(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.

An GUOB sa Panan-aw ni Hemantayon II

The yearly guob (A different perspective) Part II

I too read, your concerns (initially) and with some of the research that were made based on the Google maps that was the basis for the suggestions and again the same conclusion lead us to believe that the main tributaries (I see two) that augment, supplies and confound the situation are known given, but perhaps the little known subject of ‘water finding its own level’ has been overlooked or is/was (maybe) not taken into consideration. By the looks of it and how it was explained in that scenario, was that, from the “fork-delta” that flowed from the South-southeastern most tributary it went up northwards to the lake and the lake, naturally as its receptor… basing on this phenomena, it is safe to say that the elevation of the fork-junction is higher than the lake level by then, because it pours into it (meaning the flow of water goes northbound) to a point that when the elevation or water level rises on the lake and its natural surroundings (ubiquitously)… and now at this point, is higher than the river concerned, then naturally it forces (funnels) back the flow from that same channel southwards until it is siphoned out from the lake… again as hydraulics with prove us that not all liquids are fluids meaning silt as it quarries itself and carries such to where it pleases becomes a yearly phenomenon too -compounded by the main tributary to the north of it as it runs parallel to a certain point, which slowly but steadily releases its volume with no regard. Meanwhile the flooding is surely there and affects everyone concerned, especially Mainitnons. Notwithstanding the magnitude and the volume of water it possesses.

Then comes the issue of territory (Agusan del Norte as against Surigao del Norte), or for that matter Mainit who I believe gets the major brunt of the devastation… when it happens, the major players become the initiators of the project which naturally may or may not regard what impact it would create to its neighbor (proof is the fact that DWPH-Agusan constructed a dam to control the flow of water on its side weary of itself (own flooding problem) and perhaps not thinking of the effect (serious) on others, the result, a big failure and waste of money, in short a band-aid solution to what would otherwise be a major surgery…of course I don’t have to address whose pockets were lined substantially for that is another issue…

Now comes what?
1) Dredging- does it really alleviate when called for? Or it makes the flow towards the lake faster and easier hence, flooding…. How about the backflow, (aptly reverse flow) will it be attainable now that it’s deep and speedier towards the sea or out of the lake? Or holds the water indefinitely than it should be with the dredging? So now this becomes a yearly project (the big IF) if it works, good for the DWPH people it’s called job security…what about the alluvial deposits or silt that it forms in the river fork/delta? everytime the flooding starts up….

2) LMDA – nascent as it may appear, does it have the clout to supersede ALL issues that pertains or concerns or better yet affect Mainit Lake? Is it more of a watchdog? Not an implementer/or of policies and policing the various issues and wedges itself when necessary? For sure, I am not privy to it…

3) Reforestation – I am one with you, and when the right time comes and I have to shell out a few of my hard earned money, do count me in… If I remember it right, I believe, I made my share once as anonymous thru your second cousin, (I don’t have to mention who) and saw snippets of it (pictures), not that I would question it but the drive to make a difference is what matters most, it’s true I am from the city, not a proud Pidjanga like most if not all bloggers in your website and I find it interesting and fulfilling...Do keep up the good work and once again thank you for letting me… oh my a strong earthquake just hit us here in LA around 8:40 pm Sunday…

Pidjanga notes: Salamat karadjaw, Kabs (kababayan). Maradjaw kay imo tagganihan nan panahon inin problema sa ato Danao. Ikaw gani na taga-ciudad ra, nagpakabana, I am sure the rest of the Pidjangas will follow. Matud pa, kukabildo ini. Thank you... keep on writing. Be assusred that your thoughts will always be considered. BTW, I am great fan of your blog as well. Cheers, Zimm/Pidjanga.

May 18, 2009

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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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