Pursuant to Republic Act No. 9072, otherwise known as the National Caves and Cave Resources Management and Protection Act of 2001, all caves in the country should undergo assessment and evaluation before opening it to various purposes. Cave Assessment and Evaluation, one of the activities done by the CENRO Manay in coordination with BLGU Lambog and Manay Tourism last February 23-24, 2021 at Biailan Cave in Purok Biailan, was also pursuant to the letter request by the late Mayor Antero L Dayanghirang Jr. The Cave Assessment and Evaluation was headed by Lea Renerea Basanez, CDO II of CENRO Manay with their staff, Joseph Arnel Gayta, Protected Area and Wildlife Section PENRO Davao Oriental (Technical and Regional Caving Committee Member), Christian Paul Escarian, former CENRO Manay Geologist and now USEP Geology Faculty, Merlita Calungsod, Dept. Mgt. Officer and Yolanda Bueno, DMO II both from PENRO Davao Oriental respectively. It was also assisted by Julyeleven Gumop-as of GIYA Manay and Jan Michael Belena from Manay Tourism. Barangay Lambog headed by Punong Barangay Agustino Lanus with his council and staff glady assisted the team for their assessment. It was noted that last year, Mabaho Cave of Barangay Central was then assessed and evaluated as Class II cave which was suitable to scientific and experienced cavers and currently on its way of crafting the Mabaho Cave Management Plan. Indeed, the Municipality of Manay is exploring possibilities for a new tourism offering... Caving... and yes, its WOW MANAY! #manaytourism #caving #assesment #evaluation Note: Minimum Health Protocols or the BIDA were followed during the activity.
Article written by: Jan Michael Belena
Dozen of Walk-in Applicants flocked the Municipal Gym of Manay for the QR Code Caravan. The said caravan is headed by the team from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office headed by Jason Bendulo and assisted by Merlyn Latiban, QR Code Focal, Child Development Workers and the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office with their headed by Minda C. Alonzo, PNP Manay headed by PCM Butch Kevin Rapiz, Municipal Health Office headed by Dr. Abelardo Bantayan, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office headed by Cesar Camingue, Department of Interior and Local Government headed by Eric Ryan Masagnay, Manay Tourism, Local Economic Investment and Promotions Office, Municipal Admin Office headed by Jan Mae D. Llavore and LGU Manay headed by Mayor Antero L. Dayanghirang Jr. The QR Codes are now essential especially on visiting establishments in the municipality and within the province in order to track down suspected Person Under Monitoring or PUM. Minimum health protocols are observed on the duration of the caravan.
Article written by: Jan Michael Belena
By embracing the 5 R’s of Zero-Waste, in this order, you can help reduce the amount of plastic waste you generate!
Refuse– say no to things you don’t need
Reduce– limit overconsumption of what you do need
Reuse – extend the lifecycle of the product
Recycle – learn the best way to sort your waste
Rot – compost anything that remains
Reminders For Solo Parents
In Barangay Taocanga, "Pag-tataan" or a celebration of the first harvest of an upland rice. Upland Rice is a kind of rice that is planted directly to a dry soil rather than to a paddy. This rice is harvestable every 4 months or depends on its variety. According to the farmers, it can be planted in any months of the year, the new generations preferred to plant it on Summer months especially May but the elders preferred to start planting on August to September. Have you had upland rice in your meal? Comment us your experience!
Note: The video was shot at Purok Poblacion, Barangay Taocanga.
ABACA -OLD MACOPA'S AGRICULTURE WONDER!
Barangay Old Macopa, one of the barangays of the Municipality of Manay is located at the southwestern portion of the municipality of Manay whose economic activity is more on Agriculture. Corn, Coconut, Banana and Abaca are the most common crops being planted by the farmers. 3rd on the list, Abaca yielded 104,300 metric tons on the year 2015 of the barangays' crop with 149 hectares being planted. With the current price and its popularity, Abaca is now widely planted to the different puroks and sitios. The variety of Senorita is common in the areas of Purok Malipayon, Taganaga, Gravahan, Madsayap, Buyo and Malinawon. Sinamuyo and Dabaw, native varities, also thrive together with the common Mindanaoan variety of Tangungon and Inusa. A mix of traditional and modern techniques, the Old Macopa abaca planters are keen on improving its performance. Thus making the Abaca industry a sought-after economic power and a potential investment area for the municipality.
KADI DA KAMO!
Come, visit and invest in Manay! by Jan Michael Belena
In photos is a group of surfers from Siargao that have visited the shorelines of Manay and tried surfing. The coastlines of Manay specifically in Manay Bay have identified to be potential for surfing during the months of November-March.
Photos from Julyeleven Gumop-as
The traditional handwoven textile of Mandaya, is made of lanot (abaca fibers, Musa textilis) using the abl'lun (backstrap loom). Weaving the "dagmay" has been passed on from one generation to another. Children, during their free time, help their mothers to segregate and knot the abaca fibers. When their feet can reach the siknan (foot brace) of the loom, the young girls are allowed to continue what their mothers and grandmothers have started to weave. Those who are willing to learn would stay by their mothers' side to observe and copy what their mothers are doing. Motifs and designs of the dagmay are mostly anthropomorphic and zoomorphic. The reptile is respected as shown by the regularity with which it appears in their design. Dagmay is not just an ordinary cloth; every design is considered sacred and a gift by the Tagamaling (spirit). Weavers would offer rituals to the Magbabaya (deity) to give them clear visions of the designs and concentration when laying the patterns. They would usually chew on betel nuts and burn ashes near them as part of their ritual. At present, the Mandaya weavers in Davao Oriental would mix commercial cotton with abaca to save time in preparing the materials and in weaving. At times, they also mix the commercial and natural dyes to make the colors look brighter and prevent the colors from fading away/fast.
Municipality of Manay Seal
Taken from the records of the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator's Office based on the transmittal from the National Historical Institute on 1995.
Official Local Government Website of the Municipality of Manay,Davao Oriental 2023