(Glossogobius giuris) is a freshwater fish native to Mainit Lake. It is called “biya” in Tagalog and “white goby or tank goby” in English. The term “pidjanga” is also sometimes fondly used to refer to the Mainitnons, the people of the Municipality of Mainit, a town in Southern Philippines. This blog hopes to capture potentials of Migrants Pidjangas for the Development of our Town by attempting to document development issues, folk stories, and current concerns, about the Pidjanga — both the fish and the people.

Bangkal Trees after 3 months

I made sure I have visited one of MDO's prime projects of 2006... the Tree Planting Project at Panayakpan. Yes, I went to the site on December 28, 2006 with my wife Teng, MDOer Totskie (my photographer), and his wife Ate Elvie Mosende.

Here's some snapshots. and I am proud to see that the trees are growing well (Jerry said only one mortality so far!). I was not able to inspect each of the trees because it was raining the past 3 days that we were there. The place was swampy. But as you can see, the surrounding shows tall grasses were cut recently (nagpagayas man kita nan November 2006).

Councilor Nonong Behagan reported in the Shout Box below that heavy rains did not stop since 4 days ago and the Lake grew again prompting some of the Bliss residents to evacuate.

I have texted Jerry about the likely scenario and asked him what's the future of our bangkal trees. I believe that our cuttings can survive the guob.

We need ideas... please send them here. Thanks.

Jan 11, 2007


jo marie a. libarnes said...

Hi zim,

I hope bangkal will survive the guob. I'm thingking around indigenous trees na puede mag survive sa una may mga kahoy man along the baybay and if there still remnants of that same species can we can it be cloned and propagated..kun waya na ...let's explore agusan marsh maybe we can get samples and propagate it..can u pls ask jerry..LMDA for support..what do you think?

zimmbodilion said...

the planted bangkal trees, jo, are actually, cuttings from the shores of lake mainit... indigenous and has been growing already when we planted it. zimm

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SEVEN are in the town of Mainit, Surigao del Norte... of the 15 exploration permits (EP) that the Regional Office 13 (CARAGA) of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Environment department approved as of June 30, 2010.

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