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Pampanga distributes service vehicles to public schools

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CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — The provincial government of Pampanga on Wednesday distributed 16 service vehicles to the Public School District Supervisors (PSDS) here intended for their official school monitoring and activities.

Acting Governor Dennis “Delta” Pineda led the initial distribution of 16 Mitsubishi L300 service vehicles worth PHP11,520,000 or PHP720, 000 each.

Pineda, in his message, reminded school supervisors to take good care of the vehicles which could help in the operations of the learning facilities in their respective districts.

He said the school vehicles should not be used for personal or family business and activities of the supervisors, principals and teachers.

He said these are mainly intended for official school activities and events such as trainings, seminars, executive meetings, conventions and other events.

“However, you can also use the school vehicles for emergency situations such as needing medical or hospital assistance and intervention,” Pineda told the supervisors.

Francis Maslog, officer-in-charge of the General Services Office, said the initial beneficiaries of the school vehicles are as follows: Porac East District, Porac West District, Arayat East District, Arayat West District, Candaba East District, Candaba West District, Candaba North District, Mexico South District, San Luis District, Sta. Ana District, Sasmuan District, Sta. Rita District, Apalit District, Minalin District, San Simon District and Sto. Tomas District.

Maslog said that more school vehicles are set for distribution upon the completion of requirements by the respective school district supervisors.

Madilyn V. Ayson, PSDS of Candaba North District, said they will use the vehicles for school monitoring within the district and attending different school contests.

“Of course, like what the acting governor is telling us, we will use the vehicles in case of emergencies such as bringing the sick teachers, students or the school clienteles to hospitals when the need arises,” Ayson said.

Ayson said on behalf of the PSDS led by Dr. Leonardo Zapanta, Pampanga provincial school superintendent, they would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the provincial government led by Governor Lilia Pineda and Acting Governor Dennis Pineda for their utmost concern to the plight of the public schools in the province.

Ayson said that in her district, they will collect PHP500 from each school’s local school funds for the gasoline and maintenance of the brand new vehicle for the first month and PHP300 for the succeeding months.

She also said they have an agreement with the local government unit that the latter will shoulder the monthly allowance of the driver, chargeable against the barangay aid fund of the municipal government. (PNA)

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15 public schools in Pampanga to undergo rehab works

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CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga—A total of 15 public schools in Porac town in the province will undergo some improvement works that will make them conducive to students’ learning and wellbeing.

The move is through the support of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) program aimed at improving the educational facilities for students in its neighbor communities.

The state-run firm has donated various construction materials that include paints, hollow blocks, cement, lumber, roofing, and steel bars, among others.

CDC president and CEO Noel F. Manankil, in a statement on Wednesday said the donated materials were identified based on the needs of each school as evaluated by the personnel of the CDC–External Affairs Division.

Among the beneficiaries of the project are Salu Elementary School, Balubad Elementary School, Jalung Elementary School, Pulung Santol Elementary School, Palat Elementary School, Pias Elementary School, Pio Elementary School, Mancatian Elementary School and Pulung Santol High School.

Likewise, elementary schools in Planas, Mitla, Sepung Bulaun, Katutubo and Sapang Uwak villages and at Camias Resettlement in Porac also received the same assistance from CDC.

Manankil said the said schools comprise the first batch of recipients under the project.

“We have the primary moral obligation to support our local government units (LGUs) and we have a lot of programs in CDC that we want them to be involved,” he said.

He added that the state-owned firm, together with its locator companies, will create more strategic and relevant programs for communities especially in terms of education.

“We have a high priority for education because we believe that it is what actually equalized everybody in terms of their social status and in Clark, we want everybody to get involved, come up together and plan to have more relevant and more strategic CSR,” Manankil said. (PNA)

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7 dead in Lubao, Pampanga multi-vehicle accident

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The start of the new year is bleak for the relatives of the seven people who died in a multi-vehicle accident that occurred in Lubao, Pampanga on Wednesday afternoon.

One of the fatalities, Marie Grace David, was on her way from celebrating the New Year with her 12-year-old child, who was injured.

Another fatality was identified as Rowel Flores, 32. Like David, he was on her way home from Dau where he celebrated the New Year. He left behind two children.

Linette Valite, 18, another fatality, meanwhile was on her way to meet her boyfriend.

The rest of the fatalities were identified as Princess Quinto, Alex Razheed Nilayan, John Raven Astrero, and Mary Grace Castro.

Nine others were hurt in the accident, seven of them confined at Pampanga Medical Specialist Hospital and two others at Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in San Fernando, Pampanga.

Footage from CCTV showed a pickup that was about to turn to the main road from Jasa Road. The passenger jeep carrying the victims, which cannot be seen in the video, collided with the pickup that was thrown toward the opposite lane where it was hit by an oncoming truck.

The passenger jeep was a total wreck.

A rescue operation was immediately implemented.

The driver of the pickup truck, 68-year-old Alexander Domingo, is facing charges for reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide, physical injuries and damage to properties. He is now detained at the Lubao Municipal Police Station. — Vonne Aquino/BAP/KBK, GMA News

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2020 Public Holidays

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The regular holidays are:

January 1, 2020, Wednesday – New Year’s Day
April 9, 2020, Thursday – Araw ng Kagitingan
April 9, 2020 – Maundy Thursday
April 10, 2020 – Good Friday
May 1, 2020, Friday – Labor Day
June 12, 2020, Friday – Independence Day
August 31, 2020, last Monday of August – National Heroes’ Day
November 30, 2020, Monday – Bonifacio Day
December 25, 2020, Friday – Christmas Day
December 30, 2020, Wednesday – Rizal Day

Special non-working days:

January 25, 2020, Saturday – Chinese New Year
February 25, 2020, Tuesday – EDSA Revolution Anniversary
April 11, 2020 – Black Saturday
August 21, 2020, Friday – Ninoy Aquino Day
November 1, 2020, Sunday – All Saints’ Day
December 8, 2020, Tuesday – Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
December 31, 2020, Thursday – last day of the year

Additional special non-working holidays:

November 2, 2020, Monday
December 24, 2020, Thursday

Malacañang will issue proclamations to declare national holidays for Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha after the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined.

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