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Balibago News Nov-2017

30 Nov 2017 - Transport group marks Bonifacio Day with protest

PAMPANGA -- Embodying Andres Bonifacio’s bravery in fighting for the country’s sovereignty, the Samahan ng Tsuper at Operator na tutol sa Phaseout (STOP) on Thursday, November 30, staged a rally to protest anew the Department of Transportation’s plan to phase out jeepneys.

The rally gathered almost a thousand jeepney federation officers from Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan and as far as Baguio, Rizal and Quezon for a protest caravan which started in this city’s Dolores intersection going to Salakot in Clark where the general assembly was held.

30 Nov 2017 - Apalit vice mayor says no to relocation of public market

PAMPANGA -- “No to the relocation of public market.”

This was the strong statement of Vice Mayor Augusto Manlapaz as he expressed his strong opposition to the proposed relocation of the public market in this town.

30 Nov 2017 - Megaworld project to generate 250,000 jobs in Pampanga

CLARK FREEPORT -- The township project of Megaworld Corporation’s in the City of San Fernando is expected to generate 250,000 jobs for the Kapampangans.

This was stated by Eugene EM Lozano, First Vice President for Sales and Marketing of Megaworld Pampanga, during a Christmas Party the developer prepared for select Pampanga newsmen at Park Inn by Radisson Clark Wednesday night

30 Nov 2017 - CCA students triumph in ALCU regional skills competition

ANGELES CITY -- The students of the City College of Angeles (CCA) have once again bagged numerous awards after competing in the recently concluded fifth Association of Local Colleges and Universities (ALCU) in Central Luzon Skills Competition held last November 24, at Gordon College in Olongapo City.

With the theme “Internationalization of ALCU RIII through skills based initiatives,” the regional event aims to strengthen ties among government-owned educational institutions in the region while showcasing and inspiring world-class excellence in skills development.

30 Nov 2017 - CLTV36 bares ‘Siglo’ finalists

PAMPANGA -- CLTV36 on Wednesday, November 29, bared the 16 finalists for its Sine Gitnang Luzon Originals (SIGLO) Year 2 during recognition rites at the LausGroup Event Centre here.

The finalists include Akalingwan ng Rosa(Rosa Forgets) from Pampanga; Ang Lipi ni Mahuna (Bulacan); Ang Pinakamagandang Habi ni Selya (Bulacan); Atlung Minutu (Pampanga); Bago ako Lumipad (Zambales); Deng Dagis Qng Cusina (Tarlac); Dibuho (Bulacan); Dikap (Aurora); Dog Food (Nueva Ecija); Jack En Poy (Bulacan); Kawangis (Pampanga); Life is But a Dream (Bulacan); May Kung Ano sa Takipsilim (Manila); #Moms (Pampanga); Paparo (Bulacan); and Singkwenta keka, Singkwenta Kaku (Pampanga).

30 Nov 2017 - Clark PH’s best investment hub

CLARK FREEPORT -- An executive from a global automotive manufacturer and division of the German Company Daimler AG cited Clark’s prime land, infrastructure and rich pool of talents as reasons for locating in Clark.

Heiko Nitsche, chief executive officer of Mercedes-Benz Group Services Philippines Incorporated (MBGSP) stated during the inauguration of its new office here last Tuesday, November 28.

30 Nov 2017 - Firemen donate toys for Fernandino children

PAMPANGA -- In support to the “Share a joy, Donate a toy” program of the City Government of San Fernando, the City Fire Station headed by Fire Chief Inspector Roderick Marquez turned over two boxes of assorted new toys to the local government recently.

These were received by Mayor Edwin Santiago and heads of offices in charge of the program City Legal Officer lawyer Atlee Viray and City Social Welfare and Development Officer Iris Biliwang.

29 Nov 2017 - Lubao bags second SGLG

PAMPANGA -- It’s a back-to-back win for the local government unit of Lubao as it bagged the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) anew.

In ceremonies held at the Manila Hotel Tent City, Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab, along with Lubao Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Edgar Dabu, Municipal Planning and Development Officer Engineer Dan Aquino, Local Government Operations Officer Annette Gulapa and Municipal Administrator Elizalde Bernal, received the award from the Department of Interior and Local Government.

29 Nov 2017 - Mayor sustains efforts to make San Fernando child-friendly

PAMPANGA -- In his aim to provide a safe environment to Fernandino youth, Mayor Edwin Santiago continues to implement programs that are geared towards making San Fernando child-friendly.

During the State of Children’s Report 2017 held at Heroes Hall Tuesday, Santiago bared to the public the programs dedicated to the Fernandino youth which he described as “faces of the New San Fernando.”

29 Nov 2017 - PDEA seized P84 million drugs in 1,916 operations

ANGELES CITY -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has arrested illegal drug personalities in 1,916 operations where some P84 million were seized.

PDEA Chief of Staff Irish Calaguas issued the statement following reports that the Philippine National Police (PNP) will be involved again in the war against drugs.

29 Nov 2017 - San Simon boosts drive vs non-communicable diseases

PAMPANGA -- For almost five years now, the local government here has boosted its efforts to provide assistance to hypertensive and diabetic individuals in this town.

This was reflective during the celebration of the fourth year anniversary of the Simonian Hypertensive Club and fifth year anniversary of the Simonian Diabetic Club where advocate Mayor Leonora Wong was present.

29 Nov 2017 - Dimson highlights unity in Guagua event

PAMPANGA -- Pampanga Second District Board Member Salvador Dimson, Jr. has called on residents and political leaders of this town to work for the common good and unite this Christmas season.

Dimson, who represented Governor Lilia Pineda in the ceremonial Christmas lantern lighting event here, said that the leaders of the town should draw inspiration from the Christmas lantern.

29 Nov 2017 - Snatching victim decries return of ‘riding-in-tandem’ robbers

MABALACAT CITY -- A victim of a recent snatching incident in this city has decried the prevalence of robbery incidents near a bus terminal in Barangay Dau here.

Journalist Minerva Zamora Arceo, who lost P3,100 cash, credit cards, identification cards and other valuables in a recent incident, said she was informed that several commuters and residents were victimized by robbers on board motorcycles or what the police call “riding in tandem.”

29 Nov 2017 - Torres leads ceremonial lighting of Guagua lanterns

PAMPANGA -- Guagua's Mayor Dante Torres led government officials, municipal employees and local residents in the lighting of the town's Christmas lanterns at the Plaza Burgos, a tradition that has been observed since 1995.

Torres led the early evening program on Tuesday at the Plaza Burgos Gazebo where 31 lanterns, symbolizing the town's 31 barangays were simultaneously lit along with the Christmas lights and dozens of other lanterns from the different business establishments of the town.

28 Nov 2017 - Relocation of Apalit public market eyed

PAMPANGA -- The local government of Apalit is looking into the possibility of relocating the public market just 500 meters away from its current location in the town’s intersection.

The proposal authored by Committee on Market and Slaughterhouse Chairman Councilor Edmon Simon was filed to move the decades-old public market to a bigger 6,000 square meter lot near its current location.

28 Nov 2017 - Medical company opens third branch in San Fernando

PAMPANGA -- Alphamed Medical Group Inc. opened its third branch in Pampanga located at B. Mendoza St. here, offering diagnostic laboratory services that are affordable and accurate.

The ribbon cutting was attended by Mayor Edwin Santiago and Alphamed doctors.

28 Nov 2017 - Apalit vendors oppose relocation of market

PAMPANGA -- The proposed relocation of the decades-old public market was slammed by the 200-strong vendors and stall owners during Monday’s public hearing held at the municipal covered court.

The group of vendors and stall owners led by their President Elvie Balboa expressed their strong opposition on the planned transfer of the public market some 500 meters away from its current location in the town’s intersection along MacArthur Highway.

28 Nov 2017 - Mercedes-Benz opens Clark office

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Mercedes-Benz Group Services Philippines Incorporated (MBGSP), a subsidiary of Daimler AG in Germany, on Tuesday, November 28, inaugurated its office inside the Freeport.

European Union Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen, who attended the launching on Tuesday, said that opening of Mercedes-Benz Clark office manifests the confidence of European firms to the Philippines.

28 Nov 2017 - Jetstar offers low-fare Clark-Singapore route

CLARK FREEPORT -- Travellers from Central and Northern Luzon and even Metro Manila now have low-fare options to fly direct to Singapore with Jetstar Asia’s new services in Clark International Airport.

This after the carrier’s inaugural flight which was celebrated in a ceremony held at Park Inn by Radisson Clark on Tuesday, November 28.

27 Nov 2017 - Masantol bags 1st DILG good governance award

PAMPANGA -- The local government here headed by Mayor Danilo Guintu successfully bagged its first Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) award from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) at the Grand Ballroom of the Manila Hotel recently.

Masantol secured the prestigious award after passing the standards set by DILG on proper financial administration, disaster preparedness, social protection, peace and order, business friendliness and competitiveness, environmental protection and management and promotion of tourism, culture and the arts.

