Businessman cites role of media in development

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 08:25 p.m.

City Of San Fernando -- Laus Group of Companies Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Levy P. Laus is optimistic for the local economy of Central Luzon this coming 2015 as he highlighted the importance of local media in the region’s development.

Laus made this forecast during the Christmas media luncheon with Pampanga media at Max's Restaurant on Monday.

Lazatin: Rodriguez’s re-election bid good for San Fernando

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 08:21 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Former first district Representative Carmelo "Tarzan" Lazatin welcomed Monday the decision of third district Representative Oscar "Oca" Rodriguez to seek re-election, allowing a "harmonious relationship" between officials in the nearby City of San Fernando.

In a phone interview, Lazatin said both Rodriguez and City of San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago "are doing very good in their respective posts and there is no reason for them to clash in 2016."

Central Luzon ‘well-poised’ for Asean economic integration

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 08:11 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Central Luzon is in a strong position to partake in the economic integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) next year, an official of the Regional Development Council (RDC-3) in Central Luzon assured, citing vigorous economic progress and positive image in the international community.

Fire hits sugarcane farm in Guagua

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 08:05 p.m.

GUAGUA -- A portion of a sugarcane farm in Barangay Maquiapo here was destroyed by fire recently.

Fire Officer Christopher Felimco, officer-in-charge of the Guagua Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), said the fire might have been ignited by the cold weather.

PRO3 seals cops’ guns

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 08:02 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- The muzzle taping of firearms that aims to prevent illegal discharge of guns by Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel, here was conducted Monday.

Chief Superintendent Ronald Santos, Deputy Regional Director for Administration of the Police Regional Office III (PRO3), said the sealing of firearms of policemen in Central Luzon has been annually conducted to ensure that no one will use issued guns during the celebration of Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Mabalacat wants ordinance vs riding in tandem

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 09:19 p.m.

LUBAO – Mabalacat City Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales has urged the City Council to come up with an ordinance that will drastically reduce the crimes committed by individuals riding motorcycles.

Morales, who was interviewed at the Pampanga Mayors’ League (PML) Christmas party on Saturday night, said he directed Vice Mayor Christian Halili to immediately consult the public and study a proposed ordinance aimed at limiting the movements of motorcycle-riding criminals.

Oca to seek re-election

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 09:06 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Third District Representative Oscar “Oca” Rodriguez said he is seeking re-election in 2016, dousing reports that he wants to make a comeback as mayor of this city and challenge his longtime political ally, Mayor Edwin Santiago.

“Who said I want to run for mayor? I never said that I will run for mayor. ” said Rodriguez in an interview on Friday night.

Group offers free physical therapy for indigents

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 09:01 p.m.

BACOLOR - The Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) has been offering free physical therapy sessions for indigent stroke patients with the help of volunteers from the Arellano University at the Jose A. Datu Medical Center here.

KDF president Benigno Ricafort told Sun.Star Pampanga that the new program is on a per schedule basis and would be available as long as there are patients willing to avail of the services of the volunteers.

Suspected drug peddler arrested

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 08:48 p.m.

STO. TOMAS - Police operatives here arrested a suspected drug dealer in a buy bust operation few days before Christmas.

Oliver Canlas, 28, of Purok 2 San Vicente, this town, was caught allegedly handing selling illegal drugs to a police agent.

Capitol backs SC mandamus

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 10:44 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga headed by Governor Lilia Pineda reiterated its strong support and backing for the Supreme Court’s mandamus on Manila Bay aiming to bring back its old glory and make it a “swim and bath” spot again.

‘Maestro’ gives Fernandinos songwriting tips

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 10:39 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- “Maestro” Ryan Cayabyab over the weekend gave aspiring high school students and professionals in this city important songwriting tips to enhance their talent and craft.

The half-day training program was facilitated by the city’s Multi-Sectoral Governance Council and Manila North Tollways Corporation in partnership with Cayabyab’s Philpop Music Foundation.

US custody of Pemberton hit

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 09:52 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Anakpawis Partylist Representative Fernando Hicap described as "highly condemnable" the United States government's hard stand to retain the custody of US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton, suspect for the murder of transgender Jennifer Laude.

Hicap said the people should strongly demand not only for the Philippine government to assert custody of the American soldier while the murder case is still being prosecuted, but also for the immediate termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).

Business sector urged to support San Fernando adopt-a-scholar program

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 09:42 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City Government of San Fernando recently urged business owners and traders to support a local scholarship program.

Mayor Edwin Santiago said the local government has already provided educational assistance to the students of the City College of San Fernando.

5 Central Luzon bets win in 2014 Gawad Saka

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 09:36 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Central Luzon bets have bagged awards at the National Gawad Saka 2014 held at Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) recently.

The Gawad Saka is an annual contest to recognize farmers, fisherfolks, livestock raisers and farmers' and fisherfolks' groups who have excelled and made significant contributions in enhancing the development of the agriculture and fishery sector in their respective communities and in the country.

Sto. Tomas indigents get Christmas gifts

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 08:55 p.m.

STO. TOMAS -- Some 50 children from this town received Christmas gifts from the Santo Tomas Municipal Police as part of their social program this Yuletide Season.

Police chief John Clark said that the move was part of the local police's desire to win the hearts of the people in the community.

