The P144-B DAP Express: Funds freed in a rush, projects yield slow results

By Malou Mangahas, Karol Ilagan, and Rowena F. Caronan Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism Second of Three Parts THE GOOD, the bad, and the dead combine, in terms of projects… »

Sidebar 2: The DAP Express: P32B not on GAA

AT LEAST P32.23 billion of taxpayers’ money had been released under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) for projects and activities that had no funding cover or were not enrolled as… »

HIV infections in GenSan at least 145

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 July) — The number of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases in the city has already reached 145 as of Monday but local health authorities said there… »

DOH plans P100-M upgrade for provincial hospital in Koronadal

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 July) — The Department of Health (DOH) is planning to pour in as much as P100 million for the expansion and upgrading within the next two… »

2 DSWD workers seized in Sulu freed

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/21 July) – Two workers of the Department of Social Welfare and Development kidnapped by suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits in Sulu were released over the weekend, a police… »

NDF sets release of cops captured in Surigao Norte raid

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/21 July) – Four policemen who were taken captives by New People’s Army rebels during the raid in Alegria, Surigao del Norte on July 10 have been scheduled… »

