City admin: Ghost employees do not exist

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 10:45 p.m.

THE Angeles City administrator welcomed Monday the execution of affidavits by relatives of several barangay officials claiming to be “ghost employees” of City Hall, even as he said the complainants may only be incriminating themselves.

“The complainants may indeed be ‘ghost employees’ because they are nowhere in our roster of job order (JO) workers and payrolls,” Dennis Albert Pamintuan said.

89 unlicensed guns turned over to police

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 10:43 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A total of 89 firearms of various calibers were turned over to the custody of the Pampanga Provincial Police Office (PPO) headquarters in this city for “safekeeping.”

PPO Director R’win Pagkalinawan and Cagayan Police Director Moro Virgilio Lazo presented Monday the firearms to the media during a briefing.

Husband of patient slams hospital for P11,000 charge

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 10:42 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- The husband of a dialysis patient at the Renal Care Unit (RCU) of the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center (RLMMC) slammed the hospital recently for charging his wife with an amount of P11,000.

Bonifacio Dumantay, husband of the patient and a resident of Barangay Anunas, appeared in a local radio show and shared his experience at RCU.

Buy-bust nets 2 suspects for illegal drugs

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 10:41 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Elements of the city’s Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (CAIDSOTG) nabbed recently two suspects in a buy-bust operation and confiscation of illegal substance.

Reports said the elements of the CAIDSOTG received information from a confidential informant regarding the proliferation of illegal drugs at Barangay Sta. Trinidad here, concerning two alleged peddlers.

Councilor: Provide affordable dentistry for masses

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 10:40 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- City Councilor Alfie Bonifacio said he wants to make dentistry affordable to the masses.

Bonifacio, who is a dentist by profession, said his group has already extended free tooth extraction and oral care services to more than 100,000 persons since he assumed office as councilor three years ago.

Ibon-Ebon fest photo contest set

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 10:40 p.m.

CANDABA -- The Municipal Government here has encouraged professional and amateur photographers to participate in the photo contest, which is part of the upcoming 6th Ibon-Ebon (Bird-Egg Festival) in this town.

Leny Manalo, municipal administrator, said photographers will be taking pictures on wild birds that must be shot in Candaba from January 12 to 25.

Development of prime sectors to pep up 2013 economy

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 10:39 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The private sector in Pampanga has identified prime sectors that need government support to eventually beef up the positive growth of the local economy this year.

Recently, both Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. chairman emeritus Levy P. Laus and vice-chairman Rene Romero expressed optimism that 2013 will be a promising and big year for business and investments, as economic indicators started pointing up in the last quarter of the year 2012.

'Ghost workers' file affidavits vs EdPam

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 01:02 p.m.

ANGELES CITY– Relatives of several barangay officials here submitted affidavits supporting the graft charges filed against Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan in relation to allegations of "ghost employees" at the City Government.

Bosconian students laud Laus for feat

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 01:01 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- More than 350 student-leaders from Don Bosco’s schools in Sta. Rosa, Canlubang, Mandaluyong, Makati, Tarlac and Pampanga lauded and thanked Laus Group of Companies (LGC) chairman and chief executive Levy P. Laus for his feat in establishing and building the conglomerate that has been serving the countryside.

Aeta community in Porac now ‘connected’

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 01:00 p.m.

PORAC – An Aeta community here is now internet-connected, courtesy of foreign investors led by IPSTAR Solutions Philippines Corp. (IP Star) which Governor Lilia Pineda and other elected officials warmly welcomed here on Saturday.

Pineda thanked IP Star President and CEO Dr. Joey Aranal for establishing internet connectivity in the said Aeta community, during the launching of the state-of-the-art satellite internet E-Kiosk project in Barangay Planas.

City honors 1st socialist mayor

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 12:59 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City Government here led by Mayor Oscar Rodriguez yesterday honored San Fernando’s and the Philippines’ first socialist mayor, Vivencio Baron Cuyugan, with simple rites commemorating his 118th natal day.

