Dinagat Island Province, Philippines
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Dinagat Islands within the Island of Mindanao
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Dinagat Province, Philippines
- Dinagat Islands became a separate province on December 2, 2006 after the approval of Republic Act No. 9355. It was a part of the First District of Surigao del Norte.
- February 11, 2010 the Supreme Court of the Philippines declared the creation of Dinagat Islands province null and void. The province had insufficient land area and population as stipulated by the Local Government Code for the creation of provinces. It was reverted back to Surigao del Norte.
- On March 30, 2011, however, the Supreme Court reversed its ruling from the previous year, and upheld the constitutionality of RA 9355 and the creation of Dinagat Islands as a province.
- Dinagat Islands is within Region XIII - The caraga region and is in the north eastern part of the island of mindanao.
Location of Dinagat Island, Philippines
Dinagat Island is located on the south side of Leyte Gulf. Leyte is to its west, across Surigao Strait, and Mindanao is to its south. Its main island, Dinagat, is about 60 km from north to south.
History of Dinagat Island, Philippines
Although one of the newest provinces of the country, settlements in Dinagat Islands were already present during the Spanish regime as a result of migration of people from nearby provinces of Bohol and Leyte. The so-called mystical province played an important role in the country's history, particularly during World War II. Adding to the historical significance of the province is the foundation of the Philippine Benevolent Missionary Association by Ruben Ecleo, Sr.
The municipality of Dinagat is the oldest community in the province. In the early days, a story was told that a stranger reached the place in search of greener pastures. He approached a native and asked what the inhabitants do for a living. The natives said that they farm and fish to live. The stranger's interest in fishing prompted him to inquire where they fish, and the native replied and pointed to a place saying ? ?dinhi niini na dagat? (here from this bountiful waters). Since then, the place was called Dinagat.
The municipality was formally established in 1855. It occupies the territorial boundaries of the whole island. From 1890 to 1990 its boundaries were gradually reduced giving rise to six municipalities ? Loreto, Cagdianao, Libjo, Basilisa, Tubajon and San Jose.
Loreto became a Spanish pueblo on September 4, 1890 under the supervision of Governor General Manuel Sanchez by the virtue of Direccion General No. 30. It was originally called "Mabua" because of the ever-foaming river that runs right into the center of the community. It was named ?Loreto? in 1881 by the Spanish priest who frequents the town, in honor of the wife of the Alcalde Mayor of the Province of Surigao.
The province was the site of the historic Battle of Surigao Strait during the Second World War. The Municipality of Loreto became the entry point of the American Liberation Forces on October 17, 1944. It was on this shore that the 6th Ranger Battalion of the 6th U.S. Army under Col. Mucci landed at Sitio Campinta of Barangay Panamaon, Loreto. It was during this landing that the first American flag flew on Philippine soil. They named the place "Black Beach No. 2."
The northern part of the island served as a refuge of the American soldiers, while the western border was the camp site of the Japanese Forces. Capsized vessel structures are still found today in the waters of Basilisa.
On December 23, 1959 Cagdianao was created into a municipality under Executive Order No. 367. Its name came from the Spanish word "Cada dia linao" meaning everyday peaceful and calm. However some scholars say that its name came from the Visayan word "Taga Danaw" meaning the lake people.
Libjo was created into a municipality and named Albor on February 29, 1960 under Executive Order No. 381. It was taken from the municipalities of Dinagat and Loreto. "Albor" came from the surname of the mayors of Loreto and Dinagat - Alfaro and Borja. It was renamed as Libjo on June 17, 1967. The name came from the word "Liboo" which is a kind of mussel clam.
In 1965, Ruben Edera Ecleo Sr. founded the Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association (PBMA) at Sitio Puyange, now Poblacion San Jose. It is a non-sectarian organization bounded by a strong spirit of brotherhood. Not long after that, members from all over the country migrated in the island to be in constant association with their founder.
Meanwhile, Basilisa became a municipality in June 17, 1967 under Republic Act No. 4986. It was then named as Rizal, after the country?s national hero. The municipality was renamed as Basilisa on June 21, 1969 under Republic Act. No. 5775.
