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… »

Rocks in Andap used for flood control in Tagum

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/29 January) – Tagum City is making use of the rocks that now cover what used to be the center of Barangay Andap in this town… »

Include farmers’ subsistence loan in banana industry rehab fund–PBGEA

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 January)–The rehabilitation package to be loaned out to banana farmers in areas affected by typhoon Pablo should include funds for their subsistence, Stephen Antig, executive director of… »

Davao River to have telemetric system for flood monitoring

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 January)— The city government will put up a telemetric monitoring system (TMS) at the Davao River near Tamugan in Marilog district to warn low-lying areas of impending… »

Rampaging Waters

Residents of Barangay Andap in New Bataan, Compostela Valley cross the makeshift bamboo footbridge as the road leading to the town proper from the mountain village was blocked to direct… »

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… »

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… »

Gov’t gives up search for missing fishermen

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 16 Jan) – Lt. Gen. Jorge Segovia, head of Task Force Maritime Search SarGen, on Wednesday said the search and rescue operation for the still… »

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… »

Tribes hold ritual to end curse of ‘Pablo’, vow to protect environment

BARANGAY ANDAP, New Bataan, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/15 January) — Visualizing typhoon “Pablo” as a giant who cursed the people for failing to protect Nature, the Mandaya tribe performed Monday a… »

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.… »

Katambayayong sa Pagtindog

Around 400 soldiers from the Army, Navy and Marines who will help repair houses partially damaged by Typhoon Pablo in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental provinces are presented to the… »

Youngest Volunteer

Nine-year old Angelo Clemuar is one of the youngest volunteers who helped pack relief goods at the Inter-agency Relief Operations Center inside the Department of Public Works and Highways 11… »

Navy wants fishing vessels to turn back amid approaching LPA

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 11 January)– Naval authorities have recommended the immediate recall of fishing fleets from this city that are currently operating off Mindanao’s eastern seas due to an… »

Loren: Geohazard maps should have been blown up, communicated properly

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 January) — Failing to communicate the geo-hazard maps and weather advisories to the provincial and municipal governments led to the tragedy that was Typhoon Pablo, Senator Loren… »

Another low pressure area nearing Caraga, Davao; Evacuations ordered anew

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/06 January) –  Preemptive evacuation of residents in areas prone to floods and landslides have been ordered in New Bataan in Compostela Valley province and Veruela and Sta.… »

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… »

After the Storm

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.… »

A month later, search for missing GenSan fishermen still on

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 4 Jan) – Authorities are not calling off anytime soon the ongoing search and rescue operations for the 352 fishermen from this city and nearby… »

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… »

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… »

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… »

After Pablo, few pupils report to class

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews / 4 Jan) – “I miss my pupils,” a teary-eyed Lilia dela Cruz said on Thursday, supposedly the first day of classes after the holidays,… »

School exec appeals for help for school children

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews / 4 Jan) – A school official here has appealed on kind-hearted individuals to extend further help to the school children affected by Typhoon Pablo… »

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… »

A Month After Pablo

Laarni Escalon, 55, attends to her sari-sari store inside their temporary shelter within the New Bataan National High School grounds in Compostela Valley Province on Thursday 3 January 2012. Escalon,… »

“Swimming pool”

Children in the poblacion in New Bataan, Compostela Valley province  take a dip in what they refer to as “swimming pool ”  on December 30.  Evening of January 2, the… »

Landslides, floods feared as LPA nears; forced evacuations done in New Bataan

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/02 January) –  The regions of Caraga and Davao in Mindanao and Eastern Visayas have been warned against flashfloods and landslides as another low pressure area (LPA)  has… »

“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… »

Construction of bunkhouses in New Bataan begins January 3

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/01 January) – Construction of bunk houses for the temporary refuge of  72 families displaced by super typhoon Pablo will begin January 3 and should be… »

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… »

OWWA extends assistance to members affected by ‘Pablo’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 December) — The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Region 11 has released nearly P5.6 million—or P5,000 each—to migrant workers and their families affected by Typhoon Pablo… »

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… »

Barangay Andap survivors to visitors: ‘please be sensitive’

NEW BATAAN,  Compostela Valley (MindaNews/28 Dec) — No, it has not reached the level of  “disaster tourism” on the scale of  post-hurricane Katrina New Orleans where guided bus tours are… »

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… »

Lingig: Typhoon Survivor

A resident carrying relief goods walks past houses damaged by Typhoon Pablo at Ugpason Beach, Barangay San Roque, in the town of Lingig, Surigao del Sur on Christmas Day. MindaNews… »

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… »

Forced evacuation imposed in Siargao Islands as Typhoon Quinta approaches landfall

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/25 December) —  Forced evacuation is now in place in Siargao Islands,  the country’s surfing capital,  following the intensification of  tropical depression Quinta into a tropical storm. Public… »

Typhoon Quinta to make landfall in Dinagat Wednesday; 6 provinces under Signal 1

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 December) –  Six provinces along the northeastern part of Mindanao  have been placed under public storm warning signal 1 as the low pressure area spotted east of… »

Low pressure area nearing Mindanao; PAGASA warns vs landslides, flashfloods

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 December) –  Residents in flood-prone and landslide-prone areas in eastern and northern Mindanao are being urged to move to evacuation centers as the low pressure area (LPA)… »

PCA-11 eyes replanting of coconut trees in 40,000 ha

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 23 December) — A total of 40,000 hectares (ha) will be replanted to coconut trees in the Davao Region as part of a strategic rehabilitation plan after… »

‘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… »

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