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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 »

‘Makatapak’ signifies victory over lahar

IN A FESTIVAL rooted in how Mt. Pinatubo’s lahar destroyed communities from 1991 to 1997, residents of Bacolor, Pampanga, celebrate “Makatapak” (a local term for going barefoot).  E.I. REYMOND T. OREJAS/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

Lahar is not all about tragedy. In this former capital of the Philippines, it is also about victory against nature’s fury, mainly the 1991 eruptions of Mt. Pinatubo and the onslaught of volcanic sediments that entombed the town in a sandy grave that went as deep as 20 meters until 1997.

Posted: October 31st, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Farmers in town that Mt. Pinatubo ravaged won’t give up agriculture

BACOLOR, Pampanga—In this town ravaged by Mt. Pinatubo’s 1991 eruptions, farmers like Moises Dimabuyu want the services of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) back 20 years after the disaster. For lack of irrigation water, Dimabuyu on Wednesday shoveled the ground to direct water from a nearby creek to his less than 2-hectare rice land. Rains [...]

Posted: November 17th, 2011 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Aetas say they need jobs, not houses


CITY of San Fernando—Saying their home is the mountains, a group of Aetas in Zambales said what they need are jobs and livelihood support, not housing projects that the government is offering. “[Mt.] Pinatubo is our home. We don’t have to be confined in one area, like subdivisions,” said Elsa Badar Novo, a councilwoman in [...]

Posted: August 11th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Zambales bore brunt of Mt. Pinatubo’s fury

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‘ECO CAMP’.  From the ashes of Pinatubo’s eruption, the Eco Village rises by the banks of the Cabatuhan River in Iba, Zambales, where resettlers are immersed  in organic farming, tree planting, river protection, mangrove plantation and proper solid waste management. Photo courtesy of ABS-CBN Foundation

(Last of two parts) IBA, Zambales—Residents of this province are still struggling under the weight of lahar that rolled down the slopes of Mount Pinatubo in 1991 and the ashfall that settled and irreversibly changed the landscape. Zambales bore the biggest damage to public infrastructures in 1991, data from the National Economic and Development Authority [...]

Posted: June 16th, 2011 in Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Pinatubo at 20: Rebuilding still unfinished


Twenty years and P50 billion later, some members of the communities devastated by Mt. Pinatubo’s catastrophic eruptions are still trying to rebuild their lives.

Posted: June 15th, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Phivolcs chief: Only eruption can bring down Pinatubo walls

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—Only another eruption can cause the collapse of the wall surrounding the lake that formed at the crater of Mt. Pinatubo after its eruptions 20 years ago, the country’s chief volcanologist said on Wednesday. No major collapse is expected to occur on the wall because the volcano, which gave the world its [...]

Posted: June 3rd, 2011 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Pinatubo lake tours now dangerous

PINATUBO WATCH  Calm now after its deadly eruptions 20 years ago, Mount Pinatubo attracts nature watchers to its crater lake. Tourism officials, however, warn that heavy rains may trigger the collapse of its crater wall.  TONETTE T. OREJAS FILE PHOTO/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

ANGELES CITY—A Department of Tourism (DOT) official has asked outdoor enthusiasts to postpone their trips to Mt. Pinatubo’s crater lake during the rainy season because heavy rains may trigger the collapse of the volcano’s crater wall. Ronaldo Tiotuico, DOT director in Central Luzon, said he is concerned about the safety and security of local and [...]

Posted: June 1st, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

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