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Balibago News Sep-2017

30 Sep 2017 - Pampanga remains insurgency-free

PAMPANGA -- The Province remains free from insurgents with the peace and order situation stable.

The declaration was issued by the Philippine Army’s 7th Infantry Division (7ID) during the joint meeting of the Regional Development Council III (RDC-3) and Regional Peace and Order Council III (RPOC-3) at Kingsborough International Convention Center here over the weekend.

30 Sep 2017 - Apalit mayor wants well-lived life for seniors

PAMPANGA -- A convenient and well-lived life is what Mayor Peter Nucom wants Apaliteño elderly to experience as they seize the twilight of their respective lives.

Speaking before almost a thousand senior citizens of this town during their quarterly pay-out, Nucom said elderly deserve to enjoy their retirement years after spending decades working for their families and communities.

30 Sep 2017 - Santa Rita parish to host Marian exhibit

PAMPANGA -- Images depicting the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the different titles accorded to her are now on exhibit at the Santa Rita Parish this October.

On display will be images coming from different art collectors depicting scenes from the biblical life of Mary and from popular tradition.

29 Sep 2017 - Martin Diño to be appointed as DILG undersecretary

PAMPANGA -- Former Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) chairperson Martin Diño will have a new job, after all.

Diño, who was replaced this week by SBMA Administrator Wilma Eisma, said President Rodrigo Duterte himself told him that he will be appointed as undersecretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for barangay affairs.

29 Sep 2017 - 'Hyphoxia' caused fish kill in Macabebe, Masantol

PAMPANGA -- Hyphoxia or oxygen depletion is the cause of fish kills in the Pampanga River in Macabebe and Masantol towns.

This was based on the results of the water quality testing conducted by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in five villages of Masantol.

29 Sep 2017 - Angeles University Foundation, Space pick 2nd scholar

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles University Foundation (AUF), in cooperation with the Angeles City Solo Parents Alliance for Community Enhancement (Space), has selected its second student to receive a scholarship grant through the Pope Francis Scholarship Fund (PFSF).

During the agreement signing at the AUF Main Campus last September 18, the school management awarded to Angel S. Timbol, Grade 3 pupil from EPZA Resettlement Elementary School, the scholarship grant that will cover the students' needs until she completes grade 12.

29 Sep 2017 - Clark tour firm launched

CLARK FREEPORT – GoTours Limited, the first Seat-In-Coach (SIC) tour company inside the Freeport, was launched during a ceremony at the Clark Museum on Friday, September 29.

Officials of Clark Development Corporation (CDC), headed by President Noel Manankil, welcomed the development and lauded the tour company which committed to promote Clark as an exciting tourist destination with a two-hour travel package.

29 Sep 2017 - Century-old Apalit church undergoes restoration

PAMPANGA -- One of the most visited churches in Pampanga is the St. Peter the Apostle Parish Church in Apalit, Pampanga.

Now, the century-old church, which was originally made of adobe and surpassed natural calamities like typhoons and earthquakes, is undergoing renovation. The churchgoers have noticed that some debris have been falling from the dome. Cracks are even evident at the façade of the church.

29 Sep 2017 - Century-old Apalit church undergoes restoration

PAMPANGA -- One of the most visited churches in Pampanga is the St. Peter the Apostle Parish Church in Apalit, Pampanga. Now, the century-old church, which was originally made of adobe and surpassed natural calamities like typhoons and earthquakes, is undergoing renovation.

The churchgoers have noticed that some debris have been falling from the dome. Cracks are even evident at the façade of the church.

29 Sep 2017 - Biggest relics collection in Luzon set to open

ANGELES CITY -- Holy Angel University will open a facility called Oratory of the Sacred Relics which contains more than 150 relics of canonized and beatified holy men and women of the Catholic Church.

The collection includes either first-class relics (bone, hair, flesh) or second-class relics (clothing) of such saints as Augustine, Monica, Francis Xavier, Ignatius of Loyola, Dominic, Thomas Aquinas, Therese of Lisieux, Maria Goretti, Tarcisius, Anthony de Padua, Padre Pio, Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II, as well as the 12 Apostles, Our Lady, St. Joseph and the Cross on which Christ was crucified.

28 Sep 2017 - Angeles City officials honor SEA Games medalists

ANGELES CITY - Some 17 Angeleño, who bagged medals during the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur last August, received recognition and awards from city officials led by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan on Monday at the City Hall.

The awardees include athletes who competed from three sports events on lawn bowls and karatedo.

28 Sep 2017 - Drivers, buko vendors get livelihood assistance

PAMPANGA -- Bukp (coconut) juice vendors and tricycle drivers of Santo Tomas town on Wednesday received P800,000-worth of livelihood assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole).

Dole-Pampanga Chief Labor Employment Officer Arlene Tolentino said 20 buko vendors were awarded buko kart package including buko juice ingredients and new containers.

28 Sep 2017 - Mabalacat execs eye P1.5-B budget for 2018

MABALACAT -- City officials are targeting a budget of P1.5 billion for 2018.

This was learned during a two-day budget forum at Royce Hotel in Clark Freeport, which was initiated by Mayor Crisostomo Garbo.

28 Sep 2017 - City of San Fernando launches Tourism Week 2017

PAMPANGA -- A whole day tourism-promotion activities were held yesterday at Vista Mall Event Center to mark the first day of Tourism Week 2017.

The launching of activities was led by Mayor Edwin Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Committee on Tourism, Heritage and Cultural Development Chair and Councilor Harvey Quiwa and City Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan.

28 Sep 2017 - Campus journalists join cluster writing tilt

PAMPANGA -- Student journalists from private schools in Pampanga's second district are now battling it out for the Cluster Press Conference at the Saint Augustine Academy of Pampanga.

The cluster conference is a qualifier for student journalists who would like to compete in the division level of the conference which is a yearly competition in the rudiments of journalism writing from news, feature and sports writing among others.

27 Sep 2017 - Alcohol firm faces 4-month suspension

PAMPANGA -- The Apalit Municipal Government is now looking into the possible extension of the 30-day cease and desist order served to Far Eastern Alcohol Corporation (Feaco) which allegedly caused fish kill in two Pampanga towns.

In an exclusive interview with SunStar Pampanga, Apalit Mayor Peter Nucom said that a four-month suspension might be imposed on Feaco to give way for its massive maintenance activity.

27 Sep 2017 - Exec: Clark airport key to Metro Manila decongestion

CLARK FREEPORT -- Former Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president and now Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo believes moving more domestic and international flights to the Clark International Airport is critical to the decongestion of Metro Manila.

"More people, especially from Central and North Luzon, as well as other regions in the South, can avoid Metro Manila by taking their flights domestically or internationally in Clark," he said.

27 Sep 2017 - Catholic group to celebrate Augustinian event in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- The Confradia Ning Cintas, a brotherhood of Augustinian devotees will be hosting this year's 7th Grand Augustinian Procession on November 13 will be bringing together some 30 religious icons and hundreds of devotees in honoring the feast day of all the saints of the Augustinian Order.

Confradia Ning Cintas, based in Santa Rita town, said that the event is in honor of the Augustinian Orders who had helped shaped the history of Pampanga.

27 Sep 2017 - Anakpawis: Jeepney phase out to cause high transport fare

MABALACAT CITY -- The Anakpawis Party-list has warned that the phasing out of jeepney will result to high transportation fare.

Anakpawis Party-list Representative Ariel “Ka Ayik” Casilao slammed the Department of Trade Industry (DTI) for its bullish approach for the Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program that is synonymous to “jeepney phase out.”

27 Sep 2017 - Libel out in bills revising cybercrime laws

PAMPANGA -- A House bill draft amending two laws penalizing cybercrimes seeks the repeal of provisions on libel.

The draft bill merging four House bills amending Republic Act 10175, known as the “Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012”, and RA 8792 or the “Electronic Commerce Act” and repealing Section 4 (c)4 of RA 10175 and Section 33(a) of RA 8792.

27 Sep 2017 - Triple-religious festivals to mark Fiestang Kuliat 2017

ANGELES CITY -- This year's Fiestang Kuliat 2017 will once again mark its triple religious festivals for the whole month of October.

Since last year, the City Government and the Holy Rosary Parish had highlighted the city's religious traditions with emphasis on the city's triad of religious festivals.

27 Sep 2017 - 11 San Fernando villages join Giant Lantern Festival

PAMPANGA -- Eleven barangays will compete for the City of San Fernando’s Giant Lantern Festival (GLF) 2017 to be held on December 16 at Robinsons Starmills.

This was announced Monday by GLF 2017 Chairperson Gil Cortez during the launching of the 100 days of Giant Lanterns in the country’s Christmas capital.

27 Sep 2017 - Elderlies receive P800,000 cash incentive

PAMPANGA -- At least eight elderlies received P100,000 each from the Provincial Government of Pampanga during the distribution of cash incentives held at the Governor's Office recently.

Governor Lilia Pineda personally handed the checks with a total amount of P800,000 to the beneficiaries as she wants them to feel, experience and share the love, care and assistance of the Provincial Government.

25 Sep 2017 - Angeles City wins property and real estate award

ANGELES CITY -- This city added another feather to its cap as it was adjudged a winner during the Property and Real Estate Awards Night of the FIABCI-Philippines, held recently at the Marriot Hotel, Pasay City.

The award is given under the Public Infrastructure/LGU Amenities Category, which refers to projects financed and developed by the local government units through public funds like government buildings, hospitals, road, bridges, airports, stadium and other infrastructure projects that aim to provide amenities to the people.

25 Sep 2017 - Fish kill in Masantol hurting fishermen

PAMPANGA -- The fish kill in the coastal town of Masantol in Pampanga is hurting dozens of small scale fishermen.

Former vice mayor and Coastal Emergency Officer Marcelo Lacap, Jr. lamented that most of residents here whose livelihood depend on fishing at the Pampanga River are the most affected in the suspected fish kill caused by alleged pollution.

25 Sep 2017 - 109th Giant Lantern Festival set on Dec. 16

PAMPANGA -- The 109th Giant Lantern Festival will again light this city's skyline on December 16 at a local mall here as the Giant Lantern Festival Foundation Inc.

(GLFI) launched the 100 Days of Giant Lanterns as a way to count the remaining days before the event. The launching also featured the signing of the memorandum of agreement between GLFI officials and Laus Group’s CLTV 36 for the exclusive coverage of the festival. This year also features the Giant Lantern Festival Caravan Tours which features the touring of giant lanterns in different malls in Luzon.

25 Sep 2017 - Pampanga cops test negative on drugs

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Police Provincial Office (PPPO) manifested its strong commitment on the campaign against illegal drugs as its personnel tested negative on the drug examination conducted recently.

PPPO Director Senior Superintendent Joel Consulta said the results of the drug examination revealed that all 250 Pampanga cops are negative on the use of illegal drugs.

25 Sep 2017 - P2.1M allocated for competing barangays in giant lantern tilt

PAMPANGA -- Some P2.1 million has been allocated by Robinsons Land Corporation to the Giant Lantern Festival Foundation as a means of assistance for this year's Pampanga Giant Lantern Festival (GLF).

The ceremonial turnover was led by Robinsons Land Corporation officials and officers of the Giant Lantern Festival Foundation headed by President Alfrito Mah.

25 Sep 2017 - DICT launches free Wi-Fi project in Tarlac City, Pura

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Luzon Cluster 2 recently launched its Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places project dubbed as “Pipol Konek” in Tarlac City and Pura town.

“Pipol Konek is a fulfillment of one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s promises during his first State of the Nation Address last year where he stated that Wi-Fi access must be provided to the public at no charge,” DICT Luzon Cluster 2 Field Operations Office Director Cheryl Ortega said.

24 Sep 2017 - Alcohol plant permit suspended after fish kill

PAMPANGA -- The Apalit local government has suspended the business permit of Far Eastern Alcohol Corporation (Feaco), the alcohol fermentation plant that allegedly caused the fish kill in the towns of Macabebe and Masantol.

Municipal Administrator Glenn Danting, in a text message to SunStar Pampanga, said that Mayor Peter Nucom ordered the 30-day suspension after learning that Feaco has been discharging waste water into the river.

24 Sep 2017 - Capas aims for cityhood

CLARK FREEPORT -- Capas Mayor Reynaldo Catacutan said that his municipality is aiming to become a component city in 2019.

Catacutan revealed this at the forum of the Capampangan in Media, Inc. on Friday, September 22, at the Bale-Balita here.

24 Sep 2017 - Agri bureau to launch ‘Kiss Me’ to support poultry industry

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) is set to launch its “Kiss Me” program this October in a bid to open community outlets for more poultry and fish products.

The DA said that Kiss Me stands for Karne, Isda Supply Suporta sa Masa at Ekonomiya.

24 Sep 2017 - San Simon conducts clean-up drive

PAMPANGA -- Despite suspension of works on Thursday, September 21, officials and employees of the local government here still participated in a simultaneous clean-up drive at the vicinity of the municipal hall.

Mayor Leonora Wong, who led the activity, said the clean-up drive was in line with Civil Service Month celebration of municipality.

24 Sep 2017 - San Fernando vice mayor optimistic on Kalipi

PAMPANGA -- Vice mayor Jimmy Lazatin expressed hopes that members of the first mandated women’s organization under the City Social Welfare and Development Office here would be able to empower themselves and other marginalized women.

Lazatin said he expects the group's vision to be realized as they pursue the common interest of their group and women in general.

23 Sep 2017 - Pampanga State Agricultural University receives 'Pagasa' award

PAMPANGA -- For advocating an organic and sustainable food production system, the faculty of an agricultural state university here was conferred a national citation.

President Rodrigo Duterte conferred this year’s Pagasa Award of the Civil Service Commission to the Alternative Low Input Agricultural System (Alias) Center of Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU) in this town. The awarding ceremony was held at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall in Malacañang Palace, San Miguel, Manila, on September 20.

23 Sep 2017 - LGU officials, employees in Bacolor undergo drug tests

PAMPANGA -- As part of the National Government's campaign against illegal drugs, local officials and government employees of this town underwent a surprise drug examination last Monday, September 18.

Mayor Jose Mari Hizon, who also submitted himself to drug examination, said around 500 officials and employees of the municipal and barangays were instructed to participate in the drug testing, which started on Monday.

23 Sep 2017 - Mabalacat mayor to allot P1-M social, cultural funds per village

MABALACAT CITY -- Mayor Crisostomo Garbo has vowed to provide P1-million cultural funds for each of the city's 27 barangays.

The cultural funds will be used for the activities of barangays related to Filipino traditions and customs, Garbo said during the Local Development Council meeting at the Dau Barangay Hall last Wednesday, September 20.

23 Sep 2017 - Mabalacat mayor to allot P1-M social, cultural funds per village

MABALACAT CITY -- Mayor Crisostomo Garbo has vowed to provide P1-million cultural funds for each of the city's 27 barangays.

The cultural funds will be used for the activities of barangays related to Filipino traditions and customs, Garbo said during the Local Development Council meeting at the Dau Barangay Hall last Wednesday, September 20.

23 Sep 2017 - Park Inn staff share time, blessings to shelter kids

MABALACAT CITY -- Employees of Park Inn by Radisson Clark shared their time and resources to orphans during a visit at the new site of the Duyan Ni Maria (Cradle of Mary) children’s home in Barangay Dapdap here on Thursday, September 21.

During their visit, the hotel executives and workers prepared a program that included dance numbers to the tune of the popular Baby Shark to entertain the kids.

23 Sep 2017 - Young girl drowns in Sasmuan town

PAMPANGA -- A body of a four-year-old girl was found along the Pampanga River portion in Barangay Batang II, Sasmuan, Pampanga, on Wednesday, September 20.

Senior Superintendent Joel Consulta, Pampanga police provincial director, said the body of Jewel Laxa, a resident of Barangay Batang II, was discovered by a concerned citizen floating in the river.

23 Sep 2017 - San Fernando City gets P3-M budget for 'Tupad' program

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) has allocated some P3 million for the City of San Fernando’s “Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers Program” or Tupad.

Tupad is the Dole’s program to help disadvantaged or dislocated workers, said Dole-Pampanga head Arlene Tolentino.

22 Sep 2017 - PH’s 1st ‘nutraceutical’ laboratory inaugurated

PAMPANGA -- Envisioned to explore the nutritional and medicinal properties of indigenous plants, the country’s first public "nutraceutical" research and development (R&D) facility was inaugurated in a state agricultural university in Magalang town, Pampanga recently.

Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU) President Dr. Honorio Soriano Jr. said "nutraceutical" is a combination of two words: "nutritional" and "pharmaceutical",

22 Sep 2017 - Fishkill alarms Masantoleños anew

PAMPANGA -- Residents of Masantol town were alarmed again after tons of fish were seen floating along the portion of the Pampanga River on Wednesday morning.

Coastal Emergency Officer Marcelo "Bajun" Lacap said that they first noticed the water of Pampanga River turned brown on Tuesday afternoon.

23 Sep 2017 - Guv, CDC asked to resume Sacobia quarry operation

CLARK FREEPORT -- A village chief in Mabalacat City has asked Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda and officials of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) to effect the resumption of quarry operations along the Sacobia River.

Barangay Calumpang chief Jimmy Jimenez said the quarry suspension order jointly issued by the provincial government and the CDC, which affected the local government units in terms of revenues, should be lifted immediately.

23 Sep 2017 - 'Greater responsibility' for 147 newly-promoted cops

PAMPANGA -- A total of 147 police officers in Pampanga were granted rank promotions on Wednesday at the Pampanga Police Provincial Office (PPPO) here.

PPPO Director Senior Superintendent Joel Consulta led the oath taking and donning of ranks of nine police commissioned officers and 138 police non-commissioned officers who passed the promotional exam held last July.

22 Sep 2017 - College students get financial aid from Porac

PAMPANGA -- Some 248 college beneficiaries from this town received financial educational assistance as part of the town government's initiative of helping deserving students with their studies.

The assistance was distributed at the Porac Gymnasium attended by beneficiaries and their parents from all over the town recently.

20 Sep 2017 - Guv, mayors unite for progressive Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- A stronger partnership towards a more progressive Pampanga has been sealed as Governor Lilia Pineda and all city and town mayors recently formed an alliance to create a collaborative development plan for Kapampangans.

The alliance building was facilitated by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Pampanga, headed by Director Myrvi Apostol-Fabia, providing a venue for all local government units (LGUs) in the province to realign their visions into a one major development thrust through a Province-wide Local Development Council Participatory Project Prioritization (LDC PPP) Conference cum Provincial Alliance Building.

20 Sep 2017 - Neda: Gov’t projects in Central Luzon worth P20B

CLARK FREEPORT -- An official of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) said that the ongoing projects of the National Government in Central Luzon Region are worth P20 billion.

Neda-Central Luzon assistant director Agustin Mendoza said on Tuesday the projects in the region are all included in the agency’s Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017—2022.

20 Sep 2017 - Garbo asks village chiefs to provide ‘best service’

MABALACAT City Mayor Crisostomo Garbo asked on Wednesday his village chiefs to provide the “best services” to their constituents particularly the less-fortunate ones.

Garbo relayed his message to the barangay leaders during the Local Development Council Meeting at the Barangay Hall of Dau.

20 Sep 2017 - Guagua mayor wants dike area as pilgrimage site

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Dante Torres is set to position this town's one-kilometer dike area as the next pilgrimage destination in Pampanga province.

Torres said that they are now finalizing plans for the construction of life-size murals of the traditional Stations of Cross depicting the passion and death of Jesus Christ in the area located near the old Paglabuan River.

20 Sep 2017 - Pampanga police ready for ‘National Day of Protest'

PAMPANGA -- Police in Pampanga province are all geared-up for the expected rallies and protests to be staged by militants on Thursday, September 21, in line with the commemoration of the Martial Law.

Pampanga police director Joel Consulta said all troops were alerted after President Rodrigo Duterte declared September 21 as National Day of Protest.

20 Sep 2017 - Pampanga police ready for ‘National Day of Protest'

PAMPANGA -- Police in Pampanga province are all geared-up for the expected rallies and protests to be staged by militants on Thursday, September 21, in line with the commemoration of the Martial Law.

Pampanga police director Joel Consulta said all troops were alerted after President Rodrigo Duterte declared September 21 as National Day of Protest.

20 Sep 2017 - Body of Kapampangan cop killed in Marawi retrieved

PAMPANGA -- After almost four months of unsuccessful retrieval operations, the body of Kapampangan police officer Edwin Placido was finally found in Barangay West Marinaut in Marawi City.

Police Inspector Placido was the deputy chief of police of embattled Marawi City and one of two Kapampangan officers killed during the initial clash between government troops and the Maute rebel group in the area.

19 Sep 2017 - School for PWDs opens in Masantol

PAMPANGA -- Special children and persons with disabilities (PWDs) now have a formal facility to enhance their skills and knowledge as the local government here on Monday, September 18, opened the Lingap at Lugud Learning Center.

The Lingap at Lugud Learning Center is an educational facility that will cater to the special needs of children with mild learning disabilities or profound cognitive impairment.

19 Sep 2017 - 7 nabbed in Angeles City drug bust

ANGELES CITY -- At least seven persons were arrested in a drug bust conducted by elements of Police Station 4 in Barangay Anunas here recently.

Police identified the suspects as Eduardo Henson, 42, Jeffrey Henson, 21, Darnel Nisperos, 38, Roberto Henson, 37, Robert Cruz, 21, Romio Carlo Nacu, 22, and Marco Quitariano, 24.

19 Sep 2017 - Drug suspect nabbed in San Simon

PAMPANGA -- Local authorities here arrested one suspected drug pusher in a drug bust conducted in Barangay Sta. Monica on Tuesday, September 12.

Chief Inspector German Pascua II identified the suspect as Arnold Nabong, 30, a resident of Calumpit, Bulacan.

19 Sep 2017 - Agri products, services take center stage in regional expo

PAMPANGA -- Dozens of exhibitors from all over Central Luzon took part in the opening of the Agribusiness Support for Promotion and Investment in Regional Expo (Aspire) on Tuesday, September 19, at Robinsons Starmills here bringing with them agriculture products, support services and equipment for agricultural production.

The event hailed as the first big agri-fair of its kind in terms of scope and program offerings was attended by people in the business and agriculture sector.

19 Sep 2017 - Tugade: PUV modernization program not anti-poor

CLARK FREEPORT -- Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade clarified that the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) of the Duterte administration is not anti-poor as claimed by some transport groups.

Contrary to claims of some groups that the program will eventually put PUVs out of business, particularly jeepneys, Tugade stressed that the PUVMP will help improve and strengthen the public road transport sector.

19 Sep 2017 - Duterte lauds Tesda for free skills training

PAMPANGA -- President Rodrigo Duterte has lauded the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) for its free skills training program to the public.

Duterte also praised Tesda Director General, Secretary Guiling Mamondiong for his leadership skills and steering the agency forward in technical and vocational education.

19 Sep 2017 - 7 'bookies' nabbed in anti-illegal gambling ops

PAMPANGA -- Police authorities in Central Luzon arrested seven persons suspected of being "bookies" and confiscated several illegal gambling paraphernalia including collection money in several parts of Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, and Bulacan over the weekend as part of the regional anti-gambling operations.

In Pampanga, Mexico police operatives conducted an anti-illegal gambling operation in Barangay Divisoria which resulted to the arrest of Jocelyn Colis, a resident of the said place who was caught in the act of collecting bets for illegal an numbers game.

19 Sep 2017 - 12 tons of chicken sent to Marawi City

PAMPANGA -- Twelve tons of dressed chicken were given to soldiers and policemen in war-torn Marawi City as a strategy to provide an additional market for broiler chicken.

Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said chicken suffered a drop in demand in the market because of the recent case of bird flu outbreak in Pampanga.

18 Sep 2017 - ACPO hailed as best police office in Central Luzon

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles City Police Office (ACPO) was again recognized as the best performing police office in Central Luzon by the Police Regional Office (PRO) in Central Luzon.

The award was formally received by ACPO represented by City Director PSupt. Patrick Villacorte during the recent observance of the 116th Police Service Anniversary held at Camp Olivas in San Fernando City, Pampanga.

18 Sep 2017 - Angeles City gets ‘excellent’ anti-red tape compliance rating

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government here under the leadership of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has garnered an “excellent” final descriptive rating from the Civil Service Commission (CSC) through its Anti-Red Tape Act Report Card Survey (Arta-RCS) for the year 2016.

The “excellent” assessment is a reflection of the 91.85 percent numerical rating marking the outstanding customer service provided by the city in compliance with the Republic Act No. 9485 or the Arta.

