In New Bataan, the nightmare is far from over

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 ...

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Through Floodwaters

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 regi ...

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“We learned so many lessons from Pablo”

“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 disast ...

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

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 ...

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FEATURE: Remembering ComVal

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 r ...

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Tents eyed as polling centers in Pablo-hit areas

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 ...

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

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 su ...

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NBI returns to get DNA samplings from exhumed remains, relatives

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 r ...

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40 Days after Pablo in New Bataan

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. ...

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

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 ...

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Learning Spaces

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 destroye ...

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New Bataan: Tent City

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 ...

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

“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, ha ...

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

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, coor ...

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

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 ...

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Psychosocial Processing

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 Pa ...

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Souvenir Shots

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 water ...

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Precious Water

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 one of th ...

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WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: The bagyo boys of New Bataan

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 Compostel ...

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

‘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 Minda ...

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

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 Commissi ...

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

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 shou ...

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

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’ ...

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Back to Business

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 ...

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Refreshing

Refreshing

  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 ...

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Pablo aftermath: Davao banana farmers suffer ‘double whammy’

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 rehabil ...

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

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 as “learning spaces” ...

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Changing Lives and Landscapes

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 the erst ...

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Tents for students whose classrooms were destroyed by Pablo

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, ...

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

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 nu ...

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Andap Then and Now

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 baranga ...

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Rice shortage looms in ComVal’s remote Laak town

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 Kida ...

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

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, but ...

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Sheer Size

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 Ruby Thursday M ...

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

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 he ...

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‘Pablo’ changes New Bataan landscape

‘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 known ...

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Rescue Operations

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 hi ...

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Compostela-Cateel highway impassable; homeless residents pitch roadside tents

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  por ...

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Helping the Elderly

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 hu ...

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Pablo Aftermath: Compostela Valley

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, accord ...

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Compostela Valley death toll rises to 110

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 after Super ...

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ComVal performs more education interventions

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 ...

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

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 ...

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BEHIND THE LENS: To interview or not to interview

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 ...

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Covering Pantukan, the second time around

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 cities ...

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Pantukan shifts from rescue to retrieval operations

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) o ...

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Landslides ‘normal,’ miners used to it

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 ...

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

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 i ...

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Pantukan: Search and Rescue Continues

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 Ki ...

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Pantukan: Evacuation

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 d ...

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