Improve business schemes, vendors urged

Friday, September 14, 2012 - 05:25 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has urged vendors at the Pampang Public Market to improve their business schemes.

During a meeting with the vendors and stall owners on Wednesday at the Shanghai Palace Restaurant, Balibago, this city, Pamintuan said there is a genuine need to improve the way vendors work and manage their businesses, especially in terms of cleanliness and orderliness to create a better environment for both patrons and sellers of the market.

Trader arrested for selling illegal drugs

Friday, September 14, 2012 - 05:24 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – A businesswoman from Mabacalat City was nabbed the other day for trading illegal drugs, following a buy-bust operation conducted by the city police.

Authorities identified the suspect as Moenan Del Mundo, 51, single of Jose Abad Santos St., Barangay Dau in the said city.

Naguits feel 'vindicated' from tail dike issue

Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 11:28 a.m.

SAN FERNANDO City – Volunteer flood czar Engineer Marni Castro on Monday branded the breaching of the tail dike and the subsequent flooding as “an act of nature” which is beyond man’s control.

“It is an act of nature. The tail dike, like a car, has depreciated so much after 16 years. The flooding was not man-made. Wala naman gustong bumaha. In any case, may kasalanan tayong laat sa nangyari,” Castro remarked while presenting viable options on rehabilitating the dike.

Teacher accused of ‘maltreating’ pupil

Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 11:27 a.m.

MAGALANG, Pampanga -- The father of a Grade 6 pupil wants school authorities to impose sanctions on a mathematics teacher of San Francisco Elementary School for allegedly maltreating his son.

Alvin Mangilit, the parent of 12-year-old “Jaypee” (not his real name), said the teacher, Soledad Dayrit-Cortez, on three occasions asked his son to stay out of the classroom while his classmates were busy with their lessons. The child, he said, was also ordered to clean the toilet and then let him stand under the scorching heat of the mid-afternoon sun for an hour.

PWD seeks rights office help on non-renewal of contract

Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 11:26 a.m.

A PERSON with disability (PWD), who was a former casual employee of the City Government of San Fernando, sought help from the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) after he was served a letter ending his appointment.

Raymond Sagum, in his July 30 letter, asked the opinion of the CHR after his appointment was no longer renewed by Mayor Oscar Rodriguez. Sagum had been working for the City Government of San Fernando for the past eight years and was a former employee at the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) Persons with Disability Section.

Police hot on trail of transport leader’s killers

Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 11:21 a.m.

ANGELES CITY – Police authorities here said they have identified the suspects behind the shooting of transport leader Feliciano ‘Poncing’ Infante.

Infante was shot dead recently by two motorcycle-riding gunmen in the Hausville jeepney terminal in Barangay Pandan, near Marquee Mall in this city.

CCP Sineklab to revive interest in Filipino films

Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 11:16 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the City Government here partnered together to bring the best of Filipino films in a bid to revive interest in vintage and contemporary films.

CCP Media Arts director Ed Delos Santos Cabagnot facilitated the film viewing and appreciation workshop at the Heroes Hall Theater under the CCP Sineklab program.

Another old model truck stolen in Minalin

Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 11:15 a.m.

CAMP OLIVAS -- Another old model vehicle was stolen in Barangay Sta. Maria, Minalin this province recently.

In a report, victim Albert Layson, 46, of said barangay reported to police that his Isuzu Elf Mini dump truck was believed to have been carnapped while parked in front of their house.

PDEA holds drug awareness seminar in Candaba

Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 11:13 a.m.

CANDABA – The regional office of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) together with the local police here conducted a drug awareness seminar for students of the Pasig High School.

The PDEA said the seminars aim to educate students about the long-term effects of taking illegal drugs.

Motorists hit PUV drivers for endangering public

Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 11:12 a.m.

MEXICO – Motorists complained Wednesday that public utility vehicles are compromising their safety and that of commuters by irresponsibly parking their jeepneys along the Sto. Domingo rotunda here.

According to motorists, jeepneys have been occupying almost half of the lane along the circle going to San Fernando City.

Tourism office to hold 1st Halal food handling seminar

Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 11:11 a.m.

