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DENR suspends operations vs small-scale mining in Itogon

Oct 13, 2018 - 9:02 AM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says he will meet with small-scale miners of Itogon, Benguet, to discuss their future

ITOGON LANDSLIDE. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu suspends operations in Itogon, Benguet. Photo of Roy Cimatu from Senate PRIB, Itogon background by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

How K-9 units helped in Naga and Itogon landslide search operations

Oct 02, 2018 - 4:43 PM

For the trainers, the story of how canines responded in the operations is a testament to the bond between dogs and humans – in life and in death

Ifugao cries the loudest over Itogon landslide dead

Sep 28, 2018 - 8:38 PM

Most of the 59 who died in Ucab, Itogon, because of the huge mountainslide – including the 12 missing – from 12 days ago are from Ifugao province

FINDING THE DEAD. Police rescue teams find bodies buried by the landslide in Ucab, Itogon in Benguet. September 17, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

22 bodies left to be retrieved in Cordillera landslide sites

Sep 26, 2018 - 11:16 PM

The Police Regional Office – Cordillera says that as of Wednesday, September 26, they have only 22 bodies left to retrieve in Benguet, as well as two in Guisad Surong in Baguio

THE SEARCH CONTINUES. A backhoe works to move more ground as the search for the dead continues in Itogon. Photo courtesy of Itogon Police.

No one found alive inside Itogon bunkhouses

Sep 25, 2018 - 6:28 PM

The Office of Civil Defense - Cordillera says there are now 103 dead in the region, with Benguet accounting for 83 deaths and Baguio City with 13

ITOGON LANDSLIDE. Police and rescue teams continue the search for the bodies buried by the landslide in Ucab, Itogon in Benguet on September 17, 2018. File photo Jire Carreon/Rappler

Twin tragedies: How Itogon and Naga landslides are alike

Sep 24, 2018 - 8:46 PM

Disaster scientist Mahar Lagmay laments that while technology allowed officials to see the problem, it wasn't used to solve it

DOUBLE DISASTER. The Itogon, Benguet and Naga City, Cebu landslides are similar despite the distance. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler;Photos by Jirre Carreon, Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Itogon: When the land of promise buried its people

Sep 23, 2018 - 5:36 PM

A disaster had been brewing in Itogon, Benguet, long before Typhoon Ompong came

EARTH WOUNDED. Rescuers struggle to improvise their passage as the landslide cut off a main road in Ucab in Itogon, Benguet. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Retrieval operations after Itogon landslides speed up

Sep 23, 2018 - 4:02 PM

The death toll after the Itogon landslides reaches at least 69

LANDMARK. The collapsed soil has turned an entire section of the Itogon mountainside to a void of rock and mud. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

My Ucab moment

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:26 PM

Ucab, even then, was a wasteland. There were hardly any trees and the soil was clay.

Death toll in Itogon, Benguet, now at 69

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:05 PM

(UPDATED) Police say 44 of the fatalities are from Barangay Ucab

ITOGON. Police and rescue teams continue the search for bodies buried by the landslide in Ucab, Itogon in Benguet, on September 17, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Itogon tragedy: Disaster response gone wrong

Sep 22, 2018 - 7:22 PM

(UPDATED) In the days leading up to Typhoon Ompong, what could have been done to prevent the tragedy in Itogon, Benguet?

GROUND ZERO. Rescuers struggle to find the missing in Itogon, Benguet, the site of a massive landslide triggered by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut). Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

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Sep 21, 2018 - 9:59 PM

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Rescuers ordered to leave as fresh landslides threaten Itogon

Sep 21, 2018 - 1:35 PM

From about 900 responders, only 30 are allowed now. Authorities are worried that rains for the past 2 days will bring landslides again in this Benguet town.

FOR THEIR SAFETY. Rescuers and volunteers are asked to leave the rescue site in Itogon, Benguet to prevent fatalities from possible landslides. Photo Jire Carreon/Rappler

VLOG: When tragedy struck Itogon miners in the mountains

Sep 21, 2018 - 11:05 AM

The search for the missing continues. But as Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) has already left the country, people are asking: Who is to blame?

