Monkey bridge

Tourists cross the monkey bridge for fun and adventure at the Aliwagwag Falls in Cateel, Davao Oriental. The trees surrounding the falls have recovered from the devastation wrought by super… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Border regulations

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 01 January) — Half-naked, the young man obligingly paused for my camera balancing a 50-kilo sack of copra on his head. He summoned a smile as… »

FILM REVIEW – IISA (AS ONE) An Entry to the Quezon City International Film Festival 2015 (QCinema)

Director: Chuck Gutierrez Screenwriter: Arnel Mardoquio Director of Photography: Dexter Dela Peña Production Designer: Perry Dizon Editor: Chuck Gutierrez Art Director:   Buggy Amplayo Assistant Director:  Yam Palma Musical score:   Emerzon Texon Sound Design:  Alex Tomboc… »

Interactive: Barangay Andap, New Bataan, Compostela Valley two years after Typhoon Pablo

TWO YEARS LATER.  Vegetation is returning in the former poblacion of  Barangay Andap, New Bataan, Compostela Valley two years after it was buried under a pile of rocks and boulders… »

Early procession

Residents join the early procession of the handless Our Lady of Mediatrix  from the San Antonio de Padua parish in New Bataan, Compostela Valley to the San Roque chapel in… »

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… »

Pablo survivor: From Andap to another village, a new life, new family

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (Mindnews/ 02 November) – Bonifacio Casag carried a small black bag as he passed by the San Roque chapel on his way to the marker of… »

Group says migration increased after ‘Sendong’, ‘Pablo’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 August) – Two typhoons that hit Mindanao in recent years have driven more people to seek work abroad, a group said in a summit here Thursday. According… »

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:… »

Typhoon Pablo Protesters

Protesters who are mostly survivors of Typhoon Pablo burn an effigy of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III during a rally in front of the regional office of the Department of… »

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… »

Pablo survivors

Jessie Agrepo and Emerito Cantila share a light moment outside the latter’s sari-sari store in Barangay Andap, New Bataan, Compostela Valley on December 4, 2013. MindaNews Photo by Ruby Thursday… »

Search for food leads to rescue of fellow ‘Pablo’ survivor

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/05 Dec.) – A day after a flashflood spawned by typhoon Pablo hit their barangay in December last year, they tried to scavenge for food and… »

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… »

Flashback: Typhoon Pablo’s wrath

These pictures were taken in different parts of Mindanao from December 4 until the middle of the same month last year, after typhoon Pablo swept across the island and left… »

New Bataan remembers the dead, missing during ‘Pablo’

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/05 Dec.) – Wednesdays mean “tabo,” a market day in this sleepy town. But on December 5 last year, which was a Wednesday, a tabo never… »

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… »

Barangay Andap: All Saints Day

A woman erases on Friday the name of her relative who was believed to be alive but listed in the marker as among those killed when flashflood hit Barangay Andap… »

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… »

Debris Art

Mall goers check on the various arts and crafts produced by survivors of Typhoon Pablo in an exhibition at Abreeza Mall in Davao City August 5, 2013. The exhibit started… »

Rehab for ‘Pablo’ victims to continue, Coloma says

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 July)—The rehabilitation of those severely affected by super typhoon Pablo last December remains a top priority of the government, Presidential Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said on Friday.… »

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… »

Flores de Mayo

Children gather for Flores de Mayo at San Roque chapel in in Barangay Andap, New Bataan, Compostela Valley province on May 27, 2013.  The chapel, the last building standing on… »

Back to school

Volunteer carpenters build makeshift classroom for elementary pupils in Barangay Andap, New Bataan, Compostela Valley province on May 27, 2013.  The village  had the highest death toll as rocks and… »

Kids in Pablo-hit village to hold classes under tents

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/28 May) – Elementary pupils in Barangay Andap will hold their classes under makeshift tents when classes open on Monday, teachers said. Only one of 15… »

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… »

Holy Week traditions live on in New Bataan’s Barangay Andap

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/29 March) – On the long table outside the San Roque chapel in Barangay Andap on Maundy Thursday afternoon, cooking pots and plastic containers of food… »

Washing of the feet in Barangay Andap

Kaabag (lay leader) Lando Fernandez performs Jesus Christ’s washing of the feet ritual at the San Roque chapel in Barangay Andap, New Bataan town in Compostela Valley province on Maundy… »

Evacuation tent

Leanna Mae de Rosa (right) and  sisters eat their snack, a porridge made from corn and other grains inside their tent in New Bataan, Compostela Valley on Maundy Thursday.  The… »

LPA spotted 170 kms east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 March) —  It’s summer but the weather bureau has warned residents of Caraga and Davao regions in Mindanao and Eastern and Central Visayas of cloudy skies with… »

Concert slated for repair of houses damaged by ‘Pablo’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 March) — At least 21 bands and individual performers will be featured in a three-night concert here, from March 21-23, to raise funds for the repair of… »

Panagdait Davao

5th Civil Relations Group Commanding General Col. Leopoldo Galon Jr. and musician Eric Gancio promote Panagdait Davao, a concert that will benefit the survivors of Typhoon Pablo during a press… »

Leader of ‘Pablo’ survivors in Baganga killed; Governor orders probe

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 March) – A community leader of the group of typhoon Pablo survivors that barricaded the regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development  (DSWD) here… »

Despite agreement, DSWD’s Soliman to sue ‘instigators’ of protest by typhoon victims

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 March) — Typhoon Pablo victims who barricaded and attempted to take away relief goods from the regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development here… »

Few schools seek tuition fee hike in ‘Pablo’ hit areas

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 March)—Of the 26 higher educational institutions (HEI) in the Davao region that applied for tuition fee increase for school year 2013-2014, only five came from the provinces… »

Cops disperse typhoon victims for ‘looting’ DSWD-11

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 February) – Police dispersed on Tuesday afternoon victims of typhoon Pablo who had barricaded the regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development since Monday… »

DOLE-11 sees fewer jobs for 2013 due to ‘Pablo’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 Feb) – The region’s labor market has fewer vacant jobs this year due to damaged industries and agricultural lands in areas affected by typhoon Pablo,… »

‘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… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL:Fact, fiction, and opinion

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 February) – An article written by Mahar Lagmay and company saw print in the inner pages of a national daily today. The report explains what happened to… »

In Baganga, classrooms still roofless; “our graduation venue is gone”

BAGANGA, Davao Oriental (MindaNews/10 February) – While most Grade Six students are looking forward to graduation day, sixth graders at the Baganga Central Elementary School (BCES) are not as excited.… »

Extent of damage in Bukidnon forests caused by ‘Pablo’ still unknown

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/7 February) – The extent of the damage wrought by typhoon Pablo in Bukidnon’s three mountain ranges has yet to be evaluated, tribal leaders who attended a three-day… »

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.… »

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… »

New Bataan: To relocate or not?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 Jan) – The Regional Development Council (RDC) 11 discussed Tuesday whether or not to relocate the entire municipality of New Bataan in Compostela Valley (ComVal)… »

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