(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.

Sand Quarrying... the continuing saga!

I am back and I have rested. I am better. Thanks to your support.

But now, I'd like to bring FIRST the continued EMBARRASSING uselessness of our law enforcement in Mainit... an way puangod na pagkuha nan buhangin sa ato danaw na wayay nagsagda!

The day after dad's 9th day (April 16), I organized a Lake Mainit tour to design future EcoTourism Packages for our tourists (future posts will tackle this promising project).

But before we were able to board our pumpboat, the surrounding was full of reminders that Sand Quarrying IS NOT SOLVED and WILL NOT BE SOLVED soon! You can see its presence from the lake to the shores.

Here's a banca fully loaded of sand for delivery...

Transported by sack...

And stacked into around 20 mounds of sands, for hollow blocks factories. These are right at the back of the Mainit Lake Park, in front of the Mainit Agricultural Training Center.

When will our precious sand, our beloved Lake Mainit, rest from this environmental destruction?

Siguro kun aja na kamatay an intero Barangay Quezon (simbako!!!)

Barangay Captain Pepe Mozar, Mayor Ramon Mondanao, and Vice Mayor Banoy Mosende... we hope to hear and see that there is movement in what you are doing to address this problem.

I know that one day... this will reach the critical eyes of the media... Periodico Surigao, Butuan Star, Inquirer Mindanao, MindaNews, GMA7, and ABS-CBN2... do peep on this blog from time to time. It would be good if news will feature that our Local Government is doing something about conserving our lake... than being featured as useless officials.

(Click photos to enlarge. Download more photos at the Pidjanga Photo Album here)

May 1, 2008


Soy said...

Uh-oh! I don't think these politicians really undertand the full environmental implication of sand quarrying? That's why I always think that it would really help if somebody would sit down with them, and say look, this is what's going to happen, etc., etc.

These people would only act if there's political pressure, not because they understand why.

Anonymous said...

Looks like back breaking work. I'm sure this people would not be sand quarrying if they could find other means to feed their families.

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