APALIT -- The local government unit here in cooperation with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said on Friday it is now conducting a series of sand-bagging operations to augment the ongoing construction of the Arnedo dike in anticipation of Typhoon Inday in the next few days.
Last July 24, a portion of the Arnedo dike in Barangay San Vicente of Apalit town, which is estimated at 52.5 meters, breached following strong currents from Pampanga River during the onslaught of the Typhoon Glenda.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- His Holiness Pope Francis appointed on Friday Bishop Florentino Galang Lavarias, now Bishop of the Diocese of Iba, as the new Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Fernando.
This, as the Holy Father accepted the resignation presented by Archbishop Paciano Aniceto, now 77 years-old, from the pastoral governance of the Archdiocese of San Fernando (Philippines), in accordance with canon 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law, which requires the resignation of bishops at the age of 75.
ANGELES CITY -- With a vision of genuine people empowerment, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, through the Angeles City Cooperative Development Office (ACCDO) headed by Ferdinand P. Calma, remain consistent with the promise of strengthening one of the bases of the city’s economy, the cooperative sector.
Pamintuan recognizes the role of the “cooperative movement” in the city’s economic front, which ultimately allows the local government to pursue its desired programs and plans.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda and Vice Governor Dennis Pineda on Friday reorganized the province’s disaster preparedness and response technical working group (TWG) to reinforce its capabilities.
Though there were no major damages in the agri-fishery sector and infrastructure and no casualties reported after the onslaught of Typhoon Glenda last week, Governor Pineda, after reviewing Capitol’s plans, said it is necessary to reorganize the TWG to reinforce disaster preparedness and response at all times.
PANIQUI, Tarlac -- Some 1,200 schools and over 50,000 select elementary pupils from Kinder to Grade 6 will benefit from the Jollibee Group Foundation's (JGF) feeding program this year.
JGF president Grace Tan Caktiong said that the aim of the program is to eradicate malnutrition among the elementary students in public schools.
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Motorcycle-riding suspects robbed the Generics Pharmacy located along Rizal Extension, Barangay Cut-Cut, Angeles City, Wednesday.
Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles police director, said more than P23,000 in cash collections for the day and two cellular phones were taken by the suspects armed with caliber .45 pistols.
CLARK FREEPORT -- Fontana Leisure Parks and Casino, considered as the largest tourism estate in Clark, is investing at least P200 million for the expansion of its convention center.
Fontana chief executive officer Manuel Sequeira said that the on-going expansion work at the Fontana Convention Center will add 1,000 seats to its current 500-seating capacity. He was interviewed on Friday during the press conference for the concert of American singer-song writer Stephen Bishop.
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- A 56-year-old man was hit by a red color sedan car, which sped off along Barangay Anunas, Angeles City, recently.
Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles City police director, had asked concerned citizens who saw the red color sedan and if they could recognize or remember its license plate.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Fourth district board member Ricardo Yabut lauded the administration of Governor Lilia Pineda for providing more than P167-million infrastructure projects in the eight towns of the Fourth district from June 2010 to June 2014.
Yabut said the projects include the construction and renovation of school buildings, multi-purpose covered areas and elevated comfort rooms in public elementary and secondary schools.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Commission on Human Rights Region (CHR) Central Luzon office here said on Thursday that it will conduct an investigation on the shooting incident that happened on a 130-hectare demolition site at Barangay Maimpi, this city, recently.
Lawyer Jasmine Regino, CHR regional director, said that believes that the demolition team violated the rights of the farmers' group when it shot one of their members last week.
CLARK FREEPORT -- Governor Lilia Pineda has asked councilors in the province to anchor their respective disaster preparedness plan on climate change.
Pineda issued the statement during the disaster preparedness and solid waste management seminar conducted at Oxford Hotel here by the Philippine Councilors' League (PCL) Pampanga Chapter, headed by its president, Porac Councilor Mike Tapang.
APALIT -- Residents of Barangay San Vicente, this town, are being asked to evacuate following a breach at the village's portion of the Arnedo dike, officials said on Thursday.
The local government unit of Apalit and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said that around 431 families will be affected by the deterioration of the Arnedo dike.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) here encourages persons with disabilities (PWD) to register in line with the upcoming 2016 national and local elections.
Last Sunday, the poll body designated a special registration office for PWDs to ascertain their equal access and right to suffrage.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Commission on Population (Popcom) and its partners in Central Luzon shall welcome on July 27 the birth of the 100 millionth Filipino through a search for symbolic babies in all seven provinces and the City of San Fernando.
"The search is based on the projections of the 2010 National Census that the country will reach the 100-million mark in population this Sunday at exactly 12:06 a.m.," Popcom Regional Director Eleanor Cura said.
CLARK FREEPORT -- Angeles City Councilor Maricel "Marang" Morales said that her city is seen to be a major migration zone for nearby cities and towns in the next 30 years.
Morales said this during her speech on Thursday at the disaster and waste summit initiated by the Philippine Councilors League, headed by its president and Porac Councilor Mike Tapang.