18 Sep 2017 - San Fernando City hosts CSC’s concert for a cause

PAMPANGA -- In line with the celebration of the 117th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Field Office Pampanga in partnership with the City Government of San Fernando conducted a concert for a cause over the weekend at Heroes Hall. Dubbed “Sayaw at Awit ng mga Lingkod Bayani,” the activity was attended by council of personnel officers and local government unit employees of Pampanga who P100 pesos each for the tickets.

The proceeds will go to the soldiers of Marawi and Munting Tahanan ng Nazareth, a home for the poor and people with special needs in Mabalacat City.

18 Sep 2017 - Fire bureau in Sto. Tomas gets new rescue vehicle

PAMPANGA -- The local government here headed by Mayor Johnny Sambo turned over a new rescue vehicle to Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Sto. Tomas on Monday, September 18.

Sambo said the refurbished Mitsubishi L300 is intended for the quick response of the BFP on fire incidents as well as other accidents that transpire in town.

18 Sep 2017 - 8th Marian exhibit opens in Tarlac

PAMPANGA -- The eighth Marian exhibit, featuring different images of the Blessed Virgin Mary coming from the Dioceses of Bulacan, Tarlac and Metro Manila, opened at the Museo ng Tarlac recently.

Tarlac Bishop of Tarlac Enrique Macaraeg, Divine David, wife of Tarlac Vice-Governor Carlito David, Ferdinand Borlongan, Hermano for this year’s exhibit and Provincial Tourism Officer Arsenio Lugay II led the ribbon cutting ceremonies signaling the opening of the month-long annual exhibit themed, “Gratia Plena” (Full of Grace).

18 Sep 2017 - PSAU official urges students to know more about Asean

PAMPANGA -- State Agricultural University (PSAU) Vice President for Academic Affairs Anita David encouraged students to know more about the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).

In her speech during the recent Asean Campus Forum at PSAU, David emphasized the importance of knowing and understanding Asean in order to partake in achieving its vision.

18 Sep 2017 - Sapang Bato National High School, Clark firms ink pact

ANGELES CITY -- In an effort to promote quality education and skills development, a national high school here spearheaded partnerships with various firms in Clark Freeport for the on-the-job training of 287 Grade 12 students.

This was learned after the recent signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) among Sapang Bato National High School (SBNHS), Royce Hotel and Casino (RHC), Korean Apple Core Corp. (KACC) for “work immersion” of senior high school students.

18 Sep 2017 - NLEX Road warriors, coach inspire DHVTSU students

PAMPANGA -- Don Honorio Ventura State University (DHVTSU) students were all shouts on Monday, September 18, as NLEX road Warriors coach Joseller Guiao and some of the players of his team led the opening of the state university's 2017 intramurals at the Bacolor Campus here.

Guiao took time off from his busy schedule to deliver the opening remarks in the said event.

18 Sep 2017 - DOTr, expressway operators sign agreement on collection system

CLARK FREEPORT -- In a historic move, the Department of Transportation, through the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) and Land Transportation Office, along with the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority, signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with expressway operators to unify toll collection in the country last Friday, September 15.

Seventeen companies currently operating the 13 expressways in Luzon, operational or ongoing construction, have agreed to smoothly and fairly implement interoperability of their respective Cash Payment and Electronic Toll Collection systems.

18 Sep 2017 - 2 SM Malls in Pampanga conduct shooting simulation drill

A drill simulation on hold-up-turn-active-shooting scenario was recently conducted at SM City Pampanga and San Fernando Downtown on separate events.

The mall-initiated activity spearheaded by both malls’ Customer Relations Service office managers Jun Perez and Jorge Smith Sumang with the team seeks to educate its front-liners and organic employees on preparedness against crime crisis and to showcase police force capability on threat response.

17 Sep 2017 - Midori Clark thanks clients through appreciation party

CLARK FREEPORT -- Midori Clark Hotel and Casino has hosted its first client appreciation party last September 12.

The cocktail event took place at the Baccus Lounge from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm with the theme “Dress to Impress”.

17 Sep 2017 - Cebu Pacific boosts Davao hub with direct route to Tagbilaran

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Philippines’ leading airline Cebu Pacific continues to expand its domestic network by adding a new route that will directly link Davao City with Tagbilaran, Bohol.

Starting October 21, 2017, the carrier’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Cebgo, will begin flying between Davao and Tagbilaran four-times-a-week (Tuesdays, Thursday, Saturdays, and Sundays).

16 Sep 2017 - P389-M aid mulled for Pampanga LGUs

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga is eyeing some P389-million worth of assistance for various development projects of local government units (LGUs) in Pampanga come 2018.

This was disclosed by Governor Lilia Pineda during the province-wide local development council participatory project prioritization conference and provincial alliance building on Thursday at the Kingsborough International Convention Center in this city.

16 Sep 2017 - DOTr launches Clark-Manila bus route

CLARK FREEPORT — The first premium Point-to-Point (P2P) bus service in Pampanga kicked off yesterday its newest Clark–Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and Clark–North EDSA, Quezon City routes.

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade led the official launching of the Genesis P2P bus service which will ferry passengers coming from Clark International Airport going to NAIA-3 and vice versa.

16 Sep 2017 - Body found floating in Pampanga River

PAMPANGA -- A body of a teenage boy was found floating in the portion of Pampanga River around San Simon during the onslaught of Tropical Storm Maring.

Chief Inspector German Pascua II, this town’s chief of police, said that residents of Barangay San Nicolas reported that an unidentified body was seen floating at the Pampanga River around 3:00 pm Monday.

16 Sep 2017 - 95 working drug reformists get pay

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga recently distributed the salaries of drug surrenderers who were under the Tulong para sa Disadvantaged Workers (Tupad) program.

Vice-Governor Dennis “Delta” Pineda led the distribution of salaries to some 95 workers from the four towns of Pampanga during a simple pay-out ceremony at Heroes Hall in the City of San Fernando.

16 Sep 2017 - DoTr chief: World-class, modern Clark airport finished by 2021

CLARK FREEPORT -- Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade on Thursday said that the “modern and world-class” Clark International Airport (CRK) will be completed by 2021.

Tugade issued the statement during the launching of the Genesis Transport Service Incorporated Point to Point from Clark airport to Ninoy Aquino International Airport and vice versa.

16 Sep 2017 - Former drug users attend village community service

ANGELES CITY -- A group of former illegal drug users are joining a community service in Barangay Balibago to get away from their vices.

Balibago village chief Rodelio “Tony” Mamac said that surrenderers volunteered to help in the Gulayan Sa Barangay program of the village.

15 Sep 2017 - CHR-Central Luzon vows to continue its duty

PAMPANGA -- Despite the move of the Lower House to give the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) a P1,000 budget for next year, CHR-Central Luzon said it will not turn its back on its constitutional duty as guardian of civil rights.

In a text message sent to SunStar Pampanga, CHR-Central Luzon Director Jasmine Regino said that the P1,000 budget given to the agency will not stop it from scrutinizing the suspected human rights violations in the region.

15 Sep 2017 - City College of Angeles named Apiem ‘Center of Excellence’

ANGELES CITY -- The Asia Pacific Institute for Events Management (Apiem) has recently bestowed a Center of Excellence (COE) accreditation to the City College of Angeles (CCA) for its events management programs making it the first partner community college in the whole of Asia and the Pacific.

Apiem is a United Kingdom-based accrediting body that brings together events industry employers and education providers who are committed to establishing high quality courses for students and events professionals who want to develop their skills and abilities to work in the global events industry.

15 Sep 2017 - SMB partners with FLKI for Kapampangan museum

PAMPANGA -- San Miguel Brewery Inc., (SMB) a subsidiary of San Miguel Corporation, on Thursday turned over a P500,000 donation to the Foundation for Lingap Kapampangan, Inc.

(FLKI), to help build the Kapampangan Cultural Center (KCC). The construction of the proposed museum located at the old site of the Pampanga High School near the Provincial Capitol in this city is the banner project of the FLKI, with its aim to help promote and preserve Kapampangan culture and tradition.

15 Sep 2017 - Police still establishing lead in woman shooting

ANGELES CITY -- The city police is still establishing a lead to identify the lone gunman who shot a woman in the head on Tuesday afternoon.

Senior Police Officer 4 Evelyn Pineda, officer on case, said they are still investigating if the shooting of Rosana Oronce Agrano, 46, has something to do with her work as an agent of a lending firm which serves policemen.

