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Posted by cybermagic | 7/31/2006 05:54:00 PM

2 Aurora town officials suspended
By ARIEL P. AVENDAƑO Published in Manila Bulletin Online on July 31, 2006

BALER, Aurora — Aurora Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo slapped a 60-day suspension against the mayor and vice mayor of a northern Aurora town who were both charged with gross misconduct and grave abuse of authority by an employee of a logging company operating in Dilasag town for allegedly unlawful collection of road user’s fees.

The suspension was imposed last Friday on Mayor Marilyn Marquez and Vice-Mayor Virgie Vallejo but has yet to be received by the two officials because they were reportedly attending a seminar in Baguio City.

Angara-Castillo said the suspension order has been imposed on the two officials to prevent them from influencing the witnesses or to tamper with records needed in the investigation to be conducted by the sangguniang panlalawigan (provincial board).

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A drill that no one wanted to happen

Posted by cybermagic | 7/28/2006 11:31:00 AM

Aurora folk pass tsunami test; E. Visayas LGUs not ready
By Tonette Orejas, Joey A. Gabieta
Published on Page A17 of the July 28, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- SOME 1,500 residents in Baler, Aurora scored “above average” points in disaster preparedness during a tsunami drill last week, the second to be held in the country’s eastern seaboard, according to the chief of the Office of the Civil Defense in Central Luzon.

“Those who joined the exercise were really aware of the threat and what to do when the event strikes. They demonstrated a high level of cooperation,” said Neri Amparo, OCD regional director.

Amparo said residents of Sitio Castillo in Barangay Sabang and Sitio Munting Gusang, Puntian, Cemento, Digisit and Ylaya in Barangay Zabali joined the drill on Saturday. These villages face the Pacific Ocean.

The first drill was held in Sitio Pinagbuhatan in Sto. Domingo, Albay, on May 17.

The villagers began an orderly evacuation when the church bell and the kolong-kolong (an empty acetylene iron tank) were struck at 3 a.m. to announce an impending tsunami, said Danilo Nieva, chief of the provincial disaster coordinating council in Aurora.

Taking along basic kitchen wares, some food and clothes, they trekked to Ermita Hill (Point Baja), which stood 50 meters above sea level, Nieva said.

Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo said the retreat to Ermita Hill was a lesson from the past. This was where Franciscan missionary Jose de San Rafael ran for safety during the Dec. 27, 1735 tsunami, the friar’s accounts showed.

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Tsunami Drill Exercise

Posted by cybermagic | 7/26/2006 12:51:00 PM


At exactly 3:00 am on July 22, 2005 people of Sitio Castillo, Brgy. Sabang and Sitio Munting Gasang, Ermita Hill, Cemento, Ilaya, Fishport and Diguisit Brgy. Zabali Baler, Aurora participated actively on the Tsunami Drill exercise held in Baler by the National Disaster Coordinating Council and the Regional disaster Coordinating Council down to the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council, Municipal coordinating council and the barangay disaster Coordinating council. The mobilization of the people in those areas was spearheaded by Municipal and Barangay officials. This drill was conceptualized by the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council 3 and was supported by Governor Bellaflor J. Angara-Castillo, Chairwoman of the Provl. Disaster Coordinating Council.

An estimated 1,500 residents from Brgy. Sabang and Brgy. Zabali Baler, Aurora participated in the Tsunami Drill Exercise. Photo shows the people walking to the top of Ermita Hill going to higher ground as a standard operation procedure during Tsunami.

Mass Casualty Handling demonstrated by Philippine National Red Cross personnel led by volunteers Lauro Bihasa and Rading Gonzales in Aurora province.

PDCC Chairwoman Hon. Bellaflor J. Angara-Castillo speaking to the crowd on the high level of awareness of the people of Baler on Disaster Preparedness.Thus, making them Tsunami ready.

::photo and text courtesy of Provl. Disaster Coordinating Council

Albay hosts first Pacific-wide tsunami drill

Aurora province ready for takeoff

Posted by cybermagic | 7/17/2006 06:05:00 PM

Excerpts from Manila Bulletin Online written by Dr. Bernardo Villegas last July 14, 2006.

