Pampanga prelates join call for CARP extension

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 09:07 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Archbishop Emeritus Paciano Aniceto and Archbishop Florentino Lavarias were among the 81 Catholic Church leaders who appealed to President Benigno Aquino III and Congress to "give new life and glorious finish" to the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) by allowing the passage of two proposed bills that strive for the extension of and improvement of the country's land reform program.

Pamintuan gets 3rd most outstanding mayor award from Superbrands

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 09:00 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Multi-awarded and World No. 8 City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has been chosen as one of the recipients of the 2015 Most Outstanding Mayors Award (MOMA) by the prestigious worldwide organization Superbrands Marketing International (SMI).

This is the third time that SMI has voted Pamintuan for the said award since 2012.

Korean execs vow aid for Munting Tahanan kids

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 08:52 p.m.

MABALACAT CITY -- Officials of Busan City, South Korea, who visited the Munting Tahanan ng Nazareth in Barangay Mawaque here Thursday, vowed to assist in providing the basic needs of special children under the care of the institution.

The Korean officials, led by Busan City Board Member Kyung Chum Lee, were assisted by officials and employees of Punta Group of Companies, which is setting up a manufacturing firm inside the Clark Freeport.

Porac town to avail of P15-M from BUB

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 08:40 p.m.

PORAC -- This town is looking at availing itself some P15-million in funds for various social and government programs and projects here under the Grassroots Participatory Process (GPP), formerly Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB) of the national government.

Mayor Condralito dela Cruz told Sun.Star Pampanga that they are now finalizing processes to avail of the funds for the town. He added that different sectors will be involved in the program which is also expected to help in the overall development of local programs here.

Pampanga police arrest 3 suspected shabu pushers

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 08:04 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Three suspected shabu pushers were arrested in two separate buy-bust operations conducted in the town of Guagua and Mabalacat City, Tuesday.

Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono, Jr., Pampanga police provincial director, identified the arrested suspects as Moises Bucu, 42; and Geron Nalux, 36, both residents of Barangay San Rafael, Guagua town; and Ervin Nuguit, 36, a resident of Madapdap Resettlement in Barangay Dapdap, Mabalacat City.

Sing, dance for the environment held in Tarlac

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 07:58 p.m.

TARLAC CITY -- Using the rap song composed and performed by Andrew E. who popularized the song "Humanap Ka Ng Pangit" in the '90s, 14 groups from different elementary schools vied for the championship at SM City Tarlac recently during the "Sing and Dance for the Environment" organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Wednesday.

BFP: Fire prevention is everybody’s concern

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 07:46 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Fire safety should not be only practiced every March, when the country observes the Fire Prevention Month, but all year round as it is everybody's concern, according to an official of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Pampanga.

This year's fire prevention awareness drive is dubbed "Kaligtasan sa Sunog: Alamin, Gawin, at Isabuhay Natin!" (Fire Safety: Learn, Do and Live With It!).

Lubao balloon festival ‘biggest in Southeast Asia’

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 06:33 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Lubao International Balloon Festival, which will be held on March 26 to 29 in Prado Siongco, Lubao town, is the biggest hot-air balloon event in South East Asia, officials of the Department of Tourism (DOT) said.

Pampanga villages to get computer sets

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:10 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda vowed Tuesday to provide computer units to the province’s 505 barangays for local data gathering and civil registration.

"We need to know how many people are born and how many die each year, and the main causes of their deaths, in order to have well-functioning health systems. The only way to count everyone and to track all births and deaths is through civil registration," Pineda said.

Sto. Tomas starts hearings on MRF

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:03 p.m.

STO. TOMAS -- The Municipal Government here has started a series of public hearings on the establishment of the town’s own materials recovery facility or MRF.

Municipal Administrator Edwin Manalese told Sun.Star Pampanga yesterday that the first public hearing was held on February 20, with majority of stakeholders manifesting their support for the creation of the MRF in an area to be purchased by the local government unit through a P6-million loan.

Pamintuan bares program for Angeles youth

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 10:55 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan bared in a forum recently a package of programs for the youth and students of this city, including an expanded scholarship program, free wi-fi connection in all education centers and the opening of more courses at the City College of Angeles (CCA), even as he challenged the youth to also invite Senator Lito Lapid in a similar event to hear about his plans for the youth.

PRO3 launches ‘Lambat-Sibat’

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 10:42 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- The Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) launched Wednesday Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) "Lambat Sibat" to combat crime incidents in Central Luzon.

Chief Superintendent Ronald Santos, Officer-In-Charge of PRO3, said the launching of "Lambat-Sibat" is the innovative data-driven strategy of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to address the rising number of crimes in the region.

Public school recipient of ‘Baryanihan’ in Tarlac

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 10:37 p.m.

TARLAC CITY -- "Loose change for a big change."

This is how SM Supermarket here described their new way of helping others with through "Baryanihan," "Barya" meaning loose change and "nihan" coming from the word "Bayanihan."

P1.7-M shabu seized from 4 suspected pushers

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 10:33 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Four suspected shabu pushers were arrested by combined operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Central Luzon and PDEA-National Capital Region in two separate buy-bust operations in Quezon City and Manila that resulted in the confiscation of 500 grams of suspected shabu on Monday.

PDEA3 Regional Director Jeoffrey Tacio identified the suspects as Joseph Marcelo, 37, a resident of Makati City; Russel Penamora, 24, of Lucena City; Saldy Hadji, 27; and Fahad Mikawayan, 29, both residents of Palanca Street, Quiapo, Manila.

