Group condemns 'assault' of UP students in Pampanga

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 10:47 p.m.

PORAC -- A militant group issued a formal statement condemning the alleged physical assault of members of a military unit against three students of the University of the Philippines Diliman (UP) recently here.

Anakbayan, in a statement, said the three Bachelor of Science Community Development students were in the community for their field work, which they said is "a requirement for all Community Development students before they can graduate."

Mayor warns bird hunters

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 10:46 p.m.

CANDABA -- The local chief executive of this town issued Monday a stern warning not only to bird hunters but also to individuals who will disregard the inherent rights of this town's migratory birds.

Mayor Jerry Pelayo said just like human beings, the birds should also be afforded with great importance and respect.

City College building construction underway

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 10:45 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The construction of the City College of San Fernando’s main building is now in progress and is set to be completed on the first quarter of this year.

The four-story building of the city college is set to rise inside the 1.7-hectare Heroes Hall grounds here.

'Kaganapan 2012' symbol of genuine unity

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 10:45 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) president Arnel Sicat said Monday that "Kaganapan 2012" or the City of San Fernando's 11th Cityhood Anniversary celebrations is a "symbol of genuine unity among barangays" here.

The ABC, composed of the city's 35 village chiefs, is taking charge of this year's month-long celebration themed "Pamibuklud ding Barangay, Kaganapan ning Siyudad."

Employers reminded of cost of living allowance integration

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 10:44 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Regional Director Leopoldo De Jesus is reminding employers in Central Luzon of the integration of the P4 cost of living allowance (Cola) into the basic wage of employees effective January this year.

De Jesus, who chairs the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board Region (RTWPB) in Central Luzon, said the P4 Cola issued under Wage Order RBIII-15 shall be integrated in the basic pay of private sector workers at start of 2012, based on Section 1 of Wage Order RBIII-16.

Man arrested for illegal possession of firearms

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 10:44 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS -- Police recently arrested a man for illegal possession of firearms in Angeles City.

Ramil Escalante, 46, a resident of Barangay San Jose, was nabbed for indiscriminately firing a handgun between Nepomuceno and Lakandula streets in the said village.

Local governments urged to support anti-TB program

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 10:43 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Regional Development Council (RDC) here urged all local government units (LGUs) in Central Luzon to support the Department of Health's (DOH) National Tuberculosis (TB) program.

"The success of the program will require political commitment through sustained funding support from the national and local governments, with the involvement of the community," RDC Chairman and San Fernando Mayor Oscar Rodriguez said.

MACCII inducts new officers, biz members for 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 10:43 p.m.

THE Metro Angeles Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc. (MACCII) held the induction of its officers and directors for the year 2012 to 2013 at the Oasis Hotel over the weekend, in bid to strengthen local representation for businesses here.

Atty. Miguel B. Varela, president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), was the inducting officer and keynote speaker for the said event.

Media lauded for role in development

Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 10:52 p.m.

ANGELES CITY – Officials took turns over the weekend in congratulating Pampanga media for its role in development.

During the 47th anniversary and induction rites of the Angeles City Press and Radio Club Inc. at Shanghai Restaurant in this city, attended by Kapampangan media practitioners, Governor Lilia Pineda, Representative Carmelo Lazatin (1st district, Pampanga) and Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, together with businessman and Knights of Rizal Supreme Commander Reghis Romero II, noted of the invaluable support of media.

Cycling caravan kicks off ‘Kaganapan 2012’

Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 10:43 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A caravan of 1,200 cyclists took off early Saturday morning from City Hall and made its rounds of San Fernando to officially kick-off the “Kaganapan 2012” celebrations.

Kaganapan 2012 is a month-long jubilation of San Fernando’s 11th cityhood anniversary where various activities have been lined-up, including The Outstanding Fernandino Awards on February 4, the exact date the town was formally recognized as a component city.

Kapampangan theater group up for US tour

Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 10:42 p.m.

