Bringing Smiles

Actress Marian Rivera lights up the faces of persons with disabilities housed at the SDC building of the City Social Welfare Development Office in General Santos City during her visit… »

First Day

Trisikad drivers ferry elementary pupils and parents to Matina Central Elementary School in Davao City on the first day of classes, Monday, June 2. MindaNews photo courtesy of Jesus Tinapay

Mindanao state universities and colleges to offer DRMM and climate change courses

DAVAO CITY (May 30, 2014) – Mindanao’s state universities and colleges are stepping up efforts in making the island-region and its people more adaptable to climate change by integrating disaster… »


Athletes practice their paddling on Wednesday, 30 April 2014, for the First Dragonboat Festival at Davao Baywalk in Davao City on May 1-4. MindaNews Photo Courtesy of Mike Li /… »

Statement of the Cordillera Bodong Administration on the Signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro

The Cordillera Bodong Administration (CBA) celebrates with the nation in the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB). It is a milestone in our nation’s history that shall… »

PCID Statement on the Signing Of The Comprehensive Agreement for the Bangsamoro

The Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID) welcomes the historic signing of the Comprehensive Agreement for the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the national government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front… »

Archbishop Romulos

Kidapawan Bishop Romulo dela Cruz (center), the new Archbishop of Zamboanga, with the other Archbishop Romulo (Valles of Davao City, left) and Digos Bishop Guillermo Afable (right) at the thanksgiving… »


One of four heads of wallaby from Indonesia seized at the Lipata Port in Surigao City  from a van from Alabel, Sarangani that was about to board the ferry bound… »

Statement on the Signing of the FAB Power-Sharing Annex

We, members of the civil society engaged in accompanying the Mindanao peace process, congratulate the peace panels of government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for another milestone in… »

COMMENTARY: HANGING ON A LAST STRAW: An Open Appeal on behalf of the Sama-Dilaut and other displaced residents of Zamboanga

Today is the second month since the Zamboanga Violence that started in September 9, 2013. I am writing on behalf of my friends and beloved community of Sama Dilaut and… »

Typhoon Yolanda as of 4:00am, November 7

At 4:00 am today, the eye of Typhoon “YOLANDA”was located based on all available data at 822 km East of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (08.4°N, 133.8°E) with maximum sustained winds… »

Flooded Koronadal

Heavy rains inundate some parts of downtown Koronadal City in this photo taken shortly before 6am on October 28, 2013. Photo Courtesy of Love Bacongco


A T’boli community has recently secured a Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) covering the sitios of Datal Bonlangon, Tawan Dagat, Segowit, Tuburan in Barangay Ned in Lake Sebu, South… »

Fr. Fausto “Pops” Tentorio,PIME

Two years ago today, Fr. Fausto “Pops” Tentorio, PIME, was gunned down inside the parish compound in Arakan, North Cotabato. His parishioners believe that members of the paramilitary group known… »

Balay Tambalanan

Neglected by past administrations, the J.R. Borja Memorial Hospital is left rotting and dilapidated. Its hospital staff has to contend with antiquated medical equipment to serve the less fortunate sectors… »

Double Whammy

After being displaced by the 3-week standoff between government forces and the Moro National Liberation Front – Misuari faction, bakwits in Zamboanga City have to contend with floodwater brought by… »

Money politics and the May 2013 elections ‘High rollers’ rule Senate donors, give P795-M in campaign funds (Last of Three Parts)

WHILE MOST of the tycoons who bankrolled candidates and political parties in the 2010 Presidential elections were curiously absent, the 2013 midterm elections still had high-roller donors who accounted for… »

Money politics & the May 2013 elections: Poll laws in limbo: Firms can’t donate but owners bankroll bets (Second of three parts)

LAWYERS ARE taught early on to make the distinction between companies and their officers and shareholders. But Rona Ann Caritos, acting Executive Director of the lawyers’ election watchdog group Legal… »

Mindanao business sector still upbeat on Mindanao economy following Zamboanga crisis

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Mindanao’s business sector expressed confidence that Mindanao’s economy will bounce back following the resolution of the Zamboanga crisis, particularly that situation in the city is now… »


The Philippine flag flies at half mast outside the Zamboanga City Hall on Monday, Sept. 30, in honor of the policemen, soldiers and civilians who died during the standoff with… »

Money politics & the May 2013 elections: Top execs of barred firms funded Senate bets, parties

First of Three Parts IN THEORY, elections are supposed to be the great leveler or equalizer of democracy. The vote of any ordinary man scraping a living off the streets… »

LOOSE CHANGE: The power spot market

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 September)—Last Thursday, Mindanao was supposed to have started adopting the much-talked about Interim Mindanao Electricity Market, an idea of government as its way of solving the power… »

Urban poor sector alarms over white wash on ‘pork’

Davao City – Urban Poor sector led by KADAMAY,  will hold a nationwide day of Protest today (August 30) following the surrender of Janet Napoles to demand transparency from the Aquino government… »

Is Justice For Pops Possible?