15 Sep 2017 - Guagua town highlights accomplishments for child protection

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Dante Torres said on Thursday that the institutionalized functionality of the Local Council for the Protection of Children through the conduct of Early Childhood Care and Development had made significant accomplishments for the whole of 2016 with programs still being conducted to date.

The mayor added that Guagua has sustained its being a role model in the implementation of day care and supplemental feeding (Cycle 1 to Cycle 6) Programs in Central Luzon Region.

13 Sep 2017 - DPWH: We implemented measures to expedite road projects

PAMPANGA -- Department of Public Works and Highways-Central Luzon Director Antonio Molano, Jr. on Wednesday, September 13, asserted that they have “already implemented measures” to expedite the road project in Mexico town following the complaints of inconvenience raised by motorists over its construction.

This was after Provincial Board of Mexico recently passed Resolution No. 065-2017 which urged the DPWH-Central Luzon to shed light on the ongoing road construction in the portion of Jose Abad Santos Avenue in their town which causes inconvenience to motorists.

13 Sep 2017 - Guagua mayor wants to turn dike area into artist haven

PAMPANGA -- Guagua Mayor Dante Torres hopes to turn an area of the mega dike in Betis District into an eco-tourism haven that will showcase local artists and their works.

Torres said that the area is located near the lateral dike area near the town where the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) had constructed an asphalt overlay.

13 Sep 2017 - Cops undergo surprise drug test

PAMPANGA -- Police Provincial Director Senior Superintendent Joel Consulta on Wednesday, September 13, ordered a surprise drug test for members of the different police units and stations in the province.

Urine samples from at least 250 Pampanga cops, 177 from station drug enforcement units, 21 chiefs of police from different towns and cities and 52 provincial police staff, were taken to test if they use illegal drugs, said Consulta.

13 Sep 2017 - Woman wounded in Angeles City gun attack

ANGELES CITY -- A woman was shot in the head in Tuesday afternoon, September 12, in front of a fast food chain and a jeepney terminal in Barangay Santo Domingo here.

Police identified the suspect as Rosana Oronce Agrano, 46, an agent of a lending firm and a native of Jala Jala Rizal.

13 Sep 2017 - 2 laborers nabbed for pot session

ANGELES CITY -- The city police has arrested two laborers who were allegedly caught in the act of sniffing shabu in Barangay Santa Teresita here recently.

Jovel Bagsic, 25, a grasscutter, of 7046 Araw Malansik, Santa Teresita and Michael del Monte, 30, a construction worker, a resident of 7002 Araw Malansik, Santa Teresita were reportedly caught by policemen while having a pot session.

13 Sep 2017 - PRI chief to discuss PH-China cooperation

PAMPANGA -- Philippine Retirement Industry (PRI) Regional Chairman Albert Dela Cruz is off to China courtesy of China Development Bank to participate in the paper discussion of the "China-Philippines Cooperation" on September 13 to 20.

Dela Cruz, a Kapampangan licensed real estate broker and Chairman and CEO of North Gate Land Philippines Inc. will talk about "The Future and Prospective of the China-Philippines Cooperation: Silk Road Yesterday, Belt And Road Today, Twin Dragon Tomorrow," in forums at Beijing and Guangdong.

13 Sep 2017 - San Fernando strengthens barangay anti-drug abuse councils

PAMPANGA -- In its quest for a drug-free city, the City Government of San Fernando, in partnership with the Philippine National Police and Department of the Interior and Local Government, conducted a “Roll-out training on strengthening of Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils” (BADAC) on Wednesday, September 13, at Heroes Hall.

Highlights of the activity are the discussion of the city’s anti-illegal drugs campaign, short briefing on the composition, roles and responsibilities, and powers and functions of the BADAC and the revised guidelines in the conduct of barangay drug clearing operations.

13 Sep 2017 - Dental mission benefits 400 inmates in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Some 400 inmates from the Pampanga Provincial Jail (PPJ) benefited from the dental mission conducted by the provincial government through the Provincial Health Office (PHO) recently.

Provincial Dental Supervisor Dr. Thricia Sunglao said the dental mission is part of the regular activity of the PHO inside the provincial jail to ensure the health and well-being of the inmates.

13 Sep 2017 - 2 Magalang cops face charges for extortion

PAMPANGA -- Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Luzon Amador Corpus announced on Wednesday, September 13, that a case will be filed against the two members of Magalang Municipal Police Station for allegedly extorting money to settle a drug-related case.

Senior Police Officer 1 Jessie Lopez and Police Senior Inspector Philipp Pelle will face charges for the violation of Article 293 of the Revised Penal Code (Robbery Extortion) after the two police officers demanded P30,000 as settlement for the illegal drug case filed against a certain Roel Guinto Canlapan.

12 Sep 2017 - WMRI chief vows to help Marawi

CLARK FREEPORT -- Helping Marawi City, honoring the Philippine national hero, and announcing the upcoming launch of a worldwide distribution of rehabilitated heart pacemakers.

These were the highlights of the recent one-week visit of World Medical Relief, Inc. (WMRI) President and CEO George Samson in the country.

12 Sep 2017 - ‘Maring’ dumps rains in Central Luzon

PAMPANGA -- Tropical Depression “Maring” on Tuesday, September 12, dumped heavy rains in Pampanga and six other provinces in Central Luzon, prompting officials to suspend classes in all levels as well as work in government offices.

As of 11 a.m., Tuesday, all cities and municipalities in Pampanga declared suspension of classes in both private and public schools, said Pampanga Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Angie Blanco.

12 Sep 2017 - AirAsia offers ‘red hot’ seat sale

CLARK FREEPORT -- Up to five million promotional seats are up for grabs in AirAsia Group’s red hot seat sale campaign.

Book seats via or the AirAsia mobile app from September 11 to 17 for travel between 1 March to 21 November 2018 to enjoy fares from as low as P17 for flights from/to Manila, Clark, Cebu, Davao, Palawan, Bohol, Kalibo, Caticlan/Boracay, Tacloban, and Iloilo.

12 Sep 2017 - 2 killed in Angeles City drug bust

ANGELES CITY -- Two suspected drug pushers were killed in a drug bust operation conducted in Barangay Cutud by the city police over the weekend.

The Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) of the local police identified the fatalities as James Pecson Santos, 29 and Ronnel Gamboa Dunglao, both residents of 119 San Pedro Dos in nearby Magalang town, Pampanga province.

12 Sep 2017 - Porac single parents get nego-trailer

PAMPANGA -- Single parents from this town received their nego-trailer as means of livelihood from Board Member Fritzie David-Dizon.

The nego-trailer is a livelihood project of the Provincial Government of Pampanga in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole).

12 Sep 2017 - ‘Bookies' operator killed, 5 others arrested

PAMPANGA -- A suspected operator of an illegal numbers game known as “bookies” was killed over the weekend in a shootout with law enforcers after allegedly resisting arrest during a raid in a barangay here.

The fatality was identified Rolando Yambao, alias “Barak”, 35, suspected leader of the “Balagtas Criminal Group” operating in Pampanga and nearby Bulacan province, said Pampanga Police Provincial Office Director Joel Consulta.

12 Sep 2017 - David siblings keep late father's memory alive

PAMPANGA -- Board Member Fritzie David-Dizon and Vice Mayor Dexter David led the gift-giving and feeding programs at the SAUP Project in Barangay Cangatba here, mindful of how their late father Mayor Roy David had a soft spot for the people of the said community.

The project is done yearly every September 8 during the birthday of the former three-term mayor. David married the late Edna de Ausen, who also figured prominently in local politics.

12 Sep 2017 - Women entrepreneurs in Central Luzon get incentives

PAMPANGA -- Women entrepreneurs from Central Luzon received incentives from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) under the “Juana Make a Mark” project.

Launched nationwide this year, the incentives for women-led micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) include the exemption from payment of basic filing fees, fees for film and color, and publication of opposition of trademark applications.

11 Sep 2017 - Pampanga bizmen welcome passport reforms

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (Pamcham) on Monday, September 11, welcomed the sweeping reforms being undertaken by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to clean up the backlog in passport applications.

It also welcomed the removal of passport appointment slots for travel agencies as well as the speedy processing time for passport renewals.

11 Sep 2017 - LGUs in Central Luzon post 80% customer satisfaction rating

PAMPANGA -- Local government units (LGUs) in Central Luzon recently posted an 80 percent satisfaction rating on the processing of business permit licenses, the Department of Trade and Industry in the region said.

