Tag Archives: Misamis Oriental

Hundreds of Oro trees cut without permission, bares Clenro

Mindanao Gold Star Daily
Nitz Arancon
April 12, 2014

HUNDREDS of trees have been cut in Dansolihon without the government’s permission.

The City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (Clenro) revealed this after it seized a truckload of Falcata logs in Carmen on Thursday night.

Edwin Dael, city hall’s Clenro chief, said there were at least 30 truckloads of logs still on the ground in Dansolihon.

Authorities stopped the truck with license plates MBU-753, owned by one Elena Pantao, after it moved on the overpass in Barangay Carmen.

Dael said the truck was loaded with 439 logs.

While the government allows Falcata logs, Dael said the operation was still illegal because these were logged within a protected area in Dansolihon.

Dael said the logs were consigned to a company called REM Import/Export Enterprises based in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental.

He said the attempt to sneak the logs into the city raised serious questions that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) needs to answer.

Dael said the DENR should explain why the truck managed to pass its checkpoint in Barangay Lumbia.

“The documents are questionable. The papers show that the logs came from Talakag, Bukidnon, and that the truck supposedly left the town in April 8. And yet it reached Cagayan de Oro, April 10. This is puzzling and raises suspicions,” Dael said.

The Clenro seized the logs and impounded the truck at the City Engineer’s Office in Barangay Kauswagan.

Mantangale: One of Asia’s best house reefs

BusineesWeek Mindanao
By Joe Palabao

THE Mantangale of Misamis Oriental, which boasts of a view south of the Bohol sea and Camiguin island right across, has one of Asia’s best house reefs.

These house reefs are within the 1.6 million square kilometers stretch land area of the BIMP-EAGA equator asia which is claimed to be “mother’s earth true center of biodiversity.”

Mantangale is now considered as a “swing destination” of Northern Mindanao for scuba diving, wreck diving, cavern diving and underwater breathtaking world experience where tourists can take pictures and view the marine trove of coral gardens.

Catering to the needs of the domestic and foreign tourist dive enthusiasts is the Mantangale Alibuag Dive Resort.

Established since 1994, Mantangale Resort has world class amenities for domestic and foreign tourists. They have licensed dive instructors to cater the needs for basic scuba diving and many other related underwater activities and underwater photography.

Mantangale Alibuag Dive Resort of Misamis Oriental, Camiguin Island, Misamis Occidental Aqua Marine Park, (MOAP) of Sinacaban, Misamis Occidental, Cagayan de Oro River Rafting, Pikalawag Beach Resort, of Sultan Naga Dimaporo of Lanao del Norte, Lake Apo of Guinoroyan, Valencia City and Pulangi River of Bukidnon are among the best seven Swing Destinations in Mindanao for domestic and foreign tourist to enjoy and are within the BIMP-EAGA 1.6 million square kilometers land area branded as Equator Asia-The Heart of Biodiversity.

In these destinations are found vast marine treasure trove coral gardens, calm crystal water, white sand and turquoise blue waters, best house reefs, marine farm consisting of mangroves, hatcheries, fishpens, hotel facilities, swimming with the dolphins.

Lakes that display grandeur and tranquility amidst its mossy green surrounding. The River System that maintains its ecological biodiversity amidst being tapped to supply power and white water rafting while seeing the striking beautiful panoramic view of the river’s rocky walls.

In a recently concluded Mindanao-Palawan Subregion BIMP-EAGA Joint Tourism Development Cluster Strategic Planning held in Kota Kinabalu these Swing Destinations of Region X along with Regions 1X and X111 will be the next target for eco-tourism biodiversity development for 2012.

The development of these Swing Destinations is to invigorate the support of Tourism Ministers of the member nations focused areas of BIMP-EAGA to include the eco-tourism development of Mindanao and Palawan, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia (Province of Sulawesi, Kalimantan, Maluku and Irian Java), Malaysia (Sarawak and Federal Territory of Labuan} and State of Sabah.

Eco-tourism development in the BIMP-EAGA sub region is aimed to facilitate and strengthen global promotions and marketing efforts in establishing and making BIMP-EAGA as the leading ecotourism destination in Southeast Asia.

These eco-tourism destinations of BIMP-EAGA are within the 1.6 million square kilometers land area branded as Equator Asia-The Heart of Biodiversity.

Huluga open site: an ancient settlement site

BusinessWeek Mindanao
06 December 2010

IN the town of Medina, one can head out to the Medina Springs, a very interesting dive spot also with rich marine life which is located just about 300 yards from the white beach, near the edge of the shallow coral reef.

“The Paradise” as it is called, is about 90 to 110 feet deep with features like a canyon with a lot cracks and holes and a cavern that can be explored with underwater flashlights.

“The Aquarium” meanwhile is another place to make that second dive with depth ranging from 20 to 70 feet. In these two spots- you’d be able to spot the underwater springs called alibuag which literally spew out very cold fresh water.

