DPWH to rehabilitate Arnedo dike by 2015

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 08:58 p.m.

SAN LUIS -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Central Luzon Office reassured Monday the worried residents of this town that the rehabilitation of the breached Arnedo dike is set to commence on the first quarter of 2015.

Earlier, the 52.5 meters portion of the Arnedo dike gradually fell apart despite the recent efforts of the project contractor to strengthen it through a series of sand dumping operations.

11 Candaba villages remain underwater

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 08:54 p.m.

CANDABA -- Eleven villages in this town are still under floodwater with floodwaters reaching two to eight feet deep in some areas due to the recent onslaught of Tropical Storm "Mario".

The major road from Calumpit to Candaba is still not passable as of press time due to 15 feet of floodwater as of Monday.

Maimpis farmers delighted over ‘direction’ of House probe

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 08:50 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Some 90 farmers, who have been locked in a dispute with a land owner claiming a 130-hectare land in Barangay Maimpis in this city, “are now seeing pockets of hope” after the House committees on agrarian reform and good government and public accountability announced that the farmers could still raise their case to the Court of Appeals or even the Supreme Court.

The investigation was in accordance to House Resolution (HR) 1328, which was filed by Butil Partylist Representative Agapito Guanlao.

Youth officials take over city hall

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 08:46 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Some 32 young student leaders of the city will get the opportunity to work for their fellow Fernandinos as Mayor Edwin Santiago, together with the officials of the Rotary Club of San Fernando, opened the Youth Week celebration yesterday.

The presentation of the youth officials was held during Monday’s flag raising ceremony at the City Hall.

Lawmaker wants ‘dike’ removed to avert flooding

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 10:34 p.m.

STO. TOMAS -- Fourth District Representative Juan Pablo "Rimpy" Bondoc has appealed to the local government unit here to remove the newly-built transverse dike being used as access road by quarry trucks.

Bondoc said the "road-dike" is reportedly hampering the flow of water at the Sto. Tomas-Minalin tail dike.

Parish conducts waste handling seminar

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 10:33 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- The Ministry on Service of the Holy Rosary Parish Church recently conducted a seminar on waste segregation and conversion to compost.

Former City Councilor Louie Reyes, head of the Green Youth Brigade, said residents of Hensonville Plaza subdivision attended the seminar facilitated by ministry head Sister Maria May Cano.

Hacienda Dolores residents complete skills training

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 10:33 p.m.

PORAC -- Scores of residents in Barangay Hacienda Dolores completed the livelihood and skills training program conducted by I-Serve Inc. in partnership with the Porac Manpower Training Center.

Porac Mayor Condralito dela Cruz told Sun.Star Pampanga that the beneficiaries learned skills needed for peanut processing as a means of livelihood.

Kapampangan FB group to continue mission for poor

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 10:32 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Officers of the Kapampangan Ku, Pagmaragul Ku (KKPK), an organization of Kapampangan on Facebook, vowed to continue its mission of helping the indigents and sick people.

During the group’s third anniversary celebration at the Paskuhan Village here on Sunday, KKPK Founder Jetlee Tiongco said that they will continue to provide social services to the Kapampangan.

Angeles vice mayor speaks up on political plans

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 10:31 p.m.

ANGELES CITY – “I am open to all options except running for city councilor in 2016.”

Thus said last-termer Vice Mayor Ma. Vicenta “Vicky” Vega-Cabigting when asked about her political plans.

4 'most wanted' suspects arrested

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 10:30 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Four men in the "most wanted" list were arrested by members of the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB3) over the weekend.

Superintendent Sidney Villaflor, RPSB3 commander, said that suspects were arrested by virtue of arrest warrants.

Man arrested for illegal drugs

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 10:30 p.m.

SANTO TOMAS--The police here arrested a male suspect over the weekend in a buy bust operation at Barangay Poblacion.

Chief Inspector John Clark told Sun.Star Pampanga that suspect Ely Canlas, 32, was arrested in the operation after handing to a police poseur buyer a heat-sealed plastic sachet containing suspected shabu.

Rodriguez: True public service is making people happy

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 05:07 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The strong rains and threats of a stormy weather did not hamper the spirit and willingness of hundreds of well-wishers, including businessman Levy Laus, in joining Representative Oscar Rodriguez in celebrating his 69th birthday Friday night at the mini-convention center of Heroes Hall in this city.

In his speech at Rodriguez said, "The real essence of public service is making many people happy."

Lawmaker: Maimpis farmers can still appeal case

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 05:01 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The House committee on agrarian reform said Thursday that the 90 farmers in Maimpis locked in a dispute with a landowner claiming a 130-hectare land in the village in this city could still raise their case to the Court of Appeals or even the Supreme Court.

Pamintuan thanks CDC for projects

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 04:50 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has expressed his gratitude to the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) for the infrastructure projects being undertaken in the city to be completed before the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) ministerial meeting next year inside this Freeport.

Central Luzon sustains P659M palay damages from ‘Luis’

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 04:44 p.m.

SANTA RITA -- While still compiling damages to crops in Central Luzon (CL) from Tropical Storm "Mario", various provincial governments in the region have submitted their list of damages on palay crops from the recent Typhoon "Luis" amounting to P659,771,099, Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

DA regional director Andrew Villacorta said that the DA is still compiling reports on palay damages in heavily flooded areas in Central Luzon. This, as the DA has yet to verify the damages from recent Typhoon "Luis".

Metrobank fetes Kapampangan artist

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 04:41 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Kapampangan visual artist Arnel Garcia received a special citation at the 2014 National Metrobank Art and Design Excellence (MADE) held at the Le Pavilion in Pasay City over the weekend.

