Malaysians eye Bangsamoro investment

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 October)—Malaysian companies are looking to invest in oil palm and rubber plantations in the envisioned Bangsamoro region as part of Kuala Lumpur’s continuing support to the peace… »

Safety, security always a concern — BIMP-EAGA tourism officials

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/24 October) – Safety and security are always a concern for tourism industry stakeholders, tourism officials from the Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines-East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA)… »

South Cotabato adopts unified communication system for security, disaster

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/24 October) — The provincial government of South Cotabato has allocated around P4 million for the development of a unified security and disaster communication system in the… »

POC-South Cotabato gets P10M for 2015

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/24 October) — The provincial government of South Cotabato has allocated around P10 million for the implementation of various plans, programs and activities next year of the… »

After 20 years, BIMP-EAGA comes full circle in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 October) – The Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines-East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) has come full circle here today (Thursday) 20 years after its launching,… »

Residents near famous pink sand beach in Sta. Cruz Island worried over eco-tourism project if they don’t get land title

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 23 Oct) – A tribal leader here said they fear for their homes in Little Sta. Cruz Island, home of the famous beach with pink sands,… »

Mindanao to be key player in ASEAN economic integration, says biz leader

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 Oct) – Where does Mindanao sit in the scheme of things in the upcoming ASEAN economic integration? The answer is that there will be no… »

FVR advises BBL crafters to revisit 1976 Tripoli Agreement

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 Oct) – Former president Fidel V. Ramos said the proceedings of the draft of the law creating the Bangsamoro, which is being deliberated in Congress… »

ASEAN members can help protect West Philippine Sea – FVR

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 Oct) – Former president Fidel V. Ramos said Wednesday that the member nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are in the best position to protect… »

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… »

2 soldiers killed by BIFF in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 23 Oct) – Two soldiers assigned to secure a government hospital in Datu Hoffer, Maguindanao were gunned down by suspected members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom… »

DA-12 P75M complex to be completed in 2015 Q2

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 23 Oct) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 12 is pushing for the completion by the second quarter of 2015 its P75-million new… »

S. Kudarat road rehab gets P152M from DA

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 23 Oct) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) is investing around P152 million in the next two years for the rehabilitation and improvement of farm-to-market… »

GPH-NDF meet in Utrecht won’t take up release of soldiers held by NPA in Bukidnon

MAKATI CITY (MindaNews/22 October) – The release of two Army soldiers held captive by the New People’s Army in Bukidnon will not be taken up in a meeting between the… »

3 of 7 suspected MERSCoV carriers in Zambo test negative of disease

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/22 October) – Three of seven persons from this city who were suspected of having the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) tested negative of the disease, the… »

Community empowerment key to disaster preparedness – official

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/22 October) – Empowering communities, not high-tech gadgets, will make them better prepared for disasters, an official said. Liza Mazo, regional director of the Office of Civil Defense… »

Sarangani eyed for cacao contract-growing

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/22 October) — A top cacao producer is eyeing Sarangani Province as potential expansion area for its thriving contract-growing operations. Sarangani Gov. Steve Chiongbian Solon said top… »

Farm equipment, funds worth P204M released to Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/22 October) — The Department of Agriculture (DA) delivered on Wednesday around P204 million worth of farm machineries and funding for various support projects to farmers groups… »

Massive land grabbing reported in SouthCot town

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 21 Oct) – Officials of Tantangan town in South Cotabato have raised alarm over the alleged massive land grabbing activities in two of its villages… »

House committee to hold 4 consultations on BBL in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 21 Oct) – The House of Representatives’ ad hoc committee studying the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will hold four major public consultations this week… »

Koronadal implements 2-peso fare hike

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 21 Oct) – The city council here has approved an additional P2 increase in the minimum fares of tricycles plying the city proper and other major… »

Fire razes Zambo Norte town hall

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 21 October) – A fire that broke out early Tuesday razed to the ground the two-story semi-concrete municipal hall building of Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte, a… »

Davao group to highlight campaign vs. trafficking

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 Oct) – We will march against trafficking and other forms of abuses. That’s the message that Talikala, a Davao-based organization that looks into the plight… »

2 more from GenSan tested positive of HIV

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 20 Oct) – Two more residents here have tested positive of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), bringing the total disease incidence in the area to… »

DSWD sees improvement of lives of those in CCT program

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 20 Oct) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Region 12 sees significant improvements in the next four years in the lives… »

