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Balibago News Jun-2017

30 Jun 2017 - Beleaguered Clark chief gets support from various sectors

CLARK FREEPORT -- Various groups in Pampanga have expressed support to Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President and Chief Executive Officer Noel Manankil, who took a leave of absence following accusations of bribery.

This stemmed from President Duterte’s statement that a Clark official is reportedly involved in bribery of locators inside the Freeport.

30 Jun 2017 - 400 benefit from smelting plant’s feeding program

PAMPANGA -- Some 400 residents from two San Simon barangays here benefitted from the feeding program sponsored by Real Steel Corporation.

The two-day feeding program held in barangays Sta. Monica and San Isidro here is part of the monthly corporate social responsibility of the steel mill.

30 Jun 2017 - Riverside folks fear huge threat of water surges

PAMPANGA -- Residents of the nine Masantol barangays along the Pampanga River on Wednesday aired their fears over the possible strong water surges that may hit their communities come the rainy season.

This was due to the pending demolition of fish pens which serve as secondary protection to water surges during onslaught of typhoons.

30 Jun 2017 - Guagua mayor returns to office

PAMPANGA -- After serving his second suspension for another month and a day over grave misconduct, Mayor Dante Torres of Guagua town will report back to office on Monday, July 3.

This was confirmed by Torres during a radio interview, Friday, June 30.

29 Jun 2017 - CDC exec takes leave to give way to corruption probe

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president and chief executive officer Noel Manankil has taken a leave of absence yesterday to allow the investigations on alleged corruption against him to proceed unimpeded.

This was gleaned in a press statement after President Rodrigo Duterte warned that he is about to fire an official in Clark if corruption allegations against him are proven.

29 Jun 2017 - China donates 50-M Yuan military aid to PH

CLARK FREEPORT -- The People's Republic of China, through Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua, on Wednesday, June 28, turned over some 50 million Yuan worth of military aid package to President Rodrigo Duterte in relation to the threat of terrorism in Marawi.

Jinhua turned over 3,000 rifles with five million ammunitions and 90 units sniper rifles with 800,000 ammunitions. The military aid package worth P590 million was delivered at the Harrison Landing Zone, Clark Freeport, on board a two-cargo Ilyushin IL76 Chinese military plane.

29 Jun 2017 - ‘Type ng Bayan’ blood typing program launched in San Fernando

PAMPANGA -- Hundreds of Fernandinos have been blood typed for free as the local government of San Fernando, through its City Health Office, hosted Thursday, June 29, the regional launching of the “Type ng Bayan” program.

This is a free blood typing project of President Rodrigo Duterte and DU30 Cabinet Spouses Association, in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government and Department of Health (DOH), which seeks to help every Filipino determine their blood type so they can easily identify and match with possible donors.

29 Jun 2017 - Porac micro-entrepreneurs get loan assistance

PAMPANGA -- Some 50 Porac micro-entrepreneurs here received loan assistances from the Lourdes Tuason Arroyo Foundation Inc. through the facilitation of Mayor Condralito dela Cruz and Vice Mayor Dexter David.

Dela Cruz and David led the distribution of P5,000 loan assistance each to 50 residents engaged in micro businesses in the town. The loans were presented at the Mayor’s Office the other day.

29 Jun 2017 - Minalin police nab child abuse suspect

PAMPANGA -- Local authorities of this town recently nabbed one of its top wanted in Barangay Sta. Catalina here.

The suspect identified as Jun Manansala Ibay, 37, was arrested after local police implemented Oplan Manhunt Charlie following the issuance of warrant of arrest released by Judge Robert Alexander Malig of the Regional Trial Court Branch 45.

28 Jun 2017 - Halili remains Mabalacat mayor after court issues TRO

MABALACAT CITY -- Vice Mayor Christian Halili remains mayor of this city after the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Angeles City on Tuesday, June 28, issued a 72-hour Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) which prevented former Board Member Crisostomo Garbo from assuming the mayoralty post on same day.

The RTC ordered Garbo and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to “cease and desist from any action that will result in the removal from the mayoralty position of the petitioner (Halili).”

28 Jun 2017 - Crisostomo Garbo proclaimed as Mabalacat mayor

MABALACAT CITY -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has proclaimed former Pampanga First District Board Member Crisostomo Garbo as mayor of this city.

Garbo, who got the second highest votes next to Mayor Marino Morales during the 2016 mayoral race, was proclaimed around 3 p.m. at the central office of Comelec in Intramuros, Manila Tuesday, June 28.

28 Jun 2017 - Over 4,000 village officials briefed on illegal drugs

PAMPANGA -- There are 4,293 purok leaders and village captains who attended the briefing on their role in the community-based illegal drugs monitoring at the Lubao Gym here.

The event was organized by the Provincial Government of Pampanga and included talks from officials of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

28 Jun 2017 - Apalit folks continue century-old fiesta tradition

PAMPANGA -- Colorful barges and boats paraded along the portion of Pampanga River as part of the three-day fiesta celebration in honor of St. Peter the Apostle or “Apung Iru.”

The well-known fluvial procession that traverses the third largest river in the country dates back during the mid 1800’s where devotees and residents join together to fetch the original image of Apung Iru in Barangay Capalangan here.

28 Jun 2017 - San Fernando taps bus companies for calamity response

PAMPANGA -- To address the immediate provision and availability of rescue equipment and vehicles during calamities, the local government of San Fernando entered into an agreement with common carriers during the launching of National Disaster Consciousness Month on Tuesday.

The signing of the agreement was led by Mayor Edwin Santiago and representatives from Victory Liner Incorporated, Genesis Transport Company Incorporated, and Bataan Transit Incorporated.

28 Jun 2017 - Hospital in San Fernando City breaks ground for new building

PAMPANGA -- Officials of the Jose B. Lingad Regional Memorial Hospital (JBLRMH), along with provincial and city officials, led the groundbreaking ceremonies for the new seven-story building.

The new building will serve as the outpatient department of the said hospital. The time-capsule was formally laid inside the hospital compound where the new building will soon rise.

28 Jun 2017 - Closed smelting plant undergoes rehabilitation

PAMPANGA -- The management of Wan Chiong Steel Corporation recently said the ongoing rehabilitation program implemented is part of its compliance to the environmental law.

Wan Chiong Steel Corporation is one of the two smelting plants which were recently served with cease and desist orders (CDOs) by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources–Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) due to alleged failure to comply with the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999.

27 Jun 2017 - Lazatin turns 83 on June 28, vows to reclaim City Hall

ANGELES CITY -- Public servant Carmelo Lazatin Sr., who turns 83 Wednesday June 28, said he will definitely run for mayor in 2019.

“Nung eya salese ing administrasyon keng siyudad (If the administration of the city does not improve), I will definitely run for mayor in 2019,” he said.

27 Jun 2017 - Angeles City crime rate down 18.40%

ANGELES CITY -- The local government here, in coordination with the local police, has recorded a significant decrease of 18.40 percent in the city's total crime rate.

Comparative Crime Statistics showed a crime rate decrease from 59.61 percent to 41.21 percent, with inclusive coverage dates from January to May of 2016 and January to May of 2017.

