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Angeles City officials honor SEA Games medalists

By Reynaldo G. Navales

ANGELES CITY - Some 17 Angeleño, who bagged medals during the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur last August, received recognition and awards from city officials led by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan on Monday at the City Hall.

The awardees include athletes who competed from three sports events on lawn bowls and karatedo.

The Philippine Lawn Bowls Team, whose members hail from Angeles City, garnered a total of 4 gold medals for the Men Fours category, 9 silver medals Ladies Fours and Triples, and Men Pairs category, and 3 bronze medals for the Ladies Pairs category.

SEA Games medalist Ainie Knight, who has been playing Lawn Bowls for 10 years, said their recent achievement was born out of the team’s perseverance to attain the country’s global stature in the said field of sports.

“It has been our pride to carry the name of our country, especially our city, whenever we compete in different athletic events. Despite scarcity in facilities, we are proud that we were able to maintain the stature of the Philippines in the international sports arena,” said Knight.

“We are in awe of the importance and recognition that the city has been bestowing to us, especially by Mayor Pamintuan. We guarantee to bring home more medals for the glory of the city in the next competitions that we will be joining in,” Knight added.

Kimverly Madrona of Team Kumite, who won a bronze medal for Karate Do, and Triathlon Coach Melvin Fausto were also given recognition during the Monday flag raising rites.

“The success of our people is the success of the city. Our athletes reflect on how resilient and triumphant the Angeleños are despite hindrances and constraints,” said Pamintuan.

“The city is truly proud to have promising sportspersons and that we vow supporting them through our sports development division,” the mayor added.

With a total of 121 total medals, the Philippines ranked sixth among 11 competing countries based on the final medal tally.

The Angeleño SEA Games team received a certificate of recognition and cash incentives from the city government.

The team expressed eagerness to bring more medals for the country, which is reportedly hosting the 2019 SEA Games.

Triple-religious festivals to mark Fiestang Kuliat 2017

By Ian Ocampo Flora

ANGELES CITY -- This year's Fiestang Kuliat 2017 will once again mark its triple religious festivals for the whole month of October.

Since last year, the City Government and the Holy Rosary Parish had highlighted the city's religious traditions with emphasis on the city's triad of religious festivals.

Angeles City Tourism officers told media men that the religious events will kick off with the Feast of the Holy Guardian Angeles on October 2.

The yearly celebration has a religious and historical significance for the city. The founder of what is now Angeles City, Don Angel Pantaleon de Miranda together with his wife, Doña Rosalia de Jesus, founded the town of Culiat in the year 1829. Culiat was renamed Angeles, dedicated to the Los Santos Angeles Custodios (Holy Guardian Angels).

A few years back, the Holy Rosary Parish re-established the celebration of the Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels which is celebrated on the first week.

Another anticipated religious event for the city is the Feast of the Sto. Rosario de la Naval de Angeles, the city's patron saint, on October 8, a feast day that also holds similar historical and cultural importance for the city. Angeles City is one of only three places in the Philippines where La Naval is celebrated, the other two are Sto. Domingo in Manila and Bacolor in Pampanga.

The religious events will culminate with the Feast of the Apung Mamacalulu on October 27.

The celebration is also a testament to the strong religious fallowing and devotion over the image of the Santo Entierro.

Angeles City feast to depict Mt. Pinatubo wrath

By Marna Dagumboy Del Rosario (PNA)

ANGELES CITY, Pampanga -- A symbolical rite on how Mt. Pinatubo's ashfall covered the city when it erupted in 1991 will highlight the month-long 25th Fiestang Kuliat celebration in October.

The ritual, “Pamangasnang lahar (Putting Lahar),” aims to show the younger generation about Mt. Pinatubo’s wrath by putting a dab of symbolic lahar (made from flour with food color) on the participants’ faces.

“We did not do this before because most of us still remember what happened in that fateful day in June 1991. Now, more than 25 years later, many do not know, they are either too young or were not born yet,” said Joy Cruz of the City Tourism Office during a press briefing Tuesday.

“For us who experienced Mt Pinatubo’s wrath, we know what lahar and ash fall are,” she added.

The city’s month-long and grandest fiesta celebration brings together different cultural and social activities.

Another highlight of Fiestang Kuliat is the "Tigtigan, Terakan keng Dalan (TTKD),” a street party created after the devastation brought about by the Mt. Pinatubo eruption in 1991 which aims to uplift the spirits of the people in the city.

