Trader:Luciano`s removal from CIAC ‘not best decision’

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 10:13 p.m.

ANGELES CITY --- “It is not the best decision.”

This was how businessman Rene Romero described the removal of Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president and chief executive officer Victor Jose Luciano from his office as airport head by President Benigno Aquino III and Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya.

Villar reminds rice traders: Don’t cheat consumers

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 10:10 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Mill owners and rice traders should remain truthful to the consumers amid the growing public discontent over the rising prices of agricultural products in the country.

This was the key message of Senator Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Senate committee on agriculture and food, on her keynote speech for the Luzon Island Congress of the Confederation of Grains Retailers Associations of the Philippines Inc. (Grecon) held last September 13 at the Stotsenberg Hotel in this Freeport.

DepEd, AFS forge pact for exchange programs

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 10:06 p.m.

PASIG CITY – "We are forming globally competitive, globally recognized Filipino learners."

So said Undersecretary for Partnerships and External Linkages Mario Deriquito after signing the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the American Foreign Service International Programs Philippines (AFS-IPP).

Santiago leads citywide greening in San Fernando

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 10:04 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Mayor Edwin Santiago led Wednesday the simultaneous planting of squash and malunggay plants in the city's 35 barangays as a way of promoting communal garnering and in a bid to battle the adverse effects of climate change.

"This is like hitting two birds with one stone. While we are teaching our constituents to plant trees, we are promoting the consumption of nutritious food" said Santiago during his speech at the launching of the program held along the riverside behind the city hall building in Barangay Sto. Rosario.

SM City Clark’s to hold great weekend sale

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 10:01 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Get ready as SM City Clark’s 3-day great weekend sale slated on September 19, 20, 21, will feature great shopping finds and best deals for shoppers with longer shopping hours, from 9:00 AM up to 10:00 PM on the first day and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday!

Enjoy the biggest discounts up to 70 percent up for grabs from accessories, wellness products electronic gadgets, baby needs, sporting goods, home furnishing, to home appliances from SM Department Store, SM Hypermarket, local and international apparel shops mall wide.

Lawmaker lauds San Fernando for plastic-free move

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 10:00 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Provincial Board committee on environment and natural resources chairman Nestor “Bay” Tolentino lauded Wednesday and recognized the City of San Fernando's move to make the component city “plastic free” at least by June 2015.

The City Council, after consultation with stakeholders, has set every Friday, starting September 19 this year as “plastic regulation day” under Ordinance 2014-008, which bans the use of plastics and Styrofoam as food packaging materials and handing this out for free to consumers.

1st Kulinarya Cup held in Tarlac

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 09:56 p.m.

TARLAC CITY -- The First Kulinarya Cup aiming to boost tourism here was held recently at the Event Place of the Tarlac Convention and Visitors Bureau in Tarlac City.

In line with the celebration of tourism month this September, 20 students taking up culinary arts and hotel and restaurant management from different schools in Tarlac participated in the said competition.

BIR regional office exceeds August collection by 15%

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 09:56 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Region 4 has registered a P270,780, 538.27 excess collection for the month of August registering a 15.25 percent increase as against its target goal where they were able to collect some P2,046,628,538.27 for the said period.

Luciano to continue fighting for CRK dev’t

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 09:54 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president and Chief Executive Officer Victor Jose Luciano has vowed to continue fighting for the full development of Clark International Airport (CRK).

Luciano issued the statement shortly after he revealed in a press briefing here on Monday that he was designated as director of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) by Transportation and Communication Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya.

‘Local leaders support crucial for mass immunization’

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 09:52 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Representatives of the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) said on Monday that "political commitments" are crucial and important to ensure the success of the ongoing nationwide immunization drive against measles and polio.

Dr. Robert Kezaala, Unicef’s senior health advisor on immunization, said that the success of the Department of Health’s (DOH) measles rubella and oral polio vaccine mass immunization campaign is dependent on the support of local government units (LGUs) and DOH officials.

