UNA bet, veep laud Pampanga execs

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 10:23 p.m.

CANDABA -- Senatorial candidate Migz Zubiri and Vice President Jejomar Binay over the weekend lauded Governor Lilia Pineda and fourth district congressional aspirant Mayor Jerry “John Lloyd” Pelayo for their programs and concern for Kapampangans.

During the 57th birthday celebration of Pelayo at Ms. Earth Park here, which was jived with the sortie of UNA bets, Zubiri noted that the prime health care program of Capitol headed by Governor Pineda has benefitted thousands of indigent patients that is worthy of emulation.

Binay joins Pelayo's birthday celebration

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 10:22 p.m.

CANDABA -- Vice President Jejomar Binay joined on Saturday Mayor Jerry "John Lloyd" Pelayo's 57th birthday celebration held at the Ms. Earth Park in Barangay Mandasig this town.

Binay was welcomed by the Candabeños and Pelayo's district leaders from eight municipalities adjacent to Pampanga River.

City all set for ‘Maleldo 2013’

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 10:36 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City Government of San Fernando on Friday announced that all is set for the staging of “Maleldo 2013” or the annual observance of Holy Week on its 51st year.

Maleldo executive committee chairman Councilor Jimmy Lazatin said some 50,000 local and foreign tourists are expected to troop to the three “crucifixion” sites in barangays San Juan, Sta. Lucia and the main “Golgotha” area in San Pedro Cutud where the “Via Crusis” will be played starting at around 11 a.m.

‘Panata at Panalangin’: A spiritual journey

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 10:36 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - The Sinukwan Kapampangan Artists and City of San Fernando Performing Arts Council staged for the first time, “Panata at Panalangin: A Spiritual Journey Through Culture and the Arts” at the mini-convention center of Heroes Hall.

“Panata at Panalangin” featured 15 art pieces, predominantly made using the flagellant “burillos” or the whip with bamboo sticks tied on ropes, and crowns of thorns to depict “plagues and issues” of mankind and Christianity like “danup” (hunger), “Balota,” “Basura,” (garbage) “Kwalta,” (money) “Gabun” (land), “Albug” (flood), “Kanser” “RH Bill” and “Bisyu” (vice) among others.

Villar checks on Aetas blanket weaving

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 10:35 p.m.

LUBAO - Former Las Piñas Representative Cynthia Villar, who is running for senator under the Nacionalista Party-Team PNoy, visited Friday the ‘katutubong kababaihan’ Aetas who are among the thousands of Filipinos who are beneficiaries of her livelihood projects.

Villar checked on the sustainability of the livelihood projects given to the Aetas from the towns of Porac, Mabalacat and Florida, Pampanga.

Cayetano meets Sta. Rita farmers

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 10:34 p.m.

STA. RITA — Senator Alan Peter Cayetano met with farmer groups at Andy’s Farm in Barangay San Agustin here over the weekend, in order to get insights on agricultural woes.

Cayetano said the event is part of his Listening Tours with various sectors in the country from laborers, businessmen, farmers and the like. Cayetano discussed possible programs and interventions for farmers while eating lunch with farmers.

Pampanga seen to benefit from property boom

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 10:33 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT — United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial candidate Jack Enrile is optimistic that Pampanga will benefit in the years ahead from the property boom in Metro Manila and other urban centers around the region.

Enrile, during a meeting with the Pampanga Press, inside Clark Freeport pointed out that sand quarrying in the province’s lahar areas is now Pampanga’s biggest source of revenue, raking in more than P600 million in taxes and fees in the last two years.

Ex-lawmaker lauds airlines entry in Clark

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 07:15 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Former Pampanga first district representative Francis "Blueboy" Nepomuceno said the entry of Emirates Airlines will be the start of something big for the development of the Clark International Airport.

Nepomuceno, who is running for congressman in the first district of Pampanga under the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC), said the airline's flights to Dubai will serve overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who hail from Central and Northern Luzon.

Guv: Respect Holy Week

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 07:14 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda recently asked candidates in the May polls, particularly her partymates at the Kambilan (Kambilan Ning Memalen Kapampangan), to refrain from campaigning during Holy Week, especially on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

“All I ask of our fellow candidates is to respect Holy Week and for them to refrain from campaigning. We should all solemnly observe Semana Santa,” Pineda said.

