Davao prepares for extended drought

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 May) – The City Agriculturist’s Office will be asking the City Mayor’s Office for funds to buy mobile irrigation facilities that could be distributed to… »

Davao teachers ask LGU to provide doctor at DepEd

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 May) – The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Davao Region has requested for a local government unit doctor from the City Health Office to be… »

Marina to review use of lifejackets for vessels plying the Davao-Samal route

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 May) – The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) is willing to review its policies regarding vessels plying the Davao-Samal route on the memorandum circular guiding the… »

House committee votes ‘yes’ on draft Bangsamoro law

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 20 May) – After three days of hectic deliberations, the House ad hoc committee on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law approved on Wednesday the draft measure which lawmakers… »

Ombudsman asked to probe P17-B Davao port project

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 May) — Former Davao City councilor Peter Lavina has written the Office of the Ombudsman to look into the proposal of the Department of Transportation and Communication… »

House committee rejects provision on titular head of Bangsamoro gov’t

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/19 May) — The House ad hoc committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law on Tuesday struck down the provision creating the office of a titular head of government… »

DepEd opens first senior high K-12 curriculum for IPs in South Cotabato

LAKE SEBU, South Cotabato (MindaNews/19 May) — The Department of Education (DepEd) formally launched here on Tuesday the country’s first-ever senior high school curriculum for indigenous peoples (IPs) under the… »

Palace version of BBL won’t address Mindanao armed conflict – Makabayan bloc

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 May) – Malacanang’s version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will not address the root cause of the armed conflict in Mindanao, progressive lawmakers said in a… »

MILF close to removal from UN list of groups using child soldiers

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/18 May) — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) announced it was on its way to completing the UN-MILF action plan to get it delisted as a group… »

Duterte warning to juvenile delinquents: I’ll break your legs

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 May) — Despite the city winning a child-friendly award, Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte still had harsh words to say to juvenile delinquents when asked what he would… »

BBL’s fate in the hands of 98 reps, most of them from Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /17 May) – The fate of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) — whether it is one that adheres to the letter and spirit of the Comprehensive Agreement… »

Rodriguez on BBL voting: “we’re ready to vote;” but are the rest?

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews /17 May) – When members of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (AHCBBL) convene at the Nograles Hall on Monday afternoon, May 18, Committee… »

“Yes to BBL” groups to march around Congress; “No to BBL” groups troop to Luneta

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 May) – Peace groups supporting the passage of a “meaningful” Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) or one that respects the spirit and letter of the Comprehensive Agreement on… »

Experts say GPH-MILF peace pact a significant achievement in fighting terrorism

MAKATI (MindaNews/17 May) — International security analysts  and Singapore based geopolitical experts  led by former Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, former Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) lauded the Philippines… »

4 Mindanao papers win 6 of 12 PPI awards

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 May) – Four Mindanao newspapers won six out of 12 journalism awards given by the Philippine Press Institute, including the country’s Best Edited daily and weekly papers.… »

DepEd in Davao says it’s “70% ready” to implement K-12

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 May) – The Department of Education said it is already “70 percent ready” to implement the K-12 system, which begins taking effect in senior high… »

Davao milk tea shop volunteers to close shop temporarily

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 May) – One of the milk tea shops identified as allegedly storing expired ingredients at their branch in SM Lanang has reportedly volunteered to temporarily… »

GenSan honors Pacquiao, 3 other boxers

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 13 May) – The city council has honored world boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao and three other top local boxers for bringing… »

DOLE-12 partners with academe for monitoring of livelihood programs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 13 May) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 12 has partnered with the region’s education sector for the monitoring of its… »

800 sq. m. of corals damaged by grounded Panamanian ship in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 May) — Around 800 square meters of coral reefs had been destroyed as a result of the grounding last week of a Panamanian-registered reefer vessel off… »

Malaysian, MisOr firms sign deal on 1M oil palm seeds for farmers

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews/12 May) — A leading Malaysian agribusiness firm entered into an agreement with a Misamis Oriental-based agricultural company on Monday to distribute one million of high quality… »

GenSan, Sarangani ready for ‘Pacman’ homecoming

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 May) — The local governments of Sarangani and this city are all set for the homecoming festivities on Thursday for world boxing icon and Sarangani Rep.… »

House Committee on BBL resets voting to May 18, 19, 20

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/11 May) – The Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (AHCBBL) on Monday night announced the resetting of its voting on the proposed law to May… »

Rallies held in Mindanao as House committee sets vote on BBL

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/11 May) – Peace advocates on Monday held rallies in key cities in Mindanao to drumbeat support for the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law which was scheduled… »