27 Jun 2017 - Mabalacat water district 'to continue quality services'

MABALACAT CITY -- The Mabalacat City Water District (MCWD) is committed to provide quality services to its consumers in terms of potable and sufficient supply of water, an official said.

MCWD general manager Francis Dimaliwat said the water firm recently spent more than P40 million for the construction and commissioning of at least four pumping stations all over the city.

27 Jun 2017 - 200 trees planted at San Fernando crucifixion site

PAMPANGA -- Some 200 fruit-bearing trees were planted Sunday, June 25, at the crucifixion site in Barangay San Pedro Cutud as the City Government celebrated this year’s Philippine Arbor Day.

Through the efforts of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro), City Hall employees, barangay officials in San Pedro Cutud, and representatives from attached agencies joined hands in planting 100 mango and 100 jackfruit trees at the five-hectare lot.

27 Jun 2017 - Lubao expats to lead 61st canonical coronation anniversary in US

PAMPANGA -- Kapampangan expatriates in the United States will lead their fellow kabalens from all over the United States at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in September for the 61st Canonical Coronation Anniversary celebration of Virgen Delos Remedios.

Vidal Aguas, a Kapampangan expatriate in the United States, told SunStar Pampanga that Emerson Alvarez and Baby Barin, both from Lubao, were designated as this year’s hermano and hermana.

27 Jun 2017 - Arayat beauty crowned Miss Global Philippines

PAMPANGA -- Mary Ann Mungcal of Arayat town was crowned Miss Global Philippines 2017 on Saturday, June 24, at Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila. Mungcal bested 21 other candidates who vied for the crown.

She also received other special awards, including Best in Swimsuit and Best in Long Gown.

27 Jun 2017 - Central Luzon cops sent to Mindanao

PAMPANGA -- Seventy operatives of the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Luzon Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) flew to Cagayan de Oro on Tuesday, June 27, to augment the police forces in Mindanao amid the ongoing crisis in Marawi City.

PRO-Central Luzon Director Aaron Aquino, during the send-off ceremony in Camp Olivas here, said the deployment is in line with the tour of duty of Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel deployed in armed-conflict areas, counter-insurgency operations and other similar serious threats to national security.

26 Jun 2017 - Lawmaker's wife had missing jewelry, cash after Resorts World attack

PAMPANGA -- Elizabeth Panlilio-Gonzales, the late wife of Pampanga third district Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr. who was one of the victims of the Resorts World attack, had missing jewelry and cash withdrawn from the former's account three days after her death.

This was made known during the recent congressional hearing on the Resorts World Attack.

26 Jun 2017 - PIA-Central Luzon to hold 1st Asean multisectoral forum

PAMPANGA -- The Philippine Information Agency Central Luzon region, in partnership with various government agencies, is set to hold its first Asean Multi-Sectoral Forum at the Trade Hall of SM City Pampanga on June 28, Wednesday.

“This is part of our yearlong hyping of the Philippine Chairmanship of Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). The forum seeks to draw about 300 stakeholders composed of government employees, teachers, students, farmers, small and medium entrepreneurs, indigenous peoples, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries, and the media among others,” PIA Central Luzon Director William Beltran said.

26 Jun 2017 - Pampanga official: Guv has no Facebook account

PAMPANGA -- Capitol’s Provincial Information Officer Joel Mapiles cautioned on Monday, June 26, against a supposed account of Governor Lilia Pineda on social media.

"Governor Lilia Pineda has no Facebook account," Mapiles told SunStar Pampanga. His statement came after an account named "Gov Lilia G. Pineda" has been adding other people on Facebook as friends and inviting others to accept the account.

25 Jun 2017 - Pampanga farmers get P63-M farm equipment

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga started the distribution of at least P63-million worth of farm equipment and livestock it requested this year from the Department of Agriculture (DA).

DA-Central Luzon Director Roy Abaya said that Pampanga province received 148 shallow tube wells, five Pisos (pump irrigation system for open water source), 19 mini four-wheel tractors, 28 hand tractors, one floating tiller, 15 drum seeders, eight rice transplanters, 10 combine harvesters, five treshers, five rice reapers, two recirculating dryer with biomass furnace, 12 multi-purpose drying pavement, one flash dryer and one portable rice mill/dehuller from the National Government.

25 Jun 2017 - Hundreds join ‘Padyak’ for health, environment

PAMPANGA -- Hundreds of cyclists joined recently the City of San Fernando's fifth "Padyak para sa Kalusugan at Kalikasan," a cycling activity aimed at promoting good health and environment conservation.

The participants were from different bikers’ associations in the city and the towns of Arayat, Candaba, Guagua, Minalin, Sto. Tomas and Mabalacat City.

25 Jun 2017 - Kapampangan students send love cards to soldiers in Marawi

PAMPANGA -- In an aim to boost the morale of government troops, several students from a public elementary school in this town sent “love cards” to soldiers deployed in Marawi City to fight the Maute terror group.

San Miguel Elementary School Principal Milagros Layug said that at least 50 students from grades one to six volunteered to write personal letters to government troopers, especially those who were not able to celebrate Father’s Day with their respective families.

23 Jun 2017 - 4,000 Mabalacat residents get Philhealth cards

MABALACAT CITY --- The City Government has distributed Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) members data records (MDRs) to some 4,000 underprivileged residents of this city.

A total of P9.6-million was allocated by the City Council to fund this priority project for the members of the marginalized sector.

23 Jun 2017 - Gonzales breaks long silence after wife's death

PAMPANGA -- Third District Representative Aurelio "Dong" Gonzales Jr. broke his long silence on Friday, June 23, after the death of his wife in the Resorts World Manila attack. Gonzales kept mum for almost three weeks after the tragedy to allow family and himself time to grieve.

His wife Elizabeth, 57, was among the fatalities in the attack at the Resorts World Manila in Pasay City on June 2.

23 Jun 2017 - Luis Taruc’s historical marker unveiled in San Luis town

PAMPANGA -- The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) on Wednesday unveiled the historical marker for kabalen hero Luis Taruc in this town to mark his 104th birth anniversary.

The unveiling of the marker was led by NHCP Executive Director Ludovico Badoy and San Luis Mayor Venancio “Asyong” Macapagal at the town's Freedom Park.

23 Jun 2017 - Smelting plant seeks lifting of cease, desist order

PAMPANGA -- The management of Melter’s Steel Corporation on Wednesday filed a letter to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Central Luzon’s Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) seeking for the immediate lifting of the cease and desist order (CDO) served by the agency.

The letter directed to EMB-Central Luzon Director Lormelyn Claudiowas filed a day after the EMB served the CDO to two smelting plants namely Melter’s Steel Corporation and Wan Chiong Steel Corporation on June 20.

23 Jun 2017 - Porac vice mayor to host 3rd call center training

PAMPANGA -- Following the success of the two previous call center training courses at the Porac Power Training Center in Barangay Cangatba, Vice Mayor Dexter David is set to organize a third training session at the municipal hall.

David said that the trainees will be given P300 daily allowance for the duration of the training sessions that may last a couple of weeks.

