CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The strong rains and threats of a stormy weather did not hamper the spirit and willingness of hundreds of well-wishers, including businessman Levy Laus, in joining Representative Oscar Rodriguez in celebrating his 69th birthday Friday night at the mini-convention center of Heroes Hall in this city.
In his speech at Rodriguez said, "The real essence of public service is making many people happy."
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The House committee on agrarian reform said Thursday that the 90 farmers in Maimpis locked in a dispute with a landowner claiming a 130-hectare land in the village in this city could still raise their case to the Court of Appeals or even the Supreme Court.
CLARK FREEPORT -- Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has expressed his gratitude to the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) for the infrastructure projects being undertaken in the city to be completed before the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) ministerial meeting next year inside this Freeport.
SANTA RITA -- While still compiling damages to crops in Central Luzon (CL) from Tropical Storm "Mario", various provincial governments in the region have submitted their list of damages on palay crops from the recent Typhoon "Luis" amounting to P659,771,099, Department of Agriculture (DA) said.
DA regional director Andrew Villacorta said that the DA is still compiling reports on palay damages in heavily flooded areas in Central Luzon. This, as the DA has yet to verify the damages from recent Typhoon "Luis".
ANGELES CITY -- Kapampangan visual artist Arnel Garcia received a special citation at the 2014 National Metrobank Art and Design Excellence (MADE) held at the Le Pavilion in Pasay City over the weekend.
His work, "Facets of Faces" can be viewed together with the rest of the visual art and architecture exhibit at the said venue.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- At least 131 families or 625 persons in three towns and one city of Bulacan were affected by flooding brought about by Typhoon Mario.
The Central Luzon Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) said in its initial report that the affected families were from Barangay Sta. Rosa in Marilao town; Barangay Bagbaguin in Sta. Maria town and Barangay Tambubong in Bocaue, all in Bulacan.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Rotary Club of Central Pampanga (RCCP) is now calling on partners and other non-government groups to help in their project of providing women in target communities here with free courses on dressmaking and sewing.
RCCP president Lourdes David told Sun.Star Pampanga that they are calling on people who are willing to partner with RCCP on the project.
TARLAC CITY -- The College of Computer Studies (CCS) of the Tarlac State University (TSU) recently inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) for partnership in development communication.
The MOA, which was signed by TSU Vice-President for Academic Affairs Armee Rosel and PIA Regional Director William Beltran with CCS Dean Marlon Gamido and PIA Tarlac Manager Lorie Gene Cruz as witnesses, stipulates that PIA shall assist CCS in crafting a sound communication plan and production of its college newspaper.
Sto. Tomas -- Former municipal councilor and Fourth District Representative Juan Pablo Bondoc's current congressional staff John Sambo assured on Friday his townmates that "they need not worry about massive flooding because flood control structures are intact."
Sambo told Sun.Star Pampanga during an ocular inspection of the Sto. Tomas-Minalin Tail Dike and the Gugu Dike that his fellow Tomasians can “sleep well” knowing that the said flood mitigating structures are serving their purpose.
ANGELES CITY -- Elementary student Raven De La Cruz of this city was devastated after hearing the recent death of a highly trained false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens) that have become star attraction at the Ocean Adventure Marine Park in Subic, Zambales.
"I was promised by my parents who are both OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) that they will bring me to the Ocean park to see the dolphins and whales, including the big one called Tonka," said De La Cruz, who learned about the "star attraction" of the show from his classmates. His friends and classmates were also hurt.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda urged line agencies of the government to work together and converge their resources with the local government units (LGUs) to effectively serve the people and meet performance targets every year.
This was disclosed by Pineda, chair of social development committee of the Regional Development Council (RDC) during the First full council meeting of the Regional Development Council (RDC) Sectoral Committee on Social Development on Wednesday.
CANDABA – "It's Candabenios' dream come true."
So stressed Mayor Rene Maglanque who made true to his promise as the Municipal Government initiated Thursday the groundbreaking and construction of the P12-million Candaba Community Hospital.
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Two persons were killed by Motorcycle Riding Criminals (MRCs) in the towns of Masantol and Arayat, recently.
Ruperto Guese, 54, a resident of Bebe Anac, Masantol was on his way home on board a Rusi Motorcycle (5709XO) together with Marilyn Yumang, 48, when shot by MRCs along the road of Barangay Sto. Nino, Masantol town.
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- An employee of a construction firm was shot to death by unidentified gunman in Barangay Barreto, Olongapo City, recently.
Senior Superintendent Pedrito delos Reyes, Olongapo City police director, identified the victim as Angelito Pineda, 34, a resident of Purok 4, Olongapo City and motor pool manager of 4B Construction.
