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Can Pampanga’s last defense against lahar match severe rains?

THE SAND that buried lives and property during the Mount Pinatubo disaster years between 1991 and 1997 is now Pampanga province’s “white gold,” with quarrying for the construction industry bringing in P1 billion in taxes and fees to the coffers of the capitol. TONETTE T. OREJAS/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

The durability of the FVR Megadike has been put on the spotlight in the run-up to the 23rd anniversary of Mount Pinatubo’s 1991 eruption and amid forecast of strong typhoons that will follow the El Niño weather phenomenon until early next year.

Posted: June 10th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

After 22 yrs, victims of Pinatubo get land titles

Twenty two years after Mt. Pinatubo’s 1991 eruptions and lahar flows displaced them, 750 families in Pampanga province finally received the titles to their home lots in government-built resettlement areas.

Posted: October 26th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

151-yr-old school mirrors Bacolor resilience

TINAJERO Chapel in Barangay Tinajero, Bacolor, Pampanga E.I. REYMOND T. OREJAS/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

A 151-year-old school here has helped keep alive a public water agency even as Mt. Pinatubo’s lahar buried this former Pampanga capital after the volcano’s eruptions in June 1991.

Posted: June 7th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Treks to Pinatubo resume as Aetas lift blockade

MT. PINATUBO’S crater-lake is a big tourism attraction but Aetas have yet to use it to get them out of poverty. The tribe is now asserting its right over Pinatubo and demanding their just share from income from tourist ventures in the volcano. TONETTE OREJAS/INQUIRER Central Luzon

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—Treks to Mt. Pinatubo through Capas, Tarlac, resumed on Tuesday as the Aetas of Botolan, Zambales, removed blockades and agreed to a dialogue on managing the environment of the volcano and benefiting from tourism activities there.   Capas Mayor Antonio Rodriguez said the Botolan Aetas reopened the trail as they received the […]

Posted: March 13th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Bells that saved Pampanga folk from lahar stolen

THIEVES stole San Vicente Chapel’s two bells that warned residents of the  lahar  flow from  Mt. Pinatubo that erupted back in 1991. E.I.REYMOND T. OREJAS/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

Two church bells that alerted some 3,000 families in Barangay (village) San Vicente here of the need to evacuate from lahar flows after Mt. Pinatubo’s eruptions in 1991 had been stolen early this month.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »