CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Former senior board member Engr. Ferdinand Labung of the third district confirmed over the weekend the formation of the “Delta for Vice Governor Movement.”
Engr. Labung, who has temporarily shelved his political plans and is now concentrating on his construction business, said he is the proponent of the said movement and is the district campaign manager of former Pampanga Mayors League (PML) President and three term Lubao Mayor Dennis G. Pineda, who is popularly known as “Delta.”
ANGELES CITY -- Three Pampanga legislators from the House of Representatives and two party-list lawmakers are among the 180 who co-authored House Bill (HB) 2142, which seeks to upgrade the salary grade level of the country’s public school teachers.
MABALACAT CITY -- Vice Mayor Noel Castro denied reports that he will seek re-election and will run under the slate of Board Member Crisostomo Garbo, who is reportedly seeking the mayoralty post in this newly converted component city in next year’s election.
Castro said he has not changed plans and he is already decided to run for mayor as an independent candidate.
STA. RITA -- The Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) will host a free eye cataract screening on September 20 and 22 at the Jose A. Datu Medical Center (JADMC) for indigent patients who would like to avail of free cataract removal operations.
KDF and former Clark Development Corporation president Benigno Ricafort said the mission aims to provide free cataract surgery to indigents of the province.
CANDABA -- Local police here have intensified their campaign against criminality by involving barangay officials as force multipliers in dealing with local and other street crimes.
Superintendent Henry Flores, town’s chief of police, said they recently concluded a series of lectures and seminars in barangays Tagulod and Kuwayang Bugtong aimed at encouraging the people’s participation and cooperation in the police’s crime efforts.
CAMP OLIVAS -- At least P500,000 was carted away by suspected robbers who broke into the office of Pet Net Western Union and Group Zero Telecom in Rizal Avenue, Barangay West Tapinac, Olongapo City over the weekend.
In a belated report here, Senior Superintendent Christopher Tambungan, Olongapo City police director, said the robbers took cash amounting to P370,000, $US 5,312, eight cellular phones, a .9mm pistol owned by a security guard and other personal belongings.
MINALIN — Governor Lilia Pineda said over the weekend that the recently approved P5 million to jumpstart the rechanneling project here.
Pineda said the channeling works are currently being undertaken by the Provincial Engineer’s Office along with local government units and supporters of the project.
MAGALANG — Governor Lilia Pineda is seriously considering the creation of an evacuation center here in bid to provide an available facility that would shelter flood and disaster victims in the district and nearby towns.
Pineda, in an interview over the weekend with Sun.Star Pampanga, said the move will, in effect, protect schools and other facilities from being used as makeshift evacuation centers during times of calamities.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City of San Fernando choir emerged winner again in this year’s Civil Service Commission regional choral competition held on Friday.
City Administrator Ferdinand Caylao said the blending of classic and modern Kapampangan songs led the city choir to bag the first place position.
ANGELES CITY -- As proof of the city’s sound relationship with the private-corporate sector, the local government here is set to host Puregold Angeles’ first fun run for a cause on September 9.
Employees from Puregold all over northern Pampanga -- comprising of 12 branches with an approximately 4,000-5,000 number of participants -- will join the five-kilometer (5K) race.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Hundreds of delegates, partners, medical practitioners and volunteers gathered Saturday at the mini-convention center of Heroes Hall for the 4th National Epilepsy Camp.
The epilepsy camp is the culminating activity of the National Epilepsy Week celebrated from September 2 to 8 and was advocated by the Philippine League against Epilepsy and its partners, including the City Government of San Fernando.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Officials of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) clarified that Pampanga could be affected by a massive earthquake through liquefaction.
Phivolcs director Renato Solidum Jr. said Thursday that liquefaction is “the process by which wet sediment starts to behave like liquid. It occurs because of the increased pore pressure and reduced effective stress between solid particles generated by the presence of liquid. It is often caused by severe shaking, especially that associated with earthquakes.”
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda on Wednesday told municipal engineers from the 2nd District, as well as provincial engineers, to inspect various water channels and tributaries in the area immediately and assess the possibility of putting up mid-stream reservoirs and impounding dams or catchment basins.
ANGELES CITY – The City Government here forged partnership with civic group Rotary Club of Angeles and religious organization Curia Sancti Rosarii to promote environmental awareness, protection and preservation.
Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said this kind of agreement is a “living example” of what public-private partnership for development should really be.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Governor Lilia Pineda said Wednesday she is eyeing the construction of a provincial evacuation center in Barangay Sta. Lucia, Magalang town.
She said they are now coordinating with the National Housing Authority (NHA) for the provision of 10 hectares of property as a possible site of the proposed evacuation center.
PORAC — The Municipal Government recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the University of Makati to provide Aeta students from an upland village here access to quality education through the latter’s assistance programs.
Mayor Condralito Dela Cruz and Vice Mayor Dexter David said the program will entitle Aeta students of Pasbul Kamias here to access assistance programs of the University of Makati.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Outgoing Pampanga police director, Senior Superintendent Edgardo Tinio, thanked the members of the Pampanga Mayors’ League (PML) for supporting his leadership, including his program on peace and order.
