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Mindanao still lords over PHL coffee production

Mindanao still lords over PHL coffee production

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/29 September) -- Coffee production in the Philippines continues to be lorded over by Mindanao, with Region 12 or the Soccsksargen region remaining as the top regional co ...

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El Niño to hit 3 of 4 provinces in Region 12

El Niño to hit 3 of 4 provinces in Region 12

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/28 September)—Officials have cautioned farmers in the Soccsksargen region to brace for El Niño, where the dry spell is expected to intensify and rear its ugly head in three o ...

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‘Reds collect P1.3B revolutionary taxes in Eastern Mindanao’

‘Reds collect P1.3B revolutionary taxes in Eastern Mindanao’

‘Reds collect P1.3B revolutionary taxes in Eastern Mindanao’ KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/22 September)—An international peace group has revealed that businesses in Eastern Mindanao alone, a region with ...

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WB to remain a Mindanao dev’t partner

WB to remain a Mindanao dev’t partner

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/15 September)—Reiterating their support to the Mindanao peace process, a senior World Bank official (WB) yesterday vowed to sustain the Bank’s assistance to various developme ...

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Malaysian plane in GenSan to unload Aboitiz coal plant equipment

Malaysian plane in GenSan to unload Aboitiz coal plant equipment

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/11 September) -- It was not an emergency landing nor a foreign plane's commercial maiden voyage in this thriving port city, the "Tuna Capital of the Philippines." A Mala ...

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Wanted: ship for Mindanao-Sulawesi trade

Wanted: ship for Mindanao-Sulawesi trade

GENERAL SANTOS CITY(MindaNews/10 September)— Direct trade exchange between Mindanao and North Sulawesi in Indonesia remains stalled due to the lack of cargo vessel to service the shipping lane. Rey Bi ...

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Unit endorses P863-M investments in ARMM

Unit endorses P863-M investments in ARMM

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/8 February)—Two big-ticket projects worth P863.05 million were endorsed to operate in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Lawyer Ishak Mastura, head of the ARMM’ ...

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Napeñas’ tour of duty includes Mindanao

Napeñas’ tour of duty includes Mindanao

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/28 January) – Chief Supt. Getulio Napeñas, who was sacked as director of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) following the tragic death of 44 of his ...

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Dureza to Congress: Extend transition period ‘for MILF political party to mature’

Dureza to Congress: Extend transition period ‘for MILF political party to mature’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 8 Jan) – Former government chief peace negotiator Jesus Dureza on Thursday urged Congress to extend the transition period for the Bangsamoro region beyond 2016, to “give the po ...

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YEARENDER: Investor confidence growing for Bangsamoro region

YEARENDER: Investor confidence growing for Bangsamoro region

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/30 December)--Investor confidence in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), which will be replaced by the Bangsamoro government “early next year,” has never been as ...

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Sarangani bags hosting of 2015 paragliding world cup

Sarangani bags hosting of 2015 paragliding world cup

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 1 Dec) – Sarangani province bagged the right to host one of the legs of the Paragliding Accuracy World Cup (PGAWC) next year, a Department of Tourism (DOT) official sa ...

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New 20MW power plant launched in GenSan

New 20MW power plant launched in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 20 Nov) – Power supply in Mindanao will get an additional 20 megawatts (MW) soon. This after Peakpower Soccsargen, Inc. (PSI) finally inaugurated today (Thursday) its ...

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ARMM marks 25th anniversary; its ‘last,’ says Hataman

ARMM marks 25th anniversary; its ‘last,’ says Hataman

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 19 November) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is resigned to the fact that it will no longer go beyond 25 years, which it marked today (Wednesday), with the ...

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Good for tuna industry: Philippines a step closer to EU’s GSP+ inclusion

Good for tuna industry: Philippines a step closer to EU’s GSP+ inclusion

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 November)--The Philippines is a step closer to getting included in the European Union’s (EU) Generalized System of Preferences Plus (GSP+) list, which once clinched w ...

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Short-term implementation crucial to success of Bangsamoro blueprint – BDA exec

Short-term implementation crucial to success of Bangsamoro blueprint – BDA exec

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 November)—The short-term implementation of the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP), which requires a total funding of P225.6 billion, is crucial to the success of the new Bangsa ...

