law in Mindanao island.

President Duterte declared martial law on May 23 following the deadly clashes in Marawi City between government forces and terrorist groups which allegedly sympathizers of Isis.

29 May 2017 - Cebu Pacific expands network with 5 new routes

CLARK FREEPORT -- Cebu Pacific has added five new routes to its inter-regional network, connecting more islands from Mindanao and Visayas to the rest of the archipelago.

The addition of new routes came after stakeholders, particularly in Mindanao, asked the airline company to improve connectivity of key cities.

28 May 2017 - GrabTrike drivers in Angeles City note income increase

MABALACAT CITY -- Drivers in Angeles City who joined the new transportation program GrabTrike have observed an increase of P2,000 to P2,500 in their monthly income.

Councilor Amos Rivera said that majority of the 300 GrabTrike drivers revealed the increase of their income after joining the program.

28 May 2017 - ‘Problem’ on widening of Balimbing Bridge raised

PAMPANGA -- Stakeholders on weekend raised howlers over a “problem” spotted over the ongoing widening of the Balimbing Bridge along Jose Abad Santos Avenue (Jasa).

The concerned observers, led by volunteer flood czar Engineer Marni Castro, said that a platform was constructed by the contractor of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) right in the middle of Balimbing Creek near the bridge, which is now hampering the flow of water as trash and garbage from the upstream have accumulated there.

28 May 2017 - 'Pillar' of social work in Pampanga dies at 70

PAMPANGA -- Members of cause-oriented and social work organizations in Pampanga now mourn the death of Melita Shilton who is considered among the old pillars of social work in Pampanga.

Shilton died last May 26 after a long battle against a series of health problems.

28 May 2017 - San Fernando City crowns new Mutya at Lakan winner

PAMPANGA -- A young lady from Barangay Maimpis, Vanessa Yvonne Sicat, and Barangay San Agustin’s bet Paolo Santiago were crowned as 2017 Mutya at Lakan ning San Fernando respectively during the tilt's coronation night held at SM City Pampanga Event Center over the weekend.

The 18-year-old Sicat, who also bagged the Best in Casual Wear, Miss Ever Bilena and Miss Hayday awards, outshined 11 other aspiring lady candidates in the beauty pageant.

28 May 2017 - Thousands of students in San Simon receive school bags

PAMPANGA -- With the forthcoming opening of classes, more than a thousand public school students from two villages here received school bags and school supplies from Real Steel Corporation over the weekend.

The activity is part of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) program of the smelting plant which aims to reach out to their neighbor communities.

26 May 2017 - Over 40 boys benefit from free circumcision operation

PAMPANGA -- More than 40 boys with ages 7 to 14 years old benefited in a free circumcision operations organized by the municipality of Porac officials.

Board Member David-Dizon said that there are various health benefits from circumcision, such as easier hygiene, decreased risk of urinary tract and sexually transmitted infections, and the prevention of certain penile problems, including penile cancer.

26 May 2017 - Drug surrenderer nabbed in Arayat drug bust

PAMPANGA -- A self-confessed drug user, who voluntarily surrendered to authorities few months ago was arrested in an anti-illegal drug operation launched by local police here.

The 28-year-old Randy Reyes initially joined the group of drug surrenders, who swore not to use illegal drugs, on August 2016, under the Oplan Double Barrel of the Philippine National Police.

26 May 2017 - Municipal towns, cities to accept Philhealth contributions

PAMPANGA -- The 11 towns and two cities of Pampanga are set to accept premium payments from Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) members.

This came after the mayors of the different local government units (LGUs) of the province and the Philhealth, represented by Central Luzon officer-in-charge Vice President Walter Bacareza, signed a collection and remittance agreement during the Pampanga Mayors League (PML) meeting held at the Executive House, Capitol building on Friday, May 26.

26 May 2017 - Local execs convey support to Duterte

ANGELES CITY -- Local executives in the entire country belonging to the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines Incorporated (Ulap) expressed support to declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

“We are one with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on his declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao consistent with his constitutional mandate to ensure peace and order.”

26 May 2017 - Public urge to check prices of school supplies

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Central Luzon on Friday, May 26, reminded the public to look for the standard retail price (SRP) when buying school supplies in time for the opening of classes.

DTI-Central Luzon Public Information Officer Warren Serrano said the guide on school supplies SRP is already issued and must be posted on public and supermarkets.

25 May 2017 - Angeles City mayor airs support to Duterte's martial law

ANGELES CITY -- City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan expressed full support to President Duterte's declaration of martial law following Tuesday's clash between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Maute Group in Marawi City.

"As city mayor of Angeles, I am fully supporting the President's declaration of martial law in the entire island of Mindanao for 60 days," Pamintuan, who is also the president of the League of Cities of Philippines and executive vice president of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (Ulap).

25 May 2017 - Angeles City undergoes performance management validation

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government here underwent on-site assessment from the validating team of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Central Luzon as part of the Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS).

LGPMS is a self-assessment tool crafted by DILG which aims to measure the performance and state of development of a particular local government unit (LGU) through a set of criteria and indicators.

25 May 2017 - 659 Mabalacat seniors get P1,500 pension each

MABALACAT CITY -- Some 659 senior citizens here have received P1,500 each as part of their social pension from the national government.

The granting of the benefits for the elderly was based on the Republic Act. No. 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2003.

25 May 2017 - 21 drug surrenderers complete Arayat's reformation program

PAMPANGA -- Some 21 drug surrenderers from Arayat town on Wednesday, May 24, completed a 30-day reformation program conducted by the Philippine National Police and the local government.

Superintendent Samuel Sevilla, Arayat chief of police, said that the reformists are the third batch that graduated from the Bahay Pagbabago reformation program.

25 May 2017 - New City of San Fernando police station inaugurated

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Edwin Santiago and Governor Lilia Pineda led the inauguration and blessing of the new City of San Fernando Police Station located at the Regional Government Center in Maimpis village here.

Pineda and Santiago were joined by Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilors BJ Lagman and Ruperto Dumlao, Deputy Regional Director for Administration Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Bantog, Acting Provincial Director Police Senior Superintendent Joel Consulta, City Chief of Police Police Superintendent Jean Fajardo, and National Police Commission Regional Director Rodolfo Santos, Jr.

25 May 2017 - Central Luzon police on full alert

PAMPANGA -- The entire Central Luzon police force was placed under full alert on Wednesday, May 24, following President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino, Police Regional Office-Central Luzon director, said he directed all unit commanders within the region to strengthen security on all vital installations, economic points as well as places of convergences, and ensure high state of operational readiness to prevent any hostile action that may be launched by terrorist groups.

24 May 2017 - BIR: Counterfeit cigarettes yield P1M-worth fake stamps

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Region 4 on Wednesday, May 24, sampled some of the 60 master cases in question and these all failed the scan test conducted by the bureau’s personnel.

The P1 million-worth fake tax stamps on the suspected counterfeit cigarettes were discovered inside an abandoned container van in Barangay San Isidro in Bacolor town last May 16.

