Angeles qualifies for National Coop Awards

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:15 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles City Cooperative Development Office (ACCDO) bagged the Regional award for the Best Performing Local Government Unit for chartered cities in Central Luzon in the recently concluded Gawad Parangal at the Social Action Center of Pampanga in the City of San Fernando.

PDEA wants to wiretap drug lords, financers

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:11 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) reiterated on Tuesday the need to wiretap suspected drug lords and their financers to drastically cut the supply of illegal drugs in the country.

PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr., in an interview, said "it's difficult" for the agency to pin down big-time drug pushers and those who finance them because "under our law, we can only arrest those who are in the possession of drugs."

Cops undergo surprise drug tests

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:51 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Pampanga police director Senior Superintendent Marlon Valdez Madrid ordered on Tuesday a surprise drug tests on at least 126 cops, including police chiefs of 19 towns and two cities under his command.

Madrid said personnel of the Pampanga Police Office (PPO) headquarters here and agents of the anti-drug and intelligence units of the towns and cities were also included among those tested by the Regional police crime laboratory.

Tugade outlines ‘wish list’ for Clark

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:44 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT ZONE -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president and CEO Arthur Tugade is “wishing” for three kinds of businesses inside Clark Freeport: a Japanese bank, a Japan carrier and a Japanese restaurant.

Tugade presented his wish list before a 13-man delegation of the Japan Standing Commission on Security headed by Akinori Eto, a member of the House of Representatives, recently at the CDC board room here.

Porac exec wants mandatory drug testing for LGU officials, employees

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:41 p.m.

PORAC, Pampanga -- A member of the Municipal Council here filed last Monday a resolution seeking to subject local government unit officials and employees to mandatory drug testing.

The resolution proposed by Councilor Rey Lapid, board of director of the Philippine Councilors' League-Central Luzon, aims to identify drug users and to rehabilitate them.

Drug summit beefs up San Fernando defense

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:35 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Representatives of barangays of this city gathered on July 22 at the Heroes Hall for an anti-drug summit meant to increase barangays' capacity to combat the drug menace at the grassroots.

The meet, initiated by the Pampanga Provincial Government in coordination with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the City Government of San Fernando, was attended by officials of barangays Dolores, San Jose, San Pedro, Sta. Lucia, San Nicolas and Sto. Nino.

Village chief: ‘No segregation, no collection’

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:23 p.m.

MABALACAT CITY -- The chairman of Barangay Dau in this component city said that the "no segregation, no collection" policy will be implemented in their village once their solid waste management ordinance is passed.

Dr. Oscar Aurelio, chief of the commercial village and president of the Liga ng mga Barangay here, issued the statement during the final hearing on the proposed ordinance yesterday.

P11.8-M palay lost to ‘Glenda’

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 10:24 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The recent onslaught of Typhoon Glenda here has left some P11.8 million in palay damages in Pampanga placing it on top of the four provinces affected by the most powerful typhoon to hit the country since super typhoon Yolanda.

The Department of Agriculture (DA), in its Summary of Progress Damage Report on Rice as of July 21, reported that some 695.47 metric tons of palay have been affected in Pampanga with some 762 hectares of rice farmlands registered as partially damaged. Most of the damaged palay crops are within their maturity stage, according to the report.

Power supply stabilizing but reserve remains ‘thin’

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 10:22 p.m.

MEXICO, Pampanga -- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) Central Luzon office here said Tuesday that the energy supply condition is "stabilizing" but remains tenuous given the persisting thin reserves and unexpected outages.

INC delegates asked to visit Clark

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 10:19 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has invited members of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), who will participate in their centennial celebrations, to visit Clark.

In a statement, CDC president Arthur Tugade asked the INC delegates to visit or book at Clark.

Top illegal drugs suspect in Floridablanca nabbed

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 10:15 p.m.

FLORIDABLANCA -- A man considered as the number one illegal drugs suspect on the watch list of the Philippine National Police (PNP) was arrested in a buy-bust operation on Monday in Barangay Pabanlag, Floridablanca.

Inspector Brilliant Mantulac, deputy chief of Floridablanca police, said the arrest was part of their efforts to put an end to the vast illegal drugs operations in the town.

SBMA earnings up 62% to P738-M

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 10:08 p.m.

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- An increase of 62 percent in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) during the first semester this year has been recorded here at this Freeport.

This was disclosed by Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) chairman Roberto Garcia, who also cited the added flexibility in the agency's financial program as a result of its efforts to increase its earnings.

Morales: Education is key to success

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 10:04 p.m.

MABALACAT CITY -- Mayor Marino Morales said that one of his administration's priority programs is education, which he described as key to "success and better tomorrow."

Morales said that education will solve the problem on poverty.

Poe graces BLT launch in Tarlac

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 09:57 p.m.

PANIQUI, Tarlac -- "In my campaign sorties, I made a promise to the people that I will file a senate bill that will give free lunch to all public elementary pupils".

So said Senator Grace Poe during the ceremonial launching of the 8th annual "Busog, Lusog at Talino" (BLT) at the Cojuangco Elementary School here.

Farmer shot while halting demolition

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 08:08 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A farmer attempting to stop the ongoing demolition activities at Barangay Maimpis here was shot over the weekend.

A Sun.Star Pampanga source said that the said demolition at the 130-hectare agrarian reform area started last week by the claimant identified as lawyer Eligio Mallari, a former official of the Commission on Human Rights.

