ANGELES CITY - President Aquino on Monday signed into law House Bill No. 4450, a bill converting the Pampanga Agricultural College (PAC) into a state university.
The President signed Republic Act 10605, or an Act converting Pampanga Agricultural College (PAC) in the municipality of Magalang, into a state university to be known as the Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU).
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - Outgoing Rep. Aurelio "Dong" Gonzales Jr. (Third District) has asked the Commission on Audit (COA) to conduct a special audit and examination of "the accounts, books and records" of the City Government of San Fernando for fiscal years 2013 and 2012.
Gonzales filed the request before COA Chairperson Maria Gracia M. Pulido-Tan who received the lawmaker's letter personally last Monday in her office in Quezon City.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - The Provincial Government of Pampanga has spent some P7 million to purchase 200 hand-held radio communication devices as part of the disaster preparedness plan of the province.
These devices will be used for the establishment of community-based early warning system in all municipalities and cities.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) spent some P300,618,206.95 for various programs and projects from 2010 to this quarter of 2013, benefitting thousands of farmers, fisherfolk, cooperatives and even students.
The OPA, under the administration of Governor Lilia Pineda, undertook 11 prime programs that boosted agricultural and fishery industries in Pampanga's 18 towns and two cities.
MABALACAT CITY -- A councilor here has expressed optimism that the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) or Youth Council elections will push through as scheduled on October 28.
Outgoing Councilor Oscar Aurelio said the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is mandated to implement the law that sets the local polls.
FLORIDABLANCA, Pampanga -- Folks here expressed alarm and worry over the rising attempts of burglaries and robberies allegedly perpetrated by members of the Akyat Bahay gang.
A resident in Barangay San Roque over the weekend reported to police that Akyat Bahay members were able to enter their home but failed to take anything of value.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A jobs fair and negocarts distribution for students of the City College of San Fernando will highlight the "Handog Pasasalamat ni Mayor EdSa" on June 21.
Donny Sayre, Community Affairs Division and Public Employment Services Office chief, told Sun.Star Pampanga that the job fair to be held at the atrium of city hall -- jiving with the birthday celebration of Mayor-elect Edwin Santiago -- has been requested by unemployed Fernandinos, particularly fresh graduates.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) is urging local government units to submit their respective disaster management plans to get immediate assistance from the Provincial Government.
Engr. Lulu Alingcastre, PDRRMO chief, said the assistance will be based upon the request in consideration of the previous flood situation in the localities.
ANGELES CITY –- The City Health Office (CHO) has recorded 71 confirmed cases of dengue in the city, even as it warned the public on the rising cases of dengue fever with the onset of the rainy season.
City Health Officer Lenario Santos said the wet season is also the time that dengue cases increase, as the dengue carrier mosquitoes live in wet places.
ARAYAT, Pampanga –- Two business groups have combined their resources to donate a four-classroom school building that will benefit more than 500 kids residing in Barangay Cupang here.
The school building’s construction by the San Fernando Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (SFFCCII), was made expediently possible at the behest of Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) Chairman Emeritus Levy P. Laus.
CANDABA, Pampanga -- Locals are criticizing the engineering design being employed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in rehabilitating a portion of the Arnedo Dike in Barangay Mandasig here.
Construction workers on the site, they noted, have started building another wall made of boulders, covered with a metal net adjacent to the original dike part of which already collapsed.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Third District Congressman-elect and outgoing City of San Fernando Mayor Oscar Rodriguez said recently that "growth must be made inclusive by the government for it to be really felt by Filipinos, especially the marginalized majority."
Rodriguez emphasized that making growth inclusive and not extractive is the challenge of the times, particularly after the country posted a 7.8 percent growth lately, which he noted as the highest in Asia.
MAGALANG, Pampangs -- Sectors of the community and the private sector have been urged by a youth leader to help in improving the facilities and services of a public school here, in line with the Department of Education’s (DepEd) call for community support for public schools.
Sangguaniang Kabataan chairman Christian Umber Ramos, who led the distribution of school supplies to various indigent students of San Jose Elementary School, said education of the young is not just the responsibility of the government, but of the entire community.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Senator-elect Grace Poe-Llamanzares is set to administer the oath-taking of Candaba Mayor-elect Rene Maglanque on June 30 around 4 p.m. here, according to sources.
Maglanque said he already talked with the senator about the plan of having as the guest of honor during the oath-taking of newly elected local officials here.
CAMP OLIVAS -- A couple suspected to be involved in an illegal drug operation was arrested in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Sto. Niño, Sto. Tomas town over the weekend.
In a belated report, Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, acting provincial police director of Pampanga, identified the arrested couple as Renato Tulana, 41, and wife Marieta, 35, both of Barangay San Vicente, Sto. Tomas town.
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) said Monday that it signed a contract with a Korean company for the development of a P20-billion world-class tourism complex here.
