Apec meeting takes on Cebu action plan

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 07:52 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Senior finance officials from the 21-member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) on Wednesday commenced a two-day meeting at Holiday Inn in this Freeport to talk about the country’s proposed roadmap for greater economic cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.

The meeting also marked the start of the hosting and chairing responsibilities of the Philippines, which presented the "Cebu Action Plan" as part of its contribution as this year's head of the organization.

‘Pope Francis the Musical’ set for Int’l Eucharistic Congress

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 07:47 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- After a successful staging at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) last January 17, "I Love Pope Francis the Musical" will again be performed during the International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu next year.

Businessman: Build railways in CRK catchment area

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 07:45 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Businessman Rene Romero has urged the National Government to construct a railway system to connect Clark International Airport (CRK) to Northern parts of Luzon, which are considered the airport's catchment areas.

Passengers from Northern Luzon will have easy access to the airport if an efficient and reliable means of transportation like a train is established, said Romero.

Kapampangan to get ‘Ani ng Dangal’ award

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 07:42 p.m.

GUAGUA -- Kapampangan maverick photographer Ruston Banal is set to receive the prestigious "Ani ng Dangal" award from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) for his achievements in the field of photography and contribution to the visual arts.

NCCA head Felipe de Leon, in a January 13 letter, said that Banal will be presented the recognition, along with other awardees at the National Museum on February 12.

Angeles exec wants financial, burial assistance for gov’t employees

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 07:30 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Councilor Carmelo "Pogi" Lazatin, Jr. is pushing for the granting of financial aid for hospitalization and burial assistance to city government employees.

Lazatin filed last December 19 an ordinance that seeks to provide these benefits to local government workers.

Village official, cohort nabbed for drugs

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 07:26 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- A barangay kagawad and his cohort were apprehended by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA3) and Mabalacat City police in a buy-bust operation conducted in Barangay San Francisco, Mabalacat City, Pampanga, Monday.

Jeoffrey Tacio, PDEA3 regional director, identified the suspects as Allan Garcia, 53, a barangay kagawad of Dolores and his cohort, Ernie Flake alias Flakes, 52, both of Mabalacat City.

Guagua gets P2.3-M worth of rescue equipment

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 07:24 p.m.

GUAGUA -- The Municipal Government of Guagua purchased some P2,396,814 worth of life-saving equipment for flood-prone and vulnerable residents through the Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) program, a statement from the Municipal Government said.

The statement sent to Sun.Star Pampanga said that a partial delivery was received by Mayor Dante Torres, and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) officer Magdalena Yonzon, at the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO), with its head Aldwin Mallari also present.

Guagua gets P2.3-M worth of rescue equipment

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 07:22 p.m.

GUAGUA -- The Municipal Government of Guagua purchased some P2,396,814 worth of life-saving equipment for flood-prone and vulnerable residents through the Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) program, a statement from the Municipal Government said.

The statement sent to Sun.Star Pampanga said that a partial delivery was received by Mayor Dante Torres, and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) officer Magdalena Yonzon, at the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO), with its head Aldwin Mallari also present.

San Fernando awards MRF materials to HOAs

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 07:17 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City Government of San Fernando through its environment and natural resources office awarded building materials for the construction of materials recovery facilities (MRFs) to some 21 Homeowners Associations (HOAs) in line with the celebration of Zero Waste Month.

The awarding ceremony was headed by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago together with City Council Committee on Environment chairman Councilor Benedict Jasper Lagman, and was witnessed by City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) chief Engr. Anele David and some barangay officials in the city.

Passengers using Clark airport decrease

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 10:23 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport (CRK) officials have recorded a decrease in the number passengers using the airport in 2013 and 2014 following the pull out of two airlines from the airport.

In 2012, the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) stated that the passenger volume reached 1.3 million.

Guiao wants inquiry on flight cancellations

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 10:22 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Pampanga Representative Joseller "Yeng" Guiao has filed House Resolution 1081 directing the committee on transportation to conduct an inquiry into the policy of airlines and concerned agencies on flight cancellations and diversions.

