PCA allots P30M for coco farmers in Pablo-hit areas

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 July) — The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) XI said it has allotted P30 million for the planting of coconuts in areas hit by typhoon Pablo (international name:… »

Davao farmers, fisherfolk awarded for best practices

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 June)—Seventeen farmers, small animal raisers and fisherfolk from the Davao Region emerged as winners in the 2014 Gawad Saka Outstanding Agri-Achievers awarded by the Department of Agriculture… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Memories and disasters

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 April) – Filipinos love to talk. Whatever remains of what may be rightly called Filipino culture has survived through time mainly by word of mouth. This is… »

Typhoon ‘Pablo’ cuts Mindanao’s banana exports

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 December) – Typhoon Pablo (international name Bopha) has significantly reduced Mindanao’s banana exports from January to August this year, data from the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters… »

New Bataan: A year after Pablo

Typhoon Pablo did not just change the landscape in New Bataan, Compostela Valley province on December 4, 2012. It also changed the lives of the people as well. Some of… »

New Bataan remembers the dead, missing during ‘Pablo’

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/05 Dec.) – Wednesdays mean “tabo,” a market day in this sleepy town. But on December 5 last year, which was a Wednesday, a tabo never… »

Few schools seek tuition fee hike in ‘Pablo’ hit areas

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 March)—Of the 26 higher educational institutions (HEI) in the Davao region that applied for tuition fee increase for school year 2013-2014, only five came from the provinces… »

Extent of damage in Bukidnon forests caused by ‘Pablo’ still unknown

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/7 February) – The extent of the damage wrought by typhoon Pablo in Bukidnon’s three mountain ranges has yet to be evaluated, tribal leaders who attended a three-day… »

Climate Change Commission inks MOU with Davao Oriental, ComVal on risk reduction

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 Feb) — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) will sign on Monday a memorandum of understanding with the local government units of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley to… »

New Bataan: To relocate or not?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 Jan) – The Regional Development Council (RDC) 11 discussed Tuesday whether or not to relocate the entire municipality of New Bataan in Compostela Valley (ComVal)… »

96,000 houses for ‘Pablo’ victims from foreign donors

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 January) — The shelter cluster of the international assistance for typhoon Pablo victims is eyeing to build a total of 96,000 houses in Compostela Valley and Davao… »

Rocks in Andap used for flood control in Tagum

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/29 January) – Tagum City is making use of the rocks that now cover what used to be the center of Barangay Andap in this town… »

Include farmers’ subsistence loan in banana industry rehab fund–PBGEA

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 January)–The rehabilitation package to be loaned out to banana farmers in areas affected by typhoon Pablo should include funds for their subsistence, Stephen Antig, executive director of… »

Rampaging Waters

Residents of Barangay Andap in New Bataan, Compostela Valley cross the makeshift bamboo footbridge as the road leading to the town proper from the mountain village was blocked to direct… »

In New Bataan, the nightmare is far from over

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/23 January) – Fifty-three-year-old farmer Clemente Dulce sat on a pew at the San Antonio de Padua parish late Tuesday afternoon, wondering if he would still… »

COMMENTARY: Hindsight: They could have been saved

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 23 Jan) – On Saturday, Mayor Darlene Antonino Custodio led city officials and families of fishermen in honoring those who perished and went missing during… »

Tents eyed as polling centers in Pablo-hit areas

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 18 January) — The “learning spaces” or tents put up by the Department of Education (DepEd) to temporarily hold classes may be used as polling precincts in… »

Tribes hold ritual to end curse of ‘Pablo’, vow to protect environment

BARANGAY ANDAP, New Bataan, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/15 January) — Visualizing typhoon “Pablo” as a giant who cursed the people for failing to protect Nature, the Mandaya tribe performed Monday a… »

40 Days after Pablo in New Bataan

A girl lights a candle in Barangay Andap, New Bataan, Compostela valley in a spot where many lives perished when Typhoon Pablo struck Mindanao’s eastern seaboard on Dec. 4, 2012.… »

Loren: Geohazard maps should have been blown up, communicated properly

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 January) — Failing to communicate the geo-hazard maps and weather advisories to the provincial and municipal governments led to the tragedy that was Typhoon Pablo, Senator Loren… »

No disease outbreak in typhoon-hit areas — DOH-11

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 5 January) — The concerted efforts of the Department of Health-Region 11 (DOH-11), local government units and non-government organizations have prevented any disease outbreak in areas affected… »

After the Storm

A month later, search for missing GenSan fishermen still on

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 4 Jan) – Authorities are not calling off anytime soon the ongoing search and rescue operations for the 352 fishermen from this city and nearby… »

Learning Spaces

 Tents from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) serve as temporary “learning spaces” at Cabinuangan Central Elementary School. Some of the province’s schools were destroyed when super typhoon Pablo hit… »

After Pablo, few pupils report to class

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews / 4 Jan) – “I miss my pupils,” a teary-eyed Lilia dela Cruz said on Thursday, supposedly the first day of classes after the holidays,… »

School exec appeals for help for school children

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews / 4 Jan) – A school official here has appealed on kind-hearted individuals to extend further help to the school children affected by Typhoon Pablo… »

In Cateel, typhoon survivors start anew, hope for prosperity

CATEEL, Davao Oriental (MindaNews / 4 Jan) – Resilience is eminent among town people as they slowly restore their lives back to normal from the devastations of typhoon “Pablo” and… »

A Month After Pablo

Laarni Escalon, 55, attends to her sari-sari store inside their temporary shelter within the New Bataan National High School grounds in Compostela Valley Province on Thursday 3 January 2012. Escalon,… »

“We don’t have to sit back and wait for the next storm”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 January) – For a couple of years now, astrogeophysicist Fr. Daniel McNamara, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences of the Ateneo de Davao University, had… »

Baganga, Cateel, Boston not accessible (again) by land trip via Mati

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 January) –   The three towns hardest hit by super typhoon Pablo – Baganga, Cateel and Boston –  were already accessible by land travel via Mati,  Davao Oriental… »

Construction of bunkhouses in New Bataan begins January 3

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/01 January) – Construction of bunk houses for the temporary refuge of  72 families displaced by super typhoon Pablo will begin January 3 and should be… »

Baganga village bounces back

BAGANGA, Davao Oriental- Days after typhoon Pablo inundated their village, Barangay Ban-ao chair Mera Adlawan Ching thought the community and the life they knew would cease to exist. The National… »

Davao City’s women inmates, jail officers help typhoon survivors

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 December) – Women inmates at the Davao City Jail are showing that prison bars are no obstacle in helping survivors of Typhoon Pablo. Gina Talingting, coordinator of… »

In the town where ‘Pablo’ made landfall, children list wishes for 2013

BAGANGA, Davao Oriental (MindaNews/29 December)- The children here noisily flocked together on chairs or any flat surface to draw on pieces of white paper what they wanted for the coming… »

OWWA extends assistance to members affected by ‘Pablo’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 December) — The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Region 11 has released nearly P5.6 million—or P5,000 each—to migrant workers and their families affected by Typhoon Pablo… »

In New Bataan, they buried the dead, finally, but temporarily

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/28 December) –They finally buried the dead three weeks after super typhoon Pablo hit this town on December 4, but only temporarily. At the public cemetery… »

Barangay Andap survivors to visitors: ‘please be sensitive’

NEW BATAAN,  Compostela Valley (MindaNews/28 Dec) — No, it has not reached the level of  “disaster tourism” on the scale of  post-hurricane Katrina New Orleans where guided bus tours are… »

Psychosocial Processing

A psychologist from the Center for Psychological Extension and Research Services (COPERS) of the Ateneo de Davao University interacts with one of the young survivors of Typhoon Pablo in New… »

Lingig: Typhoon Survivor

A resident carrying relief goods walks past houses damaged by Typhoon Pablo at Ugpason Beach, Barangay San Roque, in the town of Lingig, Surigao del Sur on Christmas Day. MindaNews… »

Precious Water

These boys brave the strong river currents just to bring drinking water from the town proper to Purok 8 in New Bataan, Compostela Valley province on Thursday. Purok 8 is… »

‘Pablo’ victim calls on ‘megastar’ Sharon Cuneta for help

TRENTO, Agusan del Sur (MindaNews/22 December)—A survivor of Typhoon Pablo here is wishing upon show business “megastar” Sharon Cuneta to help him rebuild their family’s shattered lives. “I hope Sharon… »

Back to Business

This barbershop within the public market of Montevista town, Compostela Valley Province is back to business on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, two weeks after Typhoon Pablo battered this town. Most… »

Bukidnon donates P1M each for Comval, DavOr

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/18 December) –The Bukidnon Sangguniang Panlalawigan last week approved a resolution authorizing Gov. Alex Calingasan to donate a total of P2 million for victims of typhoon Pablo in… »

Bus firm cancels Xmas party, donates budget to ‘Pablo’ victims

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 December) – The Vallacar Transport Inc., which operates bus lines Bachelor Express and Rural Transport Mindanao Inc. (RTMI), called off the Christmas party for their 10,000 employees… »

Tents for students whose classrooms were destroyed by Pablo

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 December) — Students in elementary and high school whose classrooms were destroyed by Typhoon Pablo on December 4 will be holding classes in tents, soon, the Department… »

Muslim doctors to hold medical mission in typhoon-hit areas this Christmas

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 December) –  Doctors and nurses assigned in the  typhoon-hit towns in Davao Oriental can spend Christmas home with their families as Muslim doctors and nurses from Maguindanao… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: No crisis manager!

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 December) — With the situation getting worse everyday, handling the aftermath of Typhoon Pablo should be left in the hands of a competent crisis manager. Unfortunately, there… »

BISAG UNSA: Singil sa Kinaiyahan

DAKBAYAN SA DABAW (MindaNews/16 Disyembre) — Naningil na ang kinaiyahan,” komento ni Melot mahitungod sa paglampurnas sa Bagyong Pablo sa New Bataan, Compostela Valley. Wala pa gani mabalita nga grabe… »

Canada extends additional P72M for ‘Pablo’ victims

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/14 December)—Canada is extending an additional assistance of $1.75 million (around P72 million) for victims of Typhoon Pablo (international name Bopha) in Mindanao, Minister of International Cooperation Juan… »

It’s a ‘miracle,’ says lieutenant who survived Pablo

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 December)– “Miracle ang nangyari sa akin (What happened to me was a miracle),” Second Lieutenant Jose Enrico Nuas said of his harrowing experience while Typhoon Pablo battered… »

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