Successive tremors hit Surigao

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/02 June) – Cortes town in Surigao del Sur province has experienced earthquakes for two days already, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. Phivolcs said… »

‘Liba-liba’ fishing still rampant in eastern Mindanao seaboard despite ban

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/31 May)—Despite the ban, the illegal liba-liba or Danish seine fishing remains rampant in the waters off Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Dinagat Islands. Nerio Casil,… »

103 families flee fighting in Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/30 May) — Dozens of families had fled their homes since Thursday morning (May 30, 2014) after a firefight between communist rebels and government forces in a mountainous… »

Greenpeace seeks ban on shark hunting in Surigao

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/30 May) — A conservation group urged local government units in the Surigao provinces to impose a ban on the catching of all kinds of sharks. Vince Cinches,… »

Last days of summer

Children enjoy the last days of summer by diving into the waters from the big rock in Sitio Tigbao, Barangay Balite in San Francisco town, Surigao del Norte on Saturday… »

Shark hunting thrives in Surigao

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/23 May) – Hunting of sharks has continued in the waters off Surigao City and Surigao del Norte and even in neighboring areas despite calls by conservation groups… »

Low water supply hits Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/23 May) – In addition to the power outages that have hit the city, residents are in for another problem caused by the dry season: scarce water supply.… »

Strong current stops ‘Pinoy Aquaman’ from crossing Surigao Strait

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/21 May)—Touted here as the “Pinoy Aquaman,” lawyer-triathlete Ingemar Macarine tried but failed to conquer Wednesday the treacherous Surigao Strait, which connects Mindanao to the Visayas. Although the… »

Another first for Surigaonon triathlete-lawyer: swim from Visayas to Mindanao

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/20 May) – Will he make it? A triathlete-lawyer will try on Wednesday (May 21) what no other human being had done before: swim from an island in… »

Miners behind mountain’s destruction in Surigao Norte yet to be sued

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/17 May)—No one has been charged in court in connection with the destruction of portions of Mt. Patag in Barangay Jubgan, San Francisco town as a result of… »

160 measles cases recorded in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/17 May)—City health workers have conducted a massive vaccination drive here against measles as cases continue to rise, officials said. Annette Villaces, city information officer, said that 160… »

Surneco seeks 10-MW power supply deal with mine firm

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/16 May) — Power distribution utility Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperative Inc. (Surneco) is negotiating with a mining firm Nickel Asia Corporation for a 10-megwatt (MW) supply deal… »

Woman Power

Michelle Aclo of Surigao City maintains her pace as she crosses the bridge in Barangay San Juan, 11 May 2014. She finished second in in the 21-K female category in… »

Ownership issue hounds resort in Siargao’s renowned surfing site

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island (MindaNews/12 May) – A legal battle over ownership is hounding the site of a resort in the world-renowned surfing destination in this town. On Wednesday last… »

Mining firm told to stop operations in Surigao Norte village

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/10 May) — San Francisco town in Surigao del Norte has passed a resolution ordering a mining company to stop operations in a barangay in response to complaints… »

Former Surigao solon and mayor to be buried on Saturday

Former Surigao solon, mayor to be buried on Saturday SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/09 May)—Former city mayor and Surigao del Norte representative Constantino Navarro will be buried tomorrow (Saturday) at the Manila… »

Acquisition of modular gensets in Surigao blocked

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 7 May) – Some members-consumers of the Surigao del Norte del Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SURNECO) have blocked the acquisition of five units of modular generator… »

Sun and Sea

The pebble beach in Sitio Looc, Barangay Punta Bilar in Surigao City offers a good place for enjoyment to these beach goers on Sunday afternoon (May 4, 2014). MindaNews photo… »

Measles outbreak declared in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/06 May) — A measles outbreak was declared in the city on Saturday after the disease was found to have downed several persons, mostly children, an official said.… »

‘Underwater desert’ forming in Surigao town due to mining

MASGAD, Malimono, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/1 May) — Environmental destruction caused by mining activities has made the submarine area of several villages in this town look like an underwater desert,… »

Surigao villagers blame mining firm for pollution of water sources

JUBGAN, San Francisco, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/30 April) – Mining activities by a firm that has reportedly no permit to operate have polluted the sources of potable water in this… »

Filipino-owned cement company in Surigao may shut down operations

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 April) – Workers at the Pacific Cement Company (PACEMCO) here are worried that the firm may shutdown operations anytime this week mainly due to millions… »

Surigao provincial board sets hearing on ‘overpriced’ generator sets

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/26 April)—An expert is set to appear before the provincial board on Monday as a resource person on the alleged overpriced modular generator sets that will be purchased… »

Art on Wood

Rodulfo Figuron Jr. works on a piece of wood in Barangay Catanganan, General Luna, Siargao Island on Friday, April 25, 2014. Rodulfo and his brother Rudy are the only two… »

80% of corals in Siargao lost to blast fishing

DAPA, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/24 April) — Eighty percent of the corals in the island of Siargao including Bucas Grande have been totally destroyed mainly by destructive fishing. Giani Grifoni,… »

