Mindanao electric co-ops seek 155MW power deal with Alsons

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 Nov) – Electric cooperatives in Mindanao want to corner energy supplied by two diesel power plants of the Alcantara-owned Alsons Consolidated Resources, Inc., whose 18-year… »

Surigao City to address illegal structures

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 Nov) – To address the problem of illegal structures built around the city, the city government is bent on creating the Office of Building Official… »

Surigao City mulls no-helmet policy to prevent crimes

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 Nov) – A legal officer of the city government here said it may be possible to ban the use of helmets as a deterrent to… »

Surigaonons ask: Where are the generators?

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 Nov) – Power consumers here are asking why the multimillion-peso modular generator sets purchased by the Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperative Inc., (SURNECO) were not… »

Power Outage

A candle lights up a sari-sari store in Barangay Punta Bilar, Surigao City Sunday night (22 Nov 2015) as the city and 18 towns of Surigao del Norte suffered prolonged… »

17-hour blackout hits Surigao City, 2 Surigao Norte towns

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/24 November) — A prolonged blackout in the city on Sunday and Monday drew flak from residents who blamed it on the local power distribution firm. Sunday’s scheduled… »

Riding the Wave

A local surfer enjoys the barreling waves in Sitio Paradise in the village of Union in Dapa town, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte on Friday (November 20, 2015). MindaNews photo… »


Despite the rain, these men continue to work on the flood control project in the poblacion in General Luna Town in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte on Thursday (19 November… »

Surigao council bet faces disqualification

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/15 Nov) – A former city prosecutor in this city has filed a disqualification complaint against a candidate for councilor here. Lawyer Clarito P. Servillas, a former city… »

Surigao mayor mulls banning use of motorbike helmets

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/13 November) — City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas on Wednesday said he will ask the city council to ban the use of helmets by motorcycle riders as a… »

Security in Surigao banks not lax – bankers group

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/13 November) – An official of a local bankers group refuted claims by Surigao City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas that banks in Surigao City were either lax in… »

Banks in Surigao City lax in security – mayor

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 Nov) – Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas said there is lax in security on the part of the banks in the city, particularly on the recent… »

Surigao police forms tracker team to run after bank robbers

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 Nov) – The city’s police force has created a tracker team to run after the robbers who carted away P4.4 million in cash from a… »

Burned Church

Lay members of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines in Surigao City watch their church gutted by a fire on Tuesday morning (Nov. 10, 2015). No one was… »

P4.4M lost in Surigao bank heist

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/10 November) — Robbers took a total of P4.4 million in cash in yesterday’s bank robbery in Surigao City, a bank official said. Allaniel Bumanglag, bank manager of… »

Church burns in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/10 November) – Fire gutted the upper floor of the 27-year old church building of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines in this city on Tuesday… »

Bank Robbery

Police scene of the crime operatives in Surigao City pick up evidences inside the United Coconut Planters Bank branch in Surigao City on Monday (Nov. 9, 2015). Four armed robbers… »

UCPB in Surigao City robbed

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/09 November) — The local branch of the United Coconut Planters Bank lost a still undetermined amount of money to four armed robbers on Monday morning. The robbers… »

Ombudsman dismisses graft complaint vs Surigao Norte town mayor

The Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed the complaint against Mayor Sheila Mae Orquina-Cebedo of Bacuag town in Surigao del Norte and two other respondents for alleged violation of Republic… »

All set for Butuan triathlon on Aug. 23

Triathletes from different parts of Mindanao are expected to participate in Butuan City’s “Timberman Tri 555” on August 23. Jose T. Enriquez III, race director told MindaNews that this year’s event… »

Surigaonon lady to set a record with her Butuan-Surigao run

A thirty-something woman from Surigao City vent all frustrations over a heartbreak over two years ago, towards running. And like Forrest Gump, she never stopped running since then, joining marathons… »

Pinoy ‘Aquaman’ conquers Chesapeake Bay

CHICAGO, Illinois (MindaNews / 10 June) – Triathlete-lawyer Ingemar “Pinoy Aquaman” Macarine completed the 8.1-kilometer swim across the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland Tuesday morning. Macarine’s sheer guts and determination made him the… »

‘Pinoy Aquaman’ to cross Chesapeake Bay

TROY, Michigan (MindaNews/08 June) — Triathlete-lawyer Ingemar P. Macarine will attempt another first in swimming history on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 (Wednesday in the Philippines) when he crosses a 4.4-mile… »

Crossing Sarangani Bay

Triathlete-lawyer Ingemar “Pinoy Aquaman” Macarine swims 12.95 kilometers nonstop from Maasim town to Glan town in Sarangani Province on Sunday, May 10, 2015, clocking 5:55. Macarine, who embarks on long-distance… »

“Pinoy Aquaman” conquers Sarangani Bay

GLAN, Sarangani (MindaNews/10 May) — Triathlete-lawyer Ingemar Macarine knocked out boxing icon Manny Pacquiao’s province by setting a personal record as the first man to have crossed Sarangani Bay on Sunday.… »

‘Pinoy Aquaman’ to cross 16-km Sarangani channel on Sunday

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/08 May) — Triathlete-lawyer Ingemar P. Macarine will attempt another first in swimming history on Sunday: cross a 16-kilometer channel in Sarangani Bay. The “Pinoy Aquaman” said he… »

Borrowers of bankrupt rural bank in Surigao told to pay obligations

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/07 May) — The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC), receiver of the Surigaonon Rural Banking Corporation that was closed down on April 23 is reminding borrowers of the… »

10 killed, 1 wounded in series of shooting incidents in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 Apr) – Police are now investigating the spate of killings in the city that claimed at least 10 lives in a span of eight days… »

Under Receivership

This bank, photographed Wednesday (29 April 2015) is now under receivership of the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) starting April 24. The PDIC has assured depositors they will get their… »

Surigao rural bank placed under PDIC receivership

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Apr) – The Monetary Board placed the Surigaonon Rural Banking Corporation under the receivership of the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) by virtue of an… »

Pacquiao Fever

With just five more days left before the megafight, art sign maker Chris Aclo, a former boxer himself, makes final touches on his painting showcasing Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather… »

Young Protesters

Children take part in a rally Wednesday (29 April 2015) staged by militant groups led by the Kilusang Mayor Uno-Surigao Chapter in front of the Surigao City Public Market. They… »

Mine-silted town in Surigao Norte to establish four marine sanctuaries

CLAVER, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 28 April) – The town of Claver plans to set up four marine sanctuaries despite the siltation problem it faces due to large-scale mining… »

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… »


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.… »

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