‘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,… »


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.… »

Quakes hit country’s surfing capital  

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/31 December) — At least 15 earthquake incidents have been recorded in the country’s surfing capital in General Luna in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, since 8:11 p.m.… »

Welcome 2015

Brownouts notwithstanding, Surigaonons find ways to welcome 2015 using the torotot (party horns). Residents rush to buy the torotot at the Surigao Boulevard evening of December 31. MindaNews photo by… »

“Pinoy Aquaman” to cross heavily-silted channel in Surigao

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/31 Dec) – Lawyer tri-athlete Ingemar “Pinoy Aquaman” Macarine will attempt another record-setting feat on January 2 by crossing the 10-kilometer Hinatuan Passage in Surigao del Norte. Macarine… »

Hide and Seek

Policemen look under the stalls for some vendors of firecrackers who try to hide during a raid at Surigao City Boulevard on Tuesday afternoon (December 30, 2014). The police seized… »


At least 824 passengers are stranded in Lipata Port and Bilang Bilang Port in Surigao City as typhoon Seniang pummeled Northeastern Mindanao Monday (December 29, 2014). This photo was taken… »

‘Seniang’ causes blackouts in 3 provinces in Caraga

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/30 December) – Tropical storm Seniang toppled a transmission line of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines causing power outage in three provinces of Caraga Region. The… »

Defying Seniang

Trips by small boats from Hiyanggabon Port in Claver, Surigao del Norte to Bucas Grande Islands in Socorro town continue on December 28 despite the storm public warning signal 1… »

In Surigao, boat trips, flights cancelled as Seniang nears  

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 Dec) — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) here cancelled boat trips Sunday as the weather bureau placed Surigao and several other Mindanao and Visayas provinces… »

Madlos claims “more than 300 NPA raids” vs military, paramilitary in 2014  

MARIHATAG, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews / 27 December) – The New People’s Army conducted “more than 300 raids” against government troops and paramilitary forces in Mindanao in 2014, Jorge Madlos,… »


Jorge “Ka Oris” Madlos, spokesperson of the National Democratic Front-Mindanao  at the 46th anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines on Friday, December 26, claims that the revolutionary movement… »

NDF to release all ‘prisoners of war’ in Mindanao

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/22 December) — Communist rebels have agreed to release nine captives including three police officers they seized last month in Alegria, Surigao del Norte. In a statement emailed… »

Surigao residents warned of possible landslides, flash floods

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/22 December) — Residents living in high-risk areas were warned Monday by the city government to watch out for flood after the water level at Surigao River started… »

Fallen Tree

A worker, with the help of a chain saw, cuts a fallen mangium tree branch by branch to release two cars pinned down in the accident early evening Thursday (18… »

Priest starts Mindanao leg of ‘Climate Ride’

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/18 December) – After finishing the Baclaran-Leyte route on Tuesday, Redemptorist priest Fr. Amado Picardal began the Mindanao leg of his bike tour for the climate Wednesday from… »

Placer folk complain of ‘different taste’ of potable water; officials say it’s still safe

PLACER, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/16 December) – Residents have complained of a change in the quality of their potable water supply since late last month and some even claimed to… »

Ex-US Marine survives ambush in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/12 December) — A retired U.S. Marine survived an ambush attempt Tuesday in a remote village in this city. A police report said Mark Ernest Southworth, 56, was… »

MGB-Caraga wants cease and desist order vs mining firm lifted

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/12 December) — A mining firm in Surigao del Norte has obtained a recommendation from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB)-Caraga regional office in Surigao City for the… »

Power shortage looms in Mindanao after Christmas

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/11 December) – Mindanao will experience a new round of power shortage starting Dec. 26 as the National Power Corporation-Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (NPC-PSALM) will… »

This Shoe Glitters

Christmas lights adorn a giant replica of a shoe at the “Luneta Park” in Surigao City on Tuesday evening (December 9, 2014). Built in the 1970s, the structure houses a… »

Power supply in Surigao Norte to worsen after Christmas; rest of Mindanao may be affected too

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Dec) – On to of the two-hour daily blackouts in nine towns of Surigao del Norte, the power situation in the province is expected to… »

2-hour daily rotating blackout hits Surigao Norte towns

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 9 Dec) – Nine municipalities in Surigao del Norte under the service of Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperative Inc. (SURNECO) have been experiencing two-hour daily power… »

Tabacon, Kramer win 1st Surigao Duathlon challenge

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/08 Dec) – Sunday’s inclement weather as typhoon Ruby left Mindanao did not stop at least duathletes from participating in the 1st Surigao Duathlon Challenge, which Jefferson Tabacon of Tagum… »

CebuPac cancels Caraga flights until Saturday

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/05 December)–Budget airline Cebu Pacific Air has cancelled its flights to the Caraga region on Friday until Saturday due to typhoon “Ruby” (international name Hagupit). In a travel… »

Typhoon ‘Ruby’ prompts 2,300 families to leave homes in Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/05 December)—At least 2,300 families from different parts of Surigao del Norte have sought refuge in evacuation centers across the province as a precaution to typhoon “Ruby” (international… »

Surigao City moves to address water shortage

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/04 December) – The city needs to tap additional sources of potable water supply to address periodic shortages and growing demand, participants to the two-day seminar on water… »

Abducted cops’ wives ask gov’t to negotiate release with NPA

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 Nov) – Spouses of two of the three policemen abducted by the New People’s Army in Surigao del Norte earlier this month have asked the… »

‘Queenie’ aftermath: 4 Surigao fishermen found alive, but 1 still missing

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 Nov) – Four of five fishermen in this city who were reported missing since Tropical Depression “Queenie” made landfall Wednesday were found alive in Southern Leyte on Thursday evening.… »

750 passengers stranded in Surigao sea ports

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 Nov) – Although Tropical Depression “Queenie” is now out of Mindanao, a total of 750 sea vessel passengers bound for Cebu, Leyte, Siargao and Dinagat… »

Search on for 5 missing fishermen in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 Nov) – Authorities here have launched a search and rescue operation for five fishermen from this city who went missing after Tropical Depression “Queenie” made… »

Village chair shot dead in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/25 November) – A barangay chair in the city was shot dead Sunday evening by an unidentified assailant, police said Tuesday. Police Supt. Julito Diray, chief of police… »

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