Surf town mayor to barangay chairs: submit names of persons involved in illegal drugs

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island (MindaNews/25 June) – The mayor of General Luna has asked his barangay chairs to submit names of persons involved in the illegal drugs trade in the… »

12-hour blackout to hit Surigao provinces on Sunday

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/24 June) — Most areas of Surigao del Norte and parts of Surigao del Sur will experience a 12-hour blackout from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday,… »

12 cops in Surigao Norte who tested positive in drug test facing charges

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 June) – Twelve police officers in Surigao del Norte are now facing administrative charges after being found positive during random drug testing. According to Supt.… »

Surigao City grapples with water shortage

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 June) – The water utility here has admitted it has been unable to provide enough water to its consumers since last month due to the… »

English Channel Swim

Ingemar “Pinoy Aquaman” Macarine speaks before the media during the launch of the First Filipino English Channel Swim at Marriott Hotel Resorts World in Pasay City Monday afternoon (20 June… »

Pinoy Aquaman: “I’m ready for the English Channel”

PASAY CITY (MindaNews / 22 June) – Endurance swimmer Ingemar “Pinoy Aquaman” Macarine is ready to set a record by crossing the 21-mile (33.8km) English Channel this August. Ingemar “Pinoy… »

Outgoing mayor in Surigao Norte to drug suspects — surrender before June 30

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/20 June) — An outgoing town mayor in Surigao del Norte has urged persons suspected of involvement in illegal drug trade to surrender before her third term ends… »

More victims of human trafficking recorded in Surigao

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/19 June) – More victims of human trafficking have been recorded here in the first two quarters of 2016, most of them shipped out from Pantalan 1 and… »

Wooden-hulled ships, motorbancas to be phased out by December 11

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 June) — Wooden-hulled ships and motorbancas ferrying passengers will no longer be allowed to operate starting December 11 this year, the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina)… »

9 more drug suspects surrender in Surigao town

PLACER, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 17 June) – Nine more persons who claimed to be engaged in the illegal drug trade in this municipality have voluntarily surrendered to authorities… »

3 motor bancas in Butuan suspended following sea mishap

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 June) – Three motor bancas plying the Butuan-Magallanes route in Agusan del Norte that belong to the owner of the ill-fated banca that submerged last… »

Surigao priests campaign against proposed limestone quarry

GIGAQUIT, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 16 June) – Roman Catholic priests in this municipality have been reiterating their call against the planned limestone quarry activities in the village of… »

Robbers hit rural bank in Surigao Norte; another robbery foiled in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/15 June) — A rural bank in Placer, Surigao del Norte fell victim to a group of robbers while another robbery attempt targeting a shipping company in Surigao… »

Surneco assures no brownout despite power plant maintenance shutdown

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/15 June) — A scheduled maintenance shutdown of a power supplier of Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperative won’t result in a brownout as a standby modular generation set… »

3 suspected drug dealers killed in Surigao Norte this month

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/14 June)– Three suspected drug dealers have been killed in Surigao del Norte within the first week of this month, police said. The latest incident occurred on June… »

Suspected illegal drug peddlers who surrendered in Surigao town reach 53

PLACER, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/13 June) — The number of self-confessed illegal drug peddlers in this town who have surrendered to authorities has reached 53 as of Monday, a police… »

‘Pinoy Aquaman’ swims from Bohol to Cebu

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/13 June) — Endurance swimmer and triathlete Ingemar “Pinoy Aquaman” Macarine did another first in the open water on Sunday by swimming a 16-83-kilometer stretch from Bohol to… »

Last Days of Summer

Tourists enjoy the turquoise-colored waters of Sugba Lagoon in Del Carmen, Siargao Island on Tuesday (7 June 2016) as the summer ends and the rainy season begins. This quite place… »

40 suspected shabu peddlers in Placer “surrender,” vow not to engage in illegal drugs

PLACER, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 04 June) — At least 40 suspected shabu drug pushers in this mining town have voluntarily “surrendered” to authorities and vowed not to engage… »

Siargao Island seeks 3-MW modular genset

DAPA, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/21 May) –To have a stable power supply island-wide, the lone power utility here is now seeking a 3-megawatt modular generation set. Engr. Sergio… »

Long Wait

Mothers carrying their babies wait for hours in one of the polling precincts in Margarita R. Espina Elementary School in Barangay Luna, Surigao City after some vote-counting machines malfunctioned on… »

IFI Bishop confirms massive vote-buying noted in Surigao City, del Norte

  SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/08 May) — Massive vote-buying has been reported in all towns including this capital city with the amounts ranging from as low as 20 pesos to as… »

Political organizers in Siargao get death threats

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island (MindaNews/03 May) — Several political organizers in Siargao Island received death threats last week from armed men believed to be goons of politicians. In General Luna… »

Dinagat Islands to go for Duterte

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/30 April) — Majority of the voters in Dinagat Islands will choose Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for President over other candidates, the provincial information officer said. Millard… »

3 Surigao journalists say article vs mayoralty bet not libelous

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 Apr) – Three local journalists here had filed their counteraffidavit before the city prosecutor’s office Tuesday afternoon, saying the libel case filed by a mayoral… »

