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… »

NDF says Bayanihan fails to curb insurgency in Mindanao

HINIMBANGAN, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte (MindaNews/27 December) — Oplan Bayanihan, the centerpiece of the Aquino administration’s counterinsurgency program, has failed to contain the armed movement in Mindanao, Jorge “Ka Oris”… »

47-year old rebellion

At least 60 New People’s Army guerrillas assemble in the village of Hinimbangan in Kitcharao town, Agusan del Norte on Saturday (Dec. 26, 2015) to celebrate the 47th founding anniversary… »

Harvest Time

A fisherman takes out lobsters from his fishcage in Barangay Day-asan, a fishing village in Surigao City, on Tuesday (22 Dec 2015). Fishermen sell live lobsters at P2,400 a kilo. MindaNews photo… »

Illegal drugs cases top list of offenses filed in Surigao Norte courts

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 Dec) – Illegal drugs, estafa and violence against women and children have topped the list of criminal cases filed at the Surigao del Norte Regional… »

Dengue cases in Surigao City down from 859 last year to 393 this year

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 December) — Cases of dengue here dropped to 393 from 859 last year, Garosfe Menor, dengue program coordinator of the City Health Office (CHO) said.… »

No buyers

The price of tilapia in the towns surrounding Lake Mainit in Agusan del Norte has gone down to Php 60 per kilo, from Php 120 to P140 a month ago,… »

BFAR says fish kill in Lake Mainit due to low dissolved oxygen

KITCHARAO, Agusan del Norte (MindaNews / 19 December) – The incidents of fish kill in Lake Mainit have been traced to low dissolved oxygen in the country’s fourth largest lake,… »

1,300 families seek shelter at evacuation centers in Caraga

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/19 December) — At least 1,313 families or 5,801 individuals sought refuge in different evacuation centers in Caraga region as tropical depression ‘Onyok’ which eventually weakened into a… »


Crew members of cargo trucks secure their things while waiting for clearance to travel in Lipata Port, Surigao City on Friday afternoon, December 18, 2015 due to tropical depression Onyok. At… »

‘Onyok’ strands passengers, cargoes in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/18 December) — Close to a thousand passengers and 108 rolling cargoes were stranded at the Lipata Port in Surigao City as authorities braced for Tropical Depression Onyok… »

Preparing for ‘Onyok’

Fishermen in Barangay Sabang in Surigao City move their boats away from shore on Friday (December 18, 2015) tropical depression “Onyok” approaches the area. MindaNews photo by Roel N. Catoto

10 HIV cases in Surigao Norte from Jan-Sept

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/17 December) — At least 10 people were found positive of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Surigao del Norte from January to September this year, a health official… »

Road Closed

Motorists who are not residents of the Ouano-Cenisa Heights subdivision are barred from accessing Ceniza Road, a private road that serves as shortcut going to downtown Surigao City. The homeowners’… »

Unabated crimes lead to road closure in Surigao

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 Dec) – Because of a series of crimes occurring inside a subdivision here, its residents have decided to close a private road from the rest… »

Mayor threatens to close mining firm if found responsible for fish kill in Lake Mainit

MAINIT, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 15 Dec) – If there would be concrete evidence to show that mining activities upstream have caused the fish kill in lake Mainit, the… »

Can’t go fishing

Fisherfolk like Rolando Zamora of Barangay Poblacion, Mainit town in Surigao del Norte, can’t go fishing following the fishkill in Lake Mainit that started three weeks ago and left thousands… »

Mayor, fisherfolk suspect mining caused fishkill in Lake Mainit

MAINIT, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 13 December) – The mayor of Mainit town and fisherfolk living around Lake Mainit want to know if mining operations upstream caused the massive fishkill… »

Coin Divers

Sea gypsies popularly called Badjaos find time to play on Thursday (December 10, 2015) at Surigao City Port while waiting for passengers aboard M/V Renie Maria Magdalena to throw coins… »

Human Rights Day Protest

Protesters beat an effigy draped with an American flag during a rally in Surigao City Thursday (10 Dec 2015) to commemorate the International Human Rights Day. More than 1,000 people… »

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