Stop Aurora illegal logging, DENR asked

From inquirer.net by Tonette Orejas:

The Church-led environmental group Task Force Sierra Madre has asked Environment Secretary Joselito Atienza to create an independent investigation committee to look into illegal logging in Dingalan, a town in Aurora where landslides killed some 700 people in 2004.

In a July 28 letter, Gary Lumbo, TFSM Dingalan chapter president, and Fr. Pete Montallana, TFSM chair, also asked Atienza to remove Joselito Blanco as community environment and natural resources officer (Cenro) in the town due to his alleged inaction.

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Mga Larawan ng Inagurasyon ng UP School of Health Sciences – Baler Campus

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I-click lang ang slideshow sa itaas para makita ang mga larawan ng inagurasyon ng UP Manila – School of Helth Sciences Baler Extension Campus noong July 21, 2008 na ginanap sa ASCOT. Ang permanenteng tahanan ng paaralang ito ay sa Reserva, malapit sa planong pagtatayuan ng bagong ospital ng Aurora. Sa kasalukuyan ay nasa ASCOT muna ang paaralan. May mahigit na 50 istudyante ang mga freshmen nila na galing sa Aurora, Quirino, Isabela, Nueva Viscaya at Nueva Ecija.

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Ang WordCamp Philippines 2008 ay inoorganisa ng Mindanao Bloggers at gaganapin sa September 6, 2008 sa College of Saint Benilde, Taft Avenue, Manila.

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Sa kasalukuyan ay may nangyayari pong usapan at pagplaplano tungkol sa pagtatayo ng isang “international” na asosasyon ng mga tiga Aurora na may malasakit at mithing makatulong sa ating bayan sa pamamagitan ng ibat-ibang paraan. Nais po naming makasama kayo simula sa pagplaplano hanggang sa pagsasakatuparan nito.

Magkakaroon po ng sariling website ang adhikaing ito, subalit sa ngayon ay maaari na tayong makisali at makiugnay. Pumunta lamang sa Yahoo group na ito at magrehistro: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/auroraprovince/. Maaari ring maki-oron sa lingguhang usapan sa Batangbaler Chatroom (www.batangbaler.net/chatroom) tuwing Sabado, alas 10 ng gabi, oras sa Pilipinas.

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May U.P. na sa Baler

UP SHS Baler

Noong Lunes, July 21, 2008, ay ininagurahan ang UP Manila School of Health Sciences – Baler, Aurora Extension Campus. Ang paaralang ito ay mag-o-offer ng ladderized courses sa midwifery, nursing at medicine. Pansamantala itong mamamahay sa ASCOT Zabali Campus habang hindi pa naitatayo ang permanenteng gusali sa Brgy. Reserva. Dumalo sa inagurasyon si Sen. Edgardo J. Angara at si UP President Emerlinda Roman.

Ang programang ito ay sagot ng UP sa problemang “brain drain” o “brain hemorrhage” na kasalukuyang nangyayari sa industriya ng kalusugan sa Pilipinas. Ang modelo ng programang ito ay ang matagal nang ginagawa sa UP School of Health Sciences sa Palo Leyte. Ang mga mag-aaral dito ay walang UPCAT, pinipili at ini-sponsor ng mg lokal na pamahalaan at may kasunduang maglilingkod sa nasabing bayan pagkatapos mag-aral. Ang bawat school year ay nahahati sa apat na quarter at walang grade ang mga mag-aaral maliban sa “Passed” o “Needs Tutorial” para maiwasan ang kumpetisyon. Ladderized o baha-bahagdan ang kurso dito na magsisimula sa midwifery, pagkatapos ay nursing at hanggang medicine.

Narito ang balita mula sa Manila Bulletin na sinulat ni Ariel Avendaño:

A satellite campus of the University of the Philippines’ School of Health Sciences (UPSHS) was inaugurated here the other day.

UPSHS, which would serve four adjoining provinces, is intended to convert Aurora – located some 230 kilometers north of Manila – into the health hub of northeastern Luzon.

The extension campus is also intended to produce graduates of medicine-related courses who would fill the void caused by the lack of health professionals in the countryside.

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Love in the Time of War

Ang artikulong ito ay lumabas sa Philippine Star noong July 13, 2008. Sulat ito ni Wilson Lee Flores:

Love in the time of war: Manuel Quezon’s dad, Anne Curtis, Jericho Rosales & Ed Angara in Baler

History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future. — Robert Penn Warren

What is it about sun-kissed small towns wedged between mountains and the ocean that creates an aura of timeless romance, mysteries and epic — even quixotic — dreams?

Despite having only 30,000 inhabitants, this third-class coastal municipality of Baler nestled between the Philippines’ longest mountain range of the Sierra Madre and the Pacific Ocean is the hometown of Commonwealth President Manuel Luis Quezon, his maternal cousin First Lady Doña Aurora Aragon Quezon and Senator Edgardo Angara. It also became the last bastion of Spanish colonial rule in this archipelago, due to the “Siege of Baler” from June 30, 1898 and ending only 11 arduous months later.

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Palace OKs citizens' arm vs illegal logging

Magandang balita ito. Maganda ang ginagawang aksyon ng Task Force Sierra Madre. Dapat silang tulungan nating mga tiga Aurora na ang mithi ay pagmamalasakit sa ating mahal na probinsiya.

Mula sa inquirer.net:

President Macapagal-Arroyo and forest protection advocates have agreed to form a citizens’ body to fight continued illegal logging in the Sierra Madre mountain ranges, the head of a Church-based forest protection watchdog said Tuesday.

The move, according to Fr. Pete Montallana, came in the wake of the apparent failure of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and other government agencies to stop illegal logging in the area.

Montallana heads the Task Force Sierra Madre (TFSM).

He said Bishop Rolando Tria Tirona and a delegation from northern Quezon met with Ms Arroyo last month in Malacañang and voiced serious concern on continued illegal logging in Sierra Madre.

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