(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.

LMDA leads Partnership for Lake Mainit

The Lake Mainit Focal Community Assistance Scheme (FOCAS) Cluster successfully conducted the Súgat-Tagbô sa Danaw, the Lake Mainit FOCAS Road Show activity which commemorated the 20th Year Anniversary Celebration of the Philippines-Australia Community Assistance Program (PACAP). The activity was held at Mainit, Surigao del Norte last December 13, 2006 with the theme “Panag-uban para sa Kalambuan sa Danaw” (Partnership for the Development of the Lake). The activity aims to encourage the active participation of different stakeholders especially partner Local Government Units, Non-Government Organizations, Peoples Organizations, Business Society, Academic Institutions and PACAP in supporting PACAP project implementation and in promoting and protecting the Lake Mainit ecosystem.

Series of art, literature and indigenous sport contests highlighted the event which was facilitated by Mulanay and FMC Secretariat. There were booth contest; poster making contest; LMDA hymn composition & singing contest; Awit sa PACAP; daygon (Christmas Carol Singing) contest and a snail meat pricking (ige tuhil) contest – an indigenous sport. All participants from eight municipalities together with partner NGOs, POs and Academe took active participation with the different categories of these competitions and enjoy with the festivity brought by the celebration.

By: Johny Natad, Lake Mainit Development Authority (LMDA)

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Apr 6, 2007

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