27 Nov 2017 - San Simon steel plants under probe anew

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) started investigating over the weekend the high air pollution levels allegedly caused by the operations of three huge steel smelting plants located in Barangay San Isidro in this town.

The inspection, which started Friday, was personally ordered by DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu to prove the study released by a labor and environmental group accusing Wan Chiong Steel Corporation, Melters Steel Corporation, and Real Steel Corporation of being sources of air pollution which is detrimental to the environment and public health.

27 Nov 2017 - Pumping station gives Floridablanca villagers new hope

PAMPANGA -- Barangay Pabanlag’s population is but a shadow of its former 500-strong families that once settled in this remote mountain side village since the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo more than 25 years ago. Now, the village only has a few of its former residents left. Pabanlag village chief Ernesto Manasan said that this is about to change as development works that have been accorded the village would be a come on for former residents, now residing in resettlement sites, to come home.

The recent of which is a pumping station set up by the town’s water district.

27 Nov 2017 - Dimson hopeful on surface water as source for Pampanga supply

PAMPANGA -- Board Member Salvador Dimson (2nd District) had expressed hopes that the various water utilities in the province would exploit other sustainable means of water source stressing that surface water is among the possible sources.

Dimson, who represented Governor Lilia Pineda in an event of PrimeWater here, said that surface water poses less impact on the environment adding that ground water supply in some areas of the province is fast becoming difficult.

27 Nov 2017 - Korean national abducted in Angeles City rescued

PAMPANGA -- Members of the Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) rescued a Korean national abducted last Friday inside his residence in Balibago, Angeles City, Pampanga. PNP-AKG acting director Senior Supt.

Glenn Dumlao identified the South Korean as Lee Jung Dae, who was forcibly taken by three other Koreans identified as Cha Jae Young, Cha Dae Sun and Kim Min Kwan and Filipino Raymond Flores.

26 Nov 2017 - Central Luzon posts highest entry salary average in PH

PAMPANGA -- The Central Luzon job industry has posted a higher salary average for starting employees than that of the national average in the Philippines, a report from stated.

According to the 2017 Pampanga Report presented to local mediamen recently, the regional average for fresh graduates’ or those with less than one year of work experience, entry salary is almost two percent higher at P19,478 compared to the national average of P19,437.

26 Nov 2017 - Tourism office allots P6 million for trainings

PAMPANGA -- Department of Tourism-Central Luzon Director Carolina Uy said the agency has allotted P6 million for Central Luzon’s tourism frontliners from the private sector in 2018.

The budget, which will come from ABB Canada grants, will be used for the skills trainings of tourist guides, hotel and restaurant services personnel, travel and tours business owners and other members of the tourism industry.

26 Nov 2017 - AirAsia adds 3 domestic flights from Clark Airport

CLARK FREEPORT – AirAsia is flying to brand new destinations -- Iloilo, Tacloban, Puerto Princesa -- from Clark Airport in Pampanga starting next year.

The world’s best low cost carrier for nine consecutive years will begin to fly from Clark to Palawan, Iloilo, and Tacloban starting January 26, 2018 with introductory fares now on sale from as low as P990 only.

26 Nov 2017 - Digos is PDP-Laban’s official mayoralty bet

PAMPANGA -- Former San Simon three term mayor Rodrigo ‘Digos’ Canlas will be the official candidate of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban for this town’s local chief executive post should he finally decide to run in 2019.

The announcement was made by PDP-Laban Central Luzon chairperson Tito Mendiola as he spoke before officials of this town, both in the local government and barangay level, during a mass oath taking held recently.

26 Nov 2017 - Gawad Kalinga housing donor inspired on building dreams

ANGELES CITY -- A donor of three housing units to the Gawad Kalinga said he was inspired by the civic group's vision and mission of building dreams for the less fortunate members of the society.

Louie Reyes, an environmentalist and a former councilor of Angeles City, turned over to the beneficiary, an Aeta family, the house he donated at Sitio Monicayo, Barangay Calumpang, Mabalacat City last Saturday.

26 Nov 2017 - Mabalacat City gets DILG good governance award

MABALACAT CITY - This component city recently earned the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for implementing several programs.

Mayor Crisostomo Garbo said that city got the seal for embracing social protection, risk reduction, land use planning, business-friendly programs, transparency in the use of public funds, among others.

25 Nov 2017 - Guagua bags 3rd SGLG award

PAMPANGA -- Town Mayor Dante Torres received from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) this town's third Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) award at the Grand Ballroom of the Manila Hotel.

Torres joined other SGLG awardees from Pampanga during the awards ceremonies.

25 Nov 2017 - BIR: No Christmas break for tax evaders

PAMPANGA -- BIR RR-4 Director Jethro Sabarriaga said that surveillance of possible delinquent tax payers is currently ongoing.

He added that Oplan Kandado aims to weed out companies that do not pay proper taxes and level the business playing field in favor of businesses which are compliant with tax laws.

25 Nov 2017 - Pagcor eyes P61-billion revenue

CLARK FREEPORT -- Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) Chairperson Andrea “Didi” Domingo said the agency is projecting P61 billion income this year.

Domingo disclosed this during the formal launching of Aqua Planet, the biggest water theme park in the country situated inside a 10-hectare property in this Freeport.

25 Nov 2017 - 55 vehicles tested in DOE fuel eco-run

CLARK FREEPORT--- Some 55 vehicles of various brands were tested in this year’s fuel economy run of the Department of Energy (DOE)-Energy Utilization Management Bureau.

The participating vehicles consisted of sedans, service utility vehicles, multi-purpose vehicles, and pick-ups with 26 vehicles running on diesel and another 26 running on gasoline.

24 Nov 2017 - Mayor lauds Fernandino kids in Camp Bulilit

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Edwin Santiago lauded the 400 students from all day care centers and child development centers in 35 barangays of the City of San Fernando who participated in this year’s Camp Bulilit held at the Sindalan Sports Complex on November 23. “It is very important that we guide our children as they grow, so they will succeed.

The City Government believes that the new generation has the capability to further drive the city to growth in the future,” he said.

24 Nov 2017 - PrimeWater, CSFWD initiate non-revenue water drive

PAMPANGA -- Primewater City of San Fernando, in partnership with the City of San Fernando Water District (CSFWD), recently launched an initiative to combat Non-Revenue Water (NRW), improve operational efficiency, and increase customer satisfaction.

The campaign featured the first ever “Grand Walk the Line” on November 11, an intensive street-by-street night leak detection program that aims to protect water supply and manage water losses while also promoting the importance of water conservation among concessionaires of the city.

24 Nov 2017 - Carp MSMEs earn P2.2M in regional trade fair

PAMPANGA -- 76 micro and small enterprises (MSMEs) from Central Luzon earned some P2.2 million in sales during the recent Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (Carp) regional trade fair held at Robinsons Starmills in the City of San Fernando.

Organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Central Luzon, the trade fair, themed “Tangkilikin, Likhang ARBS ng Central Luzon,” aims to provide exposure for the products derived from agrarian communities, which will help achieve inclusive growth and improve the economy in the countryside.

24 Nov 2017 - Legarda: Fight violence vs women, children

ANGELES CITY -- In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25, Senator Loren Legarda said the battle to stop abuse against women and children is far from over.

In a press statement sent to SunStar Pampanga, the senator said that violence against women is one of the most pervasive human rights abuses in the country despite laws to prevent it.

24 Nov 2017 - Fernandina gets P100,000 shopping spree from SM, MasterCard

PAMPANGA -- Delia Alvarez of Barangay Sto. Niño, City of San Fernando, was SM City Pampanga’s first lucky winner of the SM Store’s Shop Your Way to a P100,000 shopping spree with MasterCard promotion.

Alvarez was welcomed by The SM Store officials with a short honor program and meet and greet with the local media.

24 Nov 2017 - Mabalacat City Government conducts surprise price monitoring

PAMPANGA -- The local government of Mabalacat, in cooperation with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), conducted a surprise visit to numerous supermarkets to monitor prices of basic commodities.

Mayor Crisostomo Garbo said the Public Market Administration Office and the DTI started the prices of goods to prevent overpricing by unscrupulous traders this Christmas season.

24 Nov 2017 - City of San Fernando holds Taxpayers Symposium

PAMPANGA -- The San Fernando City Government, through its City Treasurer’s Office, held the annual Taxpayers Symposium on November 23 at the Heroes Hall.

The activity was attended by business establishment owners and corporations in the City of San Fernando.

24 Nov 2017 - BIR meets with Customs officials on smuggling issues

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)-Revenue Region 4 Regional Director Jethro Sabariaga met with Bureau of Customs officials in Central Luzon to discuss possible ways of curbing smuggled goods that are cheating the country with supposed revenue from unpaid taxes.

The meeting came after the recent operations carried out by the BIR against cigarettes without necessary tax stamps in Nueva Ecija, as well as liquor confiscated from a warehouse in Angeles City.

23 Nov 2017 - BOTr launches 20th tranche of RT-bonds

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Treasury, together with its partners from the private sector, launched the 20th tranche of the Retail Treasury Bonds (RTBs) on Tuesday, November 21, at the Kingsborough Convention Center.

