CAMP OLIVAS -- The observance of All Saints' Day in Central Luzon was generally peaceful, Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) director Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta said.
Petrasanta said that during the observance of All Saints' Day last Friday, the Regional Operations Division did not receive reports of any untoward incidents from the provincial and city police Offices in the region.
STA. RITA -- Food enthusiasts and tourists will be able to sample again this town's famed duman delicacy in the upcoming 12th Duman Festival this December 7.
Instead of the Santa Rita Parish church, which served as the traditional venue of the event, the festival will be held at the mega dike area of Barangay San Isidro, which is being promoted as a tourism attraction.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Pampanga Provincial Police Office, under the leadership of Senior Superintendent Oscar D Albayalde, gave an early Christmas treat to children housed at the Rehabilitation and Study Center for Children (RSCC) in Lubao town the other day.
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ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan disclosed recently that the City Government of Angeles is eyeing additional revenues using its Geographic Information System or GIS.
The GIS, he said, uses information and tracking equipment attached to a balloon to properly pinpoint land areas and usage that would result to the appropriate classification and the true real property tax due.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Intermittent moderate rainfall on Friday failed to douse the spirits of folks trooping to cemeteries across the city to pay respect to their departed loved ones.
As early as 6 a.m., hundreds filled various private memorial parks and the two public cemeteries here, lighting candles and offering flowers under umbrellas of different sizes, some seeking shelter in makeshift tents as the rains poured for about an hour starting at 8:15 a.m.
MABALACAT CITY --- A Kapampangan inventor has introduced to his kabalen farmers an organic fertilizer technology that would improve both the quality and quantity of palay yield.
Engineer Dante C. Dizon, managing director of Pro Green Philippines Incorporated, said his invention called "Trikombi Technology" is the answer to the farmers’ problem on climate change.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Thousands of folks paying respects to their departed on Thursday ignored the threat of Typhoon "Vinta," as they started lighting candles and continued cleaning tombs in various cemeteries and memorial parks across the city.
Vinta, which upgraded into a typhoon, was estimated at 200 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan as of 10 am Thursday, with maximum winds of 120 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph.
GUAGUA -- Farmers here are now benefitting from the program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) that promotes the use of inbred and hybrid rice varieties that can adapt to distinct soil conditions in the province and produce better yield.
The DA presented its programs to farmers of Guagua, Sta. Rita and Porac towns during a discussion event held in Barangay Ebus here. The event was attended by some 80 farmers and local Barangay Agriculture and Fishery Council officers.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Kapampangan film "Dukit" has made the cut in the New Wave Full Feature section of this year’s 39th Metro Manila Film Festival.
"This is a tribute to the century-old woodworking tradition in Betis area of Guagua. It depicts the townspeople’s faith to God and patron saint Santiago, their devotion to the church, and the willingness of the few remaining woodcarvers to retain the tradition in spite of this modern generation," director Armando "Bing" Lao shared.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- SM City Pampanga last Wednesday held the province's first-ever "5K Zombie Run", a fun game tied-up with the new movie of Brillante Ma Mendoza entitled "Sapi", which will premiere on November 5 at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City and will be shown in SM Cinemas on November 6.
SM City Pampanga's "5k Zombie Run", according to SM City Pampanga public relations officer Rain Cervantes, is the perfect way to promote the movie "Sapi" during the Halloween season.
CAMP OLIVAS -- A Cessna 152 aircraft made an emergency landing at the Sta. Fe lahar trail in Barangay Sta. Fe in San Marcelino town, Zambales last Wednesday, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).
CAAP said the plane's two passengers, Captain Eliseo de Luna, instructor pilot and student pilot Christopher Logro, were found alive.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Employees' Compensation Commission (ECC) is now in Pampanga to serve workers in Central Luzon.
This was disclosed Thursday by Department of Labor and Employment Regional Director Raymundo Agravante, who said that the attached agency's Regional Coordinating Committee is currently holding office at the Sugar Workers Livelihood Center at the regional labor department's headquarters at the Diosdado Macapagal Regional Government Center, Barangay Maimpis, this city.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Provincial Board's committee on health chaired by First District Board Member Crisostomo Garbo is making moves to assure that there would be no more shortage of drugs and life-saving medicines in Pampanga's district hospitals.
The committee started an evaluation and assessment of a consignment system to assure the continuous supply of medicines at the district hospitals.
ANGELES CITY -- Two works published by Holy Angel University (HAU) bagged honors in the 32nd National Book Awards.
“Gale at Gosu” took home the top prize in the Best Book of Nonfiction Prose in Kapampangan category while “Kawatásan: Obrang Poeta Laureado” won in the Best Book of Poetry in Kapampangan category.
MASANTOL — A still unidentified body of a man, believed to be a victim of summary execution, was found floating along the banks of the Pampanga River in Barangay Bebe Anac here on Monday, police reports said.
