ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan received six awards on transparency and good governance in ceremonies held Thursday at the Oxford Hotel, Clark Freeport.
The awards, which were given by Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Manuel Roxas III, include the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi Award - Highly-Urbanized City category, the Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS) Plaque of Recognition - Top 10 for two years in a row and the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) for 2nd straight year.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) on Thursday issued the Labor Advisory No. 03, Series of 2012, promulgating the pay rules applicable for October 26 and November holidays.
“Pursuant to Proclamation Nos. 295 and 488 issued by President Benigno Aquino III on November 24, 2011 and October 9, 2012, respectively, the following rules for pay on regular holidays on October 26 and November 30 and special days on November 1 and 2, 2012 shall apply,” Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, Dole secretary, said in issuing the labor advisory.
CLARK FREEPORT -- The SM City Clark conducted a series of seminars in a bid to train its employees and tenants on the proper handling of special customers or persons with disabilities (PWDs).
Ana Datu, SM City Clark Mall manager, said the project was implemented in cooperation with the Department of Education (DepEd) Special Education (Sped).
ANGELES CITY -- City Administrator Dennis Albert Pamintuan Friday called on the camp of Congressman Carmelo Lazatin to stop misinterpreting the Commission on Audit (COA) observations on city hall operations.
“For lack of anything to say, Lazatin and his ilk are already nitpicking. The COA observations they are citing with regards to petty cash use are indeed very petty. We would not be winning awards from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) if there is any adverse report from COA,” he said.
CLARK FREEPORT -- Employees unions of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) will stage a prayer rally and noise barrage on Monday in protest of the implementation collective bargaining agreements (CBAs).
The workers will stage their protest actions during lunchtime in front of the CDC President's Office at the parade ground.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The Provincial Government, through its Provincial Social Welfare Office (PWSDO), led the distribution of more Philippine Health (PhilHealth) Insurance cards to Barangay Health Workers (BHWs).
PSWDO chief Elizabeth Baybayan disclosed that some 2,712 PhilHealth cards were distributed in various districts in the province.
ANGELES CITY -- The City Government is staging the “Tigtigan Terakan King Dalan” (TTKD) Friday and today, Saturday, along the stretch of the McArthur Highway at the Balibago business district.
Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said: “More than a night of food, dance, and music, TTKD is a celebration that takes pride to the indomitable spirit of each Angeleños to rise from the destruction wrought by Mount Pinatubo.”
THE 2012 Giant Lantern Festival is now set as the city of San Fernando, Robinsons Land Corporation, together with regional television network CLTV 36 signed an agreement last Friday.
The signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) was witnessed by members of the 2012 GLF executive committee chaired by Architect Yolanda Reyes.
SUBIC -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) here posted a P760.14 million collection in September or a combined 14.34 percent surplus over the total collection target of P664.8 million.
Periodic reports indicated that the BOC and BIR gained a combined surplus of P95.34 million last month when the two agencies collected P677.18 million and P82.96 million respectively.
SUBIC -- Just when we thought honesty was becoming a fading virtue, an employee of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) surrendered to the bank a cheque worth P164,250 that he found in a parking lot here.
“I live a Christian life and as a Christian, it is the right thing to do. And one Christian practice I value is ‘do not take what is not yours’,” said Tristan Madi, a supply officer at the SBMA Tourism Department.
CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark International Airport is expecting its one millionth passenger for 2012 this week, said airport corporation (CIAC) president and CEO Victor Jose Luciano on Sunday.
“This is another milestone for the Clark International Airport as we have achieved for the first time an unprecedented one million passengers in one year. In fact, with the arrival of the millionth passenger, the figure is achieved in just 10 months, even before the year ends,” said Luciano.
ANGELES CITY -- A close aide of first district Representative Carmelo Lazatin expressed gratitude last Friday to Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan for accepting their guarantee letters for financial assistance of indigent patients at the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center (RLMMC).
“On behalf of Congressman Lazatin, I would like to thank Mayor Pamintuan for accepting the guarantee letters from Congressman Lazatin’s office,” said IC Calaguas, Lazatin’s chief of staff.
GUAGUA -- Willy Layug, Presidential Merit Awardee for Ecclesiastical Art, led the installation and unveiling of the first Filipiniana altar in Rome, Italy in time for the canonization of Pedro Calungsod on Sunday.
The altar is dedicated to St. Calungsod and St. Lorenzo Ruiz and is now available for viewing at the prestigious Pontificio Collegio Filippino.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda announced over the weekend that the Provincial Government is looking at what the US government did in creating beneficial tourism and recreation projects for native Indians in Fallbrook, California to further develop the Nabuclod Eco-Tourism Park in Floridablanca.
Talking with reporters, the governor said using the US template where American Indians are currently reaping livelihood income and profits from establishments there like casinos and hotels, could very well benefit the thousands of Aetas in Nabuclod who agreed to have the portions of their ancestral domain developed by private investors.
CLARK FREEPORT -- Governor Lilia Pineda said at least P1.2 billion has been spent by the Provincial Government for various infrastructure projects in Pampanga.
This was gleaned during the oath-taking of officers of the Provincial Federation of Barangay Health Workers dubbed “Bayanihan Para Sa Kalusugan Ng Mga Kapampangan” held at Stotsenberg Hotel here.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Some 200 students from Visualcom College in this city got P2.2 million in scholarship grants from the Pampanga Provincial Government.
Vice Governor Joseller Guiao led the awarding of scholarship grants to identified beneficiaries in a ceremony held Saturday at the covered court of Barangay San Jose Panlumacan, this city.
GUAGUA -- Mayor Ricardo Rivera is set to host a yearly competition for woodcarvers and sculptors in a bid to promote and encourage the younger generation here to keep the woodcarving industry alive.
This came after the success of the recent on-the-spot woodcarving event at Betis District here, hosted by the Woodcarvers Guild of Sta. Ursula and the Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines-Pampanga Chapter.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The search for most outstanding Kapampangans is on, with provincial tourism officer Arwin Lingat saying it is the highlight of the Pampanga Day celebration on December 11.
Lingat said the Most Outstanding Kapampangan Awards (Moka) 2012 will recognize Kapampangans excelling in the fields of agriculture, arts, business and entrepreneurship, culture, mass media, education, government service, judicial service, law enforcement, parenthood, religion, science and technology, social service, sports, and youth service.
CAMP OLIVAS -- Several high-powered firearms, explosives and hundreds of bullets were confiscated by operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Field (CIDF), Tarlac Police and the Sta. Ignacia police during a raid in Barangay Sta. Ines Centro, Sta. Ignacia, Tarlac, over the weekend.
GUAGUA, Pampanga – The Wood Carvers Guild of Sta. Ursula Betis held Saturday the first-ever on-the-spot wood carving competition at the Sta. Ursula Gym.
The event is in cooperation with the Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines-Pampanga Chapter with the support of Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2nd District, Pampanga).
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- An employee of the City Government of San Fernando was recently recognized for preventing a robbery attempt.
Ronillo Gloria, who is assigned at the City Treasurer’s Office, was cited by Mayor Oscar Rodriguez, local officials, co-employees, and police after he chased three suspected thieves aboard a motorcycle.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda said she is batting for a renewed relation with the Korean communities in the province during his talk with South Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Hyuk Lee.
The governor welcomed Lee over the weekend along with Korean community officials in Pampanga and Angeles City.
CAMP OLIVAS -- A van driver died while his passengers sustained wounds after his vehicle rammed the concrete railing of the Gugu Bridge in Bacolor town Friday.
Acting Provincial Police Director R’Win Pagkalinawan identified the driver of the Toyota Lite Ace as Orlando Lugtu, 59, a resident of Barangay San Pedro, Floridablanca town.
ANGELES CITY -- A total of 4,120 indigent residents here recently received PhilHealth cards from the City Government and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Phic).
“Our beneficiaries were identified by the National Government through the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR),” PHIC branch manager Arsenia Torres said.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Labor Department of Central Luzon has started boosting its Family Welfare Program or FWP designed to strengthen family ties of workers in Central Luzon, a Dole official said.
Labor communications officer Jerry Borja said Dole regional director Raymundo Agravante over the weekend instructed all provincial field offices to intensify the program to further sustain industrial peace in the region.
ANGELES CITY – Angeles City owes more than P2.5 million in gasoline and fuel products from Magtoto Petron Station, the reason why some city owned vehicles are disallowed from getting fuel from the gas station.
IC Calaguas, chief of staff of Representative Carmelo Lazatin (1st district, Pampanga) claimed the City Government is stuck in debt.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The chief of the Provincial Cooperative and Entrepreneurial Development Office (PCEDO) bared Wednesday that more than P34-million has been released by the Provincial Government to qualify beneficiaries in various livelihood projects particularly under the Negosyo King Panyulung Program (NPP).
PCED)chief Mamerto Gatus said they were providing economic opportunities to the marginalized sector in all towns in the province.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — Mayor Oscar Rodriguez expressed optimism that Vice Mayor Edwin Santiago would be able to continue the programs started by his administration on education, employment, livelihood and solid waste management, among others, if the latter is given a chance to serve as city mayor.
The mayor said Santiago had a wealth of management experience in the private sector and has been a long-time public servant, making him one of the most qualified mayoralty candidates in the city.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – An official from the Pampanga Public Employment Services Office (Peso) has shared her recent award to Governor Lilia Pineda, municipal and barangay coordinators.
Luningning Vergara, head of Peso Pampanga, stated Wednesday that they have successfully implemented public employment services because of the full cooperation of all the stakeholders.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Vice Mayor and Rotarian Edwin Santiago has lauded the support of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCCII) and the San Fernando Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (SFFCCII) for their continuing support to the education sector here through their “Barrio Schools” project.
The group recently donated three two-classroom buildings amounting to P2.5 million. Another two-classroom building facility was donated for Barangay Cut-Cut I in Capas, Tarlac.