CAB move to grant add`l NAIA landing rights opposed
VOLUME III • NO. 182
MARCH 11, 2015
MY LUBAO CENTRAL MRF. Gov.
Lilia Nanay Pineda inspects the My Lubao
Central MRF together with Mayor Mylyn
Pineda-Cayabyab and Board Member Joseph
Anthony Torres, PENRO Arthur Punsalan and
provincial solid waste management officer
and Engr. Dan Aquino, municipal in-charge
on solid waste management. --JUN JASO
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – A
native of Lubao town emerged as
champion of a quiz bee competition
recently held at the University of
Batangas in Batangas City.
Paulene M. Vitug, a BS Tourism Management student at the
Far Eastern University (FEU) in
Manila, topped the quiz bee competition of the Union of Tourism
Students Cup (UTSP) 2015. The
quiz bee was participated in by 28
students from universities and colleges from all over the country, including Puerto Princesa State University, La Consolacion Bacolod,
University of Mindanao and Holy
Gov wants ‘My Lubao MRF’
as model in Pampanga
CAB move to grant
add’l NAIA landing
by Marna Dagumboy-del Rosario
CLARK FREEPORT -- Some 46 congressmen showed opposition to the granting of the
Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) of additional
landing rights for passenger airlines at the
Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
This was formally manifested through a
petition paper signed by some 46 congressmen from Northern and Central Luzon and
Visayas, led by 1st district Rep. Joseller “Yeng”
Guiao, objecting all applications for additional
landing rights at NAIA. CAB MOVE... pagE 6
LUBAO NATIVE... pagE 6
By ELAINE MERCADO
LUBAO, PAMPANGA - Governor Lilia “Nanay” Pineda wants
to turn the My Lubao Central MRF here as a model material
recovery facility in the province. MY LUBAO MRF... pagE 7
International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President
and CEO Atty. Emigdio
P. Tanjuatco III, Department of Transportation &
Secretary Joseph Emilio
Atty. Jose Perpetuo Lotilla
and Pampanga 1st District
Representative Yeng Guiao
stress the importance of the
development and growth
of the Clark International
Airport at the recent Clark
CL tourist arrivals mark 21% increase
Headline Gitnang Luzon • MARCH 11, 2015
By Mhike R. Cigaral
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO Central Luzon might just be one
of the leading regional destinations in the country, as domestic
visitor arrivals hit the next level
at 3.1 million from January to
December 2014 or an increase of
21% as compared to 2013 at only
This was confirmed to newsmen by Regional Director Ronaldo Tiotuico of the Department
of Tourism – Region III in a press
statement issued recently. He said
that the arrival figures are based
on monthly survey reports sub-
mitted by accommodation establishments in the region.
Among the provinces and cities
in the region, Subic Bay Freeport
and Zambales occupied the first
slot at 1.2 million arrivals while
Clark and Pampanga / Angeles
City came in 2nd at .621 million;
Bataan at .199 million, Bulacan,
.109 million, Aurora at .108 million, among others.
Likewise, Tiotuico emphasized
the fact that the figures represent
foreign tourists or Filipino travellers who found themselves vacationing in various provinces in
the region, thus are called domestic travellers.
By Charlene A. Cayabyab
roxas wants... Page 7
NEW BREED OF LEADERS. Orani Councilor Rome Sicat (left), Mayor Benjie Serrano, Jr. (middle) and former
board member Papo Roman (right) pose for a photo after the turn-over of one of the wheelchairs from Filipino-Chinese
Charity Clinic. --MHIKE R. CIGARAL
CDC launches excellence
awards for college studes
By Charlene A. Cayabyab
CLARK FREEPORT - Instilling the culture of excellence, the
state-run Clark Development
Corporation (CDC) launched the
first-ever academic excellence
award for outstanding graduating students on March 2015.
Highest ranking and wellrounded students nominated
by their respective schools shall
receive cash prize, custom made
medal/trophy with CDC symbol
of academic excellence award
and a certificate. Overall, 49
participants shall receive a cash
prize: P10,000 each for 18 college students; and P5,000 each
for 31 technical-vocational students.
A special endorsement for
those who are 18 years old and
above shall be extended by CDC
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OFFICE OF THE CITY CIVIL REGISTRAR
NOTICE OF PUBLICATION
In compliance with the publication requirements
and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No.
2013-1 Guidelines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 ( IRR on
R.A. 10172), Notice is hereby served to the public
that CRISTIAN PAGUINTO LAXAMANA has filed
with this Office, a petition for correction of Sex (Gender) from “MALE” to “FEMALE” in the Certificate of
Live Birth of CRISTIAN PAGUINTO LAXAMANA
born on August 3, 1990 at 1031 Magkalinis
St., Malabanas, Angeles City and whose parents are CATALINO LAXAMANA AND MA. EDEN
Any person adversely affected by said petition may
file his/her written opposition with the office not later
(SGD.) NENITA T. GARCIA
City Civil Registrar
Headline Gitnang Luzon: March 11 and 18, 2015
cl tourist... Page 7
in Region III
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO Interior Secretary Mar Roxas ordered a reinvigorated and speedy
implementation of “Oplan Lambat-Simbat” in at least three largest regions in the country.
Roxas wanted “Oplan Lambat-Sibat” in the National Capital
Region, Calabarzon and Central
Luzon by middle of the year.
Oplan Lambat-Sibat has been
operational for 37 weeks in NCR.
Oplan Lambat-Sibat is a reinvigorated crime prevention effort
using “deliberate, programmatic
and sustained” police operations such as checkpoint, “Oplan
Bakal-Sita,” mobile patrol, beat
patrol and “Oplan Bulabog” supported by scientific crime report-
Of the total arrivals, Filipinos
represent a large population of
these travellers or a share of 72%
of the total arrivals while arrivals of foreign nationality represented a share of 1.54%. In 2014,
travellers of Chinese descent represented the biggest population
to its partner Clark locator for
apprenticeship and/or possible
The said program is one of
the legacy projects of CDC. The
annual event is open for graduating students who belong to the
top 1 percent of their class for
each academic school year. Depending on the budget, the project targets the top one up to the
top three scholars.
Moreover, the recipients
should be graduates of public
or private schools situated in
the following five (5) neighboring areas of the Clark Freeport/
Special Economic Zones: Angeles City, Mabalacat City, Porac,
Pampanga, Bamban, Capas and
Awards are given to vocational and college students who
MANILA - The Office of the
Ombudsman dismissed the complaints of former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office chairman
Manuel L. Morato against members of the PCSO Board of Directors for allegedly violating Republic Act No. 3019, the Anti-Graft
and Corrupt Practices Act.
