CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) in Pampanga has started preparation and disaster risk management meetings to prepare the province for the coming rainy season.
PDRRMO chief Lulu Alingcastre said the province has started initial preparation works in time for the rainy months, asking the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on the status of engineering works on structures damaged by heavy rains and typhoons last year.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- City Hall employees lit up symbolic candles and wore red ribbon pins during the International Candle Light Memorial on Aids at the flag ceremony held Monday at the City Hall grounds.
Dr. Renely Tungol, City of San Fernando rural health physician, said Fernandinos should be more cautious and responsible with their lifestyles, and be kept up to date on information about Aids or acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- First district Congressman-elect and outgoing Vice Governor Joseller Guiao will “hit the ground running” as he buckles down to work after his plan to take a short break with his family abroad.
In an interview over dwRW 95.1 FM’s “Talakayan” with veteran broadcaster Perry Pangan, Guiao said he will start the series of consultative meetings related to his proposals and advocacies.
ANGELES CITY -- A week after the elections, re-elected Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said the real winners are the Angeleños.
“Wagi ang Angeleños!” Pamintuan told City Government workers during Monday’s flag raising rites at the City Hall compound.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Candaba Mayor-elect Rene Maglanque paid a courtesy call on Governor Lilia Pineda, who successfully sealed her second term, after getting overwhelming support from the Kapampangans in the last elections.
Maglanque, who ran and won under the Liberal Party, joined the governor and other provincial officials in a flag-raising ceremony held at the Capitol grounds on Monday.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Re-elected City of San Fernando Councilor Noel Tulabut said over the weekend that he will remain "independent-minded" even as the Magsilbi Team gained the majority at the City Council, 7-3.
Tulabut said that he and fellow re-elected councilors Dein Henson and Lito Ocampo, along with newcomers Tino Dizon, Harvey Quiwa, Jack Calimlim and comebacker Nelson Lingat, could work very well with Team Fernandino's Angie Hizon, Ayzel Macalino and BJ Lagman on the floor.
ARAYAT, Pampanga -- The newly elected mayor here is offering Arayat to would-be investors as a potential alternative investment hub, being the gateway to the province of Pampanga.
Mayor-elect Emmanuel Bonifacio Alejandrino said he is willing to provide tax incentives for a period of five years to any investor who is willing to establish a business within the locality.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The tourism program of the National Government in coastal towns in several provinces, including Pampanga, is seen to affect the livelihood of fishermen all over the country.
The Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) stated that more people will join the ranks of unemployed and underemployed once the Philippine government pursues its projects in tourism development areas across the country.
CAMP OLIVAS -- A man drowned while another is in critical condition after being swept by strong water current at a resort in Morong, Bataan over the weekend.
In his report here, Senior Superintendent Ricardo Zapanta, Bataan police provincial director, identified the fatality as Edgardo Bautista, 54, of Barangay Balite, Malolos City in Bulacan.
CAMP OLIVAS -- Members of the so-called “Bukas Kotse” gang managed to cart away several personal belongings from a vehicle parked at the Mega Station along the North Luzon Expressway in Barangay San Felipe, City of San Fernando, over the weekend.
In a belated report here, victim Ephraim Bustos, 25, of Barangay Cacutud, Arayat town, parked his Honda Civic (RHN-158) in front of KFC at the Mega Station around 5:17 p.m. of Saturday.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Third district Representative-elect Oscar Rodriguez said recently that he is not keen on becoming speaker of the House of Representatives in the 16th Congress.
The speaker of the house is the fourth highest political official in the country who is elected by a majority vote of the estimated 287 members at the commencement of each Congress. He or she presides over sessions and decides on all questions of order (subject to appeal by any member), including signing of all acts, resolutions, memorials, writs, warrants and subpoenas issued by or upon order of the House, plus appointing, suspending, dismissing or disciplining House personnel and exercising administrative functions.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A 70-year-old senior citizen admitted at a private hospital here sought the help of health officials as to why his complaint has not been acted upon for nearly a year.
Manuel Bautista of Pilar Village in Barangay San Isidro told Sun.Star Pampanga over the weekend that he lodged a complaint against Mother Theresa of Calcutta for alleged overpricing of medicines at its pharmacy on July 13, 2012 before the Department of Health (DOH)-Central Luzon.
MABALACAT CITY -- A retired police officer was killed in a broad daylight ambush along MacArthur Highway in the commercial district of Barangay Dau on Sunday.
Senior Police Officer 2 Rodrigo Rodriguez, a retired cop formerly assigned at the Angeles City police office, died on the scene after sustaining three gunshot wounds on the head.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Vice Governor-elect Dennis "Delta" Pineda said he will be working for the streamlining of provincial ordinances to avoid redundancy of laws and policies and ensure effective local governance.
Pineda told Sun.Star Pampanga that the City Council will continue to work for local legislation that is responsive to the development and growth in the province and the region.
ANGELES CITY -- First district Representative Carmelo Lazatin and former mayor Francis Nepomuceno may be out in the local political scene this term but younger generations of their political families still hound the Angeles City council.
The Nepomuceno name is alive in councilor-elect Bryan Nepomuceno, who ranked second in the number of votes for the City Council with 63,856 or 8.53 percent of the voters who voted in this year's election here, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
ARAYAT, Pampanga -- The former "supremo" of the so-called Hukbong Mapagpalayang Bayan and now mayor-elect of this town is planning to hold a municipal-wide peace initiative to put an end to the series of killings and other criminalities in various localities here.
