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Two Mindanawon teachers among PH’s best

Two Mindanawon teachers among PH’s best

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 September)– The Department of Education (DepEd) has recognized two high school teachers from Mindanao as among this year’s “10 best teaching professionals” across the country. ...

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CDO to host qualifying leg of youth games

CDO to host qualifying leg of youth games

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 Sept) – Cagayan de Oro City will host the Mindanao qualifying leg of this year's Philippine Youth Games - Batang Pinoy on November 7 to 11. Thousands of young potential athlet ...

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Davao Norte wants to host 2013 Palaro

Davao Norte wants to host 2013 Palaro

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 September) – Davao del Norte intends to host the Palarong Pambansa next year with the expected completion of its multi-million sports complex project in December, Gov. Rodolfo ...

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Bigger budget eyed for five Mindanao regions; but Luzon’s share still biggest

Bigger budget eyed for five Mindanao regions; but Luzon’s share still biggest

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 August) – Malacanang’s proposed budget for next year will give five of the six regions in Mindanao an increase of almost 40 percent over this year’s allocation, the Department ...

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North Cotabato governor assures Mt. Apo safe from impact of dev’t

North Cotabato governor assures Mt. Apo safe from impact of dev’t

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 July) – The provincial government of North Cotabato has assured to protect the remaining forest cover of Mt. Apo amid talks of huge investments that may enter the protected ar ...

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NorthCot seeks investors for palm oil industry

NorthCot seeks investors for palm oil industry

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 July) – The provincial government of North Cotabato is seeking investors for its growing palm oil industry but Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza wants a “local player” to take the l ...

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Davao Region has most number of leptospirosis cases in Mindanao

Davao Region has most number of leptospirosis cases in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 July) – Davao Region has the most number of leptospirosis cases in Mindanao in the first six months this year, according to the Department of Health (DOH). The disease surveil ...

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ICT groups in Mindanao eye EAGA ICT projects

ICT groups in Mindanao eye EAGA ICT projects

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 July) – Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Councils in Mindanao are eyeing exploratory “collaboration projects” to address the digital divide in the Brunei Darussa ...

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Davao biz group wants ordinance on private-public partnership

Davao biz group wants ordinance on private-public partnership

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 July) – The Davao City chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. urged the city government to enact an ordinance that would pave the way for a private-public partnership in addres ...

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Landslide prone area in ComVal needs slope protection work

Landslide prone area in ComVal needs slope protection work

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/7 July) – The district engineering office in Compostela Valley province has proposed to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) central office to undergo a sustainable ...

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Oil, gas eyed in Cotabato, Sulu Sea

Oil, gas eyed in Cotabato, Sulu Sea

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 June) – The Department of Energy (DOE) has identified 15 highly prospective areas for oil and gas exploration in the country, including blocks located in Cotabato and Sulu Sea ...

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Infra lack preventing Mindanao’s dev’t as BIMP-EAGA transport hub

Infra lack preventing Mindanao’s dev’t as BIMP-EAGA transport hub

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 June) – The lack of infrastructure investments and deflated transport and logistics system in Mindanao is holding back the island from becoming one of the strategic transport ...

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DepEd-XI prepares for nationwide Rizal b-day fun run

DepEd-XI prepares for nationwide Rizal b-day fun run

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 June) – The regional office of the Department of Education (DepEd) is getting ready for the simultaneous nationwide fun run on June 19 in celebration of the 150th birth annive ...

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PDEA asks barangays to involve in anti-drug campaign

PDEA asks barangays to involve in anti-drug campaign

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 June) – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has called on the members of the Barangay Anti-Drug Council (BADAC) here to work with them in countering the drug menace ...

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PAO to put up district office in remote DavOr town

PAO to put up district office in remote DavOr town

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/7 June) – To reach out to more people in the rural areas, the Public Attorney's Office (PAO) will put up a district office in the town of Banaybanay in Davao Oriental. Francis Ca ...

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Davao biz group to present innovative projects in the World stage

Davao biz group to present innovative projects in the World stage

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/6 June) – The business chamber in this city will be in the limelight during the 7th World Chambers Congress in Mexico City starting Wednesday when it is slated to present a proje ...

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Dapitan now a Heritage Zone

Dapitan now a Heritage Zone

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/3 June) – The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) has declared Dapitan City as the country’s first Heritage Zone. In its resolution, NHCP said “because of it ...

