Capitol aims for zero casualty during calamities

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 11:01 a.m.

MASANTOL – Fourth district Board Member Nestor Tolentino said the Provincial Government is aiming at zero casualty during calamities.

Tolentino met with barangay officials of Macabebe and Masantol towns to determine their capability in addressing the needs of the people particularly on relief, search and rescue operations.

National Blood Donors Month kicks off

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 11:00 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The regional leg of the National Blood Donors Month officially kicked off at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in this city.

Themed “Every Blood Donor is a Hero,” the launching ceremony was attended by hundreds of delegates and blood donors from Central Luzon.

Tree planting activity held in Porac

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 11:00 a.m.

PORAC — Employees and officials of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and Councilor Mike Tapang led a grand tree-planting activity at the eastern portion of the FVR Mega dike in Barangay Manibaug here Wednesday.

The activity, according to NGCP, is part of their corporate social responsibility program to promote environmental awareness through tree planting activities.

Guv distributes tricycle patrol

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 10:59 a.m.

MACABEBE – The Provincial Government has recently distributed another batch of tricycle patrols here and in the town of Masantol.

The distribution was spearheaded by Governor Lilia Pineda together with other provincial-elected officials.

Guv calls for creation of local blood bank

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 01:54 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda urged officials on Monday to network and establish a local blood bank in Pampanga to address shortages in donated blood.

During the regional launching of the National Blood Donors' Month themed "Every Blood Donor is a Hero" at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in the city, the governor emphasized the need for networking with district hospitals here, the creation of blood center and having "on-call volunteers and donors."

4th district records 9 suicides in 3 months

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 01:54 p.m.

MASANTOL -- At least nine suicide incidents have been recorded in two towns of the province's fourth district within a period of three months.

Alice Manalastas, barangay health worker (BHW) president here, told Sun.Star Pampanga on Tuesday that they have recorded six suicide incidents in their town. These happened in Barangays Sagrada, San Nicolas, Batasan and Bebe Anac from the month of May to July 6 this year.

Cyclists assail firm for bike ban

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 01:53 p.m.

MABALACAT -- A group of mountain and road bikers assailed the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) for implementing a bike ban along the MA Roxas Street during rush hours without prior notice.

Some members of the Kabalen Mountain Bikers Association (KMBA) said they were not allowed to pass by the Clark Freeport main gate last Thursday and Sunday.

Police still in hot pursuit vs Dutch killers

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 01:52 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Police authorities in Pampanga said Tuesday that they are still in hot pursuit against the suspected killers of Dutch national Wilhelmus Geertman, who was gunned down last July 3.

Two men wearing bull caps barged into the gates of the Alay Bayan Luson Inc. (ABI-Luson) at the L&S Subdivision in Barangay Telebastagan, City of San Fernando, a little past noon of July 3.

Fishpond owner hits board member for suspending demolition

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 01:52 p.m.

MASANTOL -- A village official here who happened to be an owner of some 300 hectares of fishpond is disappointed with Board Member Ricardo Yabut after he asked the Department of Public Works and Highways (DWPH) to suspend demolition of houses here and in Macabebe.

San Jose Viray said he is not in favor with the decision of Yabut as it would not serve the best interest of the public not only in this town but also in the neighboring towns.

Farmers host medical mission for Mabalacat village

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 01:51 p.m.

MABALACAT -- The Butil Farmers party led a medical and dental mission for residents of Macapagal village here over the weekend in cooperation with the Rotary Club of Central Pampanga (RCCP).

Butil Representative Agapito Guanlao said the activity is part of their party's regular socio-civic programs in partnership with non-government groups.

Town gets 97% in Anti-Red Tape Act

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 01:51 p.m.

SAN LUIS -- Good, transparent and effective governance are what made this third-class municipality in the fourth district to score an unprecedented rating of 97 percent in the Anti-Red Tape Act (Arta).

Director Angie Blanco of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Pampanga told Sun.Star Pampanga on Monday that San Luis government, headed by Mayor Venancio Macapagal, scored "the highest percentage among other towns in the province as far as the Arta is concerned."

