Grief, rage and acceptance as residents try to get back on track

The group counseling session proceeded in a somber pace. Under a tent, a male Sendong survivor narrated his tale of survival. He mentioned a word – kahoy – meaning tree. A fleeting reference; but enough to earn a reaction from across the makeshift group process laboratory.

The cost of reporting too close to home

CS40D1225112189 copyWhile shooting images of the aftermath of Tropical Storm Sendong in Barangay Hinaplanon, Iligan City in the early morning of Dec. 17, photojournalist Richel Umel was at first detached from the scene of muddied cadavers being hauled by army rescuers for identification. Several moments later, he could not move. His tears flowed uncontrollably at the sight of lines of drowned people and the throng of grieving flood survivors.

Conditions not considered in conditional cash transfer

bukidnon-davaoSunStar Editor in Davao City writes about a family in their plight to claim the meager poverty alleviation fund from the government, going through hurdles just to reach the finish line.

Misamis Oriental bet in Seal of Good Housekeeping Award

The province of Misamis Oriental have much to celebrate as the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) conferred to the highly coveted “Seal of Good Housekeeping Award” in its distinction of “taking bold steps towards meaningful change in the arena of local governance.”

Misunderstood, harassed, ignored: the state of Philippine Indigenous People

In 2006, the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People listed the Badjaos as the poorest among the country’s nomadic tribes.

Doing Emilio

Even before I had passion for writing, Emilio introduced me first to the joys of reading. Emilio had a considerable collection of books. I remember the mini-library we had in the living room of our home in Villa Ernesto. They were sorted “biblically,” as Emilio used to call it; biblical because you have to seek before you could find a particular book.