Board member wants October 28 declared as Arbor Day

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 09:49 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Fourth District Board Member Nestor "Bay" Tolentino is now pushing for the approval of an ordinance that will declare October 28 of each year as Arbor Day in the province of Pampanga in a bid to encourage participation and involvement in tree planting and greening activities.

In the proposed resolution, Tolentino seeks to declare the said date as a "public working holiday to ensure involvement of all able-bodied citizens from aged 12-years old and above" in tree planting activities.

San Fernando to implement plastic-free law

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 09:47 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The use and sale of all non-biodegradable packaging materials will be regulated in this city starting September 19.

This was after the City Council approved an ordinance, which outlined the gradual realization of a plastic-free city.

Central Luzon trade fair set

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 09:44 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Central Luzon products from up and coming entrepreneurs will again take center stage in the upcoming Likha ng Central Luzon 2014 Trade Fair (LCL), which will be held on September 29 to October 2, 2014 at the Glorietta Activity Center, Ayala Center, Makati City.

Evolving and expanding, this event will highlight fresh ideas and premium products of more than 100 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) coming from the seven provinces of Central Luzon namely Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales.

Dengue cases on the rise, but no outbreak expected

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 09:43 p.m.

PORAC -- Authorities recently noted that heavy rains this month seem to have increased the risk of dengue in the province as 50 more cases were recorded at the Barangay Planas and Barangay Pulung Santol in this town.

Last week, the Department of Health (DOH) said people from the neighboring town of Sta. Rita were alarmed with the simultaneous death of two girls who were affected by the worst strain of dengue.

SM Cinema sets Korean Film Festival

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 09:41 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Seven blockbuster and critically-acclaimed films will highlight the Korean Film Festival at the SM Cinema from September 17 to October 12.

A joint partnership between the Korean Embassy’s Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines and SM Cinema, the film festival will begin at SM City Clark from Sept 17 to 21, followed by screenings at SM Lanang Premier in Davao from September 24 to 28, and at SM City Cebu from October 1 to 5. The film festival's culminating event will be on October 8 to 12 at SM Megamall.

Pampanga Press Club set to hold journalism seminar

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 09:40 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Pampanga Press Club (PPC) is set to conduct a one-day journalism workshop on September 25 at the San Miguel Corp. Brewery Complex, City of San Fernando.

PPC President Eric Jimenez said the seminar is aimed at enhancing the journalistic skills of public information officers and public relations practitioners of corporate entities and government agencies.

People’s Park rising in ‘dirty’ rail station

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 07:01 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- A People's Park is rising at the old railway of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) in Angeles City and it stretches to four villages.

Alexander Cauguiran, the City Government's point person for the People's Park, said the transformation of the two-kilometer PNR railway and its area from a "very dirty place" to a park filled with ornamental plants, vegetables, sports and recreational activities "is happening fast with the help of believers from the private sector."

PDRRMO: No casualty in ‘Luis’ onslaught

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 06:51 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office or PDRRMO said Monday that there was no casualty as Typhoon Luis ripped through Northern and Central Luzon Monday and Sunday.

Although Pampanga was under Public Storm Signal Number 1 during Typhoon Luis’ onslaught, only classes in preschool, elementary and high school across the province were suspended.

17th Sinukwan Festival launched

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 11:33 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Officials of the Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC) and Foundation for Lingap Kapampangan Inc. (FLKI) on Saturday launched the Pampanga Festival aimed at promoting the province's cultures, arts and traditions.

The 17th Sinukwan Festival, which was launched almost two decades ago to lift the morale and spirit of residents affected by the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991, will be held from November 28 to December 8.

Aetas insulted by news anchor

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 11:32 p.m.

OLONGAPO CITY - A video posted on social media last September 10 showed a news anchor allegedly insulting Aetas, collectively referring them to as "exotic".