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- The Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) in Central Luzon will deploy more than 3,000 Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel within the vicinity of the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan to ensure the security and safety of the expected 1.5 million members of Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) who will converge on Sunday for their Centennial Anniversary celebrations.
"Starting yesterday afternoon, we have deployed the initial number of PNP personnel at the big arena," said Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta, PRO3 director in a text message.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- More than 1,000 pregnant women from towns in the second district of Pampanga received free prenatal check-ups, vitamins and counseling during the Buntis Congress facilitated by the Pampanga Provincial Government held at the Lubao Gym the other day.
With the battlecry "Ima at anak, e mipayamak quing mabeluan a magpaanak", the Buntis Congress 2014 aims to increase the awareness of the soon-to-be-mothers on the importance of having monthly check-ups to reduce child and maternal mortality rate.
LUBAO -- Former Second District Board Member Olga Frances "Fritzie" David-Dizon, advocate of child protection and welfare, vowed Thursday to support the feeding program of the Pampanga Provincial Government.
David-Dizon, who recently joined Governor Lilia Pineda in feeding at least malnourished 500 pupils, said that the efforts to properly nurture children should be "sustained and supported by both public and private entities."
ANGELES CITY -- A retired colonel of the United States Air Force and stockbroker gave a free seminar on Thursday on money management at the Blossom Forth School here.
Willie Davis, who is married to a Filipina and based in the City of San Fernando, gave the talk on what one should learn about money that were not taught in school and the truth about money and “how it really works.”
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda enjoined on Wednesday all local chief executives in Pampanga and the local police to ensure the road safety of the members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) in Pampanga and those coming from other provinces in Central and Northern Luzon who will attend their centennial celebration.
"All local elected officials in Pampanga are fully supporting the members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo who will attend the Centennial Celebration on July 27 to 29. We are committed to ensure their security and we will provide any necessary assistance," Pineda said.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Pampanga third district Representative Oscar Rodriguez said on Thursday that he is supporting the plan of the country’s anti-drugs agency to wiretap alleged drug lords to curb the illegal trade.
"Even I am a former human rights lawyer, I am supporting it due to the gravity of the problems on drugs," Rodriguez said in a phone interview.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Central Luzon office said on Tuesday that the regional director's e-mail account has been compromised by an unknown hacker.
Florida Dijan, DILG regional director, said the hacked e-mail account sent a letter to her contacts with the subject line "A Sad Trip," indicating that she was allegedly asking for some financial support.
CLARK FREEPORT -- The City Government has acquired a three-hectare property in Barangay Sapang Balen, which will be used as materials recovery facility (MRF).
Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales said that this is in line with the city's solid waste management program, which is provided for under Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Quota International of Pampanga turned over school materials to the Special Education Class (Sped) of Pampanga High School as it re-affirms its commitment to help the said program with its other needs.
Quota International of Pampanga president Joycel Robles-Panlilio told Sun.Star Pampanga that the donation is part of the yearly commitment of the organization in making sure the program has enough materials and resources to cater to its students.
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- A grandson of "tocino magnate" Lolita Hizon, owner of Pampanga's Best, died when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a Toyota utility pick-up truck along MacArthur highway in Barangay Quebiawan, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, Wednesday afternoon.
In a report here, Superintendent Edilberto Pitallano, chief of police of the City of San Fernando, identified the victim as Christopher Renz Hizon, 23, a resident of Barangay Dolores of the said city.
ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles City Cooperative Development Office (ACCDO) bagged the Regional award for the Best Performing Local Government Unit for chartered cities in Central Luzon in the recently concluded Gawad Parangal at the Social Action Center of Pampanga in the City of San Fernando.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) reiterated on Tuesday the need to wiretap suspected drug lords and their financers to drastically cut the supply of illegal drugs in the country.
PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr., in an interview, said "it's difficult" for the agency to pin down big-time drug pushers and those who finance them because "under our law, we can only arrest those who are in the possession of drugs."
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Pampanga police director Senior Superintendent Marlon Valdez Madrid ordered on Tuesday a surprise drug tests on at least 126 cops, including police chiefs of 19 towns and two cities under his command.
Madrid said personnel of the Pampanga Police Office (PPO) headquarters here and agents of the anti-drug and intelligence units of the towns and cities were also included among those tested by the Regional police crime laboratory.
CLARK FREEPORT ZONE -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president and CEO Arthur Tugade is “wishing” for three kinds of businesses inside Clark Freeport: a Japanese bank, a Japan carrier and a Japanese restaurant.
Tugade presented his wish list before a 13-man delegation of the Japan Standing Commission on Security headed by Akinori Eto, a member of the House of Representatives, recently at the CDC board room here.
PORAC, Pampanga -- A member of the Municipal Council here filed last Monday a resolution seeking to subject local government unit officials and employees to mandatory drug testing.
The resolution proposed by Councilor Rey Lapid, board of director of the Philippine Councilors' League-Central Luzon, aims to identify drug users and to rehabilitate them.