DSWD blames LandBank for 4Ps delay

Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 07:55 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Social Welfare Secretary Corazon "Dinky" Soliman of the blamed Land Bank of the Philippines (LandBank) over the delay of the monthly cash assistance of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries, many of which are from Central Luzon.

According to Soliman, the funds are intact and deposited directly to automated teller machine (ATM) cards, which were provided by the LandBank to beneficiaries.

PESO managers group elects new officers

Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 07:45 p.m.

CITY OF MALOLOS -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) office in Central Luzon announced recently that the Regional PESO Managers Federation, Inc. has a new set of officers elected by 122 managers and some 186 employment services staff from Region III.

Regional Director Raymundo Agravante disclosed that the new federation officers were sworn in during last week's RPMFI-PESO General Assembly held in this city.

Save the Children conducts disaster management forum

Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 07:40 p.m.

MINALIN -- A three-day training on Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) was conducted by the international organization Save the Children (STC) for 50 officials and residents of this town.

‘Akyat Bahay’ gang robs bank manager’s house

Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 07:37 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS -- Members of the so-called Akyat Bahay gang carted away valuable items and undetermined cash from the house of a bank manager in Barangay Pag-asa, Olongapo City, recently.

In a belated report here, Senior Superintendent Fedrito delos Reyes, Olongapo City police director, said the house of Ricardo Chua, 57, located at Murphy Street in Barangay Pag-asa, was victimized by members of the Akyat Bahay gang.

San Fernando looking for ‘kawal ng kalikasan’

Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 07:34 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City Government of San Fernando is looking for volunteers who will act as "Kawal ng Kalikasan" or Soldiers of the Environment.

Mayor Edwin Santiago told Sun.Star Pampanga that the project is being undertaken by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office or Cenro, in a bid to enhance its ecological programs starting at the grassroots level.

Australian ferry firm eyes Bataan

Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 07:32 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Bataan is being eyed by an Australian ferry boat company as one of their ports that will make Manila more accessible to the province and other parts of Central Luzon.

"Just imagine, you can reach Manila by less than one hour only and you can bring cars with you," said Bataan Governor Abet Garcia.

Angeles sees P61M savings from waste segregation

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 11:29 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- If things go perfectly well, the City Government here said that it can save at least P61 million a year if its intensive waste segregation program succeeds as it battles the serious problem on garbage.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said that the city, as a natural consequence of its rapid progress and economic activity, has been generating garbage at an average of 561 grams per person. Multiplying this with the current 390,000 population of the city, the local government would have to deal with 212 tons of garbage on a daily basis.

Capitol spends P342M for infra in 7 towns

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 11:15 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO --- The Provincial Government spent P342,358,509 for its infrastructure projects for the past years in the seven municipalities where the “Kapitolyo sa Barangay” program was initially held.

The “Kapitolyo Sa Barangay” has been conducted in the municipalities of Lubao, Sasmuan, San Simon, Minalin, Sto. Tomas, Sta Ana and Magalang this month aimed at bringing the social services more accessible to the Kapampangans and closer to the communities.

Army officer, cohort collared for extortion

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 11:13 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS -- An army officer and his cohort were arrested by joint operatives of the Cabanatuan City Police and PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) during an entrapment operation at Rustica Restaurant in Barangay Bernardo, Cabanatuan City, recently.

In a report here, Senior Superintendent Crizaldo Nieves, Nueva Ecija police provincial director, identified the suspects as 1st Lieutenant Darrel Morales, a member of the Philippine Army and his cohort Jose Suva Viola, 21, a resident of Paco Roman Extension, Cabanatuan City.

Judge breaks record in human trafficking case

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 11:09 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Regional Trial Court branch 59 presiding Judge Maria Angelica Paras Quiambao made a record-breaking move for handing out a decision on a human trafficking case.

The judge settled the case in nine months.

NHC asked to make ‘Kilometer Zero’ a landmark

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 11:06 p.m.

MARIVELES, Bataan -- Mayor Jesse Concepcion of this town and other local officials have called on the National Historic Commission (NHC) to proclaim “Kilometer Zero” as a national landmark.

Kilometer Zero, found in the town of Mariveles, is the starting point of the historic Death March, where some 72,000 Filipino soldiers and prisoners were forced to walk from the southern end of the Bataan Peninsula to the province of Tarlac during World War II.

Two drug pushers busted

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 11:03 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS -- Two suspected drug pushers were arrested in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Ascomo, Guagua town on Thursday.

In a report here, Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, Pampanga police provincial director, said that Milson Torno alias Ka Batog, 29, a resident of Barangay Ascomo, and Noel Tolentino, 33, a resident of Bel Air, Sta. Rosa, Laguna, were arrested by the Pampanga Anti-Illegal Drugs Operation Task Force led by Chief Inspector Josemarie Basa, together with Senior Inspector Michael Masangkay during the buy-bust operation.

DOH-3 creates regional lab

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 10:59 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Government and private hospital officials in Central Luzon, together with hospital directors, pathologists, and medical technologists, recently established a Regional Laboratory Network (RLN) here.

The RLN is a way of extending services and help to those in need of medical assistance even when hospitals are damaged by natural disasters.

Business group upset over Korean spot

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 11:36 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PamCham) is complaining about the alleged restrictions being imposed by the management of Puning Hot Springs Resort in Sacobia, stressing that such action hinders "economic progress."

Guv wants ‘all out’ promo of Pampanga tourism sites

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 11:24 p.m.

LUBAO -- Lubao town in Pampanga is host to the one of the country's oldest Roman Catholic churches. It also holds the distinction as hometown of the two former Philippine presidents, one of whom is the incumbent solon of Pampanga's second congressional district.

