Mining and Mercury in Mount Diwata Today

The grinding rumble of rock against metal is a constant soundtrack to daily life in Barangay Mount Diwata in Monkayo, Compostela Valley. The din comes from ball mills spinning away… »

NPA killed in ComVal clash

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 Feb) – A member of the New People’s Army (NPA) was killed while Army soldiers recovered two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during a series of… »

3 soldiers killed, 4 injured in clashes with NPA in ComVal

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 04 February) — Three soldiers were killed while three others were hurt in a series of clashes between members of the 46th Infantry Battalion and the… »

Anti-mining activist dies in hospital after assassination attempt

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 Jan) — An anti-mining activist in Compostela Valley province was rushed to a hospital in Tagum City Wednesday night after an assassination attempt but expired early Saturday… »

Flowers in Andap

Flowers in bloom outside the San Roque chapel in Barangay Andap, New Bataan Compostela Valley Province on November 6, 2015. Andap was the hardest hit area when super typhoon Pablo… »

Three years after Pablo

Trees start to grow behind the marker erected in Barangay Andap, New Bataan, Compostela Valley province in  memory of  those who perished when super typhoon Pablo hit the town on December 4,… »


Lucia Anover is reunited with her son, PFC Marjon Anover, after he was released by the New People’s Army Tuesday afternoon (3 November 2015) somewhere in Compostela Valley province. Anover… »

NPA releases 2 captive soldiers

COMPOSTELA VALLEY (MindaNews / 4 Nov) – PFC Marjon Anover locked his mother in a tight embrace while PFC Nino Alabaso heaved a sigh of relief after the New People’s… »

4 Mindanao provinces among top 10 rice producing areas

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 March) – Four provinces in Mindanao made it to the list in the top 10 rice producing provinces in the country last year, data from… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL Christmas break for the bagyo boys of New Bataan

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 Dec) — Sweet Sevilla mounted a toy drive just before school went on Christmas break. She wanted the loot to be part of COPERS’ (Center of Psychological… »

Interactive: Barangay Andap, New Bataan, Compostela Valley two years after Typhoon Pablo

TWO YEARS LATER.  Vegetation is returning in the former poblacion of  Barangay Andap, New Bataan, Compostela Valley two years after it was buried under a pile of rocks and boulders… »

Early procession

Residents join the early procession of the handless Our Lady of Mediatrix  from the San Antonio de Padua parish in New Bataan, Compostela Valley to the San Roque chapel in… »

Mapping firm personnel seized by NPA in ComVal

Mapping firm personnel seized by NPA in ComVal MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/02 June) – Four employees of a private mapping firm hired by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and… »

NPA denies killing Laak mayor

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 29 May) — The New People’s Army Southern Mindanao Regional Operations Command denied it had anything to do with Wednesday’s ambush-slay of Mayor Reynaldo Navarro of Laak,… »

Empty Shells

Kids show some of the empty shells they found at the site where Laak, Compostela Valley Mayor Reynaldo Navarro was ambushed in Barangay Sagayan, Asuncion town in Davao del Norte… »


Mayor Reynaldo Navarro of Laak, Compostela Valley, was killed in an ambush by motorcycle-riding gunmen along the highway in Asuncion, Davao del Norte. Photo courtesy of the Compostela Valley website… »

Laak, ComVal mayor killed in ambush

ASUNCION, Davao del Norte (MindaNews/ 28 May) – Mayor Reynaldo Navarro of Laak town in Compostela Valley province was killed in an ambush by motorcycle-riding gunmen along a highway under… »

Group eyes 5,000 Diwalwal miners to use mercury-free facility

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 May) — Environmental group BAN Toxics on Friday said it aims to convince 5,000 small-scale miners in Mt. Diwata in Monkayo, Compostela Valley province, to use mercury-free… »

Duterte seeks probe of alleged military abuses in ComVal

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 February) — City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte has offered to ask regional prosecutor Antonio B. Arellano to investigate alleged cases of harassment and encampments of the 10th… »

Signal 1 now over all 4 Davao provinces, 6 cities

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 January) —  The Davao region’s four provinces and six cities are now under Public Storm Warning Signal number 1, the weather bureau’s 11 a.m. advisory said. Signal… »

‘Agaton’ death toll now at 40; displaced residents at 161,000

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 January) – Forty persons  have been killed in floods and landslides in Mindanao since January 12 due to a low pressure area that later developed into Tropical… »

Raft to the Rescue

A makeshift bamboo raft ferries commuters plying the Davao-Agusan highway on Sunday (12 January 2014). A portion of the highway at Barangay Tapia, Montevista town in Compostela Valley was inundated… »