With theme “Magregalo ng Magandang Kinabukasan, RTBs para sa Maligayang Pasko,” the launching is perfect for individuals who wanted to give a “a secured and growing” gift to family members and friends in time for the holiday season.

23 Nov 2017 - Capitol honors slain Kapampangan cop

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga headed by Governor Lilia Pineda recognized the heroism of a slain cop assigned in Marawi City.

The governor along with Board Members Ananias Canlas, Jr., Pol Balingit and Fritzie David-Dizon presented the recognition to the kin of late Police Inspector Edwin Placido during the flag raising rites held at the Capitol Building, Monday, November 21.

23 Nov 2017 - Shelter kids treated at PH’s biggest water theme park

CLARK FREEPORT -- Hundreds of kids from three shelter homes in Pampanga are the first group to experience the world-class amenities and swimming pools inside the Aqua Planet, the country’s biggest water theme park situated inside the Freeport.

Dr. Irineo Alvaro, chairman of the Bridges and Benevolent Initiatives International (BBI) Foundation, said the children came from Duyan Ni Maria Children’s Home in Mabalacat City, International Children’s Care Philippines Foundation in Floridablanca town and Reception and Study Center for Children in Lubao town.

23 Nov 2017 - 100 marginalized Guaguaenos get P1-M livelihood Nego Trailers

PAMPANGA -- Some 100 marginalized residents of Guagua, Pampanga recently received a P1,000,000 livelihood assistance in form of Nego Trailers by the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole).

The provision of livelihood assistance was initiated by the Local Government of Guagua, through its Public Employment Service Office (Peso), and Dole Pampanga Field Office.

23 Nov 2017 - ‘Let us make our cities livable’ – cyclist

CLARK FREEPORT -- A cycling enthusiast has stress the importance of bicycles in order to have a clean air and livable cities.

Pio Fortuno Jr., head of the Tour of the Fireflies Clark organizing committee, reiterated this few days after the successful bike night ride event on November 18.

23 Nov 2017 - Mayor orders release of Angeles City workers’ bonuses

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has directed the Office of the City Treasurer to release the City Government employees’ 14th Month Pay starting on Thursday, November 23.

Pamintuan said that the bonuses will help the employees of the City Hall in planning ahead of the holiday season, and will aid them in financing their other expenses.

23 Nov 2017 - Pampanga tops PCSO IMAP in Northern, Central Luzon

PAMPANGA -- The Province of Pampanga bested other provinces in Northern and Central Luzon in distributing the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office’s (PCSO) Individual Medical Assistance Program (IMAP).

This was gleaned during the recent dialogue between the Provincial Government of Pampanga and PCSO officials held at Benigno Aquino Hall, here.

22 Nov 2017 - San Simon execs join PDP-Laban

PAMPANGA -- Local officials of this town led by Mayor Leonora Wong on Thursday were sworn in as the newest members of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) party at the Villa Teresa Function Hall.

Wong was joined by former three-term mayor Rodrigo Canlas, members of the Sangguniang Bayan and barangay captains, kagawads, secretaries, and lupon in the exclusive oath-taking ceremony for San Simon local officials.

22 Nov 2017 - Kapampangans bag top prizes in Brightleaf Journalism Awards

PAMPANGA -- Kapampangans and Kapampangan news outfits brought home some of the awards from this year’s 11th Bright Leaf Journalism Awards during ceremonies staged at Fairmont Hotel in Makati City.

Jasper Emmanuel Arcalas, who hails from Mabalacat City, won the Best Agriculture News Story (national) for his article “PHL Retraces Journey Toward Food Security” and Best Agriculture Feature Story (national) for his entry “Can a 13-year-old Manual Save PHL from Bird Flu?”

22 Nov 2017 - CILA to serve as nexus – new exec

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Investors and Locators Association (CILA) will continue to serve as the nexus or link between government entities and investors inside the Freeport.

Thus said Dr. Ireneo Alvaro who was voted as top director of the locators’ association last November 17 at the Widus Convetion Center here.

22 Nov 2017 - The Medical City Clark to open cancer center

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Medical City Clark is set to open the first cancer center in Central Luzon to serve the patients in the region.

Dr. Oliver Chan, medical director of TMC Clark, said the cancer center is one of the new projects of The Medical City Clark.

21 Nov 2017 - Officials, bizmen lead San Fernando interchange launch

PAMPANGA -- Officials and businessmen in Pampanga on Tuesday, November 21, led the opening of the new San Fernando interchange which is expected to ease traffic congestion in the area.

The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Corporation stated that motorists, commuters, and business owners in the City of San Fernando and other parts of Central Luzon can expect greater travel convenience with the opening of the expanded interchange.

21 Nov 2017 - Improvements of NLEX, SCTEX drive countryside growth

PAMPANGA -- The Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), the holding company of North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), is undertaking a massive enhancement program aimed to boost and accelerate Pampanga’s economic growth and development, MPTC President and CEO Rodrigo Franco announced.

Franco spoke during the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PamCham)’s 58th General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, November 21, at the LausGroup Event Centre, where he shared updates on the corporation’s various infrastructure projects.

21 Nov 2017 - DOTr, BCDA to review consortium proposal to develop Clark airport

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) have affirmed its receipt of the unsolicited proposal from the consortium formed by Filinvest Development Corporation (FDC), JG Summit Holdings Inc. and Changi Airport as its technical partner, for the long-term development of the Clark International Airport.

A statement sent to SunStar Pampanga stated that DOTr and BCDA will thoroughly review the legal, technical, and financial aspects of the proposal within a specified timeline and strict deadline based on the required processes and regulations.

21 Nov 2017 - 20 graduate from DOT’s skills program

PAMPANGA -- In an aim to further improve the tourism program in the region, the Department of Tourism (DOT)-Central Luzon recently sponsored a language proficiency skills program to tourism frontliners from the private sector.

The DOT has partnered with S&A Learning Solutions, a private educational institution, to teach basic Mandarin language to tourist guides and travel and tours business owners who provides service in the region.

21 Nov 2017 - Apaliteños get NegoKarts

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment Region (Dole)-Central Luzon in partnership with the local government here, recently awarded Negosyo sa Kariton (NegoKarts) to indigent but hard-working residents of this town.

Dole-Pampanga Field Officer Arlene Tolentino and Mayor Peter Nucom led the distribution of NegoKarts to 35 ambulant vendors whose main source of livelihoods are based on selling goods around Apalit.

21 Nov 2017 - Alviera increases Porac town development project to P100B

CLARK FREEPORT -- Alviera, the large-scale, mixed-use estate jointly being developed by Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) and Leonio Land Holdings, Inc. (LLHI), has announced the increase of its investment from P90 billion to P100 billion on its project in Porac town.

Alviera General Manager John Estacio disclosed this during the media forum of Pampanga Press Club dubbed News at Hues at Park Inn by Radisson Clark the other day.

21 Nov 2017 - Duman festival set on December 2

PAMPANGA -- Sta Rita's much awaited 15th Duman Festival will once again bring together Kapampangan food lovers in a night of cultural entertainment and wanton food tripping on December 2.

The event will be featuring food stalls that will be selling Kapampangan food and delicacies. The famed Duman will also be available for sale.

20 Nov 2017 - Cops gun down suspects in ex-councilor’s killing

PAMPANGA -- The suspects in the killing of former San Simon Councilor Emelito Yambao were killed in an armed encounter with police officers in this town.

The suspects were identified with their aliases “Umeng” and “Sonny”, who were both allegedly members of the notorious Arnold Balagtas gang, a motorcycle riding criminal group operating in the province.

20 Nov 2017 - San Fernando mayor receives Philhealth advocate award

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Edwin Santiago was recognized as Philhealth Advocate by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation-Central Luzon during the Performance Recognition and Awards Night on November 17 at the Widus Hotel, Clark Freeport.

Philhealth-Central Luzon Vice President Walter Bacareza said the awarding seeks to recognize the local government units (LGUs) and stakeholders who support and implement Philhealth programs.

20 Nov 2017 - Smelting plant upholds eco-friendly operations

PAMPANGA -- The Real Steel Corporation (RSC), a smelting plant located along Quezon Road here, on Monday, November 20, assured the public that its daily operations is anchored on all the environmental laws imposed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

This was amid the accusations hurled at RSC, along with four more steel mills in Pampanga, Metro Manila and Davao, by an environmental group, which alleged that the plants are violating various environmental laws.

20 Nov 2017 - DepEd says no announcement of 'walang pasok' this November

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday, November 20, clarified that there was no announcement regarding the suspension of classes on November 23, 24, and 27 being circulated by Facebook page “Walang Pasok Advisory,” nor is it associated with the page in any way.

DepEd encourages the public to be more vigilant against fake news and half-truths, and be more discerning of information that they accept and disseminate.

20 Nov 2017 - Capitol distributes P520,000 worth of educational assistance

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) distributed a total amount of P520,000 to Aeta scholars on Monday, November 20.

