GenSan to adopt zoning for tricycles

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 9 Dec) – The city government is considering adopting a zoning scheme for tricycles in a bid to address the worsening traffic congestion in major… »

FDA agents get training from military

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 9 Dec) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has trained four armed agents for its Regulatory Enforcement Unit (REU) for the implementation of the agency’s… »

P6M worth of shabu seized in Zambo apartment

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/09 December) – Police operatives recovered a kilo of methamphetamine hydrochloride, more popularly known as shabu, with an estimated market value of P6 million from an apartment here… »

Fr. Picx: from biking for peace in 2000 to biking for climate in 2014

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 Dec) — He biked “for peace” across the country for 18 days in 2000, meeting truckloads of soldiers on their way to the Estrada administration’s “all-out war”… »

DSWD Region 12 sends 15,000 food packs to Eastern Visayas

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 December) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Region 12 has dispatched an initial 15,000 family food packs to areas affected by typhoon… »

MSMEs receive P26-M worth of machines to boost productivity

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 Dec) — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Region 12 has distributed around P26 million worth of machineries and equipment to help improve the… »

OCD: Zero casualty in Dinagat, Siargao

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews / 07 Dec) — Zero casualty in Dinagat and Surigao del Norte. The provinces of Dinagat Islands and Surigao del Norte have been spared by typhoon Ruby… »

Bukidnon aims to make local tourism industry prepared for emergencies

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/07 December) – Moves are underway to make the tourism industry in Bukidnon prepared for emergencies. About 450 hotel and restaurant management students of Bukidnon State University underwent… »

As thousands flee ‘Ruby’, rescue preparations shift to islands in Eastern Mindanao

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/06 December) – Military units tasked with rescue operations have shifted their attention to the Province of Dinagat Islands and Siargao Islands in Surigao del Norte where 3,234… »

Dead “Treevolution” seedlings in Maguindanao village to be replaced

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/06 December) – Volunteers replaced on Saturday the seedlings that were planted in Sultan Kudarat town in Maguindanao as part of the “Treevolution” campaign but did not survive.… »

1 of 2 European kidnapped bird watchers rescued

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/06 December) – One of the two European bird watchers seized by suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits in Tawi-Tawi almost two years ago was rescued by government forces early… »

CebuPac cancels Caraga flights until Saturday

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/05 December)–Budget airline Cebu Pacific Air has cancelled its flights to the Caraga region on Friday until Saturday due to typhoon “Ruby” (international name Hagupit). In a travel… »

Typhoon ‘Ruby’ prompts 2,300 families to leave homes in Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/05 December)—At least 2,300 families from different parts of Surigao del Norte have sought refuge in evacuation centers across the province as a precaution to typhoon “Ruby” (international… »

Flashflood, landslide alerts up in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/05 December) — The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) of Region 12 has raised flashflood and landslide alerts in various parts of the region… »

DepEd-12 nixes anew lavish school Christmas parties

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/05 December)– The Department of Education (DepEd) in Region 12 ordered anew private and public schools in the region to adopt “alternative ways” of celebrating the Christmas season… »

Expert cites need to address vulnerability to typhoons

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 December)– “We cannot stop a storm but vulnerability is something we can address.” This was the key message of Dr. Gemma Teresa Narisma, head of the Regional… »

Military to arm 120 new Cafgus in NPA-infested Loreto town

LORETO, Agusan del Sur – Like the Spartans in the movie “300,” the militiamen yelled “Ahoo! Ahoo!” that rumbled in the hot, concrete gym here, indicating they are ready to… »

Preemptive evacuation ordered in 17 towns, 2 cities in Surigao Sur

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/05 December)—Surigao del Sur Gov. Johnny Pimentel has instructed officials of 17 towns and two cities to conduct preemptive evacuations, especially along coastal villages, as precaution to super… »

4 Northern Mindanao cities, Surigao Norte suspend classes on Friday

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/04 December) — Classes in four cities in Northern Mindanao were ordered suspended on Friday, a day before typhoon Ruby (international code name: Hagupit) is expected to… »

Iqbal on federalism: ‘MILF will neither endorse nor reject it’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 December) – Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal on Wednesday said the MILF will neither endorse nor reject proposals for a shift to a… »

NGO coalition to mobilize networks for disaster response

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 December) – A major coalition of NGOs in the country will be mobilizing its networks to strengthen coordination among agencies in times of disasters. “It has become… »

Caraga on red alert for ‘Ruby’; classes suspended in Malaybalay on Friday

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/04 December) – Super typhoon Ruby (international codename: Hagupit) is not expected to make landfall in Mindanao, but the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) and the… »

3 Abu Sayyaf bandits killed, 2 soldiers wounded in Basilan clash

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/04 December) – Three suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits were killed while two soldiers were wounded in a clash Thursday in Basilan province, a military official said. Capt. Ma.… »

Surigao City moves to address water shortage

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/04 December) – The city needs to tap additional sources of potable water supply to address periodic shortages and growing demand, participants to the two-day seminar on water… »

