In Maleldo rites: No crucifixion for foreigners

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 08:12 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Foreigners are banned from joining the annual crucifixion rites on Good Friday in Barangay San Pedro Cutud, this city, said officials of the 2015 Maleldo (Holy Week) committee.

Trader to San Fernando: Remove tricycles from major roads

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 08:09 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) vice chairman Rene Romero has called on the City Government of San Fernando to exercise political will and remove tricycles here using major highways citing regulations and safety reasons.

NGCP linemen conduct hotline maintenance

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 08:08 p.m.

AS PART of its continuing efforts to minimize power line shutdown and efficiently serve customers, power grid operator National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has been deploying its linemen to conduct hotline or live line maintenance work.

Angeles village is DILG's showcase in regional assembly

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 08:02 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Barangay Cutcut of Angeles City is the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) - Central Luzon's Regional Showcase Barangay for the first semester of 2015.

Central Luzon bags rice achievers awards

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 07:47 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Six provinces, one municipality and 87 agricultural extension workers (AEWs) of Central Luzon were awarded during the Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers Awards held at Resorts World Manila recently.

Cabalen opens at SM City Pampanga

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 07:43 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Cabalen, the home of authentic Kapampangan cuisine on Monday opened its 16th store in the Philippines at SM City Pampanga.

The restaurant, also the fourth of branches sporting Cabalen's innovative modern look with a green and white motif and homey decors and furniture, is located near the Events Center and the Skyranch theme park.

Romero renews call for Abaya’s ouster

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 10:39 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Businessman Rene Romero is calling for the ouster of Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya for failing to fully develop the Clark International Airport (CRK).

Romero issued the statement supporting the call of various organizations and businessmen in Pampanga and Central Luzon for Abaya to resign from his post as chief of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

Help in protecting environment -- SM Pampanga

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 10:27 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The SM City Pampanga joined this year's observance of Earth Hour urging mall-goers to do their share in protecting the environment by cutting on their energy consumption and practicing healthy environmental choices.

SM City Pampanga joined other SM Supermalls in the country, along with its international malls in China, in switching off their lights for at least an hour in solidarity with the Earth Hour initiative.

Angeles cops warn public vs motorcycle theft

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 06:16 p.m.

ANGELES CITY --- "Padlock when you park" signs were posted in front of establishments to warn motorists to secure their respective motorcycles before leaving them in parking areas and along the streets.

This is in connection with the Lambat Bitag, an intensified anti-criminality campaign the city police implemented recently.

Bayan: Aquino out now

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 06:14 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) – Gitnang Luzon is calling for the resignation of President Benigno Aquino III.

During a media briefing at the Holy Family Academy here Saturday, the group disclosed their "final verdict" on Mr. Aquino.

Local artists to create new arts hub

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 06:04 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Local artists in this city have joined hands to rehabilitate a two-decade abandoned building and turn it into a new arts hub in the heritage district.

The old CSSI building at 1246 Miranda Street is designed to be an eco-friendly contemporary arts hub that will serve as a venue for arts practitioners in Pampanga and a nesting ground to harness young potential artists in the city.

‘Harsher measures’ eyed in Sapang Balen clean-up

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 08:08 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- The local government here, through the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) will implement stricter measures in dealing with the problems of illegal structures and dumping of waste along Sapang Balen Creek.

Sapang Balen creek is one of the major waterways of the city and it cuts across seven barangays. A large number of illegal structures were built on it and residents along the river banks wantonly throw away their garbage in the waterway.

Launching of Lubao hot air balloon festival successful

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 08:07 p.m.

LUBAO -- The occasionally blowing strong winds were not enough to keep the biggest hot air balloon festival in Southeast Asia from launching Thursday at the Pradera Verde, Barangay Prado in this town.

Event organizer Noel Castro said this year’s Lubao International Balloon Festival exceeded the previous one in terms of the number of tourists and hot air balloons.

PamCham looking at more infra for pedestrian, road safety

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 08:06 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) is working closely with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for more infrastructures that would ensure the safety and convenience of motorists and pedestrians.

This was bared recently by PamCham president Jess Nicdao during the groups 48th general membership meeting at King’s Royal Promenade in Bacolor town.

Senator: Probe corrupt governors, mayors

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 08:05 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Senator Aquilino Pimentel III wants corrupt governors and mayors to be investigated.

Pimented stated that he has had enough of the widespread dishonesty or fraudulent conduct among local government units (LGUs), which emerged as having the most number of graft and corruption cases filed by Office of the Ombudsman last year.

Sun.Star Pampanga scribe to get US academic fellowship on environment

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 08:00 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Sun.Star Pampanga staff reporter Ferth Vandensteen Manaysay has been selected to participate in the United States government-sponsored Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Academic Fellows Institute on Environmental Issues, which will take place from May 5 to June 6 at the East-West Center (EWC), Hawaii, United States.

Legarda: Support Earth Hour

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 08:00 p.m.

MABALACAT CITY -- Senator Loren Legarda has urged the public to support the global movement to simultaneously switch off lights for one hour on March 28 (Saturday), 8:30 p.m. local time, in observance of the 2015 Earth Hour.

"The Earth Hour campaign shows us what each citizen can do. It tells us that every individual is capable of protecting our planet. Small acts cannot be underestimated because these small acts, when put together, create big changes," Legarda said.