Governor Lilia Pineda led the distribution during the flag raising rites at the Capitol building along with board members Ananias Canlas, Jr, Pol Balingit, Benny Jocson, and Fritzie David-Dizon.

20 Nov 2017 - DENR bares plans on national climate change consciousness week

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here laid out its plans for building a more climate-resilient Central Luzon in line with the annual observance of the National Climate Change consciousness week this November 19 to 24, environment authorities said on Monday, November 20.

Francisco Milla, Jr., regional director of the DENR in Central Luzon said that November is a month not just to remember our departed loved ones during All Souls’ Day, but it is also a triple environmental celebration on Clean Air, National Environmental Awareness, and Climate Change Consciousness.

20 Nov 2017 - Torres joins boodle fight with Guagua jail inmates

PAMPANGA -- This town's Mayor Dante Torres recently visited the Guagua District Jail here to check on the status of the jail facility which is located at the heart of the town's emerging business district.

Torres joined the boodle fight with dozens of inmates from different areas of Pampanga who have been detained due to drug related cases.

19 Nov 2017 - Porac celebrates 12th Binulu Festival

PAMPANGA -- Aeta communities here led the celebration of the 12th Binulu Festival over the weekend.

The event highlighted performances and the lighting of the ceremonial cook-off for the longest line of dishes cooked using the Binulu method.

19 Nov 2017 - Mayor vows justice for slain former councilor

PAMPANGA -- “I will seek the justice deserved by a friend, a colleague and a dedicated public servant who lost his meaningful life to unscrupulous individuals.”

Thus said Mayor Leonora Wong referring to three-term councilor Emelito Yambao who was killed Thursday morning, November 16, by unidentified motorcycle-riding gunmen at his residence in Sitio Duyong, Barangay Concepcion here.

19 Nov 2017 - Australian found dead

ANGELES CITY -- An Australian national was found dead on Friday inside his condominium unit in Barangay Balibago, Angeles City.

Senior Superintendent Enrico Vargas, Officer-In-Charge of Angeles City police, identified the victim as Frederick Chaarles Abrey Lemmone, 71, an English teacher at Clark Institute of the Phlippines.

19 Nov 2017 - Old man shot dead

PAMPANGA -- A 79 year-old man was shot dead by two motorcycle-riding gunmen in Barangay Arenas here over the weekend.

Superintendent Samual Sevilla, this town's police chief, identified the victim as Emiliano Canlas, a resident here.

19 Nov 2017 - PopCom hosts film fest on issues, media

PAMPANGA -- The Commission on Population Region (Popcom) III office is set to conduct this year’s Regional Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) Film Festival awarding ceremony.

The awards are aimed at recognizing excellence in short filmmaking by 10 schools from Central Luzon.

18 Nov 2017 - LTO Angeles gets ‘physical’ on big clean up, sorting day

PAMPANGA -- The Land Transportation Office (LTO) Angeles City District Office, headed by Chief Transportation Regulatory Officer Aida Santiago, on Saturday got “physical” on their second quarter big clean-up and sorting day.

Santiago told SunStar Pampanga that the LTO Angeles City staff did rounds of exercises including runs at the Clark Parade Grounds around 6 a.m. before embarking on the regular big clean up and sorting day.

18 Nov 2017 - DOE to hold 2nd round of fuel eco run in Clark

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Energy (DOE) is set to hold another round of fuel economy run in Clark on November 20 to 21.

Now on its second year, the said activity primarily targets a 10-percent reduction in fuel consumption.

18 Nov 2017 - PCSO records P10-B increase on fund generation

ANGELES CITY -- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has recorded a 35 percent or P10-billion increase on its fund generation this year compared to last year.

This was learned from PCSO general manager Alexander Balutan who led other officials of the agency in Luzon during a meeting with Pampanga officials and newsmen men the other day.

18 Nov 2017 - Widus donates cooling fans, sports equipment to CLDRC

CLARK FREEPORT -- Widus Hotel and Casino led by its audit and compliance manager Beverly Anne Conde gave ten brand new electric cooling fans and various athletic equipment to the Central Luzon Drug Rehabilitation Center (CLDRC) last Wednesday, November 08.

“We hope these donations could better serve our community as we try to help make the patients’ stay more comfortable even in the simplest way,” Conde said.

17 Nov 2017 - Guv lauds PCSO for P1.27-B aid

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda on Friday, November 17, lauded the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) for providing P1.27 billion worth of medical assistance to more than 46,000 Kapampangans.

The governor extended her gratitude to the PCSO officials, headed by General Manager Alexander Balutan, during a press conference at the Benigno Aquino Hall here on Friday.

17 Nov 2017 - LSCW shelters oppressed, vulnerable Simonians

PAMPANGA -- A refuge for the needy and vulnerable Simonians.

This was the concept in mind of Mayor Leonora Wong when she thought of building the Local Support for Children and Women (LSCW) building in 2016.

17 Nov 2017 - CDC, Clark Water, Manila Water Foundation win ACES awards

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC), Clark Water Corporation (CWC) and Manila Water Foundation (MWF) were among the 20 Asian companies recognized during the Asia Corporate Excellence and Sustainability (ACES) awards organized by the MORS Group of Malaysia. The joint efforts of the state-owned firm, locator and a non-government organization to provide a potable water system for the Indigenous People in Central Luzon was recognized recently by an international group.

The potable water system project installed is located at the Clark sub zone.

17 Nov 2017 - Pampanga remains top BuB, LFP implementer in Central Luzon

PAMPANGA -- Pampanga is still the top implementer in Central Luzon of Bottom-Up Budgeting and other Locally Funded Projects as it stays on track to complete all projects from 2014-2017.

This, after local government units (LGUs) in the province committed to speed up the completion and full liquidation of various projects during the recent Stakeholders Forum.

17 Nov 2017 - Folks rescue, turnover eagles to DENR

PAMPANGA -- Concerned citizens in the towns of San Luis and City of San Fernando, both in Pampanga recently surrendered a juvenile crested serpent eagle (Spilornis cheela) and brahminy kite (Haliastur indus) to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in an effort to protect and save the lives of the bird species, environment officials here reported on Friday, November 17.

Fred Sadueste, chief of the DENR enforcement division, said that Jayson Ingal, a barangay chief in San Sebastian village in San Luis town turned over the female crested serpent eagle to DENR personnel while Donnie Regala from San Agustin village in the City of San Fernando handed over also the female brahminy kite to authorities in a separate event.

17 Nov 2017 - Kapampangan youth group raises funds for Marawi

PAMPANGA -- True to its vision of serving needy communities, the Rotary Club of Central Pampanga (RCCP) launched recently its t-shirt for a Cause program for the benefit of Maranaos affected by the Marawi siege.

Dubbed as “#OOTD with a Cause,” the project aims to raise funds to provide assistance in rebuilding the former war-stricken Marawi City and its people.

16 Nov 2017 - Ex-councilor shot dead in San Simon

PAMPANGA -- A former three-term councilor of this town was shot by still unidentified suspects in broad daylight Thursday, November 16, in Barangay Concepcion.

The victim identified as Emelito Yambao, 56, was allegedly shot in his residence by two gunmen riding a motorcycle around 9 a.m. in Sitio Duyong of the said village.

16 Nov 2017 - Rotary Club of San Fernando celebrates 68th anniversary

PAMPANGA -- The Rotary Club of San Fernando (Pampanga) on Wednesday marked its 68th Charter Anniversary with a night of fellowship and recognition for its active members who committed themselves to putting “service above self.”

With more than a hundred Rotarians and guests in attendance, the celebration was highlighted by the awarding of plaques of appreciation to past presidents who have devoted years of serving the community and leading the club and its members in promoting valuable projects and programs aligned with the rotary’s mission of creating lasting change.

16 Nov 2017 - Government keen on producing good-quality cacao beans

PAMPANGA -- An official of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Thursday, November 16, said that the government is more focused on ensuring that planted cacao seedlings will be of good quality.

During the opening of the Cacao Luzon Link Congress, DA Undersecretary Evelyn Laviña said that the government is now identifying highly-capable farmers who can ensure that they can grow the plants as beneficiaries of the certified seedlings distributed by the agency.

16 Nov 2017 - BCDA to partner with power firm on management system

PAMPANGA -- The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) signed an agreement with the Kepco Philippines Corporation (Kephilco) for the conduct of a feasibility study on the development of a Smart City energy management system in New Clark City. Signatories of the deal were BCDA president and chief executive officer (CEO) Vivencio Dizon and Kephilco president and CEO Jae Han Go.

The signing was witnessed by Kephilco general manager Choi San Jae and BCDA corporate planning officer Raul Buensalida.

16 Nov 2017 - Police file raps against militant leader

PAMPANGA -- Authorities formally pressed charges against Ambala chapter leader, Florida Sibayan following her arrest on November 15 after throwing rocks at the phalanx of anti-riot policemen causing the injury of two police officers at the RCBC Compound, Barangay Balete, Tarlac City.

Cases filed against Sibayan along with one John Doe and one Jane Doe were two counts for direct assault and two counts for serious disobedience and resistance to an agent or persons in authority.