24 May 2017 - Honest cop from Pampanga hailed on social media

PAMPANGA -- A police officer, who reportedly returned P10,000 he found on the street, received praised from netizens on Facebook social media.

Police Officer 1 (PO1) Joey Velasco, who is detailed at the Masantol Police Station, decided to turn over to the Minalin police headquarters the cash he found at the Sto. Domingo intersection in Minalin around 9 a.m.

24 May 2017 - P135,000-worth of ‘firetryk’ turned over to Angeles City

CLARK FREEFORT -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) recently turned over a unit of a customized P135, 000 worth of three-wheeler motor firefighting vehicle or “firetryk” to the Angeles City Fire station.

Capable of entering narrow streets, the 600 gallon capacity “firetryk” is the first of its kind in the country. It aims to be the first responder to fire incidents.

24 May 2017 - PDEA-Central Luzon chief, 30 other personnel relieved

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Luzon Director Juvenal Azurin and more than 30 other personnel of the agency were relieved from their respective posts recently.

This was confirmed by PDEA-Central Luzon Public Information Officer Glenn Guillermo in a text message sent to SunStar Pampanga Wednesday, May 24.

23 May 2017 - 5 drug suspects arrested in Angeles City

ANGELES CITY -- At least five drug personalities were arrested in a drug bust in Barangay Pulung Cacutud here over the weekend.

Senior Superintendent Patrick Posadas Villacorte, Angeles City acting city police director, identified the arrested persons as Nestor Eder, 29; Alberto Galang, 30; Renator Sese, 53; Christopher Cabiero; and Ronald Serrano, 27, all residents of Barangay Pulung Cacutud, Angeles City.

23 May 2017 - Hontiveros asks government to stand up vs China’s war threat

CLARK FREEPORT -- Senator Risa Hontiveros said the government should stop making excuses for China and stand up against the superpower’s threat of war over the West Philippine Sea.

This was gleaned in the Akbayan senator’s press statement sent to SunStar Pampanga on Tuesday, May 23.

23 May 2017 - Trike driver’s daughter finishes degree as Summa Cum Laude

MABALACAT CITY -- A daughter of a tricycle driver has completed a bachelor’s degree as Summa Cum Laude at the Mabalacat City College (MCC).

With an average grade of 95.05, Abigail Gramonte of Barangay San Francisco here topped this school year’s batch, finishing Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education at the nine-year-old city college.

23 May 2017 - Lead found in soil of smelting plant

PAMPANGA -- A high reading of lead contamination was found in the soil and grounds of a smelting plant in Barangay San Isidro, San Simon, based on a study conducted by international pollution cleanup body Pure Earth.

Pure Earth, which has been conducting studies in this town since 2011, is a non-profit organization dedicated to solving pollution in low and middle income countries where human health is at risk.

23 May 2017 - House panel to summon ex-Tieza exec on Paskuhan sale

PAMPANGA -- A House committee has moved to summon former Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza) general manager Mark Lapid to appear before the congressional inquiry on the sale of the Philippine Christmas Village (Paskuhan) to Premier Central Incorporated.

The move came after Lapid failed to appear before the committee on good government and public accountability for three consecutive meetings.

23 May 2017 - Pelco 1 conducts free circumcision

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga 1 Electric Cooperative Inc. (Pelco 1) has conducted “Operation Big Birds,” a free-circumcision activity and one of the electric power firm’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs.

The activity benefited 120 young boys from the towns of Arayat, Candaba, Magalang, Mexico, San Luis and Sta. Ana.

23 May 2017 - San Fernando promotes healthy lifestyle thru body building contest

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando continues to promote a healthy lifestyle among Fernandinos through its annual body building competition.

Over the weekend, some 43 athletic men from the City of San Fernando and other areas joined this year’s Mr. Body Builder competition in line with the Pyestang Fernandino 2017.

22 May 2017 - Counterfeit cigarettes found in Bacolor

PAMPANGA -- Some 60 master cases of suspected counterfeit cigarettes were discovered inside an abandoned container van in Barangay San Isidro here.

Police reports said that the van was left since March 12 and was recovered last May 16 by police operatives.

22 May 2017 - DepEd-Pampanga: No collection during enrolment

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Education (DepEd)-Pampanga Division on Saturday, May 20, said that the “no collection during enrolment” policy must be strictly observed by all public schools in the province.

DepEd-Pampanga Division Superintendent Leonardo Zapanta, said the agency is keenly monitoring the activities of public schools.

22 May 2017 - San Fernando City observes National Heritage Month

PAMPANGA -- In observance of National Heritage Month, the San Fernando City Government hosted over the weekend various activities to promote the rich culture and tradition of the city.

The celebration kicked off with an art exhibit dubbed “American Pikinisan at Kalalangan Kapampangan,” featuring the artworks of mixed-media artist Paul Del Mundo, who uses found objects or American “leftovers” in creating cohesive art pieces.

22 May 2017 - Pampanga students get school supplies, tax orientation

PAMPANGA -- Some 150 students of San Nicolas Integrated School received bags and school supplies from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Region 4 as part of their tax information campaign program for the youth sector.

Regional Director Jethro Sabariaga led the orientation and distribution with BIR officials.

22 May 2017 - Officials, groups light ‘candles of hope’ for HIV-Aids victims

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan led all government employees and private stakeholders here on Monday, May 22, as the city takes part in the commemoration of the International acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (Aids) Candlelight Memorial.

Spearheaded by the Reproductive Health and Wellness Center (RHWC) and the Angeles City Aids Council, the rites manifest the city’s oneness with the global community in remembering people, who have died because of the dreaded disease.

22 May 2017 - P20-M building to be constructed for Pampanga university

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Provincial Government is set to construct a two-storey building worth P20-million with 12 classrooms and two laboratories for Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU).

The project came after the Pampanga Government led by Governor Lilia Pineda said that Pineda and the PSAU headed by President Honorio Soriano, Jr. signed the memorandum of agreement at the Capitol on Monday, May 22.

21 May 2017 - Mabalacat City opens dialysis center

MABALACAT CITY -- Indigent residents of this city may soon avail of free hemodialysis sessions at the newly-opened Mabalacat City Hemodialysis Center (MCHC) in Barangay Sapang Biabas here.

“Mabalacat residents la reng makapag-avail kening free sessions provided ila reng sali ketang dialyser, injectible erythropoietin and other medications. Rest assured that this center is Philhealth accredited. For those who don’t have Philhealth cards, ing City Government mismu ing mamye karela,” Medical Director Dr. Rey Hipolito said during the soft opening of the center on Thursday, May 18.

21 May 2017 - Tarlac students attend labor seminar

PAMPANGA -- A total of 2,019 graduating students at the Tarlac State University and Tarlac Agricultural University recently attended a labor seminar by the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) and Provincial Public Employment Service Office (Peso).

“We have intensified the Labor Education for Graduating Students (Legs) seminar program in colleges and universities in Central Luzon to prepare future workers on work ethics and culture of productive and decent work,” Dole Regional Director Ana Dione said.