Since 1992, TTKD has became a yearly tradition. The fiesta will carry the theme, “Milabas: Dalan king Masaplalang Bukas (The Past: The Road to a Better Future)."

Other activities during the month-long fiesta celebration include The Feast of the Holy Guardian Angeles (October 2), Feast of our Lady of Holy Rosary (La Naval de Angeles, October and Feast of Apung Mamacalulu (October 27).

The city will also celebrate “Pamangan Fiestang Kapampangan” on October 15 and the “Mutya ning Angeles 2017” on October 14 among others.

Angeles City wins property and real estate award

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ANGELES CITY -- This city added another feather to its cap as it was adjudged a winner during the Property and Real Estate Awards Night of the FIABCI-Philippines, held recently at the Marriot Hotel, Pasay City.

The award is given under the Public Infrastructure/LGU Amenities Category, which refers to projects financed and developed by the local government units through public funds like government buildings, hospitals, road, bridges, airports, stadium and other infrastructure projects that aim to provide amenities to the people.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan received the trophy and plaque of appreciation in behalf of the City Government.

“Our administration has always been ahead and proactive in providing basic social services with the aim of raising the quality of life of the people through facilities and public utilities that provide quality services and amenities,” Pamintuan said.

“We are not even aware that there are award-giving bodies that look into these projects and it is really a great surprise to all of us that our initiatives and hard works are being recognized,” the mayor added.

FIABCI (Federation Internationale des Administrateurs de Biens et Conseils Immobiliers) is the French acronym for the International Real Estate Federation. It is a Paris-based worldwide federation of 100 national real estate associations and an international business club of real estate professionals in 60 countries spread over four principal regions-the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Africa and Europe, and the Near East.

Founded in Paris, France in 1948, FIABCI has chapters in 48 countries enjoying an international umbrella network of around 1.5 million real estate professionals across the various real estate disciplines such as construction/ development, property management, valuation/appraisal, property development and consulting, lawyers, insurers, architects and urban planners, academe and government representatives across the world.

Architect Nestor Mangio is the President of FIABCI Philippines.

Other awards presented during the gala night are the Property Man of the Year, Prix d’ Excellence and the Developer/Property Awards that recognize outstanding individuals and best real estate projects in the country.

Winners of the awards will be endorsed to the 2018 FIABCI Prix d’ Excellence Awards for the best real estate projects to be held in Dubai during the FIABCI World Congress.

Joining Pamintuan during the awarding ceremonies were Vice Mayor Bryan Matthew Nepomuceno, City Treasurer Juliet Quinsaat, City Information Officer Archie Reyes, CCA President Dr. Richard Daenos, First Lady Herminia Pamintuan and Joy Cruz of the Angeles City Tourism Office.

Neda: Gov’t projects in Central Luzon worth P20B

By Reynaldo G. Navales

CLARK FREEPORT -- An official of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) said that the ongoing projects of the National Government in Central Luzon Region are worth P20 billion.

Neda-Central Luzon assistant director Agustin Mendoza said on Tuesday the projects in the region are all included in the agency’s Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017—2022.

Mendoza cited some of the projects including flood-control systems, road networks, Mount Pinatubo Hazard Mitigation Program, railway system from Malolos, Bulacan to Clark Freeport and others.

The PDP 2017-2022 is the first medium-term plan anchored on national long-term vision, or AmBisyon Natin 2040, according to Mendoza.

“Ang kasalukuyang Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 ay isa sa apat na medium-term Philippine Development Plans na pino-formulate po ng Neda along with other agencies para po maisakatuparan yung long term vision natin na AmBisyon Natin 2040,” Mendoza said.

The Neda official said that the Regional Development Council (RDC)-Central Luzon, chaired by Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, had recommended the construction of a railway that will connect Clark to Metro Manila.

“Na-aprubahan na rin po yung Northrail Link, from Malolos pupunta na po tayo dito sa Central Luzon para ma suportahan yung Clark Green City program,” Mendoza said.

The railway link of Malolos to Clark is now on the (Investment Coordination Committee stage for evaluation, according to the Neda official.

“Nasa preparatory stage pa lang po nung ma –invite kami this summer where in yung Jica (Japan International Cooperation Agency) team in-invite yung Neda team para po pag-usapan yung detalye nung preparation nung project. So from that time po hanggang ngayon wala pa pong feedback sa amin kung anon a yung nagawa but kasama po siya doon sa inilagay natin na Public Investment Program On Line (Pipol),” Mendoza said.

The railway is included in the "long-list" of projects that the RDC recommended to the Neda, he added.

GrabCars starts services at Clark airport

By Reynaldo G. Navales

CLARK FREEPORT -- GrabCars is now available for passengers of Clark International Airport (CRK).

This was learned from Grab City Manager for Pampanga Jay Padriga, who stated that Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) and Grab is working together to improve the passengers’ experience with the availability of GrabCars in the airport.

“This is great news for all passengers of using Clark International Airport,” Padriga said.

He expressed gratitude to officials of Clark airport and Angeles City for the realization of their expansion in Clark.

“We are grateful to CIAC President Alex Cauguiran and Operations Manager Ritchie Nacpil, Voltaire Zalamea and Angeles City Councilor Amos Rivera who have put passengers’ welfare above all and to Brian Cu for bringing Grab to Pampanga. Without them, this breakthrough would not have been possible,” Padriga said.

He added that Grab and CIAC are now finalizing terms prior to the contract signing and putting up of a Grab booth inside the airport.

“GrabCars can already pick up and drop off passengers in the airport,” Padriga said.

Angeleños to join int’l robots battle in Australia

By Ashley Manabat

ANGELES CITY – Two teams from the Angeles City Science High School (ACSHS) are prepping up for the prestigious Australian Robotics Challenge hosted by Griffith University in the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia next month.

The two teams are made up of senior high school students with the first team composed of Grade 11s Iñaki Santos and Sancho Lingat who will be presenting an “assistive device for the blind” as their entry in the competition.

“Our paper is an assistive device for the blind or visually impaired persons which are actually two devices, an eyeglass and a white cane,” Santos said.

“We attached various sensors on the glasses and cane in strategic places so that the devices can sense obstacles in the user’s path so that a visually impaired person can navigate even in unfamiliar surroundings,” he added.

Lingat said it has other features like a GPS so that user’s family can track the location of the user if he or she gets into trouble. He said the cane has a button on top which can send a distress call to family members.

The devices are powered by 7.4 volts lithium polymer battery, he added.

Lingat also said Infrared distance sensors attached on both sides of the eyeglasses has varying degrees of vibrations to alert the user if the obstacle is near or far or if is in front or on the left or on the right of the user.

The devices can also sense if the user is in a crowd which shuts off the sensors automatically and the user can resort to the cane instead which can be used to increase the field of the user, Santos explained.

“We will include an RFID (radio frequency identification) tag as a security measure so that only the owner can use the devices or to prevent it from being stolen or lost,” he said.

Lingat said their project cost around P17,000 to make. Materials were acquired through local sources, he said.

The second team is composed of Grade 12 students Heinrich Tulan, Jed Mewag and Armand Agbulos who said they were inspired with the paper that won in the Google Science Fair with the Moringa Oleifera as water purifier.

Agbulos said their competition entry is a “Moringa seed water filtration combined with ultraviolet (UV) light” which cost them around P10,000 to make.

Mewag pointed out that their project can filter and disinfect any kind of water including turbid water like floodwaters or even mud except salt water.

“Basically it guarantees that the particles will be removed because of the filter and the UV light will remove the bacteria,” Agbulos said.

“The Moringa seeds will be crushed and then mixed with the water and allow some time for the sediments to settle down,” Tulan said.

“All the sediments will go down with the crushed seed,” he said. “The upper layer will be purifi ed water. It takes around 45 minutes for turbid water to turn into potable water,” he said.

Tulan said they were inspired to make their project so that they can help evacuees in calamity stricken areas by providing them accessible potable water.

The Australian robot competition is set on October 27 to 29.

Eleven schools from the Philippines will join the competition.

Lingat, from the first team, said they recently won the National Science and Technology Fair in Tagaytay with their “micro-controlled house for persons with physical disabilities.”

He said the device is capable of opening and closing lights and locking and closing doors among others.

“We realized that the PWDs really need this and we found a way to control the appliances in the house through an application we created in the smart phone,” he said.

Lolita Bautista, the teams’ coach and adviser, said the Department of Education (DepEd) gave them “very minimal assistance” and the students shoulder most of the expenses.

Bautista will join the teams in Australia as well as the ACSHS principal, the science supervisor of DepEd and the schools’ superintendent.

A $300 registration for each of the participants is required, Bautista said.

She said the founder of the Pinoy Robot Games in the Philippines, Cesar Melvin Matulac, was the one who urged them to join the competition in Australia.

