ANGELES CITY -- Councilor Carmelo Lazatin expressed his opposition to the city's P20 million supplemental budget recently passed by the City Council.
Lazatin voted against the passage of the ordinance authorizing the city's Supplemental Budget no. 3 during the council session last October 10.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Typhoon Santi has left at least 108 barangays flooded in 12 municipalities in Pampanga.
Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Angelina Blanco, in her report, said hundreds of families are now temporarily staying at established evacuation centers in the province.
CANDABA -- More than 430 houses from different barangays in this town were partially damaged by strong wind brought about by Typhoon Santi Saturday night.
Cresecita Fidelino, Municipal Social Welfare and Development (MSWD) officer-in-charge, reported that two other houses from Barangays Bambang and Mangga were destroyed.
CITY OF FERNANDO — Some 100 indigents from all over Pampanga received the last batch of scholarship grants under the term of Liga ng mga Barangay-Pampanga chapter president and ex-officio Board Member Melchor Pingol, who is set to relinquish his post soon.
Pingol distributed Friday a total of P250,000 in educational assistance to 100 students coming from the 505 barangays of the province. Each student received P2,500 each to help in their tuition and other expenses for the first semester of the current school year.
MABALACAT CITY -- An 81-year-old farm caretaker here was killed after a wall covering his makeshift house inside a piggery in Barangay Mabiga here fell on him during the onslaught of Typhoon Santi, which battered Central and Northern Luzon Saturday dawn.
The City Disaster Office identified the fatality as Ricardo Del Rosario, 81, of Purok 2 Barangay Mawaque in this city.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — Typhoon Santi (international name: Nari) has left two dead in the province as of press time, including a police officer who was buried in a mudslide in Magalang town, while three more casualties have been reported in the region.
A landslide in Barangay Ayala, Magalang town where a PNP Patrol Base is located claimed the life of PO1 Crisencio Omawing Bueno, a member of the 1st Maneuver Company of the Regional Public Safety Battalion 3.
CLARK FREEPORT – Typhoon Santi has forced four commercial airlines, which have regular flights at the Clark International Airport, to divert flights to the Mactan Airport in Cebu and Manila Airport late Friday evening, according to the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) yesterday.
CIAC President and CEO Victor Jose I. Luciano said Asiana Airlines and Jin Air from Incheon in South Korea and Cebu Pacific Air were diverted to Mactan Airport, while Tiger Air Philippines from Singapore was diverted to the Manila Airport during the height of Typhoon Santi.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City of San Fernando’s Traffic Management Division (TMD) Friday early morning immediately removed seven uprooted Acacia trees along MacArthur Highway in Barangay Sindalan to prevent road accidents and ensure safety of motorists.
Falling leaves and branches were also cleared by TMD personnel as Typhoon Santi continued to pummel the city, starting Friday evening until late afternoon Saturday.
MABALACAT CITY -- This city dubbed as “Manoma” or “Makati north of Manila” is set to adopt the World Bank’s “City Development Strategies” (CDS) starting January next year.
Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales told Sun.Star Pampanga that the CDS kit developed by the World Bank, which is currently the benchmark and model for fast rising global cities, will very well suit the needs of Mabalacat City in its urbanization plans.
AS MANY as 401 cases of leptospirosis were confirmed by the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) from its latest data, with nine deaths recorded.
PNRC expects the number of cases to increase in the coming days as symptoms of the disease manifests after 10 days of incubation period.
ANGELES CITY -- The Holy Angel University (HAU) is being criticized by netizens over a streamer it has put up "welcoming the striking members" of the Holy Angel University Teachers and Employees Union (Hauteu).
This came after the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) recently assumed jurisdiction over the ongoing labor dispute between them.
CLARK FREEPORT -- The province of Pampanga continues to earn “greens” on its health programs.
On Wednesday during the Department of Health (DoH)’s Central Luzon Stakeholders’ Meeting held at the Holiday Inn in this Freeport, the Provincial Government earned “passing grades” for standards set by the agency on areas like PhilHealth coverage, eradication of malaria, sanitation and provision of safe water for constituents.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda is holding talks with the Government Insurance Service System (GSIS) for the possible acquisition of more than 700 foreclosed properties in Pampanga.
GSIS-Pampanga Staff Officer Janette Dimaliwat-Roxas and Staff Officer II Enrico Jiao, who represented branch manager Araceli Santos, recently presented to Pineda the report on the properties, most of which are houses and lots at this province's capital city.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City Government of San Fernando, the Department of Labor and Employment, and Employment Facilitation for Inclusive Growth (EFIG) proponents Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) on Thursday officially signed the memorandum of agreement for Jobstart at Heroes Hall.
