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Orientation-Seminar para sa ELA at CapDev ng PGA, Isinagawa

Isang “Orientation-Seminar on the Formulation of Executive-Legislative Agenda, System on Competency Assessment for Local Governments and Capability Development Agenda” ang isinagawa ng Pamahalaang Panlalawigan ng Aurora sa pangunguna ni Kgg. Gerardo A. Noveras, Punong Lalawigan, noong ika-23 hanggang ika-25 ng Oktubre 2013 sa AMCO Beach Resort sa bayan ng Baler.

Katuwang sa nasabing gawain si Kgg. Rommel T. Angara, Pangalawang Punong Lalawigan at ang lahat na miyembro ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan; Kagawaran ng Interyor at Pamahalaang Lokal ng Aurora sa pangunguna ni G. Renato Bernardino, Panlalawigang Direktor kasama sina Gng. Armida Palispis, LGOO V – Aurora; at G. Amado Angara, MLGOO – Baler. Nakiisa din sa gawaing ito, ang iba’t ibang tanggapan ng Pamahalaang Panlalawigan ng Aurora, Tanggapang Nasyonal at NGO’s sa pagpaplano ng ikauunlad ng lalawigan.

 

Governor Gerry A. Noveras emphasizing the importance of a well-planned Executive-Legislative Agenda (ELA) and Capacity Development Agenda (CapDev) of the province.

Governor Gerry A. Noveras emphasizing the importance of a well-planned Executive-Legislative Agenda (ELA) and Capacity Development Agenda (CapDev) of the province.

Sa pagsisimula ng nabanggit na gawain, tiniyak ni Punong Lalawigan Noveras ang kanyang buong suporta sa anumang mapagkakasunduang plano para sa ikauunlad ng lalawigan. Pinasalamatan rin ng Punong Lalawigan ang pagdalo ng buong pwersa ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan sa tatlong araw na gawain.

Ang isinagawang orientation-seminar/workshop ay naglalayong makabuo ng isang Executive – Legislative Agenda o ELA at Capacity Development Agenda o CapDev ng lalawigan. Pahapyaw ding tinalakay at isinaayos ang kasalukuyang Vision at Mission ng lalawigan. Inaasahang ang tatlong –araw na gawain ay magbubunga ng maganda, maayos at makatotohanang plano na magiging gabay sa tuloy-tuloy na pag-unlad ng lalawigan. (PAIAD/sbhn)

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Buwan ng Kooperatiba, Ipinagdiwang

“Cooperatives Pave the Way for Inclusive Growth”. Ito ang tema ng Pagdiriwang ng Araw ng Kooperatiba sa Lalawigan. Ang isang araw na pagdiriwang ay kinatampukan ng parada at tree planting sa Ermita Hill sa Barangay Zabali, Baler, Aurora, nitong nakaraang ika-1 ng Oktubre taong kasalukuyan sa pangangasiwa ni G. Guy Alipio Tuzon-Provincial Cooperative Officer ng lalawigan at mga kawani ng nabanggit na tanggapan.

Governor Gerardo A. Noveras delivering his speech during the Cooperative Month Celebration 2013 Program.

Governor Gerardo A. Noveras delivering his speech during the Cooperatives Month Celebration 2013 Program.

Naging panauhing tagapagsalita sina Gobernor Gerardo A. Noveras, Vice Governor Rommel T. Angara, Kgg. Antonio B. Curitana-Bokal ng ikalawang Distrito ng Lalawigan ng Aurora at Committee Chairman ng Cooperatiba, Kgg. Athur Trinidad-Kapitan ng Barangay Zabali at kinatawan ni Mayor Nalianto Bihasa ng Baler at G. Alexander P. Rotas-PCDS, CDA Aurora Field Office.

Hon.Antonio B. Curitana, PCO Guy Tuzon and Alexander Rotas of CDA during Cooperative Month Celebration 2013 Parade.

Hon.Antonio B. Curitana, PCO Guy Tuzon and Alexander Rotas of CDA during Cooperatives Month Celebration 2013 Parade.