STA. RITA — Local theater group Arti.Sta Rita is set on another international tour in May to bring cultural productions to Kapampangan communities based in the United States.

Arti.Sta Rita creative director Andy Alviz told Sun.Star Pampanga that the US tour, dubbed: “Mikit Tamu king Milabas” is produced by Hype Productions owned by Filipino expatriate Peter Marcelo.

Group hosts speech fest

Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 10:41 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — The Pi Sigma Fraternity and Pi Sigma Delta Sorority of UP Diliman Extension Program in Pampanga (UPDEPP) held their annual Speech Fest competition over the weekend with the theme: “Green Revolution: The Fate of the Earth Lies Upon Your Hands”.

The event, an inter-high school speech competition, was held at the Robinsons Starmills Pampanga in celebration of their Deltan Week, a week-long celebration of the 30th local anniversary of Pi Sigma Delta in UPDEPP.

Tesda allots P1B for training-to-employment program

Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 10:40 p.m.

TECHNICAL Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) has allocated a total of P1.1 billion for its scholarship program, which will initially give jobs to 45,500 trainees upon graduation.

Speaking in the opening of the Central Luzon Regional Skills Competition on Saturday here, Tesda Director General Joel Villanueva said P500 million was allotted to the training program on business process outsourcing where 65,000 trainees will be enrolled into.

Security forces hold consultation with stakeholders

Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 10:39 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — Security forces in Central Luzon (CL) under the 7th Infantry Division (7ID) conducted a one-day stakeholders’ consultative meeting over the weekend in a bid to address issues and concerns in local peacekeeping and counter-insurgency efforts here.

The meeting was under the ambit of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Internal Peace and Security Plan “Bayanihan” and was held at Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija province.

Tarlac City’s heritage highlights 2012 festival

Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 10:38 p.m.

TARLAC CITY -- To further promote this city’s heritage, the city’s festival theme will focus on its customs this year.

“Dubbed as ‘Sigla’t Saya, Sama-Sama kahit Magkakaiba,’ this festival will remind our people of the significance of the unyielding collaboration carried by our forefathers, who despite their differences, still worked harmoniously and turned the impossible into achievable,” said Tarlac City Mayor Ace Manalang.

Clark exports soar to $3.9B in 2011

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 09:06 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT - The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) posted for its 2011 export statistics a staggering $3.912 billion - a historical 161 percent increase from the state-owned firm's US$1.453 billion record in 2010.

CDC President Felipe Antonio B. Remollo said the entry of Texas Instruments (TI) in 2010 "has remarkably contributed" to the export industry of this bustling Freeport with the $1.53 billion it posted last year.

Mayor supports plan to transfer NAIA to Clark

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 09:06 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Valenzuela City Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian expressed his support to the plan to transfer the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and its operations inside Clark Freeport.

Gatchalian, an active member of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), made this statement during the sisterhood signing between Valenzuela City and Angeles City.

Power cooperative chosen as boot camp showcase

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 09:05 p.m.

MEXICO -- The Pampanga 1 Electric Cooperative (Pelco 1) has recently been chosen as a showcase for the Performance Governance System (PGS) Boot Camp of the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA).

On Tuesday afternoon, ISA associates led by president Francisco Ezmeindi Jr. visited and observed the best practices of Pelco 1 as part of ISA's 2012 PGS Boot Camp themed "Lighting the Way to PGS Success."

Investment generation highlights sisterhood pact

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 09:04 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- An exchange of best practices in investments generation and industrialization will be the highlights of the Angeles City-Valenzuela sisterhood agreement.

These were disclosed on Wednesday by Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and Valenzuela City Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian after inking the memorandum of agreement at the City Council session hall here as was witnessed by their respective city councils.

Firm exec announces mayoralty bid

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 09:03 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation Vice President Reynaldo Catacutan announced that he will again seek the mayoralty post in the town of Capas, Tarlac province next year.

Catacutan also dismissed claims that he is eyeing the presidency of CIAC, saying that he accepted his position, through the invitation of President Aquino, to help in the development of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA).