In a joint resolution dated Sept.
15, 2014 and released on Mar. 5
this year, Ombudsman Conchita
Carpio Morales struck down the
criminal and administrative complaints filed by Morato against former Board members Margarita P.
Juico (chairman) and Ma. Aleta L.
Tolentino (director), incumbents
Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II (acting
chairman and general manager),
Mabel V. Mamba, Francisco G.
Joaquin III, and Betty B. Nantes
(directors), former Board secretary
Eduardo G. Araullo (deceased),
and various employees of PCSO
and United Coconut Planters Bank
Rojas hailed the decision, saying, “The current PCSO Board of
Directors and management has
always walked the straight path,
especially when it comes to financial matters. We are glad that this
harassment suit has been found to
be baseless and without merit.”
Morato assailed a resolution
passed in 2010 by the respondents
transferring PCSO’s dollar account, which was then maturing,
from Landbank of the Philippines
(LBP) to UCPB because the latter
offered a higher interest rate of
ombudsman dismisses... Page 6
excellence awards... Page 6
CSF conducts SPES program
By Marna Dagumboy
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - Five hundred
Fernandino students are
set to become part of the
city government’s workforce in line with the
Special Program for the
Employment of Students
[SPES] under the leadership of Mayor Edwin D.
A joint program between the city government and Department of
Labor Employment, SPES
aims to give employment
opportunity to students.
It assists poor but deserving youth intending to
pursue their education by
during summer, Christmas vacation or any time
of the year for students in
the tertiary, technical, or
The program is part
of the city government’s
development agenda for
employment dubbed as
“Sapat na pangkabuhayan
sa mga Fernandino tungo
sa maunlad na pamumuhay.”
The first batch of these
beneficiaries will start on
April 6 while the second
batch will be employed
on May 2. They will be
assigned in departments
that are in line with their
courses, and will receive
minimum wage under the
supervision of the City
Employment Service Division.•
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Gov enjoins LGUs to work
for higher RPT collections
By LIEZEL CAYANAN
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - Governor Lilia “Nanay” Pineda enjoined
all municipal/ city government officials to help in increasing Real Property Tax (RPT) collections for this
The governor appealed to municipal/city mayors, treasurers, assessors
and the planning and development
coordinators to work hard for higher
RPT collections and achieve their respective targets.
“Without your help and support of
the mayors, the RPT collection will
fail,” she said.
She said that the time is now to
work for higher collection of RPTs.
“Let’s find ways to improve the sys-
tem of collection by means of updating our records in the municipalities
and cities. Let us make our people
well informed about the revised tax
code that we passed through legislation,” she said,” she stressed.
The governor urged them to carry
out their duties and responsibilities
in improving the RPT collection, as
this would mean more developments
and improvements in every locality.
This came as the governor led the
Consultative Meeting on Real Property Tax Collection attended by mayors, municipal planning officers, assessors, and treasurers held at Widus
Hotel inside the Clark Freeport last
The meeting is aimed at identifying techniques on how to increase the
SM City Pampanga
on caring for elderly
RPT collection of the 19 municipalities and two cities of the province.
Engr. Romeo Dizon, provincial assessor also presented the total RPT
collectibles of all every municipalities.
Breakdown of RPT collectibles are as follows: Apalit P30,210,847; Arayat - 17,304,821;
Flori d a b l a n c a - 1 8 , 8 17,9 7 1 . 8 4 ;
G u a g u a - 2 2 ,74 5 , 2 5 7.9 6;
L u b a o - 2 3 ,916 ,9 8 8 . 4 0 ; M a cabebe
- 20,832, 252. 20;
Magalang - 18,378,190.20; Masantol - 7,379,795.16; Mexico - 44,704,714.36; Minalin 7,969,228.60; Porac - 16,514,533.24;
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - In its desire to
provide quality customer service, SM City Pampanga yesterday conducted its first seminar for the
year 2015 on caring for senior customers.
A senior citizen-friendly establishment, SM
City Pampanga conducts seminar for the senior
citizens as well as to customers with special needs
twice a year to further educate its employees, tenants, housekeeping, and security personnel to provide better service.
SM Supermalls have been doing its best to provide quality customer service to loyal patrons and
customers. SM has become like a second home.
More than just offering quality merchandise and
services, SM is dedicated in pioneering initiatives
that will make everyone’s malling experience as
pleasurable as possible and worthwhile for just
about anyone who enters its doors.
Organizing seminars and advocacies such as
proper handling of senior citizens is more than
just being compliant with the requirements, as
gov enjoins... Page 6
SM PAMPANGA... Page 6
C. Luzon media aid to
By butch gunio
NUEVA ECIJA - Power grid operator National Grip Corporation of the
Philippines (NGCP) supported the
Nueva Ecija-Aurora Energy Press
Corps, which recently organized a
gift-giving and learning activity for
the 70 grade school pupils of Camp
Martyr Elementary School in Labi,
Bongabon, Nueva Ecija.
The distribution of school supplies
and grocery items to the students
was done for the benefit of the Kankanaey and Ibaloi of Labi indigenous
peoples, who live in the mountainous
part of Bongabon, boundary of Nueva Ecija and Aurora provinces.
NGCP considers Nueva Ecija-Aurora Energy Press Corps as one of its
most active and supportive regional
Also joining the media in the activity were Nueva Ecija Provincial
Governor Aurelio Umali, Congresswoman Cherry Umali, and Senator
“Suki na kami ng NGCP. We thank
God for them. Even the parents truly
appreciate the happiness they have
CL MEDIA AID... Page 6
CARING FOR THE ELDERLY. SM City Pampanga Asst. Mall Manager Liezl Carino (7th from left) with personnel from the Department of Social Welfare
and Development, after the conduct of a seminar on caring for senior citizens held at the mall yesterday. --CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
PLDT maintains lead in mobile postpaid market
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) and Sun
Cellular (Sun), the wireless
units of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT),
continue to dominate the mobile postpaid segment with a
16 percent increase of subscriber base to over 2.8 million, or more than 387,000
net additional subscribers for
2014. This represents 55% of
the total Philippine mobile
The postpaid segment
also ended 2014 with P21.7B
in revenues—a 14-percent
or P2.6-B increase from the
previous year. Postpaid revenues now account for 21% of
total cellular revenues for the
PLDT wireless business.
“The gains posted by
Smart and Sun in 2014 are
attributed to PLDT’s integrated wireless network with
unparalleled capacity, reach
and resiliency, and premiumpacked device and content
offers,” said Charles A. Lim,
Executive Vice President and
Wireless Consumer Division
Head of Smart and Sun.