22 Jun 2017 - Clark, Palafox ink agreement for freeport's new master plan

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has forged an agreement with renowned urban planner Palafox Associates (PA) for a new master development and business plan for the freeport.

CDC President and Chief Executive Officer Noel Manankil signed the agreement with PA Founder Felino Palafox, Jr.

22 Jun 2017 - Pampanga addresses local tourism problems during summit

CLARK FREEPORT -- Officials of the Provincial Government and stakeholders gathered here recently in a summit to address local tourism problems and improve the condition of the tourism industry in the province.

The tourism summit with the theme “Strengthening Tourism Synergy in Pampanga” held at Royce Hotel is part of the series of forums organized by the provincial government in partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT).

22 Jun 2017 - Pampanga board member calls for unity among Mabalaquenos

MABALACAT CITY --- A board member in Pampanga’s first district which covers this component city has appealed to his constituents to “unite and set aside politics.”

Board Member Benny Jocson issued the statement after Mayor Marino Morales has relinquished his post following a cease and desist order (CDO) implemented by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in connection to the mayor’s disqualification in the last mayoralty race.

22 Jun 2017 - Capitol scholars get summer job pays

PAMPANGA -- At least 2,327 scholars under the provincial government’s Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) finally got their summer job pay on Wednesday, June 21, amounting to P25.6-million.

The distribution of the scholars’ salaries was facilitated by the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) through the Public Employment Service Office (Peso) at the Bren Guiao Convention Center here.

22 Jun 2017 - Rehabilitation set for Pampanga River Basin

PAMPANGA -- Old fishermen still remember a time when the Pampanga River yielded an abundance of fish catch in the 70's and 80's, enough to sustain the livelihood of some families along the banks of Luzon's second largest river but today, the river no longer has the same amount of fish population it once had in the past.

In fact, the river is often silted. Chemical and household waste of communities along the banks would often find their way into the river along with the occasional garbage thrown into it by unscrupulous residents.

22 Jun 2017 - San Fernando City mayor spends birthday with elderly, PWDs

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Edwin Santiago celebrated his 60th birthday on June 21 through a “Handog Pasasalamat” program for senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the city.

The three-part activity started at Santiago’s birthplace in Barangay San Pedro Cutud where medical and dental missions were offered to the constituents.

22 Jun 2017 - DepEd seeks donations for displaced Marawi students

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Education (DepEd) is seeking assistance and donations from kind-hearted individuals, companies and good Samaritans for displaced students in war-torn Marawi City. The DepEd said that as it is not clear when the Marawi City siege will end, it is calling for donations for some 20,000 displaced students there who are in need of school kits.

21 Jun 2017 - Councilor supports ban of sodas, junk food in public schools

ANGELES CITY -- Councilor Carmelo Lazatin, Jr. has expressed support to the Department of Education (DepEd)’s order banning the sale of sodas or softdrinks and junk food in public schools nationwide.

Lazatin filed a resolution supporting DepEd Order Number 13 issued dated March 14, 2017 which is aimed to promote healthy food for students and teachers.

21 Jun 2017 - Hotel employee in Cabanatuan City returns P42,500 cash

MABALACAT CITY --- An employee of a hotel in Cabanatuan City has returned a bag with P42,000 cash which he found inside a room on June 17.

Rommel Torres, employee of Sogo Hotel Cabanatuan, received commendations from his superiors for turning over to the hotel management the cash owned by a certain Antonio Vela.

21 Jun 2017 - Mayor gears for new San Fernando

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Edwin Santiago presented on Tuesday. June 20, the City Government’s proposed projects and initiatives for the coming years as it gears for a new San Fernando.

This was held during his fifth State of the City Address or “Ulat sa Bayan” attended by thousands of delegates from public and private sectors and local officials in the city.

21 Jun 2017 - Pampanga guv lauds DOH surgical caravan

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda on Wednesday lauded and thanked the Department of Health (DOH) for its surgical caravan program where indigent residents and patients were accorded free minor and major surgeries at the Escolastica Romero District Hospital (ERDH) in Barangay San Nicolas 1 here.

Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial, along with Governor Lilia Pineda and Pampanga Second District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, led the launching of the caravan.

21 Jun 2017 - Authorities call for ‘no water Splashing’ on Apu Iru feast day

PAMPANGA -- Town and church officials in Apalit are calling on locals to refrain from splashing water on visitors and passers-by on June 29, the feast day of the town’s patron Saint Peter better known as Apung Iru.

Officials, in posters and streamers posted in the town, said that this is aimed at maintaining a peaceful fiesta celebration and to avoid untoward incidents from visitors and passers-by being splashed with water needlessly.

21 Jun 2017 - Wage board holds hearing on minimum wage for ‘kasambahays’

PAMPANGA -- The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in Central Luzon recently held a public hearing in The City of San Fernando, Pampanga to gather views and inputs on the minimum wage issue for domestic workers in the region.

Department of Labor and Employment Central Luzon Director and RTWPB-Central Luzon Chairperson Ana Dione told the participants that they are mandated under RA 10361 (Kasambahay Law) to review and adjust the minimum wage rate for domestic workers in the region.

21 Jun 2017 - Sta. Ana’s Top 7 most wanted arrested

PAMPANGA -- One of the most wanted personalities in this town was arrested in a police operation conducted by local authorities here on Wednesday, June 21.

The suspect identified as Dennis Cordova, 28, was arrested by virtue of the warrant of arrest issued by Judge Robert Alexander Malig of the Regional Trial Court Branch 45 on November 23, 2015.

21 Jun 2017 - San Fernando, partners host LGBT photo exhibit

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando, along with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization Siwala and other partners are currently hosting a photo and poster exhibit at the SM City Downtown Event Center and the Heroes Hall here from June 15 to 29.

The event is part of the first LGBT June Pride Month celebration. Themed “Pagpapahalaga sa Kasarian, Tungo sa Pagkakaisa ng Sambayanan,” the celebration aims to uplift the spirit and empower members of the LGBT community and assume their roles as normal citizens of society.

21 Jun 2017 - 2 smelting plants in Central Luzon closed

PAMPANGA -- The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB)-Central Luzon on Tuesday, June 20, ordered the immediate shut down of two large smelting plants in this town.

Officials of EMB-Central Luzon served the cease and desist orders to Wan Chiong Steel Corporation and Melter’s Steel Corporation after their alleged failure to comply with the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999.

20 Jun 2017 - Angeles City development council holds 2nd session

ANGELES CITY -- Members of the 9th Local Development Council (LDC) chaired by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan held their second regular session on Monday, June 19, with focus on updating and monitoring development projects in the city.

The session organized by its secretariat, the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO), was attended by the city’s village chiefs, representatives from non-government organizations (NGOs), city department heads and employees, and officials from National Government agencies.

20 Jun 2017 - The Medical City in Clark observes Cardiac Rehab Week

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Medical City (TMC) Clark announced the availability of its Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit in line with the celebration of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Week this June 19 to 23.

The world-class state-of-the-art hospital offers a cardiac rehabilitation program, a medically supervised treatment to help patients improve their health and well-being.

