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Lions Clubs Serve 1,600 Angeleños in Joint Project

(Press release)

Continuing its annual celebration of Philippines-Australia Friendship Month every May, the Blacktown Ponds Lions Club Inc. of New South Wales, Australia and the Angeles City Clark Balibago Lions Club rendered the 2nd Philippines—Australia Joint Lions Mission in Barangay Cutud, Angeles City last May 22.

The full-service mission helped 1,600 indigents benefitting from various stations catering to urgent community needs. Services provided were Medical (doctor check-ups), Dental (tooth extractions), Optical (reading glass distribution), mass Circumcision, Diabetes blood sugar testing, and a Pharmacy (prescription and maintenance medicine dispensing). School supplies, clothes, and blankets were likewise distributed on—site; hearty snacks were also given out during the activity.

“We are proud to add another chapter in international cooperation between our clubs for a common goal — to serve our underprivileged and less-fortunate,” said Sol Flores Jr., President of co—lead Angeles City Clark Balibago LC.

Lions club members from Australia and the Philippines convened in the Northville 15 Integrated School to tender the service activity, joined by officials of Barangay Cutud headed by its Captain Joen June Ferraris and Principal Ariel Perez.

“We are overjoyed by the fruit of our continuing partnership here in Angeles City, as so many needy from the resettlement are benefitting,” said Rissa McInnes, incoming President of the co—lead Blacktown Ponds LC.

Volunteers for the project came from various government partners, foremost the Department of Health, City Government of Angeles, and the Sangguniang Barangay of Cutud, while ten Philippine Lions clubs from across the country also joined in the efforts. The affair was likewise made more fruitful with the help of partner organizations such as SOUL Group, Inc., Soroptimist International of Angeles City, and the Angeles City Medical Society.

The PHL-AUS Joint Lions Mission is a club-to-club initiative of the Blacktown Ponds Lions Club, Inc. and the Angeles City Clark Balibago Lions Club to jointly render high-impact community projects annually. It is a concerted effort to ensure serving remains efficient and coordinated. We Serve. For more information, visit the club page at http://fb.me/accblc


Construction of vital road development starts in Angeles City

By Froilan Magtoto (PNA)

ANGELES CITY -- The construction of the Abacan Highway (NLEX-SCTEX Connecting Road) that is seen to ease traffic situation in this city will commence soon.

City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, together with some local officials, led the groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday for the formal start of the construction of the vital road development here.

The PHP236-million NLEX-SCTEX Connecting Road will be constructed along the Abacan Riverbank to be funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Convergence Program under the 2019 Roads Leveraging Linkages of Industry and Trade (ROLL-IT) program

Pamintuan said the road development will be divided into three stages that include the construction of the connecting road from the Angeles-Magalang Bridge to the Abacan Loop and Balibago Area.

“The project is eyed to decongest the traffic situation at the Pandan-Pulung Maragul-Magalang Area as it will connect the East (Pulung Maragul) and West (Anunas-Friendship) portions of the city via Abacan Riverbank,” he said.

He said the highway will also feature promenades of modern design, biking and jogging lanes.

“Aside from identifying our river’s history, we are also recognizing its potential as a viable road network that will connect the east and west portions of the city,” he added.

SM City Clark joins Brigada Eskwela

(SMCK)

THE EMPLOYEES of SM City Clark volunteered their time off to advocate the Brigada Eskwela of DepEd to help a Public School in Angeles City. Together, the mall admin volunteers together with the agency personnel assisted the Alberto G. Pabalan Elementary School in refurbishing tarnished chairs & tables and repainting classroom walls. The team also donated dustpans, paints, trash cans made from scraps and empty cans.

The Mall Admin Team were welcomed by the hardworking & energetic Principal and Brigada Eskwela Coordinator of the aforementioned school, Mrs. Amy Sicat-Mendoza and Ms. Annabelle Dayrit.

Just like the previous years, SM employees and agencies participated and engaged in the school maintenance efforts to ensure the preparedness of public school facilities prior to the opening of classes. This activity is an annual volunteerism project of SM through the HR Department under the SM Cares program. Aside from SM City Clark, SM City Pampanga, SM San Fernando Downtown and SM City Telabastagan also joined this noble activity.

