19 barangay chairs snub Surigao City mayor’s address

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/25 April) – Saying he failed to deliver basic services to their areas, 19 of the city’s 54 barangay (village) chairpersons did not show up when Mayor Ernesto… »

Dinagat to sue 2 more mining firms for unpaid taxes

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/24 April) — Two more mining companies will be included in the lawsuit filed by the Province of Dinagat Islands for refusal to settle local tax obligations. Provincial… »

Dinagat province to sue 3 mining firms for refusal to pay local taxes

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 Apr) – For refusal to pay local tax obligations, the province of Dinagat Islands will sue three large-scale mining companies. The offending mining firms are… »

Surigao Norte town to probe gas leak from nickel processing plant

CLAVER, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 23 Apr) – The municipal government of Claver, through the municipal council, will be conducting an investigation on the pre-dawn gas leak from a… »

Earth Day Protest

At least three thousand people from the four provinces of Caraga Region march at Kilometer 2 National Highway in Surigao City on Wednesday (22 April 2015). Protesters reiterate calls for… »

300 cave enthusiasts gather in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 Apr) – At least 300 cave enthusiasts around the country have gathered here staring Tuesday for their five-day 15th National Cave Congress. Jason Garrido, president… »

Ranking NPA leader falls in Surigao

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 Apr) – A ranking New People’s Army (NPA) leader was arrested here Sunday by joint elements of the Army’s 29th Infantry Battalion and the police’s… »

Surigao police placed on alert after mall blast

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/21 April) – The city has placed its police force on alert to thwart another possible bombing attempt after an improvised explosive device (IED) went off inside the… »

Underdog from Surigao wins in Butuan triathlon

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/21 April) — An unheralded triathlete from Surigao City pulled out a come-from-behind victory to dethrone the defending champion of the Mazaua Triathlon competition in Butuan City last… »

Cargo boat in Surigao mishap unauthorized to operate – Marina

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/20 April) — A cargo boat that lost its balance when hit by big waves off Surigao City last Friday and had to be towed by another vessel… »

IED explodes in Surigao mall

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/20 April) — An improvised explosive device (IED) went off inside the Gaisano Capital-Surigao mall on Sunday afternoon, police said. No one was hurt during the blast as… »

Triumph

Ingemar “Pinoy Aquaman” Macarine raises his hands after completing his 19.99-km swim from Bantayan Island to Barangay Bancasan, San Remigio town in northern Cebu on Sunday (April 13, 2015). Macarine… »

‘Pinoy Aquaman’ conquers Cebu channel

SAN REMIGIO, Cebu (MindaNews/13 April) — Lawyer Ingemar “Pinoy Aquaman” P. Macarine crossed the channel between Bantayan Island and San Remigio town in Northern Cebu on Sunday, achieving yet another… »

‘Pinoy Aquaman’ to cross Cebu channel on Sunday

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/06 April) — Triathlete-lawyer Ingemar P. Macarine will attempt another first in swimming history on Sunday: cross a 17-kilometer channel in the Visayas on Sunday. The Filipino “Aquaman”… »

Surigao town mayor serves first of three-month suspension

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/05 April) — The mayor of Pilar town in Surigao del Norte has been out of office since March 6, following a suspension order issued by the anti-graft… »

LTO-Surigao to implement anti-drunk, drug act

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 March) – The Land Transportation Office (LTO) in this city will soon implement the Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013 or Republic Act 10586.… »

Surigao mayor files motion for reconsideration on graft raps

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/28 March) — Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas has filed a motion for reconsideration in connection with the graft chargea filed against him before the Ombudsman-Mindanao. Atty. Manuelito D.… »

Surigao mining firm pays initial P5 million to Mamanwas, barricade lifted

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – Mamanwas have lifted their barricade against a mining firm on Saturday after Greenstone Resources Corporation initially paid at least P5 million to the tribesfolk, belated… »

Surigao pet owners warned not to let their pets on the loose

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – The City Veterinary Office here has warned pet owners not to let their pets on the loose, saying these will be caught with… »

Murder complaint vs Swiss national dismissed

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/25 March) — The City Prosecution Office here has dismissed for lack of evidence a complaint for murder filed against a Swiss national who allegedly killed his best friend,… »

318 persons infected with STDs in Surigao City in 2014

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/24 March) – A total of 318 persons were infected with sexually transmitted diseases last year in the city, according to records at the City Health Office. There… »

Surigao City mayor faces graft raps

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/23 March) – City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas has been indicted by the Ombudsman for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. According to the resolution issued… »

Mamanwa Barricade

Around 400 Mamanwas set up barricades outside the offices of Greenstone Resources Corporation in Barangay Cawilan, Tubod town in Surigao del Norte. As they entered their third day at the… »

Mamanwas set up barricade against Surigao mining firm

TUBOD, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 19 March) – For alleged non-payment of royalty share to the Mamanwas, tribesfolk have set up barricade against a mining firm operating in this… »

Fruit Game Machines

A policeman pours gasoline into an illegal fruit game machine as they set ablaze 16 of the gambling machines during a raid in Barangay Washington in Surigao City Wednesday morning… »