Arakan, North Cotabato August 25, 2013 JPM Statement After almost two years since the killing of FR. FAUSTO “POPS” TENTORIO, PIME the Justice for Pops Movement (JPM) continues to pursue… »

“Never stop dreaming”

Pupils from areas hardest hit by typhoons Sendong and Pablo now have reasons to hope and dream again. In partnership with local government leaders and the Department of Education, the… »

Peace Will Reign in the Aftermath

August 7, 2013 Mindanao PeaceWeavers (MPW) Statement on the Spate of Bombings in Mindanao We, members of the Mindanao PeaceWeavers (MPW), condemn in the strongest possible terms, the August 5… »

MinCode Statement on the Cotabato Incident

The Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks (MINCODE), made up of 12 networks of civil society organizations (CSOs) operating in Mindanao, strongly condemn the barbaric bombing in Cotabato City yon… »

Mindanao peace group calls on public to be vigilant, critical on ‘mystery bombings’ and scare

The Initiatives for Peace in Mindanao condemns the series of mysterious bombings and bomb threats in certain parts of the country particularly in Mindanao cities and towns. Bombings targeted at… »

Midsayap Blast

An Explosives Ordnance Team from the Phlippine Army gathers evidence at the explosion site on the ground floor of a building in downtown Midsayap, North Cotabato. There were no reported… »

A Postscript to the Wealth Sharing Deal

We, Mindanao civil society groups, sighed with relief when the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) finally signed the Annex on the Revenue Generation… »

Philippines: Aquino Should Honor Rights Pledges

‘State of the Nation Address’ Should Outline Plan to Tackle Impunity (Manila, July 20, 2013) – Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III should use his annual “State of the Nation… »

Jinkee Pacquiao, Vice Gov

Vice Governor Jinkee Pacquiao leads the inaugural session of the 8th Sangguniang Panlalawigan Tuesday, July 9, where she delivered a speech on her vision for Sarangani as a peaceful and… »

Tropical Depression “Gorio” as of 4a.m.

At 4:00 a.m. today, Tropical Depression “GORIO” was estimated based on all available data at 500 km East of Surigao City (9.5°N, 130.4°E) with maximum sustained winds of 45 kph.… »


A villager wades through the floodwater in Barangay Kayaga, Kabacan, North Cotabato on Saturday. Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza said a total of 10,270 families were affected by floods that submerged 26… »

Kabacan Flooding

People living along the Cotabato-Davao national highway in Barangay Kayaga, Kabacan, North Cotabato evacuate to higher grounds due to flooding on June 15, 2013. Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza said a total… »

ARMM winners

 Governor-elect Mujiv Hataman (3rd from right) and Vice Governor Haroun Alrashid Lucman (2nd from right)  were proclaimed winners by the Regional Board of Canvassers  on Friday morning with results  from… »

Bigger crowd seen this year in Mindanao’s biggest beach party

GUMASA, Sarangani (April 22, 2013) – The growing crowd each year flocking into the white sand beaches here in Glan never fails to hype Sarangani Bay Festival as Mindanao’s biggest… »

4th Musabaqah opening

The 4th Provincial Musabaqah with the OlymPeace 2013 as highlight opens with a parade Tuesday, April 23, at the Sarangani Capitol grounds. The parade was accompanied by a police brass… »

Muslim youth holds intramurals in Sarangani April 23-25

ALABEL, Sarangani (April 22, 2013) – Around 4,000 guests and delegates from the 49 Islamic schools in Sarangani are joining this year’s Musabaqah, an event the province is holding to… »

NPA raid in Sinolon, a big slap on AFP’s

The most recent tactical offensive launched by the Red fighters under the Junito Banda Command of NPA Guerilla Front 73 against PNP troops in Brgy. Sinolon of T’boli town, South… »

Thai envoy to RP visits Davao port

DAVAO CITY – His Excellency Prasas Prasasvinitchai, Ambassador of Thailand to the Philippines personally attended briefing at the Davao Baseport (also known to locals as Sasa Wharf) here as part… »

SC status quo decision on the RH Law affirms women’s continuing struggle for healthcare

The SC status quo ante decision effectively suspending the implementation of the Reproductive Health Law affirms that the struggle for women’s health continues. Various dissenting opinions including Gabriela Women’s Party’s… »

‘Education system needs overhaul’

Youth group Anakbayan today called on the President Noynoy Aquino and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to immediately implement a moratorium on all school fee hikes next year and… »

Health group’s Kalbaryo opposes privatization of Philippine Orthopedic Center (POC)

Today, the Alliance of Health Workers (AHW) and organizations belonging to the Network Opposed to Privatization (NOP) join together in a protest action dubbed as “Pribatisasyon ng Pampublikong Ospital: Kalbaryo… »

Pottery workshop

Christian Fabon, 4, watches his uncle, Walter Fabon, as he molds a miniature version of a cooking pot during the pottery enhancement workshop in Barangay Kalaneg on February 26. The… »


Peace panel chairs Miriam Coronel-Ferrer of the government and Mohagher Iqbal of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front shake hands after signing the Annex on Transitional Arrangements and Modalities at the end… »

Tropical Depression Crising as of 4:00am of February 20

At 4:00 a.m. today, the center of Tropical Depression “CRISING” was estimated based on all available data at 140 km Northwest of Zamboanga City (7.5°N, 120.8°E) with maximum sustained winds… »

Tropical Depression “Crising” as of 4:00 a.m of February 19

At 4:00 a.m. today, the center of Tropical Depression “CRISING” was estimated based on all available data at 310 km east of General Santos City (6.1°N, 128.2°E) with maximum sustained… »

Caraga Bridge: Destroyed

Strong river currents on Sunday destroyed destroyed Caraga bridge, which connects Manay and Caraga towns in Davao Oriental. Typhoon Pablo on December 4 destroyed the Teodoro Palma Gil Bridge linking… »

Iligan City Blast

Police investigators check on the blast site along Mercado St. in Iligan City, where nine people were injured when an improvised explosive device tied to a bicycle exploded near two… »

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