The Australian Robotics Challenge will gather student robotic enthusiasts from around the world to present their creations.

Hundreds of participants are expected to take part in the event from China, South Korea, the Philippines and Australia.

Hosted by Griffith University’s Robotics Lab, the event will run for three days at the Gold Coast campus where students will compete in different categories. The challenge aims to help students enhance their creativity and learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) education effectively through robot education and competition.

Sapang Bato National High School, Clark firms ink pact

By Astrud Aguinaldo

ANGELES CITY -- In an effort to promote quality education and skills development, a national high school here spearheaded partnerships with various firms in Clark Freeport for the on-the-job training of 287 Grade 12 students.

This was learned after the recent signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) among Sapang Bato National High School (SBNHS), Royce Hotel and Casino (RHC), Korean Apple Core Corp. (KACC) for “work immersion” of senior high school students.

Leilani Cunanan, officer-in-charge, school division superintendent of the Angeles City Schools Division of the Department of Education (DepEd), Leonora Agustin, principal, SBNHS, Mabel Martinez, general manager of RHC, Jerica Pendon, administrative manager of KACC, Medel Manialung (representative of Barangay Sapang Bato) signed the said MOA.

In the K to 12 program of the DepEd, senior high school students are to be ready for entrepreneurship, employment and college, Cunanan said.

“Whichever the student chooses, whether entrepreneurship, employment or college, they’re ready. But of course we are not encouraging na wag na sila magpatuloy sa pag aaral na magtrabaho na lang sila. Gusto pa rin natin na makapagtapos sila ng kolehiyo (we are not encouraging them to stop school to go to work. We want them to finish college),” Cunanan clarified.

She also commended the two companies in Clark for “responding to the need” of SBNHS.

Likewise, Agustin expressed thanks to partner companies for accommodating their students. The principal also vowed for full support to Grade 12 students who will be immersed in the actual environment.

“Sa totoo lang po (Honestly) we are very much delighted very happy. We really feel blessed dahil po pinaunlakan po nila kami (they responded to our invitation),” said Agustin.

Also present during the MOA signing were Abdon Aguilar, SBNHS senior high school teacher-in –charge, Jayar Gatus, human resources manager, RHC and Rea Villanueva, store manager, KACC.

Under the MOA, students will undergo basic training and application on food and beverage, bread and pastry and housekeeping at RHC and KACC, while Barangay Sapang Bato will have ten days equivalent to eight hours per day credits, Abdon said.

Of the 287 senior high school students, 145 will be assigned at RHC and KACC for housekeeping and baking. The remaining 142 students will be trained on Information Communications Technology strand specializing on animation and contact center services at Barangay Sapang Bato.

Martinez said Royce Hotel hopes to provide help to the graduating high school students of SBNHS.

“I hope this will be the start of a very productive and fruitful partnership between Sapang Bato National High School and Royce Hotel and Casino,” Martinez said.

Likewise, Pendon, an alumna of SBNHS, said KACC will welcome Grade 12 students who will undergo entrepreneurship and baking.

“For student who will undergo on the job training in our company, just aim high and make the best out of it so that you can reach all your goals,” Pendon said.

The internship program for senior high school students aims to prevent jobs mismatch and provides opportunity for employment, the DepEd official said.

Midori Clark thanks clients through appreciation party

By Reynaldo G. Navales

CLARK FREEPORT -- Midori Clark Hotel and Casino has hosted its first client appreciation party last September 12.

The cocktail event took place at the Baccus Lounge from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm with the theme “Dress to Impress”.

The event was held to give recognition to Midori Clark Hotel’s top accounts from three categories - travel agency, corporate and online travel since they opened on July 1, 2016.

The clients’ night is also the hotel’s way of strengthening its relationship with individuals and entities that provided valuable contributions in attaining its success.

Invited in the appreciation party were Midori Clark Hotel’s top weddings, corporate and suppliers which caters most of the events in Festa Hall and Midori Clark Hotel’s in-house events.

The Sales and Marketing team of Midori Clark, together with other hotel executives, welcomed the guests at the Baccus Lounge foyer, located at the 6th floor.

It was a cozy evening with live music, free-flowing beverages and raffle draws.

The Western Kitchen prepared a sumptuous meal for the guests which includes Pot Roast Beef with Paris Mashed Potatoes, Buffalo Chicken Wings, Pasta Alfredo, Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich, Crudités, Tiramisu and other.

The open bar started from 8:00 pm until 10:00 pm.

