Special voting

A senior citizen shows his identification card during the special voting for senior citizens and persons with disabilities on Monday’s (October 28) barangay polls inside SM City General Santos .… »

Senior citizens, PWDs laud special voting in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY(MindaNews/28 October)—In less than five minutes after approaching the Board of Election Tellers on Monday for the 2013 Barangay Elections, Gloria Rivera and Bartolome Hoyo separately emerged from… »

Long road ahead for Zambo’s battered economy

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews) — A mantle of insecurity still cloaks the business community here as it continues to grapple with the impact of the recent urban warfare that did not
only… »

Fish kill in Lake Sebu

The fish cages hit badly by the recent fish kill in Lake Sebu as photographed on Sunday, October 20, 2013, in Lake Sebu town, South Cotabato. MindaNews photo by Bong… »

Still in a sorry state, Lake Sebu stinks for days due to fish kill

LAKE SEBU, South Cotabato (MindaNews/20 October)—An awful smell of dead, rotten fish has blanketed this town’s premier tourist attraction this past week after a fish kill hit Lake Sebu once… »

A year after, still no justice for family killed in Tampakan mine site

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/18 October)–Justice remains elusive for a mother and her two children killed exactly a year ago today, October 18, in the mines development site of foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines,… »

“Worst flood” hits Zambo City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/08 October)—Floods due to intermittent heavy rains since Friday submerged parts of this city Tuesday in what an official said is “the worst flood to hit Zamboanga City… »

Mindanao’s largest coal-fired power plant ‘on track to operate in 2015’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 October)— The entire 300-megawatt coal-fired power plant of Therma South, Inc., a subsidiary of AboitizPower Corp., is “on track to go on stream by the first half… »

ARMM okays P390-M new investments

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/02 October)—The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has approved the investments of two large companies worth P390 million, an official said. Lawyer Ishak Mastura, ARMM Regional Board… »

P842-M poured to Mindanao under WB-funded project

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/01 October)– At least P842 million worth of projects have been completed across Mindanao under a World Bank-funded program for agriculture since the project was launched six years… »

New NGCP line for GenSan in anticipation of load growth

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/30 September)– The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) is reinforcing its existing high-voltage transmission line from Matanao town in Davao del Sur to General Santos City… »

Toppled power line worsens outage in Region 12

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/30 September)– Power outage in parts of Soccksargen Region or Region 12 has worsened due to the toppling of a transmission line of the National Grid Corp. of… »

$24M US grant facility set for rollout

MAKATI CITY (MindaNews / 26 September) – A United States-funded grant facility worth $24 million is set to be rolled out to strengthen initiatives in five key development areas, including… »

PH investors keep PNG tuna industry vibrant

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 September)— Philippine companies are flexing their muscles in Papua New Guinea (PNG), operating the largest purse seine fishing fleet and biggest tuna canning factory in the… »

Zambo standoff alarms UN; US issues travel warning

KORONADAL CITY(MindaNews/13 September)–The US government has issued a travel warning on Mindanao in the face of the standoff in Zamboanga City between government troops and members of the Moro National… »

Expenditure cut in Tampakan project hits P830-M

Expenditure cut in Tampakan project hits P830-M KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 12 September) — Expenditure for the Tampakan copper-gold project for 2013 was slashed by P830 million due to the… »

GPH, MILF assure Zambo standoff won’t derail peace talks; condemn Misuari

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/11 September) – The peace panels of the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have assured the standoff in Zamboanga City would not stall the Mindanao… »

NGCP developing website for Mindanao electricity market players

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/10 September)— With two weeks left before the start of the Interim Mindanao Electricity Market (IMEM), the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) is fast-tracking the development… »

GPH, MILF resume peace talks in KL

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/10 September)—As the standoff between government forces and members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) entered its second day in Zamboanga City, the peace panels of the… »

‘Zambo incident involving MNLF won’t affect GPH-MILF peace talks’

KORONADAL CITY(MindaNews/09 September)— The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) remained optimistic on the prospects of signing a final peace deal with the government as Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) elements… »

Gov’t urged to implement stronger fisheries management measure

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 8 Sept) – The government needs to establish stronger fisheries management measures and cooperate with other Pacific nations to ensure one sector of the tuna… »

After 6 years, still no IRR for handline fishing law

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 7 Sept) – After six years, the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the law governing the handline tuna sector is yet to be finalized.… »

Creation of permanent fisheries body pushed as new tuna management regime looms in Pacific

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 6 Sept) – The creation of a permanent body to represent the country in Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) is important for the long-term sustainability… »

Brownouts back in parts of Mindanao

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/02 September)— Here comes the brownouts again in some parts of Mindanao. Daily rotating brownouts lasting up to six hours are once again back in South Cotabato and… »

Region 12’s banana industry gets a boost

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/02 September)—The Department of Agriculture (DA) has earmarked P12 million this year to further strengthen the banana industry in Region 12, officials said. Amalia Datukan, DA-12 director, said… »