THE regional office of the Department of Tourism is inviting hotel and restaurant managers and chefs to attend the series of seminars and workshops on the preparation and handling of halal food.

The first of a series of seminars and workshops is on September 17, Monday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marlim Mansions Hotel, Diamond Subdivision, Balibago, Angeles City.

SM City Clark holds ‘BIG’ sale

Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 11:10 a.m.

CLARK FREEPORT – Shoppers of SM City Clark have a chance to win one of three ASUS Eee PC X101H Netbooks as it holds its biggest sale of the year from September 14 to 16, 2012.

For every P500 single or accumulated purchase from SM Department Store, SM Supermarket, SM Foodcourt or from any participating mall establishment, a shopper is entitled to one raffle coupon. At SM Cinema, a customer gets one raffle coupon with every single purchase of four regular theatre tickets or two digital theatre tickets.

Major causes of tail dike breach found

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 11:52 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Provincial officials on Monday identified the major causes of the breaching of the San Fernando-Sto. Tomas-Minalin Taildike.

Board Member Nestor "Bay" Tolentino made the disclosure during the joint hearing of the committees on environment and natural resources and public works at the Capitol.

NHA to facilitate titles of Pinatuo resettlers

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 11:46 a.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Vice President Jejomar Binay said the National Housing Authority (NHA) will look into facilitating the Transfer Certificates of Titles (TCTs) of those displaced during the Mt. Pinatubo eruption in 1991.

The displaced residents are now living in 16 resettlement sites in Pampanga, Zambales and Tarclac.

San Luis LGU, teachers thank guv, PB for school

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 11:44 a.m.

SAN LUIS – The local government unit here as well as teachers expressed gratitude to Gov. Lilia Pineda, Vice Gov. Yeng Guiao and the Provincial Board for their support in realizing their dream – a high school in this town.

"Dakal Pung Salamat Gov. Nanay Lilia G. Pineda , Vice Gov. Yeng Guiao at Sanggunian Panlalawigan Members king Patuloy a Suporta King Balen San Luis Lalu na King Pangatatag Ning San Luis High School," reads a streamer put up the Mayor Venancio "Asyong" Macapagal, Sanggunian Bayan members and faculty of the San Luis High School during Monday's flag raising ceremony.

Guv: Capitol plans to construct bridge in Masantol

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 11:43 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Governor Lilia Pineda earlier told officials from the isolated villages of Masantol that the provincial government is planning to construct a bridge to connect them to the town proper.

Pineda has observed that most of these barangays are left behind in terms of development.

Flashfloods hit Sto. Tomas, Minalin

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 11:41 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNADO – Residents in low-lying villages in nearby Sto. Tomas and Minalin towns experienced a sleepless night after rampaging floodwaters from the tail dike cascaded anew at dawn Tuesday.

Joselyn Supan, 38, of Sto. Tomas town said flashfloods induced by heavy rains Monday night have sent her neighbors to panic, as waters started to rise at 3:00 am Tuesday.

Another cabalen in CSC PagAsa roster

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 11:40 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Another Kapampangan government executive will join City of San Fernando Public Employment Services Office manager Donny Sayre in Malacañang on September 19 to receive the Civil Service Commission (CSC) PagAsa award.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) chief administrative officer Maribel Blanco, the wife of Bacolor Councilor and Pampanga Mayors League secretary Steekie Blanco, have been named in the PagAsa award roster during the Search for the 2012 Outstanding Public Officials and Employees, a highlight of the commission’s 112th anniversary.

City councilor: Open eyes to RH bill

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 11:38 a.m.

ANGELES CITY – “Sad” is how Angeles City Councilor Maricel Morales describes the likelihood that not one legislator from Pampanga is expected to vote for House Bill 4244 or Reproductive Health (RH) Bill that will be put to a vote soon.

Morales simply rationalizes that, “some of them if not all fear of losing support of the electorate especially now that the 2013 elections is but some six months away. The country’s populace is likely being read as generally conservative, and that the general misconception that the RH bill promotes abortion when it does not.”

Garbo serious in mayoralty bid

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 11:37 a.m.

