May 27, 2018, 1:44 am
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Dinapigue on my mind

METRO Manila has a land area of sone 619 square kilometers (or 61,900 hectares) and a 2016 population of 25 Million. In contrast the first class municipality of Dinapigue on the Pacific coast of Isabela province which has a land area of 574 square kilometers (or 57,400 hectares)
that is home to 5,000 people.

You read that right: 5,000 people in an area almost the size of Metro Manila.

Why can’t I seem to breathe all of a sudden?

Depending on the travel app I click on, Dinapigue is between 320-400 kilometers north east of Metro Manila, the southeastern most LGU of the huge province of Isabela, and accessible via the eastern coast road from Baler via Casiguran. I had an event at Dinapigue last Wednesday and decided — against some advice — to go there and be present, opting to cut my trip in Baler to make the alleged 12 hour drive more manageable.

True enough the trip (especially the non-stop return drive from Dinapigue to Manila) was taxing on my ageing body. But the experience was well worth it and has only made me determined to return as soon as I can.

It was the first time for me to traverse the Pacific seaboard of Luzon, and many times I would catch myself with mouth agape and eyes open wide. Whether it was the giant lake of Pantabangan or the deep crevices of the Sierra Madres, I caught myself saying “Ang Ganda Ng Pilipinas” so often I think my fellow passengers saw me as a broken record. 

After a short nap in Baler, whose Costa Pacifica is the perfect destination for any type of traveler - I was off at 430 a.m. for Dinapigue, on the road even before the sun was up.

The well paved road network of Aurora Province made my travel far more comfortable. Even through the mountain roads of Dipaculao and Dilasag towns, it was clear that the Government was spending its tax earnings well. I joked that the incumbents must have lost in Dilasag - the last LGU of Aurora before Isabela’s Dinapigue - because it was the only part of the trip where the road still has to be paved. But I was told that Dilasag is now only the exception and just a few years ago the state of its roads was the rule. So lucky me for traveling not a day earlier!

Dinapigue is remote because you only get through it via Aurora, as there is no other road network that connect it to any other LGU of Isabela. And that’s because it is nestled at the foothills of the Sierra Madre range within Isabela. Cutting a road from Dinapigue to Palanan would entail economically cutting through peaks and valleys that have been almost impenetrable ever since even the Spanish times.

Imagine a town whose land area is almost as big as Metro Manila but with a population that would easily fit in 1/3 of Araneta Coliseum. That’s Dinapigue, dependent on farming and fishing and not much more. But rich in mineralized soil that makes responsible mining an option. That was what my trip was all about - to check on activity in a Mine Produxtion sharing Agreement area (MPSA) covering some 2,000 hectares - out of the town’s 57,400! (Note that the mineralized area of an MPSA is almost never equal to its whole area.)

Which left me wondering. Let’s assume the total mineable area of Dinapigue is 1,000 hectares . That’s 1,000/57,400 - or 1.74% of its land area. By my calculation, Responsible mining will easily double if not triple the annual income of each of the six barangays of Dinapigue, which is currently about P2 Million each on average. And if you add the income to be earned by locals, the taxes they and the company will pay, plus the multiplier effect of all these money flowing into Dinapigue - I can imagine how quickly life will change for the 5,000 residents who in fact will soon find themselves swamped by migrants drawn to the new economic opportunities in Dinapigue.

When that happens Dinapigue will be distant no more. Because when opportunities beckon, distance no longer becomes a hindrance.
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