THE Department of Health (DOH) has announced that Pampanga province’s 11 district hospitals and its lone provincial medical facility will be on “Code White” alert in preparation for the celebration of New Year.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Former President and incumbent Pampanga Second District Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo returned to the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City on Friday after her furlough request which started on December 23 ended on December 26.
Arroyo was reported to have arrived at the VMMC around 2:17 p.m. Friday, according to reports.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Hundreds of children felt the spirit of Christmas after attending Saturday’s party sponsored by the Pampanga Masonic Lodge Number 48.
The kids were given food, toys, and candies during the event dubbed “Pamaskong Handog ng Pampanga Masonic Lodge Number 48, F. & A. M. Para Sa Mga Bata.”
STO. TOMAS -- Mayor Joselito "Lito" Naguit has ordered the police to continue its aggressive campaign against alleged drug pushers in line with the directive of the provincial government to purge their illegal trade.
Naguit's order to Chief Inspector John Clark, town police chief, resulted in the arrest of at least 18 drug pushers since the renewed campaign was launched a few months ago. Two other suspects were arrested for alleged possession of illegal drugs, added Clark, who was assigned as chief cop of Sto. Tomas last January.
MABALACAT CITY -- The business district of this city was relatively peaceful during the celebration of Christmas Day.
This was according to Chief Inspector Melvin Florida, newly installed Dau police commander, who disclosed that there were no major incidents over the past few days.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The number of shooting incidents in the province of Pampanga has increased significantly this year, the Pampanga Police Provincial Office (PPPO) said recently.
PPPO data showed that reported shooting-related crimes went up from 98 cases (January to December 2013) to 142 cases in the same period this year. This year’s figure is up by 45 percent or 44 cases of gun-related crimes, with five days to go before year-end.
FLORIDABLANCA -- Deafening cheers cut through the chilly air as impatient, giggling children marveled at the strings of Christmas lights that burst into the stunning landscape of Basa Air Base in this town.
Every December, the spirited members of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) here convert a part of the camp into a Christmas-themed park, which boasts of a number of rides, shows, and booths.
CONCEPCION, Tarlac -- It was the end of the road for a notorious drug pusher after Christmas Day when he tried to shoot it out with joint police operatives of the Capas and Concepcion police.
Earlier on, Capas police intelligence operatives conducted a buy bust operation against Rico Bundalian, Jr. alias Jun and JB, 44, single, a resident of Ilang-ilang Street, Green Village, Concepcion, Tarlac at Barangay Sto. Domingo 2nd in the town of Capas.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Senator Loren Legarda said the City Government here was able to generate jobs and establish material recovery facilities following the implementation of Republic Act Number 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Law.
The senator said local government units (LGUs) could create more jobs through the implementation of the said law.
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Chief Superintendent Ronald Valcos Santos, deputy Regional Director for Administration and Officer-in-Charge of the Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3), conducted a surprise inspection at the different stores selling firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices at Barangay Turo, Bocaue, Bulacan on Tuesday.
Santos placed posters and distributed leaflets to store owners pertaining to RA 7183 (An Act Regulating the Sale, Manufacture, Distribution and Use of Firecrackers and Pyrotechnic Devices).
City Of San Fernando -- Laus Group of Companies Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Levy P. Laus is optimistic for the local economy of Central Luzon this coming 2015 as he highlighted the importance of local media in the region’s development.
Laus made this forecast during the Christmas media luncheon with Pampanga media at Max's Restaurant on Monday.
ANGELES CITY -- Former first district Representative Carmelo "Tarzan" Lazatin welcomed Monday the decision of third district Representative Oscar "Oca" Rodriguez to seek re-election, allowing a "harmonious relationship" between officials in the nearby City of San Fernando.
In a phone interview, Lazatin said both Rodriguez and City of San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago "are doing very good in their respective posts and there is no reason for them to clash in 2016."
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Central Luzon is in a strong position to partake in the economic integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) next year, an official of the Regional Development Council (RDC-3) in Central Luzon assured, citing vigorous economic progress and positive image in the international community.
GUAGUA -- A portion of a sugarcane farm in Barangay Maquiapo here was destroyed by fire recently.
Fire Officer Christopher Felimco, officer-in-charge of the Guagua Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), said the fire might have been ignited by the cold weather.
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- The muzzle taping of firearms that aims to prevent illegal discharge of guns by Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel, here was conducted Monday.