In 2014, Smart unveiled a
strong lineup of smartphone
offerings for all types of postpaid users, including flagship
devices such as the Samsung
Galaxy S5, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the Sony Xperia
Z1 and Z2, and the iPhone 6
and 6 Plus.
Smart also introduced
best-value postpaid plans
that came with powerpacked entry-level handsets,
data allowance, and access
to unlimited music streaming via Spinnr. On top of
this, postpaid subscribers
were also given access to
35 million songs on-the-go
through Smart’s exclusive
partnership with global music streaming service Deezer.
To further bolster its postpaid growth, Smart recently
introduced a revitalized
postpaid lineup with better
handset choices, bigger data
volume allowances, and even
FREE music streaming via
Deezer for two years. Starting at P999 a month, users
can choose from a range of
premium handsets that include the Sony Xperia M2
Aqua, the Samsung Galaxy
A5, and the Sony Xperia Z3.
These new postpaid plans
come with bigger volume
data allocations for their mobile Internet needs and music streaming on the go with
FREE Deezer Premium+ for
To empower more Filipinos with the latest technology, Sun offered its postpaid subscribers wearable
devices through affordable
and value-packed packages.
Through the Sun Plan 499 or
Plan 649, Sun Postpaid subscribers are able to get their
hands on wearable devices,
PLDT MAINTAINS... Page 6
Notice is hereby given that the Intestate Estate of Spouses ADORABLE L. DELFIN and
RITA S. FELICIANO was Extrajudicially settled
among heirs as per Doc. No. 204, Page No.
42, Book XLIV, Series of 2015 of Notary Public
Pepito A. Sanchez, Province of Pampanga.
HGL: March 4, 11 & 18, 2015
NOTICE OF EXTRAJUDICIAL
Notice is hereby given that the estate of the late
EDUARDO P. FERNANDEZ, consisting of a real
property described as follows: TCT No. C-T-4002,
Lot No. 1217-E,CLOA No. 00641430 Lot area
(28,985 sq.m.), situated in Del Pilar, Castillejos,
Zambales “has been the subject of AFFIDAVIT
OF SELF-ADJUDICATION, among their heirs as
per Doc. No. 31, Page No. 7; Book No. 64; Series
of 2014 in the Notarial Register of CONDRADO T.
DANAN, Notary Public.
(Headline Gitnang Luzon: March 11, 18 & 25)
Headline Gitnang Luzon • MARCH 11, 2015
THE environment will always have a special place in
the heart of Gov. Lilia Pineda,
the reason why she is also campaigning for a waste-free Pampanga.
In line with this, she made
a pronouncement that the My
Lubao Central MRF – which
showcases projects such as
production of organic fertilizers, recyclable materials, micro-organism, organic farming
and bamboo furniture production – be made as a model material recovery facility in the
launched when Vice Gov. Dennis Pineda was still mayor of
the town, has already produced 47.07 tons of holcimable
materials from January to this
Now, under the leadership
of Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab, the town has NO illegal
dumpsites to speak of, and all
waste materials collected are
being delivered on a daily basis at the Central MRF.
However, the Governor said
she is only “partly happy”
with the town’s waste disposal methods as she can still see
garbage on the road. She will
be 100 percent happy, she said,
if every Kapampangan should
work together to achieve zero
waste in Pampanga.
She said everyone should
fully and actively participate
in the campaign for zero waste.
This, she added, will be her
legacy to her kabalens.
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Easing the pain of cancer patients
N 1993 my first wife, Fe, was
diagnosed with ovarian cancer
at the National Kidney Institute
and Transplant. It was a mere openclose operation that then NKIT Executive Director and later Health
Secretary Dr. Enrique Ona could
perform. The cancerous mass has
enveloped much of her kidney and
removing it would
just be fatal. What
followed was a series
sessions under the
high-tech linear accelerator in the hope
that the cancerous
mass would regress.
It wouldn’t and we
decided not to try
the next option, the
involving the inser- Leny Manalo
tion of radioactive
material into the
After the above was a long pilgrimage to healing masses and special prayers. But the Lord had other
plans for Fe and her final journey
to her peace was assisted by pain
management using strong pain
killers. At that time one capsule
of a brand personally delivered by
pharmaceutical agents cost about
P600. Morphine was much cheaper
but difficult to acquire. Only a few
accredited doctors could issue the
required yellow prescription and
only a few hospitals were authorized to stock and sell morphine.
I just read that Senator Miriam
Defensor Santiago has sought for
a congressional inquiry on the reported lack of access of cancerstricken Filipinos to strong pain
killers. Herself a cancer patient,
Santiago urged the Senate to find
ways to help relieve the excruciating pain suffered by Filipinos battling cancer through Senate Resolution No. 1215, which seeks probe
on reports that some 45,000 Filipinos die annually without access to
Citing data from the
Philippine Cancer Society
(PCS) and the Association of
Southeast Asian Pain Socie-
lic Act No. 9165 or the Dangerous
Drugs Law to allow the seriously
ill, especially cancer patients, with
easier access to pain medication.
“Congress must ensure that cancer
patients have access to means of
easing their pain, and are not prevented from such relief by outdated
laws, government neglect, or sheer
ignorance,” said Santiago, adding
the Senate inquiry should identify
the best way to address the health
issue, which she said undermines
“Sorry, but I could not really resist making another
comparison. If what ails society, like corruption, is
cancerous, are we not just entertaining palliatives
on the way to perdition? Will we get bold enough
to risk life in order to save life itself?”
ties (ASEAPS), Santiago said
every year, 98,200 Filipinos
are diagnosed with cancer and
59,000 of these patients die and
that 75 percent of those who die
first have to endure unimaginable
pain. The senator said both groups
blamed the painful deaths to low
access to strong painkillers, such
as morphine. The groups said that
the country’s consumption was
at 0.6 milligrams (mg) per capita,
way below the global average of 6.11
mg per capita. They added that the
factors limiting the distribution of
pain medication in the Philippines
include insufficient public knowledge, lack of support from the medical community, and the refusal of
patients to receive treatment despite their needs.
Both PCS and ASEAPS have
urged Congress to amend Repub-
Filipinos’ rights to a dignified death.
While cancer does not distinguish between social classes, ages
and genders, the survival rate
among poor patients is expectedly
much higher. Cancer treatment
protocols cost a fortune and dying
painlessly could still be very prohibitive. How can a community of
man that cannot comfort the poor
even in dying can face God as a
community of believers?
Sorry, but I could not really resist making another comparison.
