PRESS RELEASE: Kalilangan 2015 highlights Gensan icons

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (27 February 2015) – After four years of dazzling themes of amazing success, Kalilangan is now going back to the roots where it all began – culture.… »

PRESS RELEASE: Palarong ARMAA 2015: Going beyond sports by winning the peace

“Nandito ako para makilala ang ibang lugar, makita yung mga tao mula sa ibang lugar dito sa ARMM. ‘Pag may activity, pumupunta talaga ako. Curious lang.” Leomila Benjamin is sitting… »

Cayetano is ignorant of peace talks, Moro history—interfaith group

Following Cayetano’s turn in questioning resource persons on the Senate hearing on the ill-fated Special Action Forces operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Thursday, interfaith group Moro-Christian People’s Alliance (MCPA) said… »

PRESS RELEASES: Hataman urges lawmakers to not give up on the peace process

Cotabato City (12 February 2015) – Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has urged lawmakers to not give up on the ongoing peace process between… »

PRESS RELEASE: Abreeza Fashion Forum showcases what’s in this 2015

Every fashion fan knows that with each New Year come new trends, new favorites, and new ways of wearing old staples. To kick off another year in style, Abreeza Mall’s… »

PRESS RELEASE: After barangay chief killing, IPs evacuate in AgSur

January 26, 2015 National alliance of indigenous peoples’ group Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan (KAMP) expressed “serious concern” over rights violations committed against indigenous peoples in Agusan del Sur. Piya… »

PRESS STATEMENT of the Mindanao Business Council on the Mamasapano Incident

While we express serious concern on the possible consequences of the recent tragic incident in Mamasapano in Maguindanao, we maintain our support for the peace process. At this point when… »

PRESS RELEASE: SM malls to live stream Papal Mass

In support for the Catholic community and as a form of public service, SM malls will live stream the Papal Mass on Sunday, January 18, 3PM-6PM. Pope Francis will be… »

Pope Francis’ Homily during the Holy Mass in Tacloban City, 17 January 2015

I prefer today to speak in Spanish. I have a translator, a good translator. May I do it? [crowd responds ‘yes’] Thank you very much. As delivered by the Pope’s… »

Break the chains of injustice! Free all political prisoners now!

The visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines shines a ray of light to the hope for freedom for political prisoners in the country. Now in a hunger strike until… »

Harsh security sees nuns detained over papal visit in Tacloban

TACLOBAN CITY ( January) — Officers from the Philippine National Police on Thursday detained a delegation of nuns from Mindanao en route to San Jose district in Tacloban, accusing them… »


13 January 2015 Chairman Sixto S. Brillantes, Jr. Commissioner Lucenito N. Tagle Commissioner Elias R. Yusoph Commissioner Christian Robert S. Lim Commissioner Al A. Parreño Commissioner Luie Tito F. Guia Commissioner Arthur D. Lim COMMISSION ON… »

PRESS RELEASE: Detained Church workers ask Pope Francis’s help to find justice

Political prisoner and Rural Missionaries of the Philippines lay worker Joel Q. Yagao in his letter to Pope Francis said, “We, who have been charged with crimes that we did… »

PRESS RELEASE: Mothers of two youth political prisoners write to Pope Francis

In anticipation of the visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines next year, the mothers of the two University of the Philippines students abducted in August wrote to His Holiness… »

PRESS RELEASE: CebuPacific refund not enough, CAB should also be investigated

Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares today said that the offer of CebuPacific for refunds is not enough and that they should be sanctioned for their continued dismal service. “Kulang ang… »

ADDU’s COPERS deploys team for community resilience in Yolanda areas

]The Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU)-based Association of Psychologists and Helping Professionals, Inc. (APHP), has deployed a 12-person team for the Leyte Community Resilience Enhancement Project (LCREP), a 15-month program… »

The third Miriam

As Miriam the Senator says the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro peace pact is “unconstitutional” and Miriam the government peace panel chair says it is constitutional, the third Miriam –… »