Mabalacat junkshop robbed

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 08:54 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Four armed men riding in two motorcycles held-up a junkshop located along Mampan road, Barangay Camachiles, Mabalacat City, Wednesday.

Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono, Jr., Pampanga Police Provincial director, said the suspects armed with caliber .45 pistols were on board Honda wave motorcycles without plate numbers when they arrived at the EM junkshop owned by Eufracia Marin, 52, a resident of Barangay Camachiles, of said city.

Burials resume at CVC

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 08:36 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Burials at the Clark Veterans Cemetery (CVC) has resumed after the Bases Conversion Development Authority suspended the interment at the war veterans’ resting place on December 1.

Earlier, United States Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) urged the Philippine government to end the suspension of burials at the CVC.

Business group fetes mayor for support

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 08:27 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) presented a plaque of appreciation to Mayor Edwin Santiago for generously hosting the dinner reception for the delegates of the Federation of Philippine-American Chambers of Commerce (FPACC) and business matching with the members of the chamber recently.

US marine appears in court for arraignment

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

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- US Marine Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton showed up Friday at the Olongapo City Hall of justice where he was fingerprinted and photographed.

Pemberton arrived at the Olongapo Hall of Justice at about 5:12 a.m. Friday on board an SUV from Camp Aquinaldo in Quezon City, said Senior Superintendent Pedrito delos Reyes, Olongapo City police director.

SBMA to hold training-program on CSR

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 08:20 p.m.

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) wants the locators of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ) to regard corporate social responsibility (CSR) not as a mere philanthropic initiative but as a mature, refined discipline.

Victor Persius Chan, CSR manager of Redondo Peninsula Energy Incorporated (RP Energy), issued this call on Wednesday during a media briefing held at the Buma Hotel, Moonbay Marina Area, this Freeport.

DFA announces schedule of holiday season authentication services

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 08:18 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of Foreign Affairs released on Friday the schedule for authentication services in observance of the public holidays in the last week of December.

The schedule covers DFA City of San Fernando-Pampanga at Robinsons Starmills, Department of Foreign Affairs-Aseana (DFA Aseana), DFA NCR-West (SM Manila), DFA NCR-East (SM Megamall), DFA NCR-Northeast (Ali Mall), and DFA NCR-South (Metro Gaisano Alabang).

Nicdao is new PamCham prexy

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 08:18 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Prominent businessman Jess Nicdao has been elected as the new president of the influential Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham).

This came as PamCham corporate secretary Malou Garbes announced the new set of officers as a result of the special meeting of the group's board of directors last December 16.

Angeles honors gun shooting champ

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 08:15 p.m.

ANGELES CITY – The City Council recently honored Franchette Shayne Quiroz, a full-blooded Kapampangan who is making a name in international practical shooting competitions.

Franchette, who is based in this city, was cited through a city council resolution, said Councilor Maricel “Marang” Morales in an interview on Thursday.

Motorcycle riders kill 2 in Mexico, San Fernando

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

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Two persons were killed by motorcycle riding suspects in Mexico town and the City of San Fernando, Tuesday.

Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono Jr., Pampanga Police Provincial director, identified the fatalities as Warren Legaspi, 23, a resident of Barangay Lagundi, Mexico; and Restituto Dimabuyo, 41, a resident of Barangay Bulaon, City of San Fernando.

San Fernando tops in ECA

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:12 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City of San Fernando was recognized by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) after it topped this year’s Environmental Compliance Audit or ECA and for its environment-friendly programs and projects.

Angeles employees to get P10,000 bonus

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:11 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Plantilla personnel of the City Government will each be getting an additional P10,000 Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) bonus before Christmas as Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan approved the passage of Supplemental Budget No. 3, ordained by the Angeles City Council during a Special Session on Wednesday.

Medical City Clark offers specialized health services

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:09 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Medical City (TMC) Clark has vowed to provide specialized health care with its certified physicians and state-of-the-art equipment.

The medical center is committed to offer specialties including orthopedics, ophthalmology, otolaryngology (ENT), radiology, pathology, hematology/oncology, endocrinology, physical therapy, neurology, nephrology, pediatrics, neonatology, OB-gynecology, and different kinds of surgery.

San Fernando holds abilympics, special welfare day

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:07 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The United Nations (UN) International Day of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) may have passed but the City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga still kicked off Tuesday a special welfare day and abilympics for the city’s PWDs.

The celebration is based on the International Abilympics (IA) or Olympics of Abilities for PWDs, which traces its roots in Japan in 1972 when Abilympics, an annual national skill competition for the disabled persons, was organized by the Japanese Association for the Employment of the Disabled (JAED).

Christian House Church Fun Run set Saturday

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:05 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- In line with the upcoming anniversary of the Christian House Church of Jesus Christ this coming February, a Fun Run will be held early morning tomorrow, Saturday, along Jose Abad Santos Avenue in Barangay Dolores, this city.

The fun run is in cooperation with Team Cabalen Runners, a group of professional runners and joggers based in this city.

Street children get Yuletide treat from Quota Pampanga

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 09:54 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Some 50 street children under the care of the Bale Anghel here received Christmas gifts and food from members of Quota Intentional of Pampanga on Thursday.

Quota International of Pampanga president Joycel Robles said that the event is part of their Christmas program for disadvantaged children in the city. The group was invited to help in the Christmas program for the street children under Bale Anghel.

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