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.
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.
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.
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.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Central Luzon Office urged Tuesday civil society groups in the region to actively participate at the Grassroots Participatory Process (GPP) project planning of the region for year 2016.
DILG regional director Florida Dijan said Central Luzon has already submitted its budget proposal of P1.5 billion for the GPP projects in 2015.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A senior high school student from the City of San Fernando won first place in the recent provincial poster-making contest organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in line with the observance of Consumer Welfare Month (CWM).
Rex Harold Vicenta from Sindalan High School was adjudged as having the best entry and took home P5,000 worth of gift certificates plus certificate of recognition and gift items.
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Robbers managed to enter two pawnshops, which were a few meters away from the City of San Fernando Police Station but failed to get any valuables, including cash, police said on Monday.
Sta. Monica Pawnshop and GG Royale Pawnshop which are located along B. Mendoza Street in Barangay Sto. Rosario, City of San Fernando were reportedly forcibly entered by unidentified men but did not get anything from them, said Superintendent Rechie Duldulao, city chief of police.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of Interior and Local Government Central Luzon Office (DILG-3) recently named the winners in its photo contest dubbed "Capturing Good Governance through the Lens" in rites held at the Fontana Convention Center in Clark Freeport.
The photo contest is part of DILG-3's celebration of the 23rd Local Government Code anniversary which seeks photographs of individuals representing and advocating "in action" good local governance with this year’s theme "Ang LGUng Magaling, May Nararating".
ANGELES CITY – "It's a dream come true. This is an accomplishment of partnership."
Thus said Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio “Ambo” David in his speech shortly before joining the Angeles City government officials and workers, businessmen, volunteers and village officials in a “boodle fight” at the People’s Park here over the weekend.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Porac Councilor and Ex-Officio Provincial Board Member Mike Tapang said Monday that displaced farmers and landowners in Hacienda Dolores and nearby areas in Porac affected by on-going developments should be given other forms of livelihood on top of the land titles they are now receiving from developers.
Recently, hundreds of farmers received land titles from Leonio Land Holdings, a partner of Ayala Land Inc. in the development of the mega estate Alvierra.
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Four unidentified armed men stormed a rehabilitation center for women and children located in Barangay San Vicente, Magalang, Pampanga and abducted a 17-year-old girl patient early dawn Saturday.
Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono, Jr., Pampanga police provincial director, said that the suspects forcibly entered the Haven Rehabilitation Center of the Department of Social Welfare and Development-3 and kidnapped Almira Macala, a resident of San Rafael, Guagua, Pampanga.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- As part of the City Government's thrust to promote livelihood programs and employment growth, the City of San Fernando Public Employment Service Office (PESO), over the weekend held the 2014 Mega Job Fair at the Plaza Arayat Atrium, Robinsons Starmills.
The event was in cooperation with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Department of Labor and Employment (Dole).
ANGELES CITY -- Sharing their passion in collecting toys, the Pampanga Toys Collectors Club (PTCC), in partnership with SM City Clark staged the Fourth Toyfest Pampanga recently.
Toyfest is a yearly event that aims to give joy to other people by showcasing the collectors' toys collections and also serves as a recruitment fair for the PTCC, said event organizer Ryan Dabu.
ANGELES CITY -- The city's finest aboriginal boutique hotel wants to give guests a glimpse of the ingenuity of Pampanga’s visual arts and culture.
Strategically located at the heart of Angeles City's heritage district, the Imerex Plaza Hotel is holding a series of art exhibits, which features original carvings, paintings, fabric, and furniture.
CLARK FREEPORT---By January next year, educational tours at the Clark Museum will never be dull again as students and other young visitors can expect a more upbeat setting and could just tap, swipe, bump or whatever else they can do with their fingers on story lines they prefer to peruse.
Visitors can also better assess historical features and images from exhibit to exhibit or experience watching the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo on a 4D theatre or a 3D movie with sensor-equipped motion seats, wind, strobe, fog, rain and scents.
CONCEPCION, Tarlac -- The Omni Aviation Corporation, a flying school based at the Clark Freeport in Pampanga, will reportedly transfer in Concepcion, Tarlac, Mayor Andy Lacson disclosed over the weekend.
In a press conference with the Capampangans in Media Inc. (CAMI), Lacson said, "I have convinced Omni to transfer here in Concepcion."
