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Journalists to attend training on environment reporting

Journalists to attend training on environment reporting

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 March) – Journalists from all over Mindanao will attend a 3-day training here on environment reporting organized by the Mindanao Media Forum. Scheduled on March 10-12, the tra ...

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Zambo entry wins Best Picture award in Mindanao film fest

Zambo entry wins Best Picture award in Mindanao film fest

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 December) – A film from Zamboanga City bagged the Best Picture award in this year’s Mindanao Film Festival held last week at the Gaisano Mall in this city. “Placebo”, a short ...

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State agents killed Fr. Tentorio?

State agents killed Fr. Tentorio?

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/21 October) -- Government prosecutors have entertained the possibility that state agents were behind the killing of Italian missionary Fr. Fausto Tentorio, in Arakan, North Cota ...

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Clan holds ‘kanduli’ for Datu Toto Paglas’s death anniversary

Clan holds ‘kanduli’ for Datu Toto Paglas’s death anniversary

DATU PAGLAS, MAGUINDAO (MindaNews/10 August) – On a solemn Sunday afternoon, members of the Paglas clan and their constituents gathered for a kanduli, a thanksgiving banquet, to commemorate the third ...

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Davao City gears for ‘Silicon Gulf’

Davao City gears for ‘Silicon Gulf’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/3 August) – As Davao City strengthens its bid to become one of the identified hubs for the infromation technology and business process outsourcing (BPI) industries, the need for ...

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Campaign for breastfeeding heightened

Campaign for breastfeeding heightened

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 July) – Although 86 percent of mothers in Region XI breastfeed their newborn babies, the percentage is declining as the months progress, according to Terry Cungson, regional o ...

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Emergency loan for flood victims in Davao available at GSIS

Emergency loan for flood victims in Davao available at GSIS

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 July) – The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has allotted a total of P269,000 for emergency or calamity loans for its members affected by the recent flashflood in Ma ...

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Aboitiz coal-fired power plant gets Davao council’s nod

Aboitiz coal-fired power plant gets Davao council’s nod

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/7 June) – The Davao City Council has endorsed the request of Aboitiz Power Corp. to put up the 300-megawatt Therma South Energy coal-fired power plant in Barangay Binugao in Tori ...

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Enrolment rises but where are the chairs? And the teachers?

Enrolment rises but where are the chairs? And the teachers?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 June) -- An estimated 94,000 public school elementary pupils and 47,000 high school students in Region XI will have no chairs as schoolyear 2011-2012 opens Monday. The Departm ...

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2 Philippine Eagles die after retrieval

2 Philippine Eagles die after retrieval

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/June 2) – Two of the four Philippine Eagles retrieved since December 2010 had died due to health complications and injuries from captivity, according to Dennis Salvador, director ...

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Sta. Cruz okays coal-fired power plant

Sta. Cruz okays coal-fired power plant

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 June) – The municipal government of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur has endorsed the proposal of Aboitiz Power to build a coal-fired power plant despite opposition to the operations ...

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Lumads decry killing of leaders

Lumads decry killing of leaders

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 May) – The Lumad communities have express alarm over the consecutive killing of three tribal leaders in Monkayo, Compostela Valley these past few years. The latest killing was ...

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Only 1 gov’t geologist in Region XI

Only 1 gov’t geologist in Region XI

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 April) – The government has only one geologist assigned in Region XI, an area prone to natural disasters, Director Leo Jasareno of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) said ...

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Pantukan landslide site declared a no-habitation zone

Pantukan landslide site declared a no-habitation zone

DAVAOCITY (MindaNews/25 April) -- The site in Sitio Panganason, Barangay Kingking in Pantukan, Compostela Valley where a landslide occurred Friday has been closed to human occupancy after the local go ...

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Davao eyed to become a sports hub

Davao eyed to become a sports hub

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 April) – The local government aims to make the city one of the country’s sports hubs despite the lack of facilities by teaming up with the private sector. Officials said the S ...

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Davao hospital leads child cancer awareness campaign

Davao hospital leads child cancer awareness campaign

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 Apr) – April being “Cancer in Children Awareness Month,” the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) is holding a month-long public information drive on child cancer. Vario ...

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GPH, NDF peace negotiators upbeat on talks

GPH, NDF peace negotiators upbeat on talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 April) – Two peace negotiators, one coming from the Philippine government and the other from the National Democratic Front (NDF) yesterday said the prospects for the recently ...

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RMN-Davao employees call for certification election

RMN-Davao employees call for certification election

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 March) -- Members of the Radio Mindanao Network Davao Employees’ Union (RDEU) yesterday staged a protest rally urging the network management to immediately hold a certificatio ...

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Japan radiation may reach PH – expert

Japan radiation may reach PH – expert

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 March) – The radiation released by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in the aftermath of the strong quake that rocked Japan on March 11 may reach the Philippines, a to ...

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