Villagers restive as truce ends in Agusan Norte, Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/01 August) – Villagers expressed fears a resurgence in armed hostilities between government forces and the New People’s Army (NPA) with the end of the five-day ceasefire in… »

Region-12’s economic growth seen to expand further

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/01 August) — After notching its highest economic growth rate of 8.4 percent last year, Region 12 or Soccsksargen’s economy could further expand to record-breaking levels in… »

ARMM to hasten infra projects

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/31 July) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is accelerating the implementation of infrastructure projects to ensure its completion within the year or by the first… »

Banana plantation in Ampatuan massacre site opens

MASSACRE SITE, Ampatuan, Maguindanao (MindaNews/01 August) – Dozens of heavy machineries started land preparation for a 1500-hectare banana plantation in this site Wednesday. The plantation site, where 58 people were… »

Zamboanga City identifies beneficiaries of housing aid for ‘bakwits’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/01 August) – The Housing and Land Management Division (HLMD) announced that 8,323 families displaced by the 20-day standoff between government forces and members of the Moro National… »

P36M for cassava granule production plant in SouthCot

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/01 August) — The national government is investing around P36 million for the development of a production plant for cassava granules in South Cotabato province under the… »

Region 12 is top economic performer in Mindanao in 2013

GENERAL SANTOS CITY(MindaNews/31 July) — Region 12 or Soccsksargen’s economy grew at an all-time high of 8.4 percent in 2013, taking the top spot in the entire Mindanao in terms… »

Zambo siege pulls down economic growth of Zamboanga Peninsula

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/31 July) – The economic growth of Zamboanga Peninsula, formerly known as Region IX, declined by 8.6 percent as an offshoot of the September 2013 siege. It basically… »

DOLE-12 assists families of child laborers

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/31 July)– The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 12 released various livelihood packages on Thursday to families of identified child laborers in an urban… »

DC health office to hospitals: Breast milk is still best for babies

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 July)–The City Health Office (CHO) has warned private hospitals that they could lose their permits if they continue to directly or indirectly discourage mothers from breastfeeding their… »

Davao council awaits NCIP side on Aboitiz geothermal project

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 July)–The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) needs to give its recommendation first before a joint city council committee can draft a report regarding the request of… »

Cops’ release gesture of goodwill for peace talks – NDFP

HINIMBANGAN, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte (MindaNews/30 July) – The release Tuesday of four policemen who were held captive by the New People’s Army since July 10 was a gesture of… »

Zamboanga City’s 100,000,000th baby a boy

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/30 July) — The Commission on Population (POPCOM) has announced that a baby boy, whose mother is from Barangay Putik, is the 100,000,000th baby in this city. Ceicil… »

SouthCot Gov. Fuentes named RPOC-12 chair

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/30 July) — President Benigno S. Aquino III has appointed South Cotabato Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes as chairperson of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) of Region… »

15 LGUs in Region 12 get P90M from DA

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/30 July) — The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 12 has released around P90 million in grants to 15 local government units (LGUs) in the region… »

GPH, MILF peace panels meet anew to finalize draft BBL; Senate, House leaders await draft BBL  

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews /29 July) — The peace panels of the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are going to hold a “lengthy meeting” starting Aug 1 to… »

Bangsamoro in the SONA: two minutes and two oversights

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews /29 July) — Two minutes and two oversights. Those who were anticipating an important announcement from the President on his supposed “legacy” project — the Bangsamoro, the… »

Christians in Lanao Norte join Muslims in celebrating end of Ramadan

KAUSWAGAN, Lanao del Norte (MindaNews / 29 July) – As Muslims ended their month-long fast, their Christian neighbors and friends brought fresh fruits and other gifts and joined the celebration of… »

Sulu ambush fatalities surge to 23; Abu Sayyaf drug addicts suspected

ISABELA CITY, Basilan (MindaNews / 29 July) – Fatalities in last Monday’s ambush by the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu have risen to 23 as the police suspected that the perpetrators… »

‘Nakaka-disappoint naman,’ say MILF rebs on PNoy’s SONA

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 29 July) – Inside a small, dark office, five young Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels gathered around a small TV set to watch the State of… »

War-weary Moros ask gov’t to pass BBL

PIGCAWAYAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/29 July) – Tired of war and running for dear life whenever fighting occurred, many Moros are asking both the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front to… »

Aquino asks Congress to be considerate on Bangsamoro law

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/29 July) – President Benigno S. Aquino III asked the consideration of Congress for the delay in the submission of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) during his… »

BFAR-12 enhances computerized registration of fisher folks

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 29 July) – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Region 12 is targeting a significant increase in the region’s fisher folk registration… »

DOT-12 pushes 7 tour packages

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 29 July) – The Department of Tourism in Region (DOT) 12 has adopted an initial seven tour packages to anchor the region’s enhanced tourism promotion… »

NPA to free 4 captive cops

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/29 July) — Communist rebels have agreed to release Tuesday the four police officers they captured early this month in Alegria, Surigao del Norte. PO3 Vic Calubag Concon,… »