20 Jun 2017 - Mabalacat City mayor steps down

MABALACAT CITY -- Mayor Marino Morales relinquished his post after the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) served on Monday, June 19, a cease and desist order (CDO) in connection to his disqualification in the last mayoralty race.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to proclaim on June 27 Morales’ rival, former Pampanga First District Board Member Crisostomo Garbo, as the city’s new mayor after the DILG ordered the implementation of the poll body’s en banc resolution cancelling Morales’ certificate of candidacy from the last elections.

20 Jun 2017 - 136 SPES beneficiaries in Apalit receive salary

PAMPANGA -- Some 136 indigent students from this town recently received their salaries from the local government here after being enrolled in the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES).

The said beneficiaries received some P4,135, or 60 percent of their total salary, after rendering service in the different departments of the local government for 20 days.

20 Jun 2017 - Pampanga town pays tribute to dads

PAMPANGA -- In line with the celebration of Father’s Day, the local government here on Monday, June 19, paid tribute to the hardworking government employees who simultaneously perform their duties as head of their families.

The celebration was led by the Mayor Leonora Wong who personally recognized her partners in good governance and stand as fathers of every Simonian, Vice Mayor Honorato Almario and former Mayor Rodrigo Canlas.

19 Jun 2017 - Angeles City launches barangay urban greening project

ANGELES CITY -- To intensify the urban greening program of this highly-urbanized city, the local government here, through the Barangay Affairs and Public Assistance Center (BAPAC), has launched the “Tanim Gulay sa Bawat Barangay”, on Monday, June 19, at the city hall.

The project aims to secure a sustainable urban gardening and vegetation program for the city through backyard gardening which is parallel to the existing “Gulayan sa Barangay” program of the City Agriculture Office (CAO) with the 33 villages of the city at the helm.

19 Jun 2017 - 618 Lubao SPES beneficiaries receive salaries

PAMPANGA -- Six hundred eighteen student-beneficiaries completed the 20-day work under the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) in this town and receive their salaries on Friday, June 16.

Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab was represented by Vice-Mayor Robertito Diaz to lead the distribution of salaries for the student-beneficiaries at the town’s municipal gymnasium.

19 Jun 2017 - Tourism summit set in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga and the Department of Tourism-Central Luzon are hosting the Pampanga Tourism Summit on Tuesday, June 20.

With the theme “Strengthening Tourism Synergy in Pampanga,” the event will be held 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Royce Hotel inside Clark Freeport.

19 Jun 2017 - LGBT members in San Fernando City march towards equality

PAMPANGA -- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) members and advocates in the City of San Fernando marched through downtown streets on Friday afternoon to reiterate their call for openness and equality.

Dubbed “LGBT Walk of Pride,” the participants wore shirts representing the rainbow colors of the LGBT movement and carried torches that symbolize hope and acceptance.

19 Jun 2017 - Poraqueña sisters to vie for national beauty titles

PAMPANGA -- Porac is slowly asserting its reputation as the birthplace of beauty as two sisters from this town are representing the province in separate beauty contests.

Anne Krishia Antonio, 22 and elder sister Katrina Jireh Antonio who hail from the Model Community in Pio village, Porac town, are up running for Miss Philippines Earth and Miss Tourism Philippines, respectively.

18 Jun 2017 - Mudflow threat still present

PAMPANGA -- Experts have long been warning people of the dangers of living inside the FVR Megadike structure, particularly along the channels were lahar (mud) traversed.

Some 26 years since the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) is still issuing the same warning.

18 Jun 2017 - Minalin officials pay homage to fallen Kabalen hero

PAMPANGA -- Officials of this fourth district town recently paid homage to a Minaleño soldier who was killed in the encounter between government troops and Maute terrorist in Marawi City.

Led by Municipal Council members, the officials went to First Lieutenant Frederick Savellano’s wake in Quezon City to personally condole with the bereaved family.

17 Jun 2017 - Village chief eyes purchase of solar electrical vehicles

ANGELES CITY -- A village chief in this city has bared plans to acquire solar electrical vehicles in line with the government’s environment programs.

Reynaldo Nacu Gueco, chieftain of Barangay Malabanias, said the initiative will encourage people to lessen the use of fossil fuel and stop global warming.

17 Jun 2017 - Communities within Mega Dike structure still at risk

PAMPANGA -- Since the devastating eruption of Mt. Pintubo in 1991, communities within Bacolor's mega dike system are still at risk from possible lahar (mud flow) that may be brought by the irregular weather and strong typhoons from climate change.

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) chief Renato Solidum warned since 2016 that unusual rains from super typhoons may bring in flood water from large lahar deposits from the upstream area to Pinatubo's still active river drainage channels.

17 Jun 2017 - Ombudsman affirms raps vs ex-Nueva Ecija lawmaker

PAMPANGA -- The Office of the Ombudsman has affirmed the filing of graft and malversation charges against Rodolfo Antonino, the former representative of the fourth district of Nueva Ecija, for the alleged anomalous utilization of his P15,000,000 Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) for 2007.

In a statement, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has affirmed the filing of two counts of malversation and two counts of violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019) against Antonino; former Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Arthur Yap; and Alan Javellana, Rhodora Mendoza, Encarnita Cristina Munsod, Maria Ninez Guañizo, all from the National Agri-Business Corporation (NABCOR). Also indicted are Marilou Antonio, representative of Buhay Mo Mahal Ko Foundation Inc. (BMMKFI) and Carmelita Barredo of C.C. Barredo Publishing House.

16 Jun 2017 - Hotel execs support government’s anti-drug drive

MABALACAT CITY -- Executives of Hotel Sogo expressed support to the government's anti-illegal drugs campaign after a kilo of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” worth P2 million was found at the hallway of Hotel Sogo Dau here on June 13.

Read: Kilo of crystal meth found inside Mabalacat hotel Mhar de Jesus, Central Luzon area manager of Hotel Sogo, made an assurance that there is no illegal drugs trade in their hotel premises.

16 Jun 2017 - Education chief: Economic, cultural freedom keys in prosperity, unity

ANGELES CITY -- Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis-Briones stressed the need to maintain not only political freedom, but also economic and cultural independence in order to achieve lasting prosperity and oneness of nation.

In her speech during the recent 119th Independence Day celebration at Pamintuan Mansion here, Briones cited that “as we celebrate political independence from other countries, we have to struggle for economic and social, as well as cultural independence.”

16 Jun 2017 - Cebu Pacific replaces turboprop to Airbus aircraft in key routes

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Philippines’ Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) boosts its domestic network by increasing the capacity of its flights from Manila to areas in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao where strong demand is continually seen. Starting July 4, flights from Manila to Cauayan, Legazpi and Virac, and vice versa, will be utilizing the 180-seater Airbus A320, translating to over 130 percent more capacity or about 102 additional seats, from its original 78-seater ATR 72-600.

CEB is the only carrier with a regular, commercial air service in Cauayan, Isabela and Virac, Catanduanes.

15 Jun 2017 - Councilman wants buildings in Angeles City inspected

ANGELES CITY -- Councilor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. has called for inspection of all structures in this city to ensure that buildings could withstand strong earthquakes.