Police to establish anti-hijacking checkpoints

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 11:21 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS -- The Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) will establish a total of 142 PNP anti-hijacking checkpoints in all trucking routes in Central Luzon.

During the Anti-Hijacking Summit held at the Multi-Purpose hall here on Wednesday, PRO3 director Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta said that the PNP anti-hijacking checkpoints will be established in all trucking routes and from end to end of the region.

Morales orders police chief to work on crime prevention

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 11:12 p.m.

MABALACAT CITY -- Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales has directed the chief of police in this city to intensify their crime prevention program amidst rampant robbery incidents in the city.

Morales issued the directive following a robbery incident where a British national and his girlfriend were seriously injured.

OWWA launches scholarship Program for OFW dependants

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 11:06 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Central Luzon office is now accepting applications for the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) Dependent Scholarship Program (ODSP) for the school year 2014-2015.

Maria Lourdes V. Reyes, OWWA Central Luzon director, said the ODSP is offered to dependents of active OWWA members who receive monthly salaries of not more than US$ 400.

Binay: Decriminalize libel

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 11:02 p.m.

MABALACAT CITY -- Vice President Jejomar Binay said he supports moves decriminalizing libel.

However, the Vice President stressed that he agrees with the Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of the online libel provision in Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act.

KDF hosts nursery management seminar

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 10:58 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) will be hosting a free seminar on mango nursery and orchard management on February 28 to March 1 at the Benigno Aquino Hall here for farmers and aspiring entrepreneurs.

The event is made possible through the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The KDF is encouraging local farmers to participate in the seminar designed to increase agriculture productivity.

SM City Pampanga to raise funds for Bohol churches

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 10:55 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- SM City Pampanga will be hosting a photo exhibit aimed at raising funds and promoting awareness on the need to rebuild and rehabilitate the historic and culturally important Bohol churches which were destroyed by an earthquake last year.

The fund-raising exhibit for the rehabilitation of Bohol churches dubbed "Sights and Sounds of Bohol," will be opened on April 11 to 15. The exhibit had its earlier runs at SM City Clark.

Store owner shot for P4 change

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 10:48 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS -- A store owner was shot and wounded after he failed to give back the P4.00 change to his customer in Dipaculao, Aurora, Sunday.

In a belated report here, police identified the victim as Samuel Maza, 39, a store owner with a stall located at South Poblacion, Dipaculao town.

Search is on for outstanding public servants

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 10:45 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Civil Service Commission (CSC) Regional Office in Central Luzon is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Search for Outstanding Public Officials and Employees.

The 2014 Search for Outstanding Public Officials and Employees forms part of CSC’s Honor Awards Program (HAP), and has three award categories: the Presidential Lingkod Bayan, Pag-asa and Dangal ng Bayan awards.

Caragan to become an annual festival

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 09:55 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales and the City Council headed by Vice Mayor Christian Halili announced Wednesday that Mabalacat City's widely acclaimed Caragan Festival will be institutionalized to prevent it from suffering the fate of the similarly popular Ibon Ebon Festival of Candaba, Pampanga.

In a breakfast forum at this Freeport, Morales stressed that he will ask the City Council to pass an ordinance making the festival an annual activity.

Teen actor, 3 others arrested for ‘grass’

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 09:51 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS -- A teen actor and three others were arrested by combined operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Angeles City Public Safety Company and 302nd Air Force Intelligence while in the act of smoking marijuana during the International Music Festival held at Clark Freeport, Sunday.

PDEA-Central Luzon Director Jeoffrey Tacio identified the arrested as Keith Thompson of the TV series "Galema," a resident of Angeles City; Juan Paulo Serafica, 19, of Quezon City; Geano Dionisio, 23, also of Quezon City, and a 17-year-old, of Mabalacat City, Pampanga.

Binay: Zapanta will be saved

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 09:45 p.m.

MABALACAT CITY --- As the new deadline nears, Vice President Jejomar Binay said he is growing more optimistic that Overseas Filipino Worker Joselito Zapanta, a native of Pampanga, will be spared from the death sentence.

"[I am] officially and personally optimistic that it will be a successful story," the Vice President said.

Akbayan slams Kapampangan ERC chief

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 09:41 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Kapampangan Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Chief Zenaida Ducut was slammed by Akbayan for her motion of extension of time to respond to the charges filed against her.

Akbayan Representatives Walden Bello and Ibarra Gutierrez said Ducut "seems to imply that she is using public resources for her personal defense."

San Fernando benchmarks former senator’s organic farm

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 09:36 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Government officials here have found an ally in former senator Francis Pangilinan in its advocacy for a greener and healthier city as they visited his organic farm in Alfonso, Cavite Tuesday.

This city’s Mayor Edwin Santiago led officials in their visit to the Sweet Spring Country Farm owned and maintained by the former senator.

DA releases P100M response fund

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 09:33 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- It may not be too late after all for farmer victims of Typhoon Santi.

This, as the Department of Agriculture said yesterday that some P100 million has been released for the rehabilitation and assistance programs for farmers and facilities affected by Typhoon Santi, attention on which was previously overshadowed by Super Typhoon Yolanda late last year.

San Fernando sets war versus drugs

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 11:55 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- This capital city is now set to tap its multi-sectoral partners, the local police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as it sets to implement a renewed anti-drugs campaign here.

Mayor Edwin Santiago told Sun.Star Pampanga that the initiative will bring together the private and government sectors in its two-pronged approach against illegal drugs.

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