Pampanga villages to get computer sets

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:10 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda vowed Tuesday to provide computer units to the province’s 505 barangays for local data gathering and civil registration.

"We need to know how many people are born and how many die each year, and the main causes of their deaths, in order to have well-functioning health systems. The only way to count everyone and to track all births and deaths is through civil registration," Pineda said.

Sto. Tomas starts hearings on MRF

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:03 p.m.

STO. TOMAS -- The Municipal Government here has started a series of public hearings on the establishment of the town’s own materials recovery facility or MRF.

Municipal Administrator Edwin Manalese told Sun.Star Pampanga yesterday that the first public hearing was held on February 20, with majority of stakeholders manifesting their support for the creation of the MRF in an area to be purchased by the local government unit through a P6-million loan.

Pamintuan bares program for Angeles youth

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 10:55 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan bared in a forum recently a package of programs for the youth and students of this city, including an expanded scholarship program, free wi-fi connection in all education centers and the opening of more courses at the City College of Angeles (CCA), even as he challenged the youth to also invite Senator Lito Lapid in a similar event to hear about his plans for the youth.

PRO3 launches ‘Lambat-Sibat’

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 10:42 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- The Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) launched Wednesday Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) "Lambat Sibat" to combat crime incidents in Central Luzon.

Chief Superintendent Ronald Santos, Officer-In-Charge of PRO3, said the launching of "Lambat-Sibat" is the innovative data-driven strategy of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to address the rising number of crimes in the region.

Public school recipient of ‘Baryanihan’ in Tarlac

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 10:37 p.m.

TARLAC CITY -- "Loose change for a big change."

This is how SM Supermarket here described their new way of helping others with through "Baryanihan," "Barya" meaning loose change and "nihan" coming from the word "Bayanihan."

P1.7-M shabu seized from 4 suspected pushers

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 10:33 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Four suspected shabu pushers were arrested by combined operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Central Luzon and PDEA-National Capital Region in two separate buy-bust operations in Quezon City and Manila that resulted in the confiscation of 500 grams of suspected shabu on Monday.

PDEA3 Regional Director Jeoffrey Tacio identified the suspects as Joseph Marcelo, 37, a resident of Makati City; Russel Penamora, 24, of Lucena City; Saldy Hadji, 27; and Fahad Mikawayan, 29, both residents of Palanca Street, Quiapo, Manila.

Groups want balloon festival out of Clark

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 07:59 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Some groups, which started the Clark hot air balloon festival, are urging the current organizers to transfer the international event to other places in Pampanga province due to the danger the festival poses to the Clark International Airport.

Nepomuceno: Support to Pamintuan for Angeles’ sake

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 09:14 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Councilor Bryan Nepomuceno, who is planning to run for the city's vice-mayoralty post in 2016, said that he is supporting Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan for the best interest of the city.

The city councilor issued the statement following reports that he will be Pamintuan's running mate in next year's polls.

Nepomuceno: Support to Pamintuan for Angeles’ sake

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 09:12 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Councilor Bryan Nepomuceno, who is planning to run for the city's vice-mayoralty post in 2016, said that he is supporting Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan for the best interest of the city.

Women’s role in society underscored

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 08:49 p.m.

ANGELES CITY – "The true essence of this annual celebration is to highlight the role of the women in society, which we are doing in the city every day. We have been fighting for women equality through the years."

Thus said Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan as he led the city's kick off ceremonies of the 2015 National Women’s Month with the theme, "Juana, desisyon mo ay mahalaga sa kinabukasan ng bawat isa! Ikaw na!" on Monday.

Kiwanis convention gets guv’s support

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 08:41 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda expressed full support on Monday to the holding of Kiwanis Asia Pacific Convention 2015 from March 5 to 7 this year at the Clark Freeport with a theme, "Toward another century of growth and service."

"I wish you all the success for the 40th Kiwanis Asia Pacific Convention 2015," the governor said.

Militant group to bishops: Support genuine agrarian reform

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 08:31 p.m.

MABALACAT CITY – A militant group urged the members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to support House Bill (HB) 252 or the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill (GARB), instead of pressing President Benigno Aquino III and Congress to enact HB 4296 that would extend the land acquisition and distribution component of the already expired Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL).

Benefit concert held for typhoon victims

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 08:24 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Several artists and performers recently participated in a benefit concert at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center.

The event featured performances by Silent Sanctuary, Jireh Lim, actor Benjamin Alves, beauty queen Venus Raj, singer Darryl Shy, Jak Roberto, and Sanya Lopez.

1-M coconut trees for Central Luzon underway

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 08:21 p.m.

SANTA RITA -- The "One Million Coconut Tree Planting Project" now goes into full swing as more nursery centers are being put up and more non-government organizations are joining the project, said Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) trustee Sylvia Ordonez.

The program was launched in Pampanga and Central Luzon on June 6, 2014 at the Benigno Hall in the City of San Fernando.

Kapampangan collector shares fossil discoveries

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 08:16 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- For avid fossil collector Jorge Cuyugan, it all started with a strong interest in the history of things, which has turned into a life-long commitment of collecting fossilized shark teeth, ammonites, and a number of different geodes.

His vast collection of species covers fossil history of over 300 million years.

DTI posts 11% increase in new Central Luzon businesses

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 08:14 p.m.

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ANGELES CITY -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) noted Tuesday an 11 percent increase in new business name registrations in Central Luzon last year, higher than the 32,620 new registrants for 2013, with the province of Bulacan having the most number of business name registrations at 8,343 in 2013 and 9,092 for 2014.

Prime Clark areas venues for sports training center

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 08:52 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Technical Working Group (TWG) of the House of Representatives youth and sports committee agreed Monday that the Clark airport aviation complex and the Clark Green City (CGC) will be the next venues of the National Training Center.

Representative Joseller "Yeng" Guiao (Pampanga, 1st district), vice-chair of the youth and sports committee, said that this decision will be recommended to the committee.

Angeles exec sets social service programs for women

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 08:51 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Vice-Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting will usher in the celebration of the Women's Month this March here with a series of social service programs aimed at promoting the well-rounded development of women in different sectors of the community.

"We have lined up activities that promote the well-rounded development of women. We have diversified this year's events to cater to diverse needs of our women in the city," Vega-Cabigting said, urging Angeleño women to participate in the events.

Execs: Gender equality foremost in San Fernando

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 08:50 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- As the City of San Fernando kicks off its celebration of Women's Month this March, Mayor Edwin Santiago stressed Monday that "gender equality has been attained and remains foremost in the city government’s agenda."

Pampanga towns to experience 9-hour power outage on March 4

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 08:50 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) announced Monday the scheduled shutdown of some of its transmission facilities in parts of Sta. Cruz, Guagua; Bacolor, Sta. Rita, Sasmuan, Porac, Lubao; and Floridablanca, Pampanga Pampanga on March 4, Wednesday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

According to NGCP Corporate Communications Officer Ernest Vidal, the affected distribution utilities are Pampanga II Electric Cooperative Inc. (PELCO II) and San Fernando Electric Light and Power Company (SFELAPCO-Floridablanca).

Macabebe residents alarmed over killings

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 08:49 p.m.

MACABEBE -- Concerned residents here have expressed alarm over the series of killings recently involving civilians.

At least three civilians have been killed here by unidentified assailants since last month, all of them in public places, according to a Sun.Star Pampanga source.

DPWH: No more delays on Camp Dau road widening project

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 08:48 p.m.

MABALACAT CITY–The Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) on Monday clarified that the government will push through with the implementation of the Camp Dau Road widening project despite the opposition of some residents who said that Mayor Marino Morales has already ordered for the temporary suspension of the project.

Songwriting grand finals set March 5

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 08:47 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will hold the grand finals of “LiKhALIKASAN: Likhang Awit para sa Kalikasan” at The Event Center of SM City Pampanga on March 5.

Angeles mayor on public spaces: ‘Political will is key’

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 08:46 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan highlighted the role of political will in the establishment and beautification of public spaces, plazas and parks as he spoke before local chief executives, members and guests of the League of Cities of the Philippines during the Interactive Conference on Public Place and the New Urban Agenda held Friday at the Hotel Jen, Manila.

Nepo Mall features works of Kapampangan artists

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 08:45 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Several Kapampangan artists teamed up with Nepo Mall for the National Arts Month celebration exhibit, featuring the province's visual arts and culture.

The art exhibit, which took place from February 27 to March 1, showcased the works of award-winning visual artists, sculptors, and painters, including Norman Tiotuico and Arnel Garcia.

Pagcor allots P20-M for Angeles high school

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 08:39 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Philippine Gaming and Amusement Corp. (Pagcor) chairman and CEO Cristino Naguiat Jr. led Monday the ground-breaking ceremony for the P19.9 million school building at the EPZA resettlement here.

Naguiat, who is a native of this city, said Pagcor gave the funds to the Bonifacio V. Romero High School in Barangay Pulung Cacutud as "part of our advocacy to help improve an advance public education."

Angeles school tops Tesda provincial video tilt

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 08:37 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- The St. Peter's College of Angeles City took home the top prizes of the 2015 Tatak Tesda (Technical Education and Schools Development Authority) provincial video making contest, claiming the honor of representing Pampanga at the regional level.

Alumnus Jerry Manaloto, who now works as an assistant cook in a restaurant, placed first in the individual category and got P5,000 and a plaque.

Camp Dau Road widening project starts

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 09:18 p.m.

MABALACAT CITY -- Construction works for the P29-million widening project of the Camp Dau Road, which was delayed for three weeks after strong opposition from some residents, has finally started.

Lawmaker: Stop all-out war in Mindanao

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 09:12 p.m.

MILITANT Anakpawis party-list urged the Aquino government to stop the all-out war campaign of the Armed Forces of the Philippines against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Mindanao as this will only aggravate the political crisis brought by the Mamasapano incident which has already done serious damage to the peace process in the Muslim South.

Traffic aides maul Xevera residents

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 09:08 p.m.

MABALACAT CITY -- The head of the Mabalacat Traffic Enforcement Group (MTEG) is in hot water for allegedly asking at least four MTEG enforcers to disrupt a peaceful gathering of newly-elected homeowners association officials and residents of Xevera Subdivision here last February 25.

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