Sendong Village

She pedals her way on the streets of Ecoville Village in Barangay Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro City on Saturday, July 6, eager to see her new home after losing her… »

One year after Sendong: Still living on the edge

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/17 December)—His limbs seemed to have atrophied with fear when he heard over the radio that a typhoon would pass the city again, on the same… »

A year after…

Members of the Iligan Medical Society release a night lantern at Mandulog Bridge dawn of Dec. 16, 2012, a year after Typhoon Sendong destroyed the bridge and wrought havoc in… »


Friends have put up a makeshift altar at the residence of the Shottons in Sitio Cala-Cala, Barangay Tibasak, Cagayan de Oro, in memory of American Paul Shotton and his wife, Felina and all their… »

Documents show Oro officials unprepared for ‘Sendong’

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/17 September)— Official documents recently obtained from City Hall appear to bolster public perception that local officials had acted a little too late in taking steps… »

Most post-Sendong rehab projects still unfunded – NEDA

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 June) – A total of P42.657 billion in projects have been lined up under the strategic action plan for rehabilitation efforts in the aftermath of floods brought… »

CDO execs did not act on call for ban on illegal mining – Archbishop

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/27 March) – More than two months after he reprimanded them, Archbishop Antonio Ledesma said today his appeal to put an end on destructive hydraulic mining… »

Tribal river ritual celebrated to help spare Cagayan from another tragedy

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/10 March 2012) — Indigenous People (IP) of the Higaonon tribe from the 13 barangays here and tribal leaders of Bukidnon together with the Manobo tribe… »

Group calls off recall move vs. CDO mayor; says signatures not enough

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/07 March) — An online group trying to gather enough signatures to recall Mayor Vicente Emano ended its campaign Tuesday after failing to get the signatures… »

Couple who survived ‘Sendong’: We’re like newly-weds

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/27 February) — ”I remember feeling the hair at the back of my neck tingle when I heard what sounded like a wounded beast growling in… »

Attitude Change needed to respond to Climate Change

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/18 February) —   Talking about climate change is useless if there is no attitude change,  Senator Teoffisto Guingona said in his opening address at the Mindanao… »

Flooding in CDO’s tent city sends evacuees to panic

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/14 February) – More than 30 families temporarily housed in tents in relocation sites here went into panic when heavy rains caused flood in the relocation… »

Cooking utensils for Typhoon Sendong survivors

RECOVERY. Army soldiers unload cooking utensils for Typhoon Sendong survivors at the Xavier University Ecoville resettlement site in Barangay Lumbia in Cagayan de Oro City on Feb. 10, 2012. MindaNews… »

Share classroom

SHARED CLASSROOMS. Grade school students share a basketball court after storm Sendong destroyed their classrooms in Balulang Elementary School in Cagayan de Oro City on Feb. 5, 2012. MindaNews photo… »

UN revises appeal; seeks higher amount to help Sendong survivors

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/04 Feb) — Even as donors’ aid comes in “trickles,” the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) raised to $39 million (around P1.7 billion)… »

Lawyer in complaint vs Emano says mayor ordered to reply to raps

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/30 January) —The legal counsel of the opposition politicians here who filed an administrative case against City Mayor Vicente Y. Emano last week, said his sources… »

Kagay-anons commemorate 40th day since Sendong

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/26 January) – More than 7,000 residents here gathered on top of the Kagay-an Bridge Wednesday night lighting candles and listening to the tales of the… »

Heal CDO

Students form a big “HEAL CDO” using candles on top of Kagay-an Bridge in Cagayan de Oro Wednesday night, Jan. 25, 2012, to mark the 40th day after storm Sendong… »

PNoy to NHA: finish homes for ‘Sendong’ survivors before June 2012

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/25 January) – President Benigno S. Aquino III today told officials of the National Housing Authority (NHA) to finish all the houses for suvivors of floods brought by… »

Pag-IBIG declares 3-month loan moratorium for ‘Sendong’ victims

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/25 January) – The Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) or Pag-IBIG Fund has declared a three month-moratorium on housing loan payments for its member-borrowers who were affected by… »

Aquino to visit resettlement sites for ‘Sendong’ survivors

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/24 January) — President Benigno Aquino III will arrive here Wednesday morning (Jan. 25) to check on the rehabilitation and resettlement efforts for flood survivors, exactly… »

Sendong aftermath: Building Communities of Hope in Cagayan de Oro

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/22 January) — One month after the passage of Typhoon Sendong on Dec. 16-17, the city of Cagayan de Oro is slowly getting back on its feet. Nearly a third of the city’s population was severely affected by the flood waters. More than 10,000 families sought refuge in evacuation centers in public schools, barangay covered courts, and churches. Others stayed with relatives or friends. Out of the archdiocese’s 21 city parishes, 17 riverside parishes were extensively inundated. Hardest hit were the parishes in Macasandig, Balulang, Carmen, Cathedral, Consolacion, Puntod, RER, Kauswagan, Bulua and Canitoan.