If what ails society, like corruption,
is cancerous, are we not just entertaining palliatives on the way to
perdition? Will we get bold enough
to risk life in order to save life itself? Battling cancer involves sacrifice. Are we willing to make that
sacrifice for the community and
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AGO ka isang ate, bago ka
isang asawa, bago ka isang
ina, o kapitbahay, at iba
pang “ikaw” bilang isang tao, huwag mo sanang kalilimutan na
BABAE ka muna bago ang lahat
ng mga “ikaw” na ‘yan. BABAE
KA... BAYANI KA! BAYANI KA
DAHIL BABAE KA. Ang mga KABABAIHAN ay ang makabagong
pamantayan ng KABAYANIHAN
mga gawain/gampanin ng samahang ito ng mga kababaihan sa 16
na lungsod at isang munisipalidad
sa National Capital Region bilang
pakikiisa sa pagdiriwang ng National Women’s Month. Ang Progressive Ladies League of the Philippines, Inc. ay binuo ng alkalde ng
Taguig City na si Mayor Laarni L.
Cayetano na may layuning palakasin at paunlarin, at pag-ibayuhin
ang buhay ng mga kababaihan, lalo
na yaong mga “marginalized” na
mga kababaihan, sa ating lipunan,
sa pamamagitan ng mga gawaing
We can never downplay the role,
the contribution of
women in our society.
Their greatness and
the confines of their
homes. Women build
bridges. They bridge
the gap between the
mind and the heart.
They put soul and
spirit in the process
of social transformation. It is the gifts that the Light
women can offer that ABEL SOTO
will strengthen even
more the power of the
many social values that the world so information),
badly need today, like loyalty, dignity, (livelihood), at pangkalusugan
hope, honesty, fidelity, and love… a (health). Ito ang “threefold mislove empowered by genuine sacrifice sion” ng PLLPI na inaasahan kong
for the good the many.
makarating at makapagbuo rin ng
kaniyang sangay sa iba’t ibang mga
lalawigan ng ating bansa, nang sa
Naimbitahan ako ng Progres- gayon ay mas lalo pang mapalakas
sive Ladies League of the Philip- ang mga kababaihan sa ating lipupines Inc. na maging tagapagsalita nan.
nila tungkol sa Women Empower•••
ment at tungkol din sa Violence
Noong nakaraang Marso 8
Against Women and their Children
(VAWC) sa lahat ng araw ng Hu- ay ipinagdiwang ang National
webes, Biyernes, at Sabado nitong Women’s Day at ang International
buwan ng Marso na gaganapin sa Women’s Day. Ang paksang-diwa
iba’t ibang lungsod ng National ng pagdiriwang ng International
Capital Region kung saan may mga Women’s Day para sa taong ito ay
libo-libong miyembro na ang PLL- “Make It Happen!” (Pangyarihin
PI simula pa noong 2009. Isa ito sa Mo!).
Sana nga ay mapangyari ng
mga kababaihan ang kanilang mga
pangarap at mga adhikain sa buhay. Sana ay mas lalo pang maging masigla at pakikilahok ng mga
kababaihan sa iba’t ibang gawaingpanlipunan na may tahasang kinalaman sa kanilang mga karapatan, kapakinabangan, at kalakasan
bilang mga kababaihan na mga
taga-kanlong ng buhay.
Sana ay mas payabungin pa ng
mga kababaihan ang kanilang mga
kaalaman tungkol sa iba’t ibang
mga bagay na nakaka-apekto sa
kanilang mga buhay bilang mga
“Ang kaalaman sa kanilang mga karapatan at
mga kapakinabangan bilang mga babae ay
ang pangunahing kasangkapan nila upang
mabawasan, kung hindi man tuluyan nang
matigil, ang iba’t ibang karahasan, pangaabuso, at pang-aapi sa kanila at sa kanilang
mga anak ng iba’t ibang mga puwersa at mga
indibiduwal sa ating lipunan.”
babae, bilang mga ina, bilang mga
asawa. Ang kaalaman sa kanilang
mga karapatan at mga kapakinabangan bilang mga babae ay ang
pangunahing kasangkapan nila
upang mabawasan, kung hindi
man tuluyan nang matigil, ang
iba’t ibang karahasan, pang-aabuso, at pang-aapi sa kanila at sa
kanilang mga anak ng iba’t ibang
mga puwersa at mga indibiduwal
sa ating lipunan.
Sana ay mas lalo pang kilalanin
at palakasin ng iba’t ibang sector
ng ating lipunan ang kabayanihan
at kadakilaan ng mga kababaihan!
Sa paraang ito lamang nagiging
mas mabunga at mas malakas ang
puwersa ng demokrasya sa isang
maunlad na bayan.•
OCINO, longganiza, balo-balo,
tagilo ay ilan lamang sa maraming halimbawa ng pagkaing gawa
o may kinalaman ang pagpapabulok o
pagbuburo ng pagkain. Ang mga ito ay
kabilang sa listahan ng mga pagkaing
may maka-sinaunang pamamaraan
ng pag-iimbak ng pagkain.
nakikilala sa larangan ng sining na
Maraming reseta o pagkaing Kapampangan ay binuru o ginagamitan
ng buru. Kung ang taguilao o tagilo
ngayon na tinatawg ding
burung asan ay ginagamitan ng asin, kanin
at isda, ang balo-balo (o
balao-balao noong una)
naman ay asin, kanin
at hipon. Ang burung
babi naman ay may
maraming bersyon, isa
na rito ay ang matamis
na tocino, at longganiza.
May burong talangka
na ang sangkap naman
Magbalawe ay sa tagilo maliban sa
ang ginamit ay maliliit
na talangka imbes na
naman tama ang pagkaka-asin ito ay isda, katulad din ng iba pang burung
tinatawag na malantong. Sa isang ban- may asin at kanin tulad ng burung itu
da ito ay naihahambing sa tradisyong (hito), burung likawuk at marami pa.
pagdadaing na parehong kalimitan ay ang burung talangka sa Kapampanginagamitan ng asin at ang pinakapag- gan ay iba sa karaniwang tinatawag
kakaiba ay ang pagpapatuyo sa ilalim na ‘taba ng talangka’ na tinatawag nang araw kung ito ay dinaing o pagtata- mang aligi sa Kapampangan.
Sa mga gulay naman ay kasama
go nito sa mga lalagyang halos selyado
ang burung mustasa. Habang sa mga
ang pagkakatakip kung ito ay binuro.
Ang buru ay isa sa mga panguna- ginagawang sawsawan ay nandyan
hing kapamaraanan ng kung paano ang burung kamyas, burung santol,
naghahanda at nag-iimbak ng pagkain burung mangga at marami pa na ang
ang mga Kapampangan. Lalu pa at gamit ay ang mga karaniwang bubot at
ang grupong ito ng mga Pilipino ang
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halimbawa ng mga sangkap, at mga
gawi at pag-uugali ng paghahanda nito.
