ARMM holds successful quake, tsunami drill in Maguindanao

KUSIONG, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 31 July) – Fifty-year-old Norhaiya Untong was only in second grade in this place when she was awakened by the catastrophic 7.9-magnitude earthquake… »

Davao Region posts 9.4% GRDP, outperforms all regions

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 July) – Davao Region outperformed all the other 16 regions in the Philippines in terms of economic growth after posting a stellar gross regional domestic… »

P500 million to be allotted for cacao in Mindanao in 2016

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 July) – Some P500 million will be poured in Mindanao next year to increase by two-folds the number of cacao trees planted through the Double-Up… »

GenSan gets world’s largest fish display Guinness record, but…

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 31 July) – The city is now the record holder for the world’s largest fish display, officials here said, although Guinness World Records has yet… »

Koronadal to host international folkloric festival

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 31 July) – The city government is all set for the hosting of the “Pyesta Kolon Datal: Koronadal International Folkloric Festival” slated next month that will… »

Civil society supports BTC reso; says HB 5811’s autonomy is “weaker than ARMM”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 July) – Representatives from civil society on Thursday expressed support for the resolution passed by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) rejecting HB 5811, saying the House of… »

Renewable energy projects seen to meet Mindanao’s power needs

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 July) — Mindanao will soon attain sufficient power supply with the addition of more renewable energy projects with a combined potential capacity of 2,998 megawatts (MW), an… »

BTC rejects HB 5811; urges Congress to pass BBL “in its original form”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 July) – The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) that crafted the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) has virtually rejected the substitute bill of the House of Representatives as… »

Beyond Mamasapano: Tough road still ahead for Bangsamoro peace

TUKANALIPAO, Mamasapano, Maguindanao (VERA Files/30 July) — The skeleton of a new bridge, concrete, now stands close to the old wood one made iconic by the bloody incident six months… »

P1.4-B farm, fishery equipment turned over in Region 12

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/30 July) — The Department of Agriculture (DA) distributed here on Thursday around P1.4 billion worth of farm and fishery equipment as well as financial grants for various… »

DA opens P75-M facility in Koronadal

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/30 July) — The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 12 unveiled on Thursday its newly-completed P75-million field office at the regional government center complex here in the… »

BIMP biz leaders’ meet in Davao to tackle ICT industry

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 July) — Some 300 business leaders from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Philippines will meet at the Chief Executive Officers’ Conference and Exhibit on August 19, 2015 at… »

Entry of IT firm seen to boost employment in Davao’s BPM industry

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 July) — A new multi-national company will open at the Matina IT Park next month, a development that is seen to boost employment generation in the city’s… »

Campaign launched to unite Filipino youth vs climate change

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 July) — A campaign to harness the youth’s social media presence to produce positive changes in climate change awareness and mitigation was launched in Davao City Wednesday.… »

House resumes BBL interpellation on Aug. 4; still no substitute bill at the Senate

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 July) – The House of Representatives will resume the interpellation period for House Bill 5811, the substitute bill to the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on Tuesday,… »

BBL in PNoy’s SONA: 3 minutes out of 130-minute speech

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 July) –   One paragraph, the rest video materials, for a total of three minutes on what is supposed to be an “urgent” bill — the Bangsamoro Basic… »

Kin of Ampatuan Massacre victims: nothing on justice in PNOy’s SONA

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 July) – Relatives of the 58 victims of the November 23, 2009 massacre in Ampatuan, Maguindanao waited for the President to say something about the… »

Following food poisoning incident, Davao to submit list of registered businesses to FDA

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 July) – The city’s Business Bureau is set to submit a list of establishments here that have been issued with mayor’s permits to Food and… »

Davao’s biz bureau eyes 10% increase in permits, collections

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 July) – The city’s Business Bureau is eyeing to increase by 10 percent its issuances of mayor’s permits and collections this year, an official said.… »

Davao LGU urged to establish OFW Center

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 July) – A migrants’ group urged the city government for the full implementation of an ordinance that seeks to establish an overseas Filipino workers (OFW)… »

PNoy’s challenge to BBL critics: propose a better soltution

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 27 July) — President Benigno S. Aquino III only had a few words to say about the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) but he snapped back at those… »

32 illegal loggers apprehended

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 July) — Local authorities apprehended 32 suspected illegal loggers in Davao Region from January to June this year, an environment official said. Victor Billones, officer-in-charge (OIC) of… »

The little girl in red turned out to be Murad’s grandchild

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/27 July) — Unmindful of the presence of at least 50 journalists, a little girl in red shirt printed with the message “You’ve got to… »

Murad; continue peace process even if BBL not passed within PNoy’s term

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/26 July) — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said on Saturday that it will continue to demand for the implementation of the peace agreements it signed with the… »

Youth outside ARMM urged to “know the history of the Bangsamoro”

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/26 July) – The Executive Secretary of the Autonmous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) urges young people from outside the region to “know the history of the Bangsamoro,… »

EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT: “The police started to swing their truncheons, hitting the unarmed Lumads”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 July) — I could not grasp the thought of a congresswoman in pursuing her own agenda of coercing IPs (Indigenous Peoples) to go home without listening to… »

ARMM proposes P45-B 2016 budget

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/25 July) — The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has proposed a budget of P45 billion for next year, 60 percent of which will be allotted for… »

PNoy has enough time to forge peace with Reds – bishops

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/25 July) – President Aquino only has less than a year left in his term, but it is enough to forge peace with the National Democratic Front of… »

Rifle grenade explodes in Mamasapano village

TUKANALIPAO, Mamasapano, Maguindanao (MindaNews/24 July) – Tension has again gripped this village after a rifle grenade exploded near a farmer’s house Thursday night. Norodin Madsig, 43, said the rifle grenade landed… »

BOC extends validity of importer’s license to 3 years

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 July) — Mindanao importers may now heave a sigh of relief after the Bureau of Customs (BOC) announced Thursday it will extend the validity of importers’ licenses… »

Lumads refuse to leave Davao evacuation center

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 July) – Amid a commotion as policemen in antiriot gear stormed the Haran Evacuation Center where lumads have holed up for months, the evacuees refused… »

Greening Program target for 2015 is 65% complete – DENR XI

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 July) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) XI completed 65 percent of its target for the National Greening Program (NGP) this year.… »

Rep. Catamco declared persona non grata by lumad group

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 July) – North Cotabato Representative Nancy Catamco has been barred from entering the Haran Evacuation Center in Davao City after she had been declared persona… »

RDC-12 urges DPWH to build more tourism roads

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 22 July) – The Regional Development Council (RDC) of Region 12 called on the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to allocate funds for… »

Davao to maximize use of technology to generate jobs

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 July) – The Information Communications and Technology Office (ICTO) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Internet Café Association of Davao (ICAD)… »

GenSan to put up liquid nitrogen plant for livestock sector

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 22 July) – The city government is planning to establish a liquid nitrogen (LN2) plant in a bid to enhance the genetic improvement initiatives of… »

Cotabato City mayor’s secretary survives slay try

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/21 July) – The secretary to the city mayor was seriously wounded in an attack staged by unidentified motorcycle-riding assailants at mid-afternoon on Tuesday. Aniceto “Boy” Rasalan sustained… »

Project backed by EU, Germany seen to boost investments in South Cotabato

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 July) — The provincial government of South Cotabato is targeting to attract more investors from the European Union (EU) in the next three years with the… »

El Gamma Penumbra performs for peace, environment in Cotabato City

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/21 July) – Asia’s Got Talent winner El Gamma Penumbra held everyone in awe with its show on Monday that relayed the message of environmental protection and peace… »

Sasa Port upgrading project feared to worsen traffic

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 July) — A city councilor on Monday called on the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) to conduct a further study on the possible impact of the… »

South Cotabato to review support program for MSMEs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 July) — The provincial government of South Cotabato will revisit its support initiatives for local cottage industries to address the lack of quality products. South Cotabato… »

DOST-XI urges millers to use iron-fortified rice

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 July) — The Department of Science and Technology-XI is encouraging rice millers in Davao Region to make use of iron-fortified rice. In Monday’s Kapehan sa Dabaw at… »

Food poisoning downs 14 in Maguindanao

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/20 July) – Fourteen victims of suspected food poisoning here were brought to a hospital Sunday afternoon after complaining of stomach and abdominal pains and dizziness. The… »

Food vendors urged to undergo training on proper handling

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 July) — Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will place all street vendors selling food to undergo training on proper food handling. This developed after close to 2,000 victims —… »

Andal Ampatuan Sr. laid to rest behind mansion in Shariff Aguak

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 18 July) — Former Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr., one of the principal suspects in the November 23, 2009 massacre of 58 persons, 32 of… »

Dream big, Sen. Poe urges South Cotabateños during T’nalak Festival

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 18 July) – Like the T’boli tribe’s famed T’nalak fabric, South Cotabato residents should continue to dream bigger things for the province and weave them into… »

IED explodes in bus; no casualties as passengers managed to disembark before explosion

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 18 July) — An improvised bomb exploded inside a passenger bus in Sto. Nino town in South Cotabato Saturday morning but no casualties were reported because the… »

Massacre vicitim’s daughter forgives Ampatuan; hopes he asked for forgiveness

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 18 July) — Nurse Reynafe Momay-Castillo heard the news at midnight, nine hours before boarding a plane back to the United States where her family now… »

Ampatuan patriarch is dead

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 July) — Datu Andal Ampatuan, Sr. former three-term governor of Maguindanao and one of the principal suspects in the 2009 massacre of 58 persons in… »

2 hurt by stray bullets during Eid’l Fitr revelry

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 17 July) – A man is now in critical condition at a government hospital here after he was hit by a stray bullet at the height… »

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