ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has assured that priority infrastructure projects will be completed in December this year or a month before the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (Apec) summit in 2015.
The mayor said that the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) will fund some of the projects, including the Balibago Circle and the beautification of the perimeter fence along the Don Juico Avenue.
CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president Arthur Tugade renewed his appeal to contractors of the US$40-million The Medical City to finish the hospital before the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (Apec) in January next year.
With the 2015 APEC meetings set to start five months from now here, Tugade said the Global Gateway Development Corporation and its contractor Peregrine Development International (Peregrine) should finish the project before the Apec summit.
BALANGA CITY, Bataan -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Bataan 2nd District Engineering Office (DEO) announced the completion of five road repair and rehabilitation projects in their area of jurisdiction.
A total of P33.74-million was allotted to complete the road maintenance projects throughout the first half of 2014.
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- An unidentified male body was found along the road of Barangay San Antonio, Arayat town is believed to be a victim of summary execution.
Senior Superintendent Marlon Madrid, Pampanga police provincial director, said that the body was found by local residents beside the road going to Barangay San Pablo, Sta. Ana, at the vicinity of Barangay San Antonio, Arayat town.
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Two suspected drug pushers were arrested during a buy-bust operation in Barangay Sto. Tomas, Lubao, Pampanga, recently.
Superintendent Jean Fajardo, officer-in-charge of the Lubao police station, identified those arrested as Michael Ackerman alias Tisoy, 37, and Laurence Guiam alias “Japok” 29, both residents of Sitio Cutud, Barangay Sto. Tomas, Lubao town.
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- A government employee was gunned down while his co-employee was wounded when Motorcycle Riding Criminals (MRCs) fired upon them along the road of Barangay Bambang, Bulakan, Bulacan, Monday.
Senior Superintendent Ferdinand Divina, acting provincial director of the Bulacan Police, identified the fatality as Eduardo Martinez, 54, municipal employee of Bulakan and a resident of the said barangay.
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Unidentified robbers carted away valuable items including a gun after they ransacked the house of a police officer in Barangay Maliolio, Sta. Rosa, Nueva Ecija, Wednesday.
Reports here said the house of Senior Police Officer-3 (SPO3) Victoriano Relucio Jr., 42, a resident of the said barangay, was robbed by unidentified perpetrators around 5 a.m.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The so-called Akyat Bahay gang struck again recently carting away assorted jewelries and cash amounting to P1 million from the house of a 74-year-old man in Barangay Dolores, this city.
Superintendent Rechie Duldulao, Officer-In-Charge of the City of San Fernando police, said robbers took advantage of the opportunity when Rodolfo Carlos, 74, residing at John Bert apartment at Villa Barosa of the said barangay left.
CLARK FREEPORT -- SM City Clark hosted a gun and bomb safety seminar for its mall employees, security and tenants recently in a bid to make the mall personnel more responsive and aware of life threatening scenarios.
SM City Clark Public Relations Manager Venus Manalang told Sun.Star Pampanga that the event was meant to make mall personal more responsive to dangerous situations. She added the seminar was also aimed at equipping personnel with the needed skills in responding to bomb threats.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A number of school officials from some member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) recently visited Pampanga High School (PHS) to learn about the best practices of the school in preparing for disasters.
A total of 75 teachers from Asean and Central Luzon gathered to discuss how the region can attain excellence in leading resilient schools in Southeast Asia.
OLONGAPO CITY -- With more informal groups and individuals eyed for livelihood opportunities in the remaining parts of the year, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Regional Office III, in coordination with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Public Employment Service Office (Peso), together with other partner agencies, recently provided livelihood assistance to marginalized individuals in Sta. Cruz, Zambales.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- An essay writing contest in Filipino for secondary students and a series of fora in state colleges and universities shall highlight the observance of the landmark 20th National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) in Central Luzon this September.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City Government of San Fernando and the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) is urging the management of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) to find an immediate solution to the reported "system glitches", which has been causing frequent gridlocks and heavy traffic in its toll booths approaches, particularly in the northern section.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Laus Group of Companies (LGC) announced recently that it is set to participate in the crafting of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the recently passed Republic Act 10642, or the Philippine Lemon Law.
The new law provides for a "Lemon Law rights period", which it defines as "the period ending 12 months after the date of the original delivery of a brand new motor vehicle to a consumer or the first 20,000 kilometers of operation after such delivery, whichever comes first."
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda is eyeing the Integrated Taxation Management System or iTAX launched in 12 municipalities as of Wednesday as a key in ensuring high revenues among local government units.
"High revenues will mean more programs, projects and services. This will eventually encourage and motivate people’s participation in local governance," Pineda said during the launching of iTAX in Magalang and Arayat towns.
CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) is hoping that at least 45 hectares of land will be recovered before the end of 2014 from informal settlers and farmer claimants to give way to various development projects next year.
In the highlights of the midyear accomplishment report of the Operations and Security group, the recovery of the CDC properties started with the clearing and demolition of about 90 illegal structures recently along the Clark south perimeter fence in this Freeport zone.
ANGELES CITY -- The Councilmen's League of Angeles City (CLAC) approved on Thursday a resolution supporting the lone district of Angeles City, Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting said.
Vega-Cabigting, proponent of the move to separate Angeles City from the province's first district, welcomed the support of the CLAC composed of barangay councilors from the city's 33 villages. The first district is composed of Angeles City, Mabalacat City and Magalang town.
CONCEPCION, Tarlac -- This hometown of the late hero Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. was adorned with yellow ribbon and yellow flowers as a tribute to his 31st death anniversary Thursday.
Townsfolk in yellow shirts laid wreaths as Representative Noel Villanueva of the third district of Tarlac encouraged the citizens of Concepcion to emulate Ninoy by doing sacrifices for the country and give their best for the people who are in need.
ANGELES CITY -- Former Pampanga governor and congresswoman Juanita Cuyugan Lumanlan Nepomuceno was honored during the celebration of her 100th birthday on Wednesday.
The Nepomuceno family, friends, local officials and guests attended the a simple rites during the launching of a commemorative exhibit at the Museo Ning Angeles in honor of "Apung Saning", as she was fondly called.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Third District Representative Oscar Rodriguez congratulated Mayor Edwin Santiago on his first year in office hoping that that more will happen in the next two years but was quick note that an invitation in planning moves for the city would be appreciated.
It could be remembered that Santiago delivered his "Ulat Sa Bayan" early this month highlighting the plans and initial achievements of his administration. Rodriguez said that he has yet to fully read Santiago’s speech but wished the latter good luck in the remainder of his term.
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SANTA RITA -- The Santa Rita de Cascia Parish opened over the weekend its heritage museum showcasing religious art, antiques and historical artifacts of the parish and the town.
MAGALANG -- Governor Lilia Pineda and the Department of Health (DOH) launched on Wednesday at the district hospital here an Information Technology-based system designed to streamline and improve the management and services of the 10 district hospitals and one provincial hospital in Pampanga.
Pineda and DOH regional office licensing officer Julie Reyes led the launching of the Hospital Operations and Management Information System (Homis) at the Dr. Andres Soriano District Hospital (DASDH) here.
CAMP AQUINO, Tarlac -- Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. urged heads of Air Force, Army, and Naval units of the Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) to continue the initiatives under the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) Bayanihan.
The program, noted Catapang, was significant in delivering maximum service to the public, which assured peace, progress and prosperity in Nolcom's area of responsibility.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- With the aim of upholding industrial peace and job preservation in Central Luzon, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Regional Office 3, in coordination with member-agencies of the newly forged Central Luzon-Regional Inter-Agency Coordinating and Monitoring Committee (CL-RICMC) recently signed a Memorandum of Commitment (MOC) at the Dole regional office here in the City of San Fernando.
MAGALANG -- Mayor Romulo "Romy" Pecson has directed the newly installed chief of police here to work on the town's problem on illegal drugs and criminality.
Pecson issued the directive to Superintendent Jurich Rara, who recently replaced Superintendent Analiza Guzman, following several killings and assaults to officials in some barangays here.
CANDABA -- A suspect arrested by the local police in this town has confessed to murdering a 12-year old girl on August 15 and claimed that he took vengeance against the father of the victim.
Police Superintendent Criscente Tiguelo, town police chief identified the victim as Roschelle Velasquez Ingal, a resident of Barangay Barit here.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Pampanga third district Representative Oscar Rodriguez welcomed the passage of the City Council resolution here moving for the transformation of this capital city into a lone congressional district.
While lamenting that it took the council of the City of San Fernando a year to pass the resolution, Rodriguez said that he would need to catch up on the lost time to be able to have the necessary bill scheduled on the committee level in the House of Representatives.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Various off roaders clubs in the province are getting together to form the Pampanga Off Roaders umbrella which will spearhead the development of a new tourist destination in the mountains of Porac town.
CLARK FREEPORT -- Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan described as a "national issue" the problem on finding permanent homes for at least 712 Badjau families who migrated to Central Luzon, most of whom are in Pampanga and nearby Bulacan province.
CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Water Corporation (CWC) said on Monday that it is ready to invest a total of P3.93 billion for several water projects here.
CWC is a member of the Ayala Group. The CWC broadened the scope of its concession deal with the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) by 25 years.