Health exec: Suspected Kapampangan MERS-CoV carriers cleared

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 11:25 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Provincial Health Officer Dr. Mar Jaochico on Thursday said that the six Kapampangans who were part of the 400 passengers of Etihad Airlines Flight EY0424 that arrived last week from Abu Dhabi and were suspected to be afflicted with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome–Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) have been cleared by the regional health department here.

Pampanga posts 91% TB treatment success rate

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 11:24 p.m.

BACOLOR -- Pampanga has already exceeded the 2016 national target of 85 percent cure rate as the province registered 91 percent of treatment success rate, a regional health official said Thursday.

Dr. Roda Cruz, regional coordinator of infectious disease control program of the Department of Health (DOH) in Central Luzon, said that based on the record of the DOH, Pampanga has a prevalence rate of 208 cases and mortality rate of five out of the 100,000 population.

Capitol holds 3rd Health Summit

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 11:12 p.m.

BACOLOR -- The Provincial Government headed by Governor Lilia Pineda on Thursday held the 3rd Pampanga Health Summit themed “Pampanga: Racing Towards Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)” at the King’s Royale Hotel and Resort here.

Cayetano launches microfinancing program in Olongapo

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 11:07 p.m.

OLONGAPO CITY -- Senator Allan Peter Cayetano visited this city Wednesday to personally turnover funds worth P150,000 to drivers as part of his micro financing program to help the local transport sectors here.

Cayetano met officials of the Olongapo Subic Castillejos San Marcelino Transport Service Cooperative (OSCSM) and explained that the fund could be used by the cooperative for members’ loans instead of them borrowing money from loan sharks who charge very high interest.

Groups conduct ‘Operation Tuli’

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 11:05 p.m.

STO. TOMAS -- Some 200 young boys belonging to indigent families were circumsized for free courtesy of the local government of Sto. Tomas and the Thomasian Fitness Club last Wednesday at North Ville 12, Barangay San Vicente here.

Mayor Joselito Naguit told Sun.Star Pampanga that "Operation Tuli" is conducted every summer.

CIAC screens passengers following MERS-CoV alert

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:18 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) has coordinated with the Bureau of Quarantine and the Department of Health (DOH) to screen passengers suspected of carrying the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (MERS-CoV).

CIAC President and CEO Victor Jose I. Luciano said it is important that all CIAC personnel and other government agencies at the Clark Airport Passenger Terminal are aware of the virus to prevent the spread of the disease in the country.

Morales: Mabalacat supports Angeles lone district plan

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:11 p.m.

MABALACAT CITY -- Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales said the City Government of Mabalacat will support the plan to create Angeles City a lone congressional district.

The move will separate the highly-urbanized city from Mabalacat City and Magalang town.

Pampanga areas to experience 9-hour power interruption Saturday

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:04 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Parts of Pampanga will experience up to nine hours of power interruption on Saturday, April 26.

"Customers of PELCO I will have outage from 7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.," National Grid Corporation of the Philippines Central Luzon Corporate Communication and Public Affairs Officer Ernest Lorenz Vidal said.

Angeles to develop GIS mapping solutions, improve website

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:56 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- The local government here, through its Information Communication Technology Division (ICTD), recently announced that it will soon utilize a Geographical Information System mapping application and also enhance the city's official website.

The announcement was made by Francis Pangilinan, head of the said division, during the local government's flag raising rites held every Monday at the City Hall compound.

Porac distributes farm equipment from Arroyo

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:54 p.m.

PORAC -- Municipal officials here led by Mayor Condralito Dela Cruz distributed on Monday dozens of farm equipment, including a shredder and combined-harvester, all under the support program of Second District Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who is currently under hospital arrest.

The equipments were distributed to local farmers and cooperatives.

Sto. Tomas PCF goes to road project

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:49 p.m.

STO. TOMAS -- The P1 million Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) awarded recently by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to the local government unit of Sto. Tomas has been allocated for a farm-to-market road in one of its villages.

This was disclosed Wednesday by Mayor Lito Naguit, who told Sun.Star Pampanga that the PCF, awarded to the municipal government for its good governance, has been poured into a farm-to-market road in Barangay San Vicente.

MQAP to hold ‘Kidpreneur’ fair

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:47 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Mary the Queen Academy of Pampanga (MQAP) will hold this coming Saturday, April 26, the "Kidpreneur" fair at the Activity Center of Waltermart along MacArthur Highway in Barangay Dolores, this city.

According to MQAP Directress Mary Rechelle Guzman, the fair which will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will showcase "young entrepreneurs with big ideas."

RCCP conducts ‘Operation Tuli’ in San Fernando

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:45 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Rotary Club of Central Pampanga (RCCP) conducted a summer circumcision mission here recently as part of their social service program for local communities.

RCCP President Loida S. Oñate Velasco told Sun.Star Pampanga that the mission was composed of volunteer doctors and nurses who trooped to Barangay San Agustin for the free surgery. The event was organized to provide safe circumcision services to local residents.

Taxmen now ‘mapping’ lawyers

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 09:24 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) RR-4 Pampanga and the Revenue District Office (RDO) No. 21B South Pampanga on Tuesday started mapping lawyers and law firms in Pampanga and Angeles City.

BIR Calabarzon Director Araceli Francisco and Revenue District Officer Consuelo De Asis started the mapping drive at the office of lawyer Peter Paul Maglalang, president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Pampanga Chapter.

Candaba draws biggest Alaga Ka beneficiaries

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 09:22 p.m.

CANDABA, Pampanga -- The distribution of members’ data records was a huge success considering its largest ever attendance of more than 12,000 indigent members or 95 percent of the total number of Philhealth beneficiaries in three different venues in one day in one town compared to the same activities as of yesterday.