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- A total of 44 persons suspected to be involved in cybersex were arrested by combined agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (PAOCTF) during a raid in three internet shops in Barangay Bonifacio, Dinalupihan, Bataan, Wednesday before midnight.
Senior Superintendent Flynn Dongbo, Officer-In-Charge of the Bataan police provincial office, said the raiding team swooped down the internet shops Charlote, Deadline and Barracks, all owned by Domingo Cordova.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A man was arrested in a drug buy-bust operation conducted by the city police the other night in Barangay Sto. Nino, this city.
The arrest, the city police said, is part of their local campaign against illegal drugs trade.
LUBAO -- A tricycle driver here was arrested in a drug buy-bust operation conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) last night in Barangay Concepcion, Lubao, Pampanga.
The arrest, Lubao PNP anti-illegal drugs unit said, is part of their local campaign against illegal drugs trade.
CLARK FREEPORT -- The much-publicized "take over" of the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) by a relative of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III is not yet a "final and executory".
This was according to a source at the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), who said that newly appointed CIAC Board of Director Emigdio Tanjuatco Jr. needs to be voted first before he could assume the post of president and chief operations officer of CIAC.
CLARK FREEPORT -- Officials of Smart Communications Incorporated (Smart) has instituted measures to protect its consumers against text message scams.
Jose Felicisimo "Wo" Rosete, Smart External Relations senior manager, said they implemented a campaign to educate consumers about bogus schemes.
ANGELES CITY – "It's not absolute power but greater responsibility."
Thus said Councilor Amos Rivera on Wednesday as he defended his proposed ordinance creating the Angeles City Traffic and Transportation Development Office (ACTIDO).
STA. RITA -- The Department of Health (DOH) Central Luzon Office declared on Wednesday a dengue outbreak in this town but said that the dengue cases in the region have generally declined.
The dengue outbreak in Sta. Rita Pampanga was due to the 91 percent increase in the number of dengue cases this year.
CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President and Chief Executive Officer Victor Jose Luciano said that his successor, Lawyer Emigdio "Dino" Tanjuatco Jr. has the qualification to head and run the corporation.
Luciano said CIAC needs a lawyer like Tanjuatco, now that the state-owned corporation encounters legal issues including the dispute at the Global Gateway Logistics City (GGLC).
ANGELES CITY -- A village near one of the largest universities in Central Luzon in terms of population is hosting a forum on illegal drugs on September 18 and 19.
Reynaldo “Rey” Malig, barangay captain of Salapungan, here, said that the first forum was held at the Nazarene Academy on Thursday. The second forum will be held at 9 a.m. on September 19 at the Salapungan Elementary School.
ANGELES CITY -- Vice-Mayor Vicky Vega Cabigting asked officers of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) assigned in the city to produce additional documents to justify the subsidy given to them by the city government.
The City Government suspended the release of its financial assistance to every personnel of Philippine National Police (PNP), BJMP, and BFP following an observation issued by the Commission on Audit during the first quarter of 2014.
MAGALANG — Police here said on Thursday that the reported bomb threat last Tuesday at the Pampanga Agricultural College (PAC) was a hoax and seemed to have been perpetuated by a prankster.
Classes at PAC were suspended last Tuesday following the "bomb threat."
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A new computer and Smartphone application will soon be able to help farmers in preparation for the upcoming dry season as the Department of Agriculture (DA) Central Luzon and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) conducted the Regional Crop Manager (RCM) meeting yesterday.
More than 60 agricultural extension officers attended the said meeting.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Six members of a notorious robbery and carnapping group were apprehended during a police operation in Barangay Sindalan, this city, Wednesday.
PORAC -- Hundreds of indigents and local residents here were the beneficiaries of the medical mission held at the Jose Songco Lapid Sports Complex hosted by the SM Foundation in cooperation with the Municipal Government of Porac.
Mayor Condralito dela Cruz said that the event is a big help for Porac residents and boost to the town's wellness and health programs.
CITY OF OLONGAPO – Streamlining career paths for young Zambaleños as future entrants to the labor force, the Provincial Government of Zambales, through its Public Employment Service Office (PESO), in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd)-Zambales Division, Zambales Association of Career Advocates (ZACAI), and Zambales Association of PESO Managers (ZAPMI), and in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Regional Office No.
ANGELES CITY – "We will continue breaking down the walls of apathy, regress, dirt and indifference."
Thus said Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan on Wednesday as he noted of the City Government’s efforts to continuously improve facilities, infrastructure and prime the highly urbanized city for the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in January next year.