Bogus PTV-4 reporters fall

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 09:18 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Two alleged employees posing as reporters of the state-run PTV-4 television station were arrested during an entrapment operation at Capitol's Provincial Information Office in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga, Thursday afternoon.

San Fernando recognized as most business-friendly city

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 09:06 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- After being a hall of famer in 2010, the City of San Fernando in Pampanga has been named anew by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PCCI) as the most business-friendly in the country.

Nominated by the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. or PamCham, the new recognition comes after the PCCI noted of the component city’s strong institutions and ISO-certified business processing systems that has attracted investors and businesses to locate in Pampanga’s capital.

1st Angeles City Arnis fest on

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 09:03 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- This city is holding the First Angeles City Arnis Festival Championship on October 25 until October 26 at Robinsons Place in Balibago, Angeles City.

The said competition is sanctioned activity by Arnis Philippines, Inc. (ARPI) and will be administered by ARPI technical officials.

2 Bulacan police officers slain

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 09:01 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Two police officers were killed by still unidentified armed men along a road in Barangay Minuyan Proper in San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan, Wednesday.

In his report here, Senior Superintendent Ferdinand Divina, Bulacan Police provincial director, identified the victims as PO2 Arsil Asali Nasir, 33, a native of Sulu and PO1 Freddie Manugay Claro, 33, a native of Isabela, both residents of Barangay Manuyan, San Jose Del Monte City.

DILG-3 implements second wave of webpage development project

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 08:50 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of Interior and Local Government Central Luzon Office (DILG-3), in its effort to enhance its role for the mobilization and coordination of the application of resources for local governance capacity development, has implemented a second wave of the Webpage Development Project for local government units (LGUs) in the region recently at the Crown Legacy Hotel in Baguio City.

CHR to curb cases of child abuse

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 08:49 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Rampant child abuse remains a major social challenge in the region but it can be curbed with the right preparations and strategies, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Central Luzon Office said Friday.

As one of the most vulnerable sectors in society, children are susceptible to physical, psychological, emotional, and sexual abuses, the CHR said.

Prices of processed meat products to increase this Yuletide season

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 08:46 p.m.

TARLAC CITY -- The newly elected president of the Society of Tarlac Meat Processors (STAMP) announced during the launching of the group that it is very inevitable processed meat products to be sold this Yuletide season will increase by as a much as five percent.

Gene Aquino-Nicolas said that the suppliers will have different prices, but noted that STAMP will assure the buying public that there will be ample and steady supply of their products.

Police arrest village exec for drugs

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 08:44 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- A barangay chairman was arrested while his cohort escaped during a buy-bust operation conducted by combined police operatives in San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan, Wednesday.

Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta, Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) director, identified the arrested as Roberto Manlapid, barangay chairman of San Martin II, San Jose Del Monte City.

Prelate tells parishioners: Stop bashing priests on FB

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 10:07 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Soon-to-be Archbishop Emeritus Paciano Aniceto has one last appeal to Kapampangans: to put a stop to the unabated bashing of at least two priests on the social networking site Facebook stressing that social media is no venue to address parochial issues.

"Putting up such accounts is divisive and does more harm on the parish and people who see such posts," Aniceto told Sun.Star Pampanga.

Fil-Am biz group, PamCham ink pact

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 10:05 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Traders from the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PamCham) and the Federation of Philippine Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (FPACC) are now business partners in pursuing countryside development in the province of Pampanga.

After signing the memorandum of cooperation, local executives in Pampanga and in the United States started forging their entrepreneurial ties as part of the “2014 Trade, Investment, Tourism and Humanitarian Mission” in the Philippines, which will run until October 24.

Guv wants Pampanga to be Central Luzon’s cleanest

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 10:03 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda on Wednesday urged the provincial and all municipal solid waste management boards in the province to take all the necessary efforts needed in making Pampanga the cleanest province in Central Luzon and achieving zero waste management.

This, after the governor expressed dissatisfaction over the report of the Provincial Government and Environment and Natural Resources Office that Capitol achieved only 40 percent of its solid waste management target in the last four years.

Pamintuan secures road lighting projects

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 10:02 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- The whole stretch of the Fil-Am Friendship Highway will soon have state-of-the-art LED (light-emitting diode) street lamps.

This development came after Road Board Executive Diector Adolfo Escalona yesterday (October 23) met with Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan at the latter’s office in City Hall.

Famous Kapampangan designer to hold gala in Angeles City

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 09:57 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Prolific designer Philip D. Torres will do a fashion show dubbed as "PIDAYIT", a project supporting the restoration of the Museo ning Angeles (formerly Angeles Municipal Hall), on November 28, 2014 at 7 p.m., at the Epiphany of Angels, Holy Angel University here.

"A momentous event and gathering of culture and arts advocates joining hands to restore our Kapampangan Heritage," a statement describing the event said.

Pelco 2 works to lower power rates – coop exec

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 09:52 p.m.

MABALACAT CITY -- The management of the Pampanga II Electric Cooperative (Pelco 2) is working hard to improve its operations and services, which in effect will lower power rates in covered areas.

This was disclosed by Amador "Ka Basil" Guevarra during the inauguration of the 10-MVA substation in Barangay Manibaug, Porac town on Wednesday.

UPRIIS raises concerns on possible abolishment of irrigation fees

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 09:51 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The bill pushing for the abolishment of the irrigation service fees (ISF) may ease the burden of the farmers but it may also cripple the efficiency of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), which collects ISF from farmers to sustain its operation and maintenance including salaries and allowances of its employees, a top official of the Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems (UPRIIS) said Thursday.