Halimbawa rito ay ang tumutukoy sa
pagpepreserba ng isda gamit ang asin
na kung hindi masyadong maalat ito
ay tinatawag na taguilao.
Buru naman kung ito ay may
maraming asin at kung hindi
“Ang buru ay isa sa mga pangunahing
kapamaraanan ng kung paano naghahanda at nag-iimbak ng pagkain ang mga
Kapampangan. Lalu pa at ang grupong
ito ng mga Pilipino ang nakikilala sa larangan ng sining na kaluto.”
Ang buru ay isang salitang Kapampangan na kamag-anak ng salitang
buro ng ibat-ibang grupong etnolingwistiko ng Pilipinas. Ito may ibat-ibang
uri at proseso na may historikal at maka-tradisyunal na kinakapitan.
Ayon kay Fray Diego Bergaño,
isang paring Español na naging iskolar
ng wikang Kapampangan, maraming halimbawa ng mga bokabularyo
sa Kapampangan ang nagbibigay pakahulugan sa tradisyong buru. May
mga halimbawa ng preparasyon, may
halimbawa ng mga produkto, at may
Neng Capa M. Pangan
Ing bie pamag-Saudi
Munag-munag pamu mibablas ney Minyang
Uling ining Bino maranun yang datang,
King panuli niting Saudi menibatan
Kaibat na ning aduang banwa neng panayan.
Minabut murin king alus adwang oras
Bayu digpa NAIA miglanding king tarmac
Itang eroplanung PAL a peka-first class
A sekyan nang Bino menibatan Riyadh.
At uling y Minyang masyadu yang gagad,
Kalual na ning Bino king bakud a rehas,
Mig-ala Darna neng karin migpaparak,
Trumpeta ya wari keng katni gulisak!
Agad neng kinaul, penaplit inuma
Iting asawa nang maluat mu ring ala,
A keta lalu nang kesabikan bina,
Keng pamangulila nang makaba-kaba.
Natural mu kasi karing bayung datang
Itang malambis la king asawang disan,
Pero ining Bino antiamong pitimban
Sagin keng karimla na kaul kang Minyang.
Inisip na namu rugu ning babai
Ing mepagal yamu y Bino keng biahi
Nung inya e ne man pin sipingan niti
At kebabalaus nang metudtud pati.
E nabatang Minyang kabukasan abak
Ing keyang kaplas lub kang Bino na biklat;
Nung baket at nanukilub ning kabukas,
E ne lepitan man king karelang papag.
Darling nganing Bino, ing sadya kung bisyu
Maluat ku nang leko keng pamag-Saudi ku;
Uling karin paladati ka mang loku,
Keng sobra kaigpit akwa mung magbayu.
Pero nganang Minyang, ing pagmulalan ku,
Ike tana ketang ing alak leko mu
Uling bawal karin magkang kasukul mu,
Pati naman wari aliwa mung bisyu?
Ing kekang daralang alak pemye mu ngan
At king Marlboro mu ala kang tinagan.
Darling nganing Bino leko ku na naman
Ing sadya kung bisyu a keti ku likwan.
Oyning darala mu a mialiwang lamak
Kenu mu ipamye karing kamaganak?
Kaku ngan wari ing dakal a pang-makeup
A makadatuk keng kekang travelling bag?
Ay! e ta pamye yan agya pang katambak,
Ala kang dirinan pelalung kapatad;
E wari sabi ku, migbayu kung ganap?
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Headline Gitnang Luzon • MARCH 11, 2015
PcsO LOTTO RESULTS
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ombudsman dismisses... from Page 2
2.25 percent yearly compared
to the 1.35 percent of the former.
He said that the resolution did not take into account
various Commission on Audit
(CoA) and Bangko Sentral ng
Pilipinas (BSP) circulars and
regulations, particularly CoA
Circular No. 79-114 which lists
the banks that may be authorized to accept government
deposits and funds: LBP, Philippine National Bank, the Development Bank of the Philippines, the Philippine Amanah
Bank, and the Philippine Veterans Bank.
The respondents pointed
out that the UCPB is authorized
to accept deposits from government-owned and –controlled
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corporations (GOCCs) such as
PCSO by virtue of BSP Resolution No. 590 of 2008.
Other BSP and Monetary
Board rules, which superseded some of those that Morato
mentioned in his complaint,
allow GOCCs to deposit their
cash balances in such banks as
the Monetary Board may designate, among them UCPB.
Moreover, this decision of
the then-PCSO Board of Directors allowed the government to
earn more in the form of higher
interest, the earnings of which
are used to fund the agency’s
The Ombudsman said that
they “find no merit in the allegation of corrupt practices imputed against the respondents,”
and that there is also “no evidence to show” that the respondents “personally benefited”
from the transaction, caused
any party undue injury,” “gave
any private party unwarranted
benefits, advantage, or preference,”
Neither did the respondents
enter into a “contract manifestly
and grossly disadvantageous to
the government,” nor were there
bad faith nor negligence on their
part, said the Ombudsman.
Rojas said, “We assure the
public that the PCSO Board of
Directors continually conducts
its affairs with probity and
transparency, and prudently
stewards its resources for the
benefit of the country’s needy
and disadvantaged.” •
excellence awards... from Page 2
meet the criteria below: class
rank 10%, general weighted
average of 1.75 or its equivalent grade 20%, extracurricular and other leadership
skills 20%, other awards received 10%, good character,
positive attitude (courtesy,
team player, etc.) and moral
values 20%, recommendation
of direct teacher/professor
and classmates or peers 10%,
economic status (indigent,
middle income, etc.) 10% for a
total of 100%.
This academic excellence
award falls within the memorandum of cooperation signed
by the CDC along with Commission on Higher Education
(CHED), Technical Education
and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Department of Education (DepEd).
An independent search and
awarding committee, which shall
be formed by the CDC External
Affairs Department (EAD), will
be in charge of the program. The
award shall take place by the last
week of March 2015.
Courses aligned with priority industries inside the Clark
Freeport Zones consist of industrial, tourism, hotel, restaurants and other service enterprises, call center, business
process outsourcing (BPOs),
business enterprises, hospital
and aviation and agro-industry.
The award equally aims
for a sustainable growth that
would meet its target of generating and filling-up 100,000
jobs in Clark Freeport Zone. •
gov enjoins... from Page 3
San Luis- 4,873,117.40; San Simon 13,122,545.20; Sta. Ana - 8,105,233.30;
Sta. Rita - 5,916,363.20; Sto. Tomas 8,804,259.40; and Sasmuan - 7,693,576.80.