Based on the survey, the average customer satisfaction rating of LGUs' business permit licensing in the region was 8.07 out of a perfect 10 rating.

11 Sep 2017 - San Fernando holds environmental awareness forum

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Edwin Santiago led the discussion of the city’s environmental programs and development plans during the “Talakayan sa Villa” held last Saturday, September 9, at Rich Town 2 Subdivision in Barangay Dela Paz Norte.

He was joined by village chief Wilzen Samia, City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Engineer Anele David and Homeowners Association president Engineer Alan Gatpolintan.

11 Sep 2017 - Nolcom unveils ‘Bayanihan Mural’

PAMPANGA -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) recently unveiled its Bayanihan Mural inside its headquarters in Camp Servillano Aquino.

In a statement, Nolcom said the mural depicts many remarkable events in history.

11 Sep 2017 - Councilors host social service programs for indigents

PAMPANGA -- The Philippines Councilors League (PCL)-Pampanga Chapter hosted over the weekend a social service mission in line with the celebration of PCL Week.

PCL-Pampanga chapter president Olga Frances David-Dizon said that the event aimed to promote goodwill among fellow officials from various towns through community programs that highlight helping the poor and the needy.

11 Sep 2017 - PIA-Central Luzon to hold 7th Asean campus forum

PAMPANGA -- The Philippine Information Agency-Central Luzon will hold this week its seventh Asean Campus Forum in Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU).

“As part of hyping the Philippine Chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) this 2017, PIA in Central Luzon will be holding campus forums in different provinces to educate and pitch support from the youth in this endeavor,” PIA Regional Director William Beltran said.

10 Sep 2017 - San Luis mayor thanks gov't for actions vs bird flu

PAMPANGA -- San Luis town Mayor Venancio Macapagal has expressed his gratitude to the Pampanga Provincial Government as well as the National Government for their immediate actions to contain the bird flu outbreak in this town.

In an exclusive interview with SunStar Pampanga, Macapagal said he recognized the guidance and support of key officials led by President Duterte and Governor Lilia Pineda in stamping out bird flu virus which affected dozens of poultry owners.

10 Sep 2017 - San Fernando commemorates heroine’s 143rd birthdate

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando commemorated the 143rd birthday of local heroine and women's icon Nicolasa Dayrit-Panlilio at the Henson-Hizon house here.

Local officials led by Mayor Edwin Santiago honored Panlilio for her heroism and sacrifices during the colonization of Americans in the country.

9 Sep 2017 - Capas eyed as ‘next big thing’

PAMPANGA -- Capas town in Tarlac will be the “next big thing.”

This was disclosed by Mayor Reynaldo Catacutan, after the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) recently confirmed Capas as one of the major hosts to the South East Asian (SEA) Games 2019.

9 Sep 2017 - DPWH building, staff house in Guagua inaugurated

PAMPANGA -- Officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Friday led the inauguration of the newly constructed building and staff house of the Pampanga Second District Engineering Office in Barangay San Antonio, Guagua.

Undersecretary for Support Service Ardeliza R. Medenilla, chairperson of the committee on relocation/ transfer and facilities improvement of DPWH offices, assistant regional directors Nomer Abel P. Canlas of Region XIII and Loreta M. Malaluan of Region III led the inauguration and blessing of the DPWH -Pampanga Second DEO Office of the district engineer and quality assurance section building and staff house.

9 Sep 2017 - Magalang farmers get P3.1-M farm machinery

PAMPANGA -- In order to increase the productivity of local farmers here, the Department of Agriculture and the local government unit (LGU) of Magalang distributed on Thursday hand tractors and rice drum seeders worth more than P3.1 Million.

Mayor Malu Paras-Lacson said that 20 units of hand tractors amounting to P2,600,000 and 68 units of rice drum seeders worth P510,000 were turned over to all farmer cooperatives and associations in this town.

9 Sep 2017 - Midori Clark Hotel to hold client appreciation party

CLARK FREEPORT -- Midori Clark Hotel has scheduled its first Client Appreciation Party on September 12.

Midori Clark Hotel and Casino General Manager Vic Chan, Sales and Marketing Manager Raymond Fujii, and Sales Director Gary Wen will lead other hotel executives and employees in welcoming the clients during the event will be held at the Bacuus Lounge from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

8 Sep 2017 - Kapampangans show faith to Virgen delos Remedios

PAMPANGA -- Thousands of devotees from all over Pampanga province gathered on Friday, September 8, for the 61st anniversary of the Canonical Coronation of Virgen Delos Remedios at the Capitol grounds here.

An estimated 10,000 people, including students, workers and government officials, trooped to the Arnedo Park of the Provincial Capitol starting midnight of Thursday for the vigil and to participate in the annual celebration dedicated to Pampanga’s patron saint.

8 Sep 2017 - Groups kick-off riverwalk, eco-park project in San Fernando

PAMPANGA -- The Rotary Club of San Fernando and City of San Fernando’s multi-sectoral governance council, together with the City of San Fernando Water District and the City Government on Friday broke ground and kicked-off the first phase of the riverwalk and eco-park project in the Sta. Lucia village portion of San Fernando River.

Rotary Club of San Fernando president Fer Caylao said the project, launched in time for the celebration on his 60th birthday, is actually a private undertaking which gained support from the other groups that manifested their interests in helping develop the now elevated riverbanks as recreational areas.

8 Sep 2017 - 3 nabbed in Floridablanca drug bust

PAMPANGA -- Members of the Municipal Drug Enforcement Unit here in coordination with agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on weekend three suspects during a buy bust operation in Barangay Calantas in this town.

Floridablanca police chief Dulnoan Dinamling Jr. identified the suspects as Ronald Serrano, 48; Ruby Serrano, 32; and one Jinky Buduan.

8 Sep 2017 - 1,000 chickens given away in Masantol

PAMPANGA -- As his way of assuring Masantoleños that Pampanga is bird flu-free, Masantol Mayor Danilo Guintu on Thursday gave away live chickens to town residents.

A total of 1,000 chickens were distributed to the residents as part of the campaign to promote the safety of poultry meat in Pampanga following the bird flu outbreak that struck the province.

8 Sep 2017 - Bar owners asked to help gov’t on anti-HIV program

PAMPANGA -- Leaders of Barangay Balibago in Angeles City have asked bar owners to help the local government in addressing the problem on sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) like Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (Aids).

Rodelio “Tony” Mamac, chief of Barangay Balibago, said they conducted a seminar on HIV-AIDS and STD Awareness last Thursday to solicit the participation of the bar owners and managers in the program.

8 Sep 2017 - TMC Clark offers PhilHealth Z-benefit packages for CABG

CLARK FREEPORT -- A cardiac team at The Medical City (TMC) Clark has successfully conducted a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery on a patient who availed of the medical center’s new program for catastrophic illnesses - the PhilHealth Z-benefit packages.

Violeta Bagtas Hernandez, 64, of Bataan province, was presented to the media on Friday, a month after she underwent CABG under the TMC Clark’s PhilHealth Z benefit packages.

7 Sep 2017 - Montano vows to support Pampanga tourism

PAMPANGA -- The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) has pledged to support the Pampanga Provincial Government in promoting its tourism industry.

This was gleaned during the meeting of TPB Chief Operation Officer Cesar Montano with the former President and now Second District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Vice Governor Dennis Pineda, Lubao Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab and Board Member Anthony Joseph Torres for the “Visit Pampanga Year 2018” held at Pradera Verde, this town, recently.

7 Sep 2017 - Napolcom exec: Crime prevention is everybody’s concern

PAMPANGA -- Amid the crimes happening in the country nowadays, National Police Commission (Napolcom)-Central Luzon Assistant Regional Director Bernadina Joven asserted that crime prevention is a shared responsibility of police and the public.

Speaking before police officers during the launch of the National Crime Prevention Week recently, Joven said that maintenance of peace and order must not be relied solely with the Philippine National Police (PNP), but must be everybody’s concern.

7 Sep 2017 - CSF art tilt, trade fair promote women empowerment

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando continues to promote women empowerment as it held an on-the-spot poster making contest for students on Thursday, September 7, while currently running the Women Entrepreneurs’ Trade Fair in front of city hall.

