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PRO3 cautions cops playing Pokemon Go

Camp Julian Olivas, Pampanga — The “augmented reality” online game for smart phones which became a phenomenon in the United States is now making police in Central Luzon worry about its hazards. Last Thursday, the Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) issued an advisory to all policemen in the region who are Pokemon Go players to keep on their feet and off dangerous places when navigating. The advisory asked policemen to be extra careful and to avoid playing the game in dimmed places. Police personnel in the region were also asked to put down their cell phones when driving or crossing the streets as playing while driving could pose hazard not only to the driver or passenger but as well to bystanders. Policemen players were also advised to stay alert of their surroundings and to …

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Rep. Arroyo planning travel to Europe

Lubao, Pampanga — Just barely a month since the High Court ruled to free her from her hospital detention, former president and Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is now preparing to travel abroad. Mrs. Arroyo made the disclosure during her visits to the Capitol and in other areas in Pampanga after her release from the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) last July 22 where she was detained for four years in connection with the alleged anomalous use of the confidential/intelligence funds transferred to the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) when she was president. Arroyo said she filed a petition before the Sandiganbayan 4th Division last August 9, seeking permission from the graft court to allow her to travel abroad and visit three countries in Europe and in Asia. The Sandiganbayan has a standing hold departure …

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No fish pen demolition until 2018 – DPWH-3

City of San Fernando, Pampanga — An official of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Region 3 assured yesterday there will be no demolition of alleged illegal fishponds until 2018 along the high water channel of Pampanga River in Macabebe town. Engineer Lita Manalo, DPWH project manager, said the reason was because an islet within Pampanga River known as Pulo is set for scraping. Currently, the islet blocks the flow of water going to the downstream of the Pampanga River going Manila Bay. Fishpond operators here are one of the major producers of prawn and crab in Central Luzon earning P40 million every four months. Manalo said some fishponds in Masantol town near the islet will be demolished to ease the water flow and avoid flood overflow during rainy season. The …

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2 COPs, 2 mayors’ aides sacked in CL

Camp Julian Olivas, Pampanga — The chiefs of police (COPs) of Mabalacat City and San Rafael, Bulacan have been sacked, along with several policemen tasked as security aides of Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales and Mayor Cipriano “Goto” Violago after their mayors were linked to the illegal drug trade. Relieved of their posts as of Monday were Chief Insp. Gil Domingo and Supt. Orlando Castel Jr, police chiefs of Mabalacat and San Rafael, Bulacan, respectively, announced Chief Supt. Aaron N. Aquino, Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) director. Aquino said Supt. Jhoanna Ponseca-Rosales replaced Domingo on an acting capacity, while Chief Insp. Manuel de Vera assumed as head of San Rafael Police Station. He said the relieved police chiefs will be reassigned to other provinces within the region, while the security officers of Morales and …

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New power shutdowns hit Luzon

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) annnounced Monday that Luzon was placed again on yellow alert due to low power reserve from generating plant. NGCP said the alert status was raised from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The available capacity is approximately 9,591 megawatts (MW) while the peak demand is at 9,073 MW. Operations in power plants such as Ilijan Block B, Quezon Power (Philippines, Limited Co., Pagbilao 2, Malaya 1, Sta Rita Module 2, South Luzon Therma Corp., Limay 2 and Angat 2 were shut down, the agency said. Moreover, power plants that have limited capacity are Malaya 2 (280 MW from 350 MW), Calaca 1 (155 MW from 200 MW) and Limay (300 MW from 540 MW). A week earlier, NGCP also placed Luzon grid on yellow alert due to …

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Pampanga asks Piñol to make irrigation free

City of San Fernando, Pampanga — The provincial government has sought the help of Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol to urge the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) to give free irrigation to farmers in Pampanga and to condone any debts they owe the agency. In a meeting with Piñol, Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda and Vice Governor Dennis Pineda presented him with Sangguniang Panlalawigan Resolution No. 4370 seeking the request from the NIA. The resolution “urges the National Irrigation Administration to waive the payment of irrigation service fees imposed against farmers in the province of Pampanga who are using the agency's irrigation facilities and to condone arrearages thereof.” These are the clamor of low income farmers in the province, the legislative board said. At least 87 farmers associations in the province asked the vice …

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Pampanga eyes Cuba’s healthcare system

LUBAO, Pampanga --The Pampanga provincial government is eyeing the adoption of Cuba’s healthcare system in the province. Governor Lilia Garcia-Pineda announced during the Orientation-Briefing on the Different Roles of Nanay Community Workers (NCWs) recently at Lubao Gymnasium attended by some 1,065 ‘nanay community workers’ from Guagua, Sta. Rita and Porac. The governor said the provincial government will focus on crafting pro-active health programs that will focus on preventing people from getting diseases rather than curing them. Former president and now Cong. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who was also present during the event, said the lady governor wants to pioneer the healthcare system in the province. “During the meeting of Pres. [Rodrigo] Duterte in Davao, he instructed his health secretary to replicate Cuba’s healthcare system in the country. Gov. Pineda told me that she wants to …

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Pampanga records spike in dengue cases

City of San Fernando, Pampanga — The number of dengue cases in Pampanga increased by 33 percent with at least five deaths reported, records from the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the Department of Health Regional Office 3 (DOH-R3) bared. The DOH-RESU data showed that the fatalities were reported in the municipalities of Lubao, Macabebe and Sta. Rita and the city of Mabalacat. Those infected by the vector-borne disease from January to July this year reached 1, 986, or 498  more than the 1, 488 recorded cases during the same period last year. The report also said there was a sharp increase of cases recorded per municipality. The municipality of Sta. Ana  had 60 reported cases compared to 18 cases last year with a percentage increase of 233.3 percent. It was followed by Mexico …

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Gov. Pineda assures subsidy for treatment of cancer patients

City of San Fernando, Pampanga — Individuals particularly children and seniors who have cancer will continue to benefit from the Provincial government's medical assistance after Governor Lilia Pineda renewed yesterday her promise  to shoulder all their medical expenses. The governor said the medical subsidy will cover treatments for cancer patients, including bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy. Pineda, who is now on her third term, said the provision of assistance has and always been part of the regular program of the Capitol, stressing the health of her constituents especially the less fortunate, is of paramount importance. Apart from the medical assistance, the governor also gave food and cash assistance to some 32 kids who are being treated from their cancer at Jose B. Lingad Memorial Hospital here. The kids, together with their parents and guardians, …

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Gov. Pineda, GMA to aid Pampanga drug victims

Lubao, Pampanga — Governor Lilia Pineda is happy that she can finally work again with former president now Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and their first order of business is how to assist drug dependents completely turn away from the drug menace. Pineda, a known ally and townmate of the former president, met with Arroyo last Saturday and discussed their plans of further developing the province. “It feels great,” Pineda said about getting to work again with Arroyo, who had just been acquitted of her plunder case. “The Kapampangans are happier because progress in the province will be intensified with her help,” the governor added. She said they discussed ways on how to address the drug menace in the province, particularly in their hometown, where around 2,500 drug users and pushers surrendered …

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