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… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: The bagyo boys of New Bataan

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/25 Dec) — Kagawad Boy Polinar, his wife and I were surveying what used to be three blocks of houses in Purok 4, Barangay Poblacion, New Bataan in… »

‘Pablo’ to exact P9.6B value losses in 2013–MinDA

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/ 23 December)—Typhoon “Pablo” would exact an estimated value losses of P9.6 billion for 2013 in areas hardest hit by the disaster, according to the Mindanao Development Authority… »

POETRY: 3 X Pablo. by Ricardo M. de Ungria

3 X Pablo by Ricardo M. de Ungria [Ricardo M. de Ungria teaches at the University of the Philippine-Mindanao in Davao City. He was Chancellor at UP Mindanao (2001-07) and… »

After ‘Pablo’, Davao needs to shift agri landscape – official

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 December) —The scale of the damage wrought by typhoon Pablo early this month has brought agriculture in the Davao Region to a “tipping point” that it should… »

From the land of war ‘bakwits,’ help for Typhoon Pablo’s ‘bakwits’

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/20 December)  —  “Noon, kami ang palaging tinutulungan. Kami naman ngayon  ang tutulong” (We were always given assistance before. Now it’s our turn to help). Officials… »

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… »


  Survivors of Typhoon Pablo in an evacuation center in Compostela town, Compostela Valley province get a free shower from a Tagum City  fire truck. The project, scheduled in different… »

Pablo aftermath: Davao banana farmers suffer ‘double whammy’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 Dec) – Small banana farmers in the Davao Region suffered a “double whammy” of devastation brought by typhoon “Pablo” and the financial crisis in rehabilitating… »

DepEd-11 seeks more tents as ‘learning spaces’ in areas affected by Pablo

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 Dec) – The Department of Education (DepEd) in Region 11 is appealing to the public to donate tents “as many as possible” to be used… »

Changing Lives and Landscapes

Almost a year after Typhoon Sendong ( Washi) struck the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan in the northern part of Mindanao on December 16-17, 2011, another disaster hit… »

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… »

Andap Then and Now

Left photo shows Barangay Andap in New Bataan from the road to Maragusan town, also in Compostela Valley Province in March 1, 2011. Right photo taken December 6 shows  the… »

Rice shortage looms in ComVal’s remote Laak town

LAAK, Compostela Valley  (MindaNews/ 9 December)– Rice shortage is looming in this remote town as Typhoon Pablo has devastated 2,000 hectares (ha) of rice fields in Barangay Kidawa, considered the… »

Soldiers used to typhoons shocked by ‘Pablo’s’ fury

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/ 9 December) — “Maayo pa ang gyera sini kay makalikay pa, pero ining bagyo waay gid kami paadtuan (War is better because we can hide,… »

Sheer Size

A resident is dwarfed by a giant acacia tree felled by Typhoon Pablo at the roadside in Laak town in Compostela Valley Province on Dec. 8, 2012. MindaNews photo by… »

Hundreds of New Bataan villagers still looking for missing kin feared buried in minefield, elsewhere

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/8 December)– Carrying a food pack she just received from a government agency, Perlita Capinig reported to the local disaster desk that her 25-year old son… »

‘Pablo’ changes New Bataan landscape

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/8 December) – Typhoon Pablo did not only change the lives of the people in this valley town but the landscape as well. This town is… »

Rescue Operations

Using ropes, rescue volunteers pull 14-year-old Ella Payot over turbulent flood waters in Purok 8, New Bataan in Compostela Valley on Dec. 6, 2012, two days after Typhoon Pablo hit… »

Compostela-Cateel highway impassable; homeless residents pitch roadside tents

COMPOSTELA VALLEY, Compostela Valley Province  (MindaNews/06 December) – Hundreds of residents displaced or rendered homeless by Typhoon Pablo have pitched makeshift tents on  portions of the Compostela-Cateel highway, awaiting assistance,… »

Helping the Elderly

Residents carry an elderly across the muddy road in New Bataan, Compostela Valley on Wednesday (5 Dec 2012). Typhoon Pablo devastated the town, leaving 110 persons killed while hundreds more… »

Pablo Aftermath: Compostela Valley

Typhoon Pablo devastated several municipalities of Compostela Valley on Tuesday, leaving 316 persons killed and 462 others missing as of 10:30 a.m. Sunday, 9 December 2012, according to Comval Incident Command… »

Compostela Valley death toll rises to 110

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews / 5 Dec) – At least 110 persons died, 119 were initially recorded as injured and 243 more have been declared as missing a day… »

ComVal performs more education interventions

COMPOSTELA VALLEY PROVINCE—–The province being known of its initiated education interventions continuously supports the national goal of providing quality education to children.                        The distribution of arm chairs, teachers tables,… »

Pantukan small-scale miners: we won’t yield to large-scale mining

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/22 March) – Small-scale miners operating in Pantukan, Compostela Valley today said they will not give up the area to large-scale mining interests. In a statement issued at… »

BEHIND THE LENS: To interview or not to interview

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 January) — On our second day of coverage of the landslide in Pantukan, Compostela Valley, we decided to take the Tibagon route because it was still 9:30a.m.… »

Covering Pantukan, the second time around

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 January) – Ruby and I were supposed to finish editing the photos we took on the aftermath of Tropical Storm Sendong Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan… »

Pantukan shifts from rescue to retrieval operations

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 January) – Convinced that chances of survival six days after the tragedy are slim, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) of Pantukan in Compostela… »

Landslides ‘normal,’ miners used to it

PANTUKAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/9 January) – Everything seems to be normal in the gold rush communities near the landslide site in Sitio Diat 1 in Barangay Napnapan as ball mill… »

Pantukan mayor: ‘Miners from other places need money to feed families’

PANTUKAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/08 January) – Mayor Celso Sarenas defended his decision allowing people from other places to work in the gold rush sites, saying they were in dire need… »

Pantukan: Search and Rescue Continues

Families and volunteers continue to dig through the mud in the hopes of finding survivors almost a week after a landslide hit the small-mining village of Panganason-B, Barangay Kingking in Pantukan town, Compostella… »

Pantukan: Evacuation

EVACUATION Reynaldo Vasquez, 43, dismantles the roof of his ball mill shop in Sitio Panganason-B, Barangay Kingking, Pantukan, Compostela Valley Province. Local authorities have declared the village as a danger… »

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