Dizon added the goal of the provincial assessor is to encode all information in the database of Integrated Taxation Management
It can be noted that the RPT collection
had been improved since the iTax was implemented.
Proceeds of the RPT collection go to the
province (35%), municipality (40) and barangay (25%).•
the community, SM Cares and
SM Supermalls have an ongoing program which started
two years ago that promotes
productive use of the skills and
abilities of the senior citizens.
The “Senior Citizen Community Service Program”
offers casual and part-time
work assignment commensurate to the capabilities of
our senior citizens. Through
this program, SM hopes to
strengthen the organization’s
efforts in upholding responsibility.•
paign is simultaneously
cascaded to the community
which hosts the Cabanatuan-Bongabon-Baler 69-kVLine.
NGCP is a privately owned
corporation in charge of operating, maintaining, and de-
veloping the country’s power
grid. It transmits high-voltage
“power superhighways” that
include the interconnected
system of transmission lines,
towers, substations, and related assets. •
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given to our pupils,” says
School Principal Frederick G.
Fernando. Last year, Camp
Martyr also benefited from
a similar project of NGCP
dubbed as “Balik Eskwela.”
Transmission line safety
and anti-pilferage cam-
which also come with a smartphone,
plus unlimited Sun calls and texts,
texts to other networks, mobile surfing and unlimited music streaming
Another strong entry Plan is the
Plan 450 where subscribers can take
home a Sun Bundle composed of a
handset and a tablet. This bundle is
useful for subscribers who prefer to
have a bigger screen while surfing,
reading books, or emailing, ensuring
that the tablet will make the Internet
experience more enjoyable.
Sun Postpaid also offered useful,
relevant add-ons such as the Value
MIX which allowed subscribers to
beef up their plans by creating their
own bundles for just an additional
P99 a month. Meanwhile, the Trinet
add-on allows Sun subscribers to call
and text Smart and Talk ‘N Text subscribers, also for as low as P99.
In support of its expanded folio
of device and services, Sun Cellular
also increased retail presence during the year with the launch of the
Sun Shop on Wheels – a new retail
channel designed to provide the
same in-store services as the regular
Sun Shops. Rolled out at key cities of
Metro Manila and selected provincial areas, the Sun Shop on Wheels
is designed to meet daily customer
transactions in areas where there is
limited access to Sun retail outlets.
To complement the device and
plan offers introduced in 2014,
Smart and Sun unveiled digital content services which changed the way
Filipino mobile users live and communicate.
These digital content offers include access to unlimited music
streaming via the Smart-developed
music app, Spinnr; digital downloads of Summit Publishing titles via
e-bookstore, Buqo; video streaming
via Viewstream and Blink; online
gaming e-Pins via GameX, among
others. Smart subscribers also enjoyed millions of apps on Google
Play Store and Apple iTunes, which
can now be charged to their monthly
Lim said that the companies will
continue to build on the gains attained during the previous year.
“The year 2014 presented us with
opportunities to shape the mobile
lifestyles of Filipinos. By introducing our subscribers to an ‘alwayson’ mobile data experience, and by
giving them more ways to access information and content, we are able
to build habit and spur usage among
our subscribers, and to translate
this to sustained revenue streams
for the postpaid businesses of Smart
and Sun.” •
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Vitug, a full scholar at FEU, is the
daughter of Allan Vitug and Edna Vitug,
executive assistant of Pampanga Gov.
Lilia Pineda. Her older sister, Darlene
Hazel Vitug graduated Magna Cum
Laude (BS Internal Auditing Batch 2013)
at FEU. Vitug is set to graduate this year.
The FEU sent 15 students for the
UFTS Cup 2015, which is part of the
9th Tourism Congress Skills Olym-
pics. Vitug was only one who advanced to the finals.
FEU-Manila joined the UFTS
2015 and its theme is “One world,
One Nation, One Billion Opportunities.”
FEU participated in the following
catergories: Tour Guiding Domestic,
Tour Guiding Asia, Tour Packaging
International, Tour Packaging Domestic, and Quiz Bee.•
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sm pampanga... from Page 3
SM Supermalls will always
nurture the consciousness
that senior mall goers must be
attended to properly.
Furthermore, as part of
SM’s goal to empower and extend sustainable assistance to
the senior citizen members of
AS OF march 09, 2015
Guiao, who himself
composed the petition paper to CAB,
said the petition is
being done in the interest of the public
amid safety concerns
brought about by the
prevailing air traffic
congestion that causes
delay either in landing
or take off of domestic and international
flights which is being
experienced by many.
“We are just promoting the safety and convenience of the airline
passengers at NAIA,”
the solon stressed.
Guiao furthered that
based on various public
hearings, NAIA has
reached its full capacity and any additional
accommodation during its peak operating
period will only further
narrow the window for
which is a safety issue
for the airline passengers.
“The petition is
also borne of our
common desire to enhance the safety and
convenience of those
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who utilize NAIA,
contribute to the decongestion of Metro
Manila, at the same
time enhance the
economic growth of
other areas outside
the metropolis,” the
petition paper added.
“We trust that the
Board, in its exercise
of its authority and
mandate will consider
and will inform the
signatories of any application for additional landing flights,” it
MARCH 11, 2015 • Headline Gitnang Luzon
my lubao mrf... from Page 1
This was made clear by the Governor as she visited the said MRF yesterday together with Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab, who showcased their
projects such as production of organic
fertilizers, recyclable materials, microorganism, organic farming and bamboo furniture production.
The governor lauded the workers here for their efforts in helping the My Lubao Central MRF to
become a model of all material recovery facilities in the province.
Established in 2010 during the time
of former Mayor now Vice Governor
Dennis Pineda, the My Lubao Central
MRF has already produced 47.07 tons
of holcimable materials from January
to this date alone.
However, in the same period, at
least 212.82 tons of garbage were delivered to Metro Clark Sanitary Landfill
and the municipal government spent a
minimum of P360 per cubic meter bin
of garbage or a total of P11,525 per 32
cubic meter bin.
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According to Engr. Dan Aquino,
designated solid waste management
officer here, the My Lubao Central
MRF is being manned by at least 16
Now, he said, the entire town has no
illegal dumpsites and all waste materials are being collected and delivered on
a daily basis at the said Central MRF.
The governor also said she is “partly
happy” with My Lubao Central MRF,
for its waste disposal, proper composting and their compliance to RA 9003
as she believes that this could produce
more good results if it could maximize
its full potentials.
