Don’t ratify ILO treaty on commercial fishing yet, gov’t asked

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/09 September) — Citing the country’s fishing fleets are still largely composed of artisan or small traditional fishing vessels, tuna industry players here urged the national government… »

DSWD-12 readies for national poverty survey

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/09 September) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Region 12 is set to deploy some 2,649 field workers in various parts of the… »

DTI to conduct study & review of PH’s cabotage law

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 6 Sept) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is set to launch a comprehensive study and review of the country’s cabotage law as… »

DTI hopeful PH’s tuna exports can get into EU duty-free

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 6 Sept) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is hopeful over the country’s chances of getting duty-free treatment starting next year for canned… »

Cops destroy ‘export-grade’ marijuana worth P1.5-M in SouthCot

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/05 September)– Police operatives in T’boli town in South Cotabato province have destroyed around P1.5 million worth of “export-grade” marijuana that were seized in a series of… »

Second family poverty survey slated in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/05 September)– The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Region 12 is set to assess the socio-economic status of 775,335 households in the region as… »

DENR-12 to probe intrusion of tribal group, mining firm in reforestation sites

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/04 September)– The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 12 is set to launch an in-depth investigation into the alleged encroachments by a tribal… »

MSU to put up extension campus in Sarangani

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/04 September) — The municipal government of Malungon in Sarangani province has started the preparatory works for the establishment of an extension campus of the Mindanao State… »

Proposal to scrap SK junked

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/03 September) — Calling it a vital component of the country’s development, local officials and leaders of various sectors in Region 12 have shot down moves to… »

SouthCot power firm to install generator sets

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/02 September) — In a bid to offset the worsening power shortage in parts of South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat provinces, distribution utility South Cotabato I Electric… »

IPM adopted to protect trees in ‘greening’ sites

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/02 September) — Environment personnel in Region 12 have adopted the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to ensure the survival and proper growth of trees planted in… »

GenSan city council to probe ‘excessive’ gas prices

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/02 September) — The city council here is set to launch an inquiry over the supposed “excessive” local pump prices of gasoline and other petroleum products. City… »

PDEA-12 puts up drug testing lab

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/30 August)– The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Region 12 has established its own drug testing and analytical laboratory here to further enhance its operation against… »

‘Gun-free zone’ declared in GenSan as Tuna Fest nears

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/30 August)—As part of the intensified security measures for the city’s upcoming 45th charter anniversary and 15th Tuna Festival, the city government has declared anew the entire… »

RDC pushes for study on mentally-challenged residents

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/29 August) — The Regional Development Council (RDC) wants a comprehensive study on the scope and status of mentally-challenged persons in the region to address their concerns… »

‘Banlas’ mining getting widespread in SouthCot

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 28 Aug) – Environment personnel in South Cotabato province are pushing for the immediate installation of permanent Army outposts or detachments in several upland villages… »

SouthCot wants annex provincial hospital to become regional medical center

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 28 Aug) – South Cotabato’s bid to convert its provincial hospital annex in Surallah town into a regional medical center has started to gain some… »

GenSan to tap experts from MSU to solve flooding

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/27 August) — In a bid to resolve the city’s flooding problems, a city council member here has proposed for the conduct of extensive studies on the… »

Koronadal LGU to auction tax delinquent real properties

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 25 Aug) – The city government is targeting to generate around P28 million in additional revenues in an upcoming public auction sale of tax delinquent real… »

DA allots P80-M for agri projects in South Cotabato

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/24 August) — The Department of Agriculture (DA) has allotted around P80 million worth of agricultural projects to South Cotabato province under the World Bank-supported Philippine Rural… »

Export market lures more R-12 farmers to plant premium rice varieties

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/23 August) — The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 12 expects more harvests of export-quality premium rice in the coming months with the ongoing expansion of… »

DA-12 allots P848-M to cut palay post-harvest losses

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/22 August) — In a bid to reduce the region’s palay post-harvest losses, the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 12 is investing at least P848.4 million… »

BFAR launches fisherfolk registration drive in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/22 August)- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Region 12 has launched a massive registration of fisherfolk in the region to facilitate the proper… »

4,000 artificial reef domes to be deployed in Sarangani Bay

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 20 Aug) – In a bid to restore Sarangani Bay’s dwindling fishery resources, the municipal government of Maasim in Sarangani Province is planning to deploy… »

NIA to restore 3,000 hectares of palay farms in race vs plantations, residential areas

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 20 Aug) – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) is targeting to restore around 3,000 hectares of palay production areas in parts of South Cotabato and… »