The commemoration coincided with the unveiling of the City Marker and wreath-laying ceremonies at the Cuyugan residence ---now a heritage and historical site--- in Barangay Del Pilar.

OFWs cry for help on breach of contract

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 12:57 p.m.

CANDABA – Ten Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from this town is seeking the assistance of the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) in the region involving unpaid salaries and breach of contract.

OFW Francis Michael Concepcion narrated that he and his fellow OFWs were recruited by RRJM International Manpower Services Inc. to work for Saudi Arabian Airlines.

Folks highlight rice planting tradition in ‘Malsikiti’ Festival

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 12:57 p.m.

STA. RITA — Farmers, artists, businessmen and locals here highlighted the importance of old-fashioned palay planting tradition in the “Malsikiti” Festival in Barangay San Agustin here as participants donned farm clothes and waded on rice paddies to plant young palay saplings.

Now on its 6th year, malsikiti, which literally translates to “planting rice” is held twice every year during the dry and wet cropping seasons around the famed “Bale ng Juan” (John’s House) here through the efforts of Miss Saigon choreographer Andy Alviz.

Trinoma-Clark airport passenger lounge opens

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 12:56 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT --- Passenger volume is expected to increase at the Clark International Airport with the opening of the Trinoma-Clark Airport Lounge on January 15.

Clark International Airport Corporation president Victor Jose Luciano said this will improve the connection of Clark with Metro Manila and other areas in Southern Luzon.

Police nab man in Arayat for ammo, drugs

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 12:55 p.m.

ARAYAT — Police operatives here arrested a suspect over the weekend in an early morning raid that resulted in the confiscation of suspected illegal substances and ammunition.

Elements of the Arayat Municipal Police Station and the Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) of the Pampanga Police Office implemented a search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Celso Baguio of Gapan City against suspect Jeffrey Tuazon, 27, of Purok 2 Barangay San Agustin Sur here.

Bosconians: Learning, Leading, Living

Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 08:33 p.m.

“WE learn. We lead. We live.”

Such was the call over the weekend as more than 350 students from Don Bosco Sta. Rosa, Canlubang, Mandaluyong, Makati, Tarlac and Pampanga gathered at the Laus Group of Companies headquarters in the City of San Fernando for their annual Don Bosco Student Leaders Assembly themed “Propesyon Ko, Buhay Busko.”

Faithful to hail Bible in grand celebration

Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 08:31 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - The Archdiocesan Commission on the Biblical Apostolate (ACBA) of the Archdiocese of San Fernando, together with thousands of the faithful, will put the Holy Bible in the center stage during the celebration of National Bible Week on January 21 to 27, 2013.

ACBA head Fr. Jesus Layug told Sun.Star Pampanga this year's celebration---themed "Proclaim the Word, Profess the Faith" - features an array of activities that will put the Holy Book in focus.

Mayor assures more health coverage

Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 08:29 p.m.

ANGELES CITY — Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan recently assured that more indigent residents here will be covered under the PhilHealth indigent program to help the agency meet its universal health coverage program for 2013.

Pamintuan assured PhilHealth officials here through a message read through Vice Mayor Vicky Vega Cabigting that 20,000 PhilHealth coverage cards are set to be distributed starting this month.

Sun.Star Pampanga lauded for aid in social service programs

Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 08:28 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — The Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) has recognized the efforts of Sun.Star Pampanga in helping with the programs of the group for indigents in the province needing social service programs and medical attention.

This came as KDF recognized social partners during its 26th year anniversary at the Heroes Hall here.  KDF Trustee Sylvia Ordonez said that Sun.Star Pampanga was instrumental in informing the public on the programs and services of the organization. 

Capitol funds P6-M rice processing complex

Friday, January 11, 2013 - 10:46 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - The Provincial Government of Pampanga has funded the construction of the P6-million rice processing complex in Barangay Salapungan, Candaba town.

The project is part of the agricultural support being provided to farmers by the province under the leadership of Governor Lilia Pineda.

IT investors in Asia visit Pampanga

Friday, January 11, 2013 - 10:45 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - Some 120 foreign investors from various countries in Asia will visit Pampanga today (Saturday) to determine the viability of the Internet connectivity investment even in the remote places that cannot be reached by existing telecommunication companies.