Mayor Rene Maglanque said prior to the activity, he had met the barangay officials and health workers three times to ensure that 95 percent of the members would be able to attend the said launch of “Alaga Ka Para sa Maayos na Buhay.”

Execs commended for turning down ‘gifts’

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 09:20 p.m.

BACOLOR -- Mayor Jomar Hizon on Monday commended the municipal administrator and the municipal engineer here for their dedication and honesty in public service.

Hizon told Sun.Star Pampanga that Municipal Administrator Gloria Cruz and Municipal Engineer Marieta Galura–Rodriguez were offered "gifts" recently by a subdivision developer, which they turned downed.

Kapampangan students in TOSP-CL finals

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 09:15 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Seven students from various Pampanga universities and colleges have made the cut as finalists in RFM Foundation and the Commission on Higher Education's (CHEd) 2014 Search for Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) Central Luzon.

The students are Ronel dela Peña, Aelhyn Carol Lucero and Joan Mae Lugtu from Holy Angel University; Mary Heliane Fabian and Kenneth Alex Villanueva from Angeles University Foundation; Fernando Dosono, Jr. from Mary the Queen College of Pampanga; and Christopher Paulo Manlapaz from Republic Central Colleges.

NGCP conducts Luzon blackout simulation drill

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 09:14 p.m.

TO ENSURE the Luzon grid's efficiency and reliability in the event of major power outages, NGCP conducted its annual blackout simulation drill.

The blackout simulation drill is composed of two major activities – tabletop exercise and black-start recovery simulation drills.

PRO3 gets 1,000 handheld radios

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 09:12 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS -- The Police Regional Office-3 (PRO-3) on Tuesday received some 1,000 new handheld radios.

Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta, PRO-3 director, said the radios are part of the capability enhancement initiative of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Around the Region

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 09:07 p.m.

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Pampanga towns, city among country’s best

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 10:35 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Three local government units (LGUs) in Pampanga have been recognized as among the country's best in terms of competitiveness.

In Monday's Central Luzon Growth Corridor Foundation, Inc. (CLGCFI) recognition of the Most Outstanding LGUs Implementing the Streamlining Program in the Issuance of Mayor's Permit at the Fontana Convention Center in this Freeport, the City of San Fernando and the municipalities of Guagua and Mexico were noted to be in the country’s “honor roll.”

San Simon bags 4 top awards

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 10:29 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Once again the Municipality of San Simon bested other towns in Pampanga and Central Luzon, bagging four of the top awards in the implementation of the Streamlining Program in the issuance of Mayor's Permit during Monday's 8th Recognition of Outstanding Central Luzon Local Government Units.

Pampanga group benefits from convergence program

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 10:24 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Augman Kababaihan ng San Simon Inc. (AKSSI) of Pulong Camias, Barangay San Jose in San Simon town is among the initial beneficiaries in Central Luzon of the joint livelihood convergence program of the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

The Kapampangan rural workers association, along with the Kooperatiba ng Pangmalawakang Paglilingkod ng Bayabas Ink. (KPPBI) of Barangay Bayabas in Dona Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan province, was devastated by previous typhoons and torrential rains.

RDC gives nod on school partnership

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 10:18 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Regional Development Council (RDC) recently passed a resolution favorably endorsing the Central Luzon component of the P8.8 billion Public-Private Partnership for School Infrastructure Project-Phase II (PSIP II) of the Department of Education.

"PSIP II will be implemented in 14 out of the 17 regions of the country where 10,679 classrooms will be constructed in 5,167 elementary and secondary schools with one PPP proponent per region," said RDC presiding officer and National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) Regional Director Severino Santos.

Central Luzon keeps PNSC overall crown

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 10:16 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Central Luzon retained its crown as Philippine National Skills Competition (PNSC) overall championship after it topped the leader board in the 2014 edition with 10 gold medals, a silver, a bronze and two Diplomas of Excellence recently.

Balibago amusement fee ordinance junked

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 11:14 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- The City Council has rejected the amusement fee ordinance of the Balibago barangay council, stating that it is beyond the taxing and income-generating power granted to the barangay under the Local Government Code.

City Council Resolution Number 6920 Series of 2014 denies Barangay Balibago Ordinance Number 2 Series of 2014 or an ordinance enacting the imposition of barangay fees in places of recreation and amusment within

Trader alarmed over robbery incidents

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 11:11 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Businessman Ruperto Cruz expressed alarm over increasing robbery incidents which affect commerce and tourism in the city.

Cruz said that motorcycle-riding robbers are preying on Koreans, Americans, British and other nationalities.

2 nabbed for illegal drug possession

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 11:09 p.m.

MABALACAT CITY -- The city police arrested two persons in a suspected illegal drugs den in Barangay Dau recently.

In his report to Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales, Superintendent Ferdinand Perez, city police chief, identified the suspects as Jun Jun Espiritu Baluyot alias Jojo, 35, of Roxas Street Barangay Dau and Jason Dayrit Pare, 32, also a resident of said village.

BIR padlocks city tire shop

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 09:00 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - Officials of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) padlocked Wednesday a vulcanizing and tire supply shop along MacArthur Highway in Barangay San Isidro for under declaration of sales.

The Valentino Vulcanizing and Tire Supply was temporarily closed for alleged violation of section 115 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 or Under Declaration of Sales by more than 30 percent.

Dole all set for 112th Labor Day

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 08:59 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of Labor and Employment Central Luzon Office-Central Luzon (Dole-3) has revealed the agency’s activities for the upcoming 112th Labor Day celebration in May 1.

The Mega Job Fairs will be held in: SM City malls in Baliuag and Marilao in Bulacan; Pampanga, Clark, and San Fernando downtown in Pampanga; Tarlac City, and Olongapo City, and SM Mega Center in Cabanatuan City.

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