CLARK FREEPORT -- The “Taboan: Philippine Writers Festival” will be held inside the Freeport on February 9-11.
National Artists for Literature Virgilio Almario, Bienvenido Lumbera and Sionil Jose will join writers Butch Dalisay, Aida Rivera Ford, Charlson Ong and other poets, playwrights, fictionists and novelists from different parts of the country.
ANGELES CITY — The Metro Angeles Chamber of Commerce and Industry Incorporated (MACCII) will be hosting a Revenue Update seminar with the Bureau of Internal revenue (BIR) on February 16 at the Angeles Business Center Bldg. here.
The event, according to MACCII president Frankie Villanueva, is part of the regular MACCII Breakfast Meeting Club organized by the chamber to provide information, skills and updates to members on the many issues and trends in the business sector here.
AT THE break of dawn on February 9, Hot Air Balloons of all shapes and sizes will fill the skies of Pampanga and its neighboring areas to signal the opening of the 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta – a yearly grand gathering of hot air balloons and many other interesting human creations that fly and conquer the skies.
ANGELES CITY -- The City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) here has closed three junkshops for allegedly violating environment laws, among which is the open burning of biodegradable wastes.
A “Notice for Closure” was served by the City Government to De Guzman Junkshop, Asuncion Junkshop, and Alib Trading & Junkshop.
AN AIRPORT official said it has approved the new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) in good faith and workers will get additional salaries and other benefits once Malacañang issues a release clearance.
Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President Victor Jose I. Luciano denied accusations hurled by members of the Samahan ng mga Manggagawa ng DMIA (SMD) that the CIAC management is refusing to release their basic wage increase and other perks.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution (VPCI) celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Philippine Constitution Thursday at the Manila Hotel.
Under Proclamation No. 211 by former President Corazon C. Aquino, February 2 of every year was declared as Constitution Day.
LOCAL folks who attended the opening of the 5th Ibon-Ebon (Bird-Egg) Festival in Candaba town witnessed two aspiring congressional bets standing on the same stage, both announcing their respective plans to run in 2013.
Mayor Jerry Pelayo told residents and officials, mostly from the eight barangays in Candaba West, that he is all set to run for representative of the fourth district of Pampanga in the coming elections.
THE Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) is set to turn over six newly completed school buildings in Pampanga this month, as part of its Barrio Schools project.
The six school buildings that will be turned over to their respective schools and local government units include three school buildings in Porac town, two in Magalang town, and one in Angeles City.
THE Pampanga Provincial Government and several local chief executives from Nueva Vizcaya forged a sisterhood agreement Wednesday at the municipal hall extension in Barangay Salapungan, Candaba.
The agreement aims to foster favorable relations and cooperation between the parties involving agricultural ventures.
THE SM City Clark will host a series of medical and dental missions Thursday until Friday at the Event Center and the Felicidad Sy Wellness Center in Angeles City for the benefit of indigents and senior citizens.
SM City Clark public relations officer Venus Manalang said the event is expected to benefit 1,500 indigents and 800 senior citizens.
CLARK FREEPORT -- Approximately 100,000 tourists are expected to flock this Freeport next week for the 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF).
In a statement, Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president Felipe Antonio Remollo said the 2012 edition is expected to surpass the 80,000 mark set last year since Clark now plays host to a variety of sports activities during the weekends such as football games, baseball matches and marathons.
THE province of Zambales this week inaugurated three major projects as part of its development program.
Governor Jun Ebdane inaugurated the rehabilitated segment of the Carael National Highway in the town of Botolan, which was heavily damaged during the past rainy season.
IN LINE with the Philippine National Police's Transformation Program, police in Central Luzon conducted a seminar on the institution's core values.
Led by Police Regional Director Edgardo Ladao, the seminar was held at the Social Hall of Camp Olivas on Tuesday.
SUBIC BAY Freeport -- Brazilian company Vale Shipping Holding (VSH) is set to make this Freeport the biggest transshipment hub of iron ore in the country after one of the biggest floating terminal stations (FTSs) docked here Monday.