16 killed, 13 wounded in Sulu ambush

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/28 July) – Gunmen believed to be Abu Sayyaf bandits staged an ambush early Monday killing 16 people and wounding 13 others in Sulu, a military official said.… »

Illegal drug trade thrives in Surigao Norte town – official

ALEGRIA, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/28 July) – The illegal drug trade has continued to proliferate in Alegria town in Surigao del Norte, Vice Mayor Uldarico S. Uriarte, Jr. on Monday… »

P14.7B spent on infra in R-12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/28 July) — The national government has invested around P14.7 billion in the last three years for the implementation of various priority infrastructure projects in parts of… »

Region 12, ARMM get P6.36B for 4Ps

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/28 July) — The national government has released a total of P6.36 billion in cash grants in the last three years to beneficiaries of its flagship conditional… »

4 soldiers wounded in Zambo Sur ambush

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/28 July) – Four soldiers were wounded while another one was unscathed in an ambush Sunday staged by suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Tigbao, Zamboanga del… »

UCCP bishops to PNoy: Repent or resign

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/28 July) – With his credibility “gravely tarnished by the Disbursement Acceleration Program,” President Aquino’s only option is either to repent or resign, eight bishops of the United… »

Moro woman leader: “No other option but the peace process”

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 27 July) — Amid the uncertainties brought about by the still unresolved issues hounding the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) over… »

In Davao City, protests greet PNoy’s SONA  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 July) – Militant groups here will mount simultaneous protest actions and a “SONA sa Katawhan” on Monday, hours before President Benigno Simeon Aquino III delivers… »

A year later, justice still eludes CDO blast victims

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/26 July) – One year after a bomb ripped through an upscale restaurant just outside the Lim Ket Kai Mall, no suspect has been arrested for… »

Girl, 9, kidnapped in Zambo Sibugay

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/26 July) – Five gunmen believed to be members of a kidnap-for-ransom-group snatched the nine-year-old daughter of a businessman on Friday in Olutanga, Zamboanga Sibugay, the military said.… »

3 Abu Sayyafs, 2 militiamen killed in Basilan clash

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/26 July) – Five people, one of them a suspected Abu Sayyaf leader, were killed while eight others were wounded in a 30-minute firefight in Basilan province, the… »

CDO-Butuan highway closed due to floods, landslides

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/26 July) — Torrential rains since Friday triggered landslides and flooding closing the Cagayan de Oro-Butuan highway for several hours and causing a major traffic jam… »

Consortium investing P50M for GenSan special ecozone

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/26 July)–A consortium here is investing some P50 million for the development of a special economic zone that aims to attract local and foreign investors, a company… »

PNoy meets with BTC on draft Bangsamoro Basic Law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 July) – President Benigno Simeon Aquino III met with members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) in Malacanang for nearly four hours on Thursday to… »

NPA says suspects in Bukidnon mayor’s slay fall guys

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/25 July) – The New People’s Army on Friday said the police have filed “trumped-up charges” against three suspects in the killing of Mayor Mario Okinlay of Impasugong,… »

Girl seized in Oroquieta rescued in Zambo

ZAMBAONGA CITY (MindaNews / 25 July) – Operatives of the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) have rescued on Wednesday an 18-year-old girl who was abducted by an alleged policeman in… »

GenSan to develop food terminal, public market thru public-private partnership

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 24 July) – The city government is planning to develop within the next three years a modern integrated food terminal and public market complex through… »

3 NPA rebs surrender in Sarangani

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 24 July) – Three more alleged members of a New People’s Army (NPA) unit operating in the hinterlands of Sarangani and Davao Occidental provinces surrendered on… »

Girl rescued in Zambo Sur

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 24 July) – The police, by chance, have rescued a 13-year-old girl and arrested her abductors late Tuesday in the municipality of Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur,… »

Last of four kidnapped DSWD workers freed

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/23 July) – Kidnappers freed late Tuesday evening the last of four government workers abducted in Patikul Sulu on July 17. Senior Supt. Abraham Orbita, Sulu police director,… »

Bla’an chieftain is GenSan’s first lumad rep to city council

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 23 July) – A B’laan tribal chieftain has formally assumed as the first representative of the city’s Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous Cultural Communities (IP/ICC) in… »

RDC-12 wants right-of-way problem of GenSan’s circumferential road settled

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 23 July) – The Regional Development Council (RDC) of Region 12 has called for the immediate resolution of the road right-of-way problems that have been… »

Campaign vs ‘colorum’ motorized bancas in Zambo intensified

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 23 July) – The Office of the City Agriculturist has apprehended 20 unregistered motorized bancas since January in its intensified campaign against “colorum” watercrafts. City agriculturist… »

Investment planning workshop set in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 23 July) – The heads of the country’s major investment promotion intermediaries (IPIs) that comprise the Philippine Investment Promotion Plan Steering Committee (PIPP-SC) will convene here… »

Former GPH peace panel chair on GPH-MILF peace process: “remain steadfast”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 July) – A former government peace panel chair in the negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has urged the public to “remain steadfast, no matter… »

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