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Undocumented lumber from Davao seized in Manila

Undocumented lumber from Davao seized in Manila

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/2 June) – Ten container vans packed with undocumented lumber from Davao City were seized last week in Manila, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) reported. In a statement, Commissioner L ...

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P6.4M in illegal onions from China seized at Davao port

P6.4M in illegal onions from China seized at Davao port

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 May) -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) announced it seized on Thursday eight 40-footer container vans full of onions at the Davao port for lack of an import permit. Davao Customs ...

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2 Mindanao teams to see action in LBC Ronda Pilipinas Tour

2 Mindanao teams to see action in LBC Ronda Pilipinas Tour

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 May) – Two teams from Mindanao will see action in the 2011 LBC Ronda Pilipinas Cycling Tour in September, PhilCycling vice president for Mindanao Salvador Paholio Jr. said. Pa ...

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Bike for Peace slated in Cotabato City, Maguindanao

Bike for Peace slated in Cotabato City, Maguindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 May) – Some 500 bikers and peace advocates are expected to join the Bike for Peace on May 29 in Cotabato City and Maguindanao which aims to gain greater public support to the ...

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Don’t get too personal with PNoy on RH Bill, VM Duterte tells Church

Don’t get too personal with PNoy on RH Bill, VM Duterte tells Church

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 May) -- Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has asked the Catholic priests and bishops not to become too personal in arguing with President Aquino on the controversial Reproductive Hea ...

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DENR chief says P42-M cost of damage to Bakud Reef too small

DENR chief says P42-M cost of damage to Bakud Reef too small

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/22 May) -- The Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources said the estimated cost of damage to Bakud Reef  off Kiamba in Sarangani province after a cargo vessel ran aground ...

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Robbery behind Manila-based trader’s killing

Robbery behind Manila-based trader’s killing

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 May) -- Police are now looking at robbery as the motive behind the killing of a Manila-based businessman in a hotel room here last week. Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said the po ...

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Tight security in place for Dapitan Palaro

Tight security in place for Dapitan Palaro

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/5 May) – If you are going to Dapitan City for the 2011 Palarong Pambansa, prepare for tightened security. The city government of Dapitan has intensified its security and safety ...

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Ronda Pilipinas Mindanao elims on May 15 in Bukidnon

Ronda Pilipinas Mindanao elims on May 15 in Bukidnon

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/5 May) – Good news for Mindanaoan cycling enthusiasts. The LBC Ronda Pilipinas will hold a Mindanao elimination on May 15 in Malaybalay City with top cyclists from across the isl ...

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Davao Region settles for 2nd in PRISAA games

Davao Region settles for 2nd in PRISAA games

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 April) – Stung by setbacks in two crucial ballgame championship matches and its failure to snatch a single gold in swimming, the Davao Region bowed to Central Visayas in this ...

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Hundreds seen to join Davao 6K run for Japan

Hundreds seen to join Davao 6K run for Japan

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 April) – Between 500 and 1,000 running enthusiasts and fitness buffs here are expected to give their share of relief to the already mounting loads of international aid to the ...

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4 Mindanao schools receive Asian Football aid

4 Mindanao schools receive Asian Football aid

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 Apr) – The Asian Football Federation (AFC) has donated television sets to four Mindanao schools in an effort to give students across Southeast Asia opportunity to learn footba ...

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Davao boxers honored

Davao boxers honored

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 Apr) – A sports award giving body here has feted the region’s finest professional and amateur boxers, including three champions who were conferred with a Hall of Fame award in ...

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All 17 regions to compete in Zambo PRISAA Games amid boycott issue

All 17 regions to compete in Zambo PRISAA Games amid boycott issue

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/5 April) – All 17 regions in the country have confirmed participation in the upcoming 2011 Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) National Collegiate Games which is set to ...

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All set for Davao Region sports meet

All set for Davao Region sports meet

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 April) -- It's all systems go for the 2011 Davao Region Athletic Association (Davraa) Meet on April 10 to 14, the Department of Education (DepEd) in Region XI said. Jocelyn De ...

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Phoenix Petroleum to join PBA

Phoenix Petroleum to join PBA

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 March) ¬– Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc. (PPPI) is now in the process of joining the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), on the way to buying the franchise of Barako ...