AURORA in Spanish means dawn. Aurora Province is literally at the dawn of more rapid economic development after decades of neglect, as its present leaders are mobilizing resources to give a major push to countryside and agricultural development.
Last May 26-29, I made a sentimental journey to Baler. Accompanying me in the harrowing 8-hour land trip was my 97-year-old mother who last saw Baler some 65 years ago. In 19401941, just before the outbreak of the Second World War in the Philippines, my parents and their first three children moved to Baler where my father worked as a young rural doctor in an anti-malaria unit in this remote outpost in the Pacific Ocean. I was barely two years old. My brother Eddie was newly born and actually got baptized in the Baler church, with the late Maria Aurora Aragon Quezon as his godmother. You can imagine what great emotions my mother felt as we attended Holy Mass in the old Baler church, made famous world-wide by the Spanish soldiers who made their last stand inside the church during the SpanishAmerican War.

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New books for 186 public and private schools in Aurora

Posted by cybermagic | 7/08/2006 08:06:00 PM

Partnership forged with Metrobank Foundation and Aurora Rep. Angara
excerpts from MTKalaw Institute

The Metrobank Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of the Metrobank Group and the office of Congressman Juan Edgardo Angara are extending donation to the Maximo T. Kalaw Institute for Sustainable Development's Earthling journal project. Over 2000 public school students in Pangasinan will benefit from the donations from the Metrobank Foundation, and 186 public and private schools in Aurora Province will benefit from the donations from Cong. Angara.

MTKISD forged partnership with Metrobank Foundation and Cong. Angara through their education programs. Earthlings shall serve as the take-off project for integral citizenship building, as the entire education system is looped into a program for environmental conservation and nation development. To ensure that teachers are primed in the use of the journals, Teachers' Guides are bundled into each distribution, and shall be monitored to assess the impact.

Earthling Journals are designed to instill values of respect for and promotion of human and ecological security, Filipino identity, sustainable lifestyle and consumption patterns.

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CSC Honor award semi-finalist

Posted by cybermagic | 7/07/2006 04:58:00 PM

Dr. Romeo S. Cabanilla, ASCOT President grabbed the semi-finalist nomination of Presidential or Lingkod Bayan Award conducted by Civil Service Commission.

The Presidential or Lingkod Bayan Award is conferred on an individual or group of individuals for exceptional or extraordinary contribution/s resulting from an idea or performance that had nationwide impact on public interest, security and patrimony. The contribution may be a suggestion, innovation, invention or superior accomplishment.

The Civil Service Commission requests any information, positive or negative, about the aforementioned semi-finalists. Please submit information on or before July 13, 2006 to the CSC Honor Awards Program (HAP Secretariat, Public Assistance and Information Office, Civil Service Commission, Constitution Hills, Quezon City through:

Telephone numbers : 931-7993; 932-0381; and 932-0111
Fax number : 932-0179
TEXTCSC : 0917-8398272
E-mail address :

Phil-Spain Friendship day 2006 snapshots

Posted by cybermagic | 7/07/2006 03:56:00 PM

Military Soldiers waiting for their turn.

(Above photos) Wreath laying proper at the Shrine of the Siege of Baler with Cong. Sonny Angara, Vice Governor Annabelle C. Tangson(Acting Governor), Mayor Arthur J. Angara, a representative from National Historical Institute and other guests and visitors.

Officials, military and locals join hand in hand in salute to our national flag(minus the flag photo).

Mayor Arthur J. Angara of Baler

Vice Governor Annabelle C. Tangson delivered a remarkable speech in celebration of Phil-Spanish Friendship Day.

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Of Friends and Allies
Manila Bulletin 07/02/06

PALENCIA, CASTILLA Y LEON – For the first time since its inaugural celebration in Baler, Aurora in 2003, the Philippines-Spanish Friendship Day was commemorated in this province of Castilla on Friday, June 30. This was made possible through the efforts of Jesus Valbuena, a grandson of Corporal Jesus Garcia Quijano, one of the 33 Spanish soldiers who survived the siege of Baler.

Photo taken by Carrie Emmanuel