Soldier killed, 3 others wounded in Army-BIFF clash

DATU UNSAY, Maguindanao (MindaNews/29 March) – A soldier was killed and three others were wounded when government forces clashed with Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in two areas in Maguindanao Sunday,… »

Zambo residents told to stop outdoor fires

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/29 March) – The city government has aired an urgent appeal to residents to avoid outdoor fires including slash and burn activities as this may cause lives and… »

4 potential trafficking victims rescued; recruiter nabbed

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/29 March) – Combined military and police operatives rescued Friday four female potential victims of trafficking and arrested an alleged illegal recruiter in Tawi-Tawi. Ensign Chester Ian Ramos,… »

Environmental group to public: help fight grass and forest fires; plant more trees

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/29 March) – An environmental protection advocacy group has appealed to the public to help fight grass and forest fires and to continue tree planting. In a statement,… »

Surigao mayor files motion for reconsideration on graft raps

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/28 March) — Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas has filed a motion for reconsideration in connection with the graft chargea filed against him before the Ombudsman-Mindanao. Atty. Manuelito D.… »

Lumads perform high noon rituals for peace in at least 35 IP communities

COTABATO CITY (March 28) – Members of Indigenous Peoples (IPs) simultaneously offered prayers Saturday noon in an effort to help bring about peace. Rebecca Mokudef, Bliyan Libun (Woman Spiritual Leader)… »

Zambo CSOs air support for Pres. Aquino’s peace initiatives

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/28 March) – A consortium of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) based in this city has adopted a resolution calling on the public to rally behind the peace initiatives… »

Peace groups laud PNoy address on CAB anniversary

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/27 March) – Peace advocacy groups here lauded President Aquino for his determination to push the Bangsamoro peace process as avowed in his address to commemorate the first… »

Lumads hold simultaneous rituals for peace Saturday noon

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 March) – Lumads or Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in the proposed Bangsamoro are holding simultaneous rituals in every fenuwo (village) at 12 noon Saturday “to ask the Divine… »

Women leaders want peace process to continue

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 March) –Women leaders, during a two-day conference here that started Friday, expressed their desire to save the peace process despite the setback after the Mamasapano… »

Military suspends operations in Maguindanao for smooth graduation ceremonies

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 27 March) – The Armed Forces has implemented a three-day suspension of military operations (SOMO) in Maguindanao to allow smooth graduation ceremonies for internally displace persons… »

Zambo agriculturist: cloud seeding only option to mitigate damage to crops

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 27 March) – The Office of the City Agriculture has strongly recommended for the conduct of cloud seeding operation to prevent further damage to crops. City… »

Fire incidents in Caraga drop in 2014

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 March) – Fire incidents in Caraga Region dropped 14.59 percent last year compared to the previous year, the Bureau of Fire and Protection-Caraga reported. In… »

Davao asks DA for cloud seeding

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 March) – The City Agriculturist’s Office has asked the Department of Agriculture for a cloud seeding over Davao City, following a month-long dry spell that… »

All LGUs nationwide get poor rating on compliance of accessibility laws for PWDs

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 March) – The National Council on Disability Affairs scored LGUs from all over the country a 2 out of 10 in terms of compliance of… »

Xavier U confers peace awards to Ferrer, Iqbal, Deles

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – Ducking a political firestorm, Xavier University officials conferred awards to government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front chief peace negotiators Miriam Coronel-Ferrer… »

Surigao mining firm pays initial P5 million to Mamanwas, barricade lifted

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – Mamanwas have lifted their barricade against a mining firm on Saturday after Greenstone Resources Corporation initially paid at least P5 million to the tribesfolk, belated… »

Cop injured in failed ambush on convoy of Agusan Norte governor

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – A police officer was injured after the convoy carrying Agusan del Norte Gov. Ma. Angelica Amante-Matba was ambushed while travelling along… »

Surigao pet owners warned not to let their pets on the loose

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – The City Veterinary Office here has warned pet owners not to let their pets on the loose, saying these will be caught with… »

Boy dies in Maguindanao evacuation center due to diarrhea

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 26 March) – The Department of Health in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DOH-ARMM) today reported, with sadness, the demise of one of the 120,000… »

P25.7M worth of crops in GenSan damaged due to El Niño

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – Around P25.7-million worth of agricultural crops here have been devastated due to the impact of the continuing dry spell triggered by the… »

MILF says recruitment of Higaonons in Iligan is a scam, denies having a camp there

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – The reported recruitment and training among Higaonon tribesmen into the ranks of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in a remote barangay… »

Zambo water firm revises rationing scheme

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – The Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) has adopted a new rationing scheme as water inflow at the source has considerably slowed down the… »

DOH releases P4.8M grant to Sarangani

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – The Department of Health (DOH) has released a P4.8-million grant to Sarangani Province to assist the medical needs of poor residents in… »