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DA, LGUs told:  prioritize rehab of watersheds

DA, LGUs told: prioritize rehab of watersheds

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 February) -- The Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) has urged the Department of Agriculture (DA) and local government units (LGUs) to prioritize rehabilitation of wat ...

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Unemployment rate may spoil Davao Region economic growth

Unemployment rate may spoil Davao Region economic growth

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 Feb) --  “Jobless growth”  is one of the major challenges” to the economy of Southeastern Mindanao, the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) said in its 2010 Davao S ...

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Tagum City to host national bowlfest

Tagum City to host national bowlfest

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 Feb) – After hosting an international musical event, Tagum City will play host to the 34th Annual Federation of Duckpin Bowlers of the Philippines (FEDBOP) National Bowling Ch ...

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PSC has yet to discuss plans to revive Mindanao Friendship Games

PSC has yet to discuss plans to revive Mindanao Friendship Games

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 Feb) -- The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) has no plans to revive the ill-fated Mindanao Friendship Games, a sports for peace program aimed to help secure peace in Mindana ...

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DA, LGUs told to prioritize rehab of watersheds

DA, LGUs told to prioritize rehab of watersheds

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/9 Feb) – The Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) has urged the Department of Agriculture (DA) and concerned local government units (LGUs) to prioritize rehabilitation of ...

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Hospital for poor children has yet to apply for permits, says DOH

Hospital for poor children has yet to apply for permits, says DOH

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 February) – A philanthropic organization that planned to put up a hospital for children here is yet to apply for a permit to construct the $2.5-million facility, an official a ...

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Study on RH Movement in Davao City echoes RH bill debate

Study on RH Movement in Davao City echoes RH bill debate

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 January) -- A study documenting the Reproductive Health (RH) Movement in Davao City echoes the RH bill debate in the country as it cites the strong opposition in the Catholic ...

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House to probe irregularities in royalty payments to Mamanwa tribe

House to probe irregularities in royalty payments to Mamanwa tribe

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/2 Feb) – The House of Representatives will conduct an inquiry on the alleged irregularities concerning the multimillion-peso royalty payments made by a mining company to the Mama ...

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MGB-11 to purge inactive mining applications

MGB-11 to purge inactive mining applications

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 February) – The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in Region 11 is optimistic of meeting the deadline set by the Department of Natural Resources (DENR) to cleanse its list of ...

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DepEd pushes for creation of Special Education Center in Samal

DepEd pushes for creation of Special Education Center in Samal

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 January) --  The Department of Education (DepEd) is eyeing the Penaplata Elementary School to be the Special Education (SpEd) center to serve children with special needs in th ...

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Caraga public high schools post zero dropout rates

Caraga public high schools post zero dropout rates

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 Jan) – The Department of Education’s effort to reduce the number of high school dropouts in three divisions in the Caraga Region is paying off, the DepEd said. Public secondar ...

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VM Duterte’s disappointment on arrest of NPA: ‘twas a question of principle’

VM Duterte’s disappointment on arrest of NPA: ‘twas a question of principle’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 January) –  His disappointment over the arrest of an alleged New People Army (NPA) leader on New Year’s Day was “nothing personal” but “a question of principle,” Vice Mayor Ro ...

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Duterte son, SK chief elected VP for Mindanao in respective feds

Duterte son, SK chief elected VP for Mindanao in respective feds

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 January) -- Davao City's Liga ng mga Barangay chief Paolo Duterte and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) president Jashera Gonzales were elected Vice President for Mindanao in their re ...

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Davaoeño artists honored in the Vatican

Davaoeño artists honored in the Vatican

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 Jan) – Davaoeño artists were honored in the Vatican for making the Nativity Scene displayed in Saint Peter Square during the last Christmas celebration. The Nativity Scene, fe ...

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Davao councilor proposes ‘dengue ordinance’

Davao councilor proposes ‘dengue ordinance’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 July) – Alarmed by the year-round threat of dengue, the head of the City Council Committee on Health is proposing to enact an ordinance aimed at reducing the number of cases i ...

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Davao City helps SMEs with financing difficulties

Davao City helps SMEs with financing difficulties

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 July) --Small and medium enterprises in Davao City have a hard time to gain access to financing, a study showed. Half of the SMEs want to access financing but only a fifth wer ...

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