“We hosted this party to show our gratitude and to get personally acquainted with our top clients and industry partners. I would like you also to meet my team who are in-charge of the hotel operations, you can approach them anytime you need assistance. We will assure you that we will work together to maintain the good things we’ve started and work on the matters that we need to improve so we can serve you better. Our success would not have been possible without the support of our most valued customers,” said General Manager Vic Chan.

Midori Clark Hotel and Casino is looking forward to strengthening its relationship to the clients and community through its corporate social responsibility.

This November, it will be the second year of Angels’ Dream, a CSR project which aims to fulfill the Christmas wishes of Aeta students.

Midori fulfilled the wishes of almost 300 kids and this year the hotel’s target is up to 600 children.

Hotel executives are encouraging their guests and business partners to sponsor a child wish with the slogan, “Be a blessing by giving”.

Midori Clark Hotel and Casino is located along C.M. Recto Avenue, Clark Freeport, Philippines. It is surrounded with verdant environs, sprawling golf courses and an aesthetically designed hotel with a total room inventory of 111.

Guests can indulge in their facilities such as Chan Spa, KTV rooms, swimming pool, fitness center, Mahjong room and lounge bars.

City College of Angeles named Apiem ‘Center of Excellence’

(PR)

First in Asia and the Pacific

ANGELES CITY- The Asia Pacific Institute for Events Management (Apiem) has recently bestowed a Center of Excellence (COE) accreditation to the City College of Angeles (CCA) for its events management programs making it the first partner community college in the whole of Asia and the Pacific.

Apiem is a United Kingdom-based accrediting body that brings together events industry employers and education providers who are committed to establishing high quality courses for students and events professionals who want to develop their skills and abilities to work in the global events industry.

The global organization also provides consultancy services to universities, colleges and training providers throughout the Asia Pacific region that want to develop curricula that meet the needs of the events industry with global standards.

Last September 6, Apiem confirmed CCA’s international accreditation for the courses Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management and Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management with specialization in Mice (Meeting, Incentives, Conventions, Events) Tourism program.

The community college was also accorded by Apiem with the highest level of accreditation having been given a four-star categorization.

According to CCA President Richard Daenos, the college underwent stern auditing procedure prior to attaining the said stature. He also added that the administration included Mice as one of the school’s area of specialization in order to improve their curriculum.

“We added contextualization of how we can better the curriculum and that includes offering more courses in events management with the consideration of having the accreditation of Apiem”, he said.

CCA was also evaluated under Apiem’s rigorous standards for audit in the management and content of the curriculum, teaching and learning standards, resources and learning environment, and welfare and student services.

Various events were prepared to strengthen CCA’s bid for accreditation. The events stood as documentations of how evident CCA is in having Apiem’s qualifications, for instance, the “PAMISANMETUNG: A Special Tribute to the 50 Golden Years of the ASEAN50”.

CCA also inaugurated in its premises the newly-renovated Thomas Cook Travel Center, a multi-faceted space designed to contribute in the efficient and effective delivery of hospitality and tourism education and skill development program for the students.

For his part, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, who is currently in New York City for the UN General Assembly on Habitat for Urban Development, lauded the CCA administration for its continuous dedication in delivering high quality but affordable education to the city’s indigent students.

"I am ecstatic that our city college was awarded with a four-star distinction by an international institution- a first in the whole of Asia Pacific. Our very own city college is making history," said Pamintuan

"Our government in accordance to our social contract, the Contract with the Angeleños (CWA), is doing its best to produce globally competitive students who are soon-to-be valued contributors of the community,” Pamintuan added.

Furthermore, CCA sees Apiem’s recognition as an inspiration to do more and to exhibit higher level of excellence. There are currently 246 students enrolled under the said globally-accredited programs.

Angeles City village chief says barangay-issued IDs valid

By Reynaldo G. Navales

ANGELES CITY -- A village chief in this city has urged business establishments, non-government organizations, and government agencies to honor barangay-issued identification cards (IDs).

Reynaldo Gueco, chieftain of Malabanias village, issued the statement after a resident of the said village suffered an unpleasant experience with personnel of an electric company who allegedly refused to honor a barangay-issued ID.

Gueco cited the ID system at the barangay level as provided for under the Local Government Code.

"Section 394 (d) (6) of the Local Government Code provides that the barangay secretary shall keep an updated record of all inhabitants of the barangay containing the following items of information: name address, place and date of birth, sex, civil status, citizenship, occupation, and such other items of information as maybe prescribed by law or ordinance. In operationalizing this particular provision, the barangay government may issue IDs to its inhabitants containing the information enumerated by Section 394 (d)(6) of the Local Government Code and such other information as may be prescribed by law or ordinance," Gueco quoted.