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A senior high school student from Sto. Tomas town landed first place in the provincial essay writing contest organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Pampanga Provincial Office as part of the 2014 Consumer Welfare Month (CWM) celebration.
Ralph Chesterfield Francisco from San Matias High School was adjudged as having the best write-up and took home P5,000 worth of gift certificates plus a certificate of recognition.
ANGELES CITY -- Aspiring regional rural banking champion Bank of Florida (BOF) opened over the weekend its 15th branch here and launched two new products that will cater to doctors and entrepreneurs.
The Angeles City branch is located along the central business district in Sto. Rosario Street and is the newest addition to the 50-year-old bank’s network across Central Luzon.
ANGELES CITY -- Two suspected drug traders were collared in a buy-bust operation in Purok 3, Arayat Boulevard, Barangay Pampang, Angeles City, over the weekend.
Director Jeoffrey Tacio of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) identified the suspects as Fernando Oliver alias “Bin Laden” and Ryan Leonel Pamintuan.
ANGELES CITY -- “It’s a dream come true. This is an accomplishment of partnership.”
Thus said Auxiliary Bishop Pablo Virgilio “Ambo” David in his speech shortly before joining the Angeles City government officials and workers, businessmen, volunteers and village officials in a “boodle fight” at the People’s Park here on Friday afternoon.
ANGELES CITY -- Ayala officials on Friday led the opening of the three-day second “Big Bite: The Northern Food Festival” at the Marquee Mall here and the food festival is expected to generate some P10 million in sales.
At least 128 food and delicacies makers are participating in the food festival which started October 17 and will culminate today.
ANGELES CITY -- A political development is circulating -- last-termer Angeles City Councilor Maricel "Marang" Morales is reportedly set to face First District Representative Joseller "Yeng" Guiao in the congressional race during the 2016 polls.
Morales said she is keeping her "options open" and is considering running for a seat at the House of Representatives or the post of Angeles City vice-mayor.
CLARK FREEPORT -- Low Cost Carrier leader Air Asia Berhad on Friday relaunched its four times a week Clark-Kuala Lumpur flights.
Clark International Airport Corporation president and chief executive officer Emigdio "Dino" Tanjuatco III said the return of Air Asia to Clark is a welcome development, saying, "We hope their stay would be permanent."
PORAC -- At least 95 young people, including out-of-school youths here benefited from the recent computer literacy program of the Philippine Army's Civil Military Operations Group and the developers of the P75- billion Alviera township project in Porac town.
The 95 students and out-of-school youths from underprivileged communities in Pampanga "have leveled up on computer literacy and are now part of the online world," said the Leonio Land Holdings Inc. (LLHI) in a statement. The Pampanga-based firm and the Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) have partnered in developing the 1,100-hectare Alviera.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Thanks to the Department of Labor and Employment’s Adjustment Measures Program (Dole-AMP), displaced workers of Smart Shirts Philippines Inc. (SSPI) were able to start anew as they recently launched their T-Shirt making project at the Madapdap Resettlement in Mabalacat City, Pampanga.
LUBAO -- A tricycle driver here was arrested recently after the village watchmen discovered four small sachets of illegal drugs in his possession.
Roel Chavez, chief of the village watchmen, identified the suspect as Robert Alfonso, 34, a resident of the Barangay San Matias, Lubao, Pampanga.
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- A 12-year-old student who was kidnapped on Friday was safely rescued from his kidnapper during a raid in their supposed safehouse in Barangay Gugo, Samal, Bataan resulted in the arrest of the alleged leader and his cohort.
In a press conference Saturday, Senior Superintendent Melvin Ramon Buenafe, Deputy Regional Director for Operation and officer-in-charge of Tarlac Police Provincial Office (TPPO), identified those arrested as Alvin Samar, 33, and Freddie Aguilar, 29, both residents of Bataan.
ANGELES CITY -- Holy Angel University, the biggest Catholic school in the region, will celebrate Halloween this year with a unique twist: instead of vampires, demons and ghosts, participants will wear saints’ costumes.
When the university first held a similar event in 2012, it became the banner photo of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- This year, when the ninth edition of the Euro Pop Singing Competition (Philippine Pearl) gets underway, the Philippines will get the crack to prove the mettle of its delegation.
CLARK FREEPORT -- The Anakpawis Partylist has held the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) as grounds for violent crimes committed by American military personnel against Filipinos.
Fernando Hicap issued the statement as he conveyed condolences to the family of Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude, who was allegedly killed by US Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton last October 11.