Guiao said in the resolution that major airlines operating in and out of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have cancelled their flights on January 15 and January 19 to give way to the arrival and departure ceremonies of Pope Francis.

Dole stops work of Bulacan construction firm

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 10:09 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Regional Office 3 issued Wednesday a Cease and Desist Order (CDO) to Number One Golden Dragon Realty Corporation (NOGDRC) and Hoclim Co Construction Corporation (HCCC).

The CDO was issued to both firms after a wall collapsed on Monday, killing 12 people and injuring 3 others, at their construction site in Barangay Ilang-Ilang, Guiguinto, Bulacan,

Aetas get educational kits from Clark Water

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:58 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Some 800 Aeta students from communities in Clark Freeport recently received educational kits from Clark Water, and its partners, Ayala Multi-Purpose Cooperative (AMPC) and Clark Development Corporation.

Students from Sitio Monicayo, Sapang Bato, Kalapi, San Martin, Calumpang, and Burog were gathered during the celebration of the AMP's anniversary where educational kits with school supplies, water bottles, t-shirt, raincoat, slippers, and flashlight were distributed.

Angeles council honors Kapampangan indie film for recent awards

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:56 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles City Council led by Vice Mayor Vicky Vega- Cabigting approved Resolution No. 7103 honoring the achievements of Kapampangan independent film "Magkakabaung" for awards it recently received.

The resolution congratulated the team of Ferninand Lapuz, Romnick Sarmenta and Dennis Evangelista of "Ing Magkakabaung" for winning international awards like the Third Hanoi Film Festival for Best Asian Film and for Best Actor for Allen Dizon in the 40th Metro Manila Film Festival New Wave Best Picture.

Swedish national found dead in an apartment

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:44 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- A Swedish national was found dead inside his rented apartment at Dau Homesite, Barangay Dau, Mabalacat City, Pampanga, Monday.

Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono Jr., Pampanga police provincial director, identified the fatality as Benny Avergaard, 78, a Swedish billeted at Abedoza Apartment in Dau Homesite.

Guv opens P26-M worth of facilities in Arayat

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:40 p.m.

ARAYAT -- Governor Lilia Pineda together with Mayor Emmanuel "Bon" Alejandrino and the Sangguniang Bayan headed by Vice-Mayor Ramon Changcoco formally inaugurated on Tuesday local government facilities and equipment plus the barangay service vehicles here with a total amount of P26,350,000.

The governor was also joined by Third District Board Member Rosve Henson whom he acknowledged as one of the most industrious and reliable members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

Pamintuan approves monthly pay raise for day care workers

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:38 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- In a bid to reinforce and improve early childhood rearing, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan recently approved the increase in salaries of 72 daycare workers assigned in all 33 barangays of the city.

This year, daycare workers in the city will receive an additional P1,000 every month.

Kapampangan Facebook group to host social service program

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:33 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- One of the biggest Facebook community group for Kapampangans will host a social service mission on March 29 at the Munting Tahanan ng Nazareth in Mabalacat town.

The group, in a statement sent to Sun.Star Pampanga, said that the mission is the sixth of its kind organized by the group and has been participated in by Kapampangans and expatriates from all over the world.

3 missing persons discovered buried in Mexico rice field

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:29 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Three persons who have been missing since January 16 were discovered buried along a rice field Calucan Pritil Boulevard in Barangay San Antonio, Mexico town, Tuesday.

Superintendent Ricardo Pangan, chief of police of Mexico, identified the victims as Pacita Villena-Limpin, 59, Patrick Limpin, 30, and Christian Paul Limpin, 25, all residents of Barangay Parian, Mexico town.

3,740 cops, soldiers to secure Apec meet

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 05:49 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A total of 3,740 policemen and soldiers will be deployed to secure the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit at Clark Freeport.

