|6th June 2011|
Vic on 2011-06-06 21:29:08 MDT
ANGELES CITY – Hundreds of cyclists and bike enthusiasts pedaled along the city’s busy streets during the June 4 “Padyak sa Pagbangon,” a kick-off event commemorating the city’s triumph over the devastation wrought by the eruption of Mount Pinatubo.Mayor Edgardo D. Pamintuan and members of the Angeles City Council, councilors Edu Pamintuan, Maricel Morales, Jericho Aguas, Alex Indiongco and SK president JC Pamintuan led the 23.5 kilometer bike ride that showcased bicycle motocross (BMX), mountain bikes, leisure bikes and street bikes.
The bikers pedaled and sweated out around a route that passed the landmarks of the city including the Friendship Highway, the boundary between Porac and Angeles, Sto. Rosario Church, Angeles – San Fernando boundary, Pulung Bulu bridge, San Nicolas market, Angeles City hall and Bayanihan Park.
Two bamboo bikes, which were built by Hermie Pineda, were also showcased during the bike event. The following day, June 5, the “Takbo Para sa Tagumpay” fun run was held. A total of 1,004 registered runners entered the 3k, 5k and 10k run categories. Officers and men from the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and students from various private and public schools, private and civic organizations took part in the run.Both activities which started at the main entrance of SM Clark are part of the city’s celebration dubbed “Turning Tragedy into Triumph” event which is a commemoration of the Angeleños’ resiliency and victory over the devastating effects of the Pinatubo eruption in 1991. “We painfully remember the devastation, and at the same time, give tribute to our joint efforts by celebrating how we got back on our feet from the throes of the calamity,” Pamintuan said.Other activities in line with the city’s commemoration of Mt. Pinatubo’s 20th anniversary include the “On-the-Spot Poster Making Contest” on June 14 at SM City Clark. Invited participants are grade school and high school students.On June 15, after a Eucharistic celebration at 8:00 a.m., a groundbreaking ceremony for the phoenix bird monument named “Angeleño” will be held at the NLEX Rotunda adjacent to Marquee Mall. This will be followed by the launching of the coffee table book and the opening of the Pinatubo photo exhibit at the said mall.Photo exhibits and book launching events at SM City Clark and Museo Ning Angeles will also be held on the same day. On June 16, young students can reveal their writing prowess through the “On-the-Spot Essay Writing Contest” which will be held at SM City Clark. The following day, on June 17, young dancers and rap enthusiasts get to showcase their talents in the “Rap and Dance” contest, also at SM City Clark.The week-long commemorative celebration ends with the blessing and inauguration of the Angeles City Dialysis Center on Saturday, June 18. On the same day, winners of all the Pinatubo-related contests will be awarded at SM City Clark, where a concert featuring renowned singer and songwriter, Noel Cabangon will be also be held.
Vic on 2011-06-06 21:22:13 MDT
NEW CNA SIGNING. Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and the officers of the Association of Government Employees for a New and Dynamic Angeles City (AGENDA) sign the new three year Collective Negotiations Agreement (CNA) between the city government and city hall employees. The new agreement covers the granting of the CNA Incentive amounting to P10,000 to all AGENDA members who are either permanent, casual or contractual city hall employees.
ANGELES CITY – City government officials have commissioned education experts from the top state university in the country in coming out with curriculum programs for the soon to rise Colegio Ning Angeles in this city.Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan disclosed that the city government is now working closely with education experts from the University of the Philippines for the development of courses that will be offered in the city college.“We are looking at courses that are in accordance with the needs and requirements of the job market, particularly among business locators of the Clark Freeport Zone (CFZ),” Pamintuan said.The mayor said the city college will offer “market-driven and market-sensitive education courses.”“There is really no problem about the availability of job opportunities here in Angeles, specifically among Clark-based companies. There are thousands of job vacancies. However, the problem lies on how we can match our available manpower with the requirements of these job vacancies,” the mayor explained.The construction of the Colegio Ning Angeles at the Agyu Tamu sports complex in barangay Pampang is set to start within this year and will accept enrollees for the next school year.Giving access to quality education is another component program of the Pamintuan administration as stipulated in the Contract with the Angeleños.It specifically addresses the concerns of the youth, as well as the long-term development of Angeles City.“My dream is for the city to achieve a 100 percent grade in elementary and secondary education completion. Right now, in the Philippines, only 6 out of 10 elementary school graduates move on to high school. Less than half of those who reach secondary school actually graduate from high school,” Pamintuan explained.He said that based on statistics provided by the Department of Education (DepEd), only 4 out of 10 high school graduates make it to college and for those who are able to move on to college, more than 70 percent drop out before graduation.“That is the sad reality in the Philippines, which I am trying to correct at least here in Angeles City. Part of my program is to build a city college that offers cheap and affordable education on courses whose graduates can easily find jobs,” Pamintuan said.The mayor however, stressed that the city college will not compete with current colleges and universities in the city.