Tubajon, which was once a barangay of Loreto became a municipality in June 21, 1969 under Republic Act No. 5643. A local folklore states that during the Spanish regime, a banca boarded with Guardia Civils landed in the shores of Tubajon in search of a criminal. One of them came across a river and saw a man pounding leaves, curious, he asked the man "What will you do with it?". The man answered "Akong Tubajon ang suba aron sayon dakpon ang mga isda" (I will poison the river with Tuba leaves so that the fishes could be easily caught). When the man returned to the group, he narrated everything he saw and heard from the native to his companions. From then on, the place was called Tubajon.
The newest municipality is San Jose. It became a municipality on November 15, 1989 under Republic Act No. 6769. The town was named in honor of Jose Ecleo who was its pioneer and father of the late renowned mayor of the municipality of Dinagat, Hon. Rubern Edera Ecleo Sr. The town is the seat of the PBMA.
Dinagat Islands was part of the First District of the province of Surigao del Norte until it became a separate province in October 2, 2006 as stated in Republic Act No. 9355 or the Charter of the Province of Dinagat Islands.
Last January 2007, Surigao del Norte Governor Robert Lyndon Barbers inducted the interim officials whose term ends after the newly elected provincial officials assume office after the May 14, 2007 elections.
The interim officials were Geraldine Ecleo-Villaroman as Governor, Elvis A. dela Merced as Vice Governor, Provincial Board Members Merlinda B. Lagroma, Norberto A. Sarita Sr., Mario P. Menil, Zacarias N. Vales, Gracelyn B. Ecleo, Nilo P. Gulfo, and Rolizareth T. Ladaga. They took oath at the Municipal Cultural Center of San Jose. Source: Verbatim from www.wowsurigao.com/ and the LGU of Dinagat province
People of Dinagat Island, Philippines
Total Population of Dinagat Island
- Elected officials of Dinagat Island for the term of 2013-2016
- Provincial Governor: Glenda Buray Ecleo
- Provincial Vice-Governor:
- House Representative:
- Provincial Board Members:
- Elected officials of Dinagat Island for the term of 2010-2013
- Provincial Governor: Glenda Buray Ecleo
- Provincial Vice-Governor: Geraldine Ecleo Villaroman
- House Representative:Ruben Buray Ecleo Jr.
- Provincial Board Members:
Elected officials of Dinagat Island for the term of 2007-2010
- Governor of Dinagat Islands for the term of 2007-2010
- Member(s) of the House of Representatives of Dinagat Islands for the term of 2007-2010
Barangay Elected Officials of Dinagat Province
Businesses in Dinagat Island, Philippines
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Economy of Dinagat Island, Philippines
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Natural Resources of Dinagat Island, Philippines
- Protect the environment
It is sad but true that as of the year 2012 the rivers of the Philippines continue to be the #1 Sewer Systems of the Philippines.
Protect & Save the Rivers. Do not let your sewer drain into the river. Your community can be the first to initiate this project.
Build your riverbank protection with a built-in gutter system. Reforest within Ten Years - Guaranteed!
Let us plant more trees in every barangay in the entire Philippines. It does not make any difference if the barangay is urban, partially urban or rural; we need more trees. Trees will prevent erosion, provide oxygen, prevent green house effect, and even a place of business for the shade tree mechanic.
The Philippines is a tropical country and practically anything will grow. The DENR has the planting trees project that goes on every year. Lots of picture taking for the media. Planting trees one by one is the "human" way of doing it. This individual planting of trees is good if done to "line" the roads and highways with trees or along fences or property divisions, or if you have a plantation.
To reforest the nation of the Philippines we have to plant trees the "mother nature" way. Sow the seeds during the rainy season. Go deep into "bald" forests and plant trees by sowing seeds. If there's not enough volunteers to do this, use the military helicopters to fly over the designated areas and sow the seeds.
Guaranteed within a few years, The Philippines will be lush again. >>Read More
We are using our rivers as our sewer system. If you ask a Filipino, "Are the Filipinos a clean people?" The answer is an automatic, "Yes!". However, the Filipinos are suffering from the same disease or attitude as most people do, and that is the "NIMBY" disease or "NIMBY" attitude. (NIMBY) Not In My Back Yard. So it is OK to dump my garbage and sewer there. Not mine! Someone else will take care of it.
