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Tragedy Of The Commons In Solong

The things we share as humans – air, water, land and other aspects of the natural world – that society shares among its members are generally referred to as commons. Garret Hardin (1968) expounded the phrase Tragedy of the Commons as to describe the result when industry does not take into account the cost of protection of the environment in the accounting of the price of a good or service. The devastation wrought by the recent flash floods in Solong, San Miguel the other week clearly demonstrated one inconvenient truth: The Tragedy of the Commons in that upland barangay reared its ugly head. Nature, when abused suffers in silence. But the moment it gets mad, it strikes hard. Human technology are rendered inutile vis-à-vis its fury and magnitude of destruction. Knowledgeable sources said the fate of impending environmental disaster in that upland barangay had been sealed initially by the construction of an access road for eco-tourism purposes. Accordingly, destroyed by that road cut…

Must See Sights in Catanduanes

I received an email a week ago asking me about must-see places and landmarks in Catanduanes to be featured on a local travel magazine. Mentioned were Maribina Falls, Virac Cathedral, Bato church, Puraran and Amenia beach all located in Virac, San Andres and Bato.


There are eight more towns in the island with sights and landmarks unheard of, like the former US Coast Guard Station - LORAN, Lolong Point Lighthouse, Boto ni Kurakog, Nahulugan Falls, Del Rio River resort and many others.

A Good Treat For Islanders Like Us

I guess this is everyone's fave seafood for islanders like us, no question about that, except for those who are hypertensive and suffering rheumatism. A ginataang alimango spiked up with sili labuyo or bird seed is a good treat for vacationers but also to visitors.

And in a few months, will be the end of school year and eventually lenten season when everyone would be looking for fun and retreat... I can't hardly wait.

NDCC Update

Progress Report: Re Effects of Tail-End of Cold Front That Triggered Continuous Heavy Rains From January 9-12, 2009 Affecting Regions I, V, VI, VII, VIII, X And XI

Date: 12 January, 2009
Reference: OCD Regions I, V, VI, VII, VIII, X and XI

I. Situation OverviewThe tail-end of cold front affecting the Bicol region and eastern sections of Visayas and Mindanao from January 7-12, 2009 triggered the occurence of continuous rains which caused flashfloods/floodings, high tides/big waves and sea mishaps in Regions I, V, VI, VII, VIII, X and XI.Region VPCG Bicol District suspended trips going to island provinces of Catanduanes, Masbate and Samar due to strong winds and rough seas brought about by tail-end of cold front. Initially, it was reported that 1,006 persons, 47 small cars, 6 passenger bus, 90 trucks, 4 vessels and 7 motorized bancas were stranded. However, as of 8:00 AM today 12 January 2009, all ports are cleared of stranded passengers upon resumption of trips in Bicol area.Catanduanes (…

Alternative Water Pump Technology

Water is life and our island is abundant of it. Yet we don't have running water in our households particularly in small barangays located in hilly areas. Still, many have to walk a kilometer just to get a pail of water for washing and drinking water for farm animals. It is understandable that to pump water to a tank for distribution to households requires some capital investment, in addition to power and gas to run the pump.

This technology requires no use of power or gas to pump water uphill because it only uses gravity and air to boost the water upwards. And this would be ideal to remote barangays in our island and to small farms as well.

Cebu Pacific Flies To Catarman, Calbayog, Virac And Cauayan

Butuan City (9 January) -- Cebu Pacific (CEB) is set to take delivery of its seventh brand-new ATR 72-500 aircraft which it will use to fly to Catarman and Calbayog in Samar, Virac in Catanduanes, and Cauayan, Isabela starting next month. CEB will also mount additional flights for Manila-Naga from daily to 10 times weekly starting on February 14 and Manila-Busuanga from daily to 11 times weekly starting on February 15. The new service to Catarman, Samar and Virac, Catanduanes will start on February 14; flights to Calbayog, Samar and Cauayan, Isabela will start on February 18. Candice Iyog, CEB VP for marketing and distribution, said "We are expanding our Manila hub operations with the arrival of our brand new ATR and will make more areas accessible through our low fares and new planes." To mark the announcement of these additional services, CEB is offering a promotional P500 all-in 'Go Lite' seat sale for flights from Manila to Busuanga, Calbayog, Catarman, C…

NDCC Report: Minor Flooding and Landslide

National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) 7 January 2009 report. Governor Joseph C. Cua of Catanduanes Province DPWH 5 has confirmed that continuous rains which occured since last night triggered the occurrence of landslide and flooding along Circumferential Road in said province.Sections were affected last night were Brgy Sipi, Bato; Bato-Linao; Tilod, Baras and Banabaan in Caramoran; and two sections along Baras-Gimoto Road.One electric post in Viga-Bagamanoc Road collapsed due to landslide.

No casualty were reported in relation to landslide incident.

Road Condition as of 3:00 PM today, 7 January 2009
Virac-San Andres Road Section - passable until the area of Panabanaon as the chokepoint of the heavy landslide in the area.San Andres-Caramoran-Pandan Road Section - impassable due to the chokepoint at the Panabanaon area which is totally under debris of mud, gravel and vegetation.Virac-San Miguel Road Section - The Balonbong area had been blocked again by debris. This section has an …

DOE Gives Go Signal For More Mini-Hydro Plants

Jan. 2--The energy department has issued four contracts for these projects to Sunwest Water and Electric Power Co., Inc. in Catanduanes and Antique that include the 8-megawatt Villasiga MHP in Brgy. Isogo, Bugasong, Antique and the 2.3-megawatt Solong MHP in San Miguel, Catanduanes. The contracts also cover the 1.5-megawatt Hitoma 1 MHP and the 1.6-megawatt Hitoma 2 MHP, both in Caramoran, Catanduanes.

These mini-hydro plants are expected to displace an equivalent of 43,000 barrels of fuel oil annually as well as reduce carbon dioxide emissions from displaced power generation from conventional plants.

"The mini-hydropower projects will contribute to our goal of achieving energy independence by reducing the dependency on imported fuel. More importantly, the projects will utilize a renewable form of energy, therefore, giving us benefits through the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions," Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes said.

Besides the contracts for the said facilities, the DOE li…

We Also Want Change

In a few days from now President-elect Barrack Obama will be taking oath as the 44th US president. Inheriting an economy in disarray, termed by many as "financial meltdown".

Looking back at Bush's presidency, we can recall that he won in a close controversial election not based on popular votes but on electoral votes. Eight months after his presidency, terror attacks on World Trade Center, the icon of US economic might.

Invaded Afghanistan to hunt down terrorists and eventually Iraq supposedly in search for weapons of mass destruction (WMD) based on the information gathered by US intel agencies and found none. It was exposed afterwards that the intel documents were falsified.

Under his administration, US failed to be a signatory to the Kyoto Protocol to address the growing concern for greenhouse gases (GHG). Ignoring the warnings made by climate scientists from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

As I see it, Bush decisions were made to protect the ame…