Category Archives: Environment

Camiguin highlights nat’l treasures in 51st anniv


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)


Camiguin plants 10,095 tree seedlings, protects watersheds


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

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)

DOST heightens DRRM awareness in Camiguin


MAHINOG, Camiguin, May 17 (PIA) — With the theme, “Awareness, Collaboration and Moving Forward,” the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)- Camiguin Provincial Office recently held the Disasters Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Forum at Queobe Training Center, here, noting the results of Manila Observatory study where Camiguin is one of the top provinces at risk to natural disasters.

Provincial Science and Technology Director- Camiguin/Senior Science Research Specialist Miriam A. de la Plaza said that such activity, which is in partnership with the local government of Guinsiliban and Mahinog, is part of the Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST).

RTP20180517aAngelo Bang, resident volcanologist of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) Hibok-Hibok Volcano Observatory station emphasized that Camiguin ranked one in the top provinces at risk to volcanic eruptions and ninth in at risk to tsunamis. 

“Camiguin has the highest risk because the land area is so small such that a volcanic eruption can affect the whole province,” Bang said.

He also shared that people should be aware of the volcanic hazards in the area which include steam blasts, glowing avalanches, lava flows and lahars. 

RTP20180517bBang said that years ago, the large explosion from the summit crater of Hibok-Hibok volcano was preceded by a week of intense earthquakes. Hence, Camiguingnons should be fully equipped during such occurrence.

For her part, Engr. Anianita Fortich of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) explained the hydrometeorological hazards affecting the province saying that it was on November 7, 2001 when Camiguin experienced heavy continuous rains for about 10 hours.

Such has caused flash floods carrying landslide debris of boulders, uprooted trees, loose soil, rushing from the mountainside burying 134 residents alive and damaging vegetation and structures. 

RTP20180517cAs for man-made calamities, FO2 Sherwin Borres of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Mahinog Station shared the things to do during and after fire as well as the safety measures that should be observed in the office. 

He also demonstrated the proper way of managing leaked liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and stressed that LPGs should be placed outdoor so that the fume will not accumulate in an enclosed area. 

Homes and establishments should also observe testing and proper maintenance of all equipment such as ensuring that there is no leak in the hose.

“This will cause the fume to spread out, delikado madakpan sa kalayo (this is hazardous for it can cause fire),” he explained.

The activity was attended by local government units in the province who are expected to spread the awareness to their constituents.(RTP/PIA10)

BFAR-Camiguin conducts Seaborne Patrol, strengthens Fisheries Code


GUINSILIBAN, Camiguin, September 30 (PIA)—To continuously check and supervise fishing activity in the province as well as strengthen the Republic Act No. 8550 known as the Fisheries Code of 1998, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)- Camiguin Provincial Office conducted the Seaborne Patrol on September 28 at Guinsiliban Port, Barangay North Poblacion.

Gladys Abao of BFAR said that such activity is done to further ensure that fishery resources are not exploited, unlawful fishing practices are controlled, minimized and management arrangements are implemented.

20170930.jpg“Basically, it is a data gathering exercise, where enforcement officers are out to observe what is happening in the resource areas, to conduct detailed investigations where problems are perceived, and to take necessary actions to ensure that fisheries management plan (FMP) is followed and that legislation is obeyed,” Abao said.

Various stakeholders joined in the conduct of the said activity along with the Deputy Fish Wardens from Guinsiliban and Sagay.

The Seaborne Patrol is one of the procedural strategies on anti-illegal fishing operations along with the Land/Shore Patrol and Market Denial.(RTP/PIA10)

Cebuano News: Camiguin galusad sa coastal, marine ecosystem mngt program


SAGAY, Camiguin, July 31 (PIA)—Aron mas malangkubon ang pagdumala, pagtubag ug epektibong makunhod ang mga drayber ug bahad sa degradation sa coastal ug dagatnong ecosystem, ang probinsyal nga pangagamhanan diri milusad sa Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP) niadtong Hulyo 28 sa Barangay Bugang, Sagay.

Ang kagamhanang local diri miingon nga ang maong programa giimplementar sa maong lugar aron ma makab-ot ug mapausbaw ang pagkamalahutayon sa mga serbisyo sa ecosystem, seguridad sa pagkaon ug climate change resiliency para sa kaayohan sa kasamtangan ug umaabot nga mga henerasyon.

20170731bAng mga program components naglakip sa pagtukod sa networking ug pagpahingusog sa marine protected area (MPA), pagpalambo sa biodiversity-friendly nga social enterprise, capacity building, teknikal nga pagtabang, pagdumala sa kahibalo, social marketing ug pagdumala, ug monitoring ug evaluation.

Aron magarantiya ang malampuson nga implementasyon sa programa, ang kagamhanang lokal nagpasalig nga magtukod ug maayong dugtong sa network sa mga MPAs aron masiguro ang epektibo ug malahutayong pagdumala sa coastal ug marine nga kahinguhaan.

20170731cIsip suporta sa CMEMP, ang kagamhanang lokal mag-implementar usab ug malahutayong pagduma sa coastal ug marine nga kahinguhaan aron makaambag sa seguridad sa pagkaon ug ipausbaw ang kaayohan sa mga katawhan sa coastal nga komunidad, ug epektibong ipakunhod ang mga bahad ug nakaingon sa degradation sa coastal ug marine nga kahinguhaan tungod sa mga makadaot nga pamaagi sa pagpanguha ug isda ug pagdaot sa mga puluy-anan sa mga mananap.

Tumong usab sa kagamhanang lokal ang mapaayo ang pagporma sa mga positibong balyo sa tanang hingtungdan apil na ang mga kabatan-onan pinaagi sa pag-ambit ug mga responsibiliadad sa malahutayong pagdumala sa coastal ug marine nga kahinguhaan ug puluy-anan, ug pagpa-ugmad sa kahanas ug kaalam sa mga empleyado sa Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) ug kagamhanang lokal apil na usab ang laing mga hingtungdan sa coastal ug marine nga pagdumala.(RTP/PIA10)

Camiguin launches coastal, marine ecosystem mngt program


SAGAY, Camiguin, July 31 (PIA)— To comprehensively manage, address and effectively reduce the drivers and threats of degradation of the coastal and marine ecosystem, the provincial government here launched the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP) on July 28 at Barangay Bugang, Sagay.

The local government here said that such is implemented in the area to achieve and promote sustainability of ecosystem services, food security and climate change resiliency for the benefit of the present and future generations.

20170731aAmong the program components include the marine protected area (MPA) networking establishment and strengthening, biodiversity-friendly social enterprise development, capacity, building, technical assistance, knowledge management, social marketing and management, and monitoring and evaluation.

To guarantee smooth and successful implementation of the program, the local government commits to establish a well-connected network of MPAs to ensure effective and sustainable management of the island’s coastal and marine resources.

20170801aAs support to the CMEMP, the local government will also implement the sustainable management of coastal and marine resources to contribute to food security and to improve human well-being of the coastal communities, and effectively reduce threats and factors of degradation on coastal and marine caused by destructive fishing practices and habitat destruction.

It is also the aim of the local government to enhance the formation of positive values among all stakeholders including the youth through shared responsibilities in sustainable management of coastal and marine resources and habitats, and develop and/or enhance the skills and expertise of concerned Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and local government staff as well as the other stakeholder on coastal and marine management.(RTP/PIA10)

‘Bring your own bayong’ takes effect in Mambajao


MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, June 16 (PIA) – With the aim to preserve the environment and aid in the information dissemination on the importance of taking care of the natural resources, the municipal government of Mambajao implements the “Bring Your Own Bayong” (bag) in all commercial establishments since June 1, 2017.

This is in line with the Municipal Ordinance No. 09-12-2015 or the ordinance regulating all commercial establishments from using plastic/cellophane materials utilized as bags or containers for all commercial goods including perishable commodities and prescribing penalties for violation thereof.  camiguin2

A dry run was conducted everyWednesday on December 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017 which was seen to have a good impact towards inculcating the habit of the people in bringing their own grocery bags.

Failure to observe such ordinance will entail penalties based on the frequency of violation. For first offense, violators will have to pay P500, second offense at P1,000 and third offense will be paid at P2,500 and/or imprisonment of more than six months upon the discretion of the court and in the case of business establishments, cancellation of their license to operate for the period of one year.(RTP/PIA10)

Cebuano News: “Bring your own bayong’ gipatuman sa Mambajao


MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, June 16 (PIA) – Aron mapreserbar ang kalikopan ug makatabang sa pagpahibalo sa kahinungdanon sa pag-atiman sa natural nga kahinguhaan, and lokal nga pangagamhanan sa Mambajao nipatuman sa “Bring Your Own Bayong” sa tanang komersyal nga establisamento sugod Hunyo 1, 2017.

Nunot kini sa Municipal Ordinance No. 09-12-2015 o ang ordinansa nga nagmando sa komersyal nga establisamento sa paggamit ug plastic isip bag o butanganan sa ilahang mga baligya lakip na ang dali rang madaot nga mga baligya, ug ang paghatag sa silot sa dili mutuman niining ordinansa.  news Lowly bayong regains fame with3.JPG

Gisulayan na ang pag-implementar sa maong ordinansa niadtong Disyembre 1, 2016 hangtud Mayo 31, 2017 matag Miyerkules ug nakita kini nga aduna’y dakong epekto kini sa pagdasig sa mga tao nga kanunayon na ang pagdala sa ilang mga grocery bags.   Ang pagsupak niining ordinansa naa’y lakip nga silot nga atubangon sa dili mutuman.

Makabayad ug P500 ang misupak sa unang paglapas, P1,000 sa ikaduhang higayon, ug P2,500 sa ikatulong paglapas ug pagkapriso sulod sa unom ka bulan base sa pagtugot sa korte.   Sa kaso sa establisamento, mamahimong ikansela ang ilang lisensya para mu-operate sulod sa isa ka tuig.(RTP/PIA10)camiguin2.gif

Camiguin police to hold fun run on June 3


MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, May 26 (PIA) — To provide school supplies to the less fortunate children in the province, the Camiguin Provincial Police Office invites enthusiasts be part of their Fun Run for a Cause on June 3, 2017.


The event’s registration fee is at P350 per participant and registration can be done at the nearest police station in the province.


Mambajao Municipal Police Station said that the proceeds of the fun run will go to the school-aged children whose families have difficulty in providing for their school supplies in the upcoming school year. The police station is yet to determine the school or area where the distribution of the materials will be held.


The fun run will start at the PPR Complex and will end at the Camiguin PPO Mambajao Camiguin.(RTP/PIA10)