Category Archives: Casiguran

Casiguran and Baler News

from by Manny Galvez: Casiguran airport to be upgraded

The P157-million airport in this town, which is now undergoing construction, will be further upgraded into an international airport at an additional cost of P100 million.

Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo told The STAR that the airport, initially planned as a domestic airport, would become an international airport with a longer runway able to serve larger aircrafts that can travel to other destinations through connecting flights to other airports.

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from CBCP News by Jason De Asis: Baler and Casiguran mark quadricentennial of evangelization

The 400 years of evangelization in this town will be celebrated on June 11, 2009 according to San Luis Obispo Parish (SLOP) priest Fr. Nilvon Co Villanueva.

A pontifical mass will be presided by Prelature of Infanta Bishop Rolando Tria Tirona together with 36 priests of the prelature at 3 o’clock in the afternoon at SLOP in Baler.

Also on June 13, 2009, the northern town of Casiguran shall also be commemorating the quadricentennial of its evangelization in time for its town fiesta in honor of its patron San Antonio de Padua.

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The Mission of Casiguran

Agta Ako is blogging Casiguran again. Go to the website and read a longish article about the 400 years Anniversary of the founding of the Mission of Casiguran. The town will celebrate the quadricentennial anniversary of its evangelization next week, which is their Fiesta. I want to go, someone invite me!

We heard that some officials in Casiguran are doubting the fact that it’s Casiguran’s 400th founding. What could be the motive or benefit that can be derived from making Casiguran younger? “Matanda na tum bayan tam ay…” the saying goes.

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By the way, i’m still waiting for the official Baler, Aurora website to be updated. It’s not enough to put up a website. Content is King!

Tourism Update

Some updates from the Provincial Tourism Office:

Mdme. Charlotte M. alerted me about a 1-day jewelry-making exhibit happening at the Baler Municipal Plaza right this very moment – March 20, 2009. Buy and patronize the products of the women of Aurora!

And the youtube page of the Aurora Tourim Office has a new video: Aurora Philippines Friday the 13th Surfari. The surf spot is Dalugan, Casiguran, Aurora. Watch.

And I discovered that they also have a flick page. Check out the Tourism Aurora Flickr Page.

A website would be good.

11 charged with illegal mining

from 11 charged with illegal mining

Aurora police released nine Chinese and two Filipinos on Wednesday after filing four criminal cases against them for alleged illegal mining of black sand on the coast of Casiguran.

Go Kim Sing, Go Oh Hoi, Ti Kim Hang, Lim Kim He, Go Hong Keng, Go Keng Heng, Chin Hok Teng, Lim Kim Leong, Ho Kim Cheang, Engineer Gerry Dollente and Rey Alvis were sued for theft of minerals, illegal exploration, destruction of mining structure and false statement, said Senior Superintendent Romeo Teope, Aurora police chief.

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Aurora villagers rally vs ecozone plan

from by Tonette Orejas

Fighting what they called displacement from their homes and farms, more than 1,500 farmers, fishermen and Dumagat natives from five villages in Casiguran, Aurora, held a protest caravan on Monday to stop the establishment of an economic zone there.

Riding the “kuliglig” (farm tractor used in transporting people and produce) and tricycles, the protesters converged at the Casiguran town hall at noon and aired their appeal to local officials to stop the establishment of the Aurora Special Economic Zone Authority (Aseza).

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Related article from the Pamalakaya Times: Aurora’s ecozone plan, a reward to Angaras for licking GMA’s boots, group says.

DENR freezes permits of lumber dealers in Aurora

from Philippine Star by Ding Cervantes:

Amid reports of unabated illegal logging in the remaining forests of the Sierra Madre mountains, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here has stopped the issuance of transport permits to lumber dealers without legitimate logging concessions in Aurora province.

“This is to ensure they (lumber dealers) are not made fronts or market outlets for illegal loggers,” said newly installed Central Luzon DENR executive director Antonio Principe.

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Another take from Manila Bulletin

Want i want to read is a news about DENR stopping commercial logging in Aurora.

Aurora News

Some Aurora-related news from different websites:

Army denies Infanta church statement – from by tonette Orejas:

The military in Aurora has described its relations with priests in the province as “vibrant and intimate.”

The Army’s 48th Infantry Battalion said this in a statement to deny the report of the Prelature of Infanta that the military’s counterinsurgency campaign has sown fear among the residents and discredited the Catholic Church and its clergy there.

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CL top cop eyes probe of Aurora police director – from Philippine Star by Manny Galvez (December 7):

The regional director of the Philippine National Police in Central Luzon has vowed to look into the allegations of arrogance and incompetence against the controversial provincial police director in the province.

Chief Superintendent Leon Nilo de la Cruz said that he would look into the controversy involving Senior Superintendent Romeo Teope amid claims he was ignoring established laws and was helpless in the campaign against the illegal numbers game in the province.

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CHR asked to order army camp closure – from December 23:

The Commission on Human Rights here has concluded the collation of reports and conduct of dialogues on the requests of the Multi-Sectoral Action Group of Aurora (MSAG) to help order the closure of an Army camp in Baler and the pullout of troops in Dipaculao following alleged human rights violations by soldiers.

CHR Central Luzon director Jasmin Regino said her office was expected to submit its findings and recommendations to CHR Chair Leila de Lima by early January 2009.

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DENR to dispatch legal team to stop illegal logging in Aurora – from

A combined team of legal and law enforcement agents will be dispatched by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to Aurora province to check on reports of fresh illegal logging activities in Dingalan town.

The order came after Environment Secretary Lito Atienza learned of the illegal logging activities in the said town through “independent sources in the area.”

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Aurora rated X again by MTRCB – from This is not really about Aurora the Province. I was just surprised that asides from Baler the movie there is also an Aurora, the movie.

Government abolishing three DENR offices in Region 3 – from Philippine Star by Manny Galvez (December 23)

A controversial rationalization plan of the national government seeking to streamline government agencies through mergers, abolitions and downsizing of personnel and employees will result in the abolition of three community offices of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Central Luzon.

Regidor de Leon, DENR regional executive director for Central Luzon told The STAR that the community environment and natural resources offices or CENROs in Talavera, Nueva Ecija; Baler in Aurora; and Cabanggan in Zambales, will be abolished under the Rationalization Plan for the DENR in line with EO 366 issued by President Arroyo.

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