New ‘urban authority’ mulled

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 11:46 p.m.

MABALACAT CITY -- Pampanga Representative Joseller “Yeng” Guiao said recently that works are underway for the creation of the Metropolitan Clark Urban Development and Planning Authority which will address congestion and other problems the region will encounter in the coming years.

Ombudsman: Good governance key to inclusive growth

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 11:42 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- “Stamping out the forces of corruption is as imperative as granting the people of the Asia-Pacific region the full measure of the blessings of a robust economy."

Regulate plastic bags – Lazatin

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 11:39 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- A neophyte councilor has filed a proposed ordinance aimed at regulating the use of plastic bags within the city.

San Fernando vice mayor recognized for good governance

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 11:36 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin was among the 10 recipients of The Outstanding Alumni of the Assumption Awards (TOAAA ) at the University of the Assumption (UA) held over the weekend.

Lazatin was awarded under the category of outstanding alumni in public service. The UA, in its official website, said that the award gives recognition to alumni who are involved in various initiatives to alleviate poverty and ignorance.

Councilor calls for support of Porac feeding program

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 11:32 p.m.

PORAC -- Councilor Mark Valencia donated goods for the feeding program being spearheaded by the Porac East and West Districts of the Department of Education here as he called for sectoral support for the feeding program in line with the national nutrition program this year.

The Porac councilor said that well-nourished children can perform better in school and their academics if they are provided with proper nutrition. Valencia donated food items for the schools' various feeding programs this month.

NGCP opens power training center

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 11:29 p.m.

MEXICO, Pampanga -- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) headed by its president Henry Sy, Jr. inaugurated on Wednesday the first ever power training center as well as the newly built North Luzon District 6 Command Center and the newly upgraded secondary equipment of Mexico Substation here.

Pampanga bishop visits Sun.Star looking for Apec ‘condom’

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 09:11 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- San Fernando Archbishop Emeritus Paciano Aniceto visited the Sun.Star Pampanga office Tuesday afternoon looking for a "condom report" related to the ongoing Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit at Clark Freeport.

"I was told that a mayor distributed condoms to Apec delegates. I want to verify it," he told Sun.Star Pampanga.

Pamintuan: Street kids rescue not for Apec

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 08:56 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government here has denied reports that it has been rounding up street children because of the ongoing Asia Pacific Economic Conference (Apec) meeting inside the Clark Freeport.

Alviera Industrial Park to boost local economy

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 08:42 p.m.

PORAC -- With the ground breaking ceremony Monday of the Alviera Industrial Park - Ayala Land's first master planned estate in Central Luzon in partnership with Leonio Land Holdings – it is expected that this will jumpstart the economic activities here and will generate as much as 5,000 new jobs soon as it begins its first phase of development.

Governor Lilia Pineda said Pampanga is lucky and happy that Ayala Land Incorporated and Leonio Land Holdings chose to invest here in Porac.

‘Win-win solution’ over Lubao land dispute sought

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 08:38 p.m.

LUBAO -- Governor Lilia Pineda urged both parties in the land dispute in Barangay San Francisco, this town, to come up with a win-win solution in resolving the case now being appealed at the office of Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio Delos Reyes and subject of the motion for reconsideration before the Department of Agrarian Reform Adjudication Board (DARAB) in Central Luzon.

NGO, partners to give free coconut seedlings to farmers

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 08:27 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF), in partnership with the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region III, is giving free coconut seedlings for Pampanga and Central Luzon farmers who are willing to intercrop.

This as KDF, a non-government civic service group, is now set to plant an additional one million coconut trees in Central Luzon as supplement to its earlier initiative of planting one million fruit trees in various provinces of the region using certified seeds.

PCL head calls for full development of Clark airport

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 08:18 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- A top official of the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) Central Luzon Chapter has called on the national government to implement the full development of Clark International Airport (CRK).

Angeles City Councilor Maricel “Marang” Morales issued the statement in support of the clamor of businessmen and local leaders urging the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to convert CRK into a premier gateway.

Girl, 7, survives mishap

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 08:13 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- A 47-year-old man and his live-in partner died while a seven-year-old girl miraculously survived when the car they were riding accidentally collided to an armored van along MacArthur Highway in Barangay Telabastagan, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, Sunday.

Superintendent Rechie Duldulao, City of San Fernando police chief, identified the victims as Jaime Manalang, 47, a resident of Barangay Mining, Angeles City, his live-in partner Cristina Nulud, 47, a resident of Dona Belen Subdivision, Angeles City.

Apec SOM-1 starts

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 09:18 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT – Senior officials from the 21 members-economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) on Monday kicked off the First Senior Officials’ meeting (SOM-1) at the Clark and Subic Freeport Zones to discuss several cooperation mechanisms on a wide range of areas in the region.

Department of Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Charles Jose said the SOM-1, which serves as the first comprehensive Senior Officials’ Meeting for this year, will be composed of more than 30 working groups and committee-level meetings, which will run from January 26 to February 7.

Guiao eyes inquiry on sale of Paskuhan

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 08:44 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Pampanga First District Representative Joseller "Yeng" Guiao disclosed over the weekend that he is looking into the possibility of calling for a probe on the reported sale of Paskuhan Village here.

Recent reports noted that the 9,3 hectare Christmas Village theme park --later renamed to Hilaga -- was sold to SM Development Corporation (SMDC) by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority or Tieza for P939 million as part of its “asset privatization thrust."