LTO to implement ‘No Registration, No Travel’ rule starting April

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 09:36 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is set to implement the “No Registration, No Travel Policy” for four-wheeled motor vehicles starting April 1 this year.

LTO Central Luzon Transport Regulation Officer III and Operations Division OIC Narciso Maniacup said on Thursday that as per the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), all four-wheeled motor vehicles must be registered, or at least be in the seven day registration period, beginning next month.

Pamintuan to Angeleños: Participate in Earth Hour

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 09:21 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has called on all Angeleños to actively participate in the annual Earth Hour on Saturday, March 28, by turning-off their lights from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

"Let us use our power to 'change climate change'," said Pamintuan, quoting the slogan of Earth Hour.

Santiago named PH most outstanding mayor

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 09:17 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Mayor Edwin Santiago has been chosen as one of the country's most outstanding mayor for the year 2015 by the prestigious worldwide organization Superbrands Marketing International (SMI).

The mayor personally received this recognition from the SMI officials headed by president Harry Tambuatco and chairman Karl Maclean at Makati Sports Club last March 25.

San Fernando aims to become preferred tourism destination in Asia

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 09:11 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City Government of San Fernando is looking at becoming "a preferred tourism destination in Asia" by 2022.

This was bared by Mayor Edwin Santiago during a breakfast forum with mediamen on Thursday at Heroes Hall, where he said that City Government plans to achieve this by conceptualizing better tourism packages and reviving its heritage district, while at the same time "building a livable, ecologically-balanced and economically-viable city through effective and socially inclusive governance" that will enhance local quality of life.

Police: Frustrated slaying of prosecutor job related

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 09:09 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- The frustrated killing of Prosecutor Antonio Buan of the City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan is allegedly job related due to his handling of several high profile cases reportedly involving Muslim personalities.

Senior Superintendent Ferdinand Divina, Bulacan police provincial director, said this was the result of a thorough investigation conducted by the Bulacan Intelligence Branch and City of San Jose Del Monte police.

LGUs responsible for land survey fund liquidation

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:59 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Vice President and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council chair Jejomar Binay clarified that it is the responsibility of local government units to liquidate the land survey funds granted to them.

The vice president issued the statement following reports that 28 LGUs have failed to submit liquidation reports of funds transferred by HUDCC amounting to P28,322,107.47 as of December 2013.

Express exits in NLEx, SCTEx to open for Holy Week

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:57 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Two express exits will be opened at the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) on Holy Wednesday and Maundy Thursday.

Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) Communication Specialist Francisco Dagohoy said the express exits will address traffic congestion in toll plazas especially during Lent, when the number of motorists going out of Metro Manila to North and Central Luzon is expected to double.

Guv lauds DILG’s ‘Operation Listo’

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:53 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda lauded the launching of the Department of Interior and Local Government's (DILG) "Operation Listo: Tamang Paghahanda, Tamang Aksyon" held at the Oxford Hotel in Clark, on Tuesday.

Integrated in the program is the Disaster Preparedness Manual, a complete agenda of primary planning for local government units to have a systematic and accurate course of action, with aligned and improved local plans and preparations prior to or during a catastrophe.

Comelec proclaims Rivilla duly elected mayor of Paniqui

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:50 p.m.

PANIQUI, Tarlac -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc released with finality its decision on the case of Mayor Miguel Cojuangco Rivilla versus Rommel David and proclaimed the former as the "true winner" of the 2013 mayoralty election here.

On March 16, The Department of Interior and Local Government-Tarlac, together with the Paniqui Police, served the notice to David, who since January, was sitting as mayor of Paniqui.

BCDA prepares Clark rail reference terms

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 08:09 p.m.

MABALACAT CITY -- The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said it is now preparing the Terms of Reference (TOR) for the public tender of the Clark Rail Transit System (Clark Rail) that will link with the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) Project of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

BCDA president and CEO Arnel Paciano Casanova said BCDA is in the process of drafting the TOR and intends to bid out the Clark Rail as a joint-venture (JV) project.

Santiago, execs want to know basis of hazard research

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 08:08 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Mayor Edwin Santiago, business leaders, and the head of the Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology (Phivolcs) want to know the basis of a research, which cited the City of San Fernando as one of the cities around the country, which are disaster-prone areas.

Recently, the 5th annual Natural Hazards Risk Atlas (NHRA) assessed the natural hazard exposure of over 1,300 cities around the world and found that of the 100 cities with the greatest exposure to natural hazards, 21 are located in the Philippines.

Angeles vice mayor to launch pro-nature moms' group

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 08:07 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Angeles City Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting will lead the launching of a women's movement here that would promote and empower women as prime movers in environmental awareness and protection.

Vega-Cabigting told Sun.Star Pampanga that she will be leading the launch of the "Mothers for Mother Nature" (Mom Na!) Thursday at Francisco G. Nepomuceno Memorial High School (FGNMHS).

Faulty traffic lights irk road users

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 08:07 p.m.

Ferth Vandensteen Manaysay

GUAGUA -- Faulty traffic light sequences have been identified as the reason for worsening traffic congestion in the Guagua-Sta. Rita Intersection, according to a councilor, who is pushing for new measures after receiving several complaints from motorists.