Groups want balloon festival out of Clark

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 07:59 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Some groups, which started the Clark hot air balloon festival, are urging the current organizers to transfer the international event to other places in Pampanga province due to the danger the festival poses to the Clark International Airport.

Nepomuceno: Support to Pamintuan for Angeles’ sake

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 09:14 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Councilor Bryan Nepomuceno, who is planning to run for the city's vice-mayoralty post in 2016, said that he is supporting Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan for the best interest of the city.

The city councilor issued the statement following reports that he will be Pamintuan's running mate in next year's polls.

Nepomuceno: Support to Pamintuan for Angeles’ sake

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 09:12 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Councilor Bryan Nepomuceno, who is planning to run for the city's vice-mayoralty post in 2016, said that he is supporting Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan for the best interest of the city.

Women’s role in society underscored

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 08:49 p.m.

ANGELES CITY – "The true essence of this annual celebration is to highlight the role of the women in society, which we are doing in the city every day. We have been fighting for women equality through the years."

Thus said Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan as he led the city's kick off ceremonies of the 2015 National Women’s Month with the theme, "Juana, desisyon mo ay mahalaga sa kinabukasan ng bawat isa! Ikaw na!" on Monday.

Kiwanis convention gets guv’s support

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 08:41 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda expressed full support on Monday to the holding of Kiwanis Asia Pacific Convention 2015 from March 5 to 7 this year at the Clark Freeport with a theme, "Toward another century of growth and service."

"I wish you all the success for the 40th Kiwanis Asia Pacific Convention 2015," the governor said.

Militant group to bishops: Support genuine agrarian reform

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 08:31 p.m.

MABALACAT CITY – A militant group urged the members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to support House Bill (HB) 252 or the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill (GARB), instead of pressing President Benigno Aquino III and Congress to enact HB 4296 that would extend the land acquisition and distribution component of the already expired Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL).

Benefit concert held for typhoon victims

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 08:24 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Several artists and performers recently participated in a benefit concert at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center.

The event featured performances by Silent Sanctuary, Jireh Lim, actor Benjamin Alves, beauty queen Venus Raj, singer Darryl Shy, Jak Roberto, and Sanya Lopez.

1-M coconut trees for Central Luzon underway

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 08:21 p.m.

SANTA RITA -- The "One Million Coconut Tree Planting Project" now goes into full swing as more nursery centers are being put up and more non-government organizations are joining the project, said Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) trustee Sylvia Ordonez.

The program was launched in Pampanga and Central Luzon on June 6, 2014 at the Benigno Hall in the City of San Fernando.

Kapampangan collector shares fossil discoveries

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 08:16 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- For avid fossil collector Jorge Cuyugan, it all started with a strong interest in the history of things, which has turned into a life-long commitment of collecting fossilized shark teeth, ammonites, and a number of different geodes.

His vast collection of species covers fossil history of over 300 million years.

DTI posts 11% increase in new Central Luzon businesses

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 08:14 p.m.

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ANGELES CITY -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) noted Tuesday an 11 percent increase in new business name registrations in Central Luzon last year, higher than the 32,620 new registrants for 2013, with the province of Bulacan having the most number of business name registrations at 8,343 in 2013 and 9,092 for 2014.

Prime Clark areas venues for sports training center

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 08:52 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Technical Working Group (TWG) of the House of Representatives youth and sports committee agreed Monday that the Clark airport aviation complex and the Clark Green City (CGC) will be the next venues of the National Training Center.

Representative Joseller "Yeng" Guiao (Pampanga, 1st district), vice-chair of the youth and sports committee, said that this decision will be recommended to the committee.

Angeles exec sets social service programs for women

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 08:51 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Vice-Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting will usher in the celebration of the Women's Month this March here with a series of social service programs aimed at promoting the well-rounded development of women in different sectors of the community.

"We have lined up activities that promote the well-rounded development of women. We have diversified this year's events to cater to diverse needs of our women in the city," Vega-Cabigting said, urging Angeleño women to participate in the events.

Execs: Gender equality foremost in San Fernando

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 08:50 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- As the City of San Fernando kicks off its celebration of Women's Month this March, Mayor Edwin Santiago stressed Monday that "gender equality has been attained and remains foremost in the city government’s agenda."

Pampanga towns to experience 9-hour power outage on March 4

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 08:50 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) announced Monday the scheduled shutdown of some of its transmission facilities in parts of Sta. Cruz, Guagua; Bacolor, Sta. Rita, Sasmuan, Porac, Lubao; and Floridablanca, Pampanga Pampanga on March 4, Wednesday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

According to NGCP Corporate Communications Officer Ernest Vidal, the affected distribution utilities are Pampanga II Electric Cooperative Inc. (PELCO II) and San Fernando Electric Light and Power Company (SFELAPCO-Floridablanca).

Macabebe residents alarmed over killings

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 08:49 p.m.

MACABEBE -- Concerned residents here have expressed alarm over the series of killings recently involving civilians.

At least three civilians have been killed here by unidentified assailants since last month, all of them in public places, according to a Sun.Star Pampanga source.

DPWH: No more delays on Camp Dau road widening project

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 08:48 p.m.

MABALACAT CITY–The Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) on Monday clarified that the government will push through with the implementation of the Camp Dau Road widening project despite the opposition of some residents who said that Mayor Marino Morales has already ordered for the temporary suspension of the project.

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