(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.

Finally, a consultation on Sand Quarrying in Lake Mainit

I just got a word from the Mainit Municipal Council that on Monday, 17 March 2008, there will be a community consultation (dili kuno pagtawagon na hearing!!! kay basin suertres sanan kaso ang huna-hunaon nan participants) to discuss the problem of Sand Quarrying in Lake Mainit.

There will be invitees from provincial offices of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), Environment Monitoring Office (PEMO), and the Provincial Governor. The municipal council, with the support of the LMDA, will spearhead the event. Numerous stakeholders have been invited from the people's organization, NGOs, church, academe, and other sectors. I was invited to represent Mainit Dot Org. (laong ko in-active man an MDO since 2006 pa... amo ako tag-request si Mana Bebot Mosende to attend in my behalf as Pidjanga Advocate. If you happen to be there, please attend the consultation and voice out our Pidjanga advocacies.).

The converging sentiment seems to point at STOPPING the quarry operations as soon as possible. If not, the resource speakers from the province will shed light on what are the legal provisions why Sand Quarrying is allowed in the lake, and how the Municipal and Barangay governments and its communities can help ensure the conservation of our beloved lake, despite the quarrying operations being ALLOWED by the provincial government.

I am very glad to hear from the representatives of the council that our Pidjanga Blog is a "powerful" voice and venue for issue discussion and advocacy.

I continue to make an open invitation to ALL our officials, from the Municipal Mayor down to Barangay Officials, that YOU can make this blog your ONLINE dashboard or blackboard where you can post your PLANS, your ACHIEVEMENTS, and even your WORRIES, so that your constituents will be empowered to participate and be one with you in local governance. Kun bugkoson an mga bikog para mahimo na silhig, hamok an mahinglo na lipa, dako an agi!

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Mar 14, 2008

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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.

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