Dumalo sa nasabing pagdiriwang ang mga empleyado at pinuno ng mga Kooperatiba sa lalawigan sa pangunguna ng Santo Tomas Diome Wenceslao Multi-purpose Cooperative-Maria Aurora, Casigiran District Hospital Employees Multi-purpose Cooperative, Pangkasama Multi-purpose Cooperative-Casiguran, Aurora Multi-purpose-Baler, Glory to God Multi-purpose Cooperative-Baler, Saint Francis Development Cooperative-Baler, Nagkakaisang Lakas Paggawa Multi-purpose Cooperative-Dipaculao, MADECO-Maria Aurora, Kalikasan Multi-purpose Cooperative-Baler, Esperanza Manggitahan Agraria Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative-Dilasag, Golden Field Multi-purpose Cooperative-Maria Aurora, Sikap Credit Cooperative-San Luis, Dikildit Primary Multi-purpose Cooperative-Maria Aurora, Agrarian Development Cooperative of Aurora-Baler, ASCOT Forestry Multi-purpose Cooperative-Baler, NFA-Aurora Multi-purpose Cooperative-Baler.

 

Tree Planting Activity with Governor Jerry A. Noveras, Vice Governor Rommel T. Angara, Provincial Cooperative Officer Guy A. Tuzon, and Alexander Rotas of Cooperative Development Authority-Aurora during the Cooperative Month Celebration 2013.

Tree Planting Activity with Governor Jerry A. Noveras, Vice Governor Rommel T. Angara, Provincial Cooperative Officer Guy A. Tuzon, and Alexander Rotas of Cooperative Development Authority-Aurora during the Cooperatives Month Celebration 2013.

Sa pagpapasimula ng tree planting ay hinimok ni Bokal Curitana ang mga dumalo na lalo pang palakasin at paunlarin ang kani-kanilang kooperatiba at patuloy na dagdagan ang kani-kanilang pondo para sa ika-uunlad ng kooperatiba.

Ayon naman kay Gobernor Noveras “ang pinapahalagahan ng pagdiriwang ay ang ika-pitong prinsipyo ng Kooperatiba na “Concern for the Community” na tumutugon sa pagbibigay pansin sa komunidad at kalikasan kung kaya’t naging pangunahing gawain sa pagdiriwang ang sama-samang magtatanin ng punong kahoy upang mapanatili ang maganda at maunlad na kalikasan.

 

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Aurora Governor Bellaflor Angara-Castillo named as One of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Awardees

 MANILA, Philippines – Aurora Governor Bellaflor J. Angara-Castillo was named as one of this year’s Lifetime Distinguished Achievement Awardees by the University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA).

She was recognized as a service oriented leader in government service through her 6-point integrated development approach encapsulated into acronym HEALTH (Health, Education, Agriculture, Livelihood, Tourism and Environment Management, and Human Development). Her numerous recognitions, awards and distinctions catapulted her to Gawad Parangal Hall of Famer as the Most Outstanding Local Chief Executive in social services for three (3) consecutive years given by the Association of Local Social Welfare and Development Officers of the Philippines, Inc.

Gov. Angara-Castillo held key positions in the Regional Development Council and League of Provinces of the Philippines. At present she is the president of Central Luzon Growth Corridor Foundation Inc. composed of 7 provinces in Region III.

Only recently, Gov. Angara-Castillo received the International Award in Public Service as an Outstanding Government Official of the Philippines during the 18th Annual Chicago Filipino-American Hall of Fame 2012 at Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Gov. Angara Castillo obtained her Bachelor of Laws (Class Salutatorian, Cum Laude) and Bachelor of Science in Jurisprudence (Cum Laude) degrees both from the University of the Philippines; a scholarship grantee for Masters of Laws Program at Yale Law School and a participant in the Leaders in Development Program at John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

She is joined by GMA President Felipe Gozon, Justice Serafin Cuevas, Sec. Enrique Ona, Dr. Ernesto Tabujara (for male category); Fredesvinda Almeda-Consunji, Georgia Cruz-Arnaldo, Pheobe Dauz-Williams, and Macrina Tamayo-Zafaralla (for female category) in this year’s list of UPAA Lifetime Achievement Awardees.  UPAA’s Most Distinguished Alumna is Ambassador Delia Domingo-Albert.

