CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Capitol might seek the assistance of the National Government in establishing a resettlement site for residents living near the banks of the Pampanga River.
"Wala na ang Arnedo Dike kaya wala ng proteksiyon ang ating mga kababayan doon. Mayroon pa tayong funds pero hindi kaya lahat iyon. Baka kailanganin natin ang tulong ng National Government para sa isang resettlement site para doon sa wala ng babalikan na mga bahay," said Governor Lilia Pineda in a press briefing.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - Mayor Oscar Rodriguez said Monday that the City Government of San Fernando is extending assistance to neighboring towns adversely affected by deep flooding brought by Typhoons Pedring and Quiel.
The mayor has ordered the City Government's finance department to release the funds to be used to provide assistance to the said neighboring towns.
CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a Japanese firm here for a $650-million expansion project that would make it the largest tire manufacturer in the world.
CDC Vice President for Business Development Ernesto Gorospe said top officials of Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. have discussed expansion plans with President Benigno Aquino III and CDC President Felipe Antonio Remollo during the President's state visit to Japan last month.
MABALACAT -- Mayor Marino Morales reiterated his request to the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) to help the local government in repairing the slope protection of creeks here.
The mayor renewed his call after he led an inspection of the damaged portions of dikes and slope protection here over the weekend.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo met with members of the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) during its emergency meeting held over the weekend at the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) regional office here.
The main agenda of the meeting was the presentation by RDCC members of the effects and damages brought about by Typhoon Pedring, as well as preparations being done by each member on the onslaught of Typhoon Quiel to different provinces and cities in the region.
BACOLOR -- Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr. (3rd district, Pampanga) and Mayor Jose Maria Hizon led Monday the inauguration and re-opening of the P2-million Bacolor Public Market here.
The event was attended by local government officials with the blessing officiated by San Guillermo parish priest Rev. Fr. Jess Manabat.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A lawmaker called on the National Food Authority (NFA) Monday to increase its purchase of early harvested palay in flood-devastated areas in Luzon to help farmers recover from their losses and help save whatever is recoverable from damaged palay harvest.
Butil Representative Agapito Guanlao said instead of issuing warnings on rice hoarding that only fuel worries, the NFA should start purchasing wet palay harvests from affected farmers.
MABALACAT -- Representative Carmelo Lazatin wants to impose heavier penalties on irresponsible gun owners and manufacturers.
The lawmaker said he is alarmed by the rising deaths of children due to neglected loaded guns.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO (Updated 5:34 a.m.) -- Weather experts appealed to local chief executives in typhoon-affected provinces to implement total evacuation in flood-affected villages as a brewing storm is forecast to batter Northern Luzon next week.
While the new weather disturbance is currently a low pressure area, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the warm waters of Pacific gave it the needed strength to develop into a tropical depression.
PAMPANGA Governor Lilia Pineda on Saturday morning ordered the immediate creation of action centers in the flooded barangays near the Pampanga River, in the towns of San Simon, San Luis, Macabebe, Candaba and Masantol.
Pineda stressed that each town, within their boundaries, would have their fully equipped action centers.
ANGELES CITY – Typhoon ‘Pedring’ has the worst flooding that ever occurred in Pampanga and Bulacan, said Mayor Edgardo “EdPam” Pamintuan as he described the flooding wrought by typhoon’s heavy rains.
The deep floodwaters are expected to be aggravated by Typhoon “Quiel” which is seen to further affect flooded areas in Pampanga, especially San Simon, Candaba, San Luis, Macabebe and Masantol.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — City Councilor Jimmy Lazatin on Friday’s public hearing, expressed support on the approval of an ordinance that enacts the Welfare Code for Children of the City of San Fernando, in bid to better address children’s rights and welfare in this city.
The move is also aimed to institutionalize the Local Council for the Protection of Children by adopting into existing national and local laws for the protection of children, as well as providing necessary funds and penalties for violations.
CLARK FREEPORT — Some 80 locators and members of the Clark Human Resource Council (CHRC) gathered at the Lohas Hotel recently for the 2011 Annual Assembly of HR Professionals, and election of its board of directors for 2011-2012.
The event, which is themed “Integrating Social Compliance and IR Systems for Business Competitiveness”, is CDC’s efforts to maintain industrial harmony in the Freeport through their proactive programs.
ANGELES CITY -- The Kundiman Ning Angeles (KNA) Foundation holds its annual themed event, which this year will feature "Maria Clara and Crisostomo," a Filipiniana motif with a well-participated Rigodon De Honor at the Grand Palazzo Royale on October 7, 2011 at 6:00 pm.
The foundation will present the era's fashion and dance trends, participated by its active officers and members in their best Barong Tagalog and gowns. It will be a pageantry of songs and dances which are native to Angeles City and Pampanga.
OLONGAPO CITY -- The Olongapo City council approved the other day a resolution declaring the city under state of calamity, two days after Typhoon Pedring battered the city.
The resolution was based on the report of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) citing massive flooding, landslides and residential housings destroyed by Pedring last Tuesday.
ANGELES CITY -- Officials from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Central Luzon assured consumers that prices of basic commodities remain stable.
Despite the onslaught of Typhoon "Pedring" (international codename: Nesat), the DTI said basic goods like canned sardines and milk are within the suggested retail prices (SRP).
ANGELES CITY -- The high cost of oil products prompted Representative Carmelo Lazatin (Pampanga) to encourage and promote the use of bicycle.
"There is a serious need to find alternative modes of transportation and one is the use of bicycle now that oil prices are spiraling," said Lazatin in his House Bill 5335, entitled "Bicycle Use Act of 2011" and filed on September 26, 2011.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Central Luzon continues to assist victims of Typhoon Pedring (international codename: Nesat), which battered the region on Tuesday.
The assistance is in support of the local government units (LGUs) that were adversely affected by the typhoon, said DSWD Regional Director Adelina Apostol.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Sinukwan Festival 2011 chairman Engineer Marni Castro said Friday that the festival committee welcomes ideas from various to further enhance and improve the local December festivity.
During the memorandum of agreement signing and press briefing at Robinsons Starmills, where the Gokongwei-owned mall, the Foundation for Lingap Kapampangan Inc. (Save Pampanga Movement) and media partner CLTV 36, forged the pact for the 14th Sinukwan Festival, Castro lauded suggestions from media to improve the festival and make it more attractive with a lot of impact.
ARAYAT -- Governor Lilia Pineda said Friday that she is planning to call an emergency meeting with officials of the flood-affected barangays in Pampanga to come up with a coordinated effort on disaster response.
This came after Pineda personally inspected the situation of the families who were displaced due to overflowing of Pampanga River.
ANGELES CITY -- Representative Carmelo Lazatin (Pampanga) has filed a bill granting self-employed persons with disability (PWD) 100 percent subsidy for Social Security System (SSS) and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) for one year upon registration.
Lazatin said that this way, the welfare and health of PWDs are being looked upon and protected by the government, helping them live a normal and productive life.
ANGELES CITY -- A member of an environmentalist group here said Friday that the Angelenos are now aware of the consequences of throwing garbage in the rivers and creeks.
Louie Reyes, head of the Green Youth Brigade, said indiscriminate dumping of waste destroys the ecological system.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is doubling up its efforts to reach its collection target of P13.3 billion for 2011 with renewed efforts to streamline collection and drumbeat awareness campaigns.
The newly installed BIR Revenue Region 4 (RR-4) Director Araceli Francisco told Sun.Star Pampanga that it is now doing its best to catch up on the 6.33 percent backlog in collection.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Families in several towns in the Fourth District have expressed fear that the dikes and slope protections in their areas might collapse.
The dikes were heavily damaged due to the water’s strong current during the onslaught of Typhoon Pedring.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Mayor Jerry Pelayo said on Thursday that Typhoon Pedring (international name Nesat) destroyed an estimated P90 million worth of ready-to-harvest palay (rice) across thousands of hectares of farmlands as they were lashed by strong winds and heavy rains across Central Luzon.
MEXICO -- Central Country Estates Inc. (CCEI), developer of the renowned The Lakeshore in this town, recently honored its top brokers from 2000 to 2010 in celebration of its 10th anniversary.
The anniversary bash dubbed “The Lakeshore: A Decade and Beyond” was held at the Lakeshore Tent along Kilometer 71 of the North Luzon Expressway in Mexico.
CLARK FREEPORT – The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has forged a $50-million pact for an air separation plant with Ingasco, a Japanese gas company.
During a recent trip to Japan, President Benigno Aquino III witnessed the signing of a reservation agreement and term sheet between Ingasco and CDC officials.
ANGELES CITY — The City Government has formally opened its satellite office at a shopping mall in Barangay Balibago early this week.
The satellite office at the Robinson's Place will likewise issue business permits, birth certificates and similar documents.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) regional director Araceli L. Francisco called on self-employed and professional taxpayers on Thursday to issue receipts for services and pay the right amount of income and value-added taxes (VAT).
The BIR is intensifying its drive for the 1.7 million businessmen, doctors, lawyers, accountants and engineers in the country to pay right amount of taxes as part of the priority programs of BIR Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares in improving tax collection this year.
ANGELES CITY -- Department of Tourism (DOT) regional offices in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Cagayan Valley Region, Ilocos and Pangasinan and Central Luzon are set to stage a grand exposition on November 11 to 13 this year.
DOT Central Luzon director Ronnie P. Tiotuico said the event would attract more tourists and ensure North Luzon’s share in the country’s growing foreign arrivals, which posted an 11.83 percent increase to 2.3 million in the first seven months of 2011 from 2.04 million in the same period last year.