GenSan wants 2 representatives in Congress

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 20 Aug) – Citing it will better serve the city’s interests, the city council here is pushing for the separation of this city from the… »

Place NFA offices in Sarangani, GenSan under NFA-12, DA asked

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/19 August) — In a bid to harmonize their operations, the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 12 has sought for a review and reconfiguration of the… »

Socoteco I seeks 10-MW power supply deal as shortage looms

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/19 August) — Distribution utility South Cotabato I Electric Cooperative (Socoteco I) is negotiating with power producer Mapalad Power Corp. (MPC) for a 10-megawatt (MW) supply deal… »

Newborn baby among 10 newest HIV victims in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 August)– A 24 year-old mother and her newborn baby have been added to the growing list of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) victims here. Dr. Mely Lastimoso,… »

Security at GenSan airport tightened

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 August)– The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has tightened the security arrangements at the airport here in the wake of the recent deadly bomb… »

Sarangani releases P2.9M for flood victims’ relocation site

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 13 Aug) – The provincial government of Sarangani has released some P2.9 million in calamity assistance for the acquisition of a relocation site for around… »

No outbreak of animal diseases in SouthCot in 1st half of 2013

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 13 Aug) – Efforts to free South Cotabato province of major animal diseases have continued to gain ground after the area sustained its clean record… »

DOH-12 approves P1.5M for health care program in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 13 Aug) – The Department of Health (DOH) in Region 12 has approved the release of an additional P1.5-million grant to the city government to… »

SouthCot appoints retired Army general to lead anti-drug campaign

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 12 Aug) – The provincial government of South Cotabato has designated a retired Army general to lead the province’s anti-drug abuse council (PADAC) as it… »

Region 12 rice production up by 2%

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 12 Aug) – Rice production in Region 12 has increased by nearly two percent during the first half of the year despite the earlier onslaught… »

NFA stops distribution of imported rice in R-12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/09 August) — The National Food Authority (NFA) in Region 12 has stopped the distribution of imported rice in various markets here and other parts of the… »

NFA-12 allots P300M for palay procurement

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 August) — The National Food Authority (NFA) in Region 12 has allocated around P300 million for its intensified palay procurement program until the end of the… »

Rice prices in GenSan lower as harvest season starts

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 August) — The prices of commercial rice here and in the neighboring areas have started to stabilize in the last several days due to the onset… »

GenSan launches massive clean-up of waterways

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 07 August) — The city government has launched anew a massive clean-up of various waterways in the city in the wake of the renewed flooding… »

SouthCot to undertake reforestation to prevent flooding

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/07 August) —  Environment personnel in South Cotabato province are planning to launch a massive reforestation program to rehabilitate the area’s denuded forests and critical watersheds. Siegfred… »

GenSan raises security alert following Cotabato blast

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 6 Aug) – Police authorities have raised the security alert in this city and the neighboring areas following the deadly bomb attack in Cotabato City on… »

Councilor wants to make Eid’l Fitr part of GenSan’s festivities

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 6 Aug) – In a bid to promote social harmony and the blending of culture and religious tolerance and appreciation in the city, a city… »

NBI files charges vs cops involved in killing of student

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 5 Aug) – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has filed murder charges against four policemen here in connection with the killing last month of a criminology student whom policemen believed… »

Dengue invades Sarangani

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 5 Aug) – The provincial government of Sarangani has declared a dengue alert in all barangays and households in the province due to the rising… »

Nearly half of PHL’s premium rice exports from Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/02 August) – Region 12 or the Soccsksargen Region has shipped 52.8 metric tons of premium rice in the last three months to various markets abroad through… »

Chikungunya in SouthCot now under control

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 1 Aug) – Health authorities in South Cotabato declared as under control on Thursday the recent outbreak of the mosquito-borne chikungunya disease that affected three localities in… »

Isulan riverside community gets P2.6M flood control project

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 1 Aug) – The World Bank has approved the release of a P2.6-million grant for the construction of a community-based flood control or protection project… »

P10M worth of crops, infra damaged in Koronadal floods, landslides

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 31 July) – An estimated P10-million worth of agricultural crops and infrastructure were damaged as a result of the recent flashfloods and landslides that ravaged… »

Australia donates Aus$1.8M more for Mindanao peace efforts

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 31 July) – The Australian government has approved an additional grant of Aus$1.8 million as support to the continuing peace process in Mindanao. Australian Foreign… »

NGCP ordered to pay Tupi P3.7M in taxes

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/30 July) — The Local Board of Assessment Appeal (LBAA) of South Cotabato province has ordered the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) to pay the… »

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