The award was given during the 2012 General Alumni-Faculty Homecoming and Reunion on June 23, 2012 at the Ang Bahay ng Alumni in the UP-Diliman campus.

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Baler, Aurora witnessed the successful celebration of 10th Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day


Baler, Aurora, June 30, 2012 — The 10th annual celebration of the Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day culminated once again in Baler, Aurora alongside with the 113th Anniversary of the Historic Siege of Baler.

Former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban of the Supreme Court of the Philippines and Hon. Francisco Perez De Los Cobos Orihuel of Spanish Constitutional Court graced the celebration as guests of honor.

“The Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day is a national holiday that commemorates and preserves centuries-old friendship and strong historical and cultural links between our countries,” said senator Edgardo J. Angara, chairman of the Philippines-Spain Parliamentary Friendship Group.

The Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day Act or the Republic Act 9187, authored by Angara in the Senate and Aurora representative Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara in the House, was enacted into law in 2003. It marks the act of benevolence in June 30, 1899 when President Emilio Aguinaldo issued a decree stating that the 33 Spanish soldiers who survived the legendary Siege of Baler be treated not as prisoners but as friends.

The Declaration recalled the decree issued on 30 June 1899 by General Emilio Aguinaldo, then President of the Revolutionary Government of the Philippines, which extolled the bravery of 54 Spanish soldiers who took refuge inside the church of Baler for almost a year, showing great valor and loyalty.

Diplomats and officials present during commemoration were Ambassador Jorge Domecq of Spain, Ambassador Menashe Bar-on of Israel, Ambassador Jouaquin Daniel of Argentina, Ambassador Prasas Prasasvinichai of Thailand, Ambassador Yohanes Kristiarto Legowo of Indonesia and Ambassador Nguyen Vu Tu of Vietnam.

Dr. Virgilio Almario, National Artist for literature also launched his newest book, “Komedya de Baler” and “Flames Over Baler” by Mr. Carlos Madrid.

“The magnanimity of the Filipino soldiers and the gallantry of the Spanish defenders during the “Siege of Baler” highly demonstrate nobility, loyalty and strong sense of nationalism. These moral principles carved out that human spirit into an enduring friendship, “una Amistad Duradera” (a long-lasting friendship) – for which we are gathered here today said Aurora Governor Bellaflor J. Angara-Castillo.

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Korean gov’t extends P79.2-M grant for Aurora ecozone projects

AURORA SPECIAL ECONOMIC AND FREEPORT ZONE – Some P79.2 million of grants has been extended by the South Korean government to the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone (Apeco) to bankroll the feasibility studies for three major projects inside the ecozone.

Robbie Mathay, Apeco president and chief executive officer, said the Korean grant, which s coursed through the Korean Export-Import Bank, will be used to finance studies for water system, hydroelectric power and waste management systems inside the ecozone.
He said the Korean grant not only manifests the Korean government’s resolve to help the Philippines, which has Korea as its fifth largest trade partner, but also its confidence in the economic prospects and opportunities in Apeco,” he said.

Mathay noted that the Korean government has been very supportive of efforts to develop Apeco and early this year funded a feasibility study through a P15-million grant from the Korean Economic Development Cooperation Fund for the construction of a P2.4-billion international container seaport aimed to transform this economic zone into a logistics hub for exportation of agro-fishery, timber and industrial products in Central Luzon and northern Luzon.

Mathay said the seaport project is now awaiting approval of the National Economic Development Authority for funding under the Official Development Assistance of the Korean government with counterpart funding from the national government. A consortium composed of the Dasan Engineering and DY Engineering companies completed the feasibility study for the international container seaport after three months.
The proposed modern container port, which is projected to be finished in four years, will complement the domestic seaport and will attract business locators, thus, spurring economic development not only in Central Luzon but also in Cagayan Valley through the export products of five provinces in Northern Luzon, Mathay said.

He added that the Korean government has also expressed interest in constructing an all-weather road in the remaining unpaved portion of the 120-kilometer Baler-Casiguran Road.