This program is a manifestation of SM’s commitment to nurture among their employees the spirit of volunteerism through community service.

Kapampangan 1st literacy app for school kids launched

By Froilan Magtoto (PNA)

ANGELES CITY -- The first-ever Kapampangan literacy mobile application was launched here on Monday in a bid to promote mother tongue-based learning to school children.

The launching of the mobile application named “Singsing” held at the city hall was spearheaded by the city government in partnership with Smart Communications as well as local culture and arts advocates.

The mobile application was created to serve as an interactive learning tool for pre-school children, as it features words, letters and numbers, all in Kapampangan.

The software was developed by the students of the City College of Angeles (CCA) and OrangeFix Media, while the content was provided by Sinupan Singsing: Center for Kapampangan Cultural Heritage.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said the project will help safeguard the city’s advocacy of promoting Kapampangan as the official language of the city alongside other official languages.

The application will also further the cause of Ordinance No. 424 of promoting the use of Kapampangan language, especially to young Angeleños and the generations to come.

Pamintuan attributed the project as another milestone for Angeleños whose love and unwavering dedication to promote Pampanga’s rich arts and culture have resulted in the shedding of its “Sin City” image.

“We have come to the age where heritage, culture, and the arts are of most importance to our people. We are now reaping all what we have sowed during the earlier years of my term and now, there is indeed a renaissance of culture and arts in our city,” he said.

“While we are enjoying the advantages of urbanization, we have been keen in protecting the soul of our city - its cultural heritage legacies,” the mayor said.

Culture and Heritage officer Joy Cruz said the application manifests the collaborative and unified efforts of the public and private sectors towards attaining this goal of the city.

"An app intended to teach pre-school children to speak, read, and count in Kapampangan," Cruz said.

Stephanie Orlino, senior manager and head of Education Programs of Smart Communication, said the app is part of their nationwide endeavor of promoting digital learning through the use of the Amanung Sisuan or the “mother-tongue”.

The ‘Singsing’ app can now be downloaded for android handsets via Google Play for free.

Smart Communications disclosed that additional features will be infused to the app in the future updates of the mobile application.

Young Angeleño inventors win big at international science fair

(SunStar Pampanga)

ANGELES CITY – AFTER delivering a vigorous performance at the international competition, the students of the Angeles City Science High School (ACSHS) earned an honorable mention from the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) for their research titled "Hibla."

The award was conferred to the students during the 2019 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held in Phoenix, Arizona last May 12-17.

The Philippine delegation, comprised of E'van Relle Matic Tongol, Neil David Cortez Cayanan and Shaira Castro Gozun, earned the fourth highest accolade, besting more than 1,840 research projects from over 84 participating countries from all across the globe.

Their entry “Hibla” focuses on the discovery of an alternative sound absorption material using natural fibers such as bamboo, abaca and water hyacinth.

During Mondays’ flag raising ceremony and courtesy call, Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan expressed his elation and pride to the members of the Philippine delegation and said that “Angeleños are truly world-class.”

"Your ingenuity and creative minds have brought another accolade for our beloved city. We at the local government are also celebrating your triumph as you successfully raised our flag in the international arena, and brought home another pride for the Filipinos to treasure," said Pamintuan.

The students comprising the delegation were also the winners in the 2019 National Science and Technology Fair (NSTF) held last February. They subsequently qualified to compete in the international science fair and have undergone comprehensive preparations and trainings.

Lolita Bautista, research adviser of the delegation, said some private individuals and companies in the United States of America have expressed their interest on the project dubbed as “a multi-trillion-dollar industry.”

However, the students stood firm on their belief that Filipinos should benefit first from their invention as they declined the offer.

In behalf of his teammates, E'van Relle Tongol attributed and shared their accomplishment to their parents, mentors, advisers and to the God Almighty for endowing them the knowledge, wisdom, and the will to participate and represent the country in the ISEF.

They also thanked Pamintuan for extending support to the contingents, which they said boosted their morale to bring home the pride for the Angeleños and for the Filipinos in general.

In a press statement after the awarding ceremony last May 16-17, in Arizona, ISEF officials acknowledged and recognized the innovative work of each and every finalist in the competition, saying “their works will help to advance key research areas and provide solutions to global challenges that are critical today. The work they are doing has the potential to make a better tomorrow for all of us.”

