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            In the advent of climate change threats, the Local Government Unit of Casiguran, Aurora under the leadership of Dr. Ricardo A. Bitong through the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) together with Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) conducted a participatory process relative to Updating of Forest Land Use Plan (FLUP) last November 04, 2020.

            The importance of managing the forests and forestlands became paramount and the needs on updating our existing FLUP was necessary to put the resources into effective management and optimum use for the economic and environmental advancements, and for the benefit of constituents and Municipality as a whole.

            The aforesaid activity was conducted via Zoom Meeting in compliance to the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) Guidelines and made successful through the collaborative efforts of each individual who partakes in the participatory process.

            The Zoom Meeting mainly focused on the presentation of FLUP and gathering of valuable comments, suggestions, feedbacks, and concerns from the participants that may result socially acceptable, and ecologically feasible plan.

            “Mahalaga ang FLUP sa panahon ngayon, hindi lang dapat pangalagaan ang natural resources kundi ito rin po yung magpoprotekta sa atin sa mga kalamidad. Kung hindi po natin pangangalagaan ang ating kagubatan ay tayo rin po ang mapipinsala nito”, stated by Dr. Bitong as he stressed the FLUP as the momentous approach in protecting the natural resources and the community.

            The active participation of the Sangguniang Bayan-Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, Head of Municipal Offices (MLGOO, MBO, MDRRMO, MTICAO, MPDC, MAO, AND Assessor’s Office), Regional and Provincial Offices (DENR-III, ENRO, PPDO, PENRO), NGA’s, APECO, NCIP, CSO’s, Fisherfolks, and representatives from 24 Barangays of Casiguran plays a vital role in the success of the participatory process and the outcome leads on proceeding to the next step which are drafting, legitimization and approval of FLUP.

Written by: Jayrome A. Lozano of MENRO

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 Photos taken during the Updating of FLUP via Zoom Meeting last November 04, 2020.

Ang ating pong Birthing Facility ay certified Newborn Screening Collection Center and PhilHealth Accredited na kung saan kung ikaw ay active na myembro ng PhilHealth, covered ang Newborn Care Package na nagkakahalaga na Php.2,750 minus ang Hearing Screening Test sa kadahilanang hindi po equiped ang ating birthing clinic para dito.
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Under the leadership of Dr. Ricardo A. Bitong, Municipal Mayor, the Municipal Government of Casiguran, Aurora conducted the continuation of the Underwater Clean-up at Banlugan/Palengke reef Brgy. Ditinagyan last September 23, 2020 in celebration to International Coastal Clean-up Month.

            Through the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) and Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) together with the  participation of PG-ENRO, OPAg, BFAR-III, Daluhay, and BLGU’s, the Clean-up which was supervised by the Dive Masters Dominador Mahinay and Jesus Cesar became successful and the team removed an approximately 400 kilograms of floater nets wrapped in the coral reefs.

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Photos taken during the removal of floater nets wrapped in coral reefs at Banlugan / Palengke reef, Brgy. Ditinagyan, Casiguran, Aurora. (Photo credits to Mr. Teodoro Torio of PG-ENRO and Chester Valencia of MENRO)

            “May mga floater nets na 3 to 5 years na sigurong nakalatag sa mga corals at yung iba almost 10 years na kaya tinubuan na ng corals”, stated by Dr. Pajaro of Daluhay when asked about the period of time that the floater nets wrapped in the corals. “Mas makakahinga na yung mga corals ngayon”, she added.

            Almost 90% of floater nets were removed and raised through the collaborative efforts of MENRO Jestonee Bitong, Reymar Tercero of OPAg, Teodoro Torio of ENRO, Dr. Marivic Pajaro of Daluhay, Daniel Flores of BFAR-III, For. Mary Jane Aragon of ASCOT, Dominador Mahinay, Jesus Cesar, and a total of 20 concerned individuals from the fisherfolks, MENRO personnel and BLGU’s of Brgy. Ditinagyan who participated in the said activity.

            According to Mayor Bitong, “sana hindi na maulit yung mga ganitong paninira sa ating likas na yaman, sisiguraduhin nating maiiwasan na o at least mabawasan ang mga activities na nakakasira sa mga corals hindi lang dito sa Brgy. Ditinagyan kundi sa lahat ng coral reef areas sa ating Municipal waters.”

            The aforesaid activity is the continuation of the recent underwater clean-up (August 27, 2020) in support to the establishment of Marine Protected Area / Fish Sanctuary wherein an approximately 250 kg of floater nets were removed.

 

-Writen by: Jayrome A. Lozano of MENRO

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Fast Facts about Casiguran

 

History

The town got its name from the native word “KASIGURUHAN” which means safety.

Casiguran was founded in 1609.

Indigenous People

The Agtas or Dumagat are the aborigine of Casiguran.

There are two civil reservations for the Agtas in the municipality.

Distance

Casiguran is 120 kilometers away from Baler, Aurora.

Geography

The Sierra Madre Mountain range runs in the entire length of the municipality.

Casiguran has a peninsular strip land form called “Cape San Ildefonso”

Political Subdivision

The municipality is composed of 24 barangays.

Barangay Bianoan is the most populated barangay.


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