Kent Avestruz, Apeco manager for corporate planning, said there is now an increasing involvement of the Korean government in the country which has clearly spilled over to Aurora, citing the construction a few years back of a P130-million grant-in aid-funded rice processing complex in Barangay Reserva through the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

President Aquino met with visiting Korean President Lee Myung-bak where they signed five agreements that will further enhance their bilateral relations on trade, agriculture, labor, power and development assistance or foreign aid.

Avestruz noted that Korean grant aid in the country is at its largest in 2011, with KOICA providing P1 billion for development programs in its priority sectors in agriculture, infrastructure, health and climate change.  Since its inception in 1991, KOICA has infused P4.4 billion in grant assistance to the country. – Manny Galvez

*Published on Oct-Dec 2011 issue of Ang Bagong Aurora

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Aurora Technical Vocational Education Association raked 3 golds

 

Courtesy call with Gov. Bellaflor J. Angara-Castillo at Provincial capitol

Aurora Technical Vocational Education Association (ATVEA) bagged 3 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals in the recent Regional Skills Competition held at TESDA Guiguinto, Bulacan last January 25-26, 2012. ATVEA composed of representatives from the PEACE Training Center, Aurora State College of Technology, Asia Pacific International System College, Lyceum of the East, Mount Carmel College, Aurora Polythecnic College, and TESDA Training Center placed 4th in the Over-All Standing.

The PEACE Center students and trainers completed in Beauty Therapy and Hairdressing; ASCOT students and faculty competed in Commercial Cooking and Web Design; APIS students and trainer competed in Automotive and Electrical Installation Maintenance; and finally a TESDA Training Center Trainee competed in Electrical Installation Maintenance.

Engr. Jaime Gose, President of the ATVEA Programs was ecstatic by the wins brought home by the Aurora delegation, “if the representations were classified per institution – ATVEA as an autonomous unit could have taken home the Over – All Champion title” – quips. The Association of Aurora Technical Vocational Education believes that besides the trainings that the participants underwent, it were the institutes’ strong and competent curriculum that had equipped the students for the said competition.

A proud Governor Bellaflor J. Angara – Castillo along with the ATVEA, sends their gratitude to the groups and individuals who contributed to the Aurora participants’ good performances, “This great honour will not possible without the hard work of our competitors, our students, and the dedication of our coaches. We share this victory with the management who continuously overwhelm us with their support”.
The following are the winners of the recent Regional Skills Competition from ATVEA:

 

GOLD MEDALISTS: Youth Category: Myla Charizze C. Imperial, coached by instructor Charidel S. Azuela for Beauty Therapy; Mark Lester G. Cunanan, coached by instructor Mary Jane Almanon for Commercial Cooking, King Alvin P. Grospe, coached by Christhoper Marmol, for Web Design – Open Category;

SILVER MEDALISTS: Trainer Category: Renante Mendez – Youth Category; Mario Joy M. Parcasio coached by Charidel Azuela for Hairdressing.

BRONZE MEDALIST: Youth Category: John Junnel S. Tolentino, coached by Rene Aragon for Automotive and Jayron S. Amansec, coached by Jesusito Soliven for Electrical Installation Maintenance.
All gold medalists are now preparing to represent the region in the National Skills Competition on March 2012. (Marilou Z. Sindac – PEACE Center Manager)

*Published on Oct-Dec 2011 issue of Ang Bagong Aurora

 

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MAGSASAKA NG AURORA, 2011 Gawad Saka National Awardee

Tumanggap ng parangal si G. Wilfredo C. Martinez, magsasaka ng niyog ng Barangay Diteki, San luis, Aurora ng parangal sa Palasyo ng Malacanang noong ika -13, ng Disyembre 2011 bilang 2011 Gawad Saka National Awardee under Coconut Farmer Category. Si G. Martinez, 69 taong gulang at isang balik bayan. Ang kanyang pamilya ay nagmigrate sa United States dahil sa hanapbuhay at noong magretired ay nagdesisyong bumalik sa Pilipinas kasama ang kanyang maybahay na si Gng. Alma Martinez upang pagyamanin ang kanilang 4.76 hektaryang lupa sa barangay Diteki, San Luis, Aurora.