Mayor Emmanuel Bonifacio Alejandrino, in an interview over the weekend, said he would reach out to various armed groups, including concerned non-government organizations, to come up with a development plan anchored on the common desire to achieve development by transforming the town into a peace-loving community.
CAMP OLIVAS -- At least nine different kinds of vehicles have been impounded and are now the subject of an investigation after they were intercepted in a checkpoint along the provincial road in Barangay Bitungal, Norzagaray, Bulacan recently.
Senior Superintendent Amador Corpus, Highway Patrol Group (HPG) 3 regional director, said that during a checkpoint together with the personnel from Bulacan police, Commission of Elections, and Armed Forces of the Philippines, they intercepted a white Mitsubishi Montero, two military trucks, and a military hummer.
ARAYAT, Pampanga -- Officials of the Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines (Fescap) Arayat chapter expressed hope Sunday that the new administration in the Municipal Government will observe the law involving budgetary requirements to their group.
Hector Gamboa, Fescap president, said that for so long, they had been deprived of their right under law involving their one percent budget share from the internal revenue allotment of the municipality.
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan -- President Benigno Aquino III twice came to the province to endorse or campaign for Alaminos City Mayor Hernani Braganza, gubernatorial candidate of the Liberal Party (LP).
But it did not at all help Braganza get the upperhand as re-elected Governor Amado Espino Jr. of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) routed him with an overwhelming lead of 554,351.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Former President and now re-elected Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (second district, Pampanga) expressed gratitude to Kapampangans for another term.
Arroyo, who will serve the towns of Lubao, Floridablanca, Porac, Sta. Rita, Sasmuan and Guagua, was proclaimed winner by the Provincial Board of Canvassers (PBOC) on Thursday evening, after she garnered 168,718 votes against former Provincial Administrator Vivian Dabu with 18,547.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Re-elected board members Ric Yabut, Nestor Tolentino, Salvador Dimson Jr., successful comebackers Dinan Labung and Rosve Henson, together with newcomers Cherry Manalo and outgoing Mexico Mayor Teddy Tumang recently professed to “move in unison for a greater Pampanga” and pass more beneficial legislative measures which will benefit Kapampangans.
The local legislators, who expressed excitement over their first session together with Vice Governor-elect Dennis Pineda, said they are optimistic that the “new complexion” of the august body will not, in any way, affect their objectives for the bigger development of the province of Pampanga.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Congressman-elect Juan Pablo Bondoc has called for political unity in his district following his win against congressional rivals here, adding there is much to do in terms of infrastructure, tourism and agricultural development of the district.
Bondoc was proclaimed winner of the congressional race for the fourth district of Pampanga after garnering 105,610 votes or 55.58 percent of the 207,749 of voters.
SANTA RITA — The Butil Farmers Party reigned as the top party-list choice in Central Luzon region after gaining 257,009 votes or 9.03 percent of the total voters who voted in the region, said the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Butil was followed by Citizens Battle Against Corruption (Cibac) with 162,470 or 5.71 percent at 2nd place in the regional ranking. Buhay Hayaang Yumabong (Buhay) followed close at third place and Binhi at 4th place.
MASANTOL -- Members of the Masantol Eastern Coastal Communities (MECC) urged the Commission on Audit (COA) on Friday to speed up the investigation on the Malampaya fund scam involving multi-million pesos worth of "ghost project" intended for farmers here.
Former Vice Mayor Marcelo Lacap, a member of MECC, said their "innocence had been taken advantage by some individuals who successfully enrich themselves" by facilitating the release of some P89.2 million at the expense of the supposed beneficiaries in the localities.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Congressman-elect Juan Pablo "Rimpy" Bondoc said on Thursday he will prioritize agricultural development in the fourth district to give Kapampangan farmers more opportunities for growth.
Bondoc made a successful comeback after he overwhelmingly won over his closest rival, Mayor Jerry Pelayo of Candaba.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Two houses were added to the heritage map of the City of San Fernando on Friday as the City Government led by Mayor Oscar Rodriguez and the San Fernando Heritage Foundation chaired by businessman Levy P. Laus unveiled the markers and signed the memorandum of agreement for their preservation.
The first site opened for viewing to visitors was the century-old Paras-Hizon house along V. Tiomico Street right along the city's main Heritage District.
MASANTOL -- The newly elected mayor in this town said he would ask fishpond operators to consider obtaining insurance policies for their businesses.
Dan Guintu of the Liberal Party got an overwhelming support from the electorate after he defeated Paul Flores, brother of incumbent mayor Peter Flores.
MASANTOL – Police arrested the town's number one most wanted person in his residence in Barangay San Isidro here.
Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, Officer-In-Charge of Pampanga police provincial office, said Sonny Yabut, 31, was arrested by virtue of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Josephine Mercado of the Regional Trial Court Branch 55, Macabebe, Pampanga.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Re-electionist Lilia "Nanay Baby" Pineda was officially been proclaimed governor of Pampanga on Thursday.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) approved the motion of the Pineda's lawyers to declare her winner in the recent polls on the basis of the number of official votes tallied from 16 municipalities and the City of San Fernando.
ANGELES CITY --- A village chieftain has called for "politics of unity", saying that the recent political exercise has divided the people.
Balibago chairman Rodelio "Tony" Mamac, who lost to incumbent Vice Mayor Vicky Vega Cabigting, said the city cannot afford a "politics of vengeance."