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PGMA attends 31st founding anniversary of Aurora province

Baler, Aurora Province (19 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is guest in the 31st founding anniversary of Baler in Aurora province today, where she will also witness a joint declaration of the entire province as "insurgency free."

The founding anniversary coincides with the 122nd birth anniversary of Doņa Aurora Aragon Quezon to be held at the Aurora Capitol Grounds at 10 a.m.

The President will be welcomed at the landing zone by Aurora Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo, Senator Edgardo Angara, Baler Mayor Arthur Angara, Northern Luzon Command Chief Lt. Gen. Ricardo A. David Jr. and Philippine National Police Regional Director Chief Superintendent Leonilo de la Cruz.

The reception party at the Aurora Capitol Grounds includes Vice Gov. Gerardo Noveras, Provincial Tourism Officer Michael Palispis, who is also the overall coordinator of this year's Aurora Day celebration.

A wreath-laying ceremony at the Dona Aurora Aragon-Quezon monument will precede the program proper at the Capitol grounds.

Welcome remarks will be given by Gov. Castillo and will be followed by the presentation of the joint declaration of insurgency-free Aurora province by Gov. Castillo, Police Senior Superintendent Romulo Esteba and Col. Felicito Virgilio M. Trinidad Jr. of the Philippine Army.

Mrs. Zenaida Quezon-Avancena, representing the late President Manuel Luis Quezon and Doņa Aurora Aragon-Quezon, will deliver a message.

Congressman Juan Edcgardo M. Angara of the Lone District of Aurora, will also deliver a message before the President will be introduced by Senator Angara.

The President will turn over 25 bamboo desks to the principal, teacher and 50 pupil-beneficiaries of Diego Ortiz Elementary School.

The joint declaration states that from a strength of 23 in 2008, local communists have been reduced to zero in 2009 in Aurora; in Dicadi, from 43 insurgents in 2008 to 9 in 2009, of which 5 are natives of Aurora under the leadership of one Rommel Tucay a.k.a. Isaac Peter, a native of Pangasinan who is now very sickly. In Central Aurora, the 23 insurgents in 2008 have been down to 11 in 2009 of which 9 are natives of Aurora.

In 2008, 21 insurgents surrendered while another 50 more gave up in 2009. They were given livelihood assistance under the Social Integration Program of President Arroyo. (PIA) [top]

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