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An artist perspective of the Angono Wetlands

An artist perspective of the Angono Wetlands

Feb. 19, 2014|8:11am

Nakatakdang bisitahin ngayong araw ng mga kinatawan mula sa World Bank at LLDA (Laguna Lake Dev’t. Authority) ang  “Angono Wetlands and Flood Control Project” na nakatakdang itayo sa mataas na lugar sa loob ng San Martin Subd., Brgy. San Isidro, Angono, Rizal.

Ito ay matatagpuan malapit sa ARPSA (Angono Regional Pilot School for the Arts).  Inaasahang mababawasan, kung hindi man maibsan, ang mga pagbaha sa kapatagan ng Angono tuwing panahon ng tag-ulan, kung saan higit na naapektuhan ang mga subdivision sa ibaba, ang mga residente sa kapatagan at iba pang maliliit na lugar sa kabayanan ng Angono.  Magiging magandang pasyalan din ito kung saan matatanaw o ‘overlooking’ ang kagandahan ng Laguna Lake.

Ang halaga ng proyekto at aabot ng halos 5 milyon at inaasahang matatapos sa loob ng 120 calendar days.  Katuwang ng Lokal ng Pamahalaan ang LISCOP (Laguna de Bay Institutional Strengthening and Community Participation), at ang World Bank sa pagpapagawa ng naturang proyekto.


Ulat ni Manda Icasiano

Public Information Office

Office of the Mayor, Angono, Rizal



ARBOR DAY LOGO copyThe Local Government of Angono, thru its town’s chief executive – Mayor Gerry Calderon, is encouraging his constituents to participate in various Tree Planting activities and Reforestation program on  July 15, Monday at the Lakeside Park.

Arbor Day is a worldwide event  in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for TREES.

Mayor Gerry recognizes the necessity to promote a healthier ecosystem for its people through the rehabilitation and re-greening of the town’s environment.

Arbor Day in the Philippines has been institutionalized to be observed every June 25 throughout the nation by planting trees and ornamental plants and other forms of relevant activities.  However,  Angono will observe Arbor Day on June 29 to enable its municipal employees and all other private citizens to participate in all its activities.

The necessity to promote a healthier ecosystem for the people through the rehabilitation and re-greening of the environment was stressed in Proclamation No. 643 that amended Proclamation No. 396 of June 2, 2003.

Proclamation No. 396 enjoined the “active participation of all government agencies, including government-owned and controlled corporations, private sector, schools, civil society groups and the citizenry in tree planting activity and declaring June 25, 2003 as Philippines’ Arbor Day.”

“Planting more trees will not only help reforest denuded areas but also makes Angono and the entire nation – a greener and healthier place to live in” –  Mayor Gerry Calderon further said.

ARBOR DAY originated in Nebraska, USA in 1872.


Manda Icasiano

Public Information Office

Office of the Mayor , Angono, Rizal

June 19, 2013 : 9:00 am


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July 25, 2012/The Manila Bulletin

ANGONO, Rizal – Some 600 individuals coming from poor families have been tapped to assist the local government in its clean-up drive to prevent flooding in this town.
The activity which started two days ago and will end after 10 days is part of the Cash For Work program under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Under the program, the beneficiaries will be paid more than 200 pesos per day in exchange for the community service they rendered.
The office of Mayor Gerardo “Gerry” Calderon said some P1.4 million have been allocated by the DSWD for the program which will benefit the poorest of the poor members of the community who are capable of providing community service.
The DSWD program has a counterpart in the local government which has long been tapping the services of some out of school youth in the clean-up activities in this lakeshore town.
The payment for the services rendered by the Cash For Work workers will be coming from the regional office of the DSWD.
Mayor Gerry Calderon identified the construction of Angono’s Eco-Park and cheaper cost of dredging the Angono River as two of his most significant projects.

Photo shows some of Mayor Gerry’s current and future projects involving physical rehabilitation of Angono, Rizal.

 In a report during the Peace and Order Council recently, Mayor Gerry noted that the former garbage transfer station area has been developed and actually gained recognition.
Earlier, a United Nations Organization watchdog commended the Municipality of Angono, Rizal for its remarkable steps in achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in terms of environmental sustainability.
The MDG Achievement Fund cited Angono for its admiring waste management program and for constructing the Angono Eco-Park, which consists of segregation area, dog pound, transfer station area and canal.
The MDG Achievement Fund is an international cooperation mechanism whose aim is to accelerate progress on the MDGs worldwide. It was established in December 2006 and supports national governments, local authorities and citizen organizations in their efforts to tackle poverty and inequality.
The award, signed by UN Resident Dr. Jacqui Badcock and League of Municipalities president Strike Revilla, was received by Mayor Gerry Calderon on February 10 at the University of the Philippines.
Meanwhile, Mayor Gerry explained that dredging the Angono River was less expensive under his watch.
“The previous administration spent worth P1M for dredging 400 meters while in year 2011, we had dredged 4,000 meters amounting to P4M only. The saving was achieved because of the ‘bayad lupa scheme’ a private – public partnership,” Mayor Gerry said, quoting the report of the Engineering Office.
Mayor Gerry also emphasized the Techno-Demo Farm and Gulayan Bayan project in Mahabang Parang, which is part of his Upland Development Program or “Sagip-Bundok, Sagip-Buhay” campaign.
The project aims to protect and preserve the remaining vegetation in the upland area as well as stop building structures in areas both covered and uncovered by Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).The project is managed by Dr. Alejandro Medina, officer-in-charge of the Municipal Agriculture Office.