Sa pagsisikap ni G. Martinez ay nadoble niya ang kanyang ani mula sa 1.6 toneladang kopra at nagawang 3.4 tonelada bawat taon. Napanatili niya ang maayos na kalagayan ng lupa sa pamamagitan ng teknolohiya ng pagpapataba ng asin, isang teknolohiya na itinuturo ng Department of Agriculture, Philippine Coconut Authority, ang matipid at kapaki-pakinabang na paraan upang maibalik ang dating katabaan ng lupa. Sinunod niya ang mga teknolohiya ng paglalagay ng mga pinagbalatan ng niyog, mga tuyong dahon at dumi ng kambing sa puno ng mga niyog upang maging organikong pataba. Sa pamamagitan nito napipigil ang pagdami at pagtubo ng damo at ang taba ng lupa ay mapapanatili.

May 400 namumungang puno ng niyog habang125 kapuno naman ang bagong tanim sa kanyang lupain. Mayroon din siyang nursery ng mga seedlings na niyog na binibili naman ng Philippine Coconut Authority o ng mga nagtatanim ng niyog sa karatig lugar. Upang lalong mapagyaman ang kanyang lupain, siya rin ay nagtatanim ng mga High Value Crops katulad ng pomelo, cacao, guyabano,rambutan, citrus, papaya, pineapple, yellow corn at iba pa sa ilalim ng niyugan. Nagpaparami din siya ng mga seedlings ng High Value Commercial Crop. Nagaalaga din siya ng mga hayop katulad ng manok, baboy, usa at marami pang iba upang lalong maitaas ang kanyang kita. Mayroon din siyang 150 metro kwadrado palaisdaan ng Tilapia sa ilalimng kanyang niyugan.

Noong una ay kumikita lang siya ng P 10,000 kada hektarya at dahilan nga sa Integrated Farming System na kanyang sinusunod ay napataas nito ang kanyang ani sa P 110,000 kung kayat nakamit niya ang karangalan ipinagkaloob sa kanya. Sa pamamagitan nito ay napatunayan at naipakita niya na hindi siya dapat magsisi sa kanyang pag-uwi sa Pilipinas sapagkat siya ay naging matagumpay sa kanyang itinayong hanap buhay.
Tumanggap siya ng gantimpalang P 100,000 at sertipiko ng pagkilala sa National Level at P20,000 at sertipiko para naman sa Regional Level.
Masigasig siyang ginabayan ng kanyang teknisyang natalaga mula sa Philippine Coconut Authority na si Ginoong Edwin Rillon, Agriculturist II, at ng Municipal Agriculturist Office ng San Luis. Matiyagang inihanda ng kanyang teknisyan ang mga kailangang dokumento upang manalo ang ating magsasaka ng niyog.

Upang maipakita sa mga magsasaka sa Aurora ang mga teknolohiyang sinusunod ni G. Martinez, noong ika – 15 ng Disyembre 2011 ay doon mismo sa kanyang lupain sa Diteki ginanap ang 4th Quarter meeting ng Provincial Agriculture and Fishery Council (PAFC) na ginagabayan ni Provincial Agriculturist Adriano Necesito at pinangunguluhan ni G. Zacariaz P. Bodoy. 2011. (JOYCELINDA U. REYES – Aquaculturist II)

*Published on Oct-Dec 2011 issue of Ang Bagong Aurora

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Angara-Castillo eyes rent-to-own village for 1,000 Capitol employees

BALER, Aurora – A village complete with facilities is set to be built for some 1,000 Capitol employees here as one of the legacies of the outgoing administration of three-term Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo.

Angara-Castillo told newsmen that the subdivision-type housing project will first prioritize employees with no known dwellings and who just rent in apartments and other rented units.

She said each of the beneficiary employees will rent the house then later own it in a typical rent-to-own scheme. “I want this housing project to be one of my biggest legacies to my official Capitol family once I step down as governor in 2013,” she said.

Angara-Castillo explained that the housing project was conceived by her administration after learning the plight of some Capitol employees who do not even have their own dwellings.

“They could not even afford to have a house they can call their own. I think it’s high time that they have their own house which they can rent and later own and use the money for rental instead to pay for other expenses,” she said.

