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Camiguin, Philippines - Archived News


New CIS volunteers for Camiguin sworn in

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin- A total of 382 community investigative support (CIS) volunteers were sworn in last month as new partners of the police investigation unit in addressing criminality in the province.

Police Senior Superintendent Eliseo Tam Rasco of the 10th Regional Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (10RCIDU) personally launched the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)-CIS in the island through a two-day basic orientation seminar among the newly installed volunteers.

The pioneering group took a series of lectures that mostly focused on crime prevention awareness, modus operadi of criminal groups, and on the police intelligence cycle.

Camiguin Provincial Planning and Development Officer, Felicisimo M. Gomez, meanwhile, underscored the significant role of the CIS, especially in the networking and coordination efforts.

To cap the event, the provincial government together with the 10th CIDG-CIS initiated a lanzones tree-planting activity.

Feature: Mantigue Island Nature Park, Camiguin’s restored paradise

Camiguin’s piece of paradise, once a fishing village, now offers a fantastic island experience.

The Mantigue Island Nature Park, gleaming with white beaches filled of powdery coral and surrounded by crystal clear water, is more of an adventure than a sight-seeing experience - one of the best when in Camiguin.

It lies only three kilometers off from barangay San Roque shore in the town of Mahinog.

The 15-minute motor boat ride gives an added thrill to the visitors and allows a great view of the water corals and surrounding seaweeds.

Aside from enjoying a great swim, guests may opt to take a walk in its dense tropical coast forest at the center of the nature park, which is filled with wild grass, wide variety of trees and plants often used as shelter by migratory birds and turtles seeking refuge in the island.

A part of its coast offers a pristine beach with soft white sand and shallow waters while on the opposite side is a deep drop-off suitable for diving and snorkeling. Along its underwater cracks, diving enthusiasts will be entertained by a wonderful view of sea anemones, stingrays, and variety of tropical fishes.

If one gets lucky, you might come across sea turtles, especially when these head back to the island’s coast to nest and lay their eggs.

The emergence of the island as an eco-tourism destination is seen to bring beneficial effects on its environment. Having been long declared as forest land, the government carried out an aggressive action and policy direction to protect Mantigue.

Feature: Panaad sa Camiguin 2012

MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN- Known to many for its spectacular wonders, be it in the array of finest foods, fruits, waters and people, Camiguin is but a tourist perfect destination.

The island receives flock of local and foreign tourist all year round and the Lenten season is among its peak period of the year, every March or April.

After more than 30 years, “Panaad in Camiguin” still continues to draw huge numbers of pilgrims and tourist alike.

It is a religious activity that was started by a handful of islanders in the 80’s and has found its place the region’s annual calendar of top tourist come-ons.

“Panaad” is a Cebuano term which means a religious vow of sacrifice to take the 64-kilometer walk around the island-province, highlighted with an uphill walk in Mt. Vulcan where the fourteen (14) Stations of the Cross are located.

The penitent walk normally commences immediately after visitors sets foot on Benoni Port in the town of Mahinog. The crowd then goes towards Mambajao, and then to Catarman town where the Mt. Vulcan climb awaits each devotee, a never-miss part of the Panaad, then sets off again until they reach back the place to where they have started.

The religious walk is completed with a “Visita Iglesia”, in every chapel and old churches they came to pass.

The local government has already put in place steering and working committees to oversee the needs and safety of the visitors.

All key areas such as ports, town centers, and sacred places where devotees often congregate will hold information counters to be manned by the local disaster risk reduction management council, barangay council and tourism office.

Pilgrims are encouraged to register and secure the Panaad 2012 identification cards which can be accessed upon arrival at the Benoni Port Tourist Assistance Booth.

Medical teams are likewise readied to respond to health emergencies as devotees in some instances experience difficulties because of too much heat and exhaustion as they walk their way around the island.

Free pet spay/neuter set this summer

MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN- Interested pet owners in the island-province who missed to avail the spay/neuter activity last year can now avail of the free pet surgical service early next month.

The Philippine Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) will do barangay visits to reach more pet owners in the island.

This will be their second visit and they target to serve some 200 felines and dogs.