53 HIV cases documented in Caraga in 2014 – DOH

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 March) – The Department of Health in Caraga Region has recorded at least 53 cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in 2014. The DOH said… »

Surigao cops burn illegal game machines

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 March) – Police personnel here set ablaze 16 illegal fruit game machines Wednesday morning in a joint operation with officials of Barangay Washington here. Supt.… »

Game Over

Police personnel and barangay tanods seize at least 19 illegal fruit game machines in Barangay Washington, Surigao City on Monday morning (March 16). Some of these machines were seized near… »

73 fire incidents in Surigao Norte in 2014

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/17 March) – A total of 73 fire incidents happened in Surigao del Norte last year, the provincial office of the Bureau of Fire Protection said. According to… »

25 found positive of HIV in Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/17 March) — At least 25 people have been found positive of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Surigao del Norte since 2007, according to Department of Health-Caraga.… »

‘Junk Mining Act’

Anti-mining protesters hold a rally in front of the Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau in Surigao City on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. The protesters called for the repeal of the Mining… »

NDF releases 3 cops in Surigao del Norte

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/26 Feb) — The National Democratic Front of the Philippines-Northeastern Mindanao Region (NDFP-NEMR) released Thursday the three policemen in Surigao del Norte who were held captive since late… »

Dragon Dance

Filipino-Chinese residents in Surigao City celebrate the New Year on Thursday (19 Feb 2015) with a dragon dance along city streets, where they give away free tikoy and ice cream for… »

Surigao City faces shortage of fish supply

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Feb) – Fish vendors and consumers here are now facing the dilemma over the enforcement of the city ordinance prohibiting the sale of any kind… »

Fewer Fish

Although usually filled with various kinds of fish and other marine products, the fish section of the Surigao City market now has less items on display, like when MindaNews visited… »

Surigao police facing blank wall in bus bombing

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 5 Feb) – Authorities are virtually facing a blank wall on Wednesday’s bus bombing incident in Claver town in Surigao del Norte that injured two persons.… »

2 injured in Surigao bus bombing

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 4 Feb) – Two persons were injured when an improvised explosive device exploded inside a passenger bus Wednesday morning at Claver town in Surigao del Norte… »

Surigao Norte declares 10-day ceasefire to pave way for cops’ release by NPA

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 Jan) – The provincial government of Surigao del Norte, through its Provincial Crisis Management Committee, has sought a 10-day extension of the ceasefire between communist… »

Surigao City implements fare cut on tricycles

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 Jan) – The huge drop of prices of petroleum products in the global market has pushed the city government to implement a one-peso reduction on… »

Pawnshop-jewelry store robbed in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 January) – An undetermined number of jewelries were seized by unidentified robbers who stormed a pawnshop-jewelry store in Surigao City on Saturday afternoon. Richard Merca,… »

Declogging

After several days of rains in Surigao City, workers of the Department of Public Works and Highways have been declogging canals along Rizal Street since last week. This picture was… »

Surigao suspends classes due to rains

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Jan) – Classes here have been suspended because of torrential rains since Tuesday, a government official announced. This despite the weather bureau’s advisory that the… »

Reds postpone release of 3 cops in Surigao Norte; cite continuing military drive

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/12 January) – The New People’s Army last week announced it has put on hold the planned release of three policemen in Surigao del Norte it has held… »

Bank grants Surigao water utility P202-M loan

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/10 January) – United Coconut Planters Bank-Surigao branch has recently granted the multi-million loan to Surigao Metropolitan Water District (SMWD). Young Allaniel Bumanglag, manager of UCPB-Surigao told MindaNews… »

Classes cancelled in Surigao City due to heavy rains

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/09 January) — Heavy rains in Surigao del Norte forced the suspension of classes in preschools and elementary schools in the city Friday. The City Disaster Risk Reduction… »

NDFP declares ceasefire in Surigao Norte for safe release of policemen

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 7 Jan) – To “pave way for the safe and orderly release” of the three policemen snatched by New People’s Army (NPA), the National Democratic Front… »

Tricycle fare in Surigao City to be reduced by 1 peso

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 7 Jan) – The plummeting oil prices worldwide has convinced the Surigao City Council to cut tricycle fare here by one peso. Councilor Jose V. Begil… »

Kin of cops held by NPA want troop pullout for safe release of captives

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/06 January) – The wives and relatives of three policemen who were snatched by the New People’s Army in Surigao del Norte almost two months ago on Monday… »

Swim for the Environment

Triathlete-lawyer Ingemar “Pinoy Aquaman ” Macarine stops to drink water given by the support staff during his record-setting feat Friday (2 January 2015). Macarine swam 10.5 kilometers in 5 hours… »

‘Pinoy Aquaman’ crosses Hinatuan Passage to promote environmental protection

CAGDIANAO, Claver, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/02 January) — Triathlete-lawyer Ingemar “Pinoy Aquaman” Macarine achieved another feat as the first man to swim across the Hinatuan Passage in Surigao del Norte.… »

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