PEACETALK: Learning from the Mindanao peace process

by Kristian Herbolzheimer and Emma Leslie / Conciliation Resources After the signing of the Annex on Normalization in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian facilitator referred to the nearly completed comprehensive peace… »

ADDU to hold Prospects for Post-Conflict Philippines summit

ADDU to hold Prospects for Post-Conflict Philippines summit DAVAO CITY–In celebration of the International Month of Peace, the Ateneo de Davao University is holding a summit on Prospects for Post-Conflict… »

Davao River Festival

At least 10 Lumad tribes participate in the Davao River Festival on Friday. The river float parade, one of the activities in the annual Kadayawan Festival in Davao City, starts… »

No to drones in Davao, in Mindanao, in the Philippines and elsewhere

“We abhor instruments Of Death”— Pope Francis We, women religious in Mindanao join Davao City’s civilian leadership, in saying NO TO THE U.S DRONE PROGRAM and NO TO U.S MILITARY… »

No to US Drone Warfare in Mindanao and Elsewhere!

US Troops Out Now! We welcome the pronouncement of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of not allowing Davao City to be used as a launching pad for US military unmanned aerial vehicles… »

Al Qalam Institute of Ateneo de Davao University’s Statement on the Recent Bombing

Al Qalam Institute strongly condemns what are vicious and cowardly acts of terrorism against innocent civilians in Cotabato City last August 5, 2013. We join with all our fellow Cotabateneos,… »

Australian Aid and ILO support sustainable livelihoods in Philippines’ worst typhoon-hit areas

MANILA – Almost five months after typhoon Pablo (Bopha) hit the province of Davao Oriental in eastern Mindanao, Philippines, disaster affected families in the municipalities of Baganga, Cateel and Boston… »

Mindanao Lumads: Poverty worsened, not unchanged, for indigenous peoples

‘Let heroism flow through generations in defense of ancestral domains’ LIANGA, Surigao del Sur – A group of indigenous peoples in Mindanao have criticized the recent pronouncement by the country’s… »

UM scores anew in LET and Crim Exam

DAVAO CITY, April 29, 2013 – The University of Mindanao (UM) continues its better performance in the March 2013 Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) and April 2013 Criminologist Licensure Examination… »

Cantilan Bank enhances network reach with the opening of its 4irst branch in the Visayas Region

Cantilan, Surigao del  Sur (March 21,  2013)– Cantilan Bank, Inc., the leading rural bank in the Caraga region, opened its 18th full-­‐service branch in Sogod, Southern Leyte to cater to… »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Urgent call to the national government

We are a small Mindanao-based NGO trying to give our humble share in response to the devastation brought by Typhoon Pablo. We have decided to focus our efforts and resources… »

Typhoon Pablo Update

At 8:00 p.m. today, 03 December 2012, Typhoon “PABLO” was located based on satellite and surface data at 270 Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (7.4°N, 128.8°E). PAG- ASA Website

Ateneo de Davao High School Class ’62 celebrates Golden Jubilee

Fifty years after graduation from high school, members of the Ateneo de Davao High School Class 1962 will return to the Matina campus on December 7  for a reunion that… »

President Aquino Failed in Delivering Justice to Ampatuan Massacre Victims – GWP REP. EMMI DE JESUS

“The slow pace of the Ampatuan massacre trial proved President Aquino’s administration inutile in securing swift justice for the victims and families of the massacre, as it continues to cultivate… »

Greenpeace urges the Philippines to act on illegal fishing

Palau , 23 November 2012– Greenpeace International is calling for immediate legal action against a Filipino ship that was previously engaging in an illegal transfer of fish on the high… »

Aquino gov’t policies, politics, inaction delay justice for Maguindanao martyrs

THE FAMILIES of the 58 victims of the Nov. 23, 2009 Ampatuan Massacreare starting to lose hope in the justice system, and the government has only itself to blame. As… »