The two events are part of the ongoing celebration of Women’s Week 2017 themed “Fernandina, Kaantabay sa Buhay Na Ganap, Kabuhayang Matatag, Pamayanang Maunlad.”

7 Sep 2017 - Mabalacat mayor vows to work on city’s traffic woes

MABALACAT City -- Mayor Crisostomo Garbo has vowed to also work on the city’s problem on traffic congestion.

Garbo said that his administration has crafted immediate and long term measures to solve the city’s traffic problem.

7 Sep 2017 - Public cautioned on use of Japanese encephalitis vaccine

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Health (DOH) cautioned the public on the use of the vaccine against Japanese Encephalitis (JE) following the reported rise on its demand.

According to World Health Organization, Japanese encephalitis is a virus related to dengue and is spread by mosquitoes. Its symptoms include headache, high fever and seizures.

7 Sep 2017 - Angeles City village chief says barangay-issued IDs valid

ANGELES CITY -- A village chief in this city has urged business establishments, non-government organizations, and government agencies to honor barangay-issued identification cards (IDs).

Reynaldo Gueco, chieftain of Malabanias village, issued the statement after a resident of the said village suffered an unpleasant experience with personnel of an electric company who allegedly refused to honor a barangay-issued ID.

6 Sep 2017 - Kapampangans alarmed over Japanese Encephalitis cases

PAMPANGA -- Many Kapampangans are now alarmed over the consecutive fatalities and hundreds of reported cases of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in the province.

This was evident on the sudden rise in the demand of the vaccine against the vector-borne disease which has killed four and has at least 22 confirmed patients for this year alone.

6 Sep 2017 - San Fernando City boosts anti-smoking drive

PAMPANGA -- The City Government here has strengthened its anti-smoking drive through the “Bantay-Usok Sigarilyo” orientation held at Heroes Hall on Tuesday, September 5.

Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Person Amy Catacutan said the “Bantay-Usok Sigarilyo” program -- held as part of the celebration of Women’s Week - to strengthen the existing City Ordinance No. 2014-007 “Smoke-Free Ordinance of the City of San Fernando” which prohibits the use, sale, distribution and advertisement of cigarettes, other tobacco products and electronic nicotine delivery systems in specific places in the City of San Fernando.

6 Sep 2017 - Fake Apu Ceto Facebook account now wants donations for Marawi

PAMPANGA -- The fake Facebook account under the name of Archbishop Emeritus Paciano Aniceto is at it again as two government officials were reportedly messaged by the operator of the account asking for donations for the Saint Mary's Cathedral in Marawi City.

The two government officials told SunStar Pampanga that they received a "friend invite" from the account last week which they accepted. The account operator allegedly contacted the two officials asking for donations for Marawi. It could be remembered that the Cathedral was heavily damaged in the ongoing war between government forces and Maute rebels.

6 Sep 2017 - Angeles council accredits solo parents’ organization

ANGELES CITY -- The City Council here has recognized the Solo Parents Alliance for Community Empowerment (SPACE), an organization of single mothers in the city.

This was gleaned in a resolution accrediting the SPACE as one of the civil society organizations existing in Angeles City pursuant to DILG Memorandum Circular Number 2016-97.

6 Sep 2017 - Youth social problems addressed through forum

PAMPANGA -- In line with the celebration of Women’s Week 2017, the City Government of San Fernando hosted a two-day youth forum focused on the common issues faced by the youth today such as drug abuse, bullying and early pregnancy.

The participants were junior and senior high school students from Sindalan High School, Northville High School, Pampanga High School, San Nicolas Integrated School, Nuestra Senora del Pilar Integrated School and San Isidro Integrated School.

6 Sep 2017 - DOH to introduce JE vaccine in 2018 immunization program

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Health (DOH) is set to introduce the Japanese Encephalitis (JE) vaccine in their immunization program early 2018 through its Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI).

However, those who would like to avail of the vaccine may avail of it commercially. The vaccine has 90 percent effectiveness according to clinical tests but its effectiveness, however, decreases over time.

6 Sep 2017 - Travel firms offer 2-hour tour in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- In a bid to promote Clark as an exciting tourist destination, two travel firms have tied up and launched a two-hour tour package that highlights famous historical sites and cultural spots inside the Freeport.

During a media forum Talk Widus sponsored by Pampanga Press Club and Widus Hotel and Casino, Gilda Padua, owner of Ties That Travel and partner of Go Clark Tours, said the tour package features the evolution of Clark into a special economic zone and business district.

6 Sep 2017 - Nominations for outstanding Kapampangans now open

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Tourism office announced that the annual search for the Most Outstanding Kapampangan Awards (MOKA) is now open for nomination.

Arwin Lingat, Provincial Tourism head said the search aims to honor kabalens who excel in their field of endeavour and could pass the required entry application.

5 Sep 2017 - Central Luzon hospital first to have OFW wing

PAMPANGA -- The Jose B. Lingad Regional Memorial Hospital (JBLRMH) in the City of San Fernando in Pampanga is the first Department of Health (DOH) hospital in the country to have a wing for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

In a statement to SunStar Pampanga on Tuesday, September 5, ACTS OFW Partylist Representative Aniceto Bertiz III said that government agencies and the partylist group are making sure that the country’s public hospitals can step forward to help OFWs, particularly those returning with illnesses, in getting proper medical care along with their families who are here in the country.

5 Sep 2017 - GSIS chief tells teachers to prioritize payment of loans

CLARK FREEPORT -- GSIS Chairman Francisco Duque III asked teachers and non-teaching personnel of the Department of Education (DepEd) to prioritize the payment of loans to the agency.

Duque issued the statement when he met with more than 500 Kapampangan GSIS members at Royce Hotel here on Tuesday, September 5.

5 Sep 2017 - Chinese experts laud Pampanga’s fast action vs bird flu

PAMPANGA -- Chinese experts lauded the efforts of the provincial government in response to the avian influenza (AI) that struck the poultry industry in San Luis town last August.

This was gleaned during the “Poultry Stakeholders Forum: Learning from the Avian Influenza Outbreak” held at the Benigno Aquino Hall, Capitol Compound here.

5 Sep 2017 - Capitol hosts forum on avian influenza outbreak

PAMPANGA -- Poultry stakeholders from the Province of Pampanga met on Monday, September 4, at the Benigno Aquino Hall in Capitol to discuss the recent bird flu outbreak in San Luis town and how measures could be undertaken to prevent such from happening again.

The forum dubbed "Learning from the Avian Influenza Outbreak," was called for by Vice-Governor Dennis Pineda to discuss the things learned from the recent outbreak and also learn from the best practices of other countries on containing the virus.

5 Sep 2017 - Mabalacat police nab most wanted person

MABALACAT -- The local police has arrested a wanted person accused of attempted homicide.

Senior Police Officer 1 Dennis Dela Cruz, city’s warrant officer, said that Rommel Salunga Gamboa, 34, a laborer, was arrested at his residence at Sitio Damayan, Kadenang Kristal in Barangay Dau here.

5 Sep 2017 - Pampanga police officials get recognition

PAMPANGA -- The chiefs of police of three Pampanga towns on Monday received recognition from the Barangay Drug Clearing Oversight Committee in a simple ceremony held at Camp Olivas here.

Masantol Chief Inspector Julius Javier, Minalin Chief Inspector Pearl Joy Gollayan and Santo Tomas' Chief Inspector Romwald Basa were acknowledged after successfully leading their operatives in stamping out illegal drugs in their respective areas of jurisdiction.

5 Sep 2017 - Angeles City mayor to attend UN general assembly

ANGELES City -- Mayor and League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) President Edgardo Pamintuan is in New York, USA, to attend a two-day High Level Meeting of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to discuss the effective implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the positioning of UN-Habitat in accordance with the General Assembly resolution 71/256.

The meeting will take place in the Trusteeship Chamber, UN Headquarters.

5 Sep 2017 - Pampanga posts highest Japanese Encephalitis deaths in Central Luzon

PAMPANGA -- At least four people in Pampanga province in Central Luzon with the most number of cases and deaths related to Japanese Encephalitis have died from the virus.

Those who died are part of the 133 patients diagnosed with the mosquito-borne disease between January 1 and August 26 this year from all over the country, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

4 Sep 2017 - Capitol hosts forum on avian influenza outbreak

PAMPANGA -- Poultry stakeholders from the Province of Pampanga met on Monday, September 4, at the Benigno Aquino Hall in Capitol to discuss the recent bird flu outbreak in San Luis town and how measures could be undertaken to prevent such from happening again.

