CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga has once again received an ISO seal from the Certification International (CI) Philippines for meeting customers' needs and expectations.
Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, together with Vice-Mayor Jimmy Lazatin presented the certification to the city's department heads and employees during the flag raising ceremony held at the city hall.
ANGELES CITY -- A student and a teacher from the Holy Angel University (HAU) have been named among the top animators of the country after bagging awards from this year's Animahenasyon Philippine Animation Festival, held at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Benilde School of Design and Arts in Manila.
Animahenasyon is an annual festival of original Filipino animated films, sponsored by the Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Motorists can now pass through the newly renovated Palawe Bridge, a project engineer of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said Monday.
The Palawe Bridge, which connects the town of Bacolor to the City of San Fernando, undertook a number of structural and aesthetic improvements.
SANTA RITA -- This year's 13th Duman Festival supposedly set last December 6 has been cancelled due to Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit), organizers of the event said.
Organizers said that the event was cancelled after reports said that possible rains may be experienced in Pampanga. The festival, which is held in an open location may be compromised due to the possibility of heavy downpours.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) here has finally set a new record in palay crop production after it is now near its target of 3, 743 540 million ton palay production exceeding its target of 3, 524, 558 metric tons.
DA regional director Andrew Villacorta said that the record breaking production could be attributed to the good weather in Central Luzon for the later part of the year, stressing that the production gives a clear outlook on the real capacity of Central Luzon.
MABALACAT CITY -- The City Council has appropriated P600,000 reward for the speedy solution of two separate slay cases here.
Vice Mayor Christian Halili said the reward will be given to individuals who can give information about the suspects in killing of a woman in Barangay Mabiga and couples in San Joacquin recently.
ANGELES CITY -- Angeles City Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting praised first-termer Councilor Carmelo "Pogi" Lazatin's enthusiasm in fulfilling his duties as a councilor.
Cabigting lauded Lazatin as she delivered the "Ulat ng Paglilingkod" during the City Council's Regular Session last December 2 at Hausland Pavillion, Timog Residences.
ANGELES CITY -- A top leader of the Guardians International Unified Command (GIUC) said that his group is uniting various factions of the brotherhood to work for a common vision of liberating the Filipino people from the bondage of poverty.
GIUC president Alfonso "Sonny" Dobles said members of the Nagkakaisang Guardians in Regional 3 and other parts of Luzon join and support National Transformation Council in its advocacies of immediate regime and systems change in the government.
STO. TOMAS -- The Rotary Club of Central Pampanga (RCCP) hosted eye screenings here that would aim to benefit indigents with cataract problems under the Kapampangan Development Foundation's (KDF) upcoming free cataract surgery missions.
RCCP president Lourdes David said that they have been working KDF partners in order to identify possible beneficiaries of the program from poor communities here. She added that they hosted the screening at Sitio Dalakitan, San Matias of this town.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The Pampanga Provincial Disaster risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) headed by Angie Blanco disclosed Saturday that the Provincial Government and all local government units in Pampanga are ready for the onslaught of Typhoon Ruby.
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PORAC -- Aeta communities here and in the towns of Floridablanca and Mabalacat received Christmas gifts from Governor Lilia Pineda as part of this year's celebration of the 443rd Aldo Ning Kapampangan celebrations with the communities being treated with cultural performances and activities promoting local culture.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The so-called "killer road" is now getting road lighting improvements because of landmark infrastructure projects implemented by this city.
City Planning Officer Engineer Fernando "Fer" Limbitco said the City Government allotted P20 million to set-up illumination projects along MacArthur Highway, where a "dramatic increase" in terms of deaths and injuries due to vehicular accidents has been recorded.
ANGELES CITY -- Businessmen, including the owner of a major construction supplier here, supported the establishment of the new office of the Angeles City Police Office (ACPO) City Investigation and Detective Management Branch (CIDMB).
Charlie Koo of the NCR Construction Supply and Willy Ng funded and supported the construction of the new office of the CIDBM at the ACPO compound in Barangay Sto. Domingo.
PORAC -- Off-road enthusiasts once again faced-off in the Fifth Councilor Maynard Lapid 4x4 Off Road Challenge held recently in Babo Sacan, Porac, Pampanga as part of the celebration of Binulu Festival.
The participants hailed the town of Porac as "one of the best off-road destinations of the Philippines."
STA. IGNACIA, Tarlac -- "Once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout."
So reads the plaque of recognition given to Jacqueline Galicia, 11, the Grade 6 pupil of Vargas Elementary School who was awarded by the Girl Scout of the Philippines Tarlac Council for her heroic deeds when she saved two other Girl Scouts from drowning last November 2.
BOOSTING UP OUR SPIRITS in this dynamic December is the good news from the Clark Freeport Zone.
