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… »

In search of gold

Work on the Cateel-Compostela road cut through the side of a mountain in Barangay Bango in Compostela town, Compostela Valley province, exposing the holes drilled by small scale miners in… »

After Agaton, Davao City donates P4M to ComVal, Davao Oriental

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 Jan) – The city council approved a P4-million financial assistance fund for areas hit by landslides and floods due to tropical depression Agaton and the… »

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… »

ComVal to prioritize shelter for Pablo survivors over infra

COMPOSTELA VALLEY (MindaNews / 17 Dec) – The provincial government here has prioritized on providing shelters to survivors of last year’s Typhoon Pablo over infrastructure. Provincial board member Tyrone Uy… »

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… »

Barangay Andap

A man negotiates what was once the center of Barangay Andap in New Bataan, Compostela Valley Province on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 to transport gold ore. A large portion of… »

Market Day

The public market in New Bataan, Compostela Valley Province comes alive every Wednesday as people flock here for market day on November 20, 2013. Wednesday is the “tabo” (market day)… »

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… »

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… »


  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… »

Prayer and Thanks

THANKS AND PRAYERS.  Signages thanking donors for all their help and asking for continued prayers are posted inside this multi-purpose hall beside the Sta. Teresita Chapel in Purok 2, Barangay… »

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… »

‘Pablo’ destroys nearly P9-B infra, crops in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/8 December) —Typhoon Pablo wrought damage worth nearly P9 billion to agriculture and infrastructure facilities in Mindanao, officials said Friday in a meeting with President Benigno Aquino III… »

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,… »

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 landslide death toll climbs to 13; 11 still missing

PANTUKAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/27 April) – Relatives and rescuers recovered on Tuesday five more bodies at the landslide site in Barangay Kingking here even if the local government has ordered… »

Pantukan landslide site declared a no-habitation zone

DAVAOCITY (MindaNews/25 April) — The site in Sitio Panganason, Barangay Kingking in Pantukan, Compostela Valley where a landslide occurred Friday has been closed to human occupancy after the local government ordered Sunday the forced relocation within 48 hours of some 30 families living in the area.

Residents near landslide site ordered to relocate within 48 hours

PANTUKAN, Compostella Valley (MindaNews/24 April) — At least 30 families living near the landslide site in the small-scale gold mining area in Barangay Kingking have been given 48 hours starting Monday to relocate, as initial assessment shows another landslide could happen anytime, Local Governments Secretary Jessie Robredo told a press conference here Sunday afternoon.

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