Meanwhile, negotiations between the ACSHS and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) are ongoing for the patent of the "intellectual property."

Pamintuan vowed his support to the students as he personally lobbies their inquiry to DOST to expedite the patenting process.

Also present during the courtesy call are Department of Education Angeles City Superintendent Leilani Cunanan, ACSHS Junior High School Principal Cazarina David, and Gemma Estrabillo, EPS1 in Science.

ADB: Malolos-Clark Railway plan to cut Manila-Clark travel time to 1 hour

By Ben O. de Vera (Reporter, Inquirer Business)

MANILA, Philippines — Travel time between Blumentritt in Manila and Clark International Airport in Pampanga would be slashed to less than one hour when the 53.1-kilometer Malolos-Clark Railway Project starts operation in 2022, thanks in part to a $2.75-billion loan to be extended by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The board of the Manila-based multilateral lender on Thursday approved its biggest loan for the Philippines to date to construct the Malolos-Clark Railway, which will be co-financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica).

The ADB loan will cover civil works such as bridges, stations and viaducts for the elevated railway alignment as well as the tunnel going to the underground station for Clark International Airport, ADB principal transport specialist for Southeast Asia Markus C. Roesner told a press conference.

Meanwhile, Jica’s counterpart financing worth $2 billion will be used to buy trains as well as put up electrical and mechanical systems, he added.

Roesner said bidding was already ongoing for six contracts covering elevated alignment, depot, and stations.

The Malolos-Clark Railway will have seven stations: Blumentritt, Calumpit, Apalit, San Fernando, Angeles, Clark, and Clark International Airport – all of which will be partially operational starting 2022 using a limited number of trains in order to cater to 350,000 commuters per day, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Assistant Secretary Goddes Hope O. Libiran said.

By the time it is ready for full operations, the rail system will serve one million passengers a day, Libiran added.

This railway project has two components, the main of which was the 51.2-kilometer section connecting Malolos City to Clark across six stations.

Malolos, in turn, will be connected to Tutuban in Manila by the ongoing Jica-financed rail system, which will also be connected to the Blumentritt Station of the Light Rail Transit-1 (LRT-1) by the second section of the Malolos-Clark Railway project.

Under the second phase will be the construction of 1.9-kilometer Solis-Blumentritt extension, where the elevated interchange station for LRT-1 will also be built.

“The rail stations will include multimodal facilities, allowing commuters to easily transfer from public buses and jeepneys to the trains. The underground station at the Clark International Airport will provide a short connection to upcoming and future airport terminals,” ADB said in a statement.

“The project will be built on an elevated alignment, helping reduce the impact on communities, avoid disruption of activities, and mitigate flood risks along the route. It will use innovative construction methods such as pre-fabricated viaduct segments, which limits the need for land acquisition and accelerates construction. High-quality construction methods will be used to achieve the maximum rail speed of up to 160 kilometer per hour,” it added.

According to Roesner, the train will cut travel time between Manila and Clark to just less than one hour from two to three hours by car or bus at present.

“Our co-financing partnership with Jica allows both our institutions to combine our expertise and knowledge in building a world-class railway in the Philippines,” Roesner said.

As a whole, ADB said this project “will help ease the current chronic road congestion in Metro Manila, reduce air pollution, cut the costs of transport and logistics, spur economic growth in central Luzon, and encourage a population shift from the capital to growth centers in the north, such as Clark in Pampanga.”

“The ADB’s partnership with the Philippines has always been strong, and it has become stronger in the last three years. The government’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ program is clearly steering the much-needed acceleration in infrastructure spending, from less than 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) a decade ago to 6.3 percent now, well on track to achieve the 7 percent target by 2022,” ADB president Takehiko Nakao said.

“One of the key flagship projects of the ‘Build, Build, Build” program is the Malolos-Clark railway. It will be the ADB’s single largest infrastructure project financing ever, and from a development perspective, we are pleased this investment is taking place in the ADB’s host country. The project, combined with other investments in light rail transit, metro rail transit, and subway systems, will bring back the culture of rail transport in Metro Manila,” Nakao added.

The “Build, Build, Build” pipeline included a total of 75 projects aimed at ushering in “the golden age of infrastructure.”