This attitude is killing our rivers. Your great-grandparents, grandparents or parents were once proud to tell the stories of how they enjoyed swimming in the river behind your house or nearby. However, you can't say the same or tell the same stories to your kids or grand kids. Why? Because your generation is killing the river.
- Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje
- Department of Environment and Natural Resources
- Visayas Avenue, Diliman, 1100 Quezon City, Philippines
We have so much water in the Philippines and yet very little to drink.
Instead of relying too much on Diesel fuel and Coal to generate the majority of Philippine's Electrical energy Supply, we can concentrate more on renewable and sustainable source of energy such as: Hydro Power, Solar Power, and Wind Power. We have too many black outs.
Tourists Attractions of Dinagat Island, Philippines
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Festivals, Fiestas and Traditions of Dinagat Island, Philippines
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- Recovery of imports seen in Q3
- Monday, September 1, 2014 12:00 am
- MANILA, Philippines - Merchandise imports would likely recover in the third quarter following a contraction in June and May, the research arm of Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. said.
- “Coming from a second quarter decline, expect figures to improve in the third quarter given the country’s import season,” Mabellene Reynaldo, research analyst at the bank, said in a report ........................ Full Story»
- WB lends $508 M to Phl for rural infra
- Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:00 am
- MANILA, Philippines - The World Bank is extending a $508.25-million loan and grant package to the Philippines for rural infrastructure aimed at improving the productivity of small farmers and fisherfolk, raising rural incomes and reducing poverty in the country.
- The six-year Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) also aims to facilitate easier access of farmers’ produce to the markets. The Department of Agriculture (DA) will implement the project ........................ Full Story»
- Fil-Am seeks to swim for Phl
- Monday, September 1, 2014 12:00 am
- MANILA, Philippines - A 17-year-old Fil-Am swimmer, whose best long course time of 31.39 seconds in the 50-meter backstroke is .03 faster than the Philippine record, hopes to compete for the country in the near future and her father is now inquiring about the steps to take in acquiring dual citizenship.
- Elizabeth Davis Jordana began swimming competitively in US regional meets since she was nine and is in the senior elite class of the Dad’s Club Team in Texas. Her father Martin, 51, was born in Manila and is a Filipino-Spanish mestizo with roots in Bicol. Her mother Sarah is American ............................. Full Story»
Dinagat Island, Philippines supports Philippine Cycling
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Here is a letter that Allen Moretsky sent in that came from a friend of his: Saturday, November 27, 2010 3:08 AM
A little introduction here. My friend, Michael, a Brit and former Salvation Army Band member has been teaching children in his small village on Dinagat Island to play Brass Instruments. This is his second Tubajon Brass Band. He’s managed to get friends back in the UK to donate equipment and with is time and teaching ability has done wonders with these village kids on the remote island of Dinagat.
It is now just over twenty-four hours since the bands first public appearance and I am so pleased with them. The day, after a very shaky start, turned out to be a really good one.
The program for the event had stated an 8am start. I have been fooled by that too many times now here but I did arrange for the kids to be here by 7am so as to get them all suited and booted. I needn’t have worried though as by soon after 6am, the majority of the little angels were already here. Having finished breakfast I set about getting our battered old pick-up truck ready. It wasn’t having any of it and eventually I had to accept that it wasn’t going to start. Although the gym is in easy walking distance I didn’t relish the prospect of trying to get all the instruments, stands, music and everything else there by hand. I then remembered the motor bike trailer. It had been built when we had no proper bridge that allowed access in and out of Sta.Cruz. We now have a permanent full size bridge so the trailer gets very little use. Having put air into the flat tyres I took it to the bike. I then went to where I “Knew” the connecting bolt assembly was. Problem was, it wasn’t and despite searching everywhere it couldn’t be found. Luckily I am a habitual hoarder of nuts, bolt etc so eventually I was able to fashion something that although not as good as the original would suffice for the short journey.
I has showered the night before to save time but now my hands were all greasy and I was bathed in sweat so another shower was absolutely necessary. Luckily, the Bass player Edgar, a former player from the original band, is old enough to be left in charge of the transportation. Giving strict instructions that nothing was to be left unattended at the gym, he, along with a couple of the older lads set about the task while I got myself ready. By the time I was washed and dressed, Edgar had made four uneventful trips and was back for the last of the equipment. With me at the helm we set off for the gym.