World’s largest dome launched

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 08:01 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) inaugurated on Monday the Philippine Arena -- touted as the world's largest domed arena -- the entire Ciudad de Victoria, and the Philippine Sports Stadium, in Bocaue, Bulacan.

Man slain in San Fernando

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 07:48 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- A 58-year-old man who was going to attend a mass was gunned down by an unidentified gunman along the road of Second Block, Barangay Dolores, City of San Fernando, last Sunday.

In a report here, Superintendent Edilberto Pitallano, city chief of police, identified the fatality as Godofredo Quiambao, a resident of Barangay San Vicente, Sto. Tomas, Pampanga.

Traffic enforcers get thumbs up from Santiago

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 07:30 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Some 15 traffic enforcers and officers received commendations from Mayor Edwin Santiago for their support to the San Fernando Police in its intensified campaign against motorcycle riding criminal suspects operating in the city.

Sta. Rita police gets commendations

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 07:23 p.m.

STA. RITA -- A grateful Municipal Government of Santa Rita, led by Mayor Yolanda Pineda, awarded five commendations Monday to Sta. Rita police chief Michael Masangkay for five successful high-profile police operations here.

Masangkay, along with his police officers, were awarded certificates by Pineda in simple ceremonies Monday attended by municipal employees.

‘Glenda’ victims get aid from SM City Olongapo

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 07:16 p.m.

OLONGAPO CITY -- The recent Typhoon Glenda has pounded Olongapo City and other areas in Zambales and Bataan with strong winds, which caused flooding and damage to properties due to the windstorm.

In an effort to help the affected areas, SM Olongapo has dispatched its team to bring relief goods to 1,000 families in Orani and Dinalupihan Bataan.

Businessmen reiterate call to decongest Metro Manila

Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 09:04 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) reiterated over the weekend its call for the decongestion and decentralization of the National Capitol Region (NCR) after it experienced massive power blackouts last week due to Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun).

"With what happened during the onslaught of Typhoon Glenda, we felt that we have to reiterate our call for the decongestion and decentralization of Metro Manila or the National Capitol Region. Now we see that threats of storm surges and 7.2 magnitude earthquakes are real. The eggs, so to speak, are still in one basket and that is something that has to be addressed immediately," said PamCham president Jim Jimenez.

Agency favors Angeles village tax ordinance

Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 09:03 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- The Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) said that Barangay Balibago may levy reasonable fees and charges on places of recreation that charge admission fees.

BLGF OIC-Executive Director Salvador del Castillo affirmed this in a reply letter to Balibago Chairman Rodelio "Tony" Mamac dated May 30, 2014.

Security tightened at Betis church after ivory theft

Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 09:02 p.m.

GUAGUA -- Security at the St. James the Apostle Parish has been tightened since the recent return of the two stolen ivory icons inside the church.

Local authorities ordered the full operation of the closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras within and around the church, as well as a night guard for added security.

Car crash kills 5

Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 09:01 p.m.

BACOLOR -- A car crash along the Jose Abad Santos Avenue (Jasa) in this town Saturday afternoon killed five people.

Jesus Icban, 51; his wife Justine; their son Jan Clarence; Norma Layug, and Junnel Icban died when a trailer truck crushed their car along the said road at Sitio Balsik in Barangay Cabalantian.

Freemasons conduct medical mission

Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 09:01 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Hundreds of indigent residents in this component city benefitted from a medical mission sponsored by the Pampanga Masonic Lodge Number 48, the oldest and grandest Mason organization in the province.

Retired Police Chief Superintendent Nicanor Targa, head of the organization, said they selected families of kutseros (coachman) and tricycle drivers as beneficiaries in their medical and dental mission.

NGCP: Brownouts due to low energy supply

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 08:28 p.m.

MEXICO, Pampanga -- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) Central Luzon office here said Saturday that the long periods of power interruption and recurring brownouts in the province were due to low energy supply and the recent onslaught of Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun).

"Currently, the supply and demand (load) is not balanced. In order to maintain the system during real-time dispatch, the supply and load should be on the same level," said Ernest Vidal, Regional Corporate Communications officer of NGCP.

HAU to launch book on Opus Dei spirituality

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 08:25 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Holy Angel University will launch the book "Acceptance and Abandonment: Transforming Daily Life," on August 9, at the University's Café Juan.

The book, subtitled "Cion Nepomuceno: Her Legacy of Faith, Love and Joy," is a collection of Nepomuceno’s essays, talks, and correspondence over the years which reveal her deep spirituality and may serve as a guide for readers’ spiritual enrichment.

New officers for agri-fisheries council take oath

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 08:23 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The 15 new officers of the Regional Agricultural and Fisheries Council (RAFC) took their oaths over the weekend before officials of the Department of Agriculture (DA).

‘Glenda’ damage estimated at P10-M

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 08:18 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Pampanga incurred losses amounting to P10 million after the onslaught of Typhoon Glenda, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said Friday.

Partial reports of the PDRRMO show that there are 272 families or 428 individuals from four towns are currently seeking shelter in different evacuation centers in the province.

DPWH joins new Manila BAYanihan brand launch

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 08:15 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Central Luzon supports the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in its advocacy for the sustainable development of Manila Bay.

With the advocacy identity banner "MANILA BAYanihan, para sa Kalinisan" different representatives from Mandamus agencies, local government units and the private sector came together to sign a pact on July 18, 2014 during its media launch declaring their participation in saving and rehabilitating one of Luzon’s major waterways.

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