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    BASIC SERVICES


    Water

    Camiguin is blessed with sweet and potable water. The main sources are springs and the groundwater tapped by shallow and deep wells. There are five major river channels, with most of the other river and creeks characterized by intermittent flows and dependent on the amount of rainfall. The Camiguin Integrated Water System Cooperative (CIWASCO) is the biggest water service provider in the island. It serves the municipalities of Catarman, Sagay and Guinsiliban as well as the settlement areas. Mahinog is served with the Municipal Waterworks System which is managed by their organization while Mambajao Water District (MWD) serves the whole barangay Poblacion and parts of Balbagon and Baylao and the other barangays are serviced with Barangay Water Sanitation Association (BWSA) for the daily water consumption. The MWD likewise schedules for cleaning / sterilizing the water dam to ensure the safety of the consumers.

    There are five major river channels, with most of the other river and creeks characterized by intermittent flows and dependent on the amount of rainfall. Several waterfalls are present, including the 50 meter Katibawasan Falls in Mambajao and the Tuasan Falls in Catarman. Soda water is found in Kuguita, Mambajao. Hot springs are also present in Mambajao, while cold springs can be found in Mambajao, Catarman and Sagay


    Electricity

    The island of Camiguin acquired its power supply from the National Power Corporation hydroelectric plant (NPC) from mainland Mindanao via a 10.6 km submarine cable. The 69 KV transmission line connects to the Camiguin Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CAMELCO) transformer from Esperanza, Kinoguitan, Misamis oriental. It has a capacity of 62 KVA, which energizes the 58 barangays in the province.

    CAMELCO, a private cooperative which is duly organized and existing under the Presidential Decree No. 269 of the Republic of the Philippines. It manages the power distribution to all residential and commercial buildings that are members of the cooperative.


    Communication

    The Province of Camiguin has a telephone network, the Camiguin Telephone Cooperative (CAMTECO), the first telephone cooperative in the Philippines which was granted the Provincial Franchise by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board) in November 1990 and was duly registered as a cooperative in April 1991. Subsequently, a Provisional Authority was obtained from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) in August 1992 to operate a telephone system.

    The subscribers of the CAMTECO who have qualifications are acknowledged as member - owners and are likewise entitled to the rights and privileges with regards to the telephone network.

    One distinct asset of Camiguin is its having one of the latest and most efficient telephone systems in the country with provision for local and international direct dialing. The telephone system is a 100% digital network covering the entire island, which was established through a PhP90 million grant from the German government.

    Other communications facilities include the 22 mail carriers, LBC, JRS Express and mobile cellular phones.


    Transportation Facilities

    The Province of Camiguin has three (3) wharves which are operational, namely: Benoni Port, which is located in Benoni Mahinog, Balbagon Port situated in Balbagon, Mambajao and the Guinsiliban Port.

    The main port of entry is in Benoni, Mahinog. It has the highest frequency of Roll on - Roll Off (RO-RO) and passenger sea vessels connecting to mainland port of Balingoan. It has eighteen (18) round trips daily, given the weather is good.

    The Balbagon Port, which was just newly developed as a part of the Central Nautical Highway, a program of the Philippine National Government also caters the passengers and cargoes to and fro Cebu and Jagna, Bohol.

    Another port is in Guinsiliban, which likewise accommodates passengers and cargoes which are bound for Balingoan or in mainland Mindanao.

    The province of Camiguin like wise has an airport, which is situated in Lumad, Mambajao. It is built to accommodate F-50 type of aircraft including helicopters. There is a plan to widen and lengthen the runway to accommodate BAC III and A- 320 aircrafts.

    The public land transport system consists of jeepneys (inter-municipality) and motorelas (inter-barangay). There are other means of transportation, which can be hired for special trips.

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