His work, "Facets of Faces" can be viewed together with the rest of the visual art and architecture exhibit at the said venue.

131 families in Bulacan affected by flooding

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 04:38 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- At least 131 families or 625 persons in three towns and one city of Bulacan were affected by flooding brought about by Typhoon Mario.

The Central Luzon Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) said in its initial report that the affected families were from Barangay Sta. Rosa in Marilao town; Barangay Bagbaguin in Sta. Maria town and Barangay Tambubong in Bocaue, all in Bulacan.

RCCP calls for partners in community project

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 04:31 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Rotary Club of Central Pampanga (RCCP) is now calling on partners and other non-government groups to help in their project of providing women in target communities here with free courses on dressmaking and sewing.

RCCP president Lourdes David told Sun.Star Pampanga that they are calling on people who are willing to partner with RCCP on the project.

TSU inks MOA with PIA on devcom partnership

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 04:29 p.m.

TARLAC CITY -- The College of Computer Studies (CCS) of the Tarlac State University (TSU) recently inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) for partnership in development communication.

The MOA, which was signed by TSU Vice-President for Academic Affairs Armee Rosel and PIA Regional Director William Beltran with CCS Dean Marlon Gamido and PIA Tarlac Manager Lorie Gene Cruz as witnesses, stipulates that PIA shall assist CCS in crafting a sound communication plan and production of its college newspaper.

Tomasians told: Don’t worry about flooding

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 08:29 p.m.

Sto. Tomas -- Former municipal councilor and Fourth District Representative Juan Pablo Bondoc's current congressional staff John Sambo assured on Friday his townmates that "they need not worry about massive flooding because flood control structures are intact."

Sambo told Sun.Star Pampanga during an ocular inspection of the Sto. Tomas-Minalin Tail Dike and the Gugu Dike that his fellow Tomasians can “sleep well” knowing that the said flood mitigating structures are serving their purpose.

Death of whale in Subic Ocean Park hurt students

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 08:25 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Elementary student Raven De La Cruz of this city was devastated after hearing the recent death of a highly trained false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens) that have become star attraction at the Ocean Adventure Marine Park in Subic, Zambales.

"I was promised by my parents who are both OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) that they will bring me to the Ocean park to see the dolphins and whales, including the big one called Tonka," said De La Cruz, who learned about the "star attraction" of the show from his classmates. His friends and classmates were also hurt.

Guv urges gov’t agencies, LGUs: ‘Converge, work together`

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 08:22 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda urged line agencies of the government to work together and converge their resources with the local government units (LGUs) to effectively serve the people and meet performance targets every year.

This was disclosed by Pineda, chair of social development committee of the Regional Development Council (RDC) during the First full council meeting of the Regional Development Council (RDC) Sectoral Committee on Social Development on Wednesday.

Construction of P12-M Candaba community hospital kicks-off

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 08:19 p.m.

CANDABA – "It's Candabenios' dream come true."

So stressed Mayor Rene Maglanque who made true to his promise as the Municipal Government initiated Thursday the groundbreaking and construction of the P12-million Candaba Community Hospital.

2 persons in Pampanga slain by MRCs

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 08:16 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Two persons were killed by Motorcycle Riding Criminals (MRCs) in the towns of Masantol and Arayat, recently.

Ruperto Guese, 54, a resident of Bebe Anac, Masantol was on his way home on board a Rusi Motorcycle (5709XO) together with Marilyn Yumang, 48, when shot by MRCs along the road of Barangay Sto. Nino, Masantol town.

Motor pool manager killed in Olongapo

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 08:14 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- An employee of a construction firm was shot to death by unidentified gunman in Barangay Barreto, Olongapo City, recently.

Senior Superintendent Pedrito delos Reyes, Olongapo City police director, identified the victim as Angelito Pineda, 34, a resident of Purok 4, Olongapo City and motor pool manager of 4B Construction.

NBI, PAOCTF arrest 44 persons at cybersex dens

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 08:12 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- A total of 44 persons suspected to be involved in cybersex were arrested by combined agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (PAOCTF) during a raid in three internet shops in Barangay Bonifacio, Dinalupihan, Bataan, Wednesday before midnight.

Senior Superintendent Flynn Dongbo, Officer-In-Charge of the Bataan police provincial office, said the raiding team swooped down the internet shops Charlote, Deadline and Barracks, all owned by Domingo Cordova.

Man nabbed in buy-bust in San Fernando

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 08:09 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A man was arrested in a drug buy-bust operation conducted by the city police the other night in Barangay Sto. Nino, this city.

The arrest, the city police said, is part of their local campaign against illegal drugs trade.

Tricycle driver arrested in a drug buy-bust in Lubao

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 08:07 p.m.

LUBAO -- A tricycle driver here was arrested in a drug buy-bust operation conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) last night in Barangay Concepcion, Lubao, Pampanga.

The arrest, Lubao PNP anti-illegal drugs unit said, is part of their local campaign against illegal drugs trade.

Aquino kin as CIAC head not yet final?

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 08:06 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- The much-publicized "take over" of the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) by a relative of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III is not yet a "final and executory".

This was according to a source at the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), who said that newly appointed CIAC Board of Director Emigdio Tanjuatco Jr. needs to be voted first before he could assume the post of president and chief operations officer of CIAC.

Smart protects subscribers against text message scams

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 08:03 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Officials of Smart Communications Incorporated (Smart) has instituted measures to protect its consumers against text message scams.

Jose Felicisimo "Wo" Rosete, Smart External Relations senior manager, said they implemented a campaign to educate consumers about bogus schemes.

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