Classes suspended in Surigao due to LPA

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/10 January) — Classes for the pre-school and elementary were suspended as rains continued to batter the city due to an approaching low pressure area (LPA). Vice Mayor… »

Vegetables in the Rain

Market vendors continue to sell their produce outside the Surigao City public market early morning January 10, despite the continuous rains since Wednesday. MindaNews photo by Vanessa L. Almeda

Health officials raise alarm bells on HIV cases in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 9 Jan) – Local health officials are raising alarm bells on the rate of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases in the city as the number of… »

Lessons Learned

A firetruck is now deployed near a 100-meter row of stalls selling firecrackers along the boulevard in Surigao City, to avoid a repeat of last year’s fire, where some P800,000 worth of firerackers went… »

Wrong Location

This row of stalls selling firecrackers at the boulevard in Surigao City is obviously in the wrong location, beside a birthing facility, posing riks to pregnant women and hteir babies. MindaNews photo by… »

Rizal Day Shooting Interpretation

Pupils of West Central Elementary School in Surigao City watch a dance interpretation on how Dr. Jose Rizal was shot to death on December 30, 1896. The ceremonies were held at… »

Survivors tell tales of horrors at sea

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/08 December)– Death beckoned twice for boat captain Leopoldo S. Arias, a seasoned sailor in the vast seas of the Pacific, when his light boat Mark Anthony 35… »

Rescued at sea

Rolly S. Arias, one of three fishermen from General Santos City rescued while floating in the sea off Lianga in Surigao del Sur on Wednesday 5 December 2012, shows injuries… »

3 GenSan fishermen rescued off Surigao Sur

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 6 Dec) – Three fishermen from General Santos City were rescued from the waters of Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur, 70 nautical miles from the… »

The calm before the storm?

Surigao City at 2 p.m. December 3, some two hours after the weather bureau raised the  storm signal from 2 to 3.   Monday was both sunny and gloomy  for residents … »

Muddy Road

Its a bumpy and tortuous ride for anyone who goes to Brgy. Bugsukan, Sibagat town in Agusan del Sur. A habal-habal negotiates a muddy portion of the the road .… »

Bad roads, conflicting tenurial rights still hound Lumads in Agusan Sur

BUTUAN  CITY (MindaNews/ 30 November)– Bad roads and vague national policies on tenurial rights continue to hobble Manobo tribal members in Agusan del Sur amid a backdrop of a pilot… »

Bundok Mineral Resources has no right over Masapelid mines, says Jasareno

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/25 November)– An Australian-affiliated mining company and its local partner have no right to operate or conduct exploration activities in Masapelid Island off Surigao del Norte, Leo Jasareno,… »

Surigao Norte to hold 1st prov’l bizcon

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 Nov) – At least 200 people from the private and public sector will gather on Thursday and Friday for the first provincial business conference to… »

Surigao Norte environment body to probe mining firm for ‘violations’

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/19 November) – The Provincial Environment and Management Office (Pemo)of Surigao del Norte will investigate allegations of violations of environment laws against a mining company operating in Masapelid… »

Dinagat vice gov posts bail for direct assault raps

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/19 November) – Dinagat Vice Gov. Geraldine Ecleo posted bail Friday evening after a local court issued a warrant of arrest against her for direct assault against the… »

Saint Calungsod in Surigao City

Port personnel standing at port while waiting for M/V Maria Elisa who is carrying St. Pedro Calungsod to dock at the Lipata Port and Ferry Terminal on Nov. 16, 2012,… »

Saint Pedro Calungsod’s image now in Mindanao

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/ 17 November)– The statue of newly-canonized Saint Pedro Calungsod arrived here Friday to kick-off the Mindanao leg of “Duaw Nasud,” the Filipino saint’s thanksgiving sojourn around the… »

Cops foil kidnap try in Surigao; gang ‘leader’ killed, 5 others nabbed

SURIGAO CITY(MindaNews/16 November) – Policemen killed the alleged leader of a notorious criminal group and arrested five other suspects, two of them former Philippine Army members, who were reportedly on… »

Fun run slated in Surigao for HIV/AIDS awareness

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/ 15 November) – Young professionals, physicians, lawyers, teachers and health enthusiasts here are organizing a fun run next month to promote awareness on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus… »

Official sees no approval of Minahang Bayan in Surigao this year

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/14 November) – Time is not on the side of a miners’ group to have its Minahang Bayan (People’s Mining) application approved by the provincial government of Surigao… »

Surigao pier strike settled

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Nov) – An amicable settlement has finally been reached between management and labor union of the arrastre services operating at this city’s local port. In… »


Workers at the Surigao pier are on  strike against the Prudential Customs Brokerage Services, Inc. in Surigao City,  paralyzing an undetermined volume of cargoes being shipped to and from the city.… »

Surigao port workers’ strike paralyzes cargo shipment

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 8 Nov) – Workers at the Surigao pier are now on a two-day strike, paralyzing an undetermined volume of cargoes being shipped to and from the… »

Mining firm in Surigao Norte faces probe by SP

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/06 November) – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Surigao del Norte on Monday voted unanimously to investigate alleged violations by a mining company operating in an island in Placer town,… »


The Provincial Board of Surigao del Norte on Monday voted unanimously to investigate alleged violations by the Bukidnon Mineral Resources Corporation at the exploration site in Sitio Dakung Sabang in Masapelid… »


The Surigao State College of Technology in Surigao City is one of three state colleges that will be integrated into what would be known as the Surigao del Norte State… »

Surigao del Norte to have first State U soon

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/04 Nov) —  A State University will soon rise in this City of Island Adventures, giving pride to officials and residents here. House Bill 5913 or the act… »


ALMOST.  Gracemark 3, a motorized banca, nearly sank  while docked at Pantalan II at the Boulevard in Surigao City an hour after a thunderstorm struck the city at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday. MindaNews photo… »

Thunderstorm hits Surigao City, uproots landmark tree

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/03 Nov) – A huge rubber tree that has served as a landmark in the downtown area since for some 25 years now, was uprooted and some motorized… »


A huge rubber tree which has become one of Surigao City’s landmarks was uprooted Saturday morning due to a thunderstorm. No one was hurt but a jeep owned by a… »

Body of missing fisher found

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/03 Nov) – The body of a fisherman who was reported missing since 4 p.m. Monday was found Friday evening in  Burungkot island, Placer town in Surigao del… »

Surigao fisherman still missing

MASAPELID ISLAND, PLACER, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 31 Oct) –   The search for fisherman Lemuel “Awing” Polistico has widened but he remains missing as of Wednesday. Abelardo Lambus, councilor… »

Surigao environmentalists vow to continue crusade despite shooting incident

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 Oct) – Supporters of environmental activist Dr. Isidro Olan, who survived an ambush in Carmen, Surigao del Sur last Monday, vowed to continue their fight… »

Fisherman missing in Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/30 October) – Barangay officials and fellow fishermen in Barangay Lakandula, Placer, Surigao del Norte have launched a search for a lone fisherman who has been declared missing… »

Environment activist in Surigao Sur survives ambush

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/29 October) – A staunch environment advocate was ambushed by still unidentified men at about 3:30 p.m. today while he on his way home, a police official said.… »

Surigao on alert as tropical depression “Ofel” nears

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/23 October) —  Acting Surigao del Norte Governor Carlos Egay Jr. has ordered the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation office to go on “24-hour active… »

Anti-illegal logging task force operates on low budget, lack of personnel

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/24 Septebmber) —  The task of wiping out a “well-entrenched” illegal logging syndicate in Caraga region is a gargantuan task for a task force that is not only… »

WHERE HAVE ALL THE FORESTS GONE? (3): Illegal logging intensifies in Surigao Sur despite total log ban

CARMEN, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/19 September) – Fr. Raymond Ambray, spokesperson of Caraga Watch, an environment watchdog composed of various churches and sectoral groups, said they found an unlikely ally in the Surigao Development Corporation (Sudecor).

WHERE HAVE ALL THE FORESTS GONE?: Illegal logging intensifies in Surigao Sur despite total log ban

CARMEN, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/18 September) – On August 18 and 19, the Surigao Development Corporation (Sudecor), together with local police, apprehended some 190 round red Falcata logs or an equivalent of 157.62 cubic meters, estimated to cost P900,000 at the roadside of Barangay Cancavan, part of their concession area.

WHERE HAVE ALL THE FORESTS GONE? Illegal logging intensifies in Surigao Sur despite total log ban

CARMEN, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/17 September) — The Aquino administration’s total log ban is endangering, instead of protecting, the remaining forest cover in the six towns of Surigao del Sur, as illegal logging activities have intensified at such an alarming scale, a church-led group here said.

Surigao eyes becoming top destination in Caraga

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/04 September) —Dubbed the “City of Island Adventures” Surigao aims to become the choice destination city by year 2020 in the entire Caraga Region, City Tourism Council president… »

Lawyer insists case vs NDF leader’s son should be reinvestigated

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/28 August) – The legal counsel of the son of National Democratic Front spokesperson Jorge “Ka Oris” Madlos is set to file a motion for reconsideration today after… »

Ka Oris’ brother decries arrest warrant against rebel leader’s son

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/23 Aug) – The brother of communist leader Jorge “Ka Oris” Madlos is reiterating the latter’s appeal to President Benigno Simeon Aquino III suspending a warrant of arrest… »

Cargo and courier firm in Surigao City robbed; suspects flee with nearly P1 million

SURIGAO CITY  (MindaNews/19 August) – Two unidentified armed men robbed the  main branch of the  cargo and courier service firm, LBC Express, early Saturday night, carting away nearly a million… »

Matugas slay try could be politically motivated; cop in ‘hot water’ for ‘taking’ cellphone

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/18 August 2012) – Police investigators have not discounted the possibility that Monday’s shooting of Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol Matugas was politically motivated, Supt. Ruben Andiso, deputy… »

Mining activities in watershed ok, says DENR exec

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/9 Aug) – The top official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in the Caraga Region has said that mining activities in watershed areas are… »

P-Noy absent in Mindanao biz confab

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/4 Aug) – President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, who was supposed to keynote the 21st Mindanao Business Conference Saturday, did not set foot in this city. Joseph Omar… »

Robinson’s mall and hotel construction in Butuan ongoing

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/2 Aug) – Construction of the first mall-cum-hotel in the Caraga Region by Robinson’s Land Corporation (RLC) is now underway here. Robinson’s investment in the regional capital of… »

‘Secret’ consultation on mining application in Surigao hit

CARMEN, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/30 July) – Groups opposed to mining hit what they claimed was a secret consultation on Thursday last week conducted by a mining company in a… »

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