21 May 2017 - Pampanga officials turn over farm tools

PAMPANGA -- Officials turn-over a mini farm tractor and rice combine harvester to the Sanduguan Farmers Association of the City of San Fernando on Friday, May 19 in culmination of the Farmer’s Week celebration.

Third District Representative Aurelio Gonzales on Sunday, May 21, assured the farmers that farm inputs will be at the priority of his assistance programs.

21 May 2017 - Kapampangan woodcarver is Pulilan art awardee

PAMPANGA -- Woodcarving artist Edwin Layug was among awardees of the Gintong Pulilenyo Art Awards at the Events Place of Robinsons Townville recently.

The awarding is part of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, with the Municipality of Pulilan, Bulacan, Museo de Pulilan and Jefarca Arts and Historical Society presents Katuparan program under the 2017 Mandala Art Festival.

21 May 2017 - Municipalities league members to replicate Lubao bamboo park

PAMPANGA -- Members of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) are planning to replicate this town's Bamboo Hub Eco park in their respective municipalities.

In an interview during their visit at the Eco park, LMP Sulu President and Pata Island Mayor Anton Burahan described the place as pilot bamboo park in the country, one which should be replicated by other towns.

20 May 2017 - Capitol, Pampanga police prep up for Asean Summit in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga and the Police Provincial Office (PPO), as early as now, are preparing for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit to be held at Clark Freeport in November this year.

Governor Lilia Pineda has ordered the Pampanga PPO to station police personnel in Clark this month to check on constructions being done within the vicinity of the summit venue.

20 May 2017 - Village official thanks DFA chief for livelihood program

ANGELES CITY – A village chief in this city has expressed gratitude newly-appointed Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano for a successful livelihood program under the Presyo, Trabaho, Kita (PTK) program.

Rodelio “Tony” Mamac, chairman of Barangay Balibago, said that the backyard piggery which was funded by Cayetano’s PTK program.

20 May 2017 - Clark airport roadshow set in Subic Bay May 31

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) has set the fifth leg of its roadshow in Subic Bay, Olongapo City in Zambales province on May 31.

The event, which will be held at the Mansion Garden Hotel, Subic Bay Freeport, is aimed to promote Clark International Airport’s flights and services.

20 May 2017 - Central Luzon police distributes 148 brand new computers

PAMPANGA -- At least 148 brand new computer units were distributed recently by the Central Luzon Police Regional Office (PRO) to different provincial and city police offices in Central Luzon.

Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino, PRO regional director, led the distribution of the said computer units held at the Regional Directorial Office here.

19 May 2017 - Apalit town sets measures vs breach at Arnedo Dike

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Peter Nucom of Apalit disclosed Friday, May 19, the measures being implemented by the local government regarding the breached portion of Arnedo Dike here.

Recently, residents of Barangay Cansinala in this town expressed their fear over the widening erosion of the riverbank which has been consuming almost half of the road.

19 May 2017 - The Medical City Clark opens diabetes, weight management center

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Medical City (TMC) Clark, a world-class health center, recently launched its Diabetes, Nutrition and Weight Management Services Center, the first and only center of its kind in Central Luzon.

The center was established to provide the diabetic and obese people in the region customized patient care and access to multidisciplinary team approach to healthcare.

19 May 2017 - Man arrested for drug peddling

PAMPANGA -- A 49-year-old man was arrested recently by operatives of the Masantol Drug Enforcement Unit for allegedly selling illegal drugs.

The suspect identified as Renato Pagobo was arrested during a drug bust conducted in Bebe Anac village here.

18 May 2017 - Guv: No Pampanga mayor involved in illegal drugs

MABALACAT CITY -- Governor Lilia Pineda belied on Wednesday, May 17, the reports that some mayors in Pampanga are involved in illegal drugs and “tanim-droga” scheme.

Pineda issued the statement during the Provincial Peace and Order Council meeting at Kingsborough Convention Center in San Fernando City.

18 May 2017 - Groups unite to solve Pampanga’s flood woes

PAMPANGA -- Provincial Capitol and a private sector called for a flood summit on Wednesday, May 17 to discuss the rehabilitation of the city's river and to create moves that will be undertaken by the local government, agencies, and stakeholders, in preparation for the coming rainy season.

Led by the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham), desilting of San Felipe Creek, which runs through Balimbing up to Federosa River, was the main highlight in the summit.

18 May 2017 - Philippines’ success in free trade zones cited in world

CLARK FREEPORT -- Amidst the growing number of free trade zones in various parts of the globe, the Philippines was recognized for its success in the establishment of investment centers before a gathering of international delegates in Colombia.

In his presentation titled, “Key Considerations in Setting Up Free Zone,” Gokhan Akinci, Global Product Leader of World Bank Group, made special mention of the success of the Philippines in putting up special economic zones (SEZs) and free ports in the country.

18 May 2017 - San Simon joins Aids candlelight memorial

PAMPANGA -- The San Simon local government recently joined the nation in commemorating the International Aids Candlelight Memorial through a simple ceremony held at the municipal covered court.

Led by Mayor Leonora Wong, the ceremony aimed at remembering human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) victims, who have died from their sickness through a minute of candle lighting.

18 May 2017 - Crime rate in Pampanga up by 1%

PAMPANGA -- Amid President Rodrigo Duterte's intense program on peace and order, the crime rate in Pampanga rose by more than one percent during the first quarter of 2017, a police official said.

Pampanga Police Director Joel Consulta said during the Peace and Order Council meeting held at Kingsborough Convention Center on Wednesday that based on data from the Provincial Police Office, a total of 3,408 cases were recorded from January to early May of this year, 39 cases higher compared to the total 3,369 recorded on the same period last year.

18 May 2017 - BIR hosts more campaign drives for youth sector

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Central Luzon on Thursday, May 18, said that it will be hosting more tax information drives for students in order to start a young and good mindset on the importance of paying taxes among the youth.

Regional Director Jethro Sabariaga said that educating the youth on the rudiments of basic taxation system is essential in creating a good perspective on the role of taxes in the community.

18 May 2017 - NFA urged to buy rice from farmers

MABALACAT CITY -- The Anakpawis Party-list has urged the National Food Authority (NFA) to support the Filipino farmers by procuring more rice from them.

Anakpawis-Partylist Representative Ariel Casilao said this in reaction to NFA statements of low supply of rice and the approval of importing from private suppliers.

18 May 2017 - SPES beneficiaries start work with orientation

PAMPANGA -- Beneficiaries of the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) were oriented by officials of the Pampanga Provincial Government the other day.

Vice-Governor Dennis Pineda led the orientation of the students with board members Fritzie Dizon and Rosve Henson.

17 May 2017 - House panel to end Paskuhan hearing

PAMPANGA -- The House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability is set to terminate this month on the third and final hearing the sale of the Philippine Christmas Village (Paskuhan) by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza) to Premier Central Incorporated.

Pampanga Third District Representative Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales, Jr., who filed House Resolution 654 that called for the investigation of the sale, said they expect to come up with a resolution after the hearing.