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PHL’s largest proposed solar plant in SouthCot gets DENR, NCIP permits

PHL’s largest proposed solar plant in SouthCot gets DENR, NCIP permits

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 5 November) – The proposed biggest solar power plant project in the Philippines, which will be located in Surallah, South Cotabato, has already acquired two major government cl ...

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Firm eyes 45,000-hectare oil palm expansion in NorMin

Firm eyes 45,000-hectare oil palm expansion in NorMin

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 November)--A Mindanao-based company engaged in oil palm growing is targeting to develop at least 45,000 hectares of land in two provinces in the island within the next five ye ...

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Malaysians eye Bangsamoro investment

Malaysians eye Bangsamoro investment

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 October)—Malaysian companies are looking to invest in oil palm and rubber plantations in the envisioned Bangsamoro region as part of Kuala Lumpur’s continuing support to the p ...

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After 20 years, BIMP-EAGA comes full circle in Davao

After 20 years, BIMP-EAGA comes full circle in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 October) – The Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines-East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) has come full circle here today (Thursday) 20 years after its launc ...

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PHL adopts universal fishing treaty

PHL adopts universal fishing treaty

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/04 October)--Conservation efforts for highly migratory fish stocks pushed by various tuna industry stakeholders here got a boost after the Philippine government finally ...

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ARMM business sector lauds BBL submission

ARMM business sector lauds BBL submission

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/10 September) --The business sector in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) welcomed the submission by President Benigno S. Aquino III of the draft Bangsamoro Basi ...

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19 years on, still no closure for deadly Lake Maughan tragedy

19 years on, still no closure for deadly Lake Maughan tragedy

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/06 September)—Exactly 19 years ago today (September 6) after the Lake Maughan tragedy that killed dozens of people, the case remains unresolved, with the alleged mastermind, ...

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NPA rebels strafe SMI security vehicle

NPA rebels strafe SMI security vehicle

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/15 August)--Suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels fired on a vehicle providing security to controversial mining firm Sagittarius Mines, Inc. in Tampakan, South Cotabato on ...

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Made in Mindanao: Kablon Farm’s all-natural processed fruit products

Made in Mindanao: Kablon Farm’s all-natural processed fruit products

TUPI, South Cotabato (MindaNews / 14 Aug) – A truly natural healthy food products that are world-class in quality. Resting at the foot of the towering Mt. Matutum, South Cotabato’s landmark peak, a fa ...

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SMI eyes to start FPIC process later this year

SMI eyes to start FPIC process later this year

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/07 August)--Foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) is eyeing to commence later this year getting the consent of indigenous communities for the controversial Tampakan pr ...

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ARMM eyes special economic zone in Tawi-Tawi

ARMM eyes special economic zone in Tawi-Tawi

COTABATO CITY(MindaNews/05 July)—The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) regional government is eyeing the establishment of a special economic zone in Tawi-Tawi province to further bolster tra ...

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Malaysian airline cuts KK-Palawan service

Malaysian airline cuts KK-Palawan service

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 July)— After barely a month of flying five times a week the Kota Kinabalu-Palawan route, MASwings Sdn. Bhd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airline, has reverted to thr ...

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Special voting

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 . Minda ...

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Senior citizens, PWDs laud special voting in GenSan

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 separate ...

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Long road ahead for Zambo’s battered economy

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 hostage innocent ...

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Fish kill in Lake Sebu

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 Sarmiento | Read Story ...

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

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 again that ...

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

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 Sagittariu ...

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“Worst flood” hits Zambo City

“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 in rec ...

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

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 of 2015,” a ...

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ARMM okays P390-M new investments

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, AR ...

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P842-M poured to Mindanao under WB-funded project

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 ...

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New NGCP line for GenSan in anticipation of load growth

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 Sant ...

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Toppled power line worsens outage in Region 12

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 the Philippines ...

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$24M US grant facility set for rollout

$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 promoting en ...

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PH investors keep PNG tuna industry vibrant

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 ...

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Zambo standoff alarms UN; US issues travel warning

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 Nation ...

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Expenditure cut in Tampakan project hits P830-M

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 operational ...

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

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 peace ...

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NGCP developing website for Mindanao electricity market players

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 ...

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GPH, MILF resume peace talks in KL

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 ...

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

‘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 Fron ...

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Gov’t urged to implement stronger fisheries management measure

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 industry w ...

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After 6 years, still no IRR for handline fishing law

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. Rosanna Bernadette Contr ...

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

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 sustainabilit ...

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