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LPA in Mindanao now a tropical depression

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PAGASA Track as of 2 a.m., 22 March 2014. http://pagasa.dost.gov.ph/

Storm alerts were raised in several areas in Mindanao and the Visayas on Friday after a low-pressure area swirling east of southern Philippines developed into a tropical depression.

Posted: March 22nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Aquino tells unidentified gov’t execs to deliver or resign

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President Benigno Aquino III INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Expect heads to roll in the coming days as the President’s patience is wearing thin over the seemingly disjointed efforts, particularly at the local level, to help victims of disasters since December 2012.   President Benigno Aquino III appealed Tuesday for more patience from disaster victims amid the overwhelming challenges confronting his administration in [...]

Posted: February 25th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Army soldier wounded in Compostela Valley clash

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A soldier was wounded in a clash with communist rebels in Monkayo and Laak towns in Compostela Valley on Tuesday.

Posted: February 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Soldiers seize marijuana stockpile in Compostela Valley

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Seedling marijuana plants. AP FILE PHOTO

Army soldiers have confiscated more than 60 sacks of marijuana which they found stockpiled in a forested area in the hinterlands of New Bataan in Compostela Valley over the weekend, police said Monday.

Posted: February 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Public land in Compostela Valley reserved for growing of firewood, crops

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Fifty hectares of public land in Compostela Valley will be developed for the propagation of fuel wood as well as commercial crops to provide livelihood to farmers and curb the wanton cutting of trees for fuel by agrarian communities, officials said on Tuesday.

Posted: February 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

11 hurt in weekend van crash in Compostela Valley

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Eleven people were injured when a van slammed into a parked truck along the Davao-Agusan highway in Montevista town, Compostela Valley, on Saturday morning, the police on Sunday said.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Aquino returns to calamity areas in Visayas, Mindanao

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President Benigno Aquino III. AP FILE PHOTO

Three days before Christmas, President Aquino returned to three key areas damaged both by natural and man-made calamities to check on the government’s rehabilitation efforts there.

Posted: December 22nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Small miners won’t stop mercury use

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MINERS extract gold from crushed ore using mercury at a gold-processing plant in Pasian village, Monkayo, Compostela Valley. Pasian is 36 kilometers from Mt. Diwalwal, a gold-rich village where mercury is still widely used for catching gold by artisanal mining in spite of a worldwide ban. FRINSTON L. LIM

With a piece of cloth, Demetria Durano squeezes out a whitish object the size of a matchstick head from a shallow basin. Using a kilogram of mercury, she captures 5 grams of gold—worth P5,500—from a 45-kg bag of milled ore.

Posted: December 21st, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

4 rebels killed in ComVal clashes

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At least four communist rebels were killed in two recent clashes with government forces in Compostela Valley, a military official reported Saturday.

Posted: December 7th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

‘Pablo’ survivors still homeless

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BUILT on an existing basketball court, this bunkhouse in San Rafael, Cateel town, Davao Oriental province, may be demolished when its remaining occupants move to their new homes. NICO ALCONABA

Peering from the shelter tent, 25-year-old Marilou Amando changed the garment of her year-old son sprawled on his back, with only a piece of cardboard for a mat against the hard ground.

Posted: November 30th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Monkayo moves to help Yolanda survivors this time

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INQUIRER MISSION. Relief donated through the Philippine Daily Inquirer is
delivered to typhoon victims in Sta. Rita, Samar province, flown there on a helicopter owned by Benguet Corp. whose chair, president and CEO Philip Romualdez (center) carries one of the sacks. RICHARD A. REYES

It’s payback time for this storm-devastated municipality with residents and local officials initiating a relief drive to help typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) victims in the Visayas.

Posted: November 24th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Infra projects in provinces left hanging with ‘pork’ suspension, say local officials

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Representative Maria Carmen Zamora  (congress.gov.ph photo)

Local officials in a typhoon-devastated town in Compostela Valley said the completion of several infrastructure projects has been affected by the suspension of the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) or the pork barrel, saying the burden of finishing pork barrel-funded projects is now on their shoulders.

Posted: October 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

New Bataan won’t step out of harm’s way

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Officials of typhoon-ravaged New Bataan in Compostela Valley province are appealing to the national government to reconsider its proposal of moving the town elsewhere, saying that it should strengthen disaster mitigation instead.

Posted: October 19th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

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