In the implementation of the ID System at the barangay level, the punong barangays may issue Executive Orders in furtherance of Section 394 (d) (6) of the Local Government Code, Gueco said.

Pending the enactment by Congress of a law providing for the National ID System, local government units can already provide ordinances invoking its “Police Power” which are local laws, providing for their local ID system, he added.

Gueco said that the Liga ng mga Barangay, under the leadership of Carlito Ganzon, has adopted a resolution of the Barangay Malabanias council asking business establishments, non-government organizations (NGOs), government agencies and other entities to recognize the barangay IDs.

The barangay official said members of the City Council, including Councilor Jericho Aguas and others, expressed support to the barangay resolution.

The city councilors are now planning to propose an ordinance compelling commercial establishments, NGOs, and other government agencies to honor the barangay IDs as legal.

“A barangay ID is valid and legal just like government-issued driver’s license, passport, voters ID, and others considering it was issued by a local government unit,” Gueco said.

Expanded road projects in Clark near completion

By Marna Dagumboy Del Rosario (PNA)

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga -- The construction of the additional 20- kilometer new road lanes as well as the widening and major rehabilitation works of four major roads here are nearing completion, in time for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Meetings set to be held in Clark this November.

In a report submitted to Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president-CEO Noel Manankil, the Construction and Management Division (CMD) of the state-owned firm said the rehabilitation of the three major highways in Clark, namely Manuel A. Roxas, Claro M. Rector and Jose Abad Santos, has attained about 90 percent completion.

CMD said the widening project is CDC’s contribution to the massive infrastructure projects of the Duterte administration under the “Build, Build, Build!” mantra.

For 2017, CDC is spending PHP1.3 billion from its internally-generated funds.

With the expected influx of investment and vehicular traffic here, CDC has earmarked some PHP409 million for the road widening and construction of drainage system affected by the expanded road networks.

Meanwhile, the additional road lanes include the 6.6 kilometers along Manuel A. Roxas Highway which was widened from two to three lanes on both sides; the 2.4 kilometers at the entire stretch of Claro M. Recto Avenue of which one lane was added on each side, including the rehabilitation of the drainage system; and the 3.5-kilometer additional lane to the entire stretch of Jose Abad Santos Avenue. All these new lanes are now passable to all types of vehicles.

CMD stated in its report that Gil Puyat Avenue, the main thoroughfare leading to Mabalacat Gate, is only passable to light vehicles due to the ongoing construction.

CMD estimated that the road being rehabilitated is halfway through the major rehabilitation for the 6.8-kilometer road. The said highway is being used by motorists coming from Mabalacat City in Pampanga and those coming from Tarlac province and other areas in Northern Luzon.

CMD also reported that Friendship Gate has been widened on approaches for ingress and egress here and the guard house has been completed that can be accessed by motorists going to and from of Clark and Angeles City.

CDC has earmarked PHP142.68 million for the widening of M.A. Roxas Highway; PHP119.89 million for the Gil Puyat road network including the drainage system; PHP86.1 million for the Jose Abad Santos; and PHP51.7 million for Claro M. Recto Avenue.

CMD said these infrastructure projects are geared towards helping the corporation fulfill its commitment to Clark’s stakeholders to transform the Freeport into a modern industrial estate, premier service and logistics hub for tourism and leisure.

LGUs in Central Luzon post 80% customer satisfaction rating

By Princess Clea Arcellaz

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Local government units (LGUs) in Central Luzon recently posted an 80 percent satisfaction rating on the processing of business permit licenses, the Department of Trade and Industry in the region said.

Based on the survey, the average customer satisfaction rating of LGUs' business permit licensing in the region was 8.07 out of a perfect 10 rating.

Among the 130 local governments in the region, Balanga City in Bataan posted the highest customer satisfaction rating with a score of 9.28 while Gapan had a score of 8.82 and Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija earned a score of 8.73. Tarlac City also garnered an 8.07 score.

In Pampanga, Mabalacat City had a score of 8.24 while the City of San Fernando had a score of 7.16 and Angeles City had a 6.24 percent rating.

The survey is part of the Customer Survey Experience 2017 conducted by National Competitiveness Council on LGUs around the country.

