An approximate path of the flashflood that wiped out barangay Andap proper in New Bataan, Compostela Valley province as Typhoon Pablo makes a landfall in nearby province of Davao Oriental on December 4, 2012. This illustration is based on the testimonies of the survivors I have interviewed. This is also based on the photographs I have taken before and after the flashflood.
The flashflood left thousands of people homeless, as it also destroyed the productive farmlands of this valley town.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 December)– “Miracle ang nangyari sa akin (What happened to me was a miracle),” Second Lieutenant Jose Enrico Nuas said of his harrowing experience while Typhoon Pablo battered them last week.
In fact, “God” was the only word that the junior officer recalled uttering that time while struggling to resurface from the raging waters in Barangay Andap, New Bataan in Compostela Valley province, one of the hardest hit areas of the typhoon.
Recuperating from various wounds at a military hospital here, the 26-year old officer recalled his tormenting experience after they were washed away by flashflood on December 4. Read More »
KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 17 Oct) – The cry for justice still continues and grows a year after the death of Italian missionary Fausto “Pops” Tentorio of the Pontifical Institute of Foreign Missions (PIME), said his fellow missionary Peter Geremia.
But Geremia could not hide his disappointment on some Department of Justice officials who had earlier promised to come over to discuss the case. None of them paid a visit.
“It’s been a year since we’ve been calling an investigation but we got no results. Justice delayed, justice denied,” lamented the Italian priest after a mass held beside the cemetery inside the compound of the Diocese of Kidapawan on Wednesday. Read More »
Hundreds of Muslims and peace advocates coming from Mindanao as well as from Metro Manila have gathered at Mendiola on Sunday afternoon for peace rally on the eve of the signing of the Framework Agreement between the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that will be held at the Malacanang Palace.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 August) — Five members of the New People’s Army (NPA) were reported killed in an firefight with government troops in Sitio Mangani, Barangay Tapak in Paquibato District at 5:45a.m. Sunday, the military reported.
Major Jacob Thaddeus Obligado, chief of the 10th Civil Miltiary Operations Battalion, said the NPA rebels attacked a detachment of the
combined troops of the 69th Infantry Battalion and Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu).
The firefight left five NPA rebels dead, claimed Obligado .
But government troops were able to recover only two bodies after the clash that lasted for an hour and 30 minutes.
Three Cafgu members were also wounded in the firefight, he said.
Injured militiamen are being treated at a military hospital, he said.
The military official also claimed that “the NPAs used civilians as shield to gain entry to the detachment.”
Paquibato District is a known operational territory of Leoncio Pitao, also known as Commander Parago, head of the 1st Pulang Bagani Command. (Keith Bacongco/MindaNews)
The Kadanao Theater Collective from Butuan City bags the first prize for the open category during the Sayaw Mindanaw 2012 finals in Davao City on on Thursday, August 16, 2012, as the city celebrates the Kadayawan Festival.
1st Place – Cesario Villa Abrille Dance Club
2nd Place – Matina Central Dance Troupe
3rd Place – Vicente Hizon Dance Troupe
1st Place – Kadanao Theatre Collective
2nd Place – Kathara Dance Theatre Collective Inc.
“In its desperation to cover up its failure to heed workers’ demands, the government is resorting to cheap shots against the KMU. It is dismissing workers’ legitimate demands on the issue of wages, contractualization, oil prices, demolition of poor communities, Hacienda Luisita, and US troops,” said Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson.
Something that Davao City must be proud of: The Davao Agricultural Ventures Corporation (Davco) which got another certification from the high standards of the Global Good Agricultural Practices (Global GAP). Davco officials admitted that it was not easy to get such accreditation because the requirements are very stiff. But it’s worth the effort.
Davao-based agri firm gets GGAP recertification
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 March) – For the fourth consecutive year, Davao Agricultural Ventures Corporation (Davco) has been certified as compliant with the high standards of the Global Good Agricultural Practices (GGAP).
GGAP or Global GAP is a private sector group that sets voluntary standards for the certification of agricultural products around the globe.
Davco has passed the recertification audit conducted by Latu Systemas Quality Austria (LSQA), the certifying body that sets the operational standards for agricultural practices to ensure product safety in different parts of the world.
But Elianora Lasay, Davco’s senior manager for operations, said the certification process was not easy as the company invested so much in its equipment, facilities and human resources to be able to comply with the stiff requirements.
With the recertification, Lasay added that it has contributed to the efficiency of the operations of the company.
“Although as a company, we already have our own policies in our day to day operations, GGAP has made us more efficient,” she said in an interview, adding that Davco was the first company in Asia to be accredited by GGAP. Read More »
Since my elementary years, I have been a fan of motocross. I find it really amazing to see these flamboyant-looking riders on their glitzy and bikes.
Although I also love to watch 4×4 off-road races but I still love motocross because it is more thrilling, I love to watch and shoot these high-flying machines.
In high school, I learned few BMX tricks with friends in Pigcawayan,(North Cotabato) We also made a backyard race track and tried to fly our BMX.
On Sunday, it’s still amazes me to see this legendary rider – Glenn Aguilar – who dominated the expert and pro-open categories during the motocross race at the Moto-X Davao track in Crocodile Park, Maa, Davao City. The event , which was organized by Moto-X Davao, is part of the month-long celebration of the 75th Araw ng Dabaw. Read More »