“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa inyo dahil talagang sinuportahan ninyo ang kapulisan dito sa ating probinsiya. Kailangan ko na pong umalis dahil yung mga classmates ko puro chief of staff na. Baka mapag-iwanan po kasi ako,” he told the mayors.
IBA, Zambales – The Zambales Provincial Government has recently launched a livelihood program designed to boost family income, broaden the local tax base and revolutionize the local economy in the province.
Governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. said the province need more revenue to be able to pursue the development programs for Zambales. But the government does not want to further tax the residents, so, they will instead create more taxpayers.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda said on Wednesday that a unified master plan of development and rehabilitation works to address the flooding in various towns will save the Provincial Government millions from yearly palliative works done in places hit by flooding.
Pineda met with various municipal engineers of the second district on Tuesday to come up with the said master plan, which will center on impact projects that will serve as long-term to solution to mitigate if not reduce flooding problems here and the subsequent damage to properties here.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said a demolition of illegal structures along the Pampanga River will be carried out after the rainy season, as the Supreme Court issued an order to clear the waterways of any obstructions.
The Pampanga River is covered by the said Supreme Court order as its water drains to the Manila Bay, which is the subject of a clean-up program to solve the flooding problem in various provinces.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Hundreds of Fernandinos on Wednesday bid goodbye to former vice mayor Eligio Lagman, popularly known as the “Roaring Tiger” of this city, as he was laid to rest at the Sanctuario De San Fernando after the 2 p.m. concelebrated Holy Mass at the San Agustin Church here.
At the necrological services and public viewing held at the atrium of the City Hall, common folk, government officials, business leaders, relatives and friends paid tribute to the long-term vice mayor as they waited for their turn in the long line to get a last glimpse of Lagman.
ANGELES CITY -- Businessman Rene Romero said Wednesday that the Clark International Airport has all the characteristics of a premier international airport that other airports in the country fail to match.
Romero cited the airport’s strategic location, two big parallel runways, space, and other qualities enough to be converted into the country’s main international airport.
ANGELES CITY -- The Center for Kapampangan Studies of Holy Angel University (HAU) will exhibit the works of the late Juan C. Flores, who is recognized as the greatest wood sculptor in the country during his time and pioneer of the woodcarving tradition in Betis, Guagua town.
The exhibit entitled “Juan C. Flores: Carving a Niche in History” will open on September 29, 5 p.m., at the University’s Museum of Kapampangan Arts, which is an extension of the Center for Kapampangan Studies.
ANGELES CITY -- Labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), the Anakpawis Partylist-Gitnang Luson and Piston-Gitnang Luson condemned on Tuesday the killing of a transport leader here.
Ponciano “Poncing” Infante, leader of the Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Operators Nationwide (Piston) in Pampanga, was shot dead last Monday by two motorcycle-riding gunmen in the Hausville jeepney terminal in Barangay Pandan, near Marquee Mall in Angeles City.
ORANI, Bataan -- Police have launched a manhunt against a person suspected of robbing and then stabbing a school principal in Barangay Bayan, this town.
Police reports said the victim, identified as Vicente Lintag, 57, principal of the Tomas del Rosario College located in Balanga City, is in critical condition in an undisclosed hospital in the same city. He was stabbed by the suspect identified only as “Jayson” from Olongapo City.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- An official from the Department of Agriculture (DA) said Wednesday that flood-affected farmers in Pampanga are set to receive a subsidy for seedlings.
Benjamin Baltazar, DA division operations chief, said farmers whose standing crops were submerged in floodwaters during the southwest monsoon are qualified to avail themselves of the program.
ANGELES City -- A leader of a transport group and one of the founding members of a political party connected with Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan was shot dead at a passenger jeepney terminal Monday afternoon, reports said.
Feliciano “Poncing” Ruiz Infante, president of the Pampang-Pandan Jeepney Association and founding member of the Abe Kapampangan representing the transport sector, was gunned down by two armed men at 5:15 p.m. at Jaoville Terminal in Barangay Pandan here.
SAN Fernando City – Public Employment Services Office Manager Dominador “Donny” Sayre was named the “PagAsa” awardee by the Civil Service Commission during the Search for 2012 Outstanding Public Officials and Employees.
The PagAsa award is one of the three categories included in the search for Dangal ng Bayan and Lingkod ng Bayan, where Mayor Oscar Rodriguez was also a finalist in the nationwide annual salute to public servants highlighting the celebration of the CSC anniversary.
MINALIN – The diversion of water flow in the Gugu River is now underway, in preparation for the repair of the San Fernando-Sto. Tomas-Minalin tail dike.
The Provincial Government, along with concerned local government units (LGUs) and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), was given the go signal to start simultaneous dredging activities in three major areas here.
SAN Fernando City - Eligio “Tiger” Lagman, who died last week from heart failure at the age of 69, will be laid to rest Wednesday at the Sanctuario de San Fernando.
Prior to his interment, there will be a necrological service for the former long-term vice mayor at the City Hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a 2 p.m. mass at the San Agustin Church.