ComVal performs more education interventions

COMPOSTELA VALLEY PROVINCE—–The province being known of its initiated education interventions continuously supports the national goal of providing quality education to children.                        The distribution of arm chairs, teachers tables,… »

Caraga Watch strongly condemns the shooting of environmental

Stop the Killings! Respect the rights of the Filipinos to protect their land and people! CARAGAWATCH STRONGLY CONDEMNS THE SHOOTING OF STAUNCH ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST DR. ISIDRO OLAN!   On October… »

Camera Club of Tagum mounts 1st exhibit

“A picture paints a thousand words, as the saying goes, and that’s what in precisely the participants of the 1st CCT Photography Exhibit entitled Talan-awon 2012 that features the collection… »

Watch “Uwahig” at CCP on Nov. 10

The Cultural Center of the Philippines presents the MSU-IIT IPAG in Steven P.C. Fernandez’s “Uwahig,” the Mindanawon Indarapatra epic and the Bukidnon water legend, of an environment degraded by war… »

Switzerland welcomes the framework agreement

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Japan welcomes Framework Agreement concerning the Mindanao Peace Process

= October 7, 2012 D-027   The Framework Agreement concerning the Mindanao Peace Process   Japan heartily welcomes that the Framework Agreement concerning the Mindanao Peace Process has reached after… »

US Ambassador Harry Thomas on finalization of GPH-MILF Framework Agreement

Manila, October 7, 2012 — U.S. Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr. issued the following statement on finalization of the Government of the Philippines-Moro Islamic Liberation Front Framework Agreement: “We welcome… »

POOLED EDITORIAL. Push, Pass the FOI Act Now!

In 1986 at EDSA, the first people power revolt ended 21 years of a government so dark and so opaque, and ushered in one of light and transparency. The strongman… »

Statement of ADDU alumni engaged in civil society concerns in support of ADDU’s stance on mining

We are a group of graduates of the Ateneo de Davao University who – for many years now – have been engaged in social and ecological concerns, with special focus… »

Statement of the 2nd Indigenous Knowledge National Conference (Pilipino)

Theme: Asserting Customary Resource Use: Reclaiming Free Prior and Informed Consent and Transmitting Indigenous Knowledge Kami na mga partisipante sa ika-dalawang pambansang komperensiya sa katutubong kaalaman, na ginanap sa Southern… »

Statement of the 2nd Indigenous Knowledge National Conference (English)

Theme: Asserting Customary Resource Use: Reclaiming Free Prior and Informed Consent and Transmitting Indigenous Knowledge We,  participants to the 2nd Indigenous Knowledge National Conference, held in Southern Christian College, Midsayap,… »

UP junks expansion plan in South Cot

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/13 April) – The University of the Philippines (UP) Manila has reportedly called off its planned expansion in South Cotabato this year due to peace and order problems in the area, South Cotabato Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes said.

Despite crisis, DepEd notes lower dropout rates in SouthCot this year

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 March) — Despite the worsening economic crisis, more elementary pupils and secondary students enrolled in public schools in South Cotabato have reportedly opted to stay in school this school year, an official at the Department of Education (DepEd) said.

School president sworn in despite complaint

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/05 January) – The Commission on Higher Education today went ahead with the oath-taking of a veterinarian as president of one of the biggest state universities in Southwestern Mindanao despite a complaint filed by some faculty and staff members of the school.

CHEd resets installation of USM president for a day

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/04 January) —  The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) has deferred the January 5 installation of  Dr. Jess Derije as the new president of the University of Southern Mindanao (USM) following a complaint that he was involved in a cattle rustling case two decades ago and that he lied about his length of service as college dean, but on Sunday, Angeles said it would push through noon of January 6.


A library for your needs

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 May) — If you are looking for a place where you can find an array of books for your research, thesis or simply feed your knowledge bank, then The Doña Luisa Villa Abrille Memorial Library is perfect for you.

Fire razes school in Ipil

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay (MindaNews/21 April) – A fire that raged for four hours early dawn Monday reduced to ashes a private school here.

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