Jobstart is a component of the US$5.6 million (P229 million) EFIG designed to capacitate the city's Public Employment Services Office in providing employment for at least 350 youth and graduating students.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — Some 450 participants joined the alternative livelihood of the "1 Million Fruit Tree Project" for Central Luzon at the Benigno Aquino Hall on Tuesday, in a bid to combat climate change and provide sustainable livelihood for farmers.
The event was led by the talk group "Pulung Pulong sa Kaunlaran of Ka Louie Tabing And his Ka Pangkat" and organized by Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF), Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Agriculture and hosted by the Pampanga Provincial Government.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – An official of the Department of Health (DOH) recognized Tuesday the agency's partnership with local chief executives in the province in the implementation of the "Kalusugan Pangkalahatan" program.
Leonita Gorgolon, DOH-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) regional director, said the participation of concerned officials is important to the success of the program.
ANGELES CITY -- A councilor here has voiced out his objection against plans to transform the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center, the City College of Angeles and other facilities into business enterprises.
Councilor Maximo Sangil, City Council minority floor leader, said the institutions were established to serve indigent Angelenos.
CANDABA -- The Municipal Government here has implemented various infrastructure projects in different barangays to address the pressing needs of the families, school children and communities.
Mayor Rene Maglanque said it is his mission as a public servant to bring the message of concern, change and development that could be felt by the Candabeños as a whole.
CLARK FREEPORT -- Officials of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) bared that the export volume inside this Freeport for the month of September has reached $336 million, a significant increase compared to the same period last year.
In a report submitted to CDC President Arthur Tugade, the Enterprise Regulations Department (ERD) said exports in September have increased by more than $3 million from the last export document (e-ED) of $333 million last month, and by $44 million from the $229 million during the same period last year.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Assistant postal manager Louis Carlos on Wednesday said that the Philippine postal system will stay, despite the closure of the country's telegraph system.
Carlos, in Wednesday's National Letter Writing Day sponsored by Philpost held at the SM City Pampanga, said the existence of the postal system is guaranteed by a United Nations convention where the Philippines is a signatory.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Businessman Alfrito "Bong" Mah on Wednesday said that this city is ripe for inbound tourism promotion through cultural and heritage attractions, but laments the lack of refutable hotels to accommodate foreign and local tourists.
ANGELES CITY -- Journalists in Pampanga are mourning the death of their colleague, former Pampanga Press Club (PPC) president Jerry Lacuarta, a retired writer of the Manila Bulletin.
Lacuarta, 68, succumbed to cardiac arrest last Sunday. His body lies in state at the House of Many Mansions here.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Relatives and friends of the Edejers – who were victims of the September 20 massacre at the L&S Subdivision in Barangay Telabastagan here – sought the help of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for the speedy resolution of the brutal killings.
It was learned that they are “discontented” with the slow pace of the investigations being done by the local authorities here.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Provincial Government on Wednesday said non-government organizations (NGOs) and other people's organizations should be registered or accredited by the Capitol before they could avail of any entitlement support, particularly monetary assistance from any agency of the government.
OLONGAPO CITY -- Six deaths have been recorded while 175 cases of leptospirosis have been diagnosed at the James L Gordon Memorial Hospital here, a week after massive flooding hit the city.
Dr. Gewel Manuel said victims diagnosed with leptospirosis swamped the emergency room of the hospital Monday afternoon.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The provincial chief executive is asking incumbent barangay officials and their would-be rivals in the upcoming elections to avoid issuing negative statements against each other.
"Tell them not to hit each other below the belt; instead present their platforms and plans. This is what the people need to hear from them," said Governor Lilia Pineda as she promotes the peaceful conduct of barangay elections.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- "It was beautiful."
Forester Max Millan Jr. of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) only has these words to say when he stumbled upon the world's largest flower, Rafflesia manillana, during a routine biological survey in the thick forests of the Sierra Madre mountains in Aurora.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A man who tried to sneak drugs inside a detention cell in Guagua town was arrested by police Tuesday.
Superintendent Henry Flores, Guagua police chief, identified the suspect as Luciano Garcia Tolentino, 50, of Mikakalugud, Sta. Lucia, Sasmuan town.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Provincial Government on Tuesday formed the Pampanga Federation of Fishpond Operators to address the needs of the fishing industry through comprehensive and effective delivery of services to their respective members and consumers.
Governor Lilia Pineda convened at the Executive House all leaders of fishermen and fishpond operators in the whole province.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin marked his first 100 days in office as city vice mayor on Tuesday with an accomplishment report and his continuing promise to be on track with good governance practices in the city council.
Lazatin, in an interview, he still continues with his regular visits to schools in the city, a practice he has done for the past nine years as city councilor, to check on the needs of schools and their students.