17 May 2017 - 671 jobseekers ‘near-hires’ in Subic job fair

SUBIC FREEPORT -- About 671 were reported “near-hires” during the recently concluded job and business fair at Ayala Harbor Point Mall.

“Near-hires are job applicants who were considered hired but still need to submit additional or lacking requirements, or may need to attend further interviews or tests/exams,” Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Zambales Field Office head Reynante Lugtu said.

17 May 2017 - P2.5M fish port to rise in Apalit

PAMPANGA -- Local officials, together with executives of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), led the groundbreaking ceremony for the first community fish center in Sulipan village here.

The P2.5-million facility will rise at a 500-square meter lot below the New Sulipan Bridge in this town, which is owned by the local government.

17 May 2017 - Councilor distributes medical kits to public schools

ANGELES CITY -- Opposition Councilor Carmelo Lazatin, Jr. started distributing trash cans, light bulbs, and medical emergency kits to the city’s public schools as his contribution to the nationwide Brigada Eskwela Program of the Department of Education.

Lazatin on Wednesday, May 17, visited Jose P. Dizon Elementary School in Pandan village and Salapungan Elementary School in Salapungan village, which received a total of 40 trash cans, 40 light bulbs, and two medical emergency kits.

17 May 2017 - Suspected gun-for-hire member killed in Pampanga shootout

PAMPANGA -- A suspected member of an alleged gun-for-hire group was killed after engaging in a shootout with operatives of Pampanga police on Friday, May 12.

The alleged gun-for-hire identified as Romeo Nuñez, 47, resident of adjacent Mexico town, was killed in Barangay Dolores on Friday midnight.

17 May 2017 - San Fernando City fetes outstanding farmers

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando on Monday recognized 10 farmers for their outstanding performance in promoting sustainable farming and livestock.

City Agriculturist Cristina Sangumay said the activity marks the beginning of Fernandino Farmer’s Week celebration in line with this year’s Pyestang Fernandino.

17 May 2017 - 3rd International Conference on dengue prevention, control set

ANGELES CITY -- An international conference on dengue prevention and control will be held on May 19, Friday at the Holy Angel University in thi city.

The lead organizer, Rotary International District 3790, said, for the first time since the conference started in 2013, barangay health workers (BHWs) will participate in the Third International Conference on Dengue Prevention and Control for Zika, Malaria and Japanese Encephalitis.

17 May 2017 - 125 safety practitioners commemorate World Day for safety, health

Around 125 safety and health practitioners (SHP) all over the region recently commemorated this year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work.

The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Central Luzon and Central Luzon Occupational Safety and Health Network (Closhnet) organized the annual event.

17 May 2017 - Revenue office taps Pampanga students for tax education campaign

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Region (RR) No. 4 on Tuesday, May 16, visited several schools in Pampanga as the agency bats on tapping young students for their tax education program.

Assistant Regional Director Sarah Mopia led the BIR contingent in the visit to Archbishop Emilio Cinense Memorial School in Barangay San Felipe.

16 May 2017 - 3rd International Conference on dengue prevention, control set

ANGELES CITY -- An international conference on dengue prevention and control will be held on May 19, Friday at the Holy Angel University in thi city.

The lead organizer, Rotary International District 3790, said, for the first time since the conference started in 2013, barangay health workers (BHWs) will participate in the Third International Conference on Dengue Prevention and Control for Zika, Malaria and Japanese Encephalitis.

16 May 2017 - Revenue office taps Pampanga students for tax education campaign

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Region (RR) No. 4 on Tuesday, May 16, visited several schools in Pampanga as the agency bats on tapping young students for their tax education program.

Assistant Regional Director Sarah Mopia led the BIR contingent in the visit to Archbishop Emilio Cinense Memorial School in Barangay San Felipe.

16 May 2017 - 125 safety practitioners commemorate World Day for safety, health

PAMPANGA -- Around 125 safety and health practitioners (SHP) all over the region recently commemorated this year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work.

The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Central Luzon and Central Luzon Occupational Safety and Health Network (Closhnet) organized the annual event.

16 May 2017 - DepEd's 'Brigada Eskwela' kicks-off in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Education (DepEd) kicked–off Monday, May 15, the weeklong “Brigada Eskwela” in different public schools in Pampanga.

School Superintendent Leonardo Ding Zapanta of the DepEd Division of Pampanga said different organizations, government agencies, and non-government organization and parents at San Pablo High School in Barangay San Pablo II, Lubao town participated in the annual school activity.

16 May 2017 - San Fernando City fetes outstanding farmers

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando on Monday recognized 10 farmers for their outstanding performance in promoting sustainable farming and livestock.

City Agriculturist Cristina Sangumay said the activity marks the beginning of Fernandino Farmer’s Week celebration in line with this year’s Pyestang Fernandino.

14 May 2017 - 2 Mabalacat police execs sacked for 'tanim-droga'

MABALACAT CITY -- Two high-ranking police officials in Mabalacat City were relieved from their post following reports of increasing number of “tanim-droga,” a scheme of planting evidences on drug cases in the city.

Superintendent Juritz Rara, Mabalacat police chief and Senior Inspector Melvin Florida Jr., Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) chief were relieved over the weekend. They were transferred to the provincial administrative holding center pending the result of the investigation.

14 May 2017 - Marian devotes flock in Sta. Rita grand procession

PAMPANGA -- Marian devotees from all over Pampanga flocked to this town on Sunday, May 14, for the grand marian procession in honor of the centennial of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima in Portugal with Marian images coming from as far as Mabalacat City and Bacolor town.

The different iconographies of the Blessed Virgin Mary under different devotional titles were the highlight of the event.

14 May 2017 - Seniors, PWDs celebrating birthdays receive cash gift

ANGELES CITY -- Senior citizens, persons with disabilities (PWDs) barangay street sweepers and health workers in Barangay Balibago here that celebrated their birthdays on the month of May received P500 cash gift from the local government unit.

“We started this program in 2008 to recognize and give importance to the natal day of our constituents,” said Rodelio Mamac, chairman of Barangay Balibago.

13 May 2017 - Angeles City opens P110-M public cemeter

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan led the formal opening of the first and only government-run cemetery in the city, Friday, May 12, in Barangay Sapalibutad.

The 1.6-hectare cemetery is one of the priority projects of Pamintuan, which consists of facilities and amenities that will provide decent resting place for the departed loved ones of Angeleños.

13 May 2017 - 2,000 graduating students undergo basic labor education

PAMPANGA -- A total of 2,019 graduating students from two state universities here recently undergone a basic labor education seminar from the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole).

Dole-Central Luzon Director Ana Dione said that the seminar, dubbed “Labor Education for Graduation Students” or Legs, is designed to guide “would-be workers” on their rights and responsibilities.

13 May 2017 - Lubao opens ‘Bahay Pagbabago’ anew for drug surrenderers

PAMPANGA -- The “Bahay Pagbabago” for the reformation of drug surrenderers is set to open anew in Barangay Sto. Tomas, Lubao town on Monday, May 15.

