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… »

30,000 devotees expected at Divine Mercy Shrine in MisOr

EL SALVADOR CITY, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 17 April) – The management of the Divine Mercy Shrine here are making final security preparations for as much as 30,000 devotees and… »

PH ranks 3rd in impunity for media killings

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 17 April) – After being tagged as the third most dangerous country for environment and land rights activists, the Philippines obtained another unsavory ranking – third… »

PMA cadets to hold silent drill exhibitions in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 17 April) – Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadets will hold a series of silent drill exhibitions in this city as part of their annual Southern Cruise… »

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… »

PH 3rd most dangerous place for environment, land defenders – report

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/16 April) – Between 2002 and 2013, a total of 908 people were killed worldwide for their work on environment and land issues. Sixty-seven of these killings happened… »

Davao wants to lure more Japanese tourists

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 April) – This city is planning to put up a Davao-Japan Tourism Development and Investment Promotion Council in a bid to lure more Japanese tourists… »

Ata-Manobo ‘bakwits’ demand military pullout from Talaingod

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 April) – Ata-Manobo evacuees from Talaingod, Davao del Norte held a picket Tuesday before the regional offices of the Commission on Human Rights and National Commission on… »

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… »

30,000 Camiguin-bound passengers expected at Balingoan port

BALINGOAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/15 April) – Port authorities here are gearing up for the arrival of around 30,000 passengers that will be heading to Camiguin Island for the Holy Week.… »

Zambo City augments security for Holy Week

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/15 April) – Police and military authorities have beefed up local security to ensure the protection of Catholic faithful who are expected to flock to the Mayor Cesar… »

Balingasag mayor assures town is red-tide free

BALINGASAG, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/15 April) — Local officials invited reporters and investors to a feast of grilled and “kinilaw na bangus,” on Tuesday to prove that it is safe to… »

Former foes vow joint moves vs ‘spoilers’ of peace

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/15 April) – The Army, police and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Sunday vowed to work together to thwart efforts by so-called spoilers to sabotage the… »

Pharmacists’ group gears for ASEAN integration

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 April) – Even among pharmacists there is a need to keep pace with the demands of the ASEAN integration in 2015, an official of a pharmacists’ group… »

Awards seen to encourage youth to become farmers

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/April 15) – The Junior Chamber International (JCI) launched Monday in this city the search for Ten Outstanding Farmers of the Philippines (TOFARM), an initiative that aims to… »

4.8-magnitude quake jolts Surigao del Sur

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/15 April) — A magnitude 4.8 earthquake of tectonic origin shook parts of Surigao del Sur shortly before 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology… »

BTC submits “partial” draft of Bangsamoro Basic Law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 April) — The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) has not finished drafting the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) but was expected to submit a “partial” draft to the Office… »

4-nation trade fair, biz gab slated in Davao

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/14 April) – Top business players from four countries belonging to the Association of South East Asian Nations will gather here from Oct. 23-26 for an event that… »

PBA Legends bow to Maguindanao team; urge sincere implementation of CAB

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/14 April) – Surprising even themselves, a local team beat retired veterans of the Philippine Basketball Association, 89-81, in a friendship game on Saturday. Members of the Bangsamoro… »

2 alleged kidnappers killed in Zambo; arrested suspects include cop

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/14 April) – Two alleged members of a kidnap-for-ransom-group were killed while a policeman was wounded in a shootout that broke out when policemen raided a suspected safehouse… »

Catholic bishops, educators vow to strengthen peacebuilding efforts in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 April) — Catholic bishops and educators vowed to strengthen the role of the Catholic Church “in the promotion of lasting peace in Mindanao” as they welcomed the… »

“Bakwits” from fire are now “bakwits” from rain

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 April) — The City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) is currently looking for alternative evacuation sites for 382 families displaced by the April 4… »

Pacquiao wins again; wife Jinkee hopes he retires now

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 13 April) — Fans at the gym in Baragay Nazareth here waited for the killer punch from boxing icon Manny Pacquiao to floor Timothy… »

New book on “Bangsamoro” now off the press

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 April) – The two-volume “Bangsamoro: Documents and Materials” published by the Ateneo de Davao University in partnership with MindaNews, is now off the press, the… »

Bacani: “Read more and write”

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/11 April) –  “Read more and write.” This was the challenge posed to the youth by lawyer Benedicto Bacani, founding director of the Institute for Autonomy and Governance… »

Miriam and Miriam meet on Bangsamoro peace pact after Lent

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 April) –  Government peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and Senator Miriam Santiago will meet to discuss the Bangsamoro peace pact “after Lent,” Ferrer told a gathering of… »

Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law not yet done but submission set for Monday

