MABALACAT CITY -- The head of the Mabalacat Traffic Enforcement Group (MTEG) is in hot water for allegedly asking at least four MTEG enforcers to disrupt a peaceful gathering of newly-elected homeowners association officials and residents of Xevera Subdivision here last February 25.
ANGELES CITY -- Maverick visual artist Arnel Garcia received over the weekend the Pupul ning Banua (Harvest of the Year) for the field of visual arts in the awarding ceremonies at the Museo Ning Angeles here.
The Pupul Ning Banua is an honor accorded to residents of the city who have brought honor and prestige to the city in their respective fields. The honorees are people who have distinguished themselves through awards and citations that further promote their crafts and ultimately the city that honed them.
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Four suspected shabu pushers were arrested by joint operatives of Pampanga Police Intelligence branch and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA3) during a buy-bust operation in Barangay Sto. Nino and Barangay San Pedro Cutub, both in the City of San Fernando on Friday.
Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono Jr., Pampanga Police Provincial director, identified those arrested as Francis Nino Canicon, 29, a resident of Barangay Sto. Nino; Allan Tiru, 38, Mariano Pring, 40, and Mark Cao, 28, all residents of Barangay San Pedro Cutud.
MABALACAT CITY -- Vice President and housing czar Jejomar Binay urged local government executives to develop more public spaces, saying that "more public spaces mean better people’s lives."
"The challenge is upon us to protect and improve on existing public spaces and to bring public-private partnership in developing new ones. We must continue to fight for their development and we need champions who can push to protect, create, and make useful such public spaces."
ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan promised to build more green parks and beatification projects in Angeles City.
In a meeting with the press last week, he said it is part of his advocacy to make the city eco-friendly and promote a livable environment.
SANTO TOMAS -- A suspected drug pusher was apprehended by elements of the town police during an anti-drug operation recently.
Suspect Alberto Digman, 38, fell into the hands of the Municipal Anti-illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (Maidsotg) under the supervision of Police Chief Insp. John Clark in a but bust operation here over the weekend.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) launched Saturday the Operation Listo Disaster Preparedness Manual in an effort to beef up capabilities of local government units (LGUs) in Central Luzon to prevent severe loss of properties and lives during calamities specifically typhoons.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The National Nutrition Council (NNC) enjoined residents to live healthy by abiding to the "10 Kumainments."
"These are the laymanized but more comprehensible version of the 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos. We hope this can help change the eating habits and behavior of our kababayans here," said NNC-3 Regional Program Coordinator Florinda Panlilio.
CLARK FREEPORT -- The militant Anakpawis Partylist called for an establishment of a people’s transition council to replace the Aquino government as demands from different sectors for the president’s resignation are intensifying. The group joined the massive protest at Mendiola led by the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (New Patriotic Alliance).
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) has set some P343,493,927 worth of proposed projects for Central Luzon in a bid to streamline and boost local agriculture production.
The programs include a P22-million processing facilities in Aurora province, P130-million storage facility in Bataan province and P26- million farm machinery in Nueva Ecija along with P51-million onion hangar facility that is aimed that boosting onion processing in the area.
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- An American national was arrested for stealing a bottle of hazelnut spread at SM City Olongapo, recently.
Senior Superintendent Pedrito Delos Reyes, Olongapo City police director, said a security personnel of SM City Olongapo arrested Hugh Harrelson, 33, an American national presently billeted at G-Homes hotel located at East Tapinac, Olongapo City.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The second year of Star Dancer, a solo dance competition in Central Luzon, by RDS Event Production Services have gathered more than 100 members composed of teachers, choreographers, moderators, choreographers and dance enthusiasts from different public and private institutions around Pampanga for this year's competition.
The organizations have put-up seminars and workshops namely Dancesports Workshop for Teachers 2012, Dance Leadership Seminar 2013 and Arts Festival workshop 2014.
PORAC -- Police recently arrested five illegal drug pushers in Barangay Prado Siongco here.
The arrest, the Lubao police anti-illegal drugs unit said, is part of their local campaign against the illegal drugs trade.
OLONGAPO CITY -- The trial of United States Marines Lance Corporal Joseph Pemberton has been set on March 23.
Pemberton, 19, is facing a murder charge over the death of Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude last year in this city.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) announced Friday the scheduled shutdown of some of its transmission facilities in parts of Mexico town, Arayat, Magalang and Mabalacat, Pampanga on March 1, Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
LUBAO, Pampanga -- Food and health safety has become a major concern in this town after the Department of Health (DOH)-Central Luzon confirmed a number of cases of a skin disease that has been associated with exposure to high levels of arsenic.