Lazatin filed on Tuesday three resolutions, asking the Office of the City Building Official and the Office of the City Engineer to inspect infrastructures, including public schools and bridges, in the city

15 Jun 2017 - De Lima urges Filipino women to carry on fight for democracy

CLARK FREEPORT -- Senator Leila de Lima has urged Filipino women to continue to take the lead in standing up and speaking out for freedom, democracy and human rights amidst sinister attempts by some quarters to silence and undermine their power.

This was gleaned in a press statement sent to SunStar Pampanga on Thursday.

15 Jun 2017 - Kilo of crystal meth found inside Mabalacat hotel

MABALACAT CITY -- A kilo of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride (locally known as shabu) was found inside a hotel in Barangay Dau, Mabalacat City on Wednesday.

Mabalacat City police chief Ruel Cagape said a room attendant found a paper bag containing the illegal drugs on the hallway of Sogo hotel.

15 Jun 2017 - 48 loud mufflers destroyed in San Simon

PAMPANGA -- At least 48 loud motorcycle mufflers that were confiscated from April 1 to June 13, 2017, were destroyed by the Municipal Government on Wednesday in front of the municipal hall in San Simon.

The said modified mufflers were seized from motorcycles plying this town, especially those passing by schools and church zones.

15 Jun 2017 - Gonzales: Keep Pinatubo lessons alive

PAMPANGA -- Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr. (Pampanga, 3rd district) reminded Kapampangans on Thursday not to forget the lessons from the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo and to keep these lessons alive for the younger generation.

"Those of us who remember what happened should never forget the hardships we have hurdled. Let us teach the younger generation of the sacrifices we made and how the Kapampangan spirit triumphed over that calamity.

15 Jun 2017 - 49 Masantol drug surrenderers enter Bahay Pagbabago

PAMPANGA -- Some 49 self-confessed drug users from two villages in Masantol admitted themselves on Wednesday to the local reformation center dubbed “Bahay Pagbabago”.

The said drug reformists will be the fourth batch from Barangay Sto. Niño and second for Barangay Sagrada.

15 Jun 2017 - 135 erring Central Luzon cops finish transformation training

PAMPANGA -- A total of 135 erring policemen from Central Luzon Region have graduated from Character and Aptitude Training Reformation and Transformation on Tuesday.

Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino, Central Luzon Police Regional Office director, said that the erring policemen underwent the training for three months.

14 Jun 2017 - 2 Kapampangan soldiers killed in Marawi

PAMPANGA -- Two members of the government forces from Pampanga were killed in the ongoing gunfight against the Maute Terror Group in Marawi City.

Police Inspector Edwin Placido, Marawi City police deputy chief, and First Lieutenant Frederick Savellano lost their lives while defending the Islamic city.

14 Jun 2017 - Classes start at Don Bosco-Bacolor

PAMPANGA -- Classes at Don Bosco Academy-Bacolor formally started on Tuesday, June 13 after the Salesian institution successfully returned to its old site in Cabalantian village, which was devastated during the 1995 Mt. Pinatubo eruption.

The eruption forced the academy to transfer its campus in Mabalacat City in 1996.

14 Jun 2017 - Pampanga guv pays respect to slain soldier

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda on Monday, June 12, paid last respects to a Kapampangan member of the Philippine Marines, who was killed during the gunfight between government forces and members of the Maute group in Marawi City.

The governor along with husband Rodolfo and Police Chief Inspector Michael Masangkay visited the wake of First Leiutenant John Frederick Savellano.

14 Jun 2017 - Village chief defends Duterte vs Trillanes

ANGELES CITY -- A village chief in this city has described the statements of Senator Sonny Trillanes against President Duterte as “uncalled for.”

Barangay Balibago chief Rodelio Mamac, a former police official, said that the President deserves respect from all Filipinos especially from a former military official like Trillanes.

14 Jun 2017 - San Simon students receive Spes salaries

PAMPANGA -- The local government here, through the municipal Public Employment Service Office (Peso), recently distributed part of the salaries of the Special Program for Employment of Students (Spes) beneficiaries during the simple pay-out ceremony held at the municipal hall.

The 100 Spes beneficiaries received 60 percent of their total salary amounting to P4,135 in exchange for a 20-day service in the different departments of the municipal government.

14 Jun 2017 - June 15 is special non-working holiday in Angeles City

ANGELES CITY -- There will be no classes on Thursday, June 15, in Angeles City only as the Malacañang declared that day as special non-working holiday in commemoration of the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991.

This was gleaned in Proclamation Number 233 issued by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on June 13.

12 Jun 2017 - City of San Fernando mayor: Protect freedom vs rebellion, insurgency

PAMPANGA -- City Mayor Edwin Santiago emphasized during celebration of Independence Day on Monday, June 12, that Filipinos, particularly Fernandinos, should working hard to protect freedom and liberty against rebellion and any kind of insurgency.

“Rebellion and insurgency are threats. We cannot let poverty, illiteracy, racism and oppression take over our city. We must always let good governance and peace and order rule in our society,” Santiago said.

12 Jun 2017 - PAF holds mall exhibit in SM Clark

ANGELES CITY -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) kicked-off on Saturday, June 10, activities relative to its 70th anniversary celebration with the opening of a mall exhibit at SM Clark.

Carrying the theme “PAF @ 70: Partnering For Change and Sustaining the Effort Towards a Jointly Engaged Transforming Force For Greater Peace and Security”, the exhibit seeks to showcase the state-of-the-art facilities, services and equipment of the service branch.

12 Jun 2017 - SM City Pampanga highlights Kapampangan language on Independence Day

PAMPANGA -- SM City Pampanga unveiled on Monday, June 12, its Independence Day centerpiece honoring the Kapampangan language. Dubbed “Shout out Pop Art", the centrepiece was assembled using used LED lights.

There are 30 Kapampangan phrases and expressions written in the different colors of the Philippine flag.

11 Jun 2017 - 120 Aeta families get solar lanterns

PAMPANGA -- Some 120 families belonging to an Aeta community in Sitio Pidpid here received solar-powered lanterns during an outreach program sponsored by Sunny Sonny Lantern and Orissa Garden of Wellness.

Sunny Sonny president Sergio Boero and Orissa Garden of Wellness owner Riza Lim led the distribution of the lights on Friday.

11 Jun 2017 - Sugarcane farmers launch actions against Cojuangcos

PAMPANGA -- Nearly three decades after the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (Carp), farm workers under sugarcane haciendas launch simultaneous actions against the powerful Cojuangco landlord clan here.

Members of the Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) and the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW) joined local farmers in a caravan on Sunday, June 11, in Hacienda Luisita barangays to assail undeclared “martial law” within the controversial sugar estate.

11 Jun 2017 - DOT: 1st quarter arrivals hit 1.8 million mark

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) is optimistic that the upward growth of the country’s international tourist arrivals registered at 11.40 percent for the first quarter of 2017 will likely continue throughout the year as it anticipates over P600-billion investments in infrastructure alongside aggressive marketing efforts, and with the heightened security all over the country.

Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo said the Philippines remains a perennial destination for tourists, with international arrivals breaching the million mark as early as March of this year.