Chief Superintendent Ronald Santos, Deputy Regional Director for Administration of the Police Regional Office III (PRO3), said the sealing of firearms of policemen in Central Luzon has been annually conducted to ensure that no one will use issued guns during the celebration of Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
LUBAO – Mabalacat City Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales has urged the City Council to come up with an ordinance that will drastically reduce the crimes committed by individuals riding motorcycles.
Morales, who was interviewed at the Pampanga Mayors’ League (PML) Christmas party on Saturday night, said he directed Vice Mayor Christian Halili to immediately consult the public and study a proposed ordinance aimed at limiting the movements of motorcycle-riding criminals.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Third District Representative Oscar “Oca” Rodriguez said he is seeking re-election in 2016, dousing reports that he wants to make a comeback as mayor of this city and challenge his longtime political ally, Mayor Edwin Santiago.
“Who said I want to run for mayor? I never said that I will run for mayor. ” said Rodriguez in an interview on Friday night.
BACOLOR - The Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) has been offering free physical therapy sessions for indigent stroke patients with the help of volunteers from the Arellano University at the Jose A. Datu Medical Center here.
KDF president Benigno Ricafort told Sun.Star Pampanga that the new program is on a per schedule basis and would be available as long as there are patients willing to avail of the services of the volunteers.
STO. TOMAS - Police operatives here arrested a suspected drug dealer in a buy bust operation few days before Christmas.
Oliver Canlas, 28, of Purok 2 San Vicente, this town, was caught allegedly handing selling illegal drugs to a police agent.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Provincial Government of Pampanga headed by Governor Lilia Pineda reiterated its strong support and backing for the Supreme Court’s mandamus on Manila Bay aiming to bring back its old glory and make it a “swim and bath” spot again.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- “Maestro” Ryan Cayabyab over the weekend gave aspiring high school students and professionals in this city important songwriting tips to enhance their talent and craft.
The half-day training program was facilitated by the city’s Multi-Sectoral Governance Council and Manila North Tollways Corporation in partnership with Cayabyab’s Philpop Music Foundation.
CLARK FREEPORT -- Anakpawis Partylist Representative Fernando Hicap described as "highly condemnable" the United States government's hard stand to retain the custody of US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton, suspect for the murder of transgender Jennifer Laude.
Hicap said the people should strongly demand not only for the Philippine government to assert custody of the American soldier while the murder case is still being prosecuted, but also for the immediate termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City Government of San Fernando recently urged business owners and traders to support a local scholarship program.
Mayor Edwin Santiago said the local government has already provided educational assistance to the students of the City College of San Fernando.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Central Luzon bets have bagged awards at the National Gawad Saka 2014 held at Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) recently.
The Gawad Saka is an annual contest to recognize farmers, fisherfolks, livestock raisers and farmers' and fisherfolks' groups who have excelled and made significant contributions in enhancing the development of the agriculture and fishery sector in their respective communities and in the country.
STO. TOMAS -- Some 50 children from this town received Christmas gifts from the Santo Tomas Municipal Police as part of their social program this Yuletide Season.
Police chief John Clark said that the move was part of the local police's desire to win the hearts of the people in the community.
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Four armed men riding in two motorcycles held-up a junkshop located along Mampan road, Barangay Camachiles, Mabalacat City, Wednesday.
Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono, Jr., Pampanga Police Provincial director, said the suspects armed with caliber .45 pistols were on board Honda wave motorcycles without plate numbers when they arrived at the EM junkshop owned by Eufracia Marin, 52, a resident of Barangay Camachiles, of said city.
CLARK FREEPORT -- Burials at the Clark Veterans Cemetery (CVC) has resumed after the Bases Conversion Development Authority suspended the interment at the war veterans’ resting place on December 1.
Earlier, United States Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) urged the Philippine government to end the suspension of burials at the CVC.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) presented a plaque of appreciation to Mayor Edwin Santiago for generously hosting the dinner reception for the delegates of the Federation of Philippine-American Chambers of Commerce (FPACC) and business matching with the members of the chamber recently.
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- US Marine Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton showed up Friday at the Olongapo City Hall of justice where he was fingerprinted and photographed.
Pemberton arrived at the Olongapo Hall of Justice at about 5:12 a.m. Friday on board an SUV from Camp Aquinaldo in Quezon City, said Senior Superintendent Pedrito delos Reyes, Olongapo City police director.
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) wants the locators of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ) to regard corporate social responsibility (CSR) not as a mere philanthropic initiative but as a mature, refined discipline.
Victor Persius Chan, CSR manager of Redondo Peninsula Energy Incorporated (RP Energy), issued this call on Wednesday during a media briefing held at the Buma Hotel, Moonbay Marina Area, this Freeport.