CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- A security guard detailed at the Arayat National park in Barangay San Juan Baño, Arayat town was gunned down by Motorcycle Riding Criminals over the weekend.
Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono, Jr., Pampanga police provincial director, said that Eddie Sagum, 49, a resident of Barangay San Juan Baño was at the entrance gate of the park when shot by the suspects.
GUAGUA -- SM Foundation Inc., in partnership with Harbest Agribusiness Corporation, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Rotary Club of Loyola Heights, recently launched its Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Project here.
About 100 poor farmers from Barangay San Agustin were sponsored by SM Foundation, Inc., to undergo a 12-week hands-on training in organic farming until April this year.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Some 1,336 persons with disabilities (PWDs) and dialysis and cancer patients who were treated to a live streaming of the papal mass at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on Sunday collectively said they felt “blessed” as they listened to the homily of Pope Francis during a gathering at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center here.
ANGELES CITY -- The Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM) has reiterated its call to develop airports in Clark and Lipa City and scrap the plan to build another international airport at Sangley Point in Cavite as pushed by Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya.
PGKM chairman Ruperto “Perto” Cruz said over the weekend that an airport in Sangley Point will require the shutting down of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila because of their proximity in terms of air distance.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Former third district representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr. said over the weekend that if he runs in 2016, he will be looking at regaining his congressional seat as his only option.
“There had been rumors here and there saying that I would run for other positions other than congressman and I would like to clarify that any position other than being a congressman is not part of my plan,” Gonzales said.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Presidential Merit Awardee for Ecclesiastical Art Willy Layug is now in Tacloban to help in the enshrinement plans and repair the Marian icon of the Our Lady of Palo, one of the centerpiece images during Pope Francis' mass in Tacloban.
ANGELES CITY -- Authorities here rescued Sunday some 50 children from the streets of an entertainment district in Barangay Balibago.
Balibago chairman Rodelio “Tony” Mamac said the kids are reportedly being used by crime syndicates on robbery, mendicancy, drugs, and other illegal activities.
MACABEBE -- This town, which is known for its brave soldiers during the Spanish colonization, celebrated on Saturday its 440th founding anniversary and Mayor Annette Flores-Balgan described the celebration as “historically correct and significant.”
It was the first time in many decades the townsfolk and their past and present officials celebrated the “correct” founding anniversary of Macabebe.
MABALACAT CITY -- Government employees belonging to the All Workers’ Unity, under the Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (Courage), is pushing for the National Minimum Wage of P16,000 monthly for both public and private sectors.
Courage National President Ferdinand Gaite and League of Local Government Units Employees (League) president Erwin Naluza disclosed this during a recent dialogue here with local employees associations in Pampanga and Angeles City.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Tony Santiago is a 54-year-old community leader from Sapang Uwak, Porac, Pampanga, a village that has served as the home of many indigenous peoples in the province.
"I never expected that I will be able to hear from the Pope but I am glad that I got selected to attend the event. I will always look back to this as the best moment of my life," said a teary-eyed Santiago.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO--Pope Francis received yesterday the Marian image of "Our Lady of the Immaculate Concepcion" inside the Palo Cathedral where the wood from the broken rafters after being ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda were used in making the image.
Palo Archbishop John Du presented the gift to Pope Francis with sculptor Willy Layug who was asked to make the image for the Pope.
SANTA RITA -- Parishes from all over Pampanga will join the whole country in celebrating the Feast of the Sto. Niño as it coincides with the papal visit of Pope Francis.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- In line with the mission of Governor Lilia Pineda of providing safe, sufficient and sustainable blood for every Kapampangan, the Provincial Blood Services and Advocacy Council (PBSAC) is eyeing the establishment of blood stations in all district hospitals in Pampanga..
First District Board Member Crisostomo Garbo, president of PBSAC, said the district hospitals' blood station is in response to the Provincial Government's mission of providing excellent health care services to Kapampangans.
MABALACAT CITY -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to implement a road-widening project along an access road that links the MacArthur Highway in Barangay Dau here and the Cabcom area inside the Clark Freeport.
This was learned from Barangay Dau Chairman Oscar Aurelio who said that DPWH officials in the province already coordinated the schedule of the construction, which will start on the first week of February this year.
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- With just about two weeks before the holding of the First Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM) and Related Meetings (SOM-1) relative to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit 2015, the Central Luzon police is already geared up to ensure the security and safety of all the participants at Clark Freeport, Pampanga.
SOM is the main policy-making body within Apec and at least 1,700 delegates composed of 1,600 foreign delegates and 100 local delegates are expected to attend the gathering.