Swapping of murder raps grips Tampakan minefield

KORONADAL CITY(MindaNews/29 August)—The family of a revered tribal elder will file murder charges against the military as they maintained that  “Bong Fulong” or tribal leader Anteng Freay and his 17-year… »

2 dead in fresh violence at Tampakan mine site–military

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/23 August)– A revered “bong fulong” or tribal elder in the mines development site of foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) was killed Friday morning in another fresh violence… »

Tuna gab 2013 to highlight strides

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 21 August) – This year’s National Tuna Congress (NTC) will celebrate the partnerships and achievements gained by the local tuna industry over the last 15… »

High rice prices seen to linger in South Cotabato until peak harvest in October

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 20 August) – Commercial rice prices in South Cotabato province will remain expensive until bulk palay harvests come in by October, agriculture officials said on Tuesday.… »

Open-pit ban triggers downsizing at Tampakan project

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/18 Aug) — The ban on open-pit mining imposed by South Cotabato province is among the reasons Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) is downsizing its operation that would lead… »

Peakpower building 20-MW power plant in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 August)—Peakpower Energy Inc. launched Wednesday the construction of its 20-megawatt diesel power plant here to help stabilize the city’s power situation. Worth at least P1 billion,… »

GenSan bans backpacks for 2013 Tuna Festival celeb

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 August)—As part of the intensified security measures for the annual Tuna Festival and the city’s 45th foundation anniversary, the city government announced Wednesday a ban on… »

MGB still ‘blind’ over Glencore’s plan for Tampakan project

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 August) – Three months after Glencore International plc acquired Xstrata plc, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) has yet to hear from the new management… »

DOTC sets huge sea and air ports rehab in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 August)—The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has set a multi-billion peso rehabilitation or expansion involving a total of 61 air and sea ports in Mindanao to… »

DOE to give focus on power demand forecasting, says Petilla

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 August)—Lack of foresight resulted to the crippling power situation that marred parts of Mindanao in the last few years, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla said Friday. Speaking… »

By 2020, Mindanao’s power mix would be 56 % coal, 24% hydro

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 August) — The government is expecting stable power supply in Mindanao in 2015, coming mostly from coal power plants although efforts are underway to also fast-track renewable… »

Is Mindanao ready for the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015?

DAVAO  CITY (MindaNews/09 August) — Take away Mindanao from the Philippine equation and the country’s agricultural production will drastically plummet. Last year, Mindanao earned at least $3 billion from agricultural… »

PNOY tackles peace, power woes at Mindanao biz summit

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 August)—Even before President Benigno Aquino III delivered his 15-minute speech for the 22nd Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizCon) Thursday, he already knew what to address as the island’s… »

Mindanao business conference tackles ASEAN business integration

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindNews/04 August) —  Is Mindanao ready for the ASEAN business integration in 2015? Ricardo Juliano, MinBizCon 2013 conference chair told MindaNews the business sector will present on… »

Financial access for entrepreneurs, farmers top agenda in 22nd MinBizCon

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 31  July) – With Mindanao now in the “radar of the government,” problems of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and farmers in accessing financing will… »

GenSan, ARMM biz leaders hail Aquino’s SONA

KORONADAL CITY(MindaNews/23 July)—Leaders of at least two business groups in Mindanao expressed satisfaction Tuesday about the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Benigno Aquino III. The President, midway… »

Gov’t is addressing Mindanao’s power woes – PNoy

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 22 July) – Blaming the Arroyo administration for Mindanao’s energy problem, President Benigno Aquino III said the government is now exerting efforts to stabilize the island’s… »

Price Watch

Prices of gasoline as of Thursday 18 July 2013 breach the P60-per-liter mark in Koronadal City. Philippine oil companies jacked up petroleum prices last July 16, the second such increase… »

ARMM biz group lauds wealth-sharing pact

KORONADAL CITY(MindaNews/16 July) –A major business group in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) lauded the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for reaching an agreement over… »

Authorities warn against night travel along Maguindanao highway

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 14 July) – Authorities on Sunday cautioned traveling along the Maguindanao highway connecting the cities of Tacurong and Cotabato at nighttime due to the threats posed by the… »

Firm pouring P85M for banana venture in Sarangani

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/09 July) — With the huge export potentials of banana, a company is putting up a plantation in Sarangani province with an initial investment of P85 million, officials… »

Online campaign for transparency at Tampakan project gains ground

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/04 July)– The Philippine Misereor Partnership, Inc. (PMPI) has launched an online petition seeking transparency on the money coming from foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) allegedly to support… »

Construction of PH’s largest solar power plant slated in September–exec

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/28 June)—Construction of the largest solar power plant in the country estimated to cost P1 billion is scheduled to start in September and expected to go on stream… »

DOE-approved RE projects in Mindanao could produce 355 MW

KORONADAL CITY(MindaNews/25 June) – Renewable energy (RE) projects in Mindanao awarded by the Department of Energy (DOE) have the potential to generate at least 355 megawatts of electricity. But the… »

Reported deal on Ampatuan Massacre case shocks Justice Now Movement

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/24 June)— The news that the families of at least 14 of the victims of the Ampatuan Massacre have signed a deal that may exonerate the primary suspects… »

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