Groups demand release of political prisoners

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 December) — Progressive groups here fasted for 12 hours on Wednesday in support of 35 political prisoners in Southern Mindanao accused of “trumped-up charges” during the International… »

‘Bobby’: HIV victim joins campaign versus dreaded, misunderstood disease

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/03 December) – After learning he tested positive of Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) last year, 33-year old “Bobby” cried. He was afraid not of his condition, but of… »

P1.5-M shabu seized in Zambo City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/03 December) – Authorities intercepted Tuesday a shipment of P1.5 million worth of shabu at the Zamboanga International Airport, an official disclosed. Joseph Ladip, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency… »

MILF assures it will stop using child soldiers

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Tuesday vowed to exert all efforts to prevent the recruitment of child soldiers and remove the group from the… »

South Cotabato forms HIV/AIDS Council

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/03 December) — Alarmed by the rising local cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS), the provincial government of South Cotabato is working… »

South Cotabato speeds up tourism infra projects

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/03 December) — The provincial government of South Cotabato is pushing for the completion within the next two years of its ongoing tourism development projects in a… »

Bangsamoro Law triggered resurgence of moves for federal government, say advocates

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 December) – Some provisions in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law have fueled moves to push for federalism in the country, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Monday… »

9 confirmed deaths from AIDS in South Cotabato this year

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/24 December) — Health personnel in South Cotabato province have recorded nine confirmed deaths in the area this year due to the disease complications triggered by the… »

Workers in Region-12 to get P5 wage hike in 2015

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/02 December) — Private workers in Region 12 will receive an additional P5 increase in their daily wages starting January 1 next year, bringing the area’s floor… »

12 barangays in Region 12 child labor-free — DOLE

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/02 December) — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 12 has declared 12 barangays in the region as child labor-free. Ofelia Domingo, DOLE Region… »

Makabayan bloc calls for probe on violations of children’s rights during armed conflict

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 1 Dec) – The Makabayan bloc has called for the investigation on human rights issues in several areas in Mindanao allegedly effected by the Department of… »

PHL ‘not there yet’ in combatting HIV/AIDS

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 1 Dec) – The Philippines is nowhere near the finish line in terms of completing one of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of the United… »

Sarangani bags hosting of 2015 paragliding world cup

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 1 Dec) – Sarangani province bagged the right to host one of the legs of the Paragliding Accuracy World Cup (PGAWC) next year, a Department… »

Koronadal Christmas bazaar showcases products by ‘poorest of the poor’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 1 Dec) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Region 12 opened in nearby Koronadal City over the weekend a Christmas bazaar featuring… »

P4.27M released for livelihood projects in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 1 Dec) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 12 released on Monday P4.27-million worth of livelihood grants to various local government units… »

Rep. Rodriguez says support for Bangsamoro Basic Law is “universal”

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/30 Nov) — Despite some concerns, the proposed Bangsamoro Law is receiving overwhelming support  from residents  in Northern Mindanao, the chair of the House of Representatives Ad… »

‘Bangsamoro sets the stage for federalism’ — former Iligan mayor  

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/30 Nov) — A former mayor here has urged members of the House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law to consider the proposed measure… »

Decommissioning of MILF starts in January 2015

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/29 November) — The decommissioning of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will start by January next year, a senior official of the rebel group said… »

Rep. Biazon asks Iliganons to “listen to your hearts”, seek compromise on BBL

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/29 November) — Warning that the rejection of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) would mean “more killings and destruction,” a lawmaker appealed to some 500 people who attended… »

MOA-AD foes on the BBL: Unconstitutional

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/29 November) – They have spoken. Three politicians who led the opposition to the botched Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain or MOA-AD have made known their stand… »

Abducted cops’ wives ask gov’t to negotiate release with NPA

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 Nov) – Spouses of two of the three policemen abducted by the New People’s Army in Surigao del Norte earlier this month have asked the… »

Low Pressure Area approaching Mindanao

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 28 Nov) – As Tropical Storm “Queenie” exits the country past Palawan, a Low Pressure Area is also incoming, spotted at 480 km east of General… »

‘Queenie’ aftermath: 4 Surigao fishermen found alive, but 1 still missing

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 Nov) – Four of five fishermen in this city who were reported missing since Tropical Depression “Queenie” made landfall Wednesday were found alive in Southern Leyte on Thursday evening.… »

SouthCot to expand livelihood program

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 28 Nov) – The provincial government of South Cotabato is set to expand next year the implementation of flagship livelihood program Self-Employment Assistance Kaunlaran (SEA-K)… »

DOH-12 wants zero casualty to firecrackers

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 28 Nov) – Health authorities in Region 12 are targeting to achieve zero casualty rate in terms of firecracker-related injuries in the coming Christmas and… »

BBL hearing in Marawi: Maranaos complain of measly share from Lake Lanao’s contributions

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 27 Nov) – Lake Lanao, the second largest lake in the country, became the center of discussion during the congressional public hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic… »

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