The Police Regional Office (PRO-3) said it will deploy 1,800 personnel to assist the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in ensuring peace and order during the first Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM1) of the Apec Summit scheduled from January 26 to February 7.

NCMB tells CDC: Grant Mimosa workers’ perks

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 05:48 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- The National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) of the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) has issued a notice in favor of the Association of Clark Mimosa Employees (Acme), which is claiming some P82,088,387.03 for its members’ benefits.

In a Notice to Arbitrate dated January 9, 2015, Accredited Voluntary Arbitrator Josephus Jimenez endorsed to Central Luzon Executive Labor Arbiter Mariano Bactin a Writ of Execution dated April 29, 2014 issued by the NCMB in favor of the Mimosa employees.

Taxman collects P20.7-B in 2014

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 05:46 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Region 4 has collected a whooping P20,780,934, 177.33 in revenues from January to December last year marking it one of the strongest collections of the revenue office to date.

Revenue Region 4 (RR-4) OIC Regional Director Conrado Lee said that the collection is only short of 0.95 percent of the collection target of P20,980,010,000. Despite of this, RR-4 remains as among the top performing revenue offices.

CA upholds charges vs Clark BI officers

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 05:45 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Court of Appeals has upheld the administrative charges filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) against six Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers involved in the facilitation of illegal transactions at the Clark International Airport (CRK).

Associate Justice Noel Tiham of the CA Sixth Division stated in a 12-page order that Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has the power to discipline immigration personnel found guilty of several irregularities.

Paskuhan Village sold

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 05:43 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Philippine Christmas Village, popularly known as Paskuhan Village located along the prime Jose Abad Santos Avenue in this city, has reportedly been sold to SM Development Corporation (SMDC) for P939-million.

Sun.Star Pampanga sources said that the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) allegedly sold the 9.3 hectare Paskuhan Village, now known as Hilaga (North), as part of its Asset Privatization Program upon the behest of its board headed by Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez.

Mexico gets P6.7-M backhoe, service vehicles

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 05:42 p.m.

MEXICO -- Governor Lilia Pineda led yesterday the turnover of a P6.7 million backhoe and distribution of 40 service vehicles for this town's different barangays.

Governor Pineda was joined by Mayor Roy Manalastas as the new vehicles were presented to the barangay captains of the town. Mexico is the last of the towns to receive service vehicles for their barangays. The distribution is part of the 400 brand new service vehicles purchased by the Capitol worth P216-million.

PRO3 all set for Apec

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 05:42 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- The Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) disclosed Tuesday that it is all set for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit which will be held here.

The first event is the First Senior Officers Meeting to be followed by the Special Senior Finance Officials Meeting and First Senior Officials' Meeting and Related Meetings on January 26 to February 7, 2015.

Armed men gun down 2 in Apalit

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 05:40 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Two persons were gunned down by four armed men riding on board motorcycles along Barangay Cansinala, Apalit, Pampanga, Tuesday.

Superintendent Samuel Sevilla, chief of police of Apalit, said that Caroline Arceo, 35, and Henry Dalusung, 50, both residents of the said barangay were on board a motorcycle when fired upon by the suspects.

Quarry truck thief arrested

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 05:39 p.m.

PORAC -- A suspect was recently arrested in a raid conducted by the operatives of the Porac Municipal Police Station (MPS) at Purok 5 Pabalan, Barangay Manibaug, this town around 3 p.m.

Police Superintendent Neil Miro identified the suspect as Francis Garcia, who was reported to be an employee and driver of complainant and Isuzu truck owner Michael Dela Cruz.

Government urged to focus on inclusive growth

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 10:46 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Businessman Rene Romero is calling on the national government to focus on inclusive growth and spend more investments in the regions to further boost the economy forward.

2 more business conglomerates lured by Porac

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 10:42 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Two of the country’s giant corporate conglomerates are in serious negotiations to acquire large tracts of lands for development into residential and business hubs in Porac, Pampanga, it was disclosed by two-term Porac Mayor Carling Dela Cruz.

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