Wi-Fi services up for Subic establishments

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 01:50 p.m.

SUBIC FREEPORT -- The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Corporations (PLDT) and its subsidiary SubicTel signed up an agreement recently with 12 Subic merchants to provide them with premium Wi-Fi service.

The project has increased to 125 the total number of establishments currently powered by PLDT's Wi-Fi zones in the Freeport.

AirAsia offers 100-hour seat sale

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 01:50 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Philippines AirAsia launched Tuesday a special low-fare promotion to international and local tourist destinations to celebrate its first 100 days of operations in the country.

The promo, dubbed as "100 Hours Special Philippines AirAsia 100 Days Into Airvolution," features exciting destinations like Kalibo, Davao, Puerto Princesa at an all-in-fares of P275 (one way) - P0 for the seat, P15 for airport tax, P230 for fuel surcharges and P30 for the value-added tax or vat.

Gokongwei wins world leadership award

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 01:49 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT --- Cebu Pacific chief executive officer and president Lance Gokongwei was cited at the annual Airline Strategy Awards 2012 in London "for leading Cebu Pacific to become the largest and most profitable domestic carrier in the Philippines while positioning it for future international leadership."

The Airline Strategy awards Sunday, hosted by Flightglobal publication, Airline Business, started in 2002. The event recognizes the airline industry's best in leadership, marketing, and innovation.

Dengue ‘outbreak’ under control

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 12:43 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Mayor Lito Naguit of Santo Tomas town said on Monday that the reported dengue outbreak in one of its villages is now under control.

Naguit met with Governor Lilia Pineda in the Capitol Monday morning to clarify that the “outbreak”, reported on national television recently, has been contained by the Municipal Government through the help of the Provincial Health Office (PHO).

Slain Dutch’s family remains steadfast

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 12:42 a.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Antonius Geertman, younger brother of slain Dutch national Wilhelmus Geertman, said on Monday that their whole family remains steadfast and will continue to support the issues and needs of the constituents of the said non-government organization (NGO).

“We shall continue to tell your stories, and work harder to gather support of the Filipinos’ struggles when we get back to Holland,” Geertman said, referring to the issues of land reform for the peasants, just wages for the workers and the indigenous peoples’ quest for their ancestral domain; and the continuous destruction the country’s environment by big logging and mining companies.

Guv urges farmers to use certified seeds

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 12:40 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO –- Governor Lilia Pineda recently urged farmers in the province to start the planting season right with the use of high quality hybrid and certified seeds.

Pineda believes that with certified seeds, harvest will be increased as much as 10 percent.

Brillante Mendoza Film Festival set in July

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 12:38 a.m.

ANGELES CITY -- SM City Clark will showcase the award-winning films of independent film director Brillante Mendoza on July 12 and 13 at the mall’s Event Center.

SM City Clark public relations officer Venus Manalang said the project aims to educate and open the minds of every Filipino, the young and old alike, on the so-called indie films and how its story reflects the true face of the society.

Tourism office to hold tour guiding seminar

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 12:36 a.m.

ANGELES CITY -- The Department of Tourism (DOT)-Central Luzon, in cooperation with the Angeles City Tourism Office (Acto) and travel agencies in Pampanga, is set to hold a seminar on tourist reception and tour guiding techniques on July 31 to August 03, 2012 at Marlim Mansions Hotel, Diamond Subdivision, Balibago, Angeles City.

This was announced by DOT regional director Ronaldo Tiotuico, who said the skills training program is meant to create a readily available pool of resource persons in the Metro Clark area.

Mothers call for rotavirus shot for babies

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 12:35 a.m.

CANDABA -- Mothers of newborn babies here asked for the immediate implementation of the rotavirus immunization in various local health centers in the province.

This came as President Benigno Aquino III and Health Secretary Enrique Ona recently led the launching of the rotavirus vaccination for infants.

Mayor issues warning to garbage dumpers

Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 09:33 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan warned on Saturday residents living along the Sapang Balen creek here who continue to dump garbage and other waste materials into the vital waterway that has been the subject of recent clean-up drives.

