(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.


Trisikad - Trike (3-wheeled vehicle) power by sikad (padyak/foot pedal). Photo taken 27 June 2007, I think somewhere in Santiago, Agusan del Norte. ZYM

When the trisikads were introduced in Mainit in the late 1980's (or early 1990s), they looked like the ones in the photo... large bikes with side car made of mixed media e.g. ply wood, timber (stick), and metal. When I went home last month, the trisikads are no longer a common sight. They have evolved into a motorized trike (using engines usually used for motor bancas). Multicabs (similar to Mitsubishi L100) are also now abundant which transects the Mainit-Magpayang-Matin-ao route.

An suki nako sakjan nan trisikad nan una sina Paek (taga-utod bukid) sanan si iyo Barting (taga likod namo). Tag-piso an bajad gikan sa sanghan pasingud sa public (MNHS) circa 1990s.

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Jul 10, 2007

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CBCP News: Mining threatens 4th largest freshwater lake in PH

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.

Read more at and Surigao Today.

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