Angeles police implement traffic re-routing for Apec meetings

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 08:39 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles City Police Office (ACPO) has released information on road closures and re-routing in different parts of the city as part of the traffic management preparations for the ongoing Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) First Senior Officials’ meeting (SOM-1) at Clark Freeport.

The City Government of Angeles is presently implementing a traffic re-routing plan to ease the flow of traffic within the vicinity of the Don Juico Avenue.

New city roundabout inaugurated

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 08:20 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president Arthur Tugade recently led the inauguration of the newly constructed five-lane roundabout (rotunda) in Barangay Balibago, this city.

According to the mayor, the Bayanihan Park Rotunda has proven itself as an effective measure to improve the traffic condition in this congested area, especially to motorists, public commuters and pedestrians alike.

DepEd exec lauds knights for promoting patriotism

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 08:19 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- The new head of the Department of Education (DepEd) schools division here has lauded the Order of the Knights of Rizal (OKOR) for instilling patriotism among students at public schools in this city.

Pampanga health care lauded

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 08:45 p.m.

LUBAO -- Officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) lauded the Provincial Government of Pampanga, headed by Governor Lilia Pineda, for being the best and model partner in healthcare throughout Central Luzon during a convergence meeting in this town recently.

Security tightened at Clark, Subic

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 08:42 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- The security level inside the Clark Freeport and Subic, Zambales has been boosted as delegates from different countries who are participating in the Asian Pacific Economic Council (APEC) First Senior Officials’ Meeting started to arrive.

Chief Superintendent Ronald Santos, officer-in-charge of Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3), said that hundreds of policemen were deployed to hotels and other areas to secure the delegates.

‘Fight for free college,’ Cayetano tells Kapampangan students

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 08:38 p.m.

BACOLOR -- Senator Alan Peter Cayetano has urged Kapampangan students to fight for free college education.

The senator issued the statement during a meeting with tricycle drivers in this municipality over the weekend.

KDF eye surgery program still on

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 08:36 p.m.

BACOLOR -- The Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) announced Sunday that it is still entertaining patients who would like to avail of its free cataract and pterygium surgery programs at the KDF - Jesus A Datu Medical Center ( JADMC ) here.

In line with this, the KDF and the Rotary Club of Mabalacat in partnership with the Municipal Government of Mabalacat held an eye screening last January 23 for possible patients. Cataract and pterygium patients will be operated on for free at the JADMC located in Barangay San Vicente in Bacolor town.

PDEA seize P1-M worth of shabu

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 08:34 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- At least P1 million worth of suspected shabu were confiscated during a buy-bust operation conducted by agents of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA3) at Barangay Pulong Maragul, Angeles City and SM City Annex, North Edsa Quezon City, Friday.

In the first operation, PDEA3 director Jeoffrey Tacio said Emerson Galapon, 32, of Tarlac City; and Tristan Acousta, 32, of Barangay Cutcut 1st, Capas, Tarlac, were arrested in Don Bonfication Subdivision, Pulong Maragul, Angeles City.

Haima @ 5: ‘Spreading the Smile’

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 08:33 p.m.

AS HAIMA PHILIPPINES celebrates its fifth year in the local automotive scene, it continues to “spread the smile” along its challenging, yet rewarding and promising journey to the future.

Guv to officials: ‘Clear Sasmuan River’

Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 07:58 p.m.

SASMUAN -- Governor Lilia Pineda, in continuous compliance to the Supreme Court's Mandamus in clearing all waterways to support the protection and clean up campaign of the Manila Bay, ordered local officials here to assist the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in ridding and demolishing illegal structures in Sasmuan River near Manila Bay.

The governor inspected Friday the ongoing dredging and clearing operations along the Sasmuan River utilizing equipment of the DPWH.

Burial assistance for seniors pushed

Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 07:44 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- A neophyte councilor, Carmelo Lazatin Jr., has filed a measure granting burial assistance to senior citizens here.

Proposed Ordinance No. PO-816-01-15 otherwise known as “Senior Citizen’s Burial Assistance Ordinance of Angeles City,” aims to ensure a dignified burial to the elderly of Angeles City, regardless of their economic status.

CLIARC exhibits mushroom production program

Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 07:31 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Central Luzon Integrated Agricultural Research Center (CLIARC) of the Regional Field Office III of the Department of Agriculture (DA) showcased their Community-Based Mushroom Production Project during the 85th founding anniversary of the department in Malate, Manila.

The event is part of the forums and exhibits, which showcased different technologies, services and products that highlight the continuously developing technology of today’s agriculture hosted by the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI).

Arrest warrants out vs mother-daughter bankers

Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 07:21 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A mother and her daughter who were former bank officers charged with large-scale estafa continue to elude justice.

Angeles police launch first tourism units

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 08:03 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Local and foreign tourists will now be guaranteed of a safer visit to the city's top tourist destinations as 40 policemen of the Angeles City Police Office (ACPO) will be doing double-duty of securing and promoting renowned tourist spots here.

The ACPO has joined forces with the Department of Tourism Region 3 (DOT-3) in launching the first ever tourism police unit (TPU) in Central Luzon.

All systems go for Apec

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 08:01 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- It's all systems go for the of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Senior Officials Meeting (Apec-SOM) inside this Freeport from January 26 to February 7 this year.

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