SouthCot, NGO sign MOU on anti-mercury drive in mining town

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/11 September) — The provincial government of South Cotabato has linked up with non-government environment group Ban Toxics in a bid to eliminate the use of mercury… »

ARMM business sector lauds BBL submission

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/10 September) –The business sector in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) welcomed the submission by President Benigno S. Aquino III of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law… »

Alleged hazing inside GenSan police compound probed

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/10 September) — Police officials here have launched an investigation into the involvement of one of its key officers in an alleged hazing activity involving several newly-hired… »

Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law finally submitted to Congress

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 Sept) – The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is finally in Congress. Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles and Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) chair Mohagher… »

GenSan eyes world record for largest fish display

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/10 September) — Fish port workers here will attempt on Thursday to put up a display of around 50 metric tons (MT) of tuna in less than… »

Abu bandits free midwife in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/10 September) – Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits released Tuesday a government health worker they seized last month in the province of Sulu, military officials disclosed Wednesday. Released was… »

EMB to summon those responsible for acid spillage in Davao’s streets

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 9 Sept) – The Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources will summon to a technical conference the consignee and broker of… »

Tuna exporters urged to increase shipments to Middle East, North Africa

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 9 Sept) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) urged producers and exporters of canned tuna here to increase their shipments to the Middle East and… »

Tuna industry players pushing for P959M GenSan airport expansion

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 9 Sept) – Tuna industry players here are pushing for the inclusion of the proposed P959-million expansion of the city airport here in the 2015… »

Suspect MERS-CoV patient tested negative, going back to Saudi

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 9 Sept) – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) said the patient that was released by the Southern Philippines Medical Center last Friday for testing negative… »

2015 budget deadline set to Oct. 15, Davao councilors tell City Hall

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 9 Sept) – The City Council committee on finance, ways, and means is giving a tentative deadline of October 15 to City Hall so that the latter’s budget… »

“We will Rise!” is theme of year after Zambo siege commemoration

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/08 September) – “We will Rise!” is the theme chosen by the Archdiocese of Zamboanga to commemorate the first anniversary of the September 9, 2013 siege that led… »

SouthCot urges ERC to hasten OK of $12M solar power project

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 8 Sept) – South Cotabato officials urged the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to hasten the release of its final approval for the US$12-million solar power… »

OWWA-12 releases financial help to 38 former Libya OFWs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 8 Sept) – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Region 12 has released a total P380,000 in financial assistance since last month to 38… »

15 barangays in Cotabato City flooded, 26 families evacuated

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 8 Sept) – At least 15 barangays in Cotabato City are now submerged in flood waters after major tributaries surrounding the area increased the water level… »

Bangsamoro Basic Law done; submitted to Congress by Sept. 10

MANDALUYONG CITY (MindaNews/07 September) — The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is finally done. 14 members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), the body mandated to draft the Bangsamoro Basic… »

Bangsamoro Basic Law done; BTC commissioners sign transmittal letter

MANDALUYONG CITY (MindaNews/07 September) — The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law  (BBL) is finally done. All 14 members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), the body mandated to draft the Bangsamoro… »

19 years on, still no closure for deadly Lake Maughan tragedy

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/06 September)—Exactly 19 years ago today (September 6) after the Lake Maughan tragedy that killed dozens of people, the case remains unresolved, with the alleged mastermind, a former… »

Nurse from Saudi cleared of MERS-CoV

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 September) — The 38-year-old nurse initially diagnosed in Saudi Arabia with the Middle East respiratory syndrome corona virus (MERS-CoV) has been cleared by the Research Institute for… »

2 Davao students top exams for physicians

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 September) — Two students from the Davao Medical School Foundation made it to the list of topnotchers in this year’s Physician Licensure Examination. According to the results… »

GenSan tuna industry seen to boost trade in ASEAN

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/05 September) — The tuna industry here could be a key contributor to the foreseen surge in trade exchanges within the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations… »

Regional desks for human rights victims-claimants now open in Davao, Cotabato

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /05 Sept) – Human rights victims during martial law or relatives of victims who were not able to file their application for claims during last month’s four-day… »

State of calamity declared in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/05 September) – The province of Maguindanao has been placed under a state of calamity due to floods spawned by low pressure areas that brought rains in many… »

DA asks airlines to lower rates for ME-bound tuna exports

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/05 September) — The Department of Agriculture has opened negotiations with Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines (PAL) for the setting of special or preferential airfreight rates for… »

Amendments to PH Fisheries Code pushed in Senate

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/05 September) — Senator Cynthia Villar is pushing for the passage within the next few weeks of the proposed amendments to Republic Act 8550 or the Philippine… »

Tunggol Bridge in Maguindanao in danger of collapsing

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/ 04 September) – A disaster waiting to happen. Tunggol Bridge in Barangay Tunggol, Datu Montawal town in Maguindanao is in danger of collapsing as the series of… »

Toxic chemical spills into busy Davao street

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 4 Sept) – Around 8 gallons of formic acid spilled on Ponciano Street Thursday morning after a truck carrying 800 gallons of the hazardous material was… »

Massive gov’t construction projects behind Davao’s heavy traffic – contractor

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 4 Sept) – A contractor here said that the rise in construction activities in the city due to the influx of funding for government projects has… »

Suspect MERS case in SouthCot sent to Davao for isolation, testing

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 4 Sept) – The Department of Health (DOH) in Region 12 has sent to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City for isolation… »

Groups warn ‘death’ of tuna industry with unregulated FADs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 4 September) – Various groups have reiterated their call for the regulation of fish aggregating devices (FADs) in the Philippines to ensure the sustainability of… »

3 of 20 ASEAN fellows for “Innovation in Inclusive Development” are Mindanawons

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 3 Sept) – Three of 20 ASEAN fellows for “Innovation in Inclusive Development” (IID) are Mindanawons, all of them from Davao City. The Universities and Councils… »

Duterte blames contractors for heavy traffic

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 3 Sept) – Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte blamed the heavy traffic in the city’s streets on contractors some of whom he accused of having not enough… »

Improving quality is focus in Tuna Congress in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 3 Sept) – Around 500 tuna industry players will gather here on Thursday to discuss fresh strategies on further improving the competitiveness of the country’s tuna exports… »

DOLE-12 releases P19.3M in livelihood packages to poor

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 3 Sept) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 12 released on Wednesday around P19.3 million worth of livelihood packages to poor… »

Gov’t eyes more sea routes between Mindanao, BIMP-EAGA

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/02 September) — The government is planning to open more shipping routes in the next two years between Mindanao and other key areas within the surging Brunei,… »

Davao needs P4M for ads on revised zoning ordinance

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 September) — The city may have to spend around P4 million for the publication of its amended zoning ordinance, according to the chair of the city council… »

Army captain, 2 militiamen killed in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/01 September) – A junior Army officer and two militiamen were killed by suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits in two separate incidents Saturday in the hinterlands of Basilan province,… »

Mindanao’s role in national economy focus of 23rd Minbizcon

GENERAL SANTOS CITY(MindaNews/01 September)–For the third time within 23 years, this city hosted again Monday the Mindanao Business Conference (Minbizcon), and this time, officials underlined the island’s contribution to the… »

Mindanao to benefit most from Asean economic integration – PNoy

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/01 September) — President Benigno S. Aquino III said Monday Mindanao is currently in the best position to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the integration… »

Manila truck ban feared to affect prices of goods in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/01 September) — Business leaders here warned of drastic increases in the coming months in the prices of various commodities that are shipped through the ports of… »

Davao-Samal bridge seen to boost tourism in Talikud Island

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 September) – A bridge linking the Island Garden City of Samal and this city will mean more tourists coming to Talikud Island, Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo… »

LPA eyed east of Samar

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 September) – Visayas and the regions of Caraga, Northern Mindanao and Zamboanga Peninsula will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms due to a… »

Mindanao’s Magsaysay awardee: “a greater passion to serve our fellow Filipinos”  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 August) — Mindanawon public school teacher Randy Halasan, the lone Filipino among five Asians who received Sunday the Ramon Magsaysay Award, said in his acceptance speech that… »

Talakag, Malitbog win Kaamulan 2014 street dancing competitions 

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/31 Aug) –The contingent from the municipality of Talakag was declared champion of the two-day Kaamulan 2014 street dancing competition here. The group performed, according to their storyline,… »

Ms Bukidnon Centennial’s crown taken back

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/ 31 August) — The provincial government has taken back the crown from Laga ta Bukidnon 2014 (Ms Bukidnon Centennial) winner, Ms Marah Luz Smith of Malaybalay City,… »

Bukidnon centennial VIP guests: Binay, Roxas

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews /31 August) — Vice President Jejomar Binay will be the guest of honor on September , the day Bukidnon will celebrate the centenary of its foundation as a… »

Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law “99.99% done”  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 August) – The Philippine government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will not meet their self-imposed deadline of “end of August” for the submission… »

Murad: success in Bangsamoro peace process will make armed struggle “the last option”  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 August) — Returning to armed struggle if the 17-year od peace process will not succeed is “not a closed option” but the Moro Islamic Liberation Front “will… »

Q and A with MILF chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim: “We will try to work out every effort to make armed struggle the last option”  

Al Haj Murad Ebrahim was looking forward to his trip to Hiroshima, Japan on the third week of June not only because he was going to address the 6th Consolidation… »

Deaths from measles in Davao City 7 as of August

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 August) – Seven children have died of measles in the city as of Aug. 8 and there has been a spike in confirmed cases of the disease,… »

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