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 April) — The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) has yet to meet in plenary on Sunday to deliberate on the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) but has set… »

City gov’t relocates Zambo ‘bakwits’ staying in Cawa-Cawa Boulevard

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/12 April) – The city government has transferred at least 32 families displaced by the September 2013 siege from R.T. Lim or Cawa-Cawa Boulevard to two elementary public… »

BTC to submit draft Bangsamoro law to Aquino on Monday

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/12 April)—The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will finally be submitted to President Benigno S. Aquino III in Malacañang by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) on Monday (April… »

12 dead in Basilan clashes

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/12 April) – The sporadic clashes between government forces and the Abu Sayyaf bandits in Basilan province on Friday have left 12 persons dead, including two soldiers, military… »

LPA spotted off Surigao Sur

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/12 April)—A low pressure area spotted 440 kilometers east northeast of Hinatuan Surigao del Sur at 4 a.m. Saturday will bring scattered light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms… »

TSI builds dome for 300-MW coal-fired power plant in Davao

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/11 April) – The AboitizPower’s Therma South Inc. (TSI) has announced the erection of its coal dome that can store at least 200,000 cubic meters of fuel along… »

18 soldiers hurt in clashes with Abu in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/11 April) – Eighteen soldiers were wounded as clashes ensued anew between government forces and Abu Sayyaf bandits early Friday in the nearby province of Basilan, military officials… »

SouthCot eyes study on impact of aerial spraying

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/11 April) — The provincial government of South Cotabato will commission an in-depth study to determine the safety of the continuing use of the aerial spraying method… »

The birds have returned to Barira

CAMP IRANUN, Barira, Maguindanao (MindaNews/11 April) – Birds have returned to Barangay Nabalawag in Barira, Maguindanao years after the community and other stakeholders embarked on a tree planting program, village… »

GenSan police placed on high alert for Holy Week

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/11 April) — Around 500 police personnel will deployed in various strategic areas in the city starting weekend in connection with the observance of the Holy Week.… »

Avoid beaches in NorMin affected by ‘red tide’ – BFAR

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/11 April) — Swimmers and divers have been warned to stay away from the beaches and seas in Northern Mindanao affected by the red tide phenomenon… »

MILF defection not true – Jaafar

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 10 April) – Political affairs chief Ghadzali Jaafar of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) denied reports that four of their commanders, including 4,000 of their men,… »

Fake ‘bakwits’ uncovered in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/10 April) – The local government has discovered 400 families pretending to be internally displaced persons (IDPs), or evacuees, staying along the shore of R.T. Lim Boulevard known… »

Davao doles out cash assistance to fire victims

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 April) – The city has began distributing out cash assistance to the 3,547 victims of the fire that ravaged Barangays 22-C and 23-C last Friday.… »

Implementation of DOE’s Interruptible Load Program pushed

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 10 April) – Distribution utility South Cotabato II Electric Cooperative (Socoteco II) is pushing for the implementation by next month of the Department of Energy’s… »

There’s enough food packs for Davao fire victims – DSWD

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Aprl) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here has assured there’s enough food packs for the victims of the fire that burned… »

Creation of research institute for banana pushed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 April) – Senator Teofisto “TG” D. Guingona III vowed to support the creation of a Philippine Banana Institute and is considering authoring a Senate counterpart… »

Terror groups still hound Samal resort owners

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 April) – Resort owners from Samal City said terrorist groups like the Abu Sayyaf Group continue to threaten their beaches more than a decade after… »

GenSan residents warned on grass fires

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 10 April) – The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) cautioned residents against the possible occurrence of more grass fires and other related incidents in the… »

Red tide kills kitong, bangus in fish cages in Region 10

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 10 April) – Red tide that was first spotted in Iligan City last month has spread throughout the coastal areas in Region 10 and… »

Bukidnon creates climate change body

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 9 April) – The Bukidnon provincial government has created the Ecological Solid Waste Management Board (ESWMB) and the Provincial Climate Change Committee (PCCC) with the issuances… »

Beauty titlist Lastimosa gets hero’s welcome in NorthCot

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 9 April) – Beauty titlist Mary Jean “MJ” Lastimosa was surprised to see the gymnasium at the Cotabato provincial capitol complex packed with thousands of well-wishers who travelled… »

Davao needs air assets to combat fire unreachable by fire trucks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 9 April) – The Bureau of Fire Protection here needs air assets to fight fires in areas that cannot be reached by the city’s firetrucks. In… »

Zambo prepares for installation of new archbishop

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 9 April) – Preparations are underway for the installation of Bishop Romulo dela Cruz on May 14 as the new archbishop of this city. Monsigñor Crisologo… »

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