Over 400 ‘flying voters’ in Siargao excluded in voters’ list

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 Apr) – A total of 451 voters in a town in Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte will be removed from the voters’ list, a… »

Smuggled Wildlife

Animals such as monkeys, birds and a deer were seized at Lipata Port in Surigao City on Palm Sunday, 20 March 2016. The animals are believed to have come from… »

Falcata Logs

Workers load Falcata logs into a truck in Trento, Agusan del Sur on Wednesday (9 March 2016). Falcata plantations are aplenty in the Caraga Region. MindaNews photo by Roel Catoto

Bamboo Raft

A bamboo raft is perfect for the calm sea in the pebble beach of Barangay Mabua in Surigao City, as picnic goers found out on Tuesday (8 March 2016). MindaNews… »

‘Pinoy Aquaman’ to do charity swim in Subic

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/03 March) — For the first time, open water swim triathlete-lawyer Ingemar “Pinoy Aquaman” Macarine along with multi-awarded triathlete Francisco “Philippine Triathlon Legend” Lacson will do a charity… »

Fisherfolk in Surigao town blame mining for dwindling catch

GIGAQUIT, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/02 March) — Fisherfolk in this town have blamed mining as the chief cause of why they have been getting lesser catch these days. “Before we… »

Coin Divers

Sea gypsies popularly called Badjaos wait for passengers aboard MV Dinagat at the port in Surigao City to throw coins into the water which they would catch by driving on… »

Village in Surigao Norte declared off-limits to mining, quarry

GIGAQUIT, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/26 February) — A village in this town has issued a resolution declaring the place off-limits to mining and limestone quarry operations, it was learned on… »

Gigaquit folk say ‘no’ to limestone quarry

GIGAQUIT, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/24 February) — Hundreds of residents have signed a petition opposing the planned operations of a limestone quarry in Barangay San Isidro for fear it would… »

Surigao Fire

Firemen put out the last remaining embers of a fire along Nueva Extension in Barangay Taft, Surigao City Thursday afternoon (18 February 2016) that gobbled up close to a hundred… »

“Pinoy Aquaman” to cross English Channel in August

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/14 February) – This time, the English Channel. Triathlete-lawyer Ingemar “Pinoy Aquaman” Macarine is now preparing to set a new record in August by being the first Filipino… »

Some Surigao blood donors found to have HIV, other infectious diseases

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Feb) – Some blood donors here tested positive for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other blood-borne infectious diseases, an official of the blood bank… »


Triathlete-lawyer Ingemar “Pinoy Aquaman” Macarine raises his hands in triumph after crossing the 15-km stretch from Pamilacan Island, in Baclayon town in Bohol to Baclayon proper on Sunday (January 31,… »

Another first: ‘Pinoy Aquaman’ finishes 15-km swim in Bohol

PAMILACAN ISLAND, Baclayon, Bohol (MindaNews/01 February) — Sheer guts and determination led triathlete-lawyer Ingemar “Pinoy Aquaman” Macarine into another record-setting swim on Sunday. Macarine, 39, defied the rough waters to… »

‘Pinoy Aquaman’ to do 14km swim in Bohol Sea on Sunday

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 Jan) – Triathlete-lawyer Ingemar P. Macarine will attempt another first in swimming history on Sunday: swim 14 kilometers in the Bohol Sea this Sunday. The “Filipino… »

15 boats seized in Siargao for fishing in marine sanctuary

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island (MindaNews/26 January) — Fifteen boats suspected of being used in illegal fishing activities in this town have been seized since November last year, an official said.… »

253 dogs euthanized in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/21 January) — At least 253 stray dogs have been euthanized here since 2013 as part of the city’s campaign against rising cases of dog bites, Dr. Maridel… »

First time

A foreign tourist enjoys her first carabao ride in General Luna town in Siargao Islands, Surigao del Norte on Friday (Jan. 15, 2016). MindaNews photo by Roel N. Catoto


Foreigners jump off the rock at Magpupungko in Pilar town, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte. Tourists love the tidal pools and rock formations in the area. MindaNews photo by ROEL… »

First election casualty: Surigao Norte councilor bet shot dead

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 Jan) – A retired police official running as councilor in the municipality of Tagana-an in Surigao del Norte was shot dead by riding-in-tandem suspects Monday… »

Surfers’ destination

Foreign surfers catch waves in Paradise Barangay Union, Dapa in Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte, a popular destination particularly for surfers. MindaNews photo by ROEL N. CATOTO

9 of 25 Surigao fishermen languishing in Indonesian jail are ill

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 7 Jan) – Nine of the 25 fishermen from this city who are languishing in jail in Indonesia are ill, according to their boat captain. Rodrigo… »

25 fishermen from Surigao jailed in Indonesia

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 6 Jan) – Twenty-five fishermen from this city are now languishing in jail in Indonesia due to illegal fishing, according to two barangay chairmen. Josselyn Mantilla,… »

Whale shark found dead in Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/05 January) — A huge whale shark was found dead at the shoreline of Pamosaingan village in Socorro town in Bucas Grande Islands, Surigao del Norte. The whale… »

Yearend adventure

A female tourist enjoys the waves at Jacking Horse in Barangay Catanganan, General Luna,  Siargao, Surigao del Norte. This place is a good spot for neophyte surfers. MindaNews photo by… »

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