CITY OF MALOLOS -- Some 85 parents of former child laborers were recent recipients of Dole-Kabuhayan Starter Kits, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Regional Office 3, said on Friday.
Dole Regional Director Ana Dione reported to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz that the starter-kit livelihood assistance is Dole Bulacan Field Office’s Child Labor-Free Barangay Campaign kick-off activity this year.
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Four suspected big-time drug pushers were apprehended by members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA3) in a buy-bust operation in Barangay San Miguel na Munti, Talavera, Nueva Ecija, recently.
PDEA3 Director Jeoffrey Tacio identified the arrested suspects as Marily Espejo, 33, Noraina Hadji-Amen, 28, Emilio Agustin, 49, and Nasser Masorong, 32, all residents of Cabanatuan City.
MABALACAT CITY -- A past president of the Rotary Club of Mabalacat was elected chairperson of the Rotarians on the Internet (ROTI), an official fellowship of the Rotary International.
Gloria “Glo” Nethercutt will assume the International ROTI Chair for 2015-17 on July 1.
ANGELES CITY – "I don’t want to be thrown into a fight. Let it wait."
Thus said Mayor Edgardo "EdPam" Pamintuan to journalists on Friday during his press conference when asked about the recent Facebook posts of Vice- Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting on the removal of her three workers stationed at the Ospital Ning Angeles (ONA).
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Some 10 finalists made it to the "LiKhALIKASAN: Likhang Awit para sa Kalikasan" Regional Songwriting Competition of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Philippine Information Agency (PIA).
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City Government here will soon lift the moratorium it set for pedicabs and tri-wheelers after a full review and evaluation to be conducted by local transport officials.
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- A manager of a casino was arrested for estafa in his residence in Barangay San Joaquin, Mabalacat City, Wednesday.
Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono Jr., Pampanga Police provincial director, identified the suspect as Lyndon Canlas, 29, manager of Casablanca Casino at Hotel Stotsenberg, Clark Freeport and a resident of the said barangay.
CLARK FREEPORT ZONE -- This Freeport will soon be a Wi-Fi zone.
Roberto Tagamolila, Clark Development Corporation (CDC) assistant vice president for information technology, said the Wi-Fi project is one of the agency's long term goals to equip Clark with wireless technology.
CLARK FREEPORT -- Central Luzon governors who are members of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) enjoined all police officers in Region III to secure the safety of the delegates to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit which will be held here from January 21 to February 7, this year.
The Central Luzon governors expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the national government in bringing the Apec summit in this Freeport zone.
ANGELES CITY -- Award-winning Kapampangan film producer Ferdinand Lapuz will hold a film festival for a cause to financially assist the scholars of his alma mater Holy Angel University (HAU) here.
The festival will showcase the most recent films of Lapuz on March 11 to 13 at the HAU Theatre. Directors and co-producers of "Dementia," "Ekstra," "Barber's Tales," and "Bwakaw" have all given their approval to lend their films for the scholarship project.
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Three suspected drug pushers were collared by police in separate buy-bust operations in the municipalities of Masantol and Guagua.
Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono Jr., Pampanga police provincial director, identified those arrested as Andy Amurao, 34, a resident of Barangay Bebe Matua and Christopher Roque, 39, a resident of Barangay Sto. Nino, both of Masantol town; and Michael Magtoto, 27, a resident of Barangay San Rafael, Guagua town.
MABALACAT CITY -- The region's most awaited beauty pageant, Miss Mabalacat City, which will feature a Broadway-inspired musical production, is set January 30 at Xevera, Tabun.
Dionisio "Jun" Magbalot, Miss Mabalacat City 2005 chair, said the musical numbers are excerpts from Hairspray, Miss Saigon, Cats, Mary Poppins, Grease and other Broadway hits.
CLARK FREEPORT -- The management of SM City Clark has arranged a special movie screening for deaf and blind school children the other day.
Some 150 kids from the Angeles City Special Education (Sped) Center enjoyed watching or hearing "The Life of Pi," which was shown with special narration for blind people.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City Government of San Fernando is now accepting applications for the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) for 2015.
SPES is an annual summer employment program that invites students to immerse themselves in government as well as hone their sense of leadership and public service.
ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has called on registered voters of Angeles City to have their registration with the Commission on Election (Comelec) validated by undergoing the biometrics process.
"I call on all our fellow Angeleños, whose names are in the list, to troop to the Comelec and undertake the biometrics evaluation. Ensure that you can exercise your constitutional right to vote on May 2016 and beyond," Pamintuan said.