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SMBA) chairman Roberto Garcia said Ore Fabrica (FTS) had already docked in Subic Bay and will be operational in the middle of February.
CLARK FREEPORT -- Scores of workers at the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) held Tuesday a lightning rally, demanding for their benefits under the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with their management.
The CIAC employees, belonging to the Samahan ng mga Manggagawa sa DMIA (Diosdado Macapagal International Airport) or SMD, assailed the CIAC management for allegedly ignoring the 2011 CBA and refusing to release their basic wage increase (P1,000 per employee) and other benefits.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Central Luzon office has a new director who will assume the post today, February 1.
Outgoing regional chief Labor Attaché Leopoldo De Jesus, who will be back to another foreign service at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Qatar, formally turned over Monday the Dole-Central Luzon leadership and banner to Raymundo Agravante.
ANGELES CITY -- The move of Representative Carmelo Lazatin (1st district, Pampanga) to establish a stem cell center in the Philippines has garnered the support of the Catanduanes Provincial Board.
The measure (House Bill 5287) entitled “An Act Establishing Stem Cell Technology” seeks to establish a stem cell center in the Philippines that would strengthen research on the latest medical technology.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Top officials of Porac town believe the municipality is “very capable” establishing and operating a satellite campus of the Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University (DHVTSU).
In an afternoon meeting with Governor Lilia Pineda at the Capitol, Mayor Condralito Dela Cruz and Vice Mayor Dexter David, together with members of the Municipal Council and Board Member Olga Frances David-Dizon, presented the plans and details of the DHVTSU satellite campus that will rise in Barangay Tokwing.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Mayor Oscar Rodriguez has yet to give up on the search for the remains of Fernandino Pedro Abad Santos, founder of the Socialist Party of the Philippines.
Rodriguez, in an interview, said during the commemoration of the 136th Birth Anniversary of the local hero at the Heroes Hall here that he still hopes to find the remains of Abad Santos.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A Provincial Board member said the Capitol recently adapted a consignment system involving the supply of medicines to various district hospitals in Pampanga.
Board Member Monina Laus, health committee chair in the province, sponsored Ordinance 463, also known as "An ordinance institutionalizing the medicines and medical supplies consignment system in the province of Pampanga."
MABALACAT --- The town police asked the public to relay any information related to the hit-and-run incident that killed a bar dancer Monday.
Margie Tugas Untalan, 20, single, a dancer at Club Asia, Fields Avenue, Balibago, Angeles City, was found dead along the MacArthur Highway in Barangay Dau (in front of Lashe Bar) around 5:15 a.m. Monday.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Rotary Club of Central Pampanga (RCCP) member and present 7th Infantry Division (ID) commander Major General Jose Mabanta will take over as the new commander of the 3rd ID in Western Visayas.
Brigadier General Alan Luga will take command of the 7th ID that will be vacated by Mabanta in turnover ceremonies to be scheduled soon, said the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in a statement.
CANDABA -- Some 200 indigent students recently completed their call center agent course and another 150 students finished their computer electronics courses as part of the skills training program of Board Member Nestor Tolentino.
The courses were offered in cooperation with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) and Goldgates and East Central Colleges.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- President Benigno Aquino III declared February 4 as a special non-working holiday in Zambales in line with the special election for the vacant second district congressional seat.
Aquino issued Proclamation 324 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. on January 25 to give registered voters of the said district the opportunity to participate fully in the special election as per request of the Commission on Elections in an en banc resolution promulgated last year.
MABALACAT -- The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) neutralized a big-time drug syndicate following the arrest of three women who ferried P7 million worth of marijuana from Benguet to Barangay Dau in this town.
Catherine Sangdaan Lamog, 44, of Bontoc, Mountain Province, and two other suspects were arrested at a food chain in Barangay Dau at noon Sunday.
MACABEBE -- Governor Lilia Pineda led Monday the inauguration of the newly constructed Mayor Domingo B. Flores District Hospital (MDBFDH) in Barangay Batasan, this town.
This hospital was formerly known as the Macabebe District Hospital but was named after the late father of Mayor Annette Flores-Balgan by virtue of a resolution passed by the Provincial Board.
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."
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 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.
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."