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C A V I N T I - A town in the outskirt of the Province of Laguna
and is situated in the foothills of Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges.
The town's name came from a tagalog expression, "kabit sa binti".
The Aetas, the early dwellers of the land, performed a wedding ritual,
which have the groom runs after his bride to the riverbank. The groom
will try to capture his bride to her legs ("binti", in tagalog), with
the witnesses shouting, "Kabit sa binti, kabit sa binti!" This phrase
later became "Kabinti"; hence the town's name
Approximately 100 kilometers from Manila, 11 kilometers from the
provincial capital of Sta. Cruz, and 8 kilometers from Pagsanjan, Laguna.
Cavinti is generally hilly and mountainous with elevation ranging
from 200 to 400 meters above sea level.There are five (5) rivers
that traverse and interconnect with one another in the town of Cavinti,
and the two which are the source of the famous Magdapio Falls, which is now
known as Pagsanjan Falls; the Cavinti and the Bumbongan Rivers.
The other rivers are Coloycoy, Lumot, and Caliraya.
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Dengue cases in Laguna top 1,600
By FERDINAND F. CASTRO
September 7, 2010, 1:08am
STA CRUZ, Laguna - The Provincial Health Office (PHO) revealed yesterday that dengue cases in Laguna this year has breached the 1,600 mark, with 10 people succumbing to the mosquito-borne disease.
Dr. Alneo Lagos, PHO chief, said the two latest fatalities from dengue fever died this September and were residents of the cities of Calamba and San Pablo.
Lagos said records showed that two dengue victims also died in this town this year. There were another two fatalities in Cavinti and one each in Calamba City, Binan City, Pagsanjan and Siniloan.
The greatest number of dengue cases was reported in this town with 130 patients downed since last January; next is San Pablo City and Cavinti, each with 112 dengue cases so far this year.
Lagos said there was no declaration of an outbreak of dengue in Laguna despite the big number of dengue cases since the deadly disease was spread in different places and not concentrated in a particular area.
He said that residents of Laguna have cooperated with the government health officials in the province-wide campaigns against the spread of dengue.
Lagos said they also conducting cleaning operation and distribution of larvicide to the local government units.
Laguna Public Information Officer (PIO) Chief Vic Pambuan said Governor E.R. Ejercito had already directed Laguna health officials to distribute mosquito nets laced with anti-dengue medicines and also render anti-dengue medicines and distribution of chemicals that would kill mosquito eggs in areas where there are reported dengue fatalities.
Community control crucial in dengue control
(The Philippine Star) Updated August 26, 2010 12:00 AM
MANILA, Philippines - As of July 17 this year, Department of Health
(DOH) records show that there had been 31,375 reported cases of dengue, with more than 225 deaths. The figure is 33.8 percent higher than the dengue cases during the same period last year.
At present, the DOH is monitoring several barangays in 43 provinces where clustering of dengue cases has been observed.
Health Secretary Enrique Ona and National Epidemiology
Center (NEC) director Eric Tayag have warned of a possible dengue outbreak in the whole ASEAN region. Hence, calls for local government units to step up their respective dengue prevention drives were made.
In the wake of the escalating cases of dengue in Laguna, Cavinti town Mayor Florcelie Esguerra, through the Sangguniang Bayan and the municipal health office, has partnered with LEADS Environmental Products Corp. and Best International for a lecture-seminar on the Bionomics and Control of the Dengue Fever Mosquito.
Prof. Benjamin Cariaso, Ph.D. (in Medical and Veterinary Entomology in the United States) discussed the symptoms, prevention and control of dengue.
Further, Cariaso emphasized the need for collective community undertaking to ensure that Cavinti will not provide breeding places for the Aedes aegypti, the mosquito species responsible for dengue.
Space and/or spot spraying with an effective insecticide such as Pesguard FG161 is recommended in places where adult mosquitoes congregate. This should be done simultaneously with the application
of larvicide treatment such as Mosquiron to wipe out mosquito larvae.
However, Cariaso cautioned against space treatment on a small scale as this would complicate the process of controlling mosquitoes.
Pesguard FG161 contains the combined power of D-tetramethrin and Cyphenothrin making it the ideal insecticide for space and spot spraying.
Pesguard FG161 effectively eliminates adult mosquitoes. However, to ensure the elimination of disease-carrying insects, the application of Mosquiron is necessary as this would prevent mosquito larvae from developing into adult mosquitoes.
Likewise, shielding homes from the dengue-causing mosquitoes and other insects can best be done using Olyset Net instead of the usual wire screens.
Olyset Net is a bed net incorporated with Permethrin and has an efficacy guarantee for at least five years. This net can be used as replacement for window and door screens or curtains as it is tear-proof, wash-proof and never requires re-treatment.
Since there is still no vaccine available for dengue, vigilance and community-based information, cleanup and assisted vector control via space or spot spraying and larvicide application, are still the best tools to prevent the onset of dengue.
If the relatively small town of Cavinti, located some 100 kilometers from Manila, was able to champion a tripartite partnership among the municipal government, Best International and LEADS Environmental Health Products Corp., then such an undertaking can be replicated in areas that are now under the dengue alert or outbreak status.