2,000 students get P1-million assistance

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 07:14 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Some 2,000 indigent high school students from this city and Sta. Ana town have received P1 million worth of financial assistance.

The beneficiaries came from San Fernando West Integrated School (418 beneficiaries), St. Vincent Quebiawan Integrated School (314), San Isidro High School Sta. Ana (491), and Madapdap High School (525).

Youth group to hold fun run

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 07:13 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Adventist Youth Federation is set to hold a fun run dubbed as “I’ll Run For You” (Youth Outreach in Community or Come-Unity) on April 14 at the Clark Parade Grounds.

The run will start at 5 a.m. with categories 3K at P250, 5K at P350 and 10K at P400. Participants in the event will get a singlet and a race kit.

Environment code set for approval

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 07:13 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The first Environment Code of the province of Pampanga is set for approval in the Provincial Board before the Holy Week recess.

Fourth district Board Member Nestor Tolentino, chair of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro), said during a public hearing Thursday that Ordinance 576, which covers the Environment Code, is already set for consolidation.

No ghost delivery of gadgets

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 03:15 a.m.

ANGELES CITY - Vice Mayor Maria Vicenta Vega Cabigting denied on Thursday reports that there was a “ghost delivery” of laptops purportedly issued to four councilors.

Cabigting issued the statement in reaction to recent graft and corruption charges filed against her and six other city officials before the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the alleged irregular acquisition of laptops.

Holy Angel University labor dispute drags on

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 03:14 a.m.

ANGELES CITY - The labor dispute between Holy Angel University (HAU) and the HAU Teachers and Employees Union (HAUTEU) is still far from over, as union members held a prayer vigil and candle lighting event on Wednesday.

HAUTEU spokesperson Veronica Pangilinan also appealed to the HAU administration to become “more open hearted and open minded” in respecting the rights of the HAUTEU in expressing their rights and sentiments with regards the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) deadlock.

Legarda: Battle climate change; push for cultural survival

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 03:13 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - Senator Loren Legarda urged Kapampangans and local government units in Central Luzon on Thursday to join the strengthened drive against climate change by fully implementing the Solid Waste Management Act through proper waste segregation from the home source.

Environment champion Legarda, chairman of the Senate’s committee on climate change, also encouraged Filipinos to carry on with the tradition of celebrating festivals in towns and provinces during her visit here, where she was welcomed by Laus Group of Companies Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Levy P. Laus.

Escudero backs bid to extend blood money deadline for OFW Ian Ocampo Flora

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 03:13 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - Liberal Party reelectionist Senator Chiz Escudero has enjoined government's call to raise the P44-million blood money for the liberty of Kapampangan Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Joselito Zapanta.

"I am enjoining the public to heed the government's call for prayers and active contribution to raise the P44 million blood money for the liberty of Zapanta," Escudero, chair of the Senate committee on Justice and Human Rights, said following the three months extension granted by Saudi government to Zapanta from execution.

Arroyo gives educational aid to 200 students

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 03:12 a.m.

STA. RITA - At least 200 students from different schools received educational assistance from Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (second district) on Thursday.

The distribution of the grants was led by Arroyo's son, Ang Galing partylist Representative Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo and Sta. Rita Mayor Yolly Pineda at the municipal hall.

Water district, Red Cross hold bloodletting drive

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 03:11 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — The City of San Fernando Water District launched Thursday its yearly bloodletting program with the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) chapter to contribute to blood-banking efforts and to promote healthy lifestyle among members.

Ogie Ocampo of the PNRC here told Sun.Star Pampanga that their group is tapping on partner institutions like the CSFWD to promote awareness on the importance of donating blood for emergency purposes.

Fisherfolk to officials: Implement law on fishing

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 03:11 a.m.

MACABEBE - A group of fishermen here are urging local officials to strictly implement laws governing fishing activities within municipal waters.

Pepito Lagman, a fisherman and resident of Barangay San Roque, disclosed that illegal fishing is hurting the source of livelihood of residents, whose main subsistence is dependent on species living in the river.

Poe eyes more funding for Film Development Council

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 03:10 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — Senatorial candidate Grace Poe said she will be pushing for more funding from the government for The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) to better promote quality Filipino movies that will feature family values and nationalism.

The daughter of movie icon Fernando Poe Jr., Poe is running as a guest candidate of the administration's Liberal Party.

Guv wants to empower women through livelihood

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 03:09 a.m.

MACABEBE – Governor Lilia Pineda recently asked women here to organize themselves to qualify for livelihood programs being offered by the Provincial Government.

Pineda said women need to be empowered so that they could help their husbands provide material needs of their families.

294 loose guns seized in Central Luzon

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 11:29 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS -- Authorities in Central Luzon have confiscated at least 294 assorted loose firearms since the start of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban on January 13, this year.

The seized firearms were presented to local reporters here on Wednesday by Chief Superintendent Edgardo Ladao, Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Luzon director.

Australian, girl nabbed for human trafficking

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 11:29 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS -- An Australian and his cohort allegedly involved in human trafficking were apprehended by police inside their rented room at Bliss Hotel in Barangay Dau, Mabalacat City last Monday.

Pampanga police officer-in-charge Senior Superintendent R'Win Pagkalinawan identified those arrested as Peter Anthony Gardner, 50, of Maninda Avenue, Campbelltown, NSW, Australia; and cohort Jennifer David, 28, of Mt. View Subdivision, Balibago, Angeles City, Pampanga.

LGUs asked: Implement environment laws

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 11:28 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Alliance for the Development of Central Luzon (ADCL) is urging local government units (LGUs) in Pampanga to implement properly environmental laws, including the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.

The group issued the statement following a public hearing initiated by the Provincial Board (PB) on the proposed environment code of the province.

‘Illegal’ quarry operators warned

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 11:28 p.m.

CANDABA -- The Municipal Government here has warned local quarry operators, who despite the lack of necessary permits, still operate in some villages.

Leny Manalo, municipal administrator, said he already talked to some individuals engaged in quarrying activities and encouraged them to desist from operating while securing permits from the Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Office.

58 families benefit from cash-for-work program

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 11:27 p.m.

MEXICO, Pampanga -- Some 58 families who volunteered their services in Barangay Tangle here received Wednesday their salaries under the cash-for-work program implemented by the Provincial Government.

Governor Lilia Pineda, along with other provincial officials, led the distribution of salaries to families who performed community work for the past few days.

Scholars get P1M from ‘Iskolar ng Dong’ program

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 11:27 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr. (3rd district, Pampanga) distributed Wednesday some P1 million in scholarship to some 1,000 high school students in Barangay Saguin here and two other barangays in Mexico town.

Gonzales, during the awarding at the Barangay Saguin covered court here, said scholars from San Juan Mexico High School and Mexico National High School also received assistance under the "Iskolar ng Dong" program.

Broker held up, loses P250,000

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 11:26 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS -- Motorcycle-riding armed suspects carted away some P250,000 after a hold-up incident that victimized a licensed broker in Barangay Malabanias, Angeles City over the weekend.

Senior Superintendent Jose Hidalgo, officer-in-charge of Angeles City police, said Maria Kazelle Salalac, 26, of Villa Leoncia Subdivision, Angeles City, went to the Metrobank branch in the city for encashment of a check worth P250,000.

American found dead

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 11:26 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS -- An American national was found dead inside his rented house at Xevera Subdivision, Barangay Calibutbut, Bacolor town last Tuesday.

A report identified the victim as Scott Wade Tucker, 45, from West Kansas, Florida, USA, who temporarily resided at Block 65, Calle 41, Xevera Subdivision.

Barangay patrol tricycle stolen

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 11:26 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS -- The barangay patrol tricycle of Barangay Caduang Tete in Macabebe town has been reported missing and was believed stolen by still unidentified armed men Sunday night.

In a report, Senior Superintendent R'Win Pagkalinawan, officer-in-charge of the Pampanga Police, said Caduang Tete barangay chairman Nicanor Garcia reported to Macabebe police that his barangay patrol tricycle was carnapped.

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