“I am happy but not 100 percent as I
am still seeing garbage on the road. We
must act together to achieve zero waste
not only in Lubao but in the entire
Pampanga and I want that as a legacy,”
The governor pointed out that
“there are still more things and more
projects and programs that should be
implemented to fully manage solid
waste not only in Lubao but in the entire province.”
The governor urged the municipal
government here to take all the necessary efforts needed in turning Lubao
into the cleanest town in the province
and achieve zero waste management.
He urged all sectors to fully and actively participate in the campaign for
“Let us involve everybody, every entity, as everyone is producing garbage
every day,” the governor reiterated.
The governor vowed to continue
full support to the municipalities
and cities which are most compliant
on solid waste management through
the provision of additional dump
trucks, baling machines, shredders
and among other equipment needed
for the operation and management of
solid waste, suggesting that that there
should be a cluster materials recovery
facility (MRF) in every town to save
energy and gasoline in collecting the
the United States and Canada with
its Central 911. Central 911 responds
to all kinds of emergencies; medical,
fire, police assistance, natural and
man made disasters. Its services are
absolutely for free and totally subsidized by the city government.
The Davao City Disaster Coordinating Council has been cited as the
best-prepared disaster coordinating
council in the country.
Mayor Duterte ordered all shopping malls and commercial centers
to install, operate and maintain high
end and high definition closed circuit
television (CCTV) cameras in all entrance and exit points of their premises.
The city government has a Public Safety and Security Command
Center that monitors through CCTV
cameras the day-to-day activity of
the city and its people.
building structures such as the millennial houses in yellow, blue and
All over the place, piped-in centralized music is played, 24 hours a
They had breakfast at the very
conducive function hall where they
were served with delicious food.
After which, they were escorted
by Pastor Quiboloy in going around
the prayer center to experience, see
and smell the variety of flowers and
plants of different colors; 60 percent
of which were imported from around
According to volunteers, seven
trucks of water are consumed everyday in maintaining its landscapes
and gardens. The gardeners take time
to soap leaves of pest-prone plants individually.
Personnel in-charge manage each
10 square meter of the sprawling
The building plans of pastoral
houses of the congregation, the details
of the furniture, the landscaping and
design of every nook and cranny were
the brainchild of Pastor Quiboloy.
People, prominent and ordinary
have visited this so-called paradise
on earth. They all have expressed
synonymous quips - all praises and
commendations because of the
Prayer Mountain’s beautiful clean
and green scenery.
Before the Pampanga delegation
bid goodbye to Prayer Mountain, they
were able to buy some souvenirs and
pasalubong at Quiboloy’s trade center.
davao city... from Page 8
among the lowest in the country.
This has earned for Davao City the
distinction as the Most Peaceful City
in the East and Southeast Asia for a
number of years already.
Everyone obeys and no one in the
city is above the law.
The city is also the first in the
country to have an adaptive traffic
signalization system and has a stateof-the-art traffic system similar to
the system used in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Dabawenyos has City Ordinance
0430-02, otherwise known as the
Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance of Davao City, the first antismoking ordinance in the Philippines.
The ordinance makes it unlawful
for any person to smoke or to allow
smoking in public utility vehicles, accommodation establishments, public
buildings, enclosed public places or
in any enclosed area outside of one’s
private residence within the jurisdiction of Davao City.
Mayor Duterte created a task force
by virtue of Executive Order 25 who
runs after not only smokers, but also
proprietors, managers or establishment owners who allow smoking in
their areas in utter disregard of the
No matter whom you are, when
caught violating the ordinance, you
will be fined P300 to P1,000 and face
imprisonment of not more that four
Primarily, the intention is to protect the public from the hazards of
ADDRESSING GLOBAL WARMING
They are also creating the necessary mechanism to address the issue
of global warming in the city through
the implementation of Anti-Smoke
Belching Ordinance, among other
The city government also prohibits selling, serving, drinking and consumption of liquor and alcoholic beverages from 1:00 am until 8:00 am.
The mayor has also signed Executive Order no. 39, setting 30 KPH
speed limits for all kinds of motor vehicles within the territorial jurisdiction of Davao City in the interest of
public safety and order.
PREPARED TO RESPOND
Davao City is the only Asian city
that has an integrated emergency
response system similar to that of
SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT
Davao City takes advantage of
environmental laws, which ensure
proper collection, and disposal of
garbage. The city is known for its
well- disciplined residents plus a localized version of Ecological Solid
Waste Management Act, which is
now being implemented. A huge
sanitary landfill in place, regular and
systematic collection of garbage from
fixed points, and proper segregation
have maintained cleanliness in the
surroundings. The sanitary landfill is
given P300-million minimum funds
for its maintenance aside from the
purchase of vehicles and equipment
amounting to P600 million.
The city environment and natural resource office collectively acts
and assumes responsibility to attain
sound ecological solid waste management.
TRIP TO MOUNTAIN
OF PRAYER AND GLORY
After the whole-day benchmarking activities, the delegation had fine
dining at Jose Maria College of the
Kingdom of Jesus Christ (KJC) administered by Pastor Apollo Carreon
Quiboloy. The gracious volunteers of
KJC served them with delicious and
The next day, escorted by green
security force of the city government, they went to Tamayong Prayer
Mountain also called as “the Garden
of Eden Restored”. It is a breathtaking place in an unknown spot at the
foothills of Mount Apo in Tamayong,
Calinan, Davao City.
It has an altitude of 10,311 feet
above sea level with an area of 8 hectares. Inside the Prayer Mountain are
Then, Pastor Quiboloy escorted
the delegation to another slope of Mt.
Apo at the so-called Glory Mountain,
a stone’s throw away from the Prayer
In the 25-hectare Glory Mountain,
they found the biggest concentration
of pine trees in the country.
According to the pastor, the Glory
Mountain has more than 50,000
pine trees planted in an area at the
foot of Mt. Apo - the country’s highest mountain.
An average pine tree reportedly
absorbs 10 kilos of carbon dioxide
and releases pure oxygen each year.
Pine trees also reportedly serves
as air conditioner or air purifier, as
each tree could reduce as much as
7,000 dust particles in each liter of air.
The Pampanga delegation is hoping that this won’t be the first and the
last benchmarking trip, because visiting Davao City, according to them,
was really a breathtaking experience!•
maasim na bungang kahoy na namamanahon. Ito ay ibinababad sa tubig na may asin.
May mga ulam naman na ginagamitan ng kapamaraanang pagbuburo, kasama na rito ang tradisyunal na
umba (o humba) na parang adobo ang dating ngunit ang
karne dito ay pinabubulok muna ng ilang panahon bago
lutuin. Ang itlog-na-maalat o itlog-na-pula ay tinatawag
namang ebun buru habang ang bagoong at patis na galing
sa maliliit na hipon at alamang at katas ng isda ang siyang
tinatawag na baguk at kesyap.