For more information on how this partnership can be instituted on the local level, get in touch with LEADS (02) 687-9010, 0917-8805941 or 0917-859 854.
For specific areas in Laguna, Batangas, and Cavite, get in touch with Best International at (049) 536-3104 or 0917-0920908-2271.
Falling tree kills boatman, hurts foreign tourists in Laguna resort
(philstar.com) Updated April 14, 2010 09:00 PM
A boatman died while three South Korean tourists and the boatman's assistant were injured while cruising towards the Pagsanjan falls, a tourist destination, in the Philippines on Wednesday morning, police said.
Senior Superintendent Manolito Labrador, Laguna Province police chief, said that the incident involving the boat of Francisco Cataang occurred in the waters of Tibatib village in Cavinti town around 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday.
Cataang was transporting the South Koreans to the Pansanjan falls when a tree fell down on their boat, killing Cataang.
The injured were Cataang's assistant, Wilberto Juares, and tourists Kim Kwang, 65; Kim Chil Soo, 59; and Jeong Gyeong Jang, 49, Labrador said.
The injured were taken to the Pagsanjan Medical Clinic in Pagsanjan town "due to multiple abrasions at the different parts of their bodies,"he added.
The billboards of Pagsanjan
Manila Standard Today - Apr 7, 2010
You’ve probably heard or read about or seen photos of Pagsanjan Falls. When I was very young, my parents went with friends and did what most visitors to Pansanjan do—“shoot the rapids,” the term used to describe the boat ride from the shore through the rocky Bumbungan River and onto the falls.
What most people don’t know is that Pagsanjan Falls is not really located in Pagsanjan but in the town of Cavinti, also in Laguna. And the falls is locally known as Magdapio Falls. A website dedicated to Pagsanjan quotes from a book by Gregorio Zaide. Okay, I’m not a Zaide fan in the context of history but we’re talking about folk legends so let me quote parts of the story.
“Long, long ago, recounts one legend, there were no falls. There were only the foliaged highlands, the twin rivers, called Bumbungan and Balanac, and the alluvial delta (where the town of Pagsanjan now nestles). On the eastern bank of the Bumbungan River lived two old brothers named Balubad and Magdapio.
“For many years, the two brothers enjoyed a rustic life of peace and happiness. But one day calamity struck. A terrible drought brought ruin and death. No rains came for successive months...
“Balubad and Magdapio suffered immensely. Day and night, they prayed for rain, but the gods did not heed their prayers. The older and weaker of the two brothers, Balubad, died of thirst. Magdapio, with a sorrowing heart, buried him on the slope of the mountain overlooking the river delta. This mountain is now called Balubad.
“Left alone in a waterless world, Magdapio agonizingly trekked to the upper region of the arid riverbed. He reached the high rocky cliffs, after an arduous journey. To his utter disappointment, he found no water.
“‘Ye gods!’ he sobbed bitterly, ‘Where is the water?’ In despair, he angrily hurled down his big cane among the rocks. Suddenly, a spring bubbled on the spot where the cane fell. Rapidly it grew bigger. The fresh waters roared down the canyon walls, soon becoming a booming waterfall.”
According to the same article, an apparently geographically clueless missionary visited the falls in 1902 and wrote about Pagsanjan Falls in a newspaper. The name stuck and that’s how this famous tourist spot has been known since.
Right, a famous tourist spot. And what is it like visiting this famous tourist spot? The town of Pagsanjan (the town, not the site of the falls which is Cavinti) is peppered with tourist police and billboards. Apparently, because people come looking for the falls in the town of Pagsanjan, there has to be enough tourist police to point them toward the right direction.
And the billboards? Are they for geographic navigation as well? Not exactly. Many are obvious campaign billboards with the face of Jeorge Estregan (a.k.a. E. R. Ejercito), Joseph Estrada’s nephew and son of deceased actor George Estregan. Others contain warnings that are reproduced in the official website of Pagsanjan (www.pagsanjan.gov.ph):
“Don’t stop and deal with illegal boatmen flaggers running along the road. Go straight to any resort/hotel or visit the Tourist Information Center. Pagsanjan Falls boatride rate P1,000 per person, standard roundtrip rate. In case of emergency, harassment, overpricing, forced tipping by boatmen, call...” And phone numbers are provided.
Emergency? Isn’t that a strong word to use? Not really. See, we were among those clueless people who got lost last week. We were looking for La Corona de Pagsanjan and knew it was right by the river leading to the falls. We went to the town of Pagsanjan not knowing that the falls was located in Cavinti. Heck, I was still a gradeschooler the last time I was there. So, we had to ask for directions. We talked to the tourist police who were very helpful and we drove to Cavinti to look for La Corona. We left the main road and turned to a steep narrow lane that went down and down. When we got to La Corona, the guard told us that the scheduled re-opening in February did not happen and the place was still closed.
We drove up the steep narrow road from which we came. Where the narrow lane met the main road were two men in a motorcycle and they were partly blocking our way and trying to flag us. Smart, aren’t they? They knew we’d go looking for other accommodation once we found out that La Corona was closed. And they were already lying in wait. We would have been dead bait had we not read all the warnings on the billboards that we saw earlier. We didn’t even give them the chance to make eye contact with us. We just drove past them.
The question is how did they know where to find us? When we talked to the pair of tourist police, there was no one else within earshot. Did these men in motorcycle follow us or were they tipped by the tourist police? We’ll never know.
The presence of these shady characters is not unique to Pagsanjan. Their kind abound in most tourist areas. In Tagaytay where many visitors want to go on a boat ride to Taal Volcano, these roadside flaggers with their exorbitant fees are a dime a dozen. If it’s not a boat ride or a guided tour, it’s some other service. At the Cagsawa ruins, it’s a souvenir photo or booklet. All terribly overpriced. Some even wore some kind of ID to make them look “official.”
Unethical? Yes. Screwed up? Yes. Bad for tourism? Probably. Criminal? Not exactly. Tourism-related services do not fall within the label “basic commodities” so price ceilings cannot be fixed. In fact, if we consider the exorbitant prices charged by some resorts and hotels, they’d be in the same shithole as those illegal boatmen—they just charge more.
The bottom line? Be smart so you don’t end up being victimized.
Farmers go bananas with Dutch support
By MARVYN BENANING
April 5, 2010, 4:04pm
Farmers are going bananas in Cavinti, Laguna.
Backed by a 1.4-million euro fund from the European Union (EU), farmers used to cultivating rice, coconut and root crops are now planting the lakatan variety to earn more cash.
The idea is to reduce their reliance on the traditional crops and indulge in the culture of cash crops to enhance their income security.
Agriterra, a Netherlands-based organization for agricultural development cooperation which believes it can lick poverty and wean communities away from subsistence farming, has partnered with the Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) to convince the farmers to go for bananas.
FFF, which is largely aligned with church-based groups, believes it can work to restore food security to a country that has become a net food importer after the country acceded to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and embarked on trade liberalization.
Borderless trade was resisted by rice farmers and farm workers in 1995, arguing that it would open the domestic market to cheap farm products from other countries, including the Netherlands.
Cavinti farmers find the Agriterra support to be largely positive, with Alfredo Sanchez saying: “We are rice farmers and lakatan as an additional product would provide us with another source of income while waiting for the rice planting or harvesting period. We would also be able to use land which is not fully utilized for farming, making it more productive. We hope to earn better with this project on top of our usual income from other farm products.”
Laguna is not noted for producing marketable volumes of bananas but Agriterra and other non-government organizations (NGOs) believe banana culture could be profitable.
FFF thinks the lack of knowledge in caring for bananas is the reason why it had not been cultivated widely and says it will provide training, technology, organic fertilizers and other inputs to ensure a good harvest for the farmers.
“The variety (lakatan) we are introducing is not common in the area, giving it more stability in terms of pricing and marketing,” claims FFF project coordinator Jenna Zabala.
Another FFF officer, Amihan Jonos, says only 17 farmers have joined the big budget project since “they want to see first if the project will succeed and be able to provide them additional income.” The 17 farmers were given 500 lakatan plantlets for cultivation in the first phase of the project.
PGMA inaugurates Cavinti Bridge; span to ease vehicular traffic flow in Laguna
MONDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2008
CAVINTI, Laguna - President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo inaugurated today the 40-lineal meter-long "Cavinti Bridge" which was built to pave the way for the promotion of eco-tourism here and the easing up of the vehicular traffic in this town and other parts of Laguna.
As the highlight of the inauguration, the President unveiled the Cavinti bridge marker, assisted by Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane, DPWH Undersecretary Ramon Aquino, Laguna Gov. Teresita Lazaro, Laguna Rep. Edgar San Luis, Cavinti Mayor Florcelie Esguerra, and Japanese Ambassador Makoto Katsura.
To signify the formal opening of the new span, the President boarded a top-down vehicle for the inaugural drive-thru the P55.88-million bridge with Ebdane, Lazaro, San Luis and Esguerra also on board.
Riding in a separate vehicle were Rep. Dan Fernandez and Timmy Chipeco.
Cavinti bridge was built as part of the government's program to promote eco-tourism around the man-made Caliraya Lake located on the upper section of Cavinti.
Cavinti Mayor Florcelie Esguerra thanked the President and Congressman San Luis for the construction of the bridge. "Malaking tulong po ito sa amin," he said, because it ensures the "uninterrupted flow of vehicular traffic, especially during heavy rains and typhoons."
Esguerra said the bridge will cut the travel time in the province and facilitate the movement of farm produce from the outlying barangays in the upper section of Caliraya, to the markets.
The bridge will also serve as alternate route to Inao-Auan-Bukal road, also in Laguna, during inclement weather, he added.
Located in Barangay Tibatib here, the Cavinti bridge is a single span I-girder on spread footing on both abutments, measuring 40 lineal meters in length and a 7.32-meter-wide carriageway.
The project was constructed by the DPWH under its bridges program with funding assistance from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).
Construction of the span was completed last month.