PPA undertakes P95M dredging project at Zambo port

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 18 Feb) – The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) announced that the P95-million dredging project at the port of Zamboanga will start by the second quarter of… »

Tribe pushes own rep to Davao City’s council

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 Feb) – The Klata/Guiangan tribe has endorsed its own representative to the city council as the indigenous people’s mandatory representative (IPMR), absent a Kagan IPMR… »

Construction work to cause water supply interruption in parts of Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 Feb) – Construction work at the Generoso Bridge II here will cut off water supply in many parts of the city from Saturday morning (Feb. 21) until 12:01… »

Lumad women in Davao City given free contraceptive implants

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 February) — Indigenous peoples in the city’s uplands who are beneficiaries of government’s conditional cash transfer program are among those that have availed of the contraceptive Implanon,… »

Coastal erosion possible cause of suspected sinkhole in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/17 February) — The suspected sinkhole that appeared near a coastal community here over the weekend and triggered the evacuation of 46 families could be a case… »

4 Saudi Flight 860 passengers placed on home quarantine

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/17 February) – Four residents who were with the flight that carried the Filipina nurse who tested positive of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) have been… »

NPA leader, 5 other rebels slain in Sarangani

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/17 February) — A ranking leader of a New People’s Army (NPA) unit operating in the hinterlands of Sarangani and Davao del Sur provinces was reportedly killed… »

Coordination: key to ensuring birdwatchers, tourists not caught in crossfire in Kitanglad

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews /17 Feb) – Coordination is key in ensuring birdwatchers and other tourists visiting Mt. Kitanglad’s attractions avoid a repeat of  what happened to seven foreigners and two… »

Civilians flee as MILF, BIFF clash

PAGALUNGAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/16 February) – Hundreds of Moro civilians from outlying villages here and in nearby Pikit, North Cotabato fled following clashes since Saturday night between rivals Moro Islamic Liberation… »

DOH okays P70M for hospital upgrading in South Cotabato

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 February) — The Department of Health (DOH) has approved the release of around P70 million in grants for the expansion and upgrading of two hospitals in… »

GenSan coastal area evacuated due to suspected sinkhole

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 February) — The city government forcibly evacuated 46 families from an urban coastal community here on Sunday following the emergence of a suspected sinkhole in the… »

Businesswoman abducted in Jolo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/16 February) – A 58-year-old Filipino-Chinese businesswoman was seized Sunday by six unidentified gunmen in Jolo, Sulu, a military official said. Capt. Ma. Rowena Muyuela, Western Mindanao Command… »

NPA attacks Mati City’s police station; 1 NPA killed, 1 cop injured  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 Feb) – A suspected member of the New People’s Army (NPA) was killed when around 80 armed men believed to be members of the NPA… »

Davao City’s 30 kph speed limit eased up  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 Feb) — The city has eased up on apprehending motorists who exceed the 30 kph speed limit, citing the need for some vehicles to gain more momentum… »

‘Bike for Love’ held in Maguindanao to push for Bangsamoro Basic Law

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/14 February) — Valentine’s Day became an occasion to push for the resumption of deliberations on the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which have been put on hold following the… »

Army says sorry to birdwatchers for clash with NPA in Malaybalay

CAPITAN ANGHEL, Malaybalay City (MindaNews/14 February) – An Army official has expressed apologies for the encounter between soldiers and suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in a popular bird watching… »

Davao health office backs down on mandatory drug test for DepEd personnel

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 February) — The City Health Office said it would no longer require teachers and non-teaching staff in the Department of Education city division to take mandatory drug… »

Guide hurt as foreign bird watchers caught in Army, NPA clash

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/17 Feb) — A local tour guide was hurt when a group of foreign bird watchers he was helping got caught in an encounter between the Army and… »

Mangudadatu urges Maguindanaoans to help arrest ‘wounded’ Usman

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/13 February)—Maguindanao Gov. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu challenged Friday his fellow Maguindanaoans to help locate Filipino terror suspect Abdul Basit Usman, whom the official claimed was wounded in the… »

2 of 5 Zamboangueños from Saudi plane with positive MERS-CoV case traced

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/13 February)–-The City Health Office has already located, through the conduct of contact tracing, two of the five residents of this city who arrived in the country together… »

Widows of slain Moro rebels, civilians air grief, anger in “listening session”

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (MindaNews/13 February) – The widows of slain Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters and the civilians killed in the January 25 encounter here aired their grief and anger… »

Q and A with MILF Commander Haramen on Mamasapano: “Walang eroplano, walang bazooka”

SITIO AMILIL, Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao (MindaNews/12 Feb) — The few residents living along the highway in Barangay Tuka saw the signs of war when several truckloads of “sundalo” in… »

Drones flew over Mamasapano village in run-up to Jan. 25  

SITIO AMILIL, Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao (MindaNews/ 12 Feb) — A full week before the January 25 operations to get Malaysian bomb expert Zulkifli bin hir aka Marwan, residents here… »

First local bird festival slated in Zamboanga City on Feb. 27

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/13 February) – The Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST) is organizing the first local bird festival in this city. Dr. Milabel Nazario, ZSCMST president,… »

