Gov’t developing 500,000 hectares of land in Aurora

from manila bulletin by Ariel Avendaño:

President Arroyo reiterated yesterday that the government is prioritizing the development of 500,000 hectares of lands in this timber-rich province for agribusiness ventures in the remaining two-and-a-half years of her term.

During the inspection of the R1.5-billion Tarlac-Nueva Ecija-Dingalan Port Road in Barangay Aplaya as part of the Luzon Urban Beltway, Mrs. Arroyo announced that she has instructed Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. to enter into an agreement with the Department of Agriculture (DA) for the utilization of the Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (ACEF) to open 500,000 hectares of lands in Casiguran, this province, to agribusiness development by concreting the Baler-Casiguran Road.

Read the complete news here.

I’m confused about the figures, especially in this paragraph:

She said that Sen. Edgardo Angara, who accompanied her in her trip here, said that 500,000 hectares of the two-million hectare land are readily available in Casiguran in northern Aurora.

According to the aurora.ph website, the land area of the whole province of Aurora is 323,954 hectares, and on this website it is 308,122 hectares. So the 500,000 hectares in Casiguran mentioned in this news is bigger than the entire Aurora Province, which is surely not all agricultural. Factcheck please!

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4 thoughts on “Gov’t developing 500,000 hectares of land in Aurora”

  1. baka yung mga bundok ang tinutukoy. pag pinatag yan lalaki ang surface area, kaya siguro 500,000 hectares. kawawa naman ang aurora.

  2. isa lang ang ibig sabihin nyan….LOGGING at MINING!!! -ibenta at pagpasasaan ng dayuhang kompanya ang lupain ng ating mahal na probinsya…dapat itong tutulan at labanan! kawawa naman ang ating mga kababayan at probinsya. Naranasan na natin ang lupit ng ganti ng kalikasan sa pamamagitan ng matitinding pagbaha… Hwag natin payagan muli…Tutulan at labanan ang lahat ng proyektong mapangwasak sa kalikasan!!!

  3. Mas dapat gamitin ang area na 323,954 ha. dahil ito din ang ginagamit na datos ng DENR/PENRO. Kung ung 308,00+ ha. ang gagamitin natin, ibig sabihin parang give-up na tayu dun sa boundary dispute natin sa ating mga karatig na lalawigan. At para sa mga planner mahalaga na maging consistent sa paggamit ng figure tulad ng area ng ating lalawigan. Yung 500,000 ha.? Baka kasama dyan ang Pacific Ocean! He . . He . . He . .

  4. It is like a theater I think…you should exagerate your figures and actions to catch and maintain the audience focus. If I were also the person who paid for that news, I will see to it that readers will think that it is so big and very important..para bida na namn…or to justify by publicity the huge fund to be outlayed but spending only a small part of it. And, declaring that the allocated fund was exhausted…mtagal ng style yan..bulok..mga taga Aurora pa binobola nyo..gawa muna…make it operational…and my comment may not be like this a bit.

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