Camiguin highlights nat’l treasures in 51st anniv

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CAMIGUIN, Jan. 7 (PIA)—Sheltering numerous historic that eventually became tourist sites, the Provincial Government of Camiguin underscores the significance of naming the landmarks to the National Heritage Sites in knowing the past and shaping the future of the island.

moroIn the 51st Camiguin Foundation Day, Provincial Governor Maria Luisa Romualdo together with Rep. Xavier Jesus Romualdo reported the success of finally naming four historic sites in the province as National Cultural Treasures and led the unveiling of the markers of the Guinsiliban Moro Watch Tower, Bonbon Church Ruins and Sunken Cemetery on January 7.

“We want to these places preserved so that our children, our grandchildren, your children’s children will know and will be aware of where and how and what we came from. It’s the history of Camiguin,” Gov. Romualdo said.

bonbon church ruinsTo further aid in promoting the preservation of the sites, Romualdo urged the teachers to include in their lessons the history of the newly-declared treasures of the country.

Thus, during the unveiling ceremony, the history of such sites was briefly shared.

History of the sites

The Guinsiliban Moro Watch Tower, located at Barangay North Poblacion, Guinsiliban, is believed to be once part of a larger structure or very similar to a typical fortress based on the description of the locals who have seen the old “kota” (fort) before the construction of the present day Gabaldon Building or the Guinsiliban Central School.

moro watch towerBased on the Camiguin Tourism Code, the “Moros” or group of pirate Muslims used to rob and take away women and children hence, to protect themselves from the invaders, the locals built the tower to detect incoming enemies. They called it Kuta “Silipanan” or “Siliban” (fort for peeking) which is now named the Moro Watch Tower.

On the other hand, the Bonbon Old Church Ruins at Barangay Bonbon, Catarman built in 1806 is the bigger structure adjacent to the tower. However, when a volcanic eruption took place on May 1, 1871, everything was destroyed including the Bonbon Church, Convent and the Campanario.

The church is said to be a relic of Christianity introduced by the Spaniards and its adobe walls served as a testament of early converts’ strong faith.

 As for the Sunken Cemetery, historians said the cemetery was just part of a community guarded by a fortress where the original church dedicated to San Roque and a convent was built.

The volcanic eruption that destroyed Bonbon Church is the very same tragic event that drove the cemetery underwater.

The large white cross built in 1982 that still stands today is an erected marking of its mute existence. Such serves as a scenic spot to memorialize the location of the old cemetery where the ancestors of the Camiguingnons were buried.

Preserving the treasures

To materialize her dream in letting future generations appreciate the island’s history, Gov. Romualdo urges Camiguingnons to regulate the carrying capacity of the people who will visit the historic sites. For an instance, the church ruins should not be used for other purpose but purely visitation only.

“We do not want to destroy the façade. This is an icon for all of us,” Gov. Romualdo said.

As for the Moro Watch Tower, the governor highly appreciates the effort of the local government to allocate budget in the construction of the passage going inside the historic site since tourists and locals currently use the school facility to enter the tower.

She also assured support for the town’s tiny steps in making the historic sites not just tourist attractions in the island but real treasures as well on weaving a better tomorrow for Camiguin. (RTP/PIA10)

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Camiguin takes pride in improved economy, tourism in 2018

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CAMIGUIN, Jan. 6 (PIA)—Securing over Php72 million budget for road construction and rehabilitation, attaining 688,587 tourist arrivals in 2018, and improving health and nutritional status among school-aged children, the Provincial Government of Camiguin bares 2018 key strategies that lead to making the island one of the most beautiful and peaceful islands in the country.

49212734_1283359538471674_7208270065580376064_n“My greatest aspiration as a woman leader, at the same time, a wife and a mother – is attaining a quality of life for all Camiguingnons where everyone enjoys the dividends of economic progress, and feels safe and secure in their homes and communities,” Provincial Governor Maria Luisa Romualdo said during her State of the Province Address (SOPA) on January 6.

Investing in human capital

Believing that the most important economic resource lies in human capital, the local government addressed the oral, physical and mental health of its people. In 2018, the province has attained 85 percent orally fit children and attended to 133 mentally-ill patients, making Camiguin the first province that gives importance to the usually neglected health problem in the country.

Romualdo also cited the significant improvement of the zero open defecation (ZOD) program implementation in the province from 18 percent compliance in 2017 to 79 percent in 2018 highlighting the 15 barangays in Camiguin which were already declared ZOD areas.

The strict implementation of the Smoke-Free Camiguin has also changed the face of the island from a top tourist destination to a healthy haven for tourists and residents as it accorded the Red Orchid Award.

