3 drug suspects killed, 3 cops wounded in Surigao shootout

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/09 February) — At least three suspects in a drug raid were killed and two of their companions surrendered to authorities after nearly four hours of shootout with… »

Agaton bakwits

At least 50 residents in Sitio Bonotan, Barangay Washington sought refuge at the Surigao del Norte Capitol on Saturday afternoon as public storm signal 1 remains hoisted over 7 Mindanao… »

Storm Watching

A young man leans back as waves brought by Tropical Depression Agaton pummel the port area in Surigao City on Saturday, January 18, 2014. MindaNews photo by Roel N. Catoto

Huge waves, strong winds pummel Surigao

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/18 January)—Tropical depression Agaton triggered strong winds and huge waves in Surigao del Norte since Friday, prompting naval authorities to suspend sea travel, stranding at least 250 passengers… »

Climate Refugees

Days of torrential rains have forced at least 347 families living in flood- and landslide-prone areas in Surigao City to flee their homes since January 12, 2014. The evacuees are… »


Environmentalist lawyer Ingemal Macarine chats with friends and fellow triathlon enthusiasts at Punta Bilar Dive Center in Surigao City on New Years eve after setting a record for being the… »

Environmentalist lawyer swims across Surigao Channel; sets record

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/01 January) – Four men dared swim across the Surigao Channel, from Basul Island to Lipata in Surigao City on New Year’s eve but only one succeeded, to… »

Surigao solon’s perjury charge vs watchdog junked

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/22 December)-The City Prosecutor’s Office here has junked the perjury charge filed by Surigao del Norte Rep. Francisco Matugas (first district) against an anti-corruption group. Matugas filed the… »

Inaugural rites for Surigao road project moved to basketball court due to ambush

BACUAG, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/15 Dec) – An improvised explosive device went off Saturday afternoon in Sitio Julilon, Barangay Dugsangon, causing damage to a patrol car of this municipality  and… »

Look, Mom, It’s Big

Christmas lights blanket a giant replica of a shoe at the “Luneta Park” in Surigao City on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Built in the 1970s, the structure houses a power… »

Run for Yolanda Survivors

Runners in Surigao City go on a sprint at the start of the Red Tie Run 2, held to commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1. The organizers have committed… »

3 Surigao barangays face charges for nonpayment of election shares

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/30 Nov.) — Three of the city’s 54 villages in the city had not paid their election shares, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Surigao City said. Despite… »

Kids start playing basketball again to lift their spirits

TACLOBAN CITY (MindaNews/29 November)—Amid the devastation of super typhoon “Yolanda” here, some youngsters are getting back to their “normal lives” by playing basketball again. Young survivors in Barangay 69 Anibong… »

Surigao to hold run for ‘Yolanda’ victims

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/29 November)–All is set for the “run-for-a-cause” this Sunday here for the victims of super typhoon “Yolanda,” an event organized by the Surigao Runners’ Club (SRC). All proceeds… »

Life in Ruins

Rogelee Galangue, a resident of Barangay 87 Manlurip San Jose in Tacloban City, takes an early morning walk on Nov. 24 to collect debris as materials for rebuilding his house.… »

Tourists turn volunteers in typhoon-hit Bantayan Island

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/28 Nov.) — They came to visit different tourist spots in the country, but typhoon Yolanda changed their plans. Two French Nationals interviewed by MindaNews said they have… »

Opting to stay, Tacloban folk build houses from debris

TACLOBAN CITY (MindaNews/27 November)—Uncertainties of finding a job elsewhere forced some survivors here to stay put, as they rebuild their shattered houses from debris left by super typhoon “Yolanda,” which… »

Mindanao-wide NGOs helping ‘Yolanda’ survivors in Leyte

TACLOBAN CITY (MindaNews/25 November)—A Mindanao-wide network of non-government organizations (NGOs) has delivered relief goods and services to survivors of typhoon “Yolanda” in this city and other municipalities in Leyte. Sister… »

Tacloban cheers for Pacquiao

TACLOBAN CITY (MindaNews / 24 November) —  Despite the catastrophe wrought by super typhoon Yolanda on November 8,   residents as well as evacuees gathered Sunday noon at the Tacloban… »

Tacloban cheers for Pacquiao

Despite the catastrophe wrought by super typhoon Yolanda on November 8,  a number of residents of Tacloban City in Leyte trooped to the Tacloban City Convention Center Sunday noon to… »

Bizarre Car Display

A newish car is perched on an island in front of a beautiful building in Tacloban City as if it is on display, but upside down. Photo taken 15 November… »

Some ‘Yolanda’ survivors leaving Leyte for Mindanao

BENIT, San Ricardo, Leyte (MindaNews/19 November) — Hundreds of survivors of super typhoon Yolanda in Leyte are starting to leave the island, and some of them are heading for Davao… »

Relief goods short, just 3 kilos of rice and a can of sardines

TACLOBAN CITY (MindaNews/18 November)—For some folk in this city, which was flattened by super typhoon “Yolanda,” relief goods reaching them are not enough, despite the massive arrival of supplies from… »

‘Yolanda’ damage in Dinagat province hits P202M

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 Nov) — Dinagat Islands province, which was placed under storm signal number 4 when Yolanda made six landfalls in the Visayas and Palawan on November… »

Surigaonons complain about high port charges for relief goods

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Nov) – Surigaonons are urging government to help out in bringing relief goods and rescue workers to typhoon-devastated areas because shipping and port charges for… »