The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) said PVMA will give priority to spaying activities or the removal of reproductive organs of female dogs and cats, as PVO can easily accommodate pet owners who need neutering services or the removal of the testicles in male dogs and cats.

Camiguin Provincial Veterinary Chief, Dr. Louis S. Bollozos, explained that surgeries are always performed while the animals are under anesthesia. He assures that the procedure is safe provided that proper after care is extended to pets that have undergone the procedure.

The activity aims to support the island’s bid of maintaining a rabies-fee status. This will also help control the population of such animals, thereby, reducing rabid bites.

Camiguin Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo released P150,000 supplemental budget, slated alone for the massive surgical operation for dogs and cats throughout the province.

The activity is open and voluntary. It caters to all owners who are willing to submit their pets.

Bollozos said that the prevailing rate now for such procedure in private clinics and hospitals range to about P 5,000.

Camiguin set to launch GP program anew

MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN- Health workers here is preparing for another round of “Garantisadong Pambata” supplement distribution for children 0 to 71 months old, with the massive distribution and provision of health services to all under five years old in the province slated to start on April 16 towards the end of this month.

“Garantisadong Pambata will reach out all the target children in the barangays, we have prepared schedules that are set to cover all towns,” Camiguin Provincial Nutrition Program Coordinator Telesfora G. Madelo said.

Needed supplements such as vitamin A, iron, and deworming tablets from the Department of Health already arrived and are ready for distribution.

Madelo said this program aims on reducing the mortality and morbidity rate among children.

“The distribution of vitamin A is quite important as it concerns the child’s vision and growth, as well as to boost their immune system to help prevent infection,” she explained.

Aside from supplement distribution, Garantisadong Pambata also focuses on public health interventions for pregnant mothers, newborn care, immunization of mothers, child injury prevention and control, birth spacing, and environmental sanitation.

The GP Program is done twice per year, every April and every third week of October.

Literacy Coordinating Council accepts nominations for nat'l literacy tilt

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin- The Department of Education (DepEd) through the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) is now accepting nominations for the 2012 National Literacy Award (NLA).

Dr. Norma L. Salcedo, head of the LCC Secretariat, announced that the NLA awards this year has two categories, the “Outstanding Literacy Program Awards” for civil society organizations, non-government organization, private organizations or educational/academic institutions and the “Outstanding Local Government Unit Award” for local governments, which have developed policies, programs, and projects conducive to literacy development.

NLA aims to recognize the best practices in implementing literacy programs or projects which help alleviate poverty, provide livelihood, address welfare needs, promote freedom, make education facilities accessible, and helped build basic and functional literacy.

Nominations and selection of all regional entries will be conducted not later than April 10 to 30, and must be forwarded to the LCC secretariat on or before May 15.

The DepEd and chiefs of its Alternative Learning System are the designated members of the Regional Screening Committee.

Salcedo noted that only programs who have been running for at least three years will qualify for the literacy tilt.

Camiguin hospitals to undergo infra and facility upgrading

MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN- Local hospitals in the province will be upgraded following the release of funds according to Camiguin Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo.

Romualdo said Health Secretary Enrique Ona during his visit here last Friday, to check on island’s health facilities, has assured funds for the equipment and rehabilitation of the local hospitals. Some Php2 million pesos were already allotted for equipment purchases of the Camiguin General Hospital (CGH). This excludes the CT scan machine, which they are expecting to arrive soon amounting around P20M to P30M.

Camiguin Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Gretchen L. Cabalang said this will come of great use to patients, especially for those who are into vehicular accident as they will not need to be transported anymore to the mainland.

She added that the building which will house the new equipment is already constructed and they are expecting another additional release of Php5 million for more infrastructure upgrade.

Several state of the art equipment are already available in the CGH laboratories such as X-ray, Endoscopy, Urinalysis, CBC, and a 4-D ultrasound.

Cabalang said after CT scan, CGH is looking into having a 2D echo machine, an ultrasound test used in examining the heart.

Meanwhile, the Catarman District Hospital (CDH) according to Cabalang will also receive Php5 million for the development of a psychiatric ward.

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