CLARK FREEPORT -- The state-owned Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) said that motorists plying the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) can expect added convenience by the end of the year with the first ever service area to be constructed by the country’s largest independent oil player.
BCDA president and CEO Arnel Paciano D. Casanova said ground breaking rites for the first SCTEx service area was held last Wednesday led by Seaoil Philippines Inc.
CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC), in cooperation with two locators here, is currently conducting a joint skills training and employment program for 160 individuals from the contiguous areas of this Freeport zone.
In support of CDC's effort to generate 100,000 jobs by next year, the state-owned firm has partnered with Aderans Philippines Inc. (API) and Starboard Manpower Services Inc. (SMSI) for the training and employment program on wig making project.
ANGELES CITY -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Central Luzon reported significant accomplishments for Calendar Year 2014.
These are reflected in the following areas: SME development, jobs generation, investment facilitation and consumer advocacy for the seven provinces of Central Luzon.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has lifted the shellfish ban in Bataan after laboratory tests showed that all kinds of shellfish in eight coastal towns in the province registered negative of red tide.
Bataan provincial agriculturist Imelda Inieto said Wednesday that even acetes or alamang that was included in the shellfish ban are now red tide-free.
MACABEBE -- Mayor Annette Flores-Balgan said Thursday that "fictitious names" of land owners in Barangay Consuelo here and two other factors caused her government to be named as one of the 87 municipalities in the Philippines with failing marks for three consecutive years in managing local funds.
CLARK FREEPORT -- The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) is studying the construction of a 55-kilometer railway connector that will link Clark Green City with the proposed North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR), which will run from Malolos, Bulacan to Calamba, Laguna.
In a statement, BCDA president and Chief Executive Officer Arnel Casanova disclosed that they are in talks with at least two firms, the Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway (MTR) Corporation and another unnamed Japanese company.
CLARK FREEPORT -- Some 300 farmers benefited in the dispersal of vegetable seeds for backyard vegetable production to supplement the vegetable needs of their families and possible income from sales of excess produce.
The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) dispersed the vegetable seeds to selected farmer-beneficiaries in communities contiguous to this Freeport and Special Economic Zones.
ANGELES CITY -- Cut-Cut barangay chairwoman Cecile Nepomuceno, wife of former vice governor Robin Nepomuceno and mother of Councilor Bryan Matthew Nepomuceno, reiterated her family's support to the administration of incumbent Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.
Nepomuceno, in a phone interview with Sun.Star Pampanga, said that the Nepomuceno family will be supporting Pamintuan who will seek his final term in the coming May 2016 elections.
CLARK FREEPORT -- Tigerair Philippines is offering seat sale for its Clark Hong Kong flights for as low as P1,088 for travel period March 9 to June 14, 2015.
This is part of the airlines’ seat sale to all its destinations from 25 February 2015 to 27 February 2015 or until seats last.
ANGELES CITY -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Central Luzon, through its OIC-Regional Director Judith Angeles recently reported to the Regional Development Council-Sectoral Committee on Economic Development (RDC-SCED) that the region attracted a total of P55.11-billion in new investments for Calendar Year 2014, based on the list of the Board of Investments (BOI) Approved Projects.
The investments are estimated to translate into more than 3,000 new jobs for the residents of Central Luzon.
ANGELES CITY -- This city's Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan confirmed Wednesday that they are now in an alliance with Councilor Bryan Nepomuceno in what observers believe is a move to deter the mayoralty plans of Senator Manuel "Lito" Lapid in 2016 here.
Pamintuan, during a breakfast forum with media, said that the young Nepomuceno is now with the administration majority.
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Four persons were injured when a suspected improvised bomb exploded in a parking lot of a school in Barangay Sto. Rosario, Angeles City, Tuesday night.
Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles City police director, identified the injured as Nolaid Cayanan, 44, a resident of Barangay Manibaug, Porac, Pampanga; Julie Ann Garica, 29, and Maries Sorima, 17, both salesladies and both residents of Barangay Amsic, Angeles City; and Michelle Gadi, 14, a resident of Barangay Paralaya, Porac, Pampanga.
MACABEBE – "What's important for me is livelihood for my people and employment opportunities for them."
Thus said Mayor Annette Flores-Balgan as she took the cudgels for a businessman engaged in tilapia and chicken production.
ANGELES CITY -- The Philippines may have been taking steps in the right direction after the 1986 People Power Revolution, but for Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, huge social, political, and economic challenges remain unresolved even after 29 years since the historic movement.
This year's anniversary is anchored on the theme "EDSA 29: Ituloy ang Pagbabago!" (Continue Change), which highlights the importance of using the spirit and ideals of the 1986 People Power Revolution in bringing about positive change in the country.