Updating us, may we cite the following data we received from their communication center:
CLARK FREEPORT -- Pampanga First District Representative Joseller "Yeng" Guiao asked the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to grant the Clark International Airport (CRK) landing rights and at the same time influence airlines to transfer some of their flights here.
Guiao issued the statement during Thursday’s consultative forum here initiated by the House of the Representatives Committee on Transportation.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda and the Provincial Board launched on Thursday Ordinance 648, enacting the Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) Code of the province which officially establishes the Provincial Council on PWDs Affairs and creates the PWDs Affairs Office under the supervision of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development.
ANGELES CITY -- World AIDS Day was marked in this city with educational seminars as local health officers went to different schools to lecture on various aspects of the HIV/AIDS.
The World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that in 2013, 35 million people were living with HIV, 2.1 million people were newly infected with the virus and at least 1.5 million people died of AIDS.
CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Emigdio "Dino" Tanjuatco has stressed the need for a national policy for a dual-airport system in order to promote Clark airport as the country’s next gateway.
Tanjuatco stressed this during a consultative meeting organized by the House Committee on Transportation here on Thursday.
FLORIDABLANCA, Pampanga -- Three alleged illegal loggers were arrested by policemen in a checkpoint along Barangay Consuelo, here, Sunday.
Superintendent Jhoana Rosales, chief of police of the town, said while her personnel were conducting checkpoint operations at the said barangay, flagged down a passenger jeepney with license plate number CWW-992.
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Police safely rescued an 8-year old girl who was taken hostage inside a church in Barangay Poblacion, Bocaue, Bulacan, Tuesday.
Senior Superintendent Ferdinand Divina, Bulacan police provincial director, said Patricia Mae Basila, 8, a grade 3 pupil and a resident of Barangay Bagumbayan, Bocaue was attending her first holy communion mass at Saint Martin of Tours Parish church located at said barangay when Erwin Latina, 32, a resident of Barangay Batia also of said town grabbed her.
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Three female inmates at the Bulacan Provincial Jail were arrested during a sting operation inside the penitentiary Tuesday night.
Senior Superintendent Ferdinand Divina, Bulacan police provincial director, identified those arrested as Teresa Martin, Edna Sampang and Nenita Polintan, all with pending drug pushing cases at the Bulacan regional Trial Court.
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga - A suspected gun-for-hire and a police officer were killed during a brief exchange of firefight at Barangay Calaba, San Isidro, Nueva Ecija, Friday.
Senior Superintendent Crizaldo Nieves, Nueva Ecija police provincial director, identified the alleged gun-for-hire as Bernardo Magno alias Boy and a resident of the said barangay.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- An official of the Commission on Population (Popcom) confirmed Friday that poverty and low level of reproductive health awareness are making it difficult to undertake solutions to the challenges brought about by high population.
As part of the celebration of the Population and Development Week dubbed "Making Every Filipino Matter in Sustainable Development," Popcom Deputy Executive Rosalinda Marcelino presented an unpublished report containing distressing population figures for the country.
LUBAO -- Bank of Florida (BOF), Central Luzon's regional rural banking champion, on Friday reached out to hundreds of indigent patients from several barangays in this town with its first ever medical mission.
Some 300 adult and pediatric patients gathered for the half-day mission at the function hall of Saint Agustine Parish Church, for free check-ups, medicines and freebies, made more fun with free snacks and goodies from a featured “spin a win” wheel after the beneficiaries had their check-ups and got their prescriptions.
TWO Civil Society Organizations partners have formalized their partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Cordillera Administrative Region in helping Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries.
Through Memorandum of Agreement with the DSWD-CAR, the Kapangan United Christian Ministers Association Inc. (KUCMAI) and Family Planning Organization of the Philippines Inc. (FPOP) will be conducting Family Development Sessions in Baguio City and Benguet.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Police Regional Office (PRO) 3 Director Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta, along with Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima and 10 other police officials were ordered suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman for six months without pay over the alleged misuse of gun owners' courier fees.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales signed the suspension order that stems from the administrative and criminal complaints from an alleged anomalous PNP delivery service contract in 2011 with Werfast Documentary Agency, a private company.
ANGELES CITY -- Vice-Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting is set to launch this December 16 the "Kabuhayan Patrol" program that aims to help micro entrepreneurs expand and improve their businesses here.
Cabigting said that the program targets sari-sari storeowners, small carinderia owners, and tricycle and jeepney drivers.
MABALACAT CITY -- Police probers are still puzzled over the slaying of a young businesswoman here as they are looking into the crime of passion angle as a possible motive in the November 23 ambush.
Highly placed sources told Sun.Star Pampanga that Marianne Lucas Gantan had quarreled with her live-in partner weeks before she was waylaid along MacArthur Highway at Barangay Mabiga, this city.