Over 1,000 flee homes in ComVal floods

Photos by Toto Lozano COMPOSTELA VALLEY (MindaNews / 12 Jan) – Over 1,000 people in low-lying barangays in Compostela Valley, particularly those living near the Manat River, have been evacuated… »

1 killed, 3 missing in Diwalwal landslide

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 Jan) – A seven-year-old girl was killed and seven others were injured when a landslide struck Purok 22 in Barangay Mt. Diwata (popularly known as Diwalwal), Compostela… »

Coconut trees toppled by Pablo distributed as lumber

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 January) —  Some 12,513 coconut trees toppled by Typhoon Pablo in 2012 were processed into lumber and distributed to households in Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, and… »

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… »

A Year After

Relatives of victims of Typhoon Pablo offer flowers at the marker that carries the name of those who died and those who are still missing. About 2,000 people came for… »

A year after ‘Pablo,” the pain lingers

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews / 4 Dec) – For many survivors of Typhoon Pablo, especially those who lost relatives, the pain lingers even a year after. Some of them,… »

Surviving Pablo was a miracle

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews / 3 December) – Seventeen-year-old Joseph Babag, remembers vividly December 3, 2012, the day before super typhoon Pablo struck their town. Classes had been cancelled… »

Relocation shelters

Residents of Barangay Andap in New Bataan, Compostela Valley Province who were affected by last year’s Typhoon Pablo seek temporary shelter at the relocation site sponsored by the International Organization… »

Zoraida’s landfall in Baganga hardly noticed

MONKAYO, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/13 Nov) – Tropical depression Zoraida made landfall in Baganga town, Davao Oriental as supertyphoon Pablo did on December 4, 2012 but unlike Pablo whose winds were… »

Kin pay respects at marker for typhoon Pablo victims in Barangay Andap

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/2 November)—While most Filipinos trooped to the cemeteries to remember their beloved departed on Friday, All Saints’ Day, some residents of this town who lost their… »

Mass grave in New Bataan

Only two of the 324 bodies have been identified in this mass grave at the public cemetery in New Bataan, Compostela Valley Province 11 months after super typhoon Pablo hit… »

All Saints Day in New Bataan

Residents of New Bataan in Compostela Valley Province offer flowers and candle in this cross on Friday, November 1, for those who were killed and still missing when super typhoon… »

New classrooms remain bleak for Andap grade schoolers

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/07 June) – Children enrolled at the Andap Elementary School here will have to bear holding classes in makeshift classrooms inside the Andap National High School… »

Back to school

Elena Estrada and her  Grade 3 pupils assist carpenters as they install a tarpaulin to catch water leaks from the roof of their makeshift classroom in Andap Elementary School on… »

Police, military in Davao gear up to secure polls

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 April) – The police and the military have intensified their security measures to avert any election-related violence, officials said on Friday. Though no election-related violence… »

Groups, kin to file charges vs Army on child’s death in ComVal

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 April) – Relatives, human rights and children’s rights groups here will file criminal charges against the military on the death of a child in Mabini… »

NPA frees captive cop in ComVal

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/2 April) —The New People’s Army (NPA) freed Tuesday Police Officer 3 Ruben Nojapa Jr. in Barangay Mainit, Nabunturan town in Compostela Valley (ComVal) after 15 days in… »

NPA frees 2 captives in ComVal

LAAK, Compostela Valley (MindaNews / 21 Feb) –  A policeman and Army soldier held captive by the New Peoples Army (NPA) since January 17 were freed at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.… »

‘New Bataan lacks safe relocation sites’

NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/19 February)– New Bataan town in Compostela Valley lacks areas safe for the relocation of its residents as shown by simulated inundation maps, town Mayor Lorenzo Balbin… »

Soliman reiterates: no distribution list, no release of rice

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/18 Feb) —  No distribution list, no release  of rice “kahit mag-rally pa sila” (even if they stage a rally). This was the message of Social Welfare Secretary… »

Task Force Pablo holds first briefing in ComVal

NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/16 February)— Two months after super typhoon ‘Pablo’ struck, key officials of Task Force Pablo held Friday at the  Nabunturan provincial capitol its first briefing with local government… »

Gabriela pushes for fact-finding mission in areas hit by Pablo

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 Feb) – Due to several complaints lodged by victims of typhoon Pablo, the Gabriela Women’s Partylist (GWP) will hold a fact-finding mission in areas affected… »

LiDAR maps to be used in flood modeling – DOST-11

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 Jan) – Topographic maps generated by light-detection and ranging or LiDAR will be used in flood modeling for disaster risk areas in the Davao region.… »

KMP urges gov’t to stand for Montevista protesters

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 Jan) – Filing charges against eight leaders of a barricade that demanded an end to foreign and large-scale mining and commercial logging in ComVal and… »

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… »

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… »

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