No Buyers for Now

A vendor of “ukay-ukay” (used clothing) falls asleep while waiting for customers on Tuesday evening (April 22, 2014) at Surigao City boulevard. MindaNews photo by Roel N. Catoto

Siargao fishers grounded as game fishing tourney starts

PILAR, Siargao Island (MindaNews/23 April) – Local fishermen have to stop going out to sea for the duration of the 7th International Game Fishing Tournament in this town. Jun Polvorosa,… »

Caraga folks commemorate Earth Day with protest rally

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 April) – Some 8,000 people from all over Caraga Region braved the summer heat here today to join a massive rally in front of the… »

Earth Day Rally

At least 8,000 people from all over Caraga Region attended the Earth Day protest rally in front of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) regional office in Surigao City on… »

Caraga anti-mining advocates to join Earth Day commemoration

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 April) – Hundreds are expected to join the commemoration of Earth Day here tomorrow as residents in the Caraga Region, in a forum today, expressed… »

Dynamite fishing in Siargao remains rampant

DAPA, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/19 April)—The marine environment in Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands continues to suffer from rampant illegal dynamite fishing activities in the area. At dusk yesterday, a… »

Gensets eyed for 2 Surigao tourist sites hit by brownouts

GENERAL LUNA, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/18 April) — Power distributors in Siargao Island and Bucas Grande are planning to purchase modular generator sets to ease the power problem in these… »

5 Dinagat mining firms don’t have permit to transport ore – MGB

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 April) –Five of the nine mining companies operating in the province of Dinagat Islands still do not have Ore Transport Permits (OTP) from the Mines… »

Silted Shore

Who would dare swim in these waters? A river in Malimono town in Surigao del Norte has become murky from silt caused by small-scale mining activities. The silt is being… »

Illegal mining remains unchecked in Surigao town

MALIMONO, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/15 April) – Many residents, the Church and at least some local officials of this town are openly against mining. Tarpaulins proclaiming the anti-mining sentiment hanged… »

Homemade Bread

With her makeshift oven, a woman cooks tasty bread in Barangay Binocaran, Malimono town in Surigao del Norte on Saturday afternoon (April 5, 2014). MindaNews photo by Roel N. Catoto

Setting Sun

|A tourist enjoys the beautiful sunset and beach in Hanoyoy Island in General Luna, Siargao Island on March 08, 2014. The island’s white sand beach extends 27 kilometers. MindaNews photo… »

Caged bird from Indonesia

This bird from Indonesia is just one of dozens seized at Lipata Port in Surigao City Saturday dawn, February 15, 2014. Personnel from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources… »

Wildlife from Indonesia intercepted in Surigao Port

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/16 February) – The  Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here intercepted on Saturday dawn a vehicle carrying exotic wildlife species from Indonesia, as it was about… »

What Price Love

A flower vendor makes bouquets along San Nicolas Street in front of Surigao City Public Market on Thursday noon, February 13, 2014. As expected, prices of flowers increased at least… »

3 drug suspects killed, 3 cops wounded in Surigao shootout

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/09 February) — At least three suspects in a drug raid were killed and two of their companions surrendered to authorities after nearly four hours of shootout with… »

Agaton bakwits

At least 50 residents in Sitio Bonotan, Barangay Washington sought refuge at the Surigao del Norte Capitol on Saturday afternoon as public storm signal 1 remains hoisted over 7 Mindanao… »

Storm Watching

A young man leans back as waves brought by Tropical Depression Agaton pummel the port area in Surigao City on Saturday, January 18, 2014. MindaNews photo by Roel N. Catoto

Huge waves, strong winds pummel Surigao

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/18 January)—Tropical depression Agaton triggered strong winds and huge waves in Surigao del Norte since Friday, prompting naval authorities to suspend sea travel, stranding at least 250 passengers… »

Climate Refugees

Days of torrential rains have forced at least 347 families living in flood- and landslide-prone areas in Surigao City to flee their homes since January 12, 2014. The evacuees are… »


Environmentalist lawyer Ingemal Macarine chats with friends and fellow triathlon enthusiasts at Punta Bilar Dive Center in Surigao City on New Years eve after setting a record for being the… »

Environmentalist lawyer swims across Surigao Channel; sets record

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/01 January) – Four men dared swim across the Surigao Channel, from Basul Island to Lipata in Surigao City on New Year’s eve but only one succeeded, to… »

Surigao solon’s perjury charge vs watchdog junked

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/22 December)-The City Prosecutor’s Office here has junked the perjury charge filed by Surigao del Norte Rep. Francisco Matugas (first district) against an anti-corruption group. Matugas filed the… »

Inaugural rites for Surigao road project moved to basketball court due to ambush

BACUAG, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/15 Dec) – An improvised explosive device went off Saturday afternoon in Sitio Julilon, Barangay Dugsangon, causing damage to a patrol car of this municipality  and… »

Look, Mom, It’s Big

Christmas lights blanket a giant replica of a shoe at the “Luneta Park” in Surigao City on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Built in the 1970s, the structure houses a power… »

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