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… »

DSWD-12 to mobilize 2,465 workers for poverty reduction survey

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 9 April) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Region 12 will be mobilizing 2,465 field workers for the second cycle of… »

No punitive action vs Kidapawan LGU employee found positive in drug test

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 9 April) – Despite being found positive in a drug test, an employee at the city hall here will not face “punitive action,” according to Mayor Joseph… »

DepEd-12 to tap women under 4Ps program to help out in ALS

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 9 April) – The Department of Education (DepEd) in Region 12 will mobilize women covered by the national government’s conditional cash transfer program for the… »

Indons choose parliament reps; youth vote key for winning seats

JAKARTA (MindaNews/08 April) — Indonesians troop to the polls on Wednesday (April 9) to elect members of the national and local parliaments, an exercise that is widely expected to shape… »

Supreme Court says RH Law constitutional, strikes down 8 sections

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/8 April) – The Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously held that Republic Act No. 10354 or the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 is constitutional, ending… »

Davao City council okays P45-M aid for fire victims

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/8 April) — The City Council has approved the allocation of P45 million from the city’s quick response fund for victims of a fire incident last Friday. The… »

Hog production in Region 12 drops

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/8 April) — Pork producers here and the neighboring localities are pushing for the revitalization of the local backyard hog or swine sector in a bid to… »

Town councilor, power firm official slain in ambush

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/8 April) – A town councilor and an electric firm supervisor were killed Monday in two separate ambush incidents in the region, the police reported. Killed were Councilor… »

Bukidnon enacts first ever revenue code

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/8 April) — The Bukidnon provincial board unanimously approved Monday the province’s first ever revenue code. Board member Albert Lagamon said that during the public hearings there were… »

Renowned mental health expert to hold seminar in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/8 April) — A world-renowned neuropsychologist will give a seminar on brain-based therapy in Davao City on April 11 and 12, the Center of Psychological Extension and Research… »

Metrobank to open 10 more branches in Mindanao

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/8 April) — The Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company (Metrobank) will open 10 more branches in Mindanao this year, two of them in Bukidnon particularly Malaybalay City and… »

UPDATE: ‘Domeng’ now moves northwest

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/8 April) – Tropical depression “Domeng” has moved northwest and continues to move slowly, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said before noon Tuesday. Pagasa… »

DOLE-12 releases P8M in livelihood assistance to informal workers

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/8 April) — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 12 has released a total of P8 million worth of livelihood packages in the last… »

‘Domeng’ weakens into tropical depression

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/8 April) – “Domeng” has weakened into a tropical depression Tuesday and continued to move slowly west northwest at 5 kilometers per hour, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and… »

Groups to sue 57th IB over ‘child warrior’ controversy

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/7 April) – The human rights group Karapatan (Alliance for the Advancement of Peoples’ Rights) and a nongovernment organization are set to file charges of abduction and violation… »

Caraga region to bear brunt of ‘Domeng’ – Pagasa

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/7 April) – Caraga region will bear the brunt of tropical storm Domeng, the fourth storm to hit Mindanao in 2014, according to the Philippine Atmospheric,… »

Info drive on measles heightened in SouthCot as incidence climbs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/7 April) — Health personnel in South Cotabato province have stepped up their measles awareness and immunization campaign due to the continuing increase in disease incidence in… »

6-hour brownouts loom in North Cotabato

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/7 April) – Power consumers in North Cotabato will have to brace for brownouts lasting six hours, or even longer, starting next week. Vicente Baguio, spokesperson of the… »

SouthCot pork producers seek entry to Singapore markets

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/7 April) — Pork producers here and the neighboring areas are pushing for the revival of negotiations for the entry of local pork meat products to potential… »

Several entertainers in CDO bars have no health permits

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/7 April) — An inspection of girlie bars and drinking joints here Friday night by police and local officials revealed that many entertainers were working without… »

Zamboanga Norte police arrest kidnap suspect

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/07 April) – One of the six gunmen allegedly behind the abduction last week of a businessman’s son in Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte has been arrested by the… »

UPDATED: ‘Domeng’ moves closer to Davao City

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/7 April) — Tropical Storm Domeng, the fourth storm to enter the country this year, has maintained its strength and continued to move west northwest, according to the… »

Domeng is 920 km east of Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /06 April) – Tropical storm Domeng (international name: Peipah), was spotted at 920 kilometers east of Davao City as of 10 p.m. Sunday, still with maximum sustained… »

Bukidnon town council seeks probe on “missing” P10.7-M water loan

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/06 April) —   The town council of Malitbog, Bukidnon has passed a resolution seeking a probe on a P10.7 million loan that appeared to have been obtained by… »

Another public hearing sought on Bukidnon’s proposed revenue code

MALAYBALAY CITY  (MindaNews/06 April)  — Several sectors in Bukidnon’s second district want another public hearing on April 7 to air their concerns on the provincial government’s proposed revenue code and… »

Domeng is coming: 4th storm to hit Mindanao in 2014, 9th since Sendong

UPDATED as of 5:58 p.m. DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /06 April) – Tropical storm Domeng (international name: Peipah), the fourth storm to hit the country this year is also the fourth… »

Reds storm mining firm in Agusan Norte

TUBAY, Agusan del Norte (MindaNews/5 April)–Suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels raided at around 1 a.m. Saturday a mining firm here, burning four dump trucks, destroying machineries and seizing the… »

NorthCot’s ‘champion’ of women’s and children’s rights succumbs to illness

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/5 April) – North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Talino-Mendoza and other women advocates have expressed their grief over the death of the province’s “champion on gender equality and advocate… »

Huge Davao City fire caused by a candle–BFP

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/5 April)—At least 1,000 houses in three villages here were gutted down by a fire Friday night that was allegedly caused by a candle, the Bureau of Fire… »

Mayor, vice mayor in NorthCot heed suspension order

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/5 April) – The North Cotabato provincial board has slapped a 30-day suspension against Mayor Romeo Arana and Vice Mayor Albert Luis Garduque of Midsayap town in connection… »

‘Amending VAT law will make local agri products competitive in AEC’

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/4 April) – Making all agriculture-related inputs and services exempt from the value-added tax will make local agricultural products competitive in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) which starts… »

Sarangani board member, 3 others tagged in Maitum mayor’s ambush

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/4 April) — Police authorities have tagged a provincial board member of Sarangani Province and three other persons who were arrested in a series of firearms raids… »

Kidapawan SP bars members from releasing grants

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/4 April) – Members of the Sangguniang Panglungsod (SP) have agreed to waive their role of releasing funds for grants and donations to avoid graft and using such… »

Kidnapped school principal freed in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/04 April) – Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits freed Thursday afternoon the school official they seized Monday in Sumisip, Basilan province, an official announced Friday. Mayor Gulam Hataman of… »

P1-B budget for mangrove planting in Leyte, Samar too much, says expert

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/4 April) — A government plan to allocate some P1 billion almost exclusively for planting to rehabilitate mangrove forests in Leyte and Samar damaged by super typhoon Yolanda… »

Sarangani board member, 4 others facing charges of illegal possession of firearms

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 3 April) – Police authorities have filed multiple charges against a provincial board member of Sarangani Province and four other persons after being caught in… »

2 lolas complete high school in Kidapawan

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 3 April) – For these two grandmothers, age doesn’t matter at all. It is not too late yet to get their high school diplomas. Ramona Abaratigue, 72,… »

Bukidnon State U inks cooperation programs with ASEAN partners

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 3 April) – Sixteen teachers and 14 school administrators from Thailand are arriving here over the weekend for a month-long training at the Bukidnon State University… »

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