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Rappler's latest stories on APECO


Gordon on slow APECO dev't: 'I want it done'

Oct 02, 2019 - 5:33 PM

Indigenous peoples whose ancestral lands would be affected by APECO are ignored in the budget hearing for 2020

Mr. Israel Maducdoc, president & CEO Asia Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (APECO) at the senate hearing on the proposed 2020 budget of SBMA and APECO. October 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Answering the call for Magis by serving others

Feb 18, 2017 - 8:21 AM

For Gimar Reyes one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines for 2016 a life devoted to service for others is his way of loving God back

SERVICE. As a Jesuit Volunteer, Gimar Reyes is currently living with an Agta Dumagat community in Sitio Maninit, Barangay Tinib in Casiguran, Aurora. Photo courtesy of Gimar Reyes/XU

Duterte signs EO 13 to 'intensify' fight vs illegal gambling

Feb 10, 2017 - 10:04 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte orders law enforcement agencies PAGCOR and freeport authorities to report on the progress of the fight against illegal gambling every 6 months

WORKING PRESIDENT. President Rodrigo Duterte reads documents during the 12th Cabinet meeting at the Palace. Photo from Presidential Photographers Division

The pitfalls of Special Economic Zones

Nov 10, 2016 - 4:35 PM

While SEZs generate foreign investment and employment they also deprive farmers of their land and distort the economy

3 years after 352-km march, Casiguran farmers still fighting APECO

Dec 17, 2015 - 5:13 PM

People affected by APECO troops to the Ateneo de Manila University to commemorate the third anniversary of the march and to continue their protest

FIGHT CONTINUES. Locals from Casiguran gather at the Ateneo de Manila University to remember their march three years ago and to demand an end to APECO. Photo by Amyl de Gala

‘Heneral Luna’ in the time of climate change

Dec 09, 2015 - 5:52 PM

Our constant search for heroism should not dwell on individual exploits Our heroes teach us that the strength to change the world lies in the people working together

REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES. BUKAL, together with the Archdiocesan Ministry for the Environment of Batangas and the people of Lobo, brought their protests before the central office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. (Photo from the Gawad Bayani ng Kalikasan)

APECO housing project declared illegal by gov't

Nov 03, 2015 - 9:49 AM

The Department of Agrarian Reform issues a cease and desist order preventing APECO management from continuing its housing project in Casiguran Aurora

HOUSING PROJECT. An APECO housing project stands on land that was once rice fields tilled by Casiguran farmers. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Typhoon Lando: Damaged structures prove APECO 'a waste of money'

Oct 26, 2015 - 8:45 PM

Residents and an advocacy group question the wisdom of funding a controversial economic zone in an area frequently besieged by storms

DAMAGED. All that remains of the APECO administration building after Typhoon Lando hit Casiguran, Aurora. Photo courtesy of Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan

Aurora group demands audit, zero budget for APECO

Sep 29, 2015 - 5:23 PM

The economic zone in Casiguran Aurora sits on indigenous people s ancestral land and has yet to benefit the community 7 years after it was created by law residents say

'WAG PONDOHAN. Members of Task Force Anti-APECO gathered outside the senate to demand the budget of APECO be totally cut. Photo by Gerard Lim/Rappler

Senate recommends 'caretaker' budget for APECO, again

Nov 20, 2014 - 12:44 PM

For another year APECO will have to make do with a budget only enough for maintenance

P251-M budget for APECO? 'Waste of money' – Osmeña

Oct 21, 2014 - 7:45 PM

Senator Sergio Osmeña III says the economic zone in Aurora province should only get caretaker fund of P48 5M for its failure to bring its promised economic growth

Bringing inclusive dev't to the Casiguran Agta

Jul 03, 2014 - 5:46 PM

While the path to real progress for the poor will be long it is clear that working with communities will be the only way that development can be made to serve them

ANCESTRAL DOMAINS IN TROUBLE? The biggest human rights abuse experienced by the Casiguran Agta throughout the 20th century has been the loss of control over their ancestral lands, which has been reinforced by their lack of quality education. Photo by Bro. Martin Francisco

P23.8M APECO funds unaccounted for – COA

Apr 18, 2014 - 1:43 PM

Unliquidated cash advances undocumented transportation expenses and the unnecessary hiring of consultants are some of the alleged irregularities cited by the COA report

