This is an aerial view of Baler circa 1950’s. Click on the picture to open the bigger version. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Mesina.
from inq7.net (by Michael L. Tan): Woman the hunter. CAN WOMEN HUNT?
“I’m sure many readers will reply, “Sure, they can, and they do.” But I suspect, too, that many of you are thinking of women who hunt down men rather than wild animals and that there really isn’t that much difference anyway between men and wild pigs.
Seriously, try to imagine a woman going through the forest stalking deer or wild pigs and eventually bringing home game, shot with a bow and arrow.”
(Great read, and the mention of Casiguran kind of make it on-topic)
from inq7.net: Taking credit for the sunshine but not for the falling rain.”This is to take exception to the news item â€œTrees keep falling in Aurora forestsâ€ (Inquirer, 2/25/06), which reported that illegal logging is â€œrampantâ€ and remains â€œuncheckedâ€ in Aurora province.
Since the 2004 killer landslides in that province, only two incidents of timber poaching (not illegal logging as reported) have been confirmed in the towns of Dingalan and Baler. Both incidents led to the confiscation of 3.87 cubic meters of lumber. The case, involving the confiscation of 34 pieces of flitches (not logs as reported) is only the third case of illegal tree-cutting in that area in two years. Clearly, three minor incidents in two years do not make for â€œrampant and unchecked illegal logging.â€
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) continues to closely coordinate with local government units, law enforcement agencies and ordinary citizens (also sources of intelligence reports) to clamp down on illegal logging operations in Central Luzon.”
from newsflash.org: A Food Basket in the Making.
“A P21-million agro-forestry project designed to make this province a major food basket in Central Luzon through mass production of fruits, vegetables and rice within a period of five years has taken off in a vast 312-hectare area in this town.
The center of the Aurora Food Production and Agro-forestry Project (AFPAP) is located in Barangay Dianawan, sitio Canili where ground preparations are underway.
The project is a brainchild of Sen. Edgardo J. Angara, a native of the nearby capital town of Baler, and the provincial government, represented by his younger sister, Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo.”
Baler, Aurora, home break to one of the oldest surf communities in the Philippines, hosted the first leg of this yearâ€™s Philippine Surfing Circuit. In a show of force, and lured by the Php23,000 prize for first place, over 80 Baler surfers signed up to compete in the qualifying rounds. Carrying the banner for distant Siargao island was a contingent of sixteen Siargao chargers who had traveled for 3 days to make it to Baler.
In the course of last yearâ€™s circuit, twelve Philippine surfers emerged as the countryâ€™s Top Twelve waveriders. This fortunate dozen, having already qualified for the Quarter Finals, were able to sit out the first two days of competition, held at the Sabang beach break.
“JUSTICE SECRETARY RAUL Gonzalez has relieved the prosecutor handling the case of a murdered publisher in Aurora over “serious allegations of partiality and bias” for a mayor whom the victim’s relatives wanted charged as “mastermind” in the killing.
In Department Order No. 184 issued on March 17, Gonzalez replaced Senior State Prosecutor Emmanuel Velasco with an investigating panel composed of State Prosecutors Cielitolindo Luyun, Misael Ladaga and Jose Pedro Navera.
Gonzalez designated the panel to be the acting provincial prosecutor of Aurora and ordered it to “immediately take over” the preliminary investigation of the murder of Philip Agustin, publisher of the Starline Times Recorder.
The National Bureau of Investigation and Agustin’s relatives filed the case a few days after the May 10, 2005 murder in Dingalan town.”
Joey Estriber of BATARIS has long been involved in campaigning against the widely discredited Philippine Mining Act of 1995 and consequent mining activity in the country.
Through the work of Bataris, Aurora Province was one of the provinces that passed a resolution calling for a national moratorium on mining operations.
Joey Estriber was also very active in the two national mining conferences that organized together with MAC partner, KALIKASAN-Pne, in 2002 and 2005.
Please act on, and endorse, this urgent alert following the abduction, illegal arrest and enforced disappearance of Joey Estriber.
from PIA Information Service:Heightened fisherfolk awareness to conserve marine resources saves Pawikan in Aurora. “The efforts of the municipal government of Dipaculao in the province of Aurora to educate its people about the importance of conserving the town’s marine resources appear to be paying off. Recently, fisher folk in Barangay Borlongan returned to the sea a 25-kilo female Pawikan, earlier caught accidentally by a local fisherman.” “Jose Suaverdez was fishing using multiple hook and line last March 11, 2006, when his gear caught the giant Pawikan, which was about 3 Â½ feet long and 2 Â½ feet wide. It was a green turtle (Chelonia mydas). He immediately brought it to the barangay hall for safe keeping. The barangay then reported the incident to the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist. The Pawikan, an endangered species, was later tagged and placed back to sea.” (read the complete news)