Dr. Joey Aranal, IPSTAR Solutions Philippines Corporation president and chief executive officer, said the foreign visitors are potential investors.

Koreans revalidate P4.6-B flood control project

Friday, January 11, 2013 - 10:44 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - A group of Korean consultants had started the revalidation of the proposed P4.6-billion flood control project in low-lying areas in the fourth district of Pampanga.

The foreign consultants hired by Korea Eximbank were led by Park Duck Hee, project manager; Kim Zun Seok and Lee Dong Hun, deputy directors; Taedong Park, president: overseas business division; Jean Young Heo, deputy general manager; and directors Yong Hoom Choz, Jang Jzongho and Kim Dohoon.

Liga chief distributes P250,000 educational grants

Friday, January 11, 2013 - 10:43 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Liga ng mga Barangay-Pampanga Chapter president and ex-officio Board Member Melchor Pingol distributed Friday a total of P250,000 in educational assistance to 100 students coming from the 505 barangays of the province.

The grants -- P2,500 each per student -- is intended to augment the school expenses of the recipients this second semester of school year 2012.

Obama signs bill on Clark vet cemetery restoration

Friday, January 11, 2013 - 10:43 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Bipartisan legislation introduced by US Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) to restore the Clark Veterans Cemetery, which is the final resting place in the Philippines for more than 8,300 US service members and their dependents, was signed into law recently by US President Barack Obama. 

Guy Hilbero, Mabalacat Tourism officer and executive officer of the 26th US Cavalry and Philippine Scouts Memorial Regiment based here, said the law will place the 20-acre Clark cemetery under the responsibility of the American Battle Monuments Commission.

3 Americans, Korean among 7 dead in Olongapo fire

Friday, January 11, 2013 - 01:08 p.m.

OLONGAPO CITY — A fire swept through a hotel in Barangay Barretto in this city early Friday, killing seven people, including three Americans, three Filipinos and a South Korean, authorities said.

Mayor asks SC: Stop GMA trial on plunder

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 09:21 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Guagua Mayor Ric Rivera has asked the Supreme Court (SC) last Wednesday to stop the trial of former President and Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

In a supplemental petition, Rivera and 39 other petitioners from the second district asked the SC to “immediately issue a temporary restraining order or a writ of preliminary injunction enjoining the respondent Ombudsman from prosecuting the case, and the respondent Sandiganbayan from proceeding with the case and from continuing with the arrest and detention of Macapaga-Arroyo.”

Councilor calls for fast-track of CIA expansion

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 09:20 p.m.

ANGELES CITY – City Councilor Jesus Sangil has called for the fast-tracking of the expansion project at the Clark International Airport (CIA).

Sangil filed a resolution enjoining the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) to fast-track the implementation and completion of the Phase 2 of the expansion project of the present passenger terminal.

Capitol funds rice processing complex

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 09:19 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Provincial Government is now funding the construction of a P6-million rice processing complex in Barangay Salapungan, Candaba town.

The project is part of the agricultural support being provided to farmers by Governor Lilia Pineda.

Councilor withdraws from vice mayoralty race

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 09:19 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — Councilor Alex Patio said on Thursday he has withdrawn from the vice mayoralty race here in order to concentrate on his congressional bid in May under a party-list group.

Patio, majority floor leader of the Fourth City Council and author of breakthrough legislation and ordinances earlier filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for the vice mayoralty race in this city.

City signs MOA for PhilHealth’s new policy

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 09:18 p.m.

THE City Government here signed recently a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with suppliers and providers of medical supplies in Central Luzon to complement PhilHealth’s “No Balance Billing” (NBB) policy.

The NBB is a new PhilHealth policy mandating that no other fees shall be charged or paid for by the PhilHealth patients who availed of any of the identified 22 medical and surgical cases under the case rates package payment scheme and to provide optimal financial risk protection for all its members, especially the most vulnerable groups, including the poorest of the poor.

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