DOLE 3 holds orientation on Wages and benefits for Workers of Clark Pampanga

(DOLE RO3, Press release)

Clarkfield, Pampanga – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 3 through its Clark Satellite Office holds regular learning sessions on General Labor Standards (GLS) to workers of Clarkfield, Pampanga.

DOLE Clark conducted an orientation on wages and minimum benefits to employees of La Roise Noire Philippines Inc., a state- of- the- art manufacturing company situated at Clark Freeport Zone, with over 1,700 workers in a spacious 150,000 square foot area to be able to cater the demands of the market from over 40 countries.

Through the GLS orientation, companies keep their employees up-to-date of the recent developments in labor laws and likewise guarantees professional growth through the acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitude in line with the changes in the business system which corollary improve their productivity and efficiency as employees.

DOLE Clark Officer-in-Charge Jose Roberto Navata is constantly in coordination with the companies in the Freeport Zone through the Clark Development Council to be able to cascade the programs of the Department as well as to spread and communicate latest issuances on labor laws.

In a statement, DOLE Regional Director Ma. Zenaida Angara-Campita, stressed the Department’s goal in bringing awareness on labor laws and regulations. She furthered that DOLE incessantly adheres to its mandate of developing the human resources in Region 3 as it intends to reach out to the wage earners through familiarization on their rights and obligations to ensure that a more stable and harmonious working relationship is achieved with their respective employees.

Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan’ yields 56 farmer graduates in Angeles City

(Press release)

56 FARMERS including 4P’s from different Barangays in Angeles City and Mabalacat City completed the 12-week Training Program of SM Foundation’s Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan, which was administered by Harbest Agribusiness, SM Foundation’s project partner. A harvest festival preceded the graduation rites at Barangay Cutud, Villa Remedios in Angeles City. After the harvest, the farmers had an hour tour around SM Hypermarket to observe the operations and product presentation of fruits and vegetables in case they decided to be one SM’s suppliers.

Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan is a 12- step program that teaches farmers seed culture and propagation, irrigation and fertilizer application, effective backyard planting and smallscale farming techniques for fruits and vegetables with the cultivation of high yielding vegetables.

Present during the graduation ceremony were Eme Velasquez, Store Manager Hypermarket Clark, Ferdie Canlas, PSPO DSWD Region 3, Jham Pelagio, representative Dept. of Agriculture HVCDP Region 3, Eric Dagdag, Angeles City Agriculturist, and the first lady of Angeles City Mrs. Herminia Pamintuan.

Angeles City mayor-elect forms transition team

By REYNALDO G. NAVALES

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor-elect Carmelo Lazatin Jr. said he had formed a transition team to ensure a smooth transfer of power in the local government unit's leadership and administration.

Lazatin bared this during a media forum Tuesday, May 21, dubbed News @Hues hosted by the Pampanga Press Club and the Park Inn by Radisson Clark.

Lazatin said the team will be composed of former councilor Willie Rivera, businessman Frankie Villanueva, Malabanias Chairman Reynaldo Gueco, Dan Nacu, Dr. Froilan Canlas, Kercee Lazatin and others.

The incoming mayor said he is still waiting for the formal invitation of incumbent Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.

"Hindi pa po naguumpisa yung usapan, hinihintay pa po namin ang imbitasyon na mangagaling po sa ating alkalde (We have not yet started the talk. We are still waiting for incumbent Mayor Pamintuan's invitation)," Lazatin said.

He said his first order of business is to check the operations and services of the Ospital Ning Angeles.

He said his team received numerous complaints from the people of Angeles City during the campaign period.

"Aayusin po muna natin ang ating ospital para makita po natin kung gaano kasama. Iyan po ang unang unang reklamo ng ating mga kababayan dito sa Lungsod ng Angeles (We will check our hospital to see how bad the problem is. That's the first complaint we got from the people of Angeles)," Lazatin said.

Rural health units in the city will be activated, he added.

"Almost all of the six RHUs in the city are not operational and they have no medicines. So we will prioritize the rehabilitation of these health centers," Lazatin said.

CDC Brigada Eskwela 2019

(SunStar Pampanga)

CLARK Development Corporation (CDC) president and CEO Noel F. Manankil, with CDC Vice President for Administration and Finance Mariza Mandocdoc, CDC Assistant Vice President for Administration Zoraida Camello, CDC Assistant Vice President for External Affairs Department Rommel Narciso and CDC Corporate Services Division Manager Anna Gayle Barin led the CDC's Brigada Eskwela 2019 project where a total of 48 schools from various communities in Tarlac, Pampanga, Angeles City and Mabalacat City benefitted.

Meanwhile, members of the Aviation Security Unit (AVSEU) of Philippine National Police-Central Luzon, led by Colonel Diosdado Fabian, and AVSEU-Central Luzon Advisory Council also extended support in the activity.

Pampanga wins top spot in Gawad Kalasag award

By PRINCESS CLEA ARCELLAZ

THE province of Pampanga and two of its cities were declared winners of the 21st Regional Gawad Kalasag by the Central Luzon Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC-3).

Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Regional Director and RDRRMC 3 Chairperson Marlou L. Salazar announced that Pampanga finished first place in the Local DRRMC category provincial level, while Angeles City bagged the top prize in the Highly-Urbanized City, and the City of San Fernando for Component City level.

Also proclaimed winners were Aurora for first to third class municipality level and Barangay Pagas in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija for Barangay-Urban level.

Meanwhile, Sindalan National Child Development Center from City of San Fernando was also named winner in School Category Early Learning Center level along with Alas Asin Elementary School from Mariveles, Bataan in the Public Elementary level, Camp Tinio National High School from Cabanatuan City in the Public Secondary level, and Tarlac Agricultural University for Higher Education Institution level.

Hospital category winners, meanwhile, include Dr. Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center from Cabanatuan City for National level, Mariveles Mental Hospital from Bataan for Specialty Level, and James L. Gordon Memorial Hospital from Olongapo City for Local Government Unit level.

Salazar said the annual search aims to recognize outstanding performances of Local DRRM Councils/Committees, institutions, organizations, and individuals who have shown acts of heroism before, during, or after a disaster or emergency.

BDO volunteers extend helping hand in earthquake-hit Pampanga

(SunStar Pampanga)

IN KEEPING with the spirit of bayanihan, officers and staff of BDO branches in Pampanga mounted relief operations for hundreds of families affected by a strong earthquake that struck the province and other neighboring areas.

Volunteers from the BDO Angeles Nepo Mart branch, BDO San Fernando-MacArthur Highway branch and BDO Waltermart-Pampanga branch visited the municipalities of Floridablanca and Porac to distribute more than 1,900 relief packs containing food and water to the affected residents.

The relief operations were organized by BDO Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank, in line with its disaster response advocacy. Supported by employees from more than 1,100 BDO branches nationwide, the foundation conducts relief operations nationwide for people affected by natural or man-made disasters.

One of the strongest to hit Luzon in recent years, the 6.1-magnitude earthquake damaged buildings, infrastructure, churches and homes. It caused power outages and injured scores of people in Pampanga. Porac, one of the hardest hit by the quake, was placed under a state of calamity by the local government unit.

Clark: A realization of a dream

By Amy R. Remo (Reporter)

It has become more of a showcase of what the Philippines can now offer to the global investment community.

Clark, which spans across the provinces of Tarlac and Pampanga, has been thrust into the spotlight in recent years, as the government pulls out all stops to rebrand, improve and further enhance this 33,000-ha expanse.

“In the next few years, Clark will transform completely because of the gamechanging projects under the Build, Build, Build program,” Bases Conversion and Development Authority president Vivencio B. Dizon was quoted as saying in the state agency’s publication.

“It is the dream of every Filipino to live and work in a city that provides the quality of life that we only see now abroad, that unfortunately we do not yet see in the Philippines. And this is what we want the Clark brand to be—a brand that gives the Filipinos, whether you’re rich or poor, young (or) old, the access to live the quality of life that we all deserve,” Dizon said.

There are many reasons why these investors are taking greater interest in Clark.

This area, for one, boasts of proximity to major thoroughfares such as North Luzon Expressway and Subic-Clark Tarlac Expressway, and international gateways, and has more than enough land available for further development. Provinces in Central Luzon also offer access to a highly skilled talent pool, making it easier for locators to fill in the jobs needed in their offices and facilities.

Add to that the proposed transport links including the Manila-Clark Highspeed Rail and Clark-Subic Cargo Rail, which will significantly reduce travel time between Clark and cities in Metro Manila.