11 Jun 2017 - Veterans Bank highlights WWII history, memorabilia

PAMPANGA -- San Fernando Veterans Bank hopes to project a new image as it sports a new look and highlights World War II memorabilia and its history in Pampanga.

The newly renovated Veterans Bank opened its doors the other day with guests from the City Government of San Fernando and Provincial Government of Pampanga.

10 Jun 2017 - Heritage museum part of Megaworld project

PAMPANGA -- The planned P30-billion Megaworld Corporation investment in Barangay Sto. Niño, this city, will include a heritage museum which will be integrated within the proposed mall development inside the township project.

This was assured by Megaword First Vice-President for Sales and Marketing Eugene Lozano who stressed that the museum will house old artifacts and memorabilia from the old Pampanga Sugar Development Corporation (Pasudeco).

10 Jun 2017 - SM sends indigent Kapampangan students to school

PAMPANGA -- As part of its strong commitment to give back to its host communities, the SM Group of Companies continues to create avenues for quality education for underprivileged yet worthy Kapampangan students through its SM College Scholarship Program.

Through its socio-civic arm SM Foundation Inc. (SMFI), SM Supermalls aims to help realize thousands of dreams for a better future through education by designating a significant amount of its social investments in education by building public school buildings and providing scholarships for college and technical-vocational education.

9 Jun 2017 - Pampanga mayor orders probe on ‘fake terror warning’

ANGELES CITY --- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan ordered an investigation regarding the release of what he described as "fake warning" about threats on malls, parks, clubs and other public places.

Pamintuan said the City Government did not issue any statement warning people not to go these places.

9 Jun 2017 - Army eyes formal declaration of insurgency-free Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- The 7th Infantry Division (ID) of the Philippine Army is eyeing the formal declaration of Pampanga as insurgency free after several years of peaceful status.

Major General Angelito De Leon, commander of 7th ID said that the entire area of responsibility of the division was already declared peaceful and ready for further development (PRFD) as early as 2013.

9 Jun 2017 - Pampanga wins national Gawad Kalasag award

PAMPANGA -- The Office of Civil Defense and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) awarded the Pampanga Provincial Government as the National Gawad Kalasag (GK) award for effective leadership in disaster risk reduction and management program.

This was the first time that the Pampanga Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) obtained the prestigious national award, which is on its 18th year.

9 Jun 2017 - Firm to highlight Kapampangan culture, heritage

PAMPANGA -- Aside from stimulating further development here, the multi-billion township project of Megaworld Corporation is set to highlight Kapampangan culture and heritage through building design and landscape.

Megaworld Pampanga first vice-president for sales and marketing Eugene Lozano during the formal launch of the mega township project said P30-billion infrastructure project is envisioned to be Pampanga’s iconic central business district.

9 Jun 2017 - Central Luzon firms oriented on department order 174-17

PAMPANGA -- Some 51 contractor and subcontractor firms operating in Central Luzon were recently orientated on department order (DO) 174-17 by the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole).

The DO 174-17, which superseded DO 18-A or “the rules governing contracting and subcontracting,” sets stricter guidelines for those who wish to engage in contracting and subcontracting.

9 Jun 2017 - P108-M allotted for medicine assistance program in Central Luzon

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Central Luzon allotted P108 million for its medicine assistance program in the region dedicated to indigent patients admitted at Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital (JBLMRH).

DSWD-Central Luzon Director Gemma Gabuya during a meeting held at Pradera Verde, Prado Siongco this town on Tuesday, June 6, the allocation is part of the P1 billion funds that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte earmarked for the free medical assistance in Central Luzon, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Davao Region and the National Capital Region (NCR).

9 Jun 2017 - Members of Basilio criminal group killed in Apalit encounter

PAMPANGA -- Four suspected members of a notorious criminal group were killed in an encounter with personnel of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Apalit Police Station on Friday dawn, June 9.

The suspects were identified as Julito Basilio, Melchor Ruz, Nestor Estabillo and one still unidentified. The suspects are allegedly members of the Basilio Criminal Group operating in Nueva Ecija and other parts of Central Luzon.

8 Jun 2017 - Angeles City drivers asked to join Grab Trike

ANGELES CITY -- Officials of Grab Philippines on Wednesday, June 7, asked tricycle drivers here to join the Grab Trike program which was launched last month.

Grab Philippines Government communications manager Fiona Nicolas and Grab Pampanga city manager Jay Padriga issued the invitation to other trike drivers in the city during the monthly Talk Widus media forum of the Pampanga Press Club at Widus Hotel.

8 Jun 2017 - Village chief underscores kids’ shelter establishment

ANGELES CITY -- A village chief stressed the need to establish shelters for “neglected and abandoned children” who roam around the streets at the city’s entertainment district begging for alms from motorists and tourists.

Rodelio Mamac, Balibago village chief, relayed his call for the construction of a children’s home when officials from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Central Luzon Regional Legal Department, led by Superintendent Judy Lopez, visited the village recently.

8 Jun 2017 - Central Luzon residents urged to book flights in Clark

SUBIC FREEPORT -- Residents of Central Luzon were encouraged to book their flights in Clark International Airport (CRK).

“The existing terminal of CRK has a 4.2-million-passenger capacity, that is why residents of the region are being highly urged to book their flights there instead,” the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President Alexander Cauguiran said during the recent CRK North Philippines Roadshow in Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

8 Jun 2017 - Megaworld to start multibillion ‘Capital’

PAMPANGA -- The much anticipated mix-use project of Megaworld Corporation will start this year with an expected P30-billion investment in the next ten years.

Land development is set to begin this year for the 35.6-hectare township dubbed “Capital town” at the former site of the historic sugar central of the former Pampanga Sugar Development Company (Pasudeco).

8 Jun 2017 - Billiard tables removed from Pampanga jail

PAMPANGA -- Pampanga Provincial Administrator Andres Pangilinan, Jr. on Tuesday, June 6, conducted a surprise inspection inside the Pampanga Provincial Jail (PPJ) after complaints were received by the Regional Trial Court (RTC) against some inmates, and the implementation of restrictions inside the jail.

Pangilinan said the surprise inspection was made after receiving a letter from Executive Judge Mary Anne Padron-Rivera of the Third Judicial Region, proposing to look into reports of illegal gambling through billiards and pool games and the overpriced mini-store inside the facility.

8 Jun 2017 - Quarry collection now at P2.2 billion

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga's overall quarry revenues have now reached P2,299,104,020 based from the records of the Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Office (PGENRO).

These figures include the province's quarry collection, weighing scale fees, accreditation of motor vehicle fees and fees from gravel and sand permits.

8 Jun 2017 - Pampanga town conducts river clean-up

PAMPANGA -- In preparation for the coming rainy season, the local government here recently conducted a massive clean-up drive along the Pampanga River.

Led by Mayor Peter Nucom, local officials and municipal employees held a simultaneous cleaning of the riverbanks in the town as part of the Manila Bay Clean-Up, Rehabilitation and Preservation Program.

8 Jun 2017 - Masantol inaugurates P1.1-M building

PAMPANGA -- The local government here led by Mayor Danilo Guintu recently inaugurated a P1.1-million building located in front of the municipal hall.