“Vote for our future, Vote for Peace,” House Committee urged as it votes on BBL

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 May) — “The future of Mindanao and the Philippines is in your hands,” a Catholic priest said as he and other supporters of the peace process urged… »

“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.… »

Peace groups march to Congress as BBL committee votes on May 11

  DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 May) – Thousands of supporters of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law will march from St. Peter’s Parish along Commonwealth Avenue to the House of… »

Western Visayas beats NCR in football

TAGUM CITY (MindaNews/09 May) — Booters from Western Visayas  captured on Saturday its first football crown in the secondary division after beating the National Capital Region Squad in a penalty shootout  during… »

NCR maintains top spot in Palaro; NorMin leads Mindanao regions

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 May) – Traditional powerhouse National Capital Region held on to its commanding lead in the medal count Friday in the Palarong Pambansa in Tagum City, Davao del… »

‘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… »

Former street kid who finished college going home to bring message of hope

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/08 May) – He slept on the cold pavements of Cagayan de Oro City, sniffed solvent, and learned to steal and scavenge when he just seven years old… »

GenSan offers mobile HIV testing

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 May) — Health personnel here will offer mobile testing services for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) as part of the nationwide drive set by the Department… »

Panamanian ship grounded in GenSan removed

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 May) — Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel successfully removed on Thursday a Panamanian flagged vessel that ran aground off a coastal village here earlier this week.… »

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… »

At the Palaro, souvenir vendors share their stories

TAGUM CITY (MindaNews/07 May) — Keychain maker Pio Baturiano hammers a letter punch on to a keychain made of leather to form the word: Palarong Pambansa 2015. For 20 years,… »

16th Congress can make history as “legislators-peacemakers

  QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/06 May) – Members of the 16th Congress can make history before they step down on June 30, 2016 by “unlocking the door to a just peace”… »

House leaders to peace advocates: BBL won’t be less than ARMM

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/06 May) – The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that Congress will pass will not be less than the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) that it seeks to… »

NCR keeps lead in 58th Palaro

TAGUM CITY (MindaNews / 6 May) – The National Capital Region contingent still remains the leader in medal tally in the ongoing 58th Palarong Pambansa while host Davao Region holds… »

Fire razes P5M worth of properties in SouthCot market

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 6 May) – An estimated P5 million in property was destroyed after a fire razed a portion of the central public market of Surallah town… »

Koronadal allots P16M for drought-stricken farmers

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/05 May) — The city government is working for the immediate release of around P16 million from its calamity or quick response funds to assist farmers and farm… »

Kidnappers free 4 businessmen from GenSan; ransom paid

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/05 May) — Kidnappers released unharmed the four businessmen from this city who were seized in Maguindanao province on March 29 after the payment of an undisclosed… »

GenSan studies ‘half-rice’ ordinance to reduce wastage

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/05 May) — The city council has launched a series of consultations for a proposed ordinance that seeks the inclusion of half-cup serving of rice or “half-rice”… »

2 Coast Guard men, 2 others seized in Zambo Norte, Tawi-Tawi

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/04 May) – A barangay official, two Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel and a mining firm executive were separately abducted by gunmen in the provinces of Zamboanga del… »

Malacanang, MILF, AFP confirm Usman killed

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews /04 May) – Malacanang and officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have confirmed the killing Sunday of… »

Hero’s welcome awaits ‘Pacman’ despite loss to Mayweather

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/04 May) — Despite losing his epic fight on Sunday, world boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao will receive a hero’s welcome when he returns… »

1,434 applicants in GenSan get local, overseas jobs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/04 May) — A total of 1,434 job seekers from this city and the neighboring areas were hired on-the-spot (HOTS) in the two Labor Day job fairs… »

Palaro opens; suspends games for Pacquiao-Mayweather fight

TAGUM CITY (MindaNews/03 May) – The 2015 Palarong Pambansa opened early Sunday morning but games were suspended starting 10 a.m. to allow athletes to watch the “Fight of the Century”… »

B’laan Datu Antonio Kinoc, MILF peace panel member, passes away

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /03 May) –Antonio “Tony” Kinoc, a B’laan Datu who served as alternate member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panel representing Indigenous Peoples, passed away… »

Wanted terrorist Abdulbasit Usman killed by MILF

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews /03 May) – Abdulbasit Usman, one of the country’s most wanted terrorists was killed 11:50 a.m. Sunday in a chance encounter with troops of Moro Islamic Liberation… »

Pacquiao loses to Mayweather

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/03 May) – Filipino boxing champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao thought he won the much hyped and much awaited fight against undefeated American welterweight Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Saturday… »

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