FOR DEVELOPMENT. A bird's eye-view of parcel 1 (493 hectares) of the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport. Photo courtesy of Gerardo Erquiza

A 'small-time' Angara faces the skeletons of APECO

Apr 11, 2014 - 8:15 PM

Farmers have been displaced to accommodate the bigger promises of progress of the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone APECO None has been realized so far

GATEWAY. The entrance to the Aurora Pacific Economic and Freeport Zone is monitored by security guards. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Group files new SC petition vs Aurora ecozone

Aug 12, 2013 - 5:58 PM

Casiguran locals ask the High Court to revoke the Angara sponsored law that created the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone or APECO

TOO MUCH. Petitioners say the law that created APECO is 'greater than the 1987 Constitution,' at least in Aurora. Photo courtesy of CBCP-NASSA/Linda Noche

NEDA: APECO to become agro-aqua zone

May 06, 2013 - 3:52 PM

The NEDA adds that no additional investment will be made in APECO until it is able to submit its master plan and land use plan

OVERSIGHT AGENCY. The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) is an oversight agency that steers the country's efforts in attaining economic growth and development. Photo by Cai Ordinario

NEDA calls for more APECO investments

May 02, 2013 - 2:00 PM

NEDA says investing more funds in APECO will maximize its economic potential

APECO issue divides Dumagats

Apr 27, 2013 - 7:45 AM

The APECO issue is causing division among the tribes of the Dumagats

UNA, Palace trade barbs over APECO

Apr 23, 2013 - 7:26 PM

UNA urges SC to act on anti APECO petitions; Palace questions about face of UNA bets

BROKEN PROMISES? Anti-APECO marchers stage a protest outside the Department of Agrarian Reform in Quezon City. They are back in Manila to follow-up on promises the president made 4 months ago. Photo by Rappler/Bea Cupin

APECO in Aurora: Chaos and paradise

Mar 23, 2013 - 1:47 PM

Calm and peaceful as Casiguran may be the municipality is caught in the middle of a hot issue: APECO

ROUGH ROAD. Want to go around Casiguran? A motorcycle or tricycle is your best bet. Photo by Tata Yap

Aquino meets with Casiguran marchers; orders APECO review

Dec 12, 2012 - 4:24 PM

120 marchers from Casiguran Aurora are granted a dialogue with President Aquino

DIALOGUE. President Aquino speaks to the Casiguran Marchers. Photo by Jay Morales of the Malacañang Photo Bureau

Tears after meeting with Aquino

Dec 12, 2012 - 8:40 AM

Residents of Casiguran cried after a dialogue with President Aquino saying they

FRUSTRATION, TEARS. Marchers from Casiguran listen to President Aquino's message on Tuesday, December 11. Photo courtesy of Anthony Coloma SJ

Aquino orders review of APECO

Dec 11, 2012 - 6:16 PM

Sinabihan akong tigilan ang budget Pero di ako diktador Habang batas ang APECO obligado akong ipagtupad President Aquino tells residents of Casiguran

DIALOGUE. President Aquino speaks to the Casiguran Marchers. Photo by Jay Morales of the Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino to meet with Casiguran residents, says priest

Dec 10, 2012 - 10:08 PM

President Aquino and 10 Cabinet members will meet protesting locals from Casiguran according to a priest

SOLIDARITY. Supporters of the Casiguran marchers congregate outside the Ateneo Loyola Heights campus for a candle-lighting ceremony. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel

Cabinet tackles Casiguran-APECO issue

Dec 10, 2012 - 5:23 PM

No conclusive actions have been decided on but the President and his Cabinet have taken up the issues raised by the marchers from Casiguran

Casiguran locals continue march against APECO

Dec 05, 2012 - 10:29 PM

Locals go through the 350 kilometer march hoping the government hears their plea

Image from a video by Charles Salazar

Casiguran locals march for their land

Nov 29, 2012 - 11:48 PM

120 residents from Casiguran are marching to Manila to persuade government to stop the Aurora Pacific Ecozone and Freeport Authority They allege landgrabbing and human rights violations

MARCH FOR CASIGURAN. More than a hundred farmers are marching from Aurora to Manila in hopes that government will hear their plea. Photo by Veejay Villafranca for Oxfam