(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.

Mainitnon Gold robbed!

Source: University of Michigan Online Library

This May 1937 document from the pages of the American Chamber of Commerce Journal reported that Surigao Consolidated Mining (Suricon) had bought powerful mills that has a capacity of 200-300 tons daily!!! We all know that Suricon has been in operation in Brgy Siana, Mainit, Surigao del Norte for at least 80 years (1900s to 1980s). That could be a magnificent 5, 840,000 to 8,760,000 tons of mine milled.

I have not researched much but at 44 grams of gold per ton of ore, Suricon must have mined around 400 tons (400,000 kilos) of gold from our town. Now multiply that with the current price of gold which is $22,000 per kilo (could amount up to $8 billion or around PhP360 billion).

Maybe that's an over-calculation! So let's take away 75% (PhP 270 billion) of that from MISCALCULATION. We can assume that Suricon only made Php 90 billion worth of gold. That is still more than a whooping Php 1 billion worth of Mainitnon GOLD per year.


That was OUR GOLD and look at how Mainit benefited??? Simay maglaong na dili ini kun kawat!!! Tan-awa, nugis-nga na isab an mga bag-o na explorations sa Tapian sanan San Francisco!!!

Hala Mainitnon, magpaka-buta-bungoy pa kamo nan ini na mga mining. Kay dakan an ijo kasajupan mautro na isab lakip na maalaot an ato mga ka-apo-apoan!!!

My heart is burning with rage everytime I remember this robbery!


Post: Zimm (
Jul 23, 2007

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is a good piece of research. And i join you in your prophetic rage. Kadumdum ko, may panahon na dili ta makakaon nan pidjanga kay an suba na mag-agi sa Magpayang grabe kalubog, too contaminated. From a personal experience, an mining company sa Mabuhay, Sison na Southseas Mineral Resources, an tinuod an nabulahan ra an mga mga managers na dili raba taga Surigao, tag duha ka bayay, gwapo an mga sakjanan. An isa ka admin, tagtiklo nan NPA kay an mga SSS benefits nan mga workers, pila ka tuig way report report. Peste, an mga lumad na dislocate. And what do they resort to out of this dislocation? Alcoholism to cope with the stress and threat to their identity. The company tried to absorb them as mining workers but it simply didn't work favorably against their former farming way of life. Their love for the land simply goes against the greedy grind of raping the land.I join you in this advocacy.

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