Boy & Girl Scouts

Boy and Girl Scouts and people from various groups help to pack relief goods for Yolanda survivors at the Philippine Ports Authority warehouse in Surigao City Wednesday 13 November 2013.… »

Surigao del Norte not “zero casualty” after all; 3 killed, 16 missing, 12 rescued

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 November) –  The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Mangement Council (PDRRMC) may have spoken too soon. Super typhoon Yolanda, it turns out, did not leave… »

Mindanao electric co-ops to help fix power lines in Leyte, Samar

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/13 November) – As they did last year after super typhoon Pablo, the 33-member Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives (AMRECO) is deploying linemen and equipment to help… »


Heavy equipment and personnel from the Department of Public Works and Highways in Region 10 arrive at Lipata Port in Surigao City on November 12 for deployment to the typhoon-stricken area… »

‘Zoraida’ triggers class, boat trip suspensions in Surigao Norte, Dinagat provinces

SURIGAO CITY(MindaNews/11 November)—Classes in pre-school and elementary levels and boat trips were suspended Monday afternoon in Surigao del Norte and Dinagat provinces as tropical depression “Zoraida” moves closer to northeastern… »

Surigao groups conduct relief drive for ‘Yolanda’ victims

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/11 November)—Various groups here have appealed for donations for victims of super typhoon “Yolanda” in the provinces of Leyte and Samar. Local radio stations affiliated with the Kapisanan… »

Relief goods, rescue teams from Mindanao now in Leyte

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/10 Nov) – Relief and rescue teams from several local government units in Mindanao are now in Leyte to help in the rescue and relief operatons in the… »

Power still down in some areas in Dinagat, Siargao and Bucas Grande

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 November) – Power supply has yet to be restored in several villages in Dinagat Islands province and the islands of Siargao and Bucas Grande in… »

Zero casualty in Surigao Norte, Dinagat during ‘Yolanda’

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/08 November) – Super Typhoon “Yolanda” displaced thousands of residents and damaged a number of homes, but left no casualties in Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands provinces,… »

Bakwit and Puppies

With her three puppies around her, this girl is at peace at the Surigao City Auditorium on Thursday, 7 Nov 2013, a day before super typhoon Yolanda is expected to hit… »

Surigaonons start evacuating

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 7 Nov) – Residents here have already heeded the call to safety as families started evacuating to safer areas starting Wednesday night as super typhoon Yolanda… »

Classes suspended in Surigao City due to ‘Wilma’

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/04 November)—Classes in the elementary level were suspended today after tropical depression “Wilma” made landfall in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur this morning. City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas on… »

2 candidates in Surigao Norte win by luck

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/29 October) — Two candidates for barangay chair in Surigao del Norte never thought they would win in Monday’s village elections not by leads in the vote but… »

Buying votes

A candidate’s bagman distributing money to voters in Sitio Payawan 1, Barangay Luna, Surigao City on Sunday afternoon.October 27, 2013, eve of the Barangay elections, in what is known as… »

Surigao solon pushes passage of ‘bakwits’ bill

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/26 October)—Surigao del Norte Rep. Guillermo Romarate (2nd district), chair of the House Committee on Human Rights, has pushed the passage of a bill for “bakwits” or internally… »

Surigao council declares mayor’s ally ‘persona non grata’

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/25 October)—The city council approved Thursday afternoon a resolution declaring Balgamelo “Baby” C. Ma, Mayor Ernesto Matugas’ alleged “alter ego,” a “persona non grata” (unwelcome person). Councilor Baltazar… »

Lawyers’ group condemns lawsuit filed vs 2 Surigao City councilors

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 Oct) – The Union of People’s Lawyers in Mindanao (UPLM) has condemned the slapping of an illegal assembly case against two city councilors here and… »

Liba-liba fishing operations continue in Caraga despite ban

CANTILAN, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews / 24 Oct) – Despite the ban on Danish seine fishing, locally known as liba-liba, fishermen are still using the method in the waters of… »

9 elementary schools in Surigao Norte in high risk locations

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 Oct) – Nine public elementary schools in Surigao del Norte have been identified as being in “high risk” locations, prone to either floods or landslides,… »

Surigaonons chip in for relief of quake-stricken areas in Bohol, Cebu

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 Oct) – Surigaonons from all walks of life have chipped in to help fund relief efforts for earthquake-stricken areas in Bohol and Cebu. Willie Gan,… »

Mamanwa leaders nix Manobo ancestral domain claim in Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/22 Oct) — Anticipating an emerging conflict, Mamanwa tribal leaders across Surigao del Norte issued a resolution requesting the government line agencies not to recognize the Manobo tribe… »

Officials back royalty claims of Manobos who barricaded mine firm

PUYAT, Carmen, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/21 Oct.) – Officials had endorsed the ancestral domain claim and demand for royalty by a group of Manobos that recently staged a barricade against… »

Manobos face charges if they hold another barricade – officials

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/20 Oct.) — Manobo tribesmen who barricaded a mine site in Claver town, Surigao del Norte weeks ago may face charges should they return to stage another blockade,… »

Surigao solon wants probe on operation of suspended nickel mining company

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Oct) – Surigao del Norte Rep. Guillermo A. Romarate Jr. (2nd District) is calling for a congressional investigation on a Chinese mining company in Claver… »

Tornadoes in Surigao Norte town send villagers to panic

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Oct) – Tornadoes that appeared off the shore of Malimono town in Surigao del Norte Monday morning forced villagers to evacuate to hilly portions. (Video… »

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