Sine Proletaryo and
Regional Propaganda Bureau, Southern Mindanao Region

[With UPDATED English and Pilipino SUBTITLES]


On December 4, the residents of Saturnino, a farflung barrio in Compostela Valley gathered to celebrate their community's recovery from the devastation wrought by typhoon Pablo. With the Red fighters, the Ang Bayan staff and a number of regional Party cadres, Saturnino's residents hailed the victories achieved by their village with the help of the Party and the New People's Army this past year. The celebration was led by the local Party branch.

Saturnino was severely devastated by the fury of typhoon Pablo. All houses and structures in the community were levelled, including the schoolbuilding. The surrounding forest was denuded, and the residents' newly planted corn and vegetable crops were ruined. Nobody died in Saturnino but the residents knew that many were killed in the neighboring villages that form part of a vast mining area. The reactionary government concealed the real number of deaths in these barrios.

The residents of Saturnino firmed up their resolve to remain in the village despite a campaign by the reactionary state to evict them from the area in the guise of "relocation." The residents knew that such relocation was merely a pretext to allow big mining and logging companies to freely make use of the land and forest in their community. They decided to collectively build their houses and eventually, their schoolbuilding. They built a water system to provide safe and potable water for their school and several clusters of houses. In preparation for another disaster, they also built temporary shelters or "bunkers."

Despite its limited resources, the Regional Party Committee in Southern Mindanao helped in the community's initial rehabilitation by providing materials and food subsidies for the residents who worked full-time to build houses and public facilities.

The Saturnino residents count among their major victories the vast improvements in the productivity of both their individual and communal farms. They now have bigger harvests compared to the period before the storm hit. Despite the difficulty of opening a farm in an area that was strewn with huge trees that had been felled by the typhoon, the residents persevered in clearing more than 30 hectares of land in order to plant rice and corn.

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