This was announced by Police Superintendent Monico M. Cadayona, Lubao chief of police, during his radio guesting at “Pampanga Kaluguran Daka” aired over RW 95.1 FM every Friday and Tuesday, from 7 to 8 a.m.

12 May 2017 - LTO conducts info drive on road rules

ANGELES CITY -- The Land Transportation Office (LTO) on Saturday went the extra mile and took to the streets in an information drive to educate drivers and motorists regarding road and driving rules.

The information campaign was made part of the transportation office' regular “Big Cleanup and Sorting Day” done on a semestral basis to ensure efficiency of delivery of services under its ISO certification and in strict adherence to the Anti-Red Tape Act.

12 May 2017 - Dike erosion threatens village in Apalit

Some 25 households from this fourth district town are now at risk after a huge breach was seen in the portion of Arnedo dike here.

Homeowners of the Barangay Cansinala are now calling for immediate intervention from the local government and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) as the said breach is posing massive danger not only to the residents but to motorists as well.

12 May 2017 - City of San Fernando among top ‘model’ cities

This capital city continues to strive for excellence, reaping awards and recognitions along the way.

This, as the City of San Fernando was recognized as one of the Top Model Cities in the Philippines during the Manila Times “Philippine Model Cities” awards held Thursday, May 11 at the New World Manila Bay Hotel.

12 May 2017 - 2 smelting plants face probe for polluting air

Two large smelting plants are now facing investigation by the local environment office for violating environmental laws, an official said.

Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (Menro) officer Melchor Tayag said Wan Chiong Steel Corporation and Melters Steel Corporation located along the Quezon road portion in Barangay San Isidro of this town, have violated the Clean Air Act of 1999.

11 May 2017 - Lubao town gets BFAR monitoring station in Sta. Catalina

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) inaugurated on Wednesday a monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) station in this town in Barangay Sta. Catalina.

The inauguration was attended by BFAR Regional Director Willy Cruz, Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources head Art Punsalan and former Representative Juan Miguel Arroyo.

11 May 2017 - Pampanga official calls for safe, sustainable fishing practices

PAMPANGA -- Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Office (PGENRO) head Art Punsalan reiterated the call of Governor Lilia Pineda on Wednesday for safe and sustainable fishing practices among the province's fisherfolk.

"Aquaculture remains a top performer in the fisheries sector and provides livelihood to many Kapampangans. It is but right that our fisherfolk observe proper, safe and environment-friendly fishing practices to ensure that the benefits of the water resources are maximized," Punsalan said.

11 May 2017 - Bacolor cop chief, 11 others relieved over ‘tanim droga’

PAMPANGA -- The chief of police of Bacolor, eight agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Central Luzon and three from the Pampanga Drug Enforcement Unit (PDEU) were ordered relieved on Thursday, May 11, following the so-called “tanim droga” incident in Bacolor town recently.

Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino, Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Luzon director, has ordered the relief of Chief Inspector Sonia Alvarez, chief of police of Bacolor.

11 May 2017 - 12-year-old girl drowns in Floridablanca Summer Place

PAMPANGA -- A 12-year-old girl drowned due to the strong water current at the Summer Place in Sitio Palakol, Barangay San Jose in Floridablanca last Sunday, May 7.

The victim, identified as Ronalyn Lacanlale, was a resident of Telabastagan, San Fernando City. She went in the area with friends and neighbors in an excursion that resulted into a tragedy.

11 May 2017 - Anti-flood drive set in San Fernando City, Sto. Tomas

PAMPANGA -- The local government units of San Fernando and Sto. Tomas, together with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the private sector are set to conduct a massive anti-flood drive before the rainy season sets in.

The project was disclosed by San Fernando City Mayor Edwin Santiago, Sto. Tomas Mayor John Sambo, volunteer flood czar Engineer Marni Castro and Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. Chairman Emeritus Levy Laus, after an aerial inspection of high-risk areas in the province, particularly clogged and silted waterways traversing central, southern and western Pampanga.

10 May 2017 - Councilor to fellow officials: Protect children from e-games

ANGELES CITY -- Opposition Councilor Carmelo Lazatin, Jr. urged his fellow city officials to protect the children of Angeles City by preventing the proliferation of electronic games (e-games).

“Do the right thing, protect our children and exercise moral ascendancy,” Lazatin told other city officials in his privilege speech during the City Council session on Tuesday.

10 May 2017 - 50 surrenderers graduate from Bahay Pagbabago

PAMPANGA -- Some 50 drug surrenderers recently graduated from the three-month reformation program conducted by the local government and Philippine National Police here.

According to San Simon’s police Chief Inspector Charlmar Gundaya, the said drug reformists are the second batch of the total 1,028 illegal drugs victims who voluntarily turned themselves in under the Oplan Double Barrel program.

10 May 2017 - 66 trainees complete CDC's wig making training

CLARK FREEPORT -- Sixty-six individuals completed the training on wig making under the auspices of the Skills Training and Employment Program for the Underprivileged Persons (Step-Up) of the state-owned firm in cooperation with a wig manufacturing firm here.

The trainees underwent a 30-day training program of Clark Development Corporation’s (CDC) Step-Up on Wig Making, which is in cooperation with Aderans Philippines, Inc. (API) and Starboard Manpower Services, Inc. (SMSI).

10 May 2017 - Anakpawis assails Cimatu’s appointment as DENR chief

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Anakpawis Party-list assailed the appointment of former Armed Forces Chief of Staff (AFP) General Roy Cimatu as replacement of rejected former secretary Gina Lopez of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Anakpawis Party-list representative Ariel “Ka Ayik” Casilao said that the environment is “doomed or fated to be ruined under Cimatu’s leadership.”

10 May 2017 - City of San Fernando holds disease awareness seminar

PAMPANGA -- Village Health Workers in the City of San Fernando gathered Tuesday, May 9, for a seminar on disease awareness conducted by the City Health Office.

Mayor Edwin Santiago said the activity was made to remind health representatives on their duties and responsibilities to help stop the spread of common diseases.

9 May 2017 - Cops recover P2.8-M cash stolen by minors

PAMPANGA -- Local authorities on Monday, May 8, recovered some P2.8-million cash and a jewelry box stolen from a family by two thieves and their juvenile cohorts.

The suspects identified as Joebren Manaloto, 22, and Lester Mangoba, 19, broke into the house of victim Luz Castañeda in San Nicolas village and took a vault containing cash amounting to P2.8 million and a jewelry box with expensive items in it on Monday evening.

9 May 2017 - Pampanga Chamber lauds Central Luzon's 9.5% GDP growth

PAMPANGA -- Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. lauded Central Luzon’s impressive performance, after the announcement that the region’s gross domestic product (GDP) is the third fastest in the country in 2016.

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) recently reported that Central Luzon grew by 9.5 percent, while the national average was at 6.5 percent.

9 May 2017 - Guv, investors eye independent energy source in the province

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda on Monday, May 8, met with some investors from Davao to talk about putting up liquefied natural gas plants in Pampanga and in surrounding areas, and the development of the cacao program in the province.

Philip Dizon, aide of Mindanao Cacao Center (MCC) proprietor Sonny Dizon, said that the group of investors are looking forward to partner with the Provincial Government of Pampanga in setting up an independent source of energy.

9 May 2017 - Councilor seeks suspension of e-gambling permit issuance

ANGELES CITY -- An opposition councilor here filed a resolution seeking to temporarily stop the issuance of business permits to all electronic gambling (e-gambling) outlets pending the result of the inspection he requested from Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor).

Councilor Carmelo Lazatin, Jr., filed on May 8, a resolution requesting the City Government through the mayor, to temporarily stop issuing permits to establishments involved in any form of e-gambling.

9 May 2017 - Probe on vs ‘tanim droga’ in Bacolor

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Police Provincial Office and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Central Luzon are now investigating the alleged “tanim-droga” incident that transpired in Bacolor town recently.

This was after one Wilfredo Galura, 52, who claimed to be an employee of the Pampanga Provincial Engineering Office, complained that he was victimized by the said “modus operandi” launched by alleged personnel of the Bacolor Police Station, Pampanga police, and PDEA-Central Luzon.

9 May 2017 - ‘Culinarya Pampanga’ members inducted; plans, projects revealed/h3> ANGELES CITY -- Eighteen chefs and a dean were inducted Monday, May 8, by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan as members of Culinarya Pampanga, an Angeles City-based organization of culinary experts, at the Museo ning Angeles.

Culinarya Pampanga is a united alliance of chefs, restaurateurs, and culinary educators in Pampanga who pledges their professional knowledge and skills to culinary excellence with a vision of furthering Pampanga as the Culinary Capital of the Philippines.

9 May 2017 - Big child webcam sex bust in Pampanga reveals rising abuse

MABALACAT CITY -— The suspected pedophile could see people banging on his front door. But were they neighbors? Cops? One had letters on her jacket.

As David Timothy Deakin googled "What is NBI?" from the laptop on his bed, the Philippines National Bureau of Investigation smashed their way into his cybersex den.

8 May 2017 - Pampanga prepares for the ‘Big One’

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga gathered on Monday, May 8, the public and private sector members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) to draft an earthquake contingency plan.

“The PDRRMC organized the three-day workshop as a study of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) showed that “Pampanga is also at high risk to the effects of ‘Big One’ and we should prepare for the worst before it strikes,” PDRRMC officer Angelina Blanco said.

8 May 2017 - LTO opens license renewal center at Robinsons Starmills

PAMPANGA -- Robinsons Malls Lingkod Pinoy Center opened the Driver’s License Renewal Office of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) at Robinsons Starmills in this city Monday, May 8.

The new satellite office of LTO is the fifth office opened at Robinsons Malls.

8 May 2017 - Masantol’s fluvial parade: A thanksgiving to ‘Apung Igi’

PAMPANGA -- “This year’s fluvial parade of Masantol is aimed at gratifying our patron saint, St. Michael the Archangel or ‘Apung Igi’ for the progress and development that has happened in Masantol in the past years.”

Masantol Mayor Danilo Guintu said that the fluvial parade gathered officials of the local government and the Catholic Church to profess the unified faith of the town to its patron saint.

8 May 2017 - Month-long Pyestang Fernandino set

PAMPANGA -- The City Government has set this year's Pyestang Fernandino celebrations with month-long events highlighting culture, entertainment, and the city's local history.

This as the city started with the 75th death anniversary commemoration of martyr Jose Abad Santos.

7 May 2017 - Central Luzon's 2016 GDP is 3rd fastest in Philippines

PAMPANGA -- Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Region 4 (RR4) Regional Director Jethro Sabariaga announced on Saturday, May 6, that Central Luzon's gross domestic product (GDP) is the third fastest in the country in 2016.

Overtaking Calabarzon, Central Luzon grew by 9.5 percent against the national average of 6.5 percent.

7 May 2017 - De Lima welcomes US bill supporting human rights, defense programs

MABALACAT CITY -- Senator Leila de Lima has welcomed a proposed legislation in the US Senate seeking to restrict exports of certain defense articles to the Philippines and to extend support to Filipino human rights defenders and help victims of human rights violations.

De Lima, a known human rights activist, said the US Senate’s proposed measure will subject to international scrutiny the Philippine government’s drug policy which has led in the deaths of thousands of suspected drug offenders, including innocent civilians.

7 May 2017 - Thousands benefit from Mad Dog’s medical mission

ANGELES CITY -- Thousands of Angelenos benefited from a medical mission sponsored by the Mad Dog Motorcycle Club Philippines.

Chairman Tony Mamac of Barangay Balibago said that a total of 2,586 patients received medical attention during the medical mission which included free examination and medicines (856 patients), eye examination (500), circumcision (336), tooth extraction with free medicines (168), feeding (653), acupuncture (36), blood donation (37) and other services.

7 May 2017 - Architects group president to strengthen professional programs

PAMPANGA -- United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) Angeles City Chapter president Andy Gulapa on Sunday, May 7, vowed to support fellow architects to earn points under the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program as required by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for the renewal of licences. According to PRC, the CPD as mandatory requirement in the renewal of professional license under Section 10 of R.A. 10912 shall be implemented after the effectivity of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) which will be in March 2017.

Gulapa said that their group will help in ensuring that the best possible CPD programs are implemented for their members.

7 May 2017 - Hundreds beat the summer heat at SM Hydro Summer Spree

PAMPANGA -- Hundreds of youngsters from different parts of the province beat the weekend heat by splashing and sliding their way out the Hydro Wacky inflatables during Friday’s Hydro Summer Spree kick-off at SM City San Fernando Downtown.

Shoppers and valued customers of SM Supermalls jumped, crawled and slide their way out the 14 feet by 53 feet inflatable obstacle course installed at the 7th level Roofdeck of the mall building.

7 May 2017 - PAL urged to make Clark airport a major hub

CLARK FREEPORT -- An OFFICIAL of Angeles City has urged the Philippine Airlines (PAL) management to make Clark International Airport its major hub.

Councilor Carmelo "Pogi" Lazatin Jr. said "the most feasible, logical, beneficial and economically profitable alternative for Philippine Airlines is to make Clark its major hub in the next five years and establish a stronghold in the northern part of the Philippines.”

7 May 2017 - Pimentel: Philippine economy rising

CLARK FREEPORT -- Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said that the Philippine economy is rising and accelerating because of the attention the country is getting from the international community.

Pimentel stressed this during the recent grand opening of the P4-billion Midori Hotel and Casino inside this Freeport.

7 May 2017 - Command conference with DOF, BIR set in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- The 19 revenue regions of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) will be converging in Pampanga on May 10 for the first ever regional command conference of the BIR outside Metro Manila with Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary Carlos “Sonny” Dominguez III as expected guest.

The command conference is the first ever regional conference of the BIR on a national level held outside Metro Manila.

7 May 2017 - DOT-Central Luzon sets 2nd bike tour expo

CLARK FREEPORT --- The Department of Tourism (DOT)-Central Luzon, in cooperation with the Clark Development Corporation, has set its 2nd Bike Tour Expo on May 27 inside the Freeport.

DOT-Central Luzon Director Ronnie Tiotuico said that hundreds of cyclists all over Pampanga and other parts of Region III are expected to participate in the sports event.

7 May 2017 - BIR files 3 criminal cases vs tax evaders

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Region 4 (RR4) filed criminal complaints the other day with the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor of Tarlac against Charoen Pokphand Foods Philippines Corporation (Charoen) and its president, Udomsak Aksornphakdee and Roberto Hara operating the trade name ROH Trading for unlawful pursuit of business and violations pertaining to receipts and invoices.

Charoen is a stock company duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission engaged in agri-business and the production and sales of food products. Its principal office is located at Unit 1C-1D LSC Building, Lazatin Boulevard, Dolores Homsite in the City of San Fernando. Charoen's head office is registered under Revenue District Office No. 21B South Pampanga.

7 May 2017 - Drug surrenderer killed in shootout with cops

PAMPANGA -- A former drug surrenderer of San Simon was killed in a police operation conducted in Barangay San Jose here after refusing to be flagged down in a checkpoint.

According to Police Officer 2 Jane Genobili, their station was notified by a concerned citizen that an unidentified man onboard a red motorcycle was roaming the streets of San Jose village while carrying a pistol.

5 May 2017 - PMAers, beauty queen lead ‘Cong Dadong’ awards

Two top Philippine Military Academy (PMA) graduates and a beauty queen led the awardees of the Third “Cong Dadong” Awards for Outstanding Lubenians in rites held Friday, May 6.

Second Lieutenant Carlos Emmanuel Canlas, 2nd Lt. Ma. Semiona Sheika Balsamo, and Miss Global International 2016 first runner-up Camille Jensen Hiro led Outstanding Lubenians awardees.

5 May 2017 - 2 drug pushers arrested in Guagua town

PAMPANGA -- Two drug pushers were arrested by the police in a drug bust operation in Guagua, Pampanga on Thursday, May 4.

Senior Superintendent Joel Consulta, Pampanga acting police director, identified the suspects as Denden Ocampo, 32, of Barangay San Pedro and Noel Tungol, 40, a resident of Barangay Bancal, both in Guagua town.

5 May 2017 - NGCP gives school supplies to 15 public schools

PAMPANGA -- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) distributed school supplies to different public elementary schools in the province Friday, May 5.

NGCP Corporate Initiative and Advocacies Division Head Lida May Lopez said that the program dubbed as “Gamit ni Bulilit” is part of the corporate social responsibility of NGCP which aims to assist indigent and deserving grade one to grade three students in their host communities.

5 May 2017 - Apalit hires 136 students under summer job program

PAMPANGA -- The local government here, together with the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole), recently hired some 136 indigent students under the Special Program for Employment of Students (Spes).

Public Employment Service Officer Jenny Gamboa said that the students will provide service to different departments of the local government for 20 days.

4 May 2017 - Angeles City mayor dismayed over NPA attacks

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo “EdPam” Pamintuan has expressed dismay over the recent attacks in Davao and Quirino by the New People’s Army (NPA).

Pamintuan, adviser of the GRP peace panel, however said that the government will not be deterred by the incidents.

4 May 2017 - Computer shop closed for failure to pay taxes

PAMPANGA -- A computer shop was padlocked by the Bureau of Internal Revenue for failing to declare their taxable sales to the Value Added Tax, Thursday, May 04.

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) through Revenue District Office No. 21B, South Pampanga of Revenue Region No.4, City of San Fernando issued on Thursday, May 4, a reminder to non-compliant taxpayers by padlocking the business operations of a supplier of computer parts and accessories pursuant to Section 115 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997, as amended, for failing to subject their taxable sales to Value Added Tax (VAT).

4 May 2017 - DepEd-Central Luzon conducts training for Senior High teachers

PAMPANGA -- Some 2,735 Senior High School teachers teaching different academic subjects in Central Luzon are undergoing the 18-day mass trainings being conducted by the Department of Education Central Luzon Regional Office in line with the full implementation of the K to 12 Basic Education Program, particularly the Senior High School (SHS) Program.

About 600 English teachers, 215 Filipino teachers and 63 ICT/Research SHS teachers were simultaneously trained on April 9 to 12 and April 17 to 30 held at Ann Raquel's Hillside Resort and Hotel in Olongapo City, Otel Pampanga, in City of San Fernando, Pampanga, and Eurotel in Angeles City respectively.

4 May 2017 - Health official: No outbreak in respiratory, skin diseases

PAMPANGA -- The Municipal Health Officer of San Simon recently dispelled allegations that numerous residents of the 12 villages here have fallen victim to respiratory and skin diseases caused by pollution.

Dr. Marline Bagtas-Dela Rosa said that there are no records of an epidemic or spread of respiratory and skin diseases among residents, especially those residing in villages near the Quezon road where various manufacturing plants are located.

4 May 2017 - Pampanga gives P600,000 to 200 scholars

PAMPANGA -- At least 200 student beneficiaries of the Provincial Capitol received scholarship grants amounting to P3,000 each.

Board Members Ananias Canlas, Jr. and Ferdinand Labung led the distribution of financial assistance to the scholars at the Benigno Aquino Hall, Capitol Compound this city.

4 May 2017 - PWD groups, local execs commend Clark firm for mobility project

CLARK FREEPORT -- More than 100 Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) in the contiguous areas in this Freeport benefitted from the mobility project of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) held recently at Clark Skills and Training Center (formerly Polytechnic Clark) here.

A total of 20 wheelchairs, 50 canes, and 25 nebulizers were distributed to the municipalities of Bamban, Capas in Tarlac, Porac; and cities of Mabalacat and Angeles in Pampanga.

3 May 2017 - Search for Mutya ng Pilipinas Central Luzon starts

CLARK FREEPORT -- The search for 2017 Mutya ng Pilipinas Central Luzon leg is on.

Abel Antonio, regional director of the Mutya ng Pilipinas Central Luzon, said this during the Talk Widus monthly media forum of the Pampanga Press Club (PPC) at Widus Hotel and Casino Wednesday, may 3.

3 May 2017 - San Fernando mayor wants Jose Abad Santos monument moved

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Edwin Santiago has asked the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Pampanga First Engineering District to have the planned monument of the late Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos placed in a better location and not an island along Jose Abad Santos Avenue (Jasa) here.

He said that monuments should comply with requirements by government agencies in charge with historical monuments.

3 May 2017 - Kin of slain housewife raise bounty for killer’s arrest

PAMPANGA -- The family of Catherine Tobias-Delos Santos, the housewife who was recently killed by their fishpond caretaker, has raised a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

The 29-year old Tobias-Delos Santos was stabbed to death by their stay-in worker Rodolfo Yupio, Jr. in their home in Barangay Lanang shortly after midnight of Sunday, April 30.

3 May 2017 - Local officials open new Mabalacat police station

MABALACAT CITY -- Local officials here led the formal inauguration of the city’s new police station in the commercial district of Barangay Dau, Wednesday, May 3.

The three-storey police building is situated in a 100-square meter property donated by businessman Nemencio Pulumbarit Jr.

3 May 2017 - Residents irked over brownouts in Apalit town

Residents of this fourth district town are irked over the frequency of power interruption in their communities.

Citizens of the 12 villages here are now complaining about the services of Pampanga III Electric Cooperative (Pelco-3) which is the major electric provider in the town.

3 May 2017 - Agriculture exec: Central Luzon tops financial obligation

PAMPANGA -- “Compared to other regions, number one ang Central Luzon sa first quarter ng financial obligation."

So said Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Director Roy Abaya during his opening message at the recent first quarter assessment for physical and financial accomplishments of the department in the region.

3 May 2017 - Magalang town conducts anti-rabies vaccination

PAMPANGA -- The Local Government Unit of Magalang in coordination with the Department of Agriculture (DA) on Wednesday conducted an anti-rabies vaccination drive in Barangay San Agustin.

Hundreds of pets, usually cats and dogs were injected with the vaccine that is good for six months to one year, according to the DA.

2 May 2017 - New city college president takes oath

ANGELES CITY -- Dr. Richard Daenos was installed as the new president of City College of Angeles (CCA) during the solemn investiture and second commencement exercises held April 27 (Thursday), here.

Daenos, who was the tourism officer of the city from 2014 to 2016, was appointed as the second college president of CCA by the virtue of the City Council Resolution No. 7593 series of 2016 following the resolution of the selection committee for new CCA President as mandated by the Commission on Higher Education.

2 May 2017 - Senator: Postponement of village elections constitutional

CLARK FREEPORT -- Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III described the postponement of the village elections as constitutional, which was supposedly held last October 2016.

Pimentel issued the statement to Pampanga-based newsmen during the formal inauguration of the $4 billion Midori Hotel and Casino, Clark’s first five-star hotel.

2 May 2017 - PAL lauded for choosing Clark airport as secondary hub

ANGELES CITY -- Councilor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr. lauded the Philippine Airlines (PAL) for choosing Clark International Airport (CRK) as its secondary hub.

Lazatin said that PAL’s operation will spur economic development and tourism in the entire Central Luzon and other neighboring regions.

2 May 2017 - Four drug suspects arrested

PAMPANGA -- Four drug personalities were arrested during anti-illegal drug operations in Central Luzon over the weekend.

Police identified the arrested suspects as Michael Lucasan, 39, of Capalangan village, Apalit, Pampanga; Dennis Malabanan, 47, and Antonio Cortez, 40, both of East Tapinac, Olongapo City; and Nelson Mirasol, 52, of Paraiso village, Tarlac City.

2 May 2017 - Labor Day job fair opens opportunities for Fernandinos

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) conducted a job fair on May 1 at the SM City San Fernando Downtown with more than 400 job vacancies opened by 16 companies which participated in the job fair.

The event ran with the theme "Matatag na Kabuhayan at Trabaho, Tungo sa Progresibong Pagbabago."

2 May 2017 - SM malls partner with Labor office for job, business fairs

PAMPANGA -- A whole day of great opportunities paved the way for jobseekers at SM malls in Pampanga which recently hosted the “Trabaho Negosyo Kabuhayan” job and business fairs in time for Labor Day celebration.

The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole)-Central Luzon, in partnership with SM Supermalls conducted jobs and business fairs at SM malls in Pampanga and San Fernando Downtown which are indeed ideal venues and a convenient place for jobseekers and employers who participated.

2 May 2017 - Masantol execs lauded for seafood festival

PAMPANGA -- Fourth district Representative Juan Pablo “Rimpy” Bondoc on Tuesday, May 2, lauded Mayor Danilo Guintu and other local officials of this town for institutionalizing the Seafood Festival.

Bondoc, who personally attended the opening ceremonies of the homegrown festival, said that the event has given identity to this fourth district town as the largest producer of various seafood not only in the province, but in the whole of Central Luzon as well.

2 May 2017 - 8,700 jobseekers ‘near-hires’ in Central Luzon job fairs

PAMPANGA -- Some 8,713 jobseekers were reported “near-hires” in the region-wide job and business fairs in Central Luzon, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) announced Monday, May 1.

Preliminary reports from the Technical Support and Service Division (TSSD) and Dole Field Offices show that around 7,464 jobseekers flocked to all seven job and business fairs in the region.

2 May 2017 - San Fernando City remembers Jose Abad Santos

The City Government of San Fernando held commemorative rites Tuesday, May 2, in honor of the late Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos who was martyred during the Japanese occupation forces some 75 years ago.

The commemoration featured wreath-laying rites led by Mayor Edwin Santiago, Masons and members of the Abad-Santos Family before the Kapampangan hero’s monument at the Heroes Park here.

2 May 2017 - Man attacks couple over cash advance

For allegedly refusing to give in to a request for a cash advance, a couple from Lanang village, Candaba were attacked by their fishpond caretaker in their house shortly after midnight last Sunday.

Superintendent Paul Gamido, Candaba police chief, identified the fatality as Catherine Tobias De los Santos, 29, of San Luis, Pampanga. Injured was Jake Joseph “Jackie” de los Santos, 29, of Lanang village.

1 May 2017 - Angeles City holds Sisig Fiesta 2017

ANGELES CITY -- A huge number of tourists and food lovers spent their Saturday night dining with their family and friends at the annual Sisig Fiesta at the famed “Crossing” along Valdes Street in this City.

Hundreds came to satisfy their taste buds in savoring the mixed selection of flavors of the ultimate pork dish in the world, “sisig.”

1 May 2017 - Women's group call for Labor Day: ‘Count us in!’

PAMPANGA -- The Center for Women’s Resources called on Monday, May 1, to the government to count them in, in the road to labor empowerment, which remains a far-fetched goal.

In a statement to SunStar Pampanga on Monday, it said CWR, a research and training institution for women established in 1982, promotes such a call since only 50.1 percent of Filipino women in the working age population are part of the labor force.

1 May 2017 - Popcom launching promotes natural family planning

PAMPANGA -- The Commission on Population (Popcom) in Central Luzon is set to commemorate the Natural Family Planning (NFP) Month this May with a series of videos that promote the method.

The campaign was launched Monday, May 1, and every Monday of May on Popcom-Central Luzon's official Facebook page in a series of 30 to 60 second videos advocating for modern NFP methods.

1 May 2017 - PIA-Central Luzon to hold Asean campus forum leg 2

PAMPANGA -- Central Luzon State University (CLSU) and Aurora State College of Technology (Ascot) shall both host the second leg of the Asean Campus Forum of Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Central Luzon to be held this week.

The CLSU event is scheduled on May 3 while the ASCOT activity will be on May 5.

1 May 2017 - Masantol's best showcased in 4th seafood festival

PAMPANGA -- Various seafood products and local talents took center stage during the first leg of the homegrown festival held at the municipal multipurpose hall on Monday, May 1.

The two-day “Seafood Festival” marked the annual celebration of the 128th year of Masantol Day held every May 1.