The forum dubbed "Learning from the Avian Influenza Outbreak," was called for by Vice-Governor Dennis Pineda to discuss the things learned from the recent outbreak and also learn from the best practices of other countries on containing the virus.

4 Sep 2017 - Mabalacat police nab most wanted person

MABALACAT -- The local police has arrested a wanted person accused of attempted homicide.

Senior Police Officer 1 Dennis Dela Cruz, city’s warrant officer, said that Rommel Salunga Gamboa, 34, a laborer, was arrested at his residence at Sitio Damayan, Kadenang Kristal in Barangay Dau here.

4 Sep 2017 - Pampanga police officials get recognition

PAMPANGA -- The chiefs of police of three Pampanga towns on Monday received recognition from the Barangay Drug Clearing Oversight Committee in a simple ceremony held at Camp Olivas here.

Masantol Chief Inspector Julius Javier, Minalin Chief Inspector Pearl Joy Gollayan and Santo Tomas' Chief Inspector Romwald Basa were acknowledged after successfully leading their operatives in stamping out illegal drugs in their respective areas of jurisdiction.

4 Sep 2017 - Angeles City mayor to attend UN general assembly

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor and League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) President Edgardo Pamintuan is in New York, USA, to attend a two-day High Level Meeting of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to discuss the effective implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the positioning of UN-Habitat in accordance with the General Assembly resolution 71/256.

The meeting will take place in the Trusteeship Chamber, UN Headquarters.

4 Sep 2017 - San Fernando awards starter kits to skills training grads

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando, through its Public Employment Service Office, has awarded starter kits to 41 graduates under the livelihood and skills training program during Monday’s flag ceremony.

The awarding rites was led by Mayor Edwin Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilor BJ Lagman, City Administrator Engr. Fernando Limbitco, and PESO Manager Donny Sayre.

3 Sep 2017 - Dayrit-Panlilio’s life included in schools’ subject

PAMPANGA -- The life and heroism of Nicolasa Dayrit-Panlilio is now included in the curriculum of all public schools and 60 day care centers in San Fernando.

City of San Fernando Chairman on Women Dr. Leticia Yap said on Monday, September 4, that the inclusion was decided after a book about the heroin was launched in time for the 2017 Women’s Week celebration themed “Fernandina, Kaantabay sa Buhay na Ganap, Kabuhayang Matatag, Pamayanang Maunlad” at city hall.

3 Sep 2017 - Angeles City councilor named as outstanding legislator

ANGELES CITY -- Councilor Edgardo Pamintuan, Jr. was named as one of the recipients of the 2017 Most Outstanding Local Legislator Award (Olla) by the esteemed award-giving body, Superbrands Marketing International Incorporated (SMI)-Philippines recently.

Pamintuan, Jr. received the award during a fitting conferment ceremony held at the Alphaland Makati Place in Makati City along with other 16 awardees (vice governors, board members, vice mayors and councilors) from all over the Philippines.

3 Sep 2017 - Federated poultry sector eyed in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Vice-Governor Dennis Pineda called on poultry raisers and owners to support moves to federalize the poultry industry here on Monday, September 4.

Pineda called for the move to come up with a unified organization of the poultry industry in Pampanga during Poultry Stakeholders Forum at the Benigno Aquino Hall on Monday.

3 Sep 2017 - Schools, barangay disaster response teams to join test skills

PAMPANGA -- Disaster teams from 10 different schools and four barangays in the City of San Fernando (CSF) put their preparedness skills on test during the 2nd CSF Community Disaster Volunteers Capability Assessment held over the weekend at Heroes Hall.

The activity was realized through the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) in partnership with the Department of Education Division of City of San Fernando and Philippine Red Cross Pampanga-Angeles City Chapter.

3 Sep 2017 - Chicken and egg festival celebrated in San Simon

PAMPANGA -- In support of the bird-flu affected poultry owners, the Municipality of San Simon celebrated the first Chicken and Egg Festival over the weekend at the Nuestra Señora del Pilar Parish Church grounds.

The event was organized by Rev. Fr. Homer Policarpio and the Parish Pastoral Council in an aim to dismiss the negative perception on the avian influenza outbreak which hurt the poultry industry.

3 Sep 2017 - Top cop asks men to observe, respect human rights

PAMPANGA -- Police Provincial Director Joel Consulta has ordered his personnel to "observe and respect human rights" in all of their operations.

Consulta made the statement during the 116th Police Service Anniversary celebration on Thursday, August 31, amid the controversies hounding the Philippine National Police, including the controversial death of 17-year-old Kian Loyd Delos Santos which created public outrage.

3 Sep 2017 - Agriculture department lifts 7-kilometer bird flu ban

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) over the weekend lifted the ban on the movement of poultry products within the seven kilometer radius controlled zones in Pampanga and Nueva Ecija.

"Following the recommendations of biosecurity experts, I signed a Memorandum Circular lifting the quarantine restrictions in the 7-kilometer Controlled Area Radius around the town of San Luis, Pampanga and in Jaen and San Isidro towns in Nueva Ecija," Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said.

3 Sep 2017 - Apalit college students get financial assistance

PAMPANGA -- The local government recently distributed financial assistance to indigent college students from various universities here.

The program is part of Mayor Peter Nucom scholarship program which aims to assist Apaliteño youth who wanted to pursue tertiary education.

3 Sep 2017 - DA to report on bird flu rehabilitation efforts

PAMPANGA -- Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that he will prepare a report to President Rodrigo Duterte on the bird flu crisis in the cabinet meeting in Malacañang on Monday, September 4.

Pinol said his report will include recommendations on how government could help the poultry industry recover.

3 Sep 2017 - Angeles City architects celebrate 32nd anniversary

ANGELES CITY -- The United Architects of the Philippines (UAP)-Angeles City (Mother Chapter) celebrated its 32nd founding anniversary with a theme “Pupul” which was highlighted during the club’s induction of new officers and members at the Lewis Grand Hotel here last August 31.

Architect Adriano Gulapa, new president of the UAP Angeles City, said the word pupul attached to the club’s all-white theme describes itself as Harvesting Good Products.

3 Sep 2017 - No classes, gov’t work in Pampanga on Sept. 8

PAMPANGA -- Acting Governor Dennis Pineda signed Executive Order Number 17 over the weekend suspending classes in all levels for public and private schools as well as government work in the Province of Pampanga in commemoration of the 61st Canonical Coronation Anniversary celebration of Virgen Delos Remedios.

The coronation will be held at the Capitol grounds. The return to the Capitol Compound will be held for the second time since last year and is in remembrance of the first canonical coronation some 60 years ago.

2 Sep 2017 - Cardinal Tagle to attend Willy Layug book launch

PAMPANGA -- Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle is expected to attend the grand launch of the book on the life and works of Willy Layug at the Arsobispado de Manila on September 11.

The launching was originally scheduled at the University of Santo Tomas but had to be moved to accommodate more guests.

2 Sep 2017 - De Lima alarmed over rising HIV, Aids cases among youth

ANGELES CITY -- Senator Leila M. de Lima has expressed alarm over the rising number of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Aids) incidence among Filipinos specially among those belonging to the age group 15-34.

De Lima filed Senate Resolution (SR) No. 475 to look into the growing number of HIV and AIDS-diagnosed persons and assess the implementation of Republic Act No. 8504, also known as the Philippine Aids Prevention and Control Act of 1998.

2 Sep 2017 - SM Hypermarket holds street food fest in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- Famous Filipino street food were presented during the three-day street food festival of SM Hypermarket which runs from September 1 to 3 at SM City Clark.

The event, formally opened by star Alessandra De Rossi, is part of the SM Hypermarket Food Festival which was launched at the Mall of Asia (MOA) last August 23.

1 Sep 2017 - Mabalacat mayor leads anti-TB campaign

MABALACAT CITY -- Mayor Crisostomo Garbo recently led the city government’s campaign to prevent the spread of tuberculosis among the people here.

The anti-TB is aimed at educating the people about the highly-contagious disease.

1 Sep 2017 - New Central Luzon police chief’s 1st order: ‘No texting’

PAMPANGA -- Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel in Central Luzon should “stop texting” while on duty.

This was the first order of Chief Superintendent Amador Corpus during his assumption as new Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Luzon director, on day.