The provincial government is eyeing either Barangay Pingit or Barangay Reserva as site of the subdivision project which is projected to be a complete community with facilities for recreation among others.

Reserva is an emerging government and educational center housing various structures among them the P594-million brand-new modern hospital, the P130-million rice processing complex, the campus of the University of the Philippines and the office of the Department of Public Works and Highways. The provincial government owns a seven-hectare lot in the area.

The units to be constructed are either duplex or individual type with the smallest unit having a floor area of 150 square meters.

Angara-Castillo said aside from 1,000 permanent and casual employees, the village will also benefit 27 chiefs of offices who may be interested to rent and later own their preferred housing units.(Manny Galvez)

*Published on Oct-Dec 2011 issue of Ang Bagong Aurora

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Governor Castillo Awarded Two Recognitions

Governor Bellaflor J. Angara-Castillo received two (2) recognition awards from the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) (left photo) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) (right photo) for her exemplary leadership in the effective governance of solid wastes and natural resources in the province of Aurora, respectively. The said Certificates signed by OIC-Executive Director Emelita C. Aguinaldo of NSWMC and DENR Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje were awarded to Governor Castillo last year during the Awarding Ceremony of Gawad Punong Lalawigan para sa Kapaligiran in line with the Environment Month Celebration.

The Provincial Government of Aurora (PGA) through the leadership of Governor Castillo supports solid waste management (SWM) in several ways. One is through its financial and technical assistance to its component LGUs in SWM planning and implementation. As a result, Aurora is the first province who had successfully completed the formulation and legitimization of all Municipal SWM Plan. Such formulated Municipal SWM Plan of eight municipalities of Aurora were reviewed and integrated so as to formulate the 10-Year Provincial SWM Plan that will serve as the key step in promoting participation among stakeholders in the municipality and will serve as development blueprint of Aurora for efficient management of our solid wastes.

Another support program is the recognition of the efforts of deserving local government units and other stakeholders through the “Gawad Punong Lalawigan para sa Kapaligiran.” Still another area of support is the implementation of its own SWM program within the Provincial Capitol. Further, the Provincial Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) Plan for Aurora was formulated.

Governor Bellaflor J. Angara-Castillo received a Certificate of Commendation from the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) for her exemplary leadership in the efficient implementation of Republic Act 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000) in the province of Aurora.
The other Certificate of Recognition was awarded by the DENR to Governor Castillo for providing the vision, strong leadership and good governance in the aspect of sustainable development, protection and conservation of the environment and natural resources in the province of Aurora, evidenced by the formulation of the Provincial Forest Land Use Plan, Coastal Resources Management Plan, creation and operationalization of Provincial Task Force Sagip Kalikasan and other environmental efforts.

She recognizes the need to protect the environment and preserve the ecological balance of the province towards sustainable development. As such, Provincial Government of Aurora (PGA) continuously provides technical, financial and other forms of assistance to its component municipalities in the formulation and implementation of Municipal Forest Land-Use Plan and Coastal Resources Management Plan.

Further, Governor Castillo signed Executive Order No. 024 on July 23, 2008 Creating the Provincial Task Force Sagip Kalikasan as a merger of the efforts of all concerned government agencies, LGUs, NGOs, civilian volunteer groups, religious and other sectors of the society towards a single intent and purpose, that is, environmental protection and preservation through establishment monitoring checkpoints at all entry and exit points of Aurora.

With the foregoing accomplishments, the NSWMC and DENR give due recognition to Aurora Governor Bellaflor J. Angara-Castillo as Outstanding Governor who paved way to significant changes in ensuring effective governance of solid wastes and environment and natural resources in our province.

*Published on Oct-Dec 2011 issue of Ang Bagong Aurora

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RDC-3 Full Council Meeting, idinaos sa Aurora

Baler, Aurora. Isang matagumpay na pagpupulong ang ginanap sa Lalawigan ng Aurora na kung saan ay dinaluhan ito ng mga miyembro ng Regional Development Council ng Region 3. Pinangunahan ito ng lalawigan ng Aurora na ginanap sa Dr. Juan C. Angara Sports Complex nitong nakaraang ika – 13 ng Disyembre 2011.