MACDAAM 2014: The ultimate challenge towards sports unity and excellence

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 09:49 p.m.

MABALACAT CITY -- City Schools Division Superintendent Nicolas Capulong, Ph.D., CESO VI officially opened the Mabalacat City Division Amateur Athletic Meet (MACDAAM) 2014 at the Don Teodoro V. Santos Institute here in the city.

Delegates from north, east and south districts and private schools will compete during the three-day "ultimate challenge" set on October 22 to 25 to distinguish who is best fit to represent the city during the Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association (CLRAA) and Palarong Pambansa.

308 PRO3 men join Scout training

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 09:42 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- At least 308 Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) personnel participated in the opening ceremony of the of the 45 day rigid training on Special Counter Insurgency Operations Unit Training (Scout), recently.

The training was conducted by the Regional Personnel and Human Resources Development Division personnel headed by Superintendent Rolly Mendoza.

It’s October fun at SM City Baliwag

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 09:40 p.m.

SM City Baliwag this month of October will celebrate happenings that will surely bring fun and excitement to kids.

Themed “Everything’s Here One World One People,” everyone is invited to come and celebrate United Nations Day at SM City Baliwag on October 24.

Binay: Broadcasters to have own homes

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 09:52 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Broadcasters will have more good news to relay after they get their own houses.

This was the statement of Vice President Jejomar Binay after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Pag-Ibig Fund and the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Tuesday night.

CIAC promotes Clark airport

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 09:46 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Executives of the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) have visited several provinces in the Northern Luzon area to promote Clark International Airport (CRK) as an international gateway.

CIAC visits in Pangasinan, Laoag City and Vigan, Ilocos Norte, held on October 16, 17, and 18 are part of the second leg of the North Philippines Clark Airport Road Show.

Pelco 2 solves power woes in Porac town

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 09:41 p.m.

PORAC -- The Pampanga II Electric Cooperative (Pelco 2) has solved the low power voltage problem in this town after a 10-MVA station in Barangay Manibaug was energized last month.

With the commissioning of the substation, Pelco 2 officials said that member-consumers and industrial complexes including Ayala Land Inc.'s Alviera will be assured of adequate and reliable power supply.

Kapampangan sculptor tapped for Papal visit icons, images

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 09:38 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Presidential Merit Awardee for Ecclesiastical Art Willy Layug has been designated to create not just one but three sculptures of religious images to be used for the upcoming pastoral visit of Pope Francis in January 2015.

Layug was asked by the Archdiocese of Palo to conceptualize the Marian image to be placed near the altar of the open-air Mass at the Tacloban airport during the Pope's visit to Tacloban.

Musical on Pope Francis to debut this November

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 09:13 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- The theater stage is set this season for the maiden premier of the much awaited musical mostly based on the life of Pope Francis as Teatru Kapampangan brings on stage "I Love Pope Francis: The Musical" on November 29.

The project is the latest presentation of multi-talented director Andy Alviz and writer-lyricist Randy Del Rosario. The latest musical follows in the tradition of well-loved musicals like Ima, Beauty Parlor, Perry: The Musical, Ciniong and Tulauk: A Lenten Musical.

School teacher in Bulacan kidnapped

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 09:11 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- A school teacher was abducted by two unidentified armed men in his residence at Evergreen Subdivision, Barangay Gaya-Gaya, City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan recently.

Senior Superintendent Ferdinand Divina, Bulacan police provincial director, said that Manolito Matusalem, 35, a resident of the said barangay was kidnapped by two suspects.

Cops bust syndicate selling drugs in jail

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 09:05 p.m.

TARLAC CITY -- Operatives of the Tarlac Provincial Police Office busted suspected Wednesday members of a syndicate allegedly selling illegal drugs to inmates at the provincial jail here.

OFW families from Pampanga, NE 2014 OWWA model awardees

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 08:59 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- It was a day of recognition for OFW Families as the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office No. 3 (OWWA-RWO3) on Tuesday formally honored the regional winners of the 2014 Model OFW Family Year Awards (MOFYA) held at the Bliss Hotel, City of San Fernando.

San Fernando to pour P60-M for ‘tourism road’

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 10:31 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Buoyed by the massive influx of tourists in this city, a local official here revealed a government plan to pour P60 million into the construction of a "tourism road," which is set to commence before the end of this year.

The road project, which covers a 500-meter bypass cum service road along the Balimbing Creek, will connect Jose Abad Santos Avenue (JASA) and the city proper through Barangay San Jose.

Binay overstaying as Boy Scout prexy

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 10:28 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Former Makati Vice-Mayor Ernesto Mercado, the principal whistleblower against Vice-President Jejomar Binay recently disclosed the latter is "overstaying" as president of the Boy Scout of the Philippines or BSP.

Taxman’s collection grows 21.78% percent in September

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 10:26 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Region IV (RR4) has collected P1.63 billion in tax revenues for the month of September registering a 21.78 percent or P278 million growth rate for the whole region.

Revenue Region 4 (RR-4) OIC Regional Director Conrado Lee told Sun.Star Pampanga that the regional office also has an excess collection of P70,843,316 and was able to surpass its collection goal for the month, which was set at P1,556,641,000 or by 4.55 percent.

Police rescue hostages in NLEX bus drama

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 10:24 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Some 13 passengers of an air-conditioned bus taken hostage were safely rescued by policemen after a two hour hostage drama along the Sta. Rita Toll Exit of North Luzon Expressway (NLEx), Guiguinto, Bulacan, Monday morning.

Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta, Police Regional Office-3 director, identified the arrested hostage-taker take as Lauro Sanchez.

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