CLARK FREEPORT -- The seven policy reforms adopted by Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has improved the cash position of the corporation.
CDC President Arthur P. Tugade said business confidence within the Freeport rejuvenated and this supports President Benigno Aquino III's "Matuwid na Daan" program.
ANGELES CITY -- The World Wide Fund (WWF) and Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) had offered its recent study on how to adapt to climate change, which triggers natural calamities like typhoons Santi and Yolanda.
Jose Maria Lorenzo Tan, WWF vice-chair and chief executive officer, said, "No one knows where the next big typhoon will hit, so all cities should prepare ahead."
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Kapampangan Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) chairperson Zenaida Ducut hit back at her detractors over the weekend and told them to stop “muddling the truth and resorting to dirty tactics” in attempts to oust her from her post.
Ducut’s statement came after Akbayan Representatives Walden Bello and Barry Gutierrez filed a verified administrative complaint of “gross neglect of duty and incompetence by tacitly approving without the barest hint of due process Meralco’s unprecedented power rate hike” against Ducut.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Laus Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Levy P. Laus was cited as outstanding alumnus of Don Bosco Academy (DBA) in Pampanga in business during the school's recent grand alumni homecoming.
The citation was conferred upon Laus by DBA batch '89 led by Dr. Noelito M. Lacsamana,batch president.
MALOLOS CITY -- The Pampanga delegation represented by Mabalacat City won for the second straight time on Thursday the top prize in Dulansangan, a street- and free-dance competition in the Fiesta Republika here which commemorates the declaration of the very first Philippine republic.
The annual national completion was organized by this city’s Mayor Christian Natividad to make aware the Filipinos about the significance of the declaration of the first Philippine Republic here on January 23, 1899.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- At least five bishops from the Catholic Church’s hierarchy visited and celebrated the Holy Mass for President and currently Pampanga Second District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City over the weekend.
Since December 2011, the ailing former president has been under hospital arrest at the VMMC's Presidential Suite for alleged plunder and electoral sabotage.
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- The Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) celebrated its 23rd PNP Foundation Day Anniversary during the traditional Monday flag raising ceremony yesterday.
Lawyer Manuel Pontal, regional director of the National Police Commission (Napolcom) was the guest of honor and speaker of the celebration.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Central Luzon has surpassed all other regions in the number of registrations made in the Philippine Business Registry for 2013.
In a statement to Sun.Star Pampanga, the DTI3 said that it had registered a total of 7,052 applications leading the implementation and/or utilization of the Web-based Philippine Business Registry, topping the list with Region IV-A as second highest, Region 1 in third.
MEXICO -- The Mexico Community Hospital (MCH) opened its dialysis center yesterday in bid to provide indigent patients in the town with affordable renal dialysis services in line with the overall health program of the municipal government.
Mayor Roy Manalastas and Governor Lilia Pineda led local officials and hospital employees in the opening of the new facility that can accommodate at least four patients at one time.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- While Capitol has started desilting and declogging of major Pampanga waterways early, Governor Lilia Pineda said over the weekend that she has ordered barangay officials to submit immediately their comprehensive disaster preparedness plans.
Pineda said that weather disturbances like Tropical Depression Agaton, which came at the onset of the year call for early and more comprehensive preparations.
BACOLOR - Some 30 indigent amputees from different parts of Pampanga will receive their artificial legs soon of the Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) through its “Walking Free” program.
KDF Trustee Sylvia Ordonez said that through KDF’s Dr. Penny Bundoc of the Physicians for Peace (PFP) and the UERM, Philippine School of Prosthetics and Orthotics (PSPO) brought a team of students and experts from the to measure and cast 30 prosthetics for above knee beneficiaries from Pampanga and Central Luzon.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — Recently knighted Kapampangan independent film director Brillante Mendoza will be conducting a rare “Film Appreciation” event this February affording film enthusiasts and aspiring directors to learn from the multi-awarded director.
The event will be held at Center Stage Productions #947 Busilak St., Barangka Drive, Mandaluyong City with Brillante sharing a wealth of experience and tips on independent film production and directing.
SAN FERNANDO - Methamphetamine or shabu amounting to P2.1 million were confiscated by operatives of Pampanga Police in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Pulong Masle, Guagua town on Saturday.
Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, Pampanga police provincial director, said during two suspected drug pushers -- Patricio Lim, 41 alias “Pat,” a resident of Barangay Tacondom and Allan Adriano, 45 alias “Tom,” of Barangay Pulong Masle -- were arrested in the anti-drug operation.
CAMP OLIVAS - The alleged queen of “Ponzi Scheme,” who has been under the watch list of Philippine National Police (PNP) for several estafa cases, was arrested on Saturday at Dona Pilar Subdivision, Sta. Rita, Guiguinto, Bulacan.
Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta, Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) director, identified the arrested as Elvy Lu, one of the heads of Minerva Co, another “double your money investment scheme.”
CLARK FREEPORT -- The Freeport will be the venue of the Philippine Meeting Incentive Travel, Conventions, Exhibitions/Events Philippines Incorporated (MICE) Conference or MiceCon 2014 set on June 4 to 7 June at the Fontana Convention Center here.
The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) is the lead agency spearheading MICECON in partnership with MICE Philippines and the Philippine Association of Convention and Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers (PACEOS).
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) on Saturday spearheaded the formation of the Pampanga Education Industrial Tripartite Council (PE-ITC) at the Benigno Aquino Hall in Capitol.
CLARK FREEPORT --- The Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) earned P563 million last year.
This was learned from CIAC President Victor Jose I. Luciano, who said that this is an indication that the Clark airport is growing.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- An on-the-spot streamer painting contest at Hilaga (formerly Paskuhan Village) Saturday signaled the start of this city's "Kaganapan 2014" or the 13th Cityhood Charter Anniversary celebration.
Eight public and private schools participated in the traditional “soft launch” of Kaganapan 2014, which will culminate on February 4, the day the capital town was converted into a component city.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Kapampangan independent film director Brillante Mendoza was inducted into the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France, the first Kapampangan to receive such honor from the French government.
Brillante was given the honor by French Ambassador Gilles Garachon at his residence in Makati City on Friday.
ANGELES CITY -- The SM Store and Cathay Pacific, together with partner banks, have collaborated for their joint “Shop and Fly Anywhere in the World” promotion.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Kapampangan independent film “Dukit” is set to be presented to the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) for their evaluation and possible endorsement.
“Dukit” main actor Willy Layug said that the film has been forwarded by San Fernando Archbishop Paciano Aniceto for presentation to the CBCP.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Pampanga Police Provincial Office (PPPO) on Friday forged a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Pampanga Shooters Association (PSA) held at Bale Katimawan here.
"The MOA’s purpose is to strengthen the partnership between the Philippine National Police (PNP) and stakeholders in the maintenance of peace and order in Pampanga," said PPPO director Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde.
TOWN on the charm and bring on the luck as we welcome the Year of the Wooden Horse with pretty charm bracelets from SM Accessories at the SM Store of SM City San Fernando Downtown and other SM Supermalls.
Made from stones that are not only eye-catching, but also said to be auspicious, these bracelets are a good way of starting the year in style.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- President Benigno Aquino III will not force Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) chief Zenaida Ducut to vacate her post.
This was disclosed Friday by Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., who said in a statement to Sun.Star Pampanga that the Kapampangan ERC head "is not required to leave her post even after a complaint was filed against her last Thursday by Akbayan Representatives Walden Bello and Ibarra Gutierrez before the Office of the President."
ANGELES CITY -- The Confucius Institute of Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) is set to celebrate the year of the wood horse with a week of activities at SM City Clark.
AUF president Joseph Emmanuel Angeles said the CI-AUF will commence the Spring Festival, commonly known as the Chinese New Year, with the formal opening of the Experience China Exhibit.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Provincial Police Director Oscar Albayalde warned chiefs of police and patrol drivers that any misuse of Philippine National Police (PNP) vehicles assigned to them will be penalized.
Last Wednesday, at around 3 p.m., Albayalde conducted an inspection of police mobiles at the Pampanga Provincial Police Office to check on their serviceability and overall status. The inspection of mobile vehicles will be done on a monthly basis, he added.
MABALACAT CITY -- The Clark Development Corporation, in coordination with L and T Int’l. Group Phils. Inc. (LTIGPI) and Mabalacat City College (MCC), recently launched a specialized skills training program for the unemployed residents and out-of-school youth in the area.
Sonny Lopez, CDC External Affairs Department manager, said the project dubbed “Specialized Training and Employment Program for Underprivileged Persons (Step-Up),” is expected to prepare Pampanguenos for employment.
THE Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University (DHVTSU) and the Local Government of Villa de Bacolor will observe the 147th birth anniversary of Juan Crisostomo “Crissót” Caballa Sóto, Father of Capampañgan Literature on January 27, 2014, at 8:30 in the morning.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Kapampangan artists and roving exhibits from other art groups in the country and abroad will now be able to showcase their artworks in Pampanga and the rest of Central Luzon through the new Art Association of the Philippines-Kapampangan Art Center at Paskuhan Village here.
The center will be formally opened on February 14 and was made possible through the help of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA).
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Suspected members of the Akyat Bahay gang struck in Angeles City recently, carting away some P500,000 worth of personal belongings and cash from two separate houses in Barangays Balibago and Pulungbulu.
In a report, police said the house of William Richard Decoty, 36, an American residing at Sta. Maria Village 1, Barangay Balibago, was burglarized by unidentified men.