The actual national results revealed that 1,678 of the total 1,730 respondents are “satisfied” with their respective local governments in terms of frontline services and overall processing of their business permits while three percent or 52 respondents said they were "dissatisfied."

Among the respondents, 71 percent said that they were able to secure their permits within two days while 29 percent said that it took them more than two days to process their business permits.

The results also showed that 45 percent of the respondents said that there were a maximum of three procedures in the business permit renewal process while 55 percent said that they went to more than three procedures during their transactions with the LGUs.

Midori Clark Hotel to hold client appreciation party

By Reynaldo G. Navales

CLARK FREEPORT -- Midori Clark Hotel has scheduled its first Client Appreciation Party on September 12.

Midori Clark Hotel and Casino General Manager Vic Chan, Sales and Marketing Manager Raymond Fujii, and Sales Director Gary Wen will lead other hotel executives and employees in welcoming the clients during the event will be held at the Bacuus Lounge from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Darlene Achumbre, assistant sales and marketing manager of Midori Clark Hotel and Casino, said there will be awarding of plaque of appreciation to top accounts (companies) and certificates of appreciation to suppliers.

Achumbre said the awarding of top companies, which generated revenues for Midori Clark Hotel and Casino have three categories -- travel agencies, corporate and online travel agents.

Firms with sales of P10 million to P15 million for Midori were qualified in the awards.

The client night will also highlight song entertainment numbers from local artists.

Sponsors of the event include Mich, www.paolofeliciano.com, Blooms 2710, Breads O Cakes, Swire Travel, gig lights and sounds, and others.

SM Hypermarket Street Food Festival’s tasty comeback

(Press Release)

2016’s most delicious street food festival comes back harder with more treats, more amazing discounts, more promo packs, bigger prizes, and more celebrity guests!

The grand launch of the SM Hypermarket Street Food Festival was held at the SM Mall of Asia last August 23, 2017 and it was made even more exciting with the appearance of Kita Kita star, Empoy Marquez.

What was once a typical SM event area, suddenly transformed into a Street Food haven with overflowing pinoy favorites from kwekkwek, turon with langka, on-stick inihaw sensations, Ilocos empanda and bagnet, native kakanin, shawarma, takoyaki, deep dish pizza, to lechon sisig. The event buzzing with people from different walks of life, eager to trade their money to heavenly bites – clean, affordable and delicious street food! This definitely proves that no matter how many restaurants or fancy recipe sprout, Pinoys will always find their way home to street food.

The event features over 50 food stalls from top brands found in every home’s kitchen, endless food-tasting, fun games, exciting activities, and all the street food you can think of. Everyone had the chance to bring home special merchandise item by joining the promo and completing the free stamp card. A live acoustic band serenaded the audience as they enjoyed tons of sweet shopping deals and digging through mounds of delicious street food.

The SM Hypermarket Street Food Festival is a collaboration of Philippine’s top brands like Unilever, Nestle, San Miguel, CDO, Alaska, Century, Del Monte, Bounty Fresh, Farm Fresh, P&G, Delimondo, Mama Sita’s, Selecta Ice Cream, Federated, Arcy, Madison, Sysu, Sunnywood, Sanicare, and Lamoiyan to bring together the flavors everyone is craving for; favorite ingredients, kitchen must-have and wide variety of popular street food presented by SM Eats. The event also features cooking demos by renowned chefs, fun games with exciting prixes and special guest appearances.

The deliciousness continues to four more SM Supermalls – SM City Clark September on 1-3 with Kita Kita star Alessandra De Rossi, SM Center Muntinlupa on September 15-17, SM City Fairview on October 6-8, and grand finale on October 20 at SM Mall of Asia.

Angeles City architects celebrate 32nd anniversary

By Reynaldo G. Navales

ANGELES CITY -- The United Architects of the Philippines (UAP)-Angeles City (Mother Chapter) celebrated its 32nd founding anniversary with a theme “Pupul” which was highlighted during the club’s induction of new officers and members at the Lewis Grand Hotel here last August 31.

Architect Adriano Gulapa, new president of the UAP Angeles City, said the word pupul attached to the club’s all-white theme describes itself as Harvesting Good Products.

The mother chapter, UAP Angeles City, gave birth to twin babies namely the UAP Alaya Chapter and the UAP Clark Chapter, according to Gulapa.

“We are happy and excited to see them develop, grow and continue the legacy and foundation built by their mother chapter, inspire more aspiring architects in the future and bring out the best in them,” he said.

