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… »

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… »

Through Floodwaters

Motorists navigate through the flooded road in Brgy Osmena in Compostela town in Compostela Valley Province on Sunday, January 20. Heavy rains triggered flooding in the Davao region. Photo courtesy… »

“We learned so many lessons from Pablo”

TAGUM CITY (MindaNews/20 January)  — Typhoon Pablo taught Compostela Valley “many lessons” and the province now wants to ensure it could respond effectively should another disaster happen by allocating P2… »

Maragusan town: back on track after 15-days’ isolation post-Pablo

MARAGUSAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/20 January)  –  While the world focused its attention on  Boston, Cateel and Baganga, the three Davao Oriental towns badly hit by Typhoon Pablo, and its neighbor,… »

FEATURE: Remembering ComVal

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/19 January) — Strangely, I always associate Compostela Valley with Mawab, a once tiny village settled along the Davao-Butuan highway. Mawab, created as a regular municipality in 1959,… »

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… »

DSWD yields to protesters’ demand for 10,000 sacks of rice for Pablo victims

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 Jan) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development has responded to protesters’ call in Montevista, Compostela Valley that the government should supply Typhoon Pablo… »

NBI returns to get DNA samplings from exhumed remains, relatives

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/15 January) – The forensics team of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has returned  here to  get DNA samplings from the exhumed remains of  unidentified… »

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.… »

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… »

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… »

New Bataan: Tent City

A month after typhoon Pablo hit New Bataan, Compostela Valley province, some survivors have been moved from the gymnasium to these tents at the grounds of the New Bataan National… »

“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… »

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 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… »

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… »

Souvenir Shots

People flock to typhoon-devastated areas in New Bataan, Compostela Valley Province Ð like these people spotted 27 Dec 2012 in Barangay Andap where rocks, boulders and raging waters washed away… »

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… »

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