16 Nov 2017 - City College of San Fernando marks 9th year

PAMPANGA -- The City College of San Fernando, Pampanga (CCSFP) is celebrating its 9th Foundation Anniversary from November 16 to 18 with the theme “CCSFP Siyam a Banwa: Panibayung Paintungulan.”

Mayor Edwin Santiago, together with Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, kicked off this year’s celebration through a parade at the city’s downtown streets which was followed by a thanksgiving mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral.

15 Nov 2017 - Bondoc likely bet for guv in 2019

CLARK FREEPORT -- What has long been rumored might, in fact, be reality.

This, as PDP-Laban Central Luzon Chairman Tito Mendiola said last Friday during the forum of the Capampangan in Media Inc., (CAMI) here, that Pampanga Fourth District Representative Juan Pablo Bondoc will most probably be the party's official candidate in the 2019 gubernatorial race.

15 Nov 2017 - Ferrari celebrates 70th anniversary at Pradera

PAMPANGA -- Enthusiasts of Ferrari cars in the country over the week celebrated the car brand’s 70th anniversary, capping their three-day motorcade caravan all the way from Baguio to Pradera Verde in Barangay Prado Siongco here.

Among the 150 Ferrari cars, five cars motored to Lubao to end their anniversary celebration into a lunch hosted by Liza Pineda, daughter of Governor Lilia Pineda.

15 Nov 2017 - Masantoleños go ‘bayanihan’ to save community

PAMPANGA -- Due to the coastal nature of Masantol town, it is always prone and threatened by strong tropical cyclones, typhoons, and storm surges. Masantol is located at the southern most part of Pampanga and is surrounded by the Pampanga River.

Its tail barangay, Sapang Kawayan, is considered the boundary of the Rio Grande de Pampanga and the Manila Bay.

15 Nov 2017 - Cycling group urges CDC to construct bike lanes

CLARK FREEPORT -- An environment and cycling advocacy group has urged the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) to construct bike lanes inside the Freeport.

The Fireflies Brigade, organizer of the Tour of the Fireflies Clark, said bike lanes will allow both bike enthusiasts and employees who go to work on their bikes safe rides and easy access of the Freeport.

15 Nov 2017 - Folks plant trees at Mt. Arayat

PAMPANGA -- The local government here, led by Mayor Emmanuel “Bon” Alejandrino, recently held its annual tree planting activity in Mount Arayat.

Alejandrino, together with municipal employees, barangay officials and health workers, planted more than 100 seedlings around Mt. Arayat as part of the local government’s reforestation program.

15 Nov 2017 - Lawmaker asks Trudeau to bring back home trash

CLARK FREEPORT -- Anakpawis party-list Ariel Casilao has called on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to expedite the return of about 103 containers of trash back in Canada which have been shipped to the Philippines four years ago. “We welcome the effort of the President in raising the issue PM Trudeau, who committed to President (Rodrigo) Duterte that his government is finding a solution to address the issue.

We hope that the solution would be soon because these waste that have been here for several years might pose health issues in the long run even if it is properly treated”, Casilao said.

14 Nov 2017 - EMB cites poultry farm for ‘foul odor’

PAMPANGA -- A poultry farm located in San Simon was recently served with a notice of violation from the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for allegedly violating the environmental code.

D’ Meter Fields Corporation, located along Quezon Road in Barangay San Pablo here, is allegedly always a subject of complaint by residents living near the poultry farm for releasing foul odor, the EMB said.

14 Nov 2017 - Arroyo calls for strong PH-Cambodia tourism cooperation

CLARK FREEPORT -- Former President and Pampanga Second District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo called for stronger tourism cooperation between the Philippines and Cambodia. “We call for the implementation program of the Philippine-Cambodia Tourism Cooperation 2016-2020. The joint tourism programs aims to revitalize tourism industries between the two countries.

One of the program’s priority is establishment of direct flights from Manila to Cambodia’s capital of Phnom Penh and also Siem Reap,” she said during the welcome dinner she hosted for Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi.

14 Nov 2017 - PDEA, Marina tie up vs illegal drugs

ANGELES CITY -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) has forged a partnership to prevent the entry of illegal drugs into the country.

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino yesterday met with Marina Director Marcial Amaro III and discussed the two agency’s partnership in the war against illegal drugs.

14 Nov 2017 - BCDA accepts MTD Capital Berhad proposal

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) has given Original Proponent Status (OPS) to MTD Capital Berhad for the development of a 60-hectare portion of the National Government Administrative Center (NGAC) in New Clark City, amounting to P12.7 billion.

The issuance of a Certificate of Successful Negotiation that confers the OPS to MTD Capital Berhad also signals the opening of the competitive (Swiss) challenge for the said development.

14 Nov 2017 - OFWs, students benefit from village Wi-Fi project

ANGELES CITY -- Overseas Filipino workers and students of Barangay Balibago here have been benefiting from the high-speed internet connection.

Balibago Chairman Rodelio Mamac said the barangay’s second Wi-Fi connection with an average speed of 140 Mbps (download) and 120 Mbps (upload) was installed at Sitio Hadrian 3.

14 Nov 2017 - Robinsons Starmills lights up giant Christmas tree

PAMPANGA -- The holiday cheer is on at the Robinsons Starmills San Fernando as it lighted up its giant Christmas tree at the mall atrium over the weekend.

The lighting up of the 25-foot tall Christmas tree adorned with sparkling blue, white and green ribbons, wreaths and balls marked the start of the Yuletide season in the “Home of Kapampangan Festivals.”

14 Nov 2017 - SM City Clark unveils giant Disney centerpiece

CLARK FREEPORT -- SM City Clark joined various SM Supermalls all over the country in the grand unveiling and lighting of their Olaf’s Frozen Christmas Adventure centerpiece highlighting their Yuletide theme this year “We love Disney” Christmas Campaign. SM North Luzon IV Assistant Vice President Junias Eusebio said that SM started the Disney inspired Christmas themes in 2015.

For SM Clark, the inspiration is drawn from Olaf and Sven, two of the latest iconic Disney characters that are related to the Yuletide celebration for children who grew up watching Disney movies.

14 Nov 2017 - Myanmar wants more investments from PH

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Republic of the Union of Myanmar is looking forward to more Philippine investments on energy and agriculture. “Philippines and Myanmar have very long standing relations since 1950s. So we want Filipino businessmen to come to Myanmar to invest particularly in energy and agriculture.

We have initial discussions,” Myanmar Ambassador to the Philippines Win Naing said in an interview during Saturday’s welcome dinner for State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen that was hosted by former President and Pampanga Second District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

14 Nov 2017 - Alejandrino calls for support for Arayeteño Miss Global bet

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Emmanuel Alejandrino on Monday, November 13, asked Kapampangans to support Arayateño Mary Ann Mungcal who is vying for the Miss Global International 2017 crown.

Mungcal, who hails from Barangay San Nicolas in this town, is representing the Philippines in the international competition to be held in Cambodia.

14 Nov 2017 - 11 Leaders of Asean member-states, dialogue partners arrive in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- A total of 11 leaders of Asean member-states and dialogue partners arrived in the country via Clark International Airport over the weekend.

Among the member-states who were given a festive welcome by approximately 1,400 students include Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, Lao PDR Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

14 Nov 2017 -DILG exec lauds arrest of gun ban violator

PAMPANGA -- Officer-in-Charge Catalino Cuy of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) lauded alert members of Task Group (TG) Central Luzon for arresting a man in Angeles City, Pampanga, for violating the gun ban being implemented as part of the tight security measures for the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit.

Citing a report submitted to him, Cuy says elements of TG Central Luzon led by Police Chief Inspector Dennis Duran were conducting a security inspection around 4:20 p.m. of November 9 in Clark Freeport Zone when they noticed a black sling bag under the flooring of a brown Mitsubishi Montero with plate number RMU 981.

14 Nov 2017 - Floridablanca town’s most wanted nabbed

PAMPANGA -- Police operatives arrested the number one most wanted person in Floridablanca town during a manhunt operation in Barangay Poblacion, Floridablanca, Pampanga, last Sunday, November 12.

Operatives of the Floridablanca Municipal Police Station arrested Jenno Manuel y Manalang, 26 years old, single and resident of Purok 3, Barangay Solib, Floridablanca by virtue of an Alias Warrant of Arrest issued by Judge Jonel S. Mercado of Regional Trial Court-Branch 52, Guagua, Pampanga for the crime of rape with no bail recommended.

14 Nov 2017 - The era of ultra lights now in Pampanga

ANGELES CITY -- Good things are happening in Pampanga tourism.

One such site of activity is the Pradera Verde complex in Barangay Prado Songco where the vast potential tourism site is situated, featuring, among others, a first class golf course, wakeboarding, (future flying site for ultralight and light sport aircraft), a clubhouse and soon, a motor racing oval where local and international racers will participate.

13 Nov 2017 - Angeles City holds first rescue olympics

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (ACDRRMO) spearheaded this city’s first rescue olympics held last Friday, November 10, at the City College of Angeles covered court.

