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Friday, August 29, 2014

Abaga Falls

ABAGA FALLS is a waterfall and eco-system located approximately 15 km southwest of Iligan City, on the island of Mindanao, Philippines, specifically located in Barangay Abaga, in the Municipality of Baloi, Lanao del Norte.

The height of Abaga Falls is approximately twice that of the more famous Maria Cristina Falls, also located within the proximity of Iligan City (in Barangay Maria Cristina).  Unlike Maria Cristina Falls, however, which is fed by the Agus river, the water source of Abaga Falls are several undergound springs which flow into the top of Abaga Falls via several tributaries.

Also, unlike the more popular Maria Cristina Falls, human access to Abaga Falls is severely limited due to a current lack of regularly maintained roads as well as the fact that a moderate amount of walking is required to reach the base of the falls.  This level of isolation has not protected the ecosystem from damage due to deforestation and over-hunting.

Rufous Horbill
The name may have been derived from the Cebuano term "abaga" which means "shoulder," possibly relating to the shape and height of the cliff.

Flora and fauna

Pithecophaga Jefferyl
There are a number of interesting animals that inhabit the area in and around Abaga Falls.  The most notable include: (1) the endangered Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga Jefferyl) also commonly known as the "monkey-eating eagle," (2) the Rufous Hornbill (Buceros hydrocorax), (3) the endangered Giant golden-crowned flying fox (Acerodon jubatus) which can only be found in the Philippines, and the (4) Philippine Flying Lemur (Cynocephalus volans).  Many of these animals are either near extinction or in danger of losing their habitats due to human activities.
Colugo (Philippine flying lemur)

Conservation Efforts

There is currently very little being done to halp preserve the Abaga Falls area from both man-made and natural distress.

The Save Abaga Falls group is a grassroots campaign that was recently founded by a former resident of Abaga Falls now living in the United States.  This group is currently in the process of obtaining as much information as possible regarding the current environmental status of the Abaga Falls ecosystem.

SOURCE:  Wikipedia

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

LGU Iligan pays final respects to former Vice Mayor Pedro B. Generalao

ILIGAN CITY, Philippines (27 Aug 2014) - On August 20, 2014 former Vice Mayor of Iligan City, Pedro B. Generalao, died at the Mindanao Sanitarium and Hospital due to acute respiratory failure after complications from a congestive heart.  Generalao was 89 years old.

Generalao, fondly called "Pet" by his friends, colleagues and constituents served as classroom teacher at Wilson College, St. Columbans's Academy, La Salle Academy, and Iligan City National High School from 1950-1963.  He was Assistant Principal from 1965 to 1969 and Iligan National High School Principal from 1969 up to his retirement in 1990.

Former Vice Mayor Generalao was driven by his unceasing passion to serve the residents of Iligan City where he pursued another career, this time in the turbulent world of politics.  He gained a seat at the City Council on May 1992 when he run in the local election.

As an educator in profession and two-term City Councilor, he has authored several ordinances establishing schools in different barangays.  He also granted scholarships not only for the poor but deserving students and to include as well as teachers, non-teaching personnel and employees of the City Government.

"Pet" who wanted to serve in a higher position, had eyed for the second highest political position of Iligan City - the City Vice Mayorship.  He was elected twice as Vice Mayor of Iligan from 1995-1998 and 1998-2001.

Pedro Generalao's casket lies in state at the Maria Cristina Chapel of Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes before his burial today, August 27 where a requiem mass is offered for him at St. Michael's Cathedral.

Meanwhile, at Iligan City Hall, the flag was lowered to half-mast to honour the departed former Vice Mayor.  The City Government employees together with City Mayor Celso G. Regencia, Vice Mayor Ruderic C. Marzo, City Councilors, Michelle E. Sweet-Booc, Samuel P. Huertas, Emmanuel C. Salibay, Frederick W. Siao, Marlene L. Young waited in line for the funeral procession of Generalao.

During the arrival of the funeral procession the casket was paused briefly in front of the Sangguniang Panlungsod ng Iligan Building and at the same time the Buhanginan Voices rendered a song "Lift Up Your Hands," while City Mayor Celso G. Regencia honored Generalao's casket bouquet of flowers.

Vice Mayor Ruderic Marzo read and handed over Resolution No. 14-901 to the widowed wife of Pedro Generalao expressing the City's heartfelt condolence and deepest sympathy to the bereaved family of the late Pedro Bolo Generalao, former principal of Iligan City National High School (ICHS), former Iligan City Councilor and Vice Mayor, who passed away and returned to the embracing arms of the Almighty and His Savior on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at the age of 89.

Iligan City councilors, followed by various department heads and employees of the City Hall queued before the casket each offering a stem of rose, while offering a prayer and whispering their final good-byes.  [Iligan Web] 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

DOST-Iligan accepts applicants for 2015 DOST-SEI scholarships

By:  Lorry V. Gabule

ILIGAN CITY (6 Aug 2014) - The Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) Science and Technology (S & T) is now accepting applications for scholarship for the 4th year high school students or incoming college students for next school year 2015.

Ferdinand A. Soliven, provincial S & T director, said scholarship application forms are available at the office of the DOST-Iligan located inside MSU-IIT campus, Iligan City.

Accomplished form can be filed at the Science Education Institute, or DOST Regional Office or Provincial Science Technology Center nearest the applicant's school or home address.

For its general criteria of eligibility, the applicant must be:  (1) a natural-born Filipino citizen; (2) a poor, talented and deserving student who belongs to a family whose socio-economic status does not exceed the set values of certain indicators as approved by the Advisory Committee on the S & T Scholarships.

Also, the applicant must be: (3) a member of the top five percent (5%) of the regular high school graduating class; (4) a member of the graduating class of a DOST-SEI-identified or DepEd-recognized science high school.

The applicant must also be: (5) a resident of the municipality for the last 4 years, as attested by the barangay/school records; (6) of good moral character and in good health; and (7) a qualifier of the 2011 S & T Scholarship Examination.

The following are NOT QUALIFIED to apply:  (1) those who have earned units in any post secondary/undergraduate course; (2) those who have taken any DOST-SEI Science and Technology Scholarship Examination; and (3) those who have applied for immigrant status in the USA or any other country.

Soliven said this is an aptitude test designed to measure abilities that determine academic and professional success in science, mathematics and engineering.

The test is divided into two major components: intellective (scientific ability; quantitative ability; mechanical and technical ability; linguistic ability; imagery; inspection; sensorimotor ability; and spatial reasoning) and non-intellective.

The awardees shall be selected on the basis of their performance in the 2015 S & T Scholarship Examination set on September 21, 2014, at the different test centers per region nationwide.

For more details and inquiry, you may visit the Iligan DOST Office, Monday to Friday, at 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, or call telephone/fax number (063) 222-2980 or cellphone number 0917-677-3335.

Deadline of filing of application form shall be on August 22, 2014.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

SSS pensioners get five-percent increase effective June 2014

By:  Lorry Gabule

ILIGAN CITY, June 11, 2014 (PIA) - In view of its sustained financial growth and as part of its commitment to provide more meaningful benefits, the Social Security System (SSS) has announced the five-percent across-the-board pension increase for 1.9 million SSS pensioners effective June 2014.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Operating NSC again is wishful thinking

By:  Merlito Castor Catolico

Have inspected the whole plant together with some CASSO personnel two months back, including the guest house, club house, expats house, cold mill, hot mill, the former Rod and Bar Mill area, and many other areas (from the outside as we cannot see the mill itself) - no power, only seen very few people, some stray dogs, and people at the gate arguing about some items being shipped out.


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