Lawmaker holds forum on electric cooperative issues

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 09:03 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO --Association of Philippine Electric Cooperatives (APEC) partylist Congressman Ponciano Payuyo led the forum Thursday on issues of local electric cooperatives here at the Benigno Aquino Hall.

The event was also led by Provincial Board Cooperative Committee head Monina Laus and featured different stakeholders in rural electrification, officials of Pampanga 3 Electric Cooperative (Pelco3) and electric consumers.

60,700 dogs vaccinated in province

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 09:02 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - An official from the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) said Thursday that more than 60,700 dogs in the province have already been vaccinated for anti-rabies.

Jerry Nicdao, PVO operations division chief, said this activity is a year-long project open to all local dog owners.

Bosconian alumni group leads 'Blue Run' in Clark

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 09:02 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT - Don Bosco Academy Batch 1988 and the Don Bosco Alumni Association (DBAA) - Pampanga Chapter is inviting all Bosconians and its alumni to join the "Blue Run" on January 28 at the CDC Parade Grounds.

Event chairman and technical director Melvin Fausto of DBA Batch 1988 said "Blue Run" is a fund-raising event for the benefit of indigent residents living in nearby Mabalacat town.

5 new programs launched

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 09:01 p.m.

CLTV36 will be kicking off the first quarter of 2012 with five new programs beginning January 30, 2012.

Come Monday, CLTV36 will introduce its new morning program "Bagong Umaga", which provides information anchored on light news, events, and other important issues in and around Pampanga and Central Luzon.

$50-M aviation training school to open

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 12:44 a.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- President Benigno Aquino III led Tuesday other government officials in the groundbreaking ceremony for the US$50-million pilot school and aviation training facility of Cebu Pacific (CEB) and CAE inside the Freeport.

The President is joined by Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Deepak Obhrai, Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, CEB president Lance Gokongwei.

Clark president back to work

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 12:43 a.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Victor Jose I. Luciano has reported back to work after going on a 90-day voluntary leave of absence, following allegations of his involvement in a cable theft case inside the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport.

During the groundbreaking rites for the construction of an aviation school inside this Freeport Tuesday, Luciano reiterated that the Office of the Transportation Security (OTS) under the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has cleared him on the case.

Traders' lawyer warns city engineer

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 12:42 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The lawyer of several businessmen in this city has warned City Engineer Nelson G. Lingat of possible lawsuits for making baseless accusations affecting the business community instead of calling for a dialogue or public consultation.

“It is a form of misconduct under Republic Act No. 6713, otherwise known as the Code of Ethical Standards for Public Officials, and possibly a criminal act under Republic Act No. 3019, otherwise known as the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act,” Lawyer Dante S. David said in a letter sent to Lingat.

Environment office sets measures for quarry collection target

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 12:41 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro) chief Art Punzalan said Tuesday they have set measures to achieve the governor’s P400-million quarry collection target for 2012.

It could be remembered that Governor Lilia Pineda has set her sights on a P400-million quarry collection target as part of her main priority works for this year.

Angeles City mayor hosts city’s ‘vin d’honneur'

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 12:41 a.m.

ANGELES City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan hosted on Friday the City Government’s version of vin d’honneur at the Old Pamintuan Mansion.

Vice Mayor Vicky Vega Cabigting, members of the City Council, department and program heads of the City Government, businessmen from the Angeles City Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industries (AC-FilChi) and officers from the Angeles City Police Office (Acpo) were among the guests during the post-new year reception.

Project remits $1.134B to National Government

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 12:40 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Malampaya Deep Water Gas-to-Power Project (Malampaya Project) remitted a check worth $1.134 billion to the National Government over the weekend.

Members of the Malampaya consortium including Shell Philippines Exploration BV (45%), Chevron Malampaya LLC (45%), and Philippine National Oil Company-Exploration Corporation (PNOC-EC) (10%), operating Service Contract 38 or the Malampaya Project turned over the check to President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

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