The two-storey building will house the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and the Philippine National Police monitoring office.

7 Jun 2017 - DepEd-Central Luzon welcomes 49 displaced Marawi learners

PAMPANGA -- A total of 49 learners who were displaced from Marawi City have been recorded as new enrollees in various public schools in Central Luzon as of June 5, the first day of classes for the School Year 2017-2018.

Based on initial data reports from the 20 schools division offices in Central Luzon, 18 students from Marawi City have enrolled in Angeles City; nine in Zambales, eight in Tarlac province, four in Meycauayan City in Bulacan, four in Gapan City in Nueva Ecija, four in Olongapo City, and two in Aurora.

7 Jun 2017 - Solon's wife to be interred in family crypt in Anao cemetery

PAMPANGA -- The remains of Elizabeth Gonzales, wife of Pampanga Representative Aurelio Gonzales, Jr., will be laid to rest at the latter's family-owned crypt at the Anao Public Cemetery in Anao village.

The congressman's staff said that there will be a neurological service before the interment to be led by Pampanga clergy.

7 Jun 2017 - Former San Fernando archbishop: ‘Pray for our country’

PAMPANGA -- Amid the Marawi siege, the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao and violence plaguing the country, Archbishop Emeritus Paciano Aniceto called on the faithful to pray for peace and the protection of human lives.

Aniceto told SunStar Pampanga that “there is just too much disregard now for human life and rights of people.”

7 Jun 2017 - Widus Clark adopts 3 Pampanga public schools

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Widus Hotel and Casino Clark has initially adopted three public elementary schools in Pampanga in line with its Balik Eskwela Program.

Under the program, selected public schools are set to receive more than P1 million worth of school supplies from the Widus Foundation, which was launched during the Pampanga Press Club’s media forum dubbed Talk Widus.

7 Jun 2017 - San Fernando scholars attend disaster preparedness seminar

PAMPANGA -- Beneficiaries of the Educational Scholarship Assistance Program (ESAP) of the City Government of San Fernando attended a seminar on disaster preparedness as part of their community service.

The forum, conducted by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, was held for two days to accommodate all 2,074 college students from different schools in the city.

7 Jun 2017 - Mayor lauds volunteer firemen for BFP Fire Olympics award

PAMPANGA -- Sto Tomas Mayor Johnny Sambo recently recognized a group of volunteer firemen here after winning a major award during the Third Provincial Barangay Fire Olympics.

Barangay Moras dela Paz Fire Brigade represented Sto. Tomas town during the annual event held in Angeles City recently.

7 Jun 2017 - Uber to offer services in Angeles City

ANGELES CITY -- Uber met with the local government of Angeles City for a potential roll out of the service in the area.

Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has been very supportive of bringing the ridesharing service to the city.

6 Jun 2017 - Cebu Pacific’s flights timely for Hong Kong anniversary promo

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Cebu Pacific’s recent boost in flights to Hong Kong is a good timing considering that the special administration region is offering promotional rates on tourist destinations in line with its 20th anniversary celebration.

To celebrate two decades since the establishment of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Hong Kong is presenting both tourists and locals alike with fantastic deals and discounts to the city’s exciting experiences.

6 Jun 2017 - Clark airport ups security, safety

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) assured the public of stringent safety and security measures following last week’s flight diversions from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

In a press statement, CIAC head Alexander Cauguiran said that Clark International Airport is ready to accommodate at least 30 aircrafts should there be flight diversions during heavy rains.

6 Jun 2017 - BIR seizes cigarettes with fake tax stamps

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Region 4 Tuesday, June 6, said that it has formally taken custody of the 89 master cases of various brands of cigarettes found in inside a van in Bacolor town recently.

BIR Regional Director Jethro Sabariaga said that the Kia Ceres van owned by one Jerry Maninang is now in the custody of the BIR along with its contents.

6 Jun 2017 - Ex-lawmaker condoles with congressman’s family

PAMPANGA -- Former Third District Representative Oscar Rodriguez extended his condolences to incumbent Congressman Aurelio Gonzales, Jr. whose wife Elizabeth died in the attack at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City on June 2.

Rodriguez said that he is deeply saddened by the untimely demise of Elizabeth, whom he had personally known during his early years in politics.

6 Jun 2017 - Sto. Tomas bridge reopens after 45 days of construction

PAMPANGA -- The San Vicente National Bridge was finally opened to the public last Saturday, June 3, after undergoing major repair which led to its closure.

This town’s Mayor Johnny Sambo relayed the good news on Monday to motorists and commuters from Sto. Tomas and Minalin towns who use the bridge on a regular basis.

6 Jun 2017 - BIR collection now at P14-B

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) here already collected P14-billion of its P31-billion target for this year.

BIR regional director Jethro Sabariaga told SunStar Pampanga that the BIR was able to collect 10 percent higher of its previous collection for April but was slightly 10 percent lower of this year's collection.

6 Jun 2017 - San Simon distributes salaries of SPES beneficiaries

PAMPANGA -- The local government unit (LGU) of San Simon led by Mayor Leonora Wong distributed the salaries of Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) beneficiaries on Tuesday, June 6, at the municipal covered court here.

SPES is a program under the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in coordination with the LGU that helps students who are having financial difficulties pursue their education by encouraging them to have summer jobs.

5 Jun 2017 - P10-M shabu discovered in Bacolor garbage site

PAMPANGA -- At least 2.5 kilos of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride locally known as “shabu” was found in a garbage disposal site by a resident of this town recently.

The resident, who requested anonymity, found the said illegal drugs kept in a fabric sack in Maliwalu village in this town while he was about to dispose household waste.

5 Jun 2017 - 2.3-M students troop back to Central Luzon public schools

PAMPANGA -- Some 2.3 million public school students returned to public schools yesterday in the whole of Central Luzon, according to the Department of Education (DepEd)-Central Luzon.

The incoming term marks the full implementation of the K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum this school year 2017-2018.

5 Jun 2017 - City of San Fernando launches 1st LGBT June Pride Month

PAMPANGA -- In its quest to promote equality among its citizens, the City Government here, together with the Siwala organization, launched on Monday, June 5, the first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) June Pride Month celebration.

Themed “Pagpapahalaga sa Kasarian, Tungo sa Pagkakaisa ng Sambayanan,” the celebration aims to uplift the spirit and empower members of the LGBT community and assume their roles as normal citizens of society.

5 Jun 2017 - Outstanding Fernandino students recognized

PAMPANGA -- Some 600 Grade 6 students from both public and private schools in the City of San Fernando who graduated with highest honors, high honors and with honors in academic year 2016-2017 were recognized during the Mayor's Academic Excellence Award held Saturday, June 3, at the Heroes Hall.

Mayor Edwin Santiago, together with City Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Imelda Macaspac, led the distribution of certificates and cash incentives to the outstanding students.

5 Jun 2017 - Duterte visits Jap helicopter carrier

SUBIC FREEPORT -- President Rodrigo Duterte visited Sunday afternoon, June 4, the Japanese helicopter carrier JS Izumo (DDH-183) at the Alava Pier.