ACDRRMO Chief Francis Pangilinan said that the olympics is a convergence of all barangay-based DRRMCs in line with the Executive Order No. 35 signed by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.

13 Nov 2017 - Civil service exam set on March 18

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has set its next examination on March 18, 2018 at its testing centers in Central Luzon.

This was learned from CSC Pampanga Field Office Director Dulce Cochon during the Talk Widus media forum of the Pampanga Press Club (PPC) at the Widus Hotel and Casino.

13 Nov 2017 -

Jehovah's Witness to hold another assembly in Tarlac PAMPANGA -- The Jehovah's Witness is set to hold another assembly in Tarlac on November 19 in Col.

Jesus Lapus Memorial Sports Complex located at Conception Tarlac. Admission is free and no collection are taken. Doors will open at 7:00 a.m.

13 Nov 2017 - 500 workers receive financial assistance

PAMPANGA -- A total of 500 beneficiaries of Tulong Hanapbuhay Para sa Disadvantage Workers (TUPAD) received their salaries amounting to 3,800 during the TUPAD “Salary Distribution” on November 10 at the Heroes Hall.

Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Pampanga Field Office Labor and Employment Officer Arlene Castillo and PESO Manager Donny Sayre led the salary distribution.

12 Nov 2017 - San Fernando mayor inaugurates completed village projects

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Edwin Santiago on Friday led the blessing and inauguration of newly completed projects in Barangay Saguin.

The projects include the improvement and construction of a multi-purpose building, improvement and concreting of roads, construction of slope protection and the installation of street lights.

12 Nov 2017 - Angeles City Council airs support to Mayor Pamintuan

ANGELES CITY -- Members of the City Council has expressed support to Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan whom they said has initiated the anti-drugs program in the city.

In their statement of support, the city councilors stated that they “have witnessed Pamintuan’s efforts in support of the Duterte administration’s fight against corruption, criminality, and the use, abuse and proliferation of illegal drugs.

12 Nov 2017 - PWD bus driver gets more than P500,000 separation pay

PAMPANGA -- Bus driver Emilio Serrano was a happy man after receiving his P570,008.27 separation pay through the help of the Department of Labor and Employment's (Dole) Single Entry Approach.

Also dubbed “SEnA,” the Single Entry Approach is an inexpensive flagship program of the Department which speeds up the resolution of labor disputes between labor and management.

12 Nov 2017 - Farmers to join protest vs Trump visit

CLARK FREEPORT -- Farmers from Central Luzon and other parts of the country will join a series of protest the Bagong Alyansang Makbayan (Bayan) has set against the visit of US President Donald Trump in the country.

“Trump’s visit is bad news especially to poor countries. He’s the number one sales agent not only of one-sided economic policies that further brought sufferings to the people of third world countries like the Philippines but also of unjust wars to countries that defy its hegemony and asserting its own sovereignty,” Anakpawis Partylist Representative Ariel Casialo said.

11 Nov 2017 - PDEA chief: Narco list came from task force

CLARK FREEPORT -- Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron Aquino has denied reports that the list of narco-politicians came from his agency.

Aquino’s office issued the statement in response to a news report that quoted Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) officer-in- charge Catalino Cuy as saying that the list came from PDEA.

11 Nov 2017 - 2,000 San Simonian students get cash grants

PAMPANGA -- Around 2,000 marginalized but deserving Simonian youth were given the chance to pursue higher education as the Municipal Government of San Simon released on Friday their annual scholarship grants.

Mayor Leonora Wong, who personally led the distribution of financial grants, said that the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) keenly selected the beneficiaries to ensure that the most deserving ones will receive assistance.

11 Nov 2017 - Masantol town to get P500-million bridge

PAMPANGA -- Barangays or villages in the left bank portion of Masantol will soon have easier access going to the town proper after the construction of a P500-million bridge in Barangay Bebe Anac here.

According to Fourth District Representative Juan Pablo “Rimpy” Bondoc, the one-kilometer bridge project is expected to connect at least six barangays in the left bank portion of this town, as well as several villages in adjacent Bulacan province.

10 Nov 2017 - P15.5-B Asean Summit funds ‘insult’ to 22M poor Filipinos

CLARK FREEPORT – Anakpawis Party-list Representative Ariel “Ka Ayik” Casilao lashed on the Duterte administration for spending P15.5-billion for the 2017 Association of Southeast Asian Nation Leader’s Summit on November 10 to 14.

“It is immoral to allot a wasteful budget for this meeting for foreign visitors, when millions of Filipinos are leaving in misery and poverty,” Casilao said in a statement.

10 Nov 2017 - DepEd to hold 1st regional ICT summit

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Education Regional Office (DepEd)-Central Luzon will host its first ever Regional ICT Summit on Friday, November 10, at the LausGroup Event Centre.

With the theme “Digital Transformation of the KID (K to 12 + ALS, ICT, DepEd), the regional summit shall bring together ICT practitioners, policy makers, achievers in ICT education and implementation, and other stakeholders and provide ideal platforms to discuss innovations in education, enrich teaching and learning, build capacities for effective school and office management, and share top education resources.

10 Nov 2017 - Angeles mayor: No truth to drugs issue

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan vehemently protested his inclusion in a list released by the National Police Commission (Napolcom) of local officials stripped of police control because of alleged involvement in drugs.

"It is an utterly absurd charge, and I challenge the Napolcom to immediately file charges against me if it has an iota of evidence that I am involved in drugs," Pamintuan said.

10 Nov 2017 - 2018 is Visit Pampanga year

CLARK FREEPORT -- A group of travel agents has initiated a tourism program dubbed “Visit Pampanga 2018” in a bid to promote the province including its rich culture.

Bessie Rustia, organizer of Balik Pinas, Balik Saya tourism program and owner of Creative Travel and Tours International, said the project will complement other projects of the Department of Tourism including the Bring Home A Friend.

9 Nov 2017 - PELCO I, AES PH break ground for Knowledge Center building

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (PELCO I) in partnership with AES-Philippines-MPPCL, an electric power producer with a plant in Masinloc, Zambales broke ground and laid a time capsule recently for the soon to be constructed Knowledge Center Building at Barangay Sto. Domingo, this town.

The said edifice once completed, shall house several classrooms, livelihood and skills training facilities, laboratories, a fitness and wellness center, a multi-purpose hall, a library and a museum.

9 Nov 2017 - Tarlac to host 4th event suppliers’ ball in Central Luzon

PAMPANGA -- The province of Tarlac is set to host the first and only Event Suppliers’ Ball on November 28.

Now on its fourth year, the social ball aims to unite and create camaraderie among event suppliers from all over the region, said Central Luzon Event Suppliers’ President and owner of Flowers and Beyond Aris Santos.

8 Nov 2017 - Masantol village eyed as bamboo hub

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Danilo Guintu of this town said that the coastal village of Sagrada here is being eyed as a bamboo hub and an eco-tourism destination.

Guintu, together with residents, students and teachers, Parish Pastoral Council members and members of the the police force, planted around 500 bamboo seedlings in a vacant lot at the back of Tarik Suliman High School and the Municipal Hall Annex along the Pampanga Delta Dike.

8 Nov 2017 - PDEA exec: Central Luzon ‘very challenging’ region

CLARK FREEPORT -- An official of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has described Central Luzon as a “very challenging” region in terms of drugs.

Joseph Latip, PDEA Central Luzon director, disclosed during a media forum dubbed Talk Widus hosted by the Pampanga Press Club (PPC) here that the region was previously used as a manufacturing, transhipment point and consuming site of illegal drugs.

8 Nov 2017 - Slain Kapampangan cop gets hero’s welcome

PAMPANGA -- Inspector Edwin Placido, the Kapampangan police officer killed during the Marawi siege, received a hero’s welcome from the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Luzon last Tuesday, November 7.

Placido, who served as deputy police chief of then embattled Marawi City, was one of the two Kapampangan police officers killed by ISIS-inspired Maute group during their initial clash between government troops.

8 Nov 2017 - 4 compete in 2017 Belenismo sa Tarlac tilt

PAMPANGA -- Some 44 participants joined this year 10th Belenismo sa Tarlac competition.

Dr. Isa Cojuangco-Suntay, chair of the Tarlac Heritage Foundation said that as of Monday, there were 44 entries of "belens" from the different towns of Tarlac province.

8 Nov 2017 - WMRI launches ‘my heart, your heart’

MABALACAT CITY -- The World Medical Relief, Inc. (WMRI) recently launched “My Heart, Your Heart” in Southfield, Michigan here as part of the group’s outreach program.

According to WMRI volunteer Noel Tulabut, “My Heart, Your Heart” is a joint initiative by medical experts, health institutions and patrons of charity that could help save thousands of heart patients all over the globe.

8 Nov 2017 - CCA bests PH’s ‘biggest’ private schools in JPIA nat’l competition

ANGELES CITY -- Students of the City College of Angeles (CCA) taking up Accounting Technology won big time in various categories during the National Mid-Year Competition of Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants held recently in Plaza del Norte, Ilocos Norte. CCA bested all schools, both public and private, offering accountancy programs in the Philippines, and emerged as champion under the General Information Quiz Bee.