All set for graduation in conflict-affected areas in Maguindanao

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (March 25) – All is set for the elementary and high school graduation ceremonies in conflict affected communities in Maguindanao, an education official said Wednesday. Meriam Kawit, Maguindanao… »

Iqbal: peace no matter what happens to BBL

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 25 March) —  “The MILF will not disengage from the peace process no matter what will happen to that Bangsamoro Basic Law,” Mohagher Iqbal, chair… »

GenSan opens satellite treatment facility for TB

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/25 March) — The city government has opened a satellite treatment facility at the city hospital for persons with Tuberculosis (TB) to address the growing number of… »

Murder complaint vs Swiss national dismissed

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/25 March) — The City Prosecution Office here has dismissed for lack of evidence a complaint for murder filed against a Swiss national who allegedly killed his best friend,… »

MILF on Mamasapano clash: SAF was at fault for not coordinating

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/25 March) – The failure of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force to coordinate with the ceasefire mechanisms of government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front led… »

318 persons infected with STDs in Surigao City in 2014

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/24 March) – A total of 318 persons were infected with sexually transmitted diseases last year in the city, according to records at the City Health Office. There… »

Mother-in-law of freed Ampatuan massacre suspect denies he’s back in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/24 March) — Relatives of a suspect in the Ampatuan massacre who has been released on bail expressed worries recent acts of violence in Maguindanao might be blamed… »

DENR sets consultations on higher fees for Mount Apo trekkers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 March) — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources will be holding public consultations with residents and other stakeholders in areas around Mount Apo on the proposal… »

After walking for two weeks, ‘Journey Max’ and his six dogs get a boat ride home

TAGUM CITY (MindaNews/24 March) – A septuagenarian who had planned to walk from General Santos City to Ormoc in Leyte with his six dogs has obtained a free ride home… »

Sarangani cited for transparency in governance

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/24 March) – Efforts by the provincial government of Sarangani to maintain transparency and accountability in its operations has received a major boost after it was conferred… »

GenSan gets P96M for drainage expansion project

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/24 March) — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has allotted around P96 million for the expansion this year of the city’s drainage system. Engr.… »

Surigao City mayor faces graft raps

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/23 March) – City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas has been indicted by the Ombudsman for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. According to the resolution issued… »

400 residents of GenSan, Sarangani to get scholarship grants from TESDA

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/23 March) — Around 400 residents in this city and nearby Sarangani Province are set to benefit from nearly P5 million in scholarship grants allotted for the… »

Freed Ampatuan massacre suspect back in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/23 March) – A suspect in the 2009 Ampatuan massacre who was released on bail early this month is now back in Maguindanao and Cotabato City, an official… »

Maguindanao’s bakwits now 125,302; grandmas say they’re too old to evacuate  

DATU SAUDI AMPATUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/22 March) – Three generations of families of sisters Cartiquia Cartin and Saria Namawog are among 125,302 residents who fled their villages in Maguindanao following the… »

OIC mayor of Maguindanao town assumes post

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/22 March) – The town named after one of the principal suspects in the worst election related violence in recent history has a new mayor, officials said. Number… »

Dry spell destroys P91.9-M agri products in Zambo City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/21 March) – The dry spell has taken its toll on the agriculture sector in the city, destroying some P91.9M worth of farm products as of Wednesday, March… »

17 Abu detainees transferred to Taguig; kidnapped Fil-Chinese businesswoman freed

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/20 March) – Seventeen suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom group were transferred Friday from the Basilan provincial jail to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City. Abdulhusin… »

Military asked to suspend anti-BIFF drive to allow holding of graduation rites

DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/20 March) – Local government and education officials in Maguindanao have asked the military for a three-day suspension of the “all-out offensive” against the Bangsamoro Islamic… »

MSMEs in South Cotabato to get P11.57M from DTI

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/20 March) — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Region 12 has allotted an initial P11.57 million in grants to various micro, small and medium… »

TESDA allots P30M for scholarships

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/20 March) — The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has allocated an additional P30 million in scholarship grants for this year for “poor but deserving… »

Mamanwas set up barricade against Surigao mining firm

TUBOD, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 19 March) – For alleged non-payment of royalty share to the Mamanwas, tribesfolk have set up barricade against a mining firm operating in this… »

Coral transplantation project in Sta. Cruz Island approved

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 19 March) – The multi-agency Protected Area and Ecotourism Management Board (PAEMB) has approved the proposed coral reef rehabilitation project at the Greater Sta. Cruz Island,… »

Sarangani town wants to declare state of calamity due to dry spell

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 19 March) – Officials of Alabel town in Sarangani Province are planning to declare the entire municipality under the state of calamity due to the… »

3 AIDS patients die in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 19 March) – Three patients suffering from late stages of the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) have died last week while being treated in separate… »

Running the upHELL route of TDR80

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 March) – We call them “upHELLs”, those uphill roads that is sheer torture for runners and force you to slow down. When I saw the… »

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