CANDABA – A group of traders here is urging local officials to limit the stay of “seasonal” vendors, the presence of which they claim is unfair and disadvantageous to homegrown businesses.
“There must be a clear term as to how long they will stay in the main plaza. If they come here for the town fiesta, they should leave after the occasion,” one of the traders, who requested anonymity, said.
CLARK FREEPORT -- Cebu Pacific Air and CAE, world leader in aviation training, inaugurated Monday their new aviation training center inside this Freeport.
The joint venture, known as the Philippine Academy for Aviation Training Inc. (PAAT), will initially cater to Airbus A319/320/321 series pilot type-rating training requirements and will provide “wet” instructor-led type-rating training to CEB’s current and new-hire pilots, and to other aircraft operators of the region.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Lantern makers and organizers of the annual Giant Lantern Festival (GLF) affirmed Monday the tradition of the world-renowned festivity of lights, colors and sounds will continue.
The celebration will push through despite the recent calamities and tragedies that befell this city, like recent flooding brought about by southwest monsoon rains.
THE City of San Fernando is now promoting a different kind of lantern competition that uses recyclable materials and household waste as a way to express the Yuletide cheer.
Conrado Pacla, one of the board of advisors of this year’s Giant Lantern Festival, said various villages in the city are now competing to produce the best lantern using local materials from household waste, recyclable and indigenous materials.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Nineteen towns in Pampanga are set to showcase local products, foods and delicacies in a three-day agro-industrial trade fair to be held at the SM City Pampanga starting December 7.
This affair will be hosted by the Provincial Government, as part of the week-long celebration of the founding anniversary of the province.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- More than 6,500 participants from different public and private sector groups over the weekend helped raise more than P500,000 in donations intended to extend support for scholars from the marginalized sector during the Alay Lakad 2012 at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in this city.
Alay Lakad chairman Engr. Marni Castro told Sun.Star Pampanga that this year's walk-for-a-cause is the biggest so far, as the City Government remains the only local government unit known to pursue the advocacy that started years back.
MASANTOL -- Residents here are expressing hope that the proposed establishment of a floating birthing station will soon be carried out by the Provincial Government.
They said this initiative would be a big help to pregnant mothers and their families because it could mean lesser expenses.
CLARK FREEPORT -- The local government of Tarlac province and Cebu City won in two different categories of the first Jesse Robredo Awards for Excellence in ICT for Good Governance.
The “eGov Awards” seek good governance in local government units (LGUS) through the use of modern information technology.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- For the first time in the history of the Parul Sampernandu, a 16-foot giant lantern from this city, is shining permanently in Singapore.
The giant lantern, crafted with plastic and powered by 800 bulbs, was shipped to Singapore in component parts and is on display at the Cathedral of Good Shepherd. It costs the City Government some P150,000 to put the giant lantern for the “Paskong Pinoy 2012: Giant Parol in Singapore.”
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — Foreign national delegates of the World Social Forum on Migration (WSFM) and an officer of the Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People lauded the efforts of the Provincial Government of Pampanga in helping overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) through the Provincial Action Center for OFWs (Pacoc).
Marg Liddell, a delegate from Melbourne, Australia, said she was impressed with the initiatives of the province for its OFWs, adding that the province has made a rather impressive accomplishment despite having established a very young action center.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- SM City San Fernando Downtown on Friday afternoon launched its exclusive Privilege Card designed to give customers and shoppers exciting perks and huge discounts all-year round.
Highlighted by the GMA Mall Show, featuring Mark Herras and Kyla in a back-to-back concert at the mall’s roof deck at the 7th level, the launch was graced by Mayor Oscar Rodriguez and attended by hundreds of eager shoppers who wanted to get hold of the “I Love Downtown” privilege card.
THE City Government of San Fernando led by Mayor Oscar Rodriguez and multi-sectoral groups commemorated Friday the 149th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio by unveiling its new monument at Heroes Park.
The composite bronze monument was crafted by Ten Outstanding Young Men awardee Sajid Imao, the son of a national artist.
MEXICO, Pampanga -- The National Grid Corpo0ration of the Philippines (NGCP) is set to expand its metering services in 2013.
Lawyer Cynthia Perez-Alabanza, NGCP spokesperson and adviser for external affairs, said the recent certification of the transmission firm as the metering services provider for the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market has “trained the spotlight onto one of the major services performed by the company.”
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Senator Loren Legarda has joined the call to save the Philippine Marine Turtles or "Pawikan" at the 2012 Pawikan Festival held at the Pawikan Conservation Center in Morong, Bataan. Legarda, speaker at the event, remarked that the Pawikan is one of the oldest species that have survived to this day, and are among those that live the longest.
ANGELES CITY -- A village official recently spoke up against the uninformed inclusion of his relative in the list of job order appointments of the City Government.
Councilmen’s League of Angeles City (CLAC) Executive Vice President and Barangay Cutcut official Roy Ogurida, in a radio interview, said the inclusion of his sister’s name in the list of the City Government’s job order employees, along with the names of the relatives of other barangay officials, was done without their knowledge.
ARAYAT -- Senior Superintendent R’win Pagkalinawan, police provincial director, said this town is considered as high risk this coming midterm elections, as it has the most number of recorded election-related violence in Pampanga province.