Itogon mayor to Benguet Corp: Help us look for relocation, burial sites

Sep 20, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan says they will clear Pacalso Elementary School of evacuees by Sunday, September 23 so that students can go back to school the next day. 'Ang problema, saan natin sila dadalhin?'

SEARCH. This file photo shows the continuing efforts of police and rescue teams to look for missing persons following the landslide in Ucab, Itogon, Benguet. September 17, 2018. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Itogon mayor: Benguet Corp's fault miners were in landslide-prone area

Sep 20, 2018 - 2:54 PM

Itogon, Benguet Mayor Victorio Palangdan says local government could not intervene because the activities were done in an area under Benguet Corporation

TOWN MAYOR. Victorio Palangdan says Banguet Corporation allowed miners to use its abandoned building near the Atamok mining area in their town. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Rescuers of Itogon: No surrender until all bodies found

Sep 20, 2018 - 12:54 PM

'Physically, nararamdaman namin ‘yung pagod, pero nandoon yung adrenaline, na kababayan mo ito. This is the last thing you can do for them,' says Superintendent Mario Mayames, a member of the rescue team

Itogon mayor hopes for 'miracle' in search for missing

Sep 19, 2018 - 8:15 PM

'They declared that we are already in the stage of retrieval, but for me, God only knows who will be dead and who will be alive,' says Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan

SEARCH. Police and rescue teams on Monday, September 17 search for missing persons following a massive landslide in Barangay Ucab, Itogon, Benguet. File photo  by Jire Carreon/Rappler

DENR: Itogon landslide not caused by mining

Sep 19, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says tracking accountability over the incident was 'very unique,' as land that fell on the mining site was from private land

After tragic landslide, mayor says Itogon to transition to farming

Sep 19, 2018 - 4:46 PM

Itogon, Benguet Mayor Victorio Palangdan hopes that in 5 years, his town will no longer be dependent on mining

HELP NEEDED. Itogon, Benguet Mayor Victorio Palangdan at the operations and relief center at Barangay Tuding. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Itogon women trek a mountain to feed families as men dig for missing

Sep 19, 2018 - 2:59 PM

'Tumutulong sila doon kaya kami ang umakyat dito…. Mga babae, nandito kami lahat para sa pagkain at tulong, kasi wala na sa amin,' says 30-year-old Elizabeth Coslengan

FOR THE FAMILY. Elizabeth Coslengan climbs to higher ground from their mountainside community to get help from the government. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Itogon landslides: 'We still consider this a rescue operation'

Sep 19, 2018 - 12:45 PM

'Naniniwala tayo na baka may survivor pa,' says Presidential Political Adviser Francis Tolentino

SEARCH CONTINUES. Policemen on September 17, 2017, join the search for missing miners in Barangay Ucab in Itogon, Benguet. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Why mine despite landslide scare? 'Doon lang kami umaasa'

Sep 19, 2018 - 10:12 AM

The government has halted small-scale mining operations in the Cordillera Administrative Region but has yet to provide alternative livelihood to the miners

NO MORE MINING? Ucab, Itogon town Barangay Councilor Jake Magpaye at the landslide recovery site. Photo by Rambo Talabong

46 bodies recovered from Benguet landslides

Sep 18, 2018 - 8:51 PM

(UPDATED) As of September 19, at least 60 remained missing

RECEOVERED. Rescuers retrieve a body buried from a landslide in the mining town of Itogon, Benguet on September 17, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

In Itogon, sister volunteers to dig beneath the soil to look for brother

Sep 18, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Benylyn Gumuwang still believes her brother Harvey will come home alive, even if officials or other miners say he is most likely gone

STILL LOOKING. Benylyn Gumuwang, 45, volunteers to look for her missing brother who is a miner in Itogon, Benguet. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler