Group: P13 wage hike not enough

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 10:54 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A people’s rights coalition expressed dismay on Thursday over what it described as “a meager increase” in the salary of workers in Central Luzon.

The Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in Central Luzon recently approved a P13 increase in the daily basic pay of workers in the region.

Step up fight vs illegal drugs, chiefs of police told

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 10:52 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda issued a marching order to all the chiefs of police in the province led by Provincial Police Director Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono, Jr. to step up the campaign against illegal drugs and ask for the active participation of all Kapampangans who want a drug-free Pampanga.

Musician Ben Escasa laid to rest

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 10:50 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Mourners filled the Sanctuario De San Fernando Memorial Gardens on Thursday morning to bid their final goodbyes to topnotch record producer Benito "Big Ben" Escasa.

Family, friends, and colleagues spoke about the Kapampangan icon of the local music scene, shedding light on Escasa not only as a musician, but also as a father, a husband, and a man of passion.

Alleged drug dealer nabbed in San Fernando

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 10:48 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) raided a home Tuesday afternoon looking for illegal drugs and arrested an alleged dealer.

PDEA agents with the SWAT teams of the provincial and city police had been tracking the man, who lives at the Northville 14, Barangay Malpitic, City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

PLDT enhances services in North Luzon, Mindanao

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 10:33 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) is opening up interconnection links with another telecommunication service provider in four more provinces to allow free local calls between their subscribers.

Under the agreement, PLDT customers will be able to make local calls to Globelines subscribers for free by the end of the year in the following provinces: Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Zambales, and Misamis Occidental.

Dump truck rolls over in Guagua

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 10:32 p.m.

GUAGUA -- A dump truck which rolled over caused heavy traffic along the San Juan Nepomuceno Road, Betis, Guagua for about an hour Wednesday morning, police said.

The Guagua police disclosed that the Isuzu dump truck (ZJT 270)loaded with sand flipped over the breached portion of the road at around 9:00 am.

Santiago on key faux pas: ‘We’re willing to improve’

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 07:38 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – "We are most willing to improve much that we admit our mistakes."

So said Mayor Edwin Santiago yesterday during his regular breakfast forum with media at Heroes Hall where he disclosed that he and some city government officials made a courtesy call and presented on Tuesday to newly installed Archbishop Florentino Lavarias a new and better ceremonial key to the city.

Capitol receives P1.1-M livelihood aid from Dole

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 07:35 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda recently received a check from the Department Of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the amount of P1,159,860 as livelihood assistance for the Implementation of the Capability Building for the Livelihood Enhancement of Nego-Trailer Project and Integrated Services for Livelihood Advancement of Fisherfolks for families of overseas Filipino workers and other Kapampangans.

Part of the funds will also go to the provincial government’s Sampaguita Project.

AUF-CBA champs in Alviera band tilt

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 07:31 p.m.

PORAC -- The Angeles University Foundation-College of Business and Accountancy (AUF-CBA) band bagged the championship plum last November 15 during the Alviera’s “University Fest” at Sandbox here.

Playing Sarah Geronimo’s rendition of “Anak” which was originally performed by Freddie Aguilar and “Come Together,’ the AUF-CBA band bested other competing groups from Holy Angel University, University of the Assumption, AMA and even the Sanlahi Band which is from AUF as well.

Teachers get whole day celebration on Binulu week

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 07:23 p.m.

PORAC -- Public school teachers here were treated to a day of fun, raffles, games and entertainment numbers during Tuesday's "Palaro Para sa mga Guro" at the Jose Songco Lapid Cultural And Civic Center as part of the week-long celebration of the Binulu Festival.

Car blazes in NLEX

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 07:21 p.m.

APALIT -- Authorities battled Monday a car fire in a portion of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) in Apalit, Pampanga.

The blaze not only destroyed the vehicle but also shut down the Manila-bound traffic for about an hour.

Expo highlights top products, services of Central Luzon

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 07:18 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- The top products and services of the provinces of Central Luzon were highlighted in the 2014 North Philippines (NorthPhil) Travel and Tourism Expo, which opened at the Events Center of SM City Clark from November 14 to 16.

The expo is a public-private partnership effort of the northern regional offices of the Department of Tourism (DOT), the Association of Tourism Officers of Central Luzon, and the Philippine Exhibits and Theme Parks Corporation (PETCO).

Pamintuan orders release of bonuses for city government employees

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 07:15 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- City government employees here are set to receive their 13th month bonus plus a P2,500 cash gift this week.

This was announced by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, who has already ordered the City Treasurer’s Office to release the said bonuses to the employees.

Tigerair Philippines offer P1 seat for Clark-Manila

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 07:12 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Tigerair Philippines is offering a mid-week seat sale from November 19, 2014 to November 21, 2014 or until seats last for its Manila to Clark flights.

Fly from Manila to Clark for ONE PESO (P1) to beat the holiday traffic! Travel period is from 15 December 2014 to 5 January 2015.

Sangil: The Match Ups

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 07:11 p.m.

UNOPPOSED -- An incumbent has a significant advantage in a political race. That is the reality on the ground. Take for example the case of Pampanga Governor Lilia 'Nanay Baby' Pineda. She has shown to her constituency her concerns, making trips to all the towns, attempting to cover every square inch of the province, spending time with the people, listening to their problems and provided solutions. She is so well loved by her provincemates.

Unified battle vs drugs eyed

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 08:29 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) Sub-Committee on Anti-Dangerous Drugs led by Governor Lilia Pineda is eyeing the creation of a unified campaign to battle the proliferation of illegal drugs in Central Luzon.