Tunay na ang buru ay lumarawan sa isang malikhaing
kapamaraan ng mga Pilipino. At katulad ng mga nakagawian na ng mga Kapampangan, ito ay nakapagbibigay
ng mas mainam at mas masarap na paraan at uri ng kung
paano lutuin o imbakin ang yamang pagkain ng mga Pilipino.•
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among foreign visitors at 12.5% (or 390,431) of the total
arrivals while travellers of American descent came in
2nd at 3.08% (or 95,737); Koreans at 3rd slot with 1.8%
(55,692); and Singaporeans at 1.00% (or 31,200).
Average occupancy rate for accommodation establishments in the region stood at 62% while length of stay
for travellers stood at 22 nights with over 1.2 available
rooms during the year.
Meanwhile, at the Clark International Airport, total
air arrivals stood at 384,221 in 2014 based on Bureau of
Immigration arrival cards of air passengers from various destinations. Of the total arrivals, 61% or 236,162 are
of Filipino nationality while Koreans represented 14.7%
or 56,591; USA residents at .061% or 23,691.
Tiotuico attributed the unprecedented increase in
visitor arrivals in the region in 2014 to the significant developments in Clark and Subic - two of the most favored
destinations, among other places of interest. Among the
events that triggered movement of people include the
conduct of M.I.C.E. convention in June of last year which
propelled the region to higher ground as the convention
capital in the North Philippines if not the entire country.
As a result, the regional office will come up with an audio-visual production or documentary on the potential
of the region as such. Also, paving the way for the development of the region as a major destination is the province of Aurora with its annual surfing event in February
of every year. The event never ceases to attract foreign
and local aqua sports enthusiasts.
Moreso, the recent infrastructure improvement at the
Clark terminal to a high of 4 million passenger capacity
paved the way for the recognition of the airport as one of
the most preferred gateways in the country.
The energized re-constitution of the Association of
Tourism Officers of Central Luzon (ATOCEL) played a
vital role in developing the region as a major destination
with the recent hosting of a number of major festivals
and events in most cities and municipalities – resulting
from the conduct of seminars on festival planning and
The participation of the region including its private
stakeholders and major players to major tourism and
travel expositions in Cebu and Davao including the ‘Tara
na sa Norte” in Makati City contributed in a significant
way to the increase in arrivals to the region. The longrunning expo introduced to the potential travellers in
Manila the myriad of major destinations of the region.
The same was initiated by the Manila North Tollways
Corporation (MNTC) in cooperation with the all the
chapter members of North Phils Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Association of Tourism Officers of
roxas wants... from Page 2
ing from the Police Community Precincts (PCPs), to the
stations, to the districts up to the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and solving them based on
Roxas instructed the Police Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) and the
Directorate for Operations (DO) to be on top of putting
the best practices together and compile them in an instruction manual including everything that the PNP
had done in terms of crime prevention and solution over
the last 37 weeks.
“We don’t want them [regions] to start from scratch.
We have learned so many lessons from June 16 to today. What we have learned here in the last eight and half
months can be cascaded in other parts of the country,”
Roxas said “Oplan Lambat-Sibat” have successfully
stabilized the robbery and theft incidents in Metro Manila including the carnapping of motorcycles and vehicles as reflected in the weekly crime report from June
2014 to present, thus giving the national police to deflect
its focus on murder and homicide.
He expressed concern that from an average of 25
murder-homicide incidents in January this year, the incident had grown to 37 towards the end of February to
VOLUME III • NO. 182 • MARCH 11, 2015 • WEDNESDAY
A breathtaking experience
TEXT & PHOTOS BY JOEL MAPILES
DAVAO CITY has captured the hearts of Pampanga executives led by Governor Lilia “Nanay” Pineda, Pampanga mayors, provincial board members
and department heads of the provincial government as they experienced
the city’s peace and serenity during their two-day stay in the city.
Truly, Davao City’s air is fresh. It is really clean and green. No wonder it is considered as one of the most livable cities in
Davao City, a fertile, typhoon-free region, is famous for its fresh produce and
fruits available all-year round like durian, banana, pomelo, mangosteen, lanzones and rambutan, making it the “Fruit
Basket of the Philippines.”
Davao City’s best asset is its people –
the Dabawenyos led by Mayor Rodrigo
Duterte who has the heart, determination, strong political will to implement
what is best for the city.
The people are so warm and hospitable. The staff and employees of the mayor
and the city tourism office are so accomodating, including the security personnel who were assigned to escort the Pampanga delegation during their short stay
in the city.
Inhabited by almost 1.4 million people
from different tribes, culture and faiths,
Davao City is abundant with amazing
spectacles and destinations as it is also
endowed with dazzling landscapes and
blessed with wealth in natural wonders.
The tourism officers helped the Kapampangan visitors tour the city to fulfill
their benchmarking mission – to see and
experience the best practices of its people
and make it as models when they come
back to Pampanga.
Governor Lilia Pineda with
Pastor Apollo Quiboloy.
Governor Lilia Pineda is amazed by the colorful flowers at
the Glory Mountain in Barangay Tamayong, Davao City.
Gov. Pineda witnesses the signing of a sisterhood pact between Davao City
Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.
DUTERTE’S STRONG POLITICAL
WILL, CAPACITY TO INSPIRE
The city’s strong, dynamic local government has been regarded as a model
for other cities in the country, making it a
According to Dabawenyos, Mayor
Duterte is much admired. He has the
strong political will in implementing
laws, policies and programs which will
redound to the benefit of the people,
whom he pledged to serve, which means
enormous progress to the city and for the
With this dictum that described him,
he has built up within him the capacity to
inspire people and be of model to other
Gov. Pineda shares a light moment with Mayor Duterte, Mayor Pamintuan and
Pastor Quiboloy .
Mayor Pamintuan hands over a
souvenir book to Mayor Duterte.
DAVAO IS BUSINESS-FRIENDLY
Davao City is a preferred destination
for trade, investment and leisure because
of its responsive local government, high
quality of life, dynamic economy, human
resource, infrastructure, and favorable
It is an urban center home to commercial, educational, recreational, eco-tourism, health and wellness institutions.
PEACE AND ORDER
The city government through the local police ensures the peace and security
of every law-abiding citizen, hence, even
with a population of less than 1.4 million and an urban density estimated at
2,400 persons per square meter kilometer, Davao City’s crime rate still remains
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Gov. Pineda poses with Mayor Duterte as she hands him a Pampanga lantern. With them are Pampanga mayors, board members and department heads.