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Aurora to Host 2009 Mutya ng Pilipinas, Announces Angara

So the rumor is true. I think this would be on July. from

Senator Edgardo J. Angara today announced that his hometown province, Aurora, will host the 2009 Mutya ng Pilipinas – one of the most prestigious beauty pageant in the Philippines. “This momentous event will feature two distinct beauties which bring pride to the Philippines – the Filipina beauty and the beauty of nature and environment as captured by the province of Aurora,” said Angara who is a proud son of Baler Aurora. He added, “Aside from being blessed with abundant tourist attractions – from its natural attractions including picturesque waterfalls, lush greenery on mountainsides, and panoramic beaches, to various activities which includes surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, mountain climbing and trekking – Aurora and its people is proud to showcase its natural hospitality and warm welcome as we host the 2009 Mutya ng Pilipinas.”

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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.

Foreign fishers encroaching in Aurora

from by Tonette Orejas:

Fishing vessels reportedly owned by Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese companies have been encroaching on portions of the Philippine Sea in Aurora to fish for tuna, a senator said here.

“They come during the January-July tuna season. They’re the ones gaining from our resources,” said Sen. Edgardo Angara at the launch of the Aurora extension office here on Friday.

The haul could not be ascertained but Angara said eight fishing vessels, some with canneries, are seen almost daily during those months.

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DENR employee in Aurora in hot water over P40.8M shortfall


Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Lito Atienza today issued a formal charge against an employee of a local DENR office in Aurora for failing to remit to the government some P40.8 million in forest charges paid by a logging firm from 2003 to June 2008.

Formally charged for falsification of public documents, malversation of public funds, dishonesty and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service was Vilma Ade Ritual, a bill collector assigned at the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Casiguran, Aurora.

Aside from Ritual, also issued show-cause memoranda were four officials and four other personnel from the provincial and community offices of the DENR in Aurora. The four officials asked to explain why they should not be charged administratively for negligence included Benjamin Miña, provincial environment and natural resources officer (PENRO) of Aurora; Luisito Pontigon, CENRO of Casiguran; Ederlinda Rabe, PENRO Accountant, and Roger Esteves, head of Forest Management Section, of CENRO-Casiguran

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Flood News

from Aurora remains isolated from the rest of Central Luzon

Aurora province remains isolated from the rest of Central Luzon due to landslides and widespread flooding brought about by continuous rains over the weekend.

This was the situation given by the Aurora province’s governor as she pleaded for help from the national government and non-government organizations.

Gov. Bella Flor Angara-Castillo said thousands of families in three low-lying towns including Casiguran, Dingalan, and Dilasag have been affected by moderate to heavy rains brought by the recent low-pressure area.

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from Manila Bulletin:Three Aurora towns isolated

The three northern towns of Casiguran, Dilasag and Dinalungan here remain isolated, with at least one person reported drowned and three others missing, due to floods triggered by heavy rains in the past five days, the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council said yesterday.

Governor Bellaflor Angara-Castillo identified the fatality as Reynaldo Casabie, 58, a native of Rizal province, whose body was retrieved yesterday by rescuers along the riverbank in Barangay Dibet, Casiguran. He was reported missing since Saturday.

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Sisid Uli

Isa na namang sisid video mula sa Provincial Tourism Office:

Ito ay kuha sa Baler, Aurora. Ang video na ito, kagaya ng iba pang mga Aurora underwater videos na galing sa Provincial Tourism Office ay kuha ni Ernan Dukha at inedit ni Ryan Ritual. Kasama din sa pagbi-video ang batikang si Macmac Ritual.

Tabsung na!

Aurora board member assails invasion of park by illegal loggers

Mula sa Business Mirror, sinulat nila Carlos Marquez Jr. and Jonathan Mayuga:

ILLEGAL loggers, armed with high-powered firearms and chainsaws with “silencers,” have reportedly invaded the supposedly restricted 5,676-hectare Aurora Memorial National Park, a report shown to the BusinessMirror said.

Aurora board member Mariano Tangson lamented during the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) session this week that the heavily armed illegal loggers had outwitted the National Police and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as they continue to stay and cut trees in that park for a long time now.

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