This came after Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Regional Director Jeoffrey Tacio reported to the committee that the illegal drug problem in Central Luzon has reached alarming proportions, with some 874 villages across the region infested by drugs, methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu in particular topping the list.

CDC security team complete anti-terrorism training

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 08:22 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Personnel of the Special Reaction Unit here recently completed rigid training on anti-terrorism as part of the Clark Development Corporation preparation for the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (Apec) meeting set in January next year.

The special security course is aimed to enhance capability and efficiency of Clark security personnel.

Police collar Austrian fugitive

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 08:16 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- A suspected member of an international crime group was arrested at the Subic Executive Loft, Manila Avenue, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Tuesday afternoon.

Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta, Police Regional Office-3 director, said Andreas Maurizio Woelfl, an Austrian national, was apprehended by joined operatives of the International Police (Interpol) and Austrian Police, Regional Intelligence Division (RID) together with the Bureau of Immigration.

Another motorbike stolen in San Fernando

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 08:12 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Another motorcycle was stolen while parked in front of a hospital in Barangay Dolores, City of San Fernando, recently.

Superintendent Richie Duldulao, chief of police of the city, said that a Suzuki Raider motorcycle with license plate number 4412-VZ was reported stolen in front of the San Fernandino Hospital at the said barangay.

PSPC lauds CDC support to South Korea firm’s operation

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 08:11 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Officials of the Phoenix Semiconductor Philippines Corporation (PSPC) has commended the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) for it support extended to the South Korean firm before and during their operations in this Freeport.

PSPC Vice-President and Chief Finance Officer Dongjoo Kim echoed this to the media after announcing the firm's expansion plan recently.

Execs sign pact for DHVTSU Candaba

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 08:08 p.m.

CANDABA, Pampanga – "Our dream came true. We have now a university that offers technical and vocational courses and hopefully in a year or two, four-year college courses will be offered right here in our beloved town."

Oldest supermarket in San Fernando to stop operations

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 08:03 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Essel Supermarket, the oldest supermarket in this city, is stopping its operations late November and its owners described the closure "as acceptance to challenges of business."

This was according to Marco Lazatin, general manager of Essel Supermarket, during an interview at his office on Monday. He said Essel, which started operations at its first branch at the downtown area here on September 30, 1965, will close its doors in November 26.

Board okays P13 pay hike

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 10:05 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in Central Luzon has approved a P13 increase in the daily basic pay of workers in the region, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz announced yesterday.

Mayor wants protection for Macabebe fisherfolk

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 10:04 p.m.

MACABEBE -- Mayor Annette Flores-Balgan has asked the Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu) to protect fisherfolk of their town amid threats from criminals reportedly coming from nearby Bulacan and Bataan.

Balgan also stressed to the Cafgu and the Philippine Army assigned at Barangay Consuelo here "not to spare local residents who steal marine products from our hardworking constituents." Consuelo is a major producer of marine products, including crabs and shrimps, and is near the Manila Bay and territories of Bulacan and Bataan.

Masantol folks, execs oppose impending fishpond demolition

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 10:02 p.m.

MASANTOL -- Several village officials and residents here personally appealed Monday morning to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to oppose the plans of dismantling illegal fishponds on the Macabebe-Masantol stretch of the Pampanga River before the end of the year.

This plan came as the DPWH Pampanga First Engineering District decided to re-implement the order of the Supreme Court to "clean-up, rehabilitate, and preserve Manila Bay in their different capacities."

Comelec reaffirms Tarlac mayor; rival defies order

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 10:00 p.m.

PANIQUI, Tarlac -- Mayor Miguel "Dors" Rivilla ordered Monday rival Rommel David to step down and respect the decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) or be forced to be ejected from the municipal premises.

"Let us respect the rule of law! The Commission on Elections has already ruled out in favor of the people of Paniqui. It is time to end this chaos. The people have suffered enough and we are happy that justice was given to us. Now let’s all get back to work!" Rivilla stated.

Guagua to host 1st national woodcarving, furniture tilt

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 09:58 p.m.

GUAGUA -- The Municipal Government here, in collaboration with the Betis Fiesta Committee 2014 and the Betis Parish Heritage Foundation, will host the First Betis National Furniture and Woodcarving Competition (BNFWC) this December 28.

BNFWC chairman Willy Layug said that the event will feature artists from different regions in a bid to enrich their skills and further cultural enrichment through friendly competition and skills sharing of their different genre. The event will become part of the celebration of the Dukit Festival in Betis district here.

School gives hope to hearing-impaired kids

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 09:56 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- For the hearing-impaired students of the special education division of the San Fernando Elementary School, who depend on the sign language and colorful images, "the words become the picture in the language for the eye".

In 1972, the San Fernando Elementary School started its special education division with a total of 10 students. Now, the division is a home to some 70 hearing-impaired students in the city.

Polish tourists visit Mexico town

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 09:51 p.m.

MEXICO, Pampanga -- They came, they cooked and they dined.

These are the things 25 tourists from Poland did when they visited recently this town as part of their educational and leisure tour in the country.

Exec: Binulu festival to keep traditional way of cooking alive

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 09:50 p.m.

PORAC — Vice-Mayor Dexter David expressed his optimism that they would be able to encourage people to keep "binulu" cooking alive and well by popularizing other dishes cooked in the traditional manner also in the hope of making it a culinary specialty for local and foreign tourists.

"The aim is to make it available year-round. This will only be possible if we host events to educate our residents on how it is done that is why we also have this cook fest to encourage more people to learn it," David said.

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