Currently, Clark is divided into four districts namely the Clark Freeport Zone, Clark Global City, Clark International Airport, and New Clark City.

Clark Freeport Zone

The 26,000-ha Clark Freeport Zone is the main zone located within the cities of Angeles and Mabalacat. It is home not only to shops and restaurants, but also to logistics, tourism, agro-industrial and manufacturing companies.

BCDA subsidiary Clark Development Corp. reported last week that the export revenue of the Clark Freeport Zone reached $6.14 billion last year. This came from its 1,038 locator firms.

Clark Global City

Spanning across 177 ha inside the Clark Freeport Zone, Clark Global City is envisioned to become a mixed-use central business district. Owned and being developed by Global Gateway Development Corp., Clark Global City aims to host top-grade office buildings, upscale retail outlets, academic centers, sports centers, an urban park, an iconic tower, integrated resort and casino, and modern support services.

Leechiu Property Consultants earlier cited Clark Global City as the “most in-demand development outside Metro Manila.” Hence, it comes as no surprise that many companies, including property developers have started to flock to this thriving side of Central Luzon.

Case in point is DataLand Inc., which is looking to build an office building, dormitel, and hotel within a 2.3-ha property within Clark Global City.

“We believe that a partnership with GGDC is a strategic move and we look forward to building developments that help create a progressive environment in one of the largest office markets in the Philippines,” DataLand president Andrea T. Ulep said in a statement issued earlier this year.

DataLand is one of the family-owned companies comprising the DDTKI Group, which also includes DDT Konstract Inc., Whiteport Inc., Dataj Aquafarm Inc., Agriwaras Ventures Inc., and Andres P. Tamayo Sr. Foundation Inc. Its portfolio of residential condominiums include The Silk Residences in Manila and The Olive Place in Mandaluyong. It also has The Ivy Wall Hotel in Palawan.

Clark International Airport

This 2,367-ha Civil Aviation Complex, also located inside the freeport, covers an area of 2,367 ha with a 3,200-meter long runway. It hosts more than 600 flights a week, with Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Dragon, Jin Air, Jeju Air, T Way, and Tiger Air as among the airlines operating here.

New Clark City

All eyes are now on the 9,450-ha New Clark City, which is designed to become the archetype of a future-proof metropolis. Comprised of different districts, the New Clark City is targeted and designed to be smart, green, disaster- resilient, sustainable, multifaceted and integrated. And upon its completion, it is expected to contribute a gross output of approximately P1.57 trillion per year to the national economy.

The creation of this modern metropolis was meant to decongest Metro Manila; to serve as back up plan for the government in case of disasters or natural calamities; and to further ease doing business here, and therefore help improve the country’s competitiveness as an investment destination.

Among the first structures that will soon rise here would be the 40-ha Phase 1A of the National Government Administrative Center, being developed by the MTD Philippines Inc.

Indeed, Clark, this early, is proving to live up to its tagline, “Clark: It works. Like a dream.” And hopefully, soon enough, we will realize and reap the benefits of this ambitious dream.

Bureau of Immigration nabs four Korean fugitives

By Jun Ramirez

Agents of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) have arrested four South Korean fugitives wanted by authorities for various crimes.

Immigration Spokesperson Dana Krizia Sandoval said the four Koreans were apprehended in separate operations conducted last Tuesday and Wednesday by operatives from the bureau’s fugitive search unit (FSU) in Pampanga, Makati, and Cavite.

They are now at the BI detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City pending deportation proceedings.

Arrested Wednesday in Angeles City was 43-year-old Eum Ki Tae, who is wanted in his country for fraud for allegedly swindling a compatriot of more than 43 million won.

His passport has been revoked by the Korean government last year, making him an undocumented alien.

Arrested the same day at his condominium unit in Makati City was 33-year-old Lee Sangmin who is wanted by the Philippine National Police’s anti-kidnapping group for his alleged involvement in the abduction of a fellow Korean, Han Jongwook.

Last Tuesday, FSU operatives arrested in Tanza, Cavite 58-year-old Kim Yoonyoung who has an outstanding arrest warrant for alleged illegal entry of residence.

He is also an undocumented alien as the Korean embassy cancelled his passport in 2014.