Police said one Laurence Avila, a resident of Barangay Bebe Anac, found the body. He immediately reported his discovery to the Masantol Municipal Police Station.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Police Regional Office 3 (PRO) in Central Luzon said security preparedness and alert levels are still up despite the conclusion of the recent barangay elections, as the region is set to observe All Saints' and Souls' Days this weekend.
The preparedness is part of the "Implan 77/2013" (All Saints’ and Souls’ Day 2013) of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan urged Wednesday the newly elected barangay captains of the city who emerged victorious during Monday's polls, to "follow the city's directions so we can do more."
Pamintuan, in his regular breakfast forum with members of the media at the Museo Ning Angeles, said that there are 11 new village chiefs coming from various alliances, with some who ran as independent candidates.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - The provincial government is bent on pushing its plans to build new municipal police stations in all the towns and cities of the province, amounting to P2.7 million up to P3 million each, this year and in the years to come.
However, the provincial government is still waiting for the recommendation and resolution that would emanate from the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC).
TARLAC CITY – The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) has named Tarlac as the “Most Business Friendly” province in the entire archipelago for the second straight year.
“PCCI based the award on five criteria namely trade, investments and tourism promotions; public-private partnership; micro, small and medium enterprises development; quality management system, innovations and human resource development; and inter-local government relations,” Provincial Media Affairs Office chief Arvin Cabalu disclosed.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Although the October 28 barangay elections were generally peaceful and orderly, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) disclosed Tuesday that it is anticipating the influx of election complaints and related cases.
Comelec Central Luzon Director Rafael Olaño said losing candidates are expected to file within the 10-day period after the polls disqualification cases against their rivals and other complaints like vote-buying among others.
CLARK FREEPORT -- Trade volume between the Philippines and South Korea has exceeded the $10 million mark, an official from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea said.
In an interview with veteran broadcaster Angelo "Sonny" Lopez Jr. on "Aksyon Central Luzon" aired over PEP TV Channel 3, Minister and Consul General Min Kyong-Ho said the total trade volume between the two countries has reached an estimated $11.5 million. He added that the target total trade volume for this year is pegged at $12 million.
MABALACAT CITY -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has proclaimed newly-elected and reelected barangay officials in this city and nearby Angeles City.
In Mabalacat City, new and former village chiefs were selected by voters including that of in Barangay Dau, where the son of Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales was defeated by Former City Councilor Oscar Aurelio.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The re-election of San Fernando's Barangay Calulut village chief Angel Wijangco on Monday was hailed by his supporters and residents as "unprecedented" in the history of the barangay.
Wijangco, a businessman and civic leader, won with a landslide margin of some 1,006 votes over returning village chief Leonardo Mallari and newcomer media practitioner Franco Regala, a correspondent of Manila Bulletin.
LUBAO -- Some 600 adolescent females from all over the different towns of the second district attended yesterday's "Adolescent Health Forum" held at the Lubao Gym through the initiative of the Department of Health (DOH) and the Provincial Government of Pampanga.
The event was attended by Governor Lilia Pineda, DOH Regional Director Dr. Leonita Gorgolon. The event aimed to equip the teenagers with a working knowledge of health issues and concerns on subjects like teenage pregnancy, substance and sexually transmitted diseases.
CLARK FREEPORT --- Transportation and Communications Undersecretary Jose Perpetuo Lotilla has described the entry of Qatar Airways in Clark as a signal for the further development of North Philippines particularly for Central Luzon.
"It is a milestone for Clark and for the country that another airline has chosen to fly into Clark. It is a signal for the further development of the Philippines especially for this part of the country, Central Luzon," Lotilla said during the airline’s formal launching of its daily Doha-Clark-Doha flights.
GUAGUA — The Department of Agriculture is pushing for the use of two rice varieties – NSIC RC-238 and NSIC RC-22 – which were found to be “suitable in the conditions of the farmland and year-round weather in this central western portion of Pampanga.”
This was gleaned after the DA conducted a P6-million study on the variety of rice breeds suitable to at least 81,000 hectares of rice land in the province.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- It's one chamber reaching out to another for the greater good of all, especially in times of dire need.
This, as Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc., through its president lawyer Emmanuel Tumanda, thanked the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PamCham) led by chairman emeritus Levy Laus, vice chairman Rene Romero and president Marco Antonio Jimenez for the assistance it extended to victims of the devastating tremors there.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- An official of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) over the weekend said that they would confer with stakeholders, particularly the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PamCham) regarding the repair scheme of the slope protection along Del Carmen-Balimbing Creek, which collapsed recently.
CAMP OLIVAS -- Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta, Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) director, said that as of 3:15 p.m. Monday, there have been no serious election-related incidents reported by provincial and city police directors in the region.
"All I can say that as of this time (3:15 p.m.) there were no reported serious election-related incidents," said Petransanta. "Therefore the conduct of the barangay elections in the region is generally peaceful."