A component also of this project is disallowing further development of subdivisions.
Other major physical rehabilitation projects of Mayor Gerry include the operational Material Recovery Facilities (MRF) located at Sitio Labahan, Brgy. San Isidro, Angono, Rizal and managed by former Councilor Danny de Guzman, renovation of the Lakeside Park,  and the construction of the “Malakas and Maganda” sculpture in front of the municipal building.
The MRF produces cement out of the recycled materials such as garbage and plastic, which were eventually given for free or sold lower than the existing price in the market.
The Lakeside Park, on the other hand,  is a favorite jogging and leisure area of many Angono residents, where the Angono scene at dusk is better than the Manila Bay sunset.
Report by Richard Gappi
Photo by Manda Icasiano

by Manda Icasiano

Held every 26th day of June, IDADAIT is being observed simultaneously in all member countries of the United Nations as per resolution signed during the UN General Assembly on December 7, 1987 and by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 264. 

DFA’s campaign poster on International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (IDADAIT)

In the Philippines,  the official campaign for this celebration is “Kalusugan ay Kayamanan, Droga ay Iwasan” to give emphasis of the theme for this year which is “health”.

Delegates from Angono ADAC during a parade going to Lakeside PArk, Angono, Rizal.

Meanwhile in Angono, Rizal, various NGO’s, students and representatives from the municipal employees joined this year’s celebration of IDADAIT  at the town’s Lakeside Park in Brgy. San Vicente.   Mayor Gerry V. Calderon tasked his secretariat, the KKK Office (Kapayapaan, Katauhan at Kapaligiran)  together with its local Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ADAC) coordinator – Angelo San Juan, to form a delegation to be sent at the said event.  Early this morning, Angono ADAC pushed thru with no less than fifty (50) delegates to celebrate & observe the nationwide celebration.

Angono’s campaign for International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (IDADAIT)

Students from Raises Academy, Angono public schools, members of the SK Federation led by SK President Mico Calderon, NGOs like Y-C.A.R.E.S. (Youth Coordinating Council for  Reforms, Education and Social Services), and some municipal employees actively participated in the event.

Angono ADAC delegates posing in front of the town’s municipal hall before commencing parade.

Angono ADAC Coorsinator Angelo San Juan presiding over the event at Lakeside Park, Bgy. San Isidro, Angono, Rizal.

Mark Colis, president of Venus Compound Youth Club, and one of the delegates of ADAC event, reached out to one of the residents who witnessed the parade to solicit donations for the “PISO Laban sa Droga” campaign

Even the commuters thrust their support for the event.

Councilor Bernie Guir gave some inspirational message to the delegates in behalf of the local government of Angono.

by Richard Gappi

Employees from various offices of the Municipality of Angono planted 150 trees this morning, June 25, in Sitio Labahan, Barangay San Isidro, where the town’s Materials Recovery Facility is located.
Some of the employees from the Mayor’s Office who planted trees during Angono’s celebration of the ARBOR DAY.
The activity serves as the town’s response to President Noynoy Aquino’s call and greening program contained in Presidential Proclamation 396 declaring June 25 annually as “Philippine Arbor Day”.
The proclamation aims to develop greater awareness on the importance of the role of trees in environmental health and human life.

Manda Icasiano, editor of Angono Dream News ONLINE, participated on the Tree Planting Activities.

A Manila Bulletin editorial on June 24 noted that there have been “studies showing that trees have a positive effect on many aspects of people’s lives including their health, homes, businesses, communities, drinking water, and air quality.”
“Trees are essential to the eco-systems in which they grow. Far-reaching roots hold soil in place and fight erosion. We get food, medicine, wood, and shelter from trees. They absorb and store rainwater, replenishing the ground water supply and preventing flooding. Fallen trees make compost that enriches the soil. Trees help keep things cool during summer, and reduce the heat intensity of the greenhouse effect by producing oxygen and keeping down carbon levels,” the editorial noted.
Mayor Gerry Calderon said planting trees around the MRF will prevent soil erosion at the  MRF area, which is located in a plateau and sandwiched by Angono’s mountainous areas.
The MRF is also beside the Angono River.
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DepEd’s Bureau of Secondary Education awarded the Sining Pambansa Certificate to the students of ARPSA (Angono Regional Pilot School for the Arts) who represented CALABARZON (Region 4A) that ranked 1st PLACE in the CLEAN-GREEN PROGRAM in line with the 2012 National Festival of Talents held last April 9-13, 2012 at Iloilo City.
Congratulations at Mabuhay ang mga Higanteng Anak ng Bayan ng Angono

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