Furthermore, with the aid of the Department of Health (DOH), over Php116 million was allocated to improve the facilities and services of Camiguin General Hospital (CGH).

The marginalized sector that includes the displaced individuals/families, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries, children, women, elderly and differently-abled persons attained immediate response from the local government which allocated Php12,757,878 in CY 2018 to cater to their needs.

Securing economic progress

Contributing about Php35,735,000 to the Php72,566,830 requirement to complete the opening of interconnected routes and rehabilitation of roads, the local government now assures not only the ease of accessibility to tourist sites but also the speedy transportation of farm products to the market.

Locals tourists will enjoy the new and improved sports complex as the construction of such facility will soon reach its completion. Also, swimming enthusiasts will get a chance to hone their skills once the swimming pool at Mahinog will be completed.

“And I did not do all these alone. With myself, alone, I am powerless. However, with you, marching with me, united in heart and mind, we made things happen to assure that progress never stops for a clean and beautiful Camiguin,” Romualdo said.

To brace and further advance such feats, Romualdo urged Camiguingnons to implement the Water Code and respect the mandate on the easement, keep the quality of coastal water to the highest standard and the forest land pristine, and take care of the heritage sites that are treasures recognized by the national government. (RTP/PIA10)

 

51st Adlaw Ta Camiguin opens with product, talent showcase

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CAMIGUIN, Jan. 5 (PIA)—Featuring over 20 handicraft makers, and talents in sports, singing, dancing and more, the 51st Camiguin Founding Anniversary dubbed, “Adlaw Ta Camiguin,” officially opened on January 5 at the Ugmad Site, Mambajao, here.

49492198_1194344194057987_5285574667866734592_nCiting the developments in the island as well as the efforts in keeping Camiguin on top, Mambajao Mayor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo said, “If we want to continue all these things, let’s not disintegrate.”

Just like in every household, if there is trouble, it will start to crack then it will crumble, go down and eventually all of the family members’ dreams will fail, Romualdo stressed.

49682652_1194343850724688_6877649251275374592_nThus, in its anniversary, the Provincial Government of Camiguin in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Education (Deped), and other key national line agencies, exerted effort to involve every Camiguingnon in working towards island development.

Handicraft Festival

By aiding the local entrepreneurs particularly the handicraft makers through holding the First Handicraft Festival, the local government along with DTI believes that such will boost not only the usage of locally-grown materials but also the talents of handicraft makers in the island and their capability to augment family’s income.

49704141_1194343927391347_7432877832751022080_n“Malipayon kaayo mi nga nahatagon mi ug higayon nga maka-display sa among produkto aning kalihokan apil na ang proseso sa pagbuhat niini (We are very happy that we are given the chance to display our products and show how we process these products),” said Cresilito Estrella of the Camiguin Probation Pardons and Paroles Association.

Estrella’s paperweights and ballpen holders made of Bitaog is just among the many products highlighted in the handicraft festival.

Tourists and locals could also purchase and view the makings of fashion bags made of Nito, doormats made of coco coir by the women’s group in Agoho, Mambajao, lampshades, coin banks and wine holders made of ‘Batakan’ bamboos, accessories from broken glasses, bamboo wind chimes, baskets, slippers, and more.

Honing students’ skills

49639284_1194342774058129_4559660108908331008_nAn integral part of putting Camiguin on top as stressed by Mayor Romualdo is the boost in the personal and academic development of the youth in the island.

Thus, the local government in partnership with Deped spearheaded the Spelling Quiz Bee and Local History Quiz Bowl, “Tigi sa Kaalam sa Kasaysayan,” for elementary and secondary levels.

Sports enthusiasts were also able to show their skills in the Inter-Municipality High School Basketball Tournament and the Fun Run/Barkada Run at Cong. PPR Tourism and Sports Complex.

Local families and tourists also gathered during the night to witness the Kaplag sa Bituon (Cebuano solo singing contest for elementary pupils), Tinig at Himig ng Mag-irog (Tagalog duet contest for secondary level), and Ingsugilon Paagi Ta Sajaw (cultural dance drama contest).

By involving Camiguingnons of all ages in these activities, the mayor said such will help in uniting the province.

“The speed of success is always dependent on our dedication and willingness to sacrifice. We have to complement with each other and let’s not make excuses so we won’t crumble and fail,” Romualdo said. (RTP/PIA10)

Camiguin plants 10,095 tree seedlings, protects watersheds

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CAMIGUIN, Jan. 4 (PIA)—Planting 10,095 tree seedlings in its five towns, the province kicks off its 51st Founding Anniversary with “Ingmahal Ko Na Basak (My Beloved Land),” a simultaneous municipal tree planting on January 4.

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“We are planting 2,019 trees per municipality and we prioritized the watershed areas,” Provincial Governor Maria Luisa Romualdo said.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) provided about 4,000 forest tree seedlings to build balance with the 5,000 bamboo seedlings provided by the Provincial Government of Camiguin.

The forest tree seedligs include the local Bayok, Dao and Bakan.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) provided over 1,000 coconut seedlings to cover the remaining trees needed to complete the 10,095 target trees. They have also secured 2,072 bags of organic fertilizer to ensure growth and sustainability of the greening program.

Aside from the coconut seedlings, PCA also provided technical assistance in crafting the layout of the planting activity; making sure that coconut trees are intercropped to improve the incomes of small coconut farmers.

Bamboo seedlings are planted with 10 meters spacing and in between, are the forest tree seedlings which are distanced at 5 meters, depending on the terrain.

As to watershed protection, Mambajao Mayor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo said planting trees along the rivers reduces water pollution, provides clean drinking water systems, preserves valuable ecosystem services, and beautifies the natural landscape of communities.

“Kini kay mga river mani siya, small rivers kinahanglan na siya nimo protektahan. Tamnan na nimo or else mu-widen ni siya, madaot ang atong corals (Since this is a river, small rivers, you need to protect them. You plant trees around it or else, such river will widen and eventually destroy the corals),” Mayor Romualdo said while participating in the tree planting at Barangay Baylao, Sitio Abbu, Mambajao.

In sustaining the program, Governor Romualdo said the barangays are given the power to ensure protection of the trees planted in their areas. Furthermore, people from Camiguin can expect the annual conduct of the activity during the province’s founding anniversary celebration as it is also enclosed in the environmental code of Camiguin. (RTP/PIA10)

Marathon, Ugmad, showdown kick off 39th Camiguin Lanzones Festival

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CAMIGUIN, Oct. 22 (PIA)–With over a thousand spectators, the 39th Camiguin Lanzones Festival opens with the annual festival marathon, farm ribbon cutting, art competition, umbrella street street dance, agro-industrial-tourism trade fair, and music and dance contests on October 21 at Cong. PPR Tourism and Sports Complex.
Lanzones Festival 2018At exactly 5:00 AM about 354 runners graced the 39th Lanzones Festival Marathon. There were 100 runners for the 42km run, 121 for 21km and 133 for 5km, said Gilbert Grado, event head.
On the other hand, Senator Cynthia Villar, Gov. Maria Luisa Romualdo, Rep. Xavier Jesus Romualdo and Mamabajao Mayor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo, highlighted the festival opening through the Lanzones Festival Farm Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting at Puntod, Mahinog, here.
FB_IMG_1540178564185.jpgArt enthusiasts also had a chance to showcase their talents in Mugna Art Competition as the Treasures of Camiguin spearheaded the Camiguin Art Gallery Opening at Bug-ong, Mambajao.
Colorful umbrellas were also a sight to behold during the festivity in the Agsadja Ki Raw Festival Grand Parade. It is a choreographed umbrella street dance with the Mutya sa Buahanan candidates. Various schools, national line agencies, private companies and local government units (LGUs) joined the parade.
PabuenasIn the formal opening of the festival, Rep. Zajid Mangundadatu, who served as the guest speaker of the event, said the government now focuses on fighting corruption, illegal drugs and criminality that affect the country’s economy. His visits to various areas in the country is aimed to seek for peace and order considering all beliefs, culture and ideology.
Furthermore, the Provincial Government of Camiguin through Gov. Maria Luisa Romualdo, Rep. Xavier Jesus Romualdo and municipal mayors, together with Rep. Mangudadatu, Department of Tourism (DOT) Regional Director Marie Elaine Unchuan and guests led the 39th Camiguin Lanzones Festival “Pabuenas” aimed to imbibe good bounties and successful festivity this year.
They also led the Agro-Industrial-Tourism Trade Fair Ribbong Cutting Ceremony and Viewing at Ugmad Site where locals display the bounties of the island. The event aims to help entrepreneurs promote their products to the locals and tourists.
In the Agsadja Ki Raw Music Showdown, Fatima College of Camiguin bagged the third place, Mahinog National High School second place and Mambajao National High School was named as this year’s champion.
FB_IMG_1540170413742To cap the night off, Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar, who served as the guest speaker of the Agsadja Ki Raw Inter-Agency and Barangay Icon Concert Competition, said Camiguin is blessed with a rare kind of lanzones thus, he encouraged Camiguingnons to treasure such bounty and help in boosting its produce.
He also lauded the kind of governance in the province, maintaining peace and order and marking great accomplishments throughout the years, and the contributions of Rep. Romualdo in the Congress which improved not just the lives of Camiguingnons but the whole nation as well.
More series of activities will be held in the island until October 30 thus, Gov. Romualdo invites everyone to witness the grand festivity of the island. (RTP/PIA10)

Camiguin continues to be rabies-free

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CAMIGUIN, October 18 (PIA)—Maintaining its rabies-free status for more than six years, the Province of Camiguin has earned distinct recognition during the 2018 National Rabies Summit on September 27 at Metro Manila, Philippines.
Rabies-free Camiguin.jpgCamiguin has been named as one of the provinces maintaining its rabies-free status for the past five years and one of the few provinces with Zero Human Rabies for more than six years.
During the World Rabies Day 2018, the province has also bagged the national award as the Best Rabies Program Implementor on September 28 at Quezon City.
In the Joint Meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) on October 9, Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Louis Bollozos said they have spayed/neutered 849 heads already as of October 8, 2018.
They have also accomplished 83.7 percent or 7,112 vaccinated pet animals out of the 8,500 total population for this year.
He also added though there are 524 human dog and cat biting incident/cases for this year (426 for dog bites, 89 cat bites and 9 others), no severe case was reported since the pet/house dogs and cats were vaccinated.
To maintain such feat, Bollozos said they continuously conduct the Dog Show, Responsible Pet Ownership Seminar, Mass Rabies Vaccination, IEC-Rabies Video Showing, Spay and Neuter in the five municipalities of the province. (RTP/PIA10)

Crime rate drops, PNP Camiguin

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CAMIGUIN, Oct. 17 (PIA)–With the augmented police personnel, strengthened measures to safeguard the area and intensified advocacy on various laws, the Camiguin Provincial Police Office reported crime rate drop from 138 in 2017 to 89 in 2018.
Crime rate in Camiguin.jpgDuring the Joint Meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) on October 9, Provincial Director PSSupt Robert Roy Bahian said the highest index crimes were recorded in Mambajao with 31.
Other towns marked minimal index crimes such as Mahinog with 21, Sagay, 15, Catarman 12 and Guinsiliban, 9.
Bahian said the most committed crime is physical injury with 13 reported cases followed by theft (3), robbery (3) and rape (1).
PNP-Camiguin also acted on illegal gambling arresting 35 persons where 8 were involved in illegal numbers game and 27 on other forms of illegal gambling. They have also conducted 419 operations, confiscating a total of Php5,498.50.
On drug-clearing operations, Bahian said they have already cleared 28 barangays out of the 50 drug-affected barangays as of October 5, 2018. Sagay only needs to clear two more barangays for the area to be declared as the first drug-free municipality in the region.
Aside from their usual operations, PNP-Camiguin also visits barangays, schools and even houses to inform the Camiguingnons on the existing laws particularly on physical abuse, violence against women and their children, terrorism, theft, rape and other crimes. (RTP/PIA10)

Camiguin gears up for Lanzones Festival 2018

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MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, Oct. 10 (PIA)—With the theme, “Kinaiyahan atong Ampingan, Kalamboan alang sa Tanan (Care for Resources, Development for All),” the Provincial Government of Camiguin bares the lined-up activities for the 39th Camiguin Lanzones Festival.

PPOC, PADAC meetingProvincial Tourism Officer Candice Naomi Dael said the month-long festivity kicked off with the visual merchandising of all establishments and Kalanrakas sa Kabataan at Sagay town on October 1. On October 21, sports enthusiasts are urged to join the 39th Lanzones Festival Marathon at Cong. PPR Tourism and Sports Complex.

On the same day, the provincial government will also hold the Lanzones Festival Farm Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting as well as the Camiguin Lanzones Mini Museum Opening, Historical Site Declaration.

Lanzones Festival 2018Festive umbrellas will be displayed through the Ag Sadya Kiraw Festival Grand Parade which will also feature the Mutya sa Buwahanan candidates. The activity will be followed by the opening of the Agro-Industrial-Tourism Trade Fair Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Viewing at the Ugmad Site.

On October 22, kids will have the chance to show their talents through the Kids Age Group Swimming Competition at Cong. PPR Tourism and Sports Complex and Kalanrakas sa Kabataan at Guinsiliban and Mahinog Plaza.

Meanwhile, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will host the Jobs Fair Docufest and DOLE Clinic on this day at Ugmad Site and Mambajao Municipal Hall.

The Department of Education (Deped) will also take part in the celebration through hosting the DepEd Day “Camiguin Senior High School In-Focus” on October 23 with a back-to-back show of Fatima College of Camiguin’s “FCC Sikat.”

The Provincial/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Info Caravan, Daos Ki! and Buahanan Octoberfest, and Mutya sa Buahanan 2018 Talent and Corporate Awards Night will highlight the festivity on October 24.

On October 25, tourists and locals can enjoy the Governor’s Cup Tennis Championship, Farmer’s Day, Datu Daw Bai Ta Buwahanan and Diwata Daw Tayamtayam Showdown, Globe Night, and Everybody’s Night- Lechon Festival.

October 26 will be filled with the “Pasigarbo sa Kurso” of Camiguin Polytechnic State College and Mutya sa Buahanan Beauty Pageant at Ugmad Site.

Highlights of the annual festival will take place on October 27 and these include the Street Dancing Competition which will be held at Mambajao 1914 Road to Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Provincial Office, Pasigarbo sa Isla, Inter-Agency Camiguin Lanzones Ground Presentation, Mr. Iron Man 2018 Body Building Competition, Governor’s Cup Tennis Championship, Kalanrakas sa Kabataan, and Online Photo Contest Declaration and Awarding of Winners.

On the same day, the provincial government will also hold the Visual Merchandizing Declaration and Awarding of Winners, Mugna: Art Competition Awarding, Swimming and Tennis Awarding of Winners, and the Daos Ki! and Buahanan October Fest: Everybody’s Night- Food Safari.

Provincial Governor Maria Luisa Romualdo said the activities are geared with enough security personnel as the Philippine National Police (PNP) also augmented their police personnel to tighten security in the entire island throughout the month-long festivity. (RTP/PIA10)

Camiguin’s summit gathers over 1K studes, OSYs

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CAMIGUIN, September 25 (PIA)—Geared towards educating the youth on healthy lifestyle, handling relationships, responsible sexual behavior and human immunodeficiency virus‎/ acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS), the Provincial Government of Camiguin through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) held the third Camiguin Youth Summit with 1,030 in and out-of-school youth (OSY) participants on September 21 at the Provincial Convention Center, Mambajao, here.

Camiguin Youth Summit.jpgProvincial Governor Maria Luisa Romualdo said holding such event is significant in addressing the current emerging issues in the province particularly on the rising teenage fertility and proliferation of HIV and AIDS.

“We now have difficulties in ensuring the continued education of our teenagers since most private schools here advise teenage mothers to transfer to other schools since they do not want such act to be followed by other students,” Romualdo said.

Thus, in the summit, the trained You-for-You (U4U) youth speakers of the Commission on Population (Popcom) thoroughly discussed Adolescent Sexuality and Reproductive Health (ASRH), and love and romantic relationships.  

In the said session, the participants were reminded that adolescents and youth should not rush to be very intimate with someone he/she is romantically linked with. They should also practice responsible sexuality to avoid consequences that they may regret.

In an attempt to hold lively discussions, the topics were highlighted in stalls around the venue where the participants come in groups to get insights as well as raise their concerns to the key speakers.

The youth participants were also able to showcase their talents during the evening through the talent competition held by the provincial government. (RTP/PIA10)

DILG Camiguin conducts competency assessment tool orientation

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CAMIGUIN, August 7 (PIA)–To determine the present level of capacity in the aspects of planning and implementation of local development projects, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) conducted a municipal workshop on July 24 at Villa Paraiso Resort Apartelle, Mambajao, here.
Camiguin competency assessment.jpgProvincial Director of DILG Camiguin Rhona G. Pedraza-Abadilla said, “For the local government units (LGUs) to transform local development plans into realities of poverty alleviation and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), if not, global competitiveness, development program and projects need to be designed and implemented well.”
She also encouraged the participants to be transparent because the activity will serve as a guide for Regional Office and Central Office in designing capacity development activities to further enhance local governance.
Sagay Municipal Local Government Operations Officer (MLGOO) Emily Ching-Popera, who also serves as the cluster head and Provincial Assessment Team lead administrator, shared the importance of the workshop on self-reflection as public servants.
On the breakout sessions, the MLGOOs assisted their respective LGUs on answering the competency assessment tool.
Attendees of the activity include the municipal governments’ key informants, composed of officers/personnel from local development project planning, procurement and contract management, project end-users or implementers, project managers/officers, legislative representative, business sector representative, nongovernment organization/ civil society organization (NGO/CSO) representatives, barangay captains’ representative; and DILG Camiguin. (DILG Camiguin/PIA10)