In a simple ceremony held at the Freeport, SBMA Chairman and Administrator Roberto Garcia and Resom Chairman Sang So Shin signed lease development agreements that would pave the way for the construction of this landmark tourism project.
CAMP OLIVAS -- Senior Superintendent Audie Atienza was installed as the officer-in-charge (OIC) of the Bataan Police Provincial Office over the weekend.
Atienza is former chief of the Regional Police Community Relations Office (RPCRO3) and member of Philippine National Police Academy Class ’85 before being designated as OIC.
TARLAC CITY –- A 9-year-old boy died after a hit and run incident in Barangay San Roque here over the weekend, according to reports.
Based on a report to Tarlac Police Provincial Office Director Senior Superintendent Alfred Corpus, the victim was identified only as Andro, Grade 4 pupil of Tarlac West Elementary School, of Block 3, Barangay San Vicente.
TARLAC -- Eleven guest relations officers or GROs were rescued by the Tarlac Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, while two suspects were arrested in an entrapment operation at Cristy’s Beer Garden in Barangay Apulig, Paniqui, Tarlac over the weekend.
Based on the information obtained by Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit 3 regional chief Senior Superintendent Victor Valencia Jr., there were “questionable transactions” occurring at Cristy’s Beer Garden which led to the operation.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- There are seven areas of concern in the city that need to be addressed as the rainy season sets in, including the removal of tons of water lilies in the city's critical waterways, a volunteer engineer said over the weekend.
The volunteer engineer, who requested not to be named, told Sun.Star Pampanga that other interventions include the desilting of creeks, declogging of canals and drainages, and rechanneling of portions in the Sagip Ilog Phase 3B before it is turned over to the City Government.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Kapampangan and other Filipino expatriates will lead this year’s celebration of the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the United States on September 8 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
They will be joined by the Spanish communities and Marian groups from different parishes in metro Los Angeles during the procession of Pampanga’s Virgen de los Remedios, according to Kapampangan expatriate Vidal Aguas.
CAMP OLIVAS -- An engineer lost his car to four unidentified armed men who introduced themselves as operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).
The incident took place in front of the San Isidro Parish Church in Mabalacat City, according to Senior Police Officer-1 (SPO1) Roy Bravo, chief investigator of Highway Patrol Group-3 (HPG3).
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Laus Group of Companies (LGC) on Saturday tendered an all-Kapampangan luncheon for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Basketball 3-Peat Champions San Beda Red Lions at the Carworld Pampanga showroom in this city.
The San Beda Red Lions were fresh out from their weekend teambuilding and bonding at Clark Freeport where they similarly met fellow Bedan Art Tugade, president of the Clark Development Corporation.
ANGELES CITY -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) in Central Luzon has set the conduct of a 3-in-1 event at SM City Clark here on June 19, which will highlight tourism initiatives here.
The event will present to the public the launching of the Travel Guidebook which was conceived and developed by the Hotels and Restaurants in Pampanga (Harp) led by its President Mitch Otsuru of Yu Fu In Japanese Restaurant.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Two entries in last year's CineKabalen Kapampangan short film competition are nominated in Gawad Urian 2013's short film category, according to a Kapampangan filmmaker.
Kapampangan filmmaker Jason Paul Laxamana, in a statement, said that "5:00 Ning Gatpanapun" by Petersen Vargas, which won Best Picture in CineKabalen, and "Talamitan" by Kragi Garcia made it to the annual film awards.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) extended the use and validity of old and supplementary receipts until August 30 this year.
BIR Regional Director Araceli Franscisco said that Internal Revenue commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares signed Revenue Memorandum Order 44-2013, which extends the deadline for the use of old receipts to give in to the clamor of businesses in the country for enough time to adjust to the new system.
CAMP OLIVAS - Two persons were killed while 14 others were injured when a Sports Utility Van and a passenger bus collided along the national highway in Barangay San Agustin, San Manuel, Tarlac on Friday.
Tarlac police provincial director Alfred Corpus identified the fatalities as Joselito Bernardo, 49, driver of Isuzu Big Horn and Ronald Comber, 41, both of Binangonan, Rizal.
ANGELES CITY – A Filipina was picked as one of the beneficiaries of a reality-based national television program in Netherlands titled “Destination Unknown.”
A certain Priscilla and her three-year old daughter Maxin received assorted groceries, electric fan, and clothes from executives of SM City Clark.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Information and Communication Technology High School (ICTHS) bested Saturday three other schools in the city government's Speech Choir Competition held at the Ninoy Aquino Amphitheater of Heroes Hall.
The competition is in line with the 152nd birth anniversary commemoration of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal in June 19.
CAMP OLIVAS - Two armed men took P500,000 cash from a junior accountant along Ninoy Aquino national highway in Barangay Sta. Maria in Mabalacat City on Friday.
Allander Palo, 28, junior accountant of Magna Peak Service Corp., told police that he and his driver Alberto Utlang were on their way to Clark Freeport on board a Mitsubishi FB van when the incident took place.