The dramatic seascapes meanwhile, at the eastern tip of Gingoog Bay which is part of the town of Magsaysay is Punta Diwata. This divespot meanwhile has a stair step coralline slope with its ledges and walls all beautifully covered with sea fans, sponges, as well other marine outcroppings. Manta rays as well as the usual colorful and interesting Philippine fishes also frequent the area.

To wrap up the dive tour of Misamis Oriental, just out front of Mantangale is Manongul reef––aptly named as Manongul which is the word for coral gardens in the local dialect. Manongul is best for snorkeling and long scuba dives where you can spy blue spotted stingrays, lionfish, convict damsels, soft and hard corals, clown fish who all call Manongul home.

Meanwhile, for those who just absolutely love waterfalls, Misamis Oriental never fails to disappoint. See the Libon-lawit Falls 13 kilometers from Gingoog City centre which is composed of three falls actually- Tiklas Falls (120 feet high), Kilubag Falls which serves as its main attraction and the Bangbang Falls (70 feet high).

There is also the small Aya-aya Falls in Lugait, the Kanapolan Falls in Naawan, Lubilan Falls also in Naawan, Sinabayan Falls and Mimboaya Falls in Subongcogon, Bakid-bakid Falls of Gingoog City, and the Sagpulon Springs and Falls in Jasaan.

For all its beauty, Misamis Oriental’s main tourist attractions exists in its many national parks with natural limestone formations, ridges, gorges and canyons like the Initao National Park about 51 kilometers west of Cagayan de Oro which also includes a marine ecosystem which is home to various colorful fishes and corals as well as Splitnose bat cave in its two closed caves and one open cave which opens towards the sea.

There is also the Lingon-lingon Plateau Park in Balingasag which is excellent for bird watching and mountain climbing and the Sicolon Cave also called Cueva con Agua in Laguindingan (28 kilometers west of Cagayan de Oro); the Magallanes Cave in Jasaan which is still largely unexplored; the Huluga Caves 8 kilometers away from the St. Augustine Church on the east bank of the Cagayan River.

This cave was especially important because this cave also serves as a burial site. Xavier University researchers found a female skull dated back around 350 AD by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the United States.

The Huluga open site was an ancient settlement site in the area and according to unverified reports; a huge part of this archaeological area was destroyed in 2003 by the City Hall and today remains to be neglected and exposed to quarrying.

Could Mantique Island be a heritage on a borrowed time?

Ped T. Quaimjot
BusinessWeek Mindanao

SITUATED at the western side of mainland Camiguin Province, Mantique is one of the many coral islands that comprise the beauty of the Philippines as islands paradise.

Mantique Island is formed by corals and shapes by the wave pattern of the Mindanao Sea. It is accessible under a regulated trip of bancas and outriggers from the Port of Benoni or from the Municipality of Mahinog.

In the year 2004, it has been declared by the Provincial Government of Camiguin and the DENR as a protected area and a sea turtle sanctuary.

It is a no man’s land that resulted to the relocation of some 40 family settlers mostly fishermen who have illegally settled in the island for years. Families have been resettled to the mainland. Others have gone back to the coastal towns of Misamis Oriental and many more traced their roots to the Province of Bohol.

Of course the bold initiative of Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo is not without government assistance to rebuild the lives of the fishermen settlers. Saving and preserving the environment has its own cost. Left alone with local government funds cannot be done. It needs partner from foreign donors like the government of New Zealand.

Mantique is just like the many islands and islets in the Philippines that must be preserved from the pressure of today’s lifestyle. Small islands with limited resources that rely on nature to survive are temporal relief from the things that distract us. The healing power of sea water, the rhythm of the waves washed ashore transforms a Zen of vigor and renewal.

Mantique Island is a perfect landscape for photography. It is strategically position that both sunrise and sunset can be captured during a daylong visit. Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but memories when you are in photo safari to the island.

But could the preservation effort be sustainable? Are plans noble and truthful that the island will not be sold to international resort investors? Calamitan Islands in Palawan is a diving ground until it was sold to the Singapore based Banyan Tree Resort where a huge hotel and resort structure is now built and will open in 2012. How many more of our islands will be exploited and turned into another Boracay?

The color of money is irresistible and our search for investors and greed tops our priorities over the environment. Development of Mantique Island into a resort is not allowed according to the Provincial Administrator when interviewed over the phone. It is to be preserved as an eco-system.

The Inconvenient Truth lectures of former US Vice President Albert Gore on climate change reminds us on the importance of Mantique Island as a barrier for rising sea water that may affect the mainland Camiguin in the years to come.

How it can withstand the strong waves from the western approach of Mindanao Sea and serve as back stopped to reduce its ferocious strength?
The significant of the flora and fauna in the island left untouched are our living witness to a heritage of the future.