The group is comprised of John Cyril Rivera, Christopher Mendoza and Cris John Baquing.

8 Nov 2017 - Pampanga bags 3rd CWM regional poster making contest title

PAMPANGA -- Mark Jerome Vidal of San Juan High School gave Pampanga its third consecutive Consumer Welfare Month Regional Poster Making Contest title.

The Grade 10 student bested six other participants and took home the P20,000 cash prize and P5,000 worth of gift certificates.

7 Nov 2017 - Aetas in Angeles to be sent home

ANGELES CITY -- A group of Aetas that settled under the Abacan Bridge in Barangay Balibago here will be sent home to Santa Juliana, Patling in Tarlac and Zambales.

Tony Mamac, chairman of Barangay Balibago, said the Aeta settlers are not safe along the Abacan River during heavy rains because of lateral erosions.

7 Nov 2017 - 8th Pampanga Negosyo Center opens in Sto. Tomas

PAMPANGA -- Despite being the smallest town in the province, Sto. Tomas went ahead of other Pampanga municipalities in opening up its Negosyo Center in an aim to assist local micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs).

Last Friday, November 3, the local government here together with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Central Luzon led the opening of the facility located at the municipal hall which is expected to assist at least 100 businesses in town.

7 Nov 2017 - San Fernando celebrates Children’s month

PAMPANGA -- To further promote and protect the rights of children, the City Government of San Fernando through its Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) kicked off its celebration of Children’s Month 2017 on Monday, November 6.

Mayor Edwin Santiago led the unveiling of calendar of activities anchored on the theme “Bata’y Arugain, Karapatan Pangalagaan at Pagyamanin tungo sa Kinabukasang Maningning.”

7 Nov 2017 - CSFWD, PrimeWater break ground for expansion project

PAMPANGA -- The City of San Fernando Water District (CSFWD), in partnership with Primewater Infrastructure Corporation (Primewater), led the ground-breaking ceremonies for additional pipelines in Barangay Maimpis here on Tuesday, November 7.

The event was attended by officials of the water district led by Director Jose Tulio and General Manager Jorge Gumba as well as Prime Water officials led by branch manager Jan Canlas and Barangay officials present during the event.

7 Nov 2017 - Lantern master says innovation to propel industry in San Fernando

PAMPANGA -- Master lantern maker Roland Quiambao said more innovation is needed to meet the challenges of the local economy, and to transform the local San Fernando lantern as more than just a Christmas decoration.

Quiambao said that the Metro Manila market alone could not be saturated by all lantern makers and companies in Pampanga combined.

7 Nov 2017 - Robinsons Angeles kicks off Christmas season

ANGELES CITY -- With just 47 days before Christmas, officials of Robinsons Angeles over the weekend lighted up its giant Christmas tree located at the mall facade to usher in the Yuletide season.

The annual tradition of lighting up the 14-foot Christmas tree with glittery decors and sparkling lights kicked-off the festive activities lined-up by the mall management to the delight of its loyal shoppers.

6 Nov 2017 - Kidnapped boy rescued in Quezon City

PAMPANGA -- The one-year-old boy allegedly kidnapped by his supposed mother’s friend was rescued by local authorities here on Monday morning in Quezon City.

This city’s chief of police Superintendent Roland Agohob said the child, whose name was withheld, was rescued in Pasong Tamo, Quezon City after authorities successfully traced the location of the suspect.

6 Nov 2017 - British-Filipina beauty is new Mutya ning Angeles

ANGELES CITY -- This city’s grandest and highly anticipated beauty pageant concluded with the crowning of the new Mutya ning Angeles (MNA), November 3 at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Complex (AUF-SCC).

Angela Maria Robson of Barangay Malabanias was adjudged as the newest queen to belong to the long roster of MNA royalties.

6 Nov 2017 - Police: No imminent threat for Asean Summit 2017

PAMPANGA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said there is no imminent threat for the Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit 2017 which is scheduled next week.

Despite this, PNP Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa, in a report by Radyo Pilipinas, said the entire police force is on full alert starting November 8 to 15.

6 Nov 2017 - ‘King of Romance’ concert in Pampanga first in Central Luzon

PAMPANGA -- The upcoming concert of Engelbert Humperdinck at the LausGroup Event Centre in this city on November 23 will be first for the "King of Romance" in Pampanga, or for that matter in Central Luzon.

Corporate Guarantee and Insurance Company (CGIC), one of the top performing non-life insurance companies in the Philippines, presents the concert, along with RW 95.1 FM and Sun.Star Pampanga, in partnership with Ovation Productions.

6 Nov 2017 - Mayor: Children are faces of ‘New San Fernando’

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Edwin Santiago of this capital city yesterday cited the role of Fernandino youth in creating a green, smart and liveable city in the concept of “New San Fernando.”

Speaking before members of the Local Council for Protection of Children and media men during the launch of Children’s Month yesterday, Santiago said that the children are one of the primary components in building the “dream city” as they are the ones bringing fresh and new ideas.

6 Nov 2017 - Pampanga to host Cacao Link Luzon Congress

PAMPANGA -- The Cacao Council in Central Luzon on Monday, November 6, said that the Province of Pampanga will host this year’s Cacao Link Luzon Congress.

The Cacao Link Luzon Congress is set at Kingsborough International Convention Center here on November 16 to 17.

6 Nov 2017 - Angeleñas name Pamintuan ‘Father of Mutya ning Angeles’

ANGELES CITY -- Past and current winners of the Mutya ning Angeles (MNA) reunited on November 3 at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Complex (AUF-SCC) to celebrate the 25th founding year of the beauty pageant.

The “reunion” show, which was graced by MNA winners from 1993 to 2016, highlighted a special tribute to Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan naming him as the “Father of Mutya ning Angeles.”

6 Nov 2017 - Drug peddler nabbed in Pampanga drug bust

PAMPANGA -- A drug peddler who attempted to evade arrest fell in the hands of agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Central Luzon in a drug sting along MacArthur Highway, Barangay Dolores City of San Fernando, Pampanga, on Sunday, November 5.

In a report submitted to PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino, PDEA-Central Luzon Director Joseph CLadip identified the suspect as William Gonzales, 36, male, and a resident of Barangay San Antonio, Mexico.

6 Nov 2017 - Jehovah's Witnesses assembly at LausGroup Event Centre set

PAMPANGA -- Over 2,000 members of Jehovah's Witnesses from Pampanga Circuit No.1-A will hold their Circuit Assembly at the LausGroup Event Centre in City of San Fernando on Sunday, November 12, 2017.

The program with theme "Don't Give up on Doing What is Fine" has been designed to help each other in giving serious attention in doing what is fine.

6 Nov 2017 - Yuletide delicacy traditions on the decline

PAMPANGA -- While many people build up on commercialized foodstuff, delicacy merchants here are lamenting over the gradual “falling out of love” of locals with traditional food delicacies.

“People are no longer craving for the food that we served long ago. They would rather buy those foodstuff filled with preservatives than cook the food that we traditionally prepare during Christmas,” said Nimfa Manalo, proprietor of Nimfa’s Deli here.

5 Nov 2017 - Lawmaker says Asean Summit a chance to showcase PH growth

PAMPANGA -- With the expected arrival of world leaders in the country for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit next week, 4th District Representative Juan Pablo Bondoc said the Philippine government will have the chance to showcase its growth and potential to other countries.

He said this would be an opportunity for Philippine products, services and talents to take center stage.

5 Nov 2017 - Engelbert Humperdinck to perform in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Remember “Release Me,” “Quando, Quando, Quando,” “The Way It Used To Be,” and “After The Loving”?

Now, you can hear them live and go back through time as international music legend Engelbert Humperdinck performs live at the LausGroup Event Centre at Laus Group Complex, Jose Abad Santos Avenue on November 23, courtesy of Corporate Guarantee and Insurance Company (CGIC) in partnership with Ovation Productions.

5 Nov 2017 - Boy kidnapped by 'aunt'

PAMPANGA -- A one-year-old boy in Sta. Rita town was allegedly kidnapped by his mother’s friend in a mall in this city on Friday, November 3.

Superintendent Roland Agohob, this city’s acting chief of police, said the mother, Chesser Sunga, brought the boy to the mall. They were with the suspect identified as Glorybell Bautista.

5 Nov 2017 - 20 Mabalacat PWDs complete sewing course

MABALACAT CITY -- Some 20 persons with disabilities (PWDs) have completed a 17-day high-speed sewing course.

This was learned from Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PWDAO) head by Michael Miranda.

5 Nov 2017 - Duman festival set in December

PAMPANGA -- Tourists and food lovers will again troop to Sta Rita for the upcoming Duman Festival this December at the EcoPark.

The event will highlight performances from homegrown Kapampangan artist group Arti.StaRita.

4 Nov 2017 - 1st PH Tourism Industry Awards set Nov. 7

PAMPANGA -- In a bid to promote and further develop the tourism industry in the country, the United Stars Events and Exhibitions Corporation (USEEC) organized the first Philippine Tourism Industry Awards on November 7.