Davao City to hold Ebola awareness summit

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 October) — The City Health Office will be hosting an Ebola awareness summit Tuesday afternoon at the Marco Polo Hotel at the request of City Mayor Rodrigo… »

BIR-Western Mindanao exceeds September collection by P102.7M

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/19 October) – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) exceeded by P102,783,255.53 its target revenue collection goal for the month of September this year in Western Mindanao. Alert… »

Zamboanga City hosts Mindanao-Sulu Pastoral Conference

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/18 October) — Religious and lay leaders of the Catholic Church across Mindanao’s 21 archdioceses and dioceses will meet here on October 20 to 23 for the 15th… »

2 German hostages freed after payment of ransom  

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/18 October) – Two German hostages held by the Abu Sayyaf since April were freed Friday night in Patikul, Sulu allegedly upon payment of ransom. Abu Rami, who… »

What’s your greatest fear? – leaders confess fear of insects, failure

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 Oct) — Fear is what many of us have in common but choose not to talk about. This emotion is something that many of us see as… »

Colleague of slain Italian priest hits ‘slow investigation’

ARAKAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/17 October) – Three years after, the supposed superbody tasked to investigate the killing of Italian missionary Fausto “Pops” Tentorio has yet to prove its worth, a… »

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… »

Bomb explosion rocks Basilan anew

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/17 October) – An improvised bomb planted by suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits went off early Friday in Basilan province anew, a police official said. About two hours later,… »

Butuan folks raise concerns on alleged mining operation disguised as quarry

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews / 16 Oct) – Concerned citizens here have raised concerns over reports of an alleged mining operation in a hinterland village disguised as quarry a year after… »

Whirlwind destroys 3 houses in Bukidnon, causes 21-hour brownout

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 16 Oct) – A whirlwind in Valencia City Tuesday totally destroyed three houses and caused a 21-hour long brownout in parts of Bukidnon. The Valencia City… »

Locally produced Davao chocolate to hit malls

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 Oct) – A local chocolate manufacturer has signed a distribution partnership with malls in the city after a good reception during the recently held Chocolate… »

2 die, 17 injured as bus falls into ravine in Zambo Sur

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 16 Oct) – Two people were killed while 17 others were wounded when a bus fell into a ravine late Wednesday in Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur.… »

Priest urges gov’t to rethink policy on mining and monocrop plantations in Bukidnon

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 15 Oct) – On the 23rd death anniversary of a Bukidnon priest killed for his environmental advocacy, a priest here urged the government to rethink its… »

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… »

BFAR-11 to procure vessel for patrolling operations

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 Oct) – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) will be procuring a 40-foot vessel next year to patrol the region’s more turbulent waters,… »

871,848 children immunized against measles, polio in Region 9

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 15 Oct) – The Department of Health (DOH) has immunized 871,848 children aged zero to five years old here in Region-IX during the month-long mass immunization… »

Sarangani jail personnel sacked for escape of detainees

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 October) — The provincial government of Sarangani has relieved several personnel of the provincial jail in Alabel town after it recorded over the weekend its second… »

Police probe killing of former Sarangani vice mayor

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 October) — Police have launched a deeper investigation into the killing on Monday of a former vice mayor of the coastal town of Maasim in Sarangani… »

Nabunturan film fair to feature local stories

NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/14 October) — Stories and realities of neighboring regions will take center stage in the upcoming Nabunturan Indie Film Exhibition (Nabifilmex). Festival director and lawyer Karen Santiago-Malaki… »

Coastal areas urged to plant bamboos to lessen mitigate disasters

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 October) – Coastal communities should plant bamboos along shorelines to lessen the impact of storm surges and sea swells, an official said Monday. Speaking at Monday’s weekly… »

Groups set tagging activity to prevent trees from being uprooted

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 October) – Environment groups will label 672 trees along Dacudao Avenue to highlight their opposition to the plan to uproot them to make way for the expansion… »

Cell sites shut down for Fiesta Pilar rites

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/13 Oct) — Can’t call or text last Sunday? Here’s why: cell sites were shut down here from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday as a security… »

Dutch coco firm to invest in Sarangani

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 October) — Netherlands-based Van Der Knaap Group of Companies is planning to pour in investments in Sarangani Province as part of its continuing expansion in various… »

100 additional houses for informal settlers in Tupi

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 October) — The National Housing Authority (NHA) has committed to build an additional 100 housing units in Tupi town in South Cotabato to facilitate the relocation… »

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… »

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