MABALACAT CITY --- Board Member Crisostomo Garbo said Tuesday he is serious in his plan to run for mayor in this newly converted component city.

But Garbo declined to issue additional comments regarding reports that he will seek the city’s top post in the upcoming polls next year.

New top cop visits towns for dialogue

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 11:35 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The newly installed police provincial director will be starting his tour of duty with a series of dialogues with various chiefs of police and other personnel in uniform in the province's 4th district.

Sr. Supt. R’win  Sta. Ana Pagkalinawan will visit today the towns of San Luis, San Simon and Candaba to personally meet the local police who are in  the frontline in anti-criminality efforts.

Driver found dead inside tanker trailer Lubao

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 11:34 a.m.

CAMP OLIVAS – A driver was found dead inside of a tanker trailer abandoned along the Gapan-Olongapo Road in Barangay Concepcion, Lubao town last Sunday.

A belated report said Antonio Ursais, 52, of Barangay San Antonio of Lubao town was already dead when found in the driver’s seat of an international tractor trailer (TUA-541) parked along the said road.

Probe into tail dike breach starts today

Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 09:16 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Pampanga Provincial Board’s (PB) committee on environment will start formal investigations Monday on the breach at the Minalin-Sto. Tomas-San Fernando tail dike that led to massive here.

Board Member and committee on environment chair Nestor Tolentino (4th district) said the investigation is in response to the joint resolutions of the Municipal Council of Minalin and Sto. Tomas dated August 28.

Top cop orders crackdown on loose firearms in Arayat

Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 09:16 p.m.

ARAYAT -- Provincial Police Director Edgardo Tinio, before relinquishing his office, ordered this town’s chief of police to spearhead an aggressive drive to recover loose firearms here.

This came as shooting incidents involving barangay chairmen were reportedly increasing as the local election nears.

Board member: Informal settlers not above the law

Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 09:13 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- “No one, including informal settlers along the Pampanga River, is above the law.”

So stressed fourth district Board Member Nestor Tolentino over the weekend, as the Department of Public Works and Highways is set to demolish houses and structures of informal settlers, including illegal fish pens in the towns of Macabebe and Masantol.

Vice guv is PBAPC’s coach of the year

Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 09:12 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Vice Governor and first district congressman wannabe Joseller Guiao has been named “Coach of the Year” by the Philippine Basketball Association Press Corps (PBAPC).

Guiao, branded by cabalens as the “CCC” [Champion Coach and Congressman] of Pampanga, earned the award for the second time over Talk ‘N Text’s Chot Reyes and B-Meg’s Tim Cone for steering Rain or Shine (ROS) to a breakthrough championship in the recent Governors’ Cup.

Ex-board member leads ‘Delta for Vice Gov Movement’

Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 09:10 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Former senior board member Engr. Ferdinand Labung of the third district confirmed over the weekend the formation of the “Delta for Vice Governor Movement.”

Engr. Labung, who has temporarily shelved his political plans and is now concentrating on his construction business, said he is the proponent of the said movement and is the district campaign manager of former Pampanga Mayors League (PML) President and three term Lubao Mayor Dennis G. Pineda, who is popularly known as “Delta.”

5 lawmakers co-authors of salary upgrade bill for teachers

Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 09:10 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Three Pampanga legislators from the House of Representatives and two party-list lawmakers are among the 180 who co-authored House Bill (HB) 2142, which seeks to upgrade the salary grade level of the country’s public school teachers.

No Garbo-Castro tandem in 2013 polls

Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 09:08 p.m.

MABALACAT CITY -- Vice Mayor Noel Castro denied reports that he will seek re-election and will run under the slate of Board Member Crisostomo Garbo, who is reportedly seeking the mayoralty post in this newly converted component city in next year’s election.

Castro said he has not changed plans and he is already decided to run for mayor as an independent candidate.

Foundation to launch free cataract screening

Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 09:07 p.m.

STA. RITA -- The Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) will host a free eye cataract screening on September 20 and 22 at the Jose A. Datu Medical Center (JADMC) for indigent patients who would like to avail of free cataract removal operations.

KDF and former Clark Development Corporation president Benigno Ricafort said the mission aims to provide free cataract surgery to indigents of the province.

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