The vessel is part of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Escort Flotilla One which is currently on a four-day goodwill visit in Subic Bay area. Also part of it is guided-missile destroyer JS Sazanami (DDG-113).

5 Jun 2017 - Remains of solon's wife returned in Mexico town today

PAMPANGA -- The remains of Elizabeth Panlilio-Gonzales, wife of Pampanga Representative Aurelio Gonzales, Jr., will be returned home in Mexico town Tuesday, June 6.

One of the congressman's staff said that this would give friends and relatives of the Gonzales and Panlilio families time to pay their respects.

4 Jun 2017 - 4 drug suspects arrested

PAMPANGA -- Four drug personalities were arrested in two separate drug bust in Pampanga.

In Magalang town, Senior Superintendent Joel Consulta, identified the suspects as Pablito Gamboa, 66, a resident of Barangay Bulaon, City of San Fernando, Vic Dizon, 35, of San Antonio, Bacolor town, Ariel Garcia, 38, a resident of Barangay San Nicolas.

4 Jun 2017 - Cops directed to monitor casinos, hotels

PAMPANGA -- The Police Regional Office (PRO) in Central Luzon Director recently directed Pampanga policemen to closely monitor activities on all gaming houses and hotels in the province, particularly in Clark Freeport.

The directive came after the attack in Resorts World Manila, a posh casino hotel in Pasay City, on Friday dawn, June 2, which left at least 37 dead and 50 injured.

4 Jun 2017 - Suspected drug pusher in Arayat faces charges

PAMPANGA -- A resident in this town was charged with at least three separate cases for allegedly violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Angelito Pangan, 48, of Barangay San Nicolas, will face charges for several violations of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act particularly on selling (section 5), maintenance of a drug den (section 6), possession of illegal drugs (section 11) and possession of illegal drug paraphernalia (section 12) and the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition.

4 Jun 2017 - Kind words pour for Pampanga lawmaker’s wife

PAMPANGA -- Friends and relatives of Elizabeth Panlilio- Gonzales, wife of Third District Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr. expressed their grief on social networking site Facebook as they posted kind words over the former's untimely passing.

Elizabeth, 57, is among the 37 people, who died in the attack at the Resorts World Manila in Pasay City on Friday, June 2.

4 Jun 2017 - Lubao’s bamboo hub turns into eco-tourism destination

PAMPANGA -- It all started as a long-term response to protect Barangay Sta. Catalina from soil erosion by planting bamboo along the riverbank.

But this propagation of more bamboo species for commercial use turned out be a viable tourism potential for the town.

2 Jun 2017 - Notorious drug pusher slaink

ANGELES CITY -- An alleged notorious drug pusher was killed during an exchange of firefight with policemen at Lourdes Northwest, Wednesday, May 31.

Senior Superintendent Patrick Villacorte, Angeles City police acting city director, identified the fatality as Randy Maclang, Sr., alias Doy, 34, a resident of Arellano Street, Barangay Lourdes Northwest.

2 Jun 2017 - DOST official: Clark crucial in disaster recovery

CLARK FREEPORT -- Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Undersecretary Renato Solidum said that Clark will play a vital role in the recovery of the country if Metro Manila is hit by a strong quake.

During the forum of the Capampangan in Media Incoporated (CAMI) here Friday, June 2, Solidum, who is also concurrent director of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), said that Clark will serve as an emergency operations center.

2 Jun 2017 - Mabalacat residents benefit from hotel’s medical mission

MABALACAT CITY -- Hundreds of residents in at least two villages here benefitted from a recent medical mission sponsored by Hotel Sogo Dau.

Elmer Ramos, Hotel Sogo Dau branch manager, said that doctors who were tapped by the hotel management provided free medical examinations to the beneficiaries.

2 Jun 2017 - Mayor’s family donates building to public school

PAMPANGA -- hree-term Mayor Venancio “Asyong” Macapagal of this town recently turned over a two-storey building donated by his family to a public school.

Macapagal, together with his mother Marie Salome, wife Caroline and children Abhen and Marie Abha, sisters Milagros, Melchora and brother Albert led the turnover of the P1.8-million building to San Luis High School.

2 Jun 2017 - Congress backs revival of Pampanga’s anti-flood system

PAMPANGA -- Lawmakers from all over the country manifested support to the House resolution that aims to revive the agency tasked to implement flood control measures in the province dubbed as Pampanga River Control System (PRCS).

House Resolution No. 134 authored by Pampanga Fourth District Representative Juan Pablo Bondoc was first filed in 2015 and was refiled in August 2016 to address the yearly floods in Central Luzon.

2 Jun 2017 - Police ready for opening of classes in Central Luzon

PAMPANGA -- Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Luzon is all geared up to provide utmost assistance to students for the opening of classes this June 5.

According to Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino, PRO-Central Luzon director, said that guidelines were already established in accordance with “IMPLAN Ligtas Balik-Eskwela 2017,” a directive from the national headquarters that is being conducted annually.

1 Jun 2017 - Clark airport, SBMA Duterte’s ‘twin turbo engines of growth’

CLARK FREEPORT --- The Clark International Airport (CRK) and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) are the “twin turbo engines of growth of Northern and Central Luzon."

Thus said SBMA Administrator Wilma Eisma on Wednesday in Subic Bay Freeport during the fifth leg of CRK’s North Luzon Road Show.

1 Jun 2017 - Pampanga’s most wanted arrested

PAMPANGA -- The most wanted person in the province was arrested on Wednesday, May 31, by joint elements of the Pampanga police, Special Weapons and Tactics Pampanga and Central Luzon police.

Pampanga Police Provincial Director Senior Superintendent Joel Consulta identified the suspect as Antonio Barreras a.k.a. Tony, 48, a resident of Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija.

1 Jun 2017 - Smelting plant vows to address pollution

PAMPANGA -- The management of Melters Steel Corporation recently vowed to implement measures aimed at minimizing smoke emitted during their operation.

This was after the Melters Steel Corporation, together with adjacent Wan Chiong Steel Corporation, received a letter from this town’s Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office regarding their alleged violation of the Clean Air Act of 1999.

1 Jun 2017 - Porac centenarian gets P100,000

PAMPANGA -- Lola Beatrice Cortez of Mabibaug Libutad village here received P100,000 cash from the National Government through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-Central Luzon.

The Porac local government led by Mayor Condralito Dela Cruz and Vice Mayor Dexter David led the turnover of the incentives.

1 Jun 2017 - Scholars get P6.597-M from Capitol

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government on Thursday, June 1, provided at least P6,597,000 in educational scholarship to 2,199 college students.

Vice Governor Dennis Pineda handed out the educational finance assistance program (EFAP) through checks worth P3,000 each.

1 Jun 2017 - Mayor wants bridge widening stopped

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Edwin Santiago of this city on Wednesday, June 1, called for the suspension of ongoing Balimbing Bridge widening works being undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Central Luzon.

Santiago made the statement during a special meeting attended by volunteer engineer Marni Castro, who represented the private sector, DPWH-Central Luzon representative engineer Arnold Ocampo and councilors Harvey Quiwa and Tino Dizon.