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… »

Surigao City mulls privatization of garbage collection

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/22 November)—Citing the growing operational expenses in garbage collection, the city government is considering to privatize it. Atty. Manuel D. Delani, city legal officer, said the local government… »

Tiresome Job

These workers take advantage of the fine weather scooping sand and gravel in Surigao River on Thursday morning (November 20, 2014). This backbreaking job is a common sight along the… »

Surigao Norte police placed on red alert after abduction of 2 more cops

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/21 November) — Police stations in Surigao del Norte have been placed on red alert following the series of abductions of policemen by suspected New People’s Army rebels… »

Cement plant in Surigao extends suspension of operations

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/21 November) – Cash-strapped Pacific Cement Company Inc. (PACEMCO) has decided to extend the suspension of its plant operations for three months to complete the ongoing negotiations for… »

Illegal Fishing Boats

At least three “liba-liba” boats were seized on Wednesday (19 Nov 2014) off Placer town in Surigao del Norte. The seizure was conducted through joint efforts by the Philippine Navy and the… »

Surigao tourist island considered for isolation area for Ebola patients

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 Nov) – Officials here are considering to use a small island four kilometers away as isolation area in case Ebola cases reach this city. Dr.… »

Surigao town mayor faces raps for infra projects irregularities

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 Nov) – For implementing infrastructure projects that allegedly did not meet specifications in the plan, a formal complaint was lodged before the anti-graft court against… »

Surigao prepares for 1st duathlon challenge

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 Nov) – Duathletes in Northern Mindanao are now gearing up for the first ever duathlon event in this city on Dec. 7. It is being… »

Third in November: 2 more cops seized by armed men in Surigao town

ALEGRIA, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/17 November) – Two policemen were seized by suspected communist rebels in Surigao del Norte on Sunday afternoon bringing to three the total number of policemen… »

Arrival of Christianity

A float depicting the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines joins the parade on Wednesday afternoon (November 12) in Surigao City marking the 75th year of the Diocese of Surigao… »

‘Bank remains stable’: Majority owner refuses help for troubled SRBC

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/13 November) — Manila-based businessmen had offered help to save the Surigaonon Rural Banking Corporation (SRBC) from possible bankruptcy after it was hit by a withdrawal frenzy since… »

Cop seized by armed men in Surigao town

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/12 November) – Unidentified armed men snatched a novice policeman on Wednesday morning in Malimono town in Surigao del Norte, Senior Inspector Rosemarie Molabola, community relations head of… »

Mass withdrawals hit bank in Surigao; owner infuses more capital

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/12 November) — Rumors that it was going bankrupt have triggered mass withdrawals from the Surigaonon Rural Banking Corporation Inc. (SRBC) since last month, the bank’s majority owner… »

Early Celebration

Surigao Del Norte provincial government employees ignore the drizzle as they continue to work on Christmas decorations at the capitol ground in Surigao City on Monday noon (November10, 2014) .… »

Surigao prepares for Ebola with expected influx of OFWs during Christmas

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/11 November) — The Caraga Regional Hospital in Surigao City is now undertaking preparations against the possible entry of the dreaded Ebola virus in anticipation of the influx… »


A boy lifts the jaws of a tiger shark in Barangay Punta Bilar in Surigao City on Sunday afternoon (9 Nov 2014). A group fishermen from this village caught a… »

Human head, leg found inside belly of tiger shark caught by Surigao fishermen

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Nov) – A group of fishermen here caught last week a huge tiger shark in the waters between Bohol and Camiguin islands, and found inside… »

28 persons found positive of HIV in Caraga

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/04 November) – Twenty-eight persons tested positive of Human Immunodeficiency Virus in Caraga Region during the first eight months of this year, according to the regional office of… »

Surigao villagers fear escalation of conflict

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/04 November) – Residents of a barangay in Bacuag town in Surigao del Norte expressed fears of a possible escalation of conflict after clashes between government forces and… »

Workers to Surigao cement firm: What’s the real status?

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/01 November)—Workers of the Filipino-owned Pacific Cement Company, Inc. (PACEMCO) are worried over their job tenure as the firm failed to resume operations for six months now. Edwin… »

Dengue cases in Surigao City highest in 10 years

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 Oct) – Dengue cases here have reached unprecedented levels in the last 10 years, with 501 cases for the last 10 months wherein 3 patients… »

Surigao City LGU running out of anti-rabies vaccines as cases of animal bites rise

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Oct) – The City Health Office here is running out of anti-rabies vaccines as officials say the city government has no budget to cope with… »

Surigao health officials worried over leprosy victims who avoid treatment

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 Oct) – The City Health Office here said there are only a few documented cases of leprosy, but its officials are worried that more people… »

Divers dismayed over capture, death of giant sun fish

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/17 October) — Some local and foreign divers expressed dismay over the capture of a giant ocean sun fish Tuesday in a barangay here, and said the fishermen… »

Surigao fishermen catch giant ocean sunfish

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 Oct) – Fishermen in a coastal village here caught a rare giant fish early morning Tuesday, which awed residents owing to the fish’s size. Energito… »

Some blood donors in Surigao have HIV, other diseases

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/13 October) — Some blood donors tested positive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other diseases, an official of the blood bank center at the Caraga Regional Hospital… »

HIV cases in Surigao Norte up almost 50%

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/11 October)—Health officials have expressed alarm over the rising number of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases in Surigao del Norte. Jessica L. Nepomuceno, program coordinator of the Sexually… »

Police looking for ‘John Lennon’

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 9 Oct) – The police here are looking for another foreigner who was a companion of the slain Swiss national whose body was found with a… »

Foreigner killed in Surigao also a Swiss national

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 8 Oct) – The foreigner found dead with a stab wound on his chest in a grassy portion of this city Tuesday morning is also a… »

18,500 Dinagat residents victimized by pyramiding scam – NBI

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 8 Oct0 – At least 18,500 people have fallen victim to a pyramiding scam in Dinagat Island, according to National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)-13. NBI-Caraga Regional… »

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Mining workers stand near the portal of the tunnel of the Silangan Mindanao Mining Company, Inc. in Timamana, Tubod, Surigao del Norte on Monday (7 October 2014). This underground block… »

Foreign national found dead in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 7 Oct) – A foreigner was found dead in a grassy portion of a village in this city Tuesday morning. Police could not identify the male… »

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