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… »

NPA attacks Mati City’s police station; 1 NPA killed, 1 cop injured  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 Feb) – A suspected member of the New People’s Army (NPA) was killed when around 80 armed men believed to be members of the NPA… »

Costs, polls delaying completion of houses for Pablo victims, says DSWD

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 November) – The rising costs of construction supplies, elections and adverse weather conditions have delayed the completion of houses for displaced survivors of typhoon Pablo until March… »

DENR wants Mt. Hamiguitan an ASEAN Heritage Park, too

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 July) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is pushing for the inclusion of the Mount Hamiguitan Wildlife Sanctuary as an Association of… »

PCA allots P30M for coco farmers in Pablo-hit areas

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 July) — The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) XI said it has allotted P30 million for the planting of coconuts in areas hit by typhoon Pablo (international name:… »

Davao farmers, fisherfolk awarded for best practices

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 June)—Seventeen farmers, small animal raisers and fisherfolk from the Davao Region emerged as winners in the 2014 Gawad Saka Outstanding Agri-Achievers awarded by the Department of Agriculture… »

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… »

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… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: The iron dragonflies

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 January) — Just past noon Wednesday, we crossed over Samal and flew on. When the choppers hung over Lupon, we made a turn for Mati. The mission… »

Timber Galore

Driftwood and timber cover the shoreline of Baganga, Davao Oriental on January 16, three days after massive flooding brought by a low pressure area in Mindanao hit the province. MindaNews… »

Davao Oriental governor asks SP to declare state of calamity

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/14 January) — Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon on Monday asked the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to declare the province under a state of calamity following the massive devastation due… »

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… »

Interactive Museum

A student scans a QR-coded picture that shows the flora and fauna of Davao Oriental during the opening of Subangan Museum in Mati City on Wednesday, 8 January 2013. MindaNews… »

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… »

Refreshing Sight

Aliwagwag Falls in Cateel, Davao Oriental on a rainy Thursday noon (28 November 2013). Though not completely back in form, it is no longer a sorry sight as it was after super… »

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… »

Groningen U president writes PNoy on Gargar’s case; supervisor describes him as “excellent scientist”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 October) – The President of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands has written President Benigno S. Aquino III expressing the concern of the university’s board on… »

Physicist Kim Gargar

Physicist Kim Gargar narrates his experience at the Mati City Police Office on Friday, October 4, 2013 when he was “intercepted” by the military near the clash site with New… »

Physicist-professor arrested in post NPA-AFP clash

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 03 October) — A physicist and former professor was “intercepted” by Army soldiers near the site of a clash with the New People’s Army in Spur… »

Vice Gov Almario: Scrap PDAF “to be one with the nation but…”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 August) – Davao Oriental Vice Governor Joel Mayo Almario has written a five-page brief calling for the abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) because it… »

PDAF spent on “multipurpose tents” worth P43,000 each

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29  August) —  A total of P22.276 million from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of Reps. Thelma Zosa Almario, her son Joel Mayo Almario (Representative… »

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… »

Fact-finding mission decries ‘military harassment’ in Baganga; military denies allegations

UPDATED as of 3 p.m. DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 April) — A 69-member fact-finding mission documenting  the March 4 killing of  Baganga village councilor Cristina Jose and the state of the… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: A Day in Baganga and Cateel

  DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/2 April)–Last Monday, I joined retired Archbishop (Emeritus) NANDING CAPALLA together with retired publisher NILO CLAUDIO and visited “Typhoon Pablo’s” whacked areas Baganga and Cateel in Davao… »

3 killed in Davao Oriental landslide

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 February) – Three persons were killed when the vehicle they were riding in was hit by a landslide  along the  national highway in Sitio Kulasisi, Barangay Tagabukid… »

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… »

Climate Change Commission inks MOU with Davao Oriental, ComVal on risk reduction

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 Feb) — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) will sign on Monday a memorandum of understanding with the local government units of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley to… »

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.… »

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… »

Caraga Bridge: Destroyed

Strong river currents on Sunday destroyed destroyed Caraga bridge, which connects Manay and Caraga towns in Davao Oriental. Typhoon Pablo on December 4 destroyed the Teodoro Palma Gil Bridge linking… »

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… »

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… »

Opening Classes

Teachers conduct their classes inside tents in Baganga Central Elementary School in Baganga town on January 3, 2012 , after typhoon Pablo destroyed most of the schools in Davao Oriental.… »

Teachers, children go back to school for psychosocial classes inside tents

BAGANGA, Davao Oriental (MindaNews / 4 Jan) – Almost a month after typhoon “Pablo” hit the province last December 4, teachers and children have gone back to schools for psychosocial… »

Cheerful Reunion

Students have a cheerful reunion, for some, their first since typhoon Pablo , at the Baganga Central Elementary School in Baganga town in Davao Oriental during the opening of classes… »

In Cateel, typhoon survivors start anew, hope for prosperity

CATEEL, Davao Oriental (MindaNews / 4 Jan) – Resilience is eminent among town people as they slowly restore their lives back to normal from the devastations of typhoon “Pablo” and… »

“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… »

Baganga, Cateel, Boston not accessible (again) by land trip via Mati

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 January) –   The three towns hardest hit by super typhoon Pablo – Baganga, Cateel and Boston –  were already accessible by land travel via Mati,  Davao Oriental… »

Baganga village bounces back

BAGANGA, Davao Oriental- Days after typhoon Pablo inundated their village, Barangay Ban-ao chair Mera Adlawan Ching thought the community and the life they knew would cease to exist. The National… »

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 the town where ‘Pablo’ made landfall, children list wishes for 2013

BAGANGA, Davao Oriental (MindaNews/29 December)- The children here noisily flocked together on chairs or any flat surface to draw on pieces of white paper what they wanted for the coming… »

‘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… »

New Fields, New Hope

Less than a month after typhoon Pablo destroyed agricultural lands in Davao Oriental, farmers plant rice in Cateel town on Dec. 21, 2012. MindaNews photo by Ruby Thursday More

Aliwagwag Falls after Pablo

Aliwagwag Falls, one of  the top tourist destinations in Davao Orietal,  had   crystal clear waters and lush surroundings before super typhoon Pablo hit Cateel town and neighboring coastal towns of … »

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… »

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… »

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