Sa kanyang mensahe, isang maalab na pagtanggap ang ipinaabot ng punong lalawigan Bellaflor J. Angara – Castillo para sa mga nagsidalo kaalinsabay na rin ang kanyang paglalambing sa mga kinauukulang ahensya partikular sa Department of Agriculture at Department of Public Works & Highway ukol sa pagkakaroon ng mga karagdagang proyekto na dapat sana aniya ay matagal ng naipagkaloob sa Aurora bilang pinakamahirap at pinakabatang miyembro ng rehiyon. Dagdag pa niya, marapat lamang na mapagtuunan ng pansin ang Aurora at hindi ang mga malalaki at mau-unlad nang lalawigan.

Tampok sa naging pagpupulong ang pagpapatibay ng P12.79 Bilyong halaga ng mga proyekto sa buong rehiyon kasama ang isang napakalaking Dam Project sa Lalawigan ng Tarlac. Kabilang din sa nasabing pagpupulong ang pagpapatibay ng limang resolusyon para sa Phase II ng P12.028 bilyong Balog-Balog Multi Purpose Project; P238-milyon proposed extension ng Enrique Garcia Avenue sa Balanga, pagkakaroon ng Feasibility Study para sa P300-milyong anti flooding project, pagkakaroon ng feasibility study para sa proposed integrated draining system na kapwa sa lalawigan ng Bataan; proposed P228-milyong widening and extension ng Bigaa-Plaridel National road sa Siyudad ng Malolos.

Ang mga nasabing resolusyon ay bahagi ng 27 resolusyong pinagtibay sa 3 Omnibus Motions na ipinasa sa nasabing pagpupulong na pinangunahan ni Mayor Oscar Rodriquez ng Siyudad ng San Fernando, bilang RDC Chairman at dinaluhan ng mga punong lalawigang sina Bellaflor J. Angara-Castillo ng Aurora, Hermogenes Ebdane ng Zambales at Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado ng Bulacan, 10 Regional Directors ng iba’t-ibang Pambansang Ahensya ng Pamahalaan at 34 na Council Members na naging sapat upang magkaroon ng korum. Ang mga nasabing resolusyon ay ipinirinsinta sa kapulungan ni Alvarado, taga-pangulo ng sectoral committee on infrastructure development.
Magugunita na 3 beses ng pinagtibay ng Investment Coordinating Council ng NEDA ang BBMP at ang pinakahuli ay noong taong 2000 pa sa halagang P12.028-bilyon. Ang Phase 1ng proyekto na kung saan ang Feasibility Study ay pinondohan ng World Bank na pinasimulan noong 1999 at ganap na natapos nitong 2011 sa halagang P2.3 bilyon, na naglalayong mapatubigan ang 12,475 ektaryang bukirin sa Siyudad ng Tarlac, La Paz, Victoria at Gerona.

Ayon kay G. Vic Vicmudo, project manager ng BBMP ang Phase II naman ng proyekto ay naglalayon namang mapatubigan ang may 34,410 ektaryang lupain sa Tarlac City, at 8 bayan mula sa Tarlac, flood control facilities, pagkakaroon ng 43.5 megawatt ng hydroelectric power at 150 ektarya ng palaisdaan.

Samantala, ang EGSA o Enrique Garcia Senior Avenue sa Balanga, Bataan naman ay karagdagan naman para sa isang dating daan na mag-uugnay para sa isang fish port at ang pagkakaroon ng isang commercial area. Ang flood control project naman ssa Balanga ay naglalayong mapigilan ang pagbaha na dulot ng siltation sa 4 na river system sa siyudad.
Ang Bigaa-Plaridel Road Extension naman naman na mayroon 3 component na naglalayong mapagaan ang trapiko sa 3 makasaysayang landmark na kilalang tourist attraction sa lugar at ang pagpapatayo ng tollbooth upang makapagbigay daan tungo sa NLEX mula Plaridel, Malolos at iba pang bayan na sa kasalukuyan ay dumadaan pa sa Sta Rita at Tabang Exit na isang traffic-prone area. (Norlito Q. Cruz – Public Affairs & Info. Ass’t. Division)

*Published on Oct-Dec 2012 issue of Ang Bagong Aurora

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