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.

Australia adds A$541-M more for basic education reforms in conflict areas

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 April) – The Australian government has approved an additional Aus$41 million development assistance grant for the Philippines to enhance the implementation of basic education reforms over the next four years.  

Sultan Kudarat officials want lone college converted to State U

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 February) — Sultan Kudarat officials are pushing for the conversion of the province's lone state college into a university.

Teng Garcia, Sultan Kudarat's political affairs assistant for information and special concerns, said Sultan Kudarat First District Rep. Datu Pax Mangudadatu has joined hands with several local officials to lobby for the immediate passage of House Bill (HB) 1362 or the Act converting the Sultan Kudarat Polytechnic State College (SKPSC) into a state university.

22 de Oro scholars graduating in March

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/15 Jan) — A total of 22 scholars of the city government here will be graduating this March, according to the Community Improvement Division (CID) of the city mayor’s office.

WMSU, DepEd to run “floating school” for Sama, Badjao

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/09 January) — If they can't go to school, let the school go to them.

The sea-based indigenous tribes of Sama and Badjao here will finally receive free education after the state-run Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) and the Alternative Learning System (ALS) program of the Department of Education (DepEd) agreed to jointly run the “Floating School.”

Dr. Muslim is the new MSU president

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/07 January) — Dr. Macapado A. Muslim is the new president of Mindanao State University (MSU).

President Arroyo named  Muslim, chancellor of MSU General Santos for 11 years and concurrent member of the MSU Board of Regents, as the new MSU president vice retired police deputy director-general Ricardo de Leon who served as interim president of  the university system since September 2005.

Bukidnon public schools go online soon

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / December 14) – All public high schools in Bukidnon will soon get internet connection next year, thanks to a public and private sector partnership, an official of the Department of Education (DepEd) said.

US gives $50-M more for education of Mindanao’s out-of-school youth

ESPERANZA, Sultan Kudarat (MindaNews/20 November) — Education for out-of-school youth in Mindanao is getting a boost with $50 million (estimated P2.1 billion at P42 to a dollar) assistance from the United States Agency for International Development, an American education specialist said here late Monday afternoon.

Davao City High School’s PTA launches supplemental feeding

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 November) –The Parents-Teachers Association of the Davao City National High School (DCNHS) here is launching on November 6 a “supplemental feeding” that would provide free lunch to students who go to school on empty stomachs.

Voc-tech schools align courses with market needs

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/16 October) — Technical and Vocational institutions in Southwestern Mindanao (Region 12) are evaluating their course offerings and training programs to address the needs of industries in the region. 

Dabawenyo tops geodetic engineering exam

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 October) –This year’s topnotcher in the Geodetic Engineer licensure examination is a Dabawenyo, a graduate of the John Paul II College of Davao.

Technical education pushed in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/25 July) – Technical education officials plan to transform several public high schools in Region 12 or Southwestern Mindanao into centers of technical and vocational learning as part of its bid to produce more highly skilled workers and professionals from the area.

PDEA holds random drug testing in Davao’s secondary schools

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 July) — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is conducting random drug testing in select national high schools here as part of the efforts of the Anti Drug Abuse Council of Davao City.

Aid brings new hope to school children in Sibugay and Zambo City

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay (PBSP/12 July) — New hope for a better future has come to indigent children of Titay and Ipil in Zamboanga Sibugay and schoolchildren of Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School (DPLMHS) in Zamboanga City, as concerted efforts to bring positive change have seen its realization.

Kidapawan rural areas to get DepEd’s school building projects

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / June 29) – Some rural communities of this city would get part of the P50-million new school building projects intended to benefit the tri-people communities of the city.

Kidapawan LGU distributes kits for poor teachers

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/27 June) – To ensure that the needs of public schools for educational tools are met, the local government unit here has distributed over the weekend thousands of school kits for teachers.

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