Dog Therapy

DOG THERAPY. Sendong child survivors get to walk with Nike, a 6-year-old Golden Retriever owned by Iligan dog enthusiast Gary Po, in a psychosocial intervention facilitated by the group Ginhawa… »

Iligan officials demand probe on logging operations

IILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/19 January)  —  Officials here are demanding a probe on logging operations in the Lanao provinces which survivors of the flashfloods on December 16-17 blame for the massive… »

Caraga could be the next Cagayan and Iligan, environment group says

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/19 January) — Environmental groups warn that Caraga region could be the next environmental disaster  area after Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities if the local government units… »

Sendong was also worst disaster for Hinatuan residents

HINATUAN, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/19 January) – When the killer tropical storm “Sendong” hit landfall in the Philippines, it first battered the coastal municipality of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur,… »

Sendong’s wrath: Hinatuan

Jose Plangganan was luckier than his neighbors whose houses (on the left side) in Barangay Talisay, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur were totally destroyed by Sendong. He is doing repair work… »

Unicef truck carrying relief goods looted in CDO

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/16 January) — An irate village chief has “strongly advised” local counterparts of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) to file criminal cases against… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: A tragic tale of a city and a river

Rivers run through Iligan City, which is why its name is Iligan. The city’s linguistic origin is from the word ilig, which according to the Iliganons means to flow. There are… »

Group says ‘climate and economic justice’ needed to prevent repeat of ‘Sendong’

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/14 January) — A coalition of religious, nongovernment and civil society organizations today said they will advance “a bigger commitment to prevent more Sendongs by working… »

Psychosocial support for Sendong survivors

Children join a play and art therapy organized by the group called Ginhawa which provide psychosocial support for Sendong survivors temporarily housed at an evacuation center in Sta. Filomena, Iligan… »

140 cases of leptospirosis noted among CDO flood victims

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/3 Jan) – Health officials here are scrambling to get ahead of the water-borne disease as slowly but steadily fatalities of Leptospirosis continue to climb, most… »

FASTLANES: Emano’s ‘pamulika’ defense and public accountability

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT (MindaNews/3 Jan) – The horrific impact of Sendong exposes not just the geo-hazards faced by the premier city of northern Mindanao but the deep social malaise relegated… »

Back-to-school blues in CDO’s ‘bakwit’ centers

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/2 Jan) – The principal of the school that has now become the most congested evacuation center in Barangay Carmen here said they will resume classes… »

Save CdO Movement launched

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/2 Jan) – Environmental advocacy groups, civil society organizations, media organizations and individuals, enraged at the what they perceived as “gross negligence of duty” on the… »

CDO: Flood victims at school

A little girl sleeps on the hallway of the West City Central School in Barangay Carmen, Cagayan de Oro on January 2, 2012. Her family took temporary shelter in the… »

Hinaplanon, Iligan City

Children play under the destroyed Old Mandulog Bridge in Barangay Hinaplanon, Iligan City on December 27, 2011, amid the pile of logs and debris brought by the December 16-17 flashfloods… »

Memories of Hinaplanon: picking up the pieces of their shattered lives

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/01 January) –  From the Mandulog bridge along the Iligan-Cagayan de Oro highway, one can clearly see how the lethal combination of floodwaters,  mud and logs  rammed into… »

“Tent city” for Sendong survivors up in Iligan, CDO

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/31 December) – Carpenter Fortunato Paradillo lost not only his house and all his belongings but also his address: Bayug Island, the village where he raised his family… »

SPECIAL REPORT: Floods in Mindanao: Unprepared for the worst

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/30 December) — As early as October 2010, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in Northern Mindanao had warned of more floods until 2011. In a MindaNews report (October 16, 2011), Director Carmelito Lupo of the regional Office of Civil Defense was quoted to have said that the weak to moderate La Nina that started in July that year could further strengthen based on “statistical model forecasts.”

Crying voices heard beneath pile of logs in Iligan coastal village

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/28 Dec) – True or not, but some residents in the coastal barangay of Santiago here claim that almost every night, they are hearing voices crying for help… »

Iligan eyeing steel company’s lands for flood victims’ relocation site

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/28 Dec) – The city government of Iligan is eyeing to make use of lands owned by the National Steel Corporation (NSC) as relocation site for victims of… »

Death toll from Sendong is second to 1976 tsunami deaths in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 December) –  The death toll from typhoon Sendong’s “tsunami in reverse” in Northern Mindanao last week is the second highest in Mindanao in 35 years, second only… »

Jesuits offer relocation site for ‘Sendong’ victims in CDO; Reds, inmates donate cash

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/27 December) — The city government recently received a Jesuit-owned land to serve as a relocation site for the victims of the flood brought by Tropical… »

Still missing: Maykaela, Carmelita, Farrlah….

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/25 December) – The photograph of five-year old Maykaela P. Mansueto is just one among many posted on the walls of the Capin Funeral Homes in Camague, the… »

“It’s still a Merry Christmas because we are all alive”

 CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/25 December) —  They lost their little house by the river, they have been staying and sleeping under the flyover since Saturday,  they have no money… »

PASTORAL LETTER: A Time to Grieve, A Time to Build

As we approach Christmas week and the coming of the new year, may I propose a Family-Adopt-a-Family program. Families unaffected by the flood can invite to their homes an evacuee family, especially those that have lost their homes or loved ones, for a few days or for a Christmas meal to share the spirit of the season. May the new-born child in the manger fill us with the spirit of solidarity in moments of adversity and hope in the sharing of love and life with one another. “Make us know the shortness of our life that we may gain wisdom of heart” (Ps. 90).


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 December) — After a ‘heart to heart’ talk with my DOD this afternoon when he came early from work, I discovered that we share a somewhat cynical… »

Officials distribute Noche Buena stuff to ‘Sendong’ victims in Cagayan de Oro

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews/24 December) — Amid the desperation and anxiety in the aftermath of the flood caused by Typhoon Sendong, the national government handed out Christmas packages containing beef… »

No Aguinaldo masses in some churches in CDO

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/24 December) —  Some churches in the city may not be able to hold Aguinaldo masses on Christmas Eve as these were converted into evacuation centers… »

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