“We are urging people who are living along the creek to do their part in proper waste segregation and to make sure that waste materials are not dumped into the creek,” Pamintuan said during the Saturday’s massive clean-up drive along the Barangay Santo Domingo and Pulungbulu sections of the creek.

US expats to host coronation of Pampanga patroness

Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 09:32 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Kapampangans and Latinos will celebrate the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and 56th Canonical Coronation Anniversary of Virgen de los Remedios on September 9 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, California.

Vidal Aguas, a Kapampangan expatriate living in the United States, said delegations in their national costumes, from different towns and cities of Pampanga, including representatives of Mexican and Spanish communities, will lead the afternoon procession.

Guv ‘relieved’ with PhilHealth’s ‘Z’ package

Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 09:32 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda heaved a sigh of relief as the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) signed over the weekend an agreement with Jose B. Lingad Memorial Hospital (JBLMH) calling for the immediate implementation of the former’s “Z-Benefit Package.”

PhilHealth’s new “Z-Benefit Program” is a comprehensive treatment package for catastrophic illnesses like standard risk acute lymphocytic leukemia in children aged 1 to 10, early stage of breast cancer (stage 0 to 3A), low to intermediate risk prostate cancer, and low risk kidney transplant.

Bizman: 1st semester economy still sluggish

Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 09:31 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) vice chairman Rene Romero described over the weekend the performance of the local economy during the first semester or past six months of 2012 as still “sluggish.”

At the onset of the year, Romero opined that the local economy would be “shaky” but not “really worrying,” because of external effects of other world economies like that of the US, China and what he branded as the Asean tigers.

Mayor: I will face the challenge of 2013

Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 09:31 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said over the weekend that he will face the challenge of 2013 even as he and his camp hope for “changes” in the next year’s polls.

One of the changes the mayor was referring to was the declaration of incumbent first district Representative Carmelo Lazatin to gun for the mayoralty of this city instead of seeking re-election for the congressional seat.

Environment office lauds Iglesia for tree planting

Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 09:30 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO –- The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro) lauded the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) leadership in the Ecclesiastical District of Pampanga for conducting a tree planting activity over the weekend.

Leovino Ignacio, chief of Penro Pampanga, said that more than 3,000 banaba seedlings were planted by the INC brethrens spearheaded by its District Supervising Minister Manuel Soriano.

World-class resort targets Kapampangan market

Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 09:30 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO –- A world-class resort in Manila is now targeting the Kapampangan market after its research shows that the Pampanga’s economy is continuously moving up.

Resort World Manila (RWM) Assistant Manager for Sales Lulu Dalisay-Tamayo said they have chosen Pampanga for the initial launching of “Special Bus Program” because of the rich culture of the Kapampangans that manifests openness in terms of entertainment innovations.

Lazatin won't endorse vice mayor, congressman

Friday, July 6, 2012 - 10:13 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- First District Representative Carmelo Lazatin said he will not be endorsing a vice mayor and a congressman when he campaigns for the city mayor in next year elections.

Lazatin said his lineup is only set for only three councilor’s seats with his team welcoming the possibility of having Lawyer Bryan Matthew Nepomuceno as among his councilors in the 2013 race.

Public Works set to demolish houses along river

Friday, July 6, 2012 - 10:12 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A total of 698 shanties, houses, and other illegal structures established along the Pampanga River in towns of Macabebe and Masantol are set to be demolished by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

This came as DPWH started the initial implementation of the Supreme Court‘s decision involving the cleanup of waterways from Pampanga Bay all the way to the mouth of Manila Bay.

Mayor: Development plan on track

Friday, July 6, 2012 - 10:11 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan reported on Thursday that his administration is on track in its development plans for the city stressing that some of his campaign promises to Angelenos have now been realized.

Pamintuan, during his regular breakfast meeting with media men, said that his regular barangay day have benefited a total of 57, 455 beneficiaries from their medical and dental missions from 2010 to the first half of 2012.

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