“Yung Arayat lamang ang may insidente ng election-related violence nung nagdaang halalan na nauulit ngayon,” Pagkalinawan said.
MEXICO, Pampanga -- Officials of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said Thursday that it already formulated plans to avert any possible power interruption during the 2013 polls, not only in Pampanga but of the entire Luzon Grid.
During the Power 101 Seminar for Media held at the NGCP Substation in Barangay San Jose Matulid in this town, legal officer and spokesperson Cynthia Perez-Alabanza said the firm will aim to duplicate its 2010 feat of uninterrupted power in 2010.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda said Wednesday that the Provincial Government will bring down the services of the Pampanga Action Center for Overseas Filipino Workers Concerns (Pacoc) to the more than 500 barangays of the province.
Pacoc, created during the onset of the Pineda administration under Executive Order 16-2010, was cited during the visit of international delegates of the World Social Forum on Migration at Benigno Aquino Hall, as the first successful government office with best practices in advocating the cause of OFWs.
CAMP OLIVAS -- A trailer truck loaded with 14,000 liters of diesel and 5,000 liters of gasoline was hijacked by five armed men along the Subic-Clark-Tarlac-Expressway (SCTEx) in Dinalupihan, Bataan, Tuesday night.
Senior Superintendent R’Win Pagkalinawan, Pampanga provincial police director, said driver Loreto Makatangay, 53, of Linao East, Tugueraro and helper Jaime Baccay, 47, of Cagayan province were traversing the boundary of Dinalupihan town along the said expressway when they were flagged down by the suspects.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Provincial Government said at least P1 billion is still available to support important projects intended for the development and improvement of the province.
Governor Lilia Pineda assured her constituents during a visit in different towns in Pampanga that they could expect more tangible projects from the Provincial Government that would be beneficial to the communities.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Pampanga remains the strongest source of overseas workers for Central Luzon and the country, with P16.6 billion in remittances in 2006 and P161.2 million in donations to various organizations in the province to date.
This was stressed during the 5th World Social Forum on Migrations (WSFM) field visit at the Provincial Government on Wednesday. The forum featured the visit of some 60 foreign nationals all across the globe representing various countries where Filipino workers represent a significant population.
ANGELES CITY -- More than 50,000 participants from different sectors here are expected to troop to Plaza Miranda today, Thursday, as the City Government leads the anti-drug march rally on its second year.
The event will be held in culmination of the month-long celebration of the National Dangerous Drugs Awareness and Prevention Month.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The delegates of the 5th World Social Forum on Migration (WSFR) lauded on Wednesday the Provincial Government for its organized approach on dealing with the affairs and needs of Kapampangans working abroad.
Sudhagaran Stanley, a Malaysian and officer of Penang Office for Human Development Diocesan Migrant Ministry, said only the Philippines, Pampanga in particular, was able to establish its existence in Malaysia in terms of providing a system focus on the welfare of the Filipinos.
ANGELES CITY -- Barangay Lourdes Northwest council member William David slammed Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan on Wednesday for including the councilman’s wife in the job order (JO) appointments without her knowledge, adding to the list of “ghost employees.”
David questioned the inclusion of his wife’s name in the list of JOs after his father, veteran broadcaster Medardo “Med” David, revealed the names of questionable JOs in his radio program last Friday (November 23).
ANGELES CITY -- Graduates of the Angeles University Foundation (AUF) College of Education passed the September 2012 Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET).
UF-CED Dean Dr. Elvira Balinas said that graduates of Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEEd) batch 2012 registered a 100 percent passing rate (22 out of 22), 95.83 percent for first-timers.
STO. TOMAS -- Mayor Joselito Naguit shrugged off Tuesday a report that the Municipal Government has not been paying its electric bills for the last five years.
Naguit said the report, which said the Municipal Government owes the Pampanga 3 Electric Cooperative (Pelco 3) some P7.1 million, is not true and is politically motivated.
BACOLOR -- The Municipal Trial Court (MTC) here junked evidence filed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) against an applicant requesting for a transfer of registration for the May 2013 polls.
The seven-page decision of Judge Lysander Montemayor ordered Chona Sagcal, Bacolor elections officer, and members of the election registration board to include the 39 petitioners from Barangay Sta. Barbara in the voters list, except for a certain Ramon Diamzon Marcelo.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda said Monday that the Capitol plans to put up a trust fund for the family of a Kapampangan overseas Filipino worker (OFWs), whose death sentence was postponed abroad.
Joselito Zapanta from Cabetican, Bacolor recently got a four-month postponement on his death sentence imposed by the Saudi Arabian Court for killing his Sudanese landlord.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Smart Group, which has over 46-million subscribers, and the SM malls in Pampanga are supporting the Mutya Ning Kapampangan 2012.
Pageant chairperson Olga Frances David-Dizon said her initial meetings with Jose Rosete, manager of Smart’s Public Affairs Department, are successful, adding: “We all felt the genuine concern and generosity of the people behind the top wireless company in the country.”
ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan was named “Most Outstanding Mayor” by the international award-giving body Superbrands Marketing International Inc. (SMI).
The mayor is set to receive the award in a ceremony today, November 28, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Makati City.