The Philippine Tourism Industry Awards is the first award-giving event for general tourism that will recognize individuals, organizations and business establishments with significant contributions to the overall tourism activities in the Philippines, said USEEC President Tommy Cruz, Jr.

4 Nov 2017 - NAIA-Clark dual airport policy viable – CIAC exec

CLARK FREEPORT – A top official of the Clark International Airport (CRK) said the airport’s 282 flights weekly has proven the viability of President Duterte’s Dual Airport Policy.

Alexander Cauguiran, Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) officer-in-charge, said the increasing flights of major airlines here confirms the viability of the National Government’s plan for Clark Airport and Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) dual airport scheme.

4 Nov 2017 - JAL executive eyes Clark-Narita flights

CLARK FREEPORT -- An official of the Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced the possibility that the Japanese carrier will mount Clark to Narita flights.

Kazuhiro Ishida, JAL country manager to the Philippines, said his management team is impressed with the potential of Clark International Airport (CRK).

4 Nov 2017 - Agri chief: Population growth threatens food security

PAMPANGA -- Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol expressed his worry that the country's population growth may prove to be a setback to the food sufficiency targets in the long run.

"Even if the country achieves rice sufficiency by the Year 2020 as programmed, maintaining the level of food security will be fleeting and temporary unless the massive population growth is checked," Piñol said on his Facebook page.

3 Nov 2017 - Macabebe tops in aquaculture, says mayor

PAMPANGA -- Macabebe Mayor Annette Flores Balgan disclosed on Friday that the municipality remains to be the center of aquaculture production in Pampanga province.

“This is just to set the record straight that we are the top producer of shrimps, bangus, tilapia and crabs in Pampanga,” Balgan said.

3 Nov 2017 - Clark airport officials welcome Jetstar’s Clark-Singapore flights

CLARK FREEPORT -- Officials of Clark International Airport Corporation have welcomed the Clark-Singapore flights of Jetstar Asia described as a big boost to the operation of the airport.

Jetstar will start its new direct service to Singapore from Clark International Airport (CRK), which is now the country’s new gateway serving northern Metro Manila and Central and Northern Luzon on November 28.

3 Nov 2017 - Couple found dead inside bathroom in Angeles City

PAMPANGA -- A couple suspected to be drug personalities was found dead in their house at Savannah Greenplains Subdivision, Barangay Cuayan, Angeles City on Thursday.

Senior Superintendent Enrico Vargas, Angeles City police officer-in-Charge, identified the fatalities as Asis Pumbaya, 27, and his wife Normalia, 29.

3 Nov 2017 - H&M committed to environment protection

PAMPANGA -- Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), a Swedish clothing-retail company is committed to reduce the environmental impact of the fashion industry by limiting the amount of waste ending up in landfills.

This was learned from Dan Mejia, head of H&M Philippines Communications and Press, during the launching of the firm’s branch at SM City Pampanga yesterday.

2 Nov 2017 - Official: Undas in Pampanga generally peaceful

PAMPANGA -- The observance of All Saints’ Day in Pampanga was generally peaceful, said Pampanga Police Provincial Office Director Senior Superintendent Joel Consulta on Thursday, November 2.

According to Consulta, no untoward incidents or illegal activities related to All Saints’ Day were recorded by the Pampanga police for the whole day November 1.

2 Nov 2017 - Nueva Ecija market vendor crowned Reyna ng Palengke 2017

PAMPANGA -- The Federation of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Accredited Consumer Organizations (Fedacor) in Central Luzon and the DTI recently crowned Rose Marie Placido, a market vendor from the Rizal Public Market in Nueva Ecija, as the “Reyna ng Palengkeng Gitnang Luzon 2017” during the Consumer Welfare Month culminating activity held last October 27 at Waltermart, City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

Other winners in the contest include Jimmary Clavo of Zambales who bagged the first runner-up title. She also won the best in costume award. Jackie Lou So of Bataan was named second runner-up and received the consumer advocate award while Tarlac’s Angelita Ocampo won the best in talent Award. Cheryl Dioneza of Aurora was the fourth runner-up

2 Nov 2017 - Motorists going to Apalit, Calumpit asked to take NLEX Pulilan exit

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is advising motorists going to Apalit town in Pampanga and Calumpit in Bulacan to take the Pulilan (Bulacan) exit of the North Luzon Expressway.

This, after the DPWH opened the newly repaired and strengthened Caniogan-Sto. Nino Bridge in Calumpit town aimed at easing traffic along MacArthur Highway in parts of Malolos City going to this Pampanga town.

2 Nov 2017 - 69-year-old woman killed by 2 minors

ANGELES CITY -- A 69-year-old woman was allegedly killed by her two gardeners who are both minors.

Florida Velasquez of Diamond Subdivision in Barangay Balibago here was allegedly stabbed and strangled to death by the suspects, whom she caught trying to steal her jewelry.

2 Nov 2017 - Clark BPO firm offers employment to locals

MABALACAT CITY -- A business process outsourcing (BPO) firm in Clark is offering employment for residents of Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales and other parts of Central Luzon.

iQor Philippines (Clark Pampanga) has set a series of job fair in a bid to help the communities and local government units around Clark Freeport in terms of employment.

2 Nov 2017 - Tarlac hosts Kooplympics 2017

PAMPANGA -- Approximately 3,000 cooperative members recently trooped to the Tarlac Recreational Park for Kooplympics 2017.

“The activity aims to celebrate the Cooperative Month this October and develop a sense of camaraderie and cooperation among cooperative members in the region,” Cooperative Development Authority Regional Director Marieta Hwang said.

2 Nov 2017 - Primewater now ISO certified

PAMPANGA -- Upon completion of an extensive Quality Management System audit last October 18, 2017, the PrimeWater City of San Fernando (PrimeWater CSF) is proud to announce that it is now ISO 9001:2015 certified.

The pursuit of an ISO certification is the next fundamental step made by the dedicated partnership of PrimeWater Infrastructure Corp. (PrimeWater) and the City of San Fernando Water District (CSFWD) towards their mission of continuous improvements and commitment in providing quality service to its concessionaires.

1 Nov 2017 - Folks unperturbed by downpours, swamp cemeteries

PAMPANGA -- Whole day downpours spawned by tropical depression "Ramil" Wednesday marred the observance of All Saints’ Day” here, but folks paying respects to their departed remained unperturbed as they swamped public cemeteries and private memorial parks to offer flowers and light candles.

A memorial park here was virtually transformed into a sea of colorful umbrellas in between a jungle of tents and makeshift structures to keep people from getting wet.

1 Nov 2017 - 9-day All Souls’ Day starts in Guagua town

PAMPANGA -- Residents of this town’s Betis District take the commemoration of All Souls’ Day in a more religious and meaningful significance with nine days of masses for the souls of the dead celebrated at the Saint James the Apostle Parish and visiting the tombs of their relatives to light candles after each afternoon mass.

While others would have been setting aside left-over candles after the November 1 occasion, folks of this district would continue honoring the dead, showering them with prayers in the company of family members continuously for nine days, starting from November 1 until November 9.

1 Nov 2017 - Parul San Fernando shines at Jasa, major thoroughfares

PAMPANGA -- The Christmas spirit is already felt in the City of San Fernando as the local government, headed by Mayor Edwin Santiago, formally lit the “Parul San Fernando” along Jose Abad Santos Avenue (Jasa) and other major thoroughfares here, Monday night.

The ceremonial light-up of lantern decorations is annually held to mark the beginning of Yuletide season in the city—dubbed as the Christmas Capital of the Philippines.

1 Nov 2017 - Clark airport to cater Central, Northern Luzon residents

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark International Airport (CRK) will be the airport of more than 22 million people residing in Central and Northern Luzon.

Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President Alexander Cauguiran, during the airport’s eight roadshow in Bulacan province recently, said the CIA is targeting to become the “airport of choice” of the people living in the North Philippines by 2022.

1 Nov 2017 - 61 Public Safety Battalion contingents honored

PAMPANGA -- Members of the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB)-Central Luzon who were deployed for almost four months in Cagayan de Oro were given welcome honors Sunday night.

Chief Superintendent Amador Corpus, Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Luzon director, said a total of 61 personnel from the RPSB headed by Senior Inspector Dennis Duran were deployed in Cagayan de Oro from June 27 to October 26, during the armed conflict between the government forces and the Maute Group.

1 Nov 2017 - Mabalacat City folks urged to register for 2018 polls

MABALACAT CITY -- The local government has urged the residents here to register with the city’s Commission on Elections (Comelec) in line with the synchronized village and Youth Council elections on May 14, 2018.

The voters' registration period was set on November 6 to 30.

1 Nov 2017 - Poor kids get income from taking care of the dead

PAMPANGA -- The local public cemetery here provides an uncanny source of income for poor children seeking to earn a few pesos in a season business where the living earns from the dead.

It has been two weeks now that Michelle Sandico and Anton Camaya, out-of-school youths, have been cleaning tombs in the Guagua Old Public Cemetery in Barangay Sto. Cristo.