While I showered, Joan’s Uncle, our next door neighbour and as barangay Capitan (village chief) the main participant in the oath taking ceremony, came to say that the band should set up to the right of the stage. The first thing to greet me as I entered was the sight of the band set up…………..on the stage. It seemed that the woman who was in charge of the set up thought it was a good idea for the band to be up there. It wasn’t for several reasons. One there was hardly enough room for the band. Two, I was sure that all the various councilors etc would be required to go to the stage to take their oaths and I was correct. Three, it was quite dark and very hot up there and four, with the ceiling just one or two inches above my head, the acoustics would have been lousy. Everything had to come down and eventually the band was set up to the right of the stage.
By the time we were ready, it was 8.30 am, half an hour after the scheduled start time. In true Filipino style, the event actually got underway at ten am.
After an opening prayer by a member of the clergy, it was straight into the band playing the national anthem. Jan was operating the cam-corder to record the bands performance and she told me as I sat down that as the band started to play there was a very obvious gasp from people around her. This was borne out by the fact that there was applause as they finished playing. I don’t think I have ever known a national anthem applauded before. People also came across to shake me by the hand. It had been requested that the band made one other presentation and I arranged with the organizer where this should be on the program. Problem is they didn’t stick to the programme so when it was announced that the band would play it took me completely by surprise. I had undone my barong (form of Filipino dress shirt) so had to hastily scramble to get ready. It may have been a divine retribution because I, along with others had been smirking at the sight of the Mayor, Joan’s cousin Romeo who had very noticeably fallen asleep. It was a very boring affair but he, in the most prominent position in the gym was nestled comfortably on his wife’s shoulder and well out of it. Joan and I couldn’t make out why his wife didn’t wake him up.
The bands number went down really well. OK. There were a couple of mis-pitched notes but overall I think they played really well. The audience applauded even during the performance and when they finished I was so very pleased with them. One thing I have noticed here is that people are very sparing with applause. Having customarily turned to take the applause I signaled for the band to stand. The applause by this time has stopped so I signaled for everyone to clap again, which they did.
It came as no surprise when the band were asked to play again. In fact I had rehearsed a second piece and the band already had it on their stands. Again it was well received and as the event came to a close many people came over to congratulate them Not least amongst the congratulations came from the woman Vice Mayor. She was so truly pleased with the bands playing and said it had made the hair on her neck stand. I always thought that was an indicator of fear but I’m sure she didn’t mean that.
So, Tubajon Brass Mk 2 is up and running. We have many engagements in the next few weeks so I will keep you up to date with those. One in particular is the annual Christmas bash of the Divisional Education Department.
They day even ended on a high note (almost literally). I had only recently asked the kids to recruit a drummer for the national anthem. You can hear the two of them playing and it does make a big difference even though at the moment they are really just ad libing (playing without music). They also brought along a girl who plays the musical lyre. She normally sits near me during practice and I have been amazed at how easily she picked up the music and played with the band. Even finding the right key without any trouble at all. They have all three expressed a desire to learn to play instruments. I had said to them it would be a pleasure as there were three trombones sitting idle and even another bass. The girl, Rhona, came last night and asked if I could start to teach her. Although shattered by the day’s events I was happy to, do so and went and got one of the trombones for her. I showed her the basic slide positions and to my amazement, within a few minutes she was rattling up and down the C scale as if she had been playing for ages. I then got a tutor book intended for valved instruments and pointing to some simple tunes (jingle bells, row row row the boat etc) asked her to try and play them. She was here for about an hour and when she left had the ability of a learner who had been playing for weeks. She came back today and with what only can be described as a lightening skip through musical theory she was playing tunes by herself without any help from me at all. She has never had any training but is now reading music as well as some of my players. I just find it so incredible. Before she left today, she was playing the trombone part of several carols with me playing the melody and she made hardly any mistakes. Her pitch, ability to read and appreciation of timing is just phenomenal. That’s the good news. The bad is that she leaves high school next June so will be going off to college. Never mind, the band can enjoy her ability while she is here.
Well, that is about all my very good news. I will get discs burned of the performance yesterday and get them to the UK as soon as possible.
Love and best wishes to everyone
A very happy Mike
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