During the operations the FSU agents also discovered the presence of another Korean named Yoon Juong Yul, 60, who turned out to be another fugitive wanted for fraud for allegedly swindling 270,000,000 Won from a compatriot.

Ms. Sandoval said all except for Lee will be immediately deported to face their crimes in Korea.

She clarified that Lee will have to face his case in the Philippines, before being deported.

DTI, DOST-PSHS continue partnership in Fablab project

(Press release)

The Department of Trade and Industry Regional Office III (DTI-3) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and its service institute, the Philippine Science High School – Central Luzon Campus (PSHS-CLC) continue their partnership through the upgrading of the latter’s Fabrication Laboratory equipment.

In the recent launching of the PSHS-CLC Fablab on April 29, 2019, DTI-3 recommitted its support by providing PSHS-CLC with an upgrade of its Fablab equipment worth Php 2.1 Million. This will complement the other equipment already procured by PSHS-CLC as well as the previous equipment provided by DTI-3 to PSHS-CLC in 2017.

Theresa Ann O. Diaz, PSHS-CLC Campus Director, expressed her gratitude to DTI-3 for providing additional equipment to their Innovation Center. She noted that through the Fablab equipment, students research and learn about product designs and labeling, as well as about creating product prototypes. DOST-3 Regional Director Julius Cesar V. Sicat added in his message that with the full complement of Fablab equipment and its operationalization, the Fablab can be very useful and productive to different users especially businesses. He hoped that micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) can visit the Fablab and make use of the equipment. DTI-3 Regional Director Judith P.

Angeles reiterated the call for MSMEs to maximize full use of the Fablab equipment to make creative products. She noted that the MSMEs who attended the launching should start thinking on how to avail of the services of the modern Fablab equipment. She said that the first Fablab equipment they provided to PSHS-CLC in 2017 included a Laser Cutting Machine and a Bench Milling Machine.

The Fablab project is funded under the Shared Service Facility (SSF) program of DTI which aims to improve the competitiveness of MSMEs by providing them with machinery, equipment, tools, systems, skills and knowledge under a shared system. At present, DTI Region 3 has established a total of 240 SSFs throughout Central Luzon, partnering with cooperators such as cooperatives, LGUs and schools like PSHS to help increase the productivity of entrepreneurs.

20 more lanes to boost capacity of SCTEX toll plazas

(SunStar Pampanga)

IN ITS commitment to further improve customer processing time at the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), the NLEX Corporation will construct 20 additional lanes in strategically located SCTEX toll plazas.

The toll plaza capacity expansion project, which is expected to start in July and to be completed by November this year, covers Clark North, Clark South, San Miguel, Bamban, and Tarlac toll plazas.

One new toll lane each will be built in Clark North entry/exit and Clark South B exit. Two new toll lanes each will be added at Clark South A exit and Tarlac entry/exit to serve the growing number of motorists traveling in these areas.

The NLEX Corporation will also bolster the service capacity of San Miguel (Luisita) and convert it to a full interchange. This means that San Miguel will be more accessible to motorists, as those coming to and from San Miguel will now have complete entry and exit points from both northbound and southbound directions.

Meanwhile, two lanes each will be constructed at San Miguel northbound entry and southbound exit and another toll lane will be added to the northbound exit.

The soon-to-open Bamban Interchange will likewise have three entry and three exit lanes. The new interchange will become the direct connection to New Clark City, the main venue for this year’s Southeast Asian Games.

Luigi Bautista, president and general manager of NLEX Corporation, said “the additional toll lanes will help improve SCTEX's connectivity in its areas, particularly in Clark, which is being positioned as Asia's next aerotropolis and investment center.”

The new lanes aim to enable speedy toll transactions even during peak hours and holidays when traffic volume on the expressway rises sharply.

In the previous years, the NLEX Corporation, together with the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), implemented several enhancement projects along SCTEX's 94-kilometer stretch. These projects include the NLEX-SCTEX electronic toll collection integration, the expansion of Tipo Toll Plaza and the Mabiga Interchange. NLEX also completed the pavement rehabilitation of the entire expressway.

CCTV System, LED lights, emergency call boxes, crash cushions, and reflective delineator plates were also installed at the expressway to enhance the safety of motorists. A new traffic control room was built in Dolores, Mabalacat City to track real-time traffic at SCTEX.

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