Rural electrification project continues in South Cotabato

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 February)– The provincial government of South Cotabato has allocated around P2 million for the implementation of the initial phase of its flagship rural electrification program this… »

GenSan pours P73-M to upgrade hospital facilities

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 February) — The city government has released around P73 million for the continuing expansion and upgrading of various vital facilities at the city hospital. Dr. Benjamin… »

Duterte to Aquino: Take the blame for Mamasapano

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 February) — President Benigno S. Aquino III must take full responsibility for the operation to capture terror suspect Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on… »

South Cotabato opens support facility for small-scale mining

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 February) — In bid to enhance the province’s thriving small-scale mining industry, the provincial government of South Cotabato has opened a support facility for the industry… »

DOLE releases P12.89M for livelihood to LGUs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 February) — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 12 released around P12.89 million worth of livelihood grants on Thursday to various local government… »

P17.3T in investments expected in Davao Region

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 February) — Investments worth P17.3 billion are expected “to be on the ground” in Davao Region this year, according to data from the regional office of Department… »

Region 12 exports in 2014 higher than in 2013

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 February) — Davao Region’s total exports increased by 16% during the first three quarters of 2014 compared to that of the same period in 2013 owing to… »

Maranaos donate money to MILF ‘martyrs’ during pro-BBL rally

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 10 Feb) – At first, the money came in trickles. Coins, P20 bills, then P50 bills. Then as suddenly as it started, everyone was throwing bills… »

With BBL, children in conflict areas can dream

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Feb) – Children in conflict areas in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) can have dreams beyond the war, according to a spokesperson from… »

BBL supporters go to streets, plazas

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Feb) – As the Senate inquiry on the Mamasapano carnage began, throngs of Bangsamoro people and representatives of civil society organizations went to the streets… »

DOH order may cost thousands of blind people their jobs

By Jake Soriano, VERA Files IN December last year, blind massage therapists from Zamboanga City traveled all the way to Cagayan de Oro to undergo licensing exams. They took thenearly… »

Surigao City faces shortage of fish supply

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Feb) – Fish vendors and consumers here are now facing the dilemma over the enforcement of the city ordinance prohibiting the sale of any kind… »

MILF, supporters hold peace rally in Tawi-tawi to support BBL

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 10 Feb) – About 300 members and supporters of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Tawi-tawi staged a rally in the capital municipality of Bongao… »

Town police chief, deputy killed in Bukidnon grenade attacks

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 10 Feb) – A Bukidnon town police chief and his deputy died when another policeman lobbed grenades at them after a gathering and dinner Monday night,… »

GenSan’s Makar Port to get major makeover

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 10 Feb) – The city’s Makar Port is getting a major makeover this year through an innovative clean and green initiative of the Philippine Ports… »

GenSan producing 7,000 more armchairs for public schools

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 10 Feb) – The city government is targeting to deliver around 7,000 armchairs to local public schools this year in a bid to further reduce… »

Bukidnon town mayor, 2 others face graft

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 February) — The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of criminal charges against three officials of Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon over the alleged unauthorized increase in… »

Region 12’s new tourism tag: #HelloParadise

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/09 February) — The Department of Tourism (DOT) in Region 12 has adopted a new brand name for the region in a bid to enhance its continuing… »

DOT-XII steps up preparations for world paragliding cup

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/09 February) — The Department of Tourism (DOT) in Region 12 has stepped up their preparations for the first leg of the 2015 Paragliding Accuracy World Cup… »

Zambo Norte town gets P42.1-M projects from DAR

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/09 February) – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has allocated P42.1 million for two infrastructure projects that will be implemented in the first semester of this year… »

Groups conduct probe on US hand in ‘Operation Wolverine’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/8 February)—Some 150 representatives from civil society organizations (CSOs) launched an investigation Sunday on the alleged involvement of the United States in “Operation Wolverine” in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, among… »

Unit endorses P863-M investments in ARMM

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/8 February)—Two big-ticket projects worth P863.05 million were endorsed to operate in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Lawyer Ishak Mastura, head of the ARMM’s Regional Board… »

At burial of slain SAF commando, widow says she doesn’t expect justice under Aquino  

ISULAN, Sultan Kudarat (MindaNews/ 07 Feb) – At the burial Saturday of Police Officer 2 Roger Cordero, one of 44 members of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National… »

Attempt to bomb Isabela depot foiled

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/07 February) – An attempt to bomb a gasoline depot n Isabela City, Basilan on Saturday, was foiled following the recovery and disruption of the improvised explosive device… »

100 scholarships for IPs in Davao City available

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/7 February)—At least 100 scholarship slots are available for indigenous peoples (IPs) from the departments of Social Welfare and Development, Agriculture and Health and from the National Commission… »

PNoy accepts Purisima resignation; blames ex-SAF chief for Mamasapano debacle

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/06 February) – President Benigno Aquino III on Friday announced he had accepted the resignation of suspended Philippine National Police chief Director General Alan Purisima, who had come… »

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