Tommy Abile, a news anchor of Bigwas, reportedly started by saying that he wanted to taste something exotic, at first referring to food. He added that his friend wanted to taste something exotic, although in a sexual manner. He then blurted out "Aeta", referring to the indigenous tribe in Central Luzon.

DOTC appoints 2 CIAC directors

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 11:31 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT --- The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) recently appointed two directors in Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC).

The new CIAC officials are Al Fernandez, a former mayor of Dagupan City and former commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and Lawyer Emigdio Tanjuatco Jr, a former member of the Rizal Provincial Board.

National government lauded for Clark projects

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 11:31 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT --- Philippine Councilors League (PCL) Central Luzon president Angeles City Councilor Maricel “Marang” Morales has lauded the national government for implementing and funding several projects including the Clark Green City and the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal at the Clark International Airport (CRK).

Morales said the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) has allocated an initial P5 billion for the Clark Green City.

CDC sends Aeta kids to vaccination post

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 11:30 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has sent three vehicles and a coaster to transport parents and schoolchildren from the upland Aeta village to the designated vaccination post in Barangay Calumpang, Mabalacat City during an immunization recently.

Rommel Narciso, CDC Community Affairs assistant manager and External Affairs Department (EAD) officer-in-charge said the vehicles have been utilized by parents and children from Barangays Marcos, Macapagal and Calumpang, all in Mabalacat City.

Illegal loggers arrested in Floridablanca

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 11:29 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Three persons, who were suspected to be illegal loggers, were arrested by operatives of the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB3) in the mountain ranges of Macapagal Village in Floridablanca last Friday.

Superintendent Sidney Villaflor, RPSB3 commander, said his men were patrolling the said area when they encountered the suspects who were identified as Larry Dabu, 41, a resident of Macapagal Village; Feliciano Cundangan Pelecilda, 58m of Palmayo Resettement and Reny Manacmul, 42, also of Palmayo Resettlement, all in Floridablaca town.

Robinsons to end 2014 with 35 malls

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 11:28 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC), operator of Robinsons Malls, announced on Saturday the opening of two malls this month and October, making the total number of its branches in the country to 35.

Irving Wu, RLC operations director for Luzon, said they will open Robinsons in Antipolo City in September 25 and the 35th Gokongwei-owned mall in Las Pinas City in October 25.

Indigent school children get new shoes

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 11:28 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Vice Mayor Vicky Vega Cabigting led the formal launching of her "Lakad Karunungan" program at the Marquee Mall event center here which was attended by student beneficiaries and teachers over the weekend.

Cabigting said that the shoe distribution program aims to improve the overall educational experience of students and call attention to the other educational needs of the indigent students.

21,845 trees up for Angeles watershed reforestation

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 08:52 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- The local government here recently received 21,845 tree saplings from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as part of its strategies to meet the goals of the National Greening Program.

The program set by President Benigno Aquino III targets to cover 1.5 million hectares with 1.5 million trees before 2016.

More shabu seized in San Fernando subdivision

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 08:49 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Another haul of suspected shabu was seized by combined anti-illegal drugs operatives during a raid in a posh subdivision in the City of San Fernando late Friday afternoon.

DOH chief leads immunization of Mabalacat Aetas

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 08:43 p.m.

MABALACAT CITY -- Secretary Enrique Ona led the mass immunization of Aeta children in Barangay Calumpang here over the weekend.

The event is part of the nationwide campaign against measles, rubella and polio among Filipino children.

Man arrested in Porac for Facebook ‘sextortion’

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 08:40 p.m.

PORAC -- A man here was charged with extortion after investigators say he threatened to post malicious pictures of a woman on Facebook if she wouldn't pay him money.

"He said through the text messages that I gave my password to him but I cannot recall any instances in the past that I gave it to him. I know that account passwords are very important," said 33-year-old victim Susan Gulapa.

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