Gulapa added that PUPUL also stands for productivity, unity, professionalism, universal and lasting relationship among officers and chapter members.

“With this theme, we strive to uphold our chapter’s mission and vision to assist all Filipino architects, produce quality architectural designs, foster a good relationship with our colleagues and the community in general” Gulapa said.

He also urged his fellow officers and the club members to support the program of the UAP National by attending the Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

“This is to enrich our learning experience and complement our craft and skills as professional architects. Knowledge may change, what may be true today may not be true tomorrow. Our industry is an ever-changing landscape. Attending CPD programs can pave the way for new strategies and help us cope up with the world we have today,” Gulapa said.

During the event, the club officers and members attended a mass at the Holy Rosary Church, a motorcade, traditional breakfast, a feeding program at the Children’s Home, school table donation, and other activities.

Other UAP Angeles City executive officers include Architects Peter John Resurreccion, vice president for programs and development; Rommel Reyes, vice president for operations; Arielle Austria, secretary; Angelo Ricafrente, treasurer; and Jordan David, auditor.

The club executive directors are Architects Edan Dela Cruz, internal affairs; Joseph Tan, professional practice; Oscar Vitug, government and external affairs; Famela Pangilinan, education; Melencio Manalo, professional development; Roberto Alvarez, Sentrong Arkitekturang Pilipino; Kyehl Nicdao, ways and means; Danilo Deocales, sports and wellness; and Niegele Lansangan, conventions and conferences. UAP National executive vice president Benjamin Panganiban led the swearing in of the new club officers and members.

SM Hypermarket holds street food fest in Clark

By Reynaldo G. Navales

CLARK FREEPORT -- Famous Filipino street food were presented during the three-day street food festival of SM Hypermarket which runs from September 1 to 3 at SM City Clark.

The event, formally opened by star Alessandra De Rossi, is part of the SM Hypermarket Food Festival which was launched at the Mall of Asia (MOA) last August 23.

Kapampangans had a taste of kwek-kwek, turon with langka, on-stick inihaws, Ilocos empanada, takoyaki, shawarma, deep dish pizza, lechon sisig, crablets, bagnet, and others.

The event proved that no matter how many restaurants or fancy restaurants sprout, Pinoys will always find their way home to street food.

The event, which highlighted food-tasting, games, and other activities, had over 50 stalls featuring top brands found in every home’s kitchen.

Visitors had a chance of bringing home SM Hypermarket Street Food Festival merchandise and items by going around the booths and completing their free stamp cards.

The event was capped by a live acoustic band who serenaded the audience as they enjoyed shopping deals and tasting street food.

The food fest is a collaboration of Philippine top brands like Unilever, Nestle, San Miguel, CDO, Alaska, Century, Del Monte, Bounty Fresh, Farm Fresh, P&G, Delimondo, Mama Sita’s, Selecta Ice Cream, Federated, Arcy, Madison, Sysu, Sunnywood, Sanicare, and Lamoiyan.

Angeles City Council okays OFW perks ordinance

By Reynaldo G. Navales

ANGELES CITY -- The City Council has approved an ordinance giving benefits to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the city.

Councilor Amos Rivera, proponent of the ordinance, said that Ordinance 407 Series of 2007 (An Ordinance Providing Discounts and Other Incentives to Migrant Workers And Their Families In Angeles City) was passed last Tuesday.

Rivera said the Migrant Workers Incentives Ordinance will give special discounts to OFWs and members of their families to participating establishment like restaurants, malls, recreation facilities, drug stores, groceries and others.

“Good news po sa lahat ng OFWs and their families: Approved na po OFW ordinance na in-author ng inyong abang lingkod. Sa ordinansa pong ito ay magbibigyan ng discounts ang mga OFW at pamilya nila sa mga accredited establishments dito sa lungsod ng Angeles,” Rivera said.

The City Government, through its Public Employment and Services Office (Peso), is set to coordinate with barangay officials for the issuance of OFW identification cards, Rivera said.

The beneficiaries will then present their IDs to accredited establishment when buying food, medicines and other goods, the councilor said.

“Ang kanilang mga OFW IDs ang patunay sa pagbibigay ng discounts sa mga bibilhin nilang pagkain, gamut at iba pa,” Rivera said.

The official thanked his colleagues in the City Council for supporting the ordinance.

Migrant workers have long been referred to as modern day heroes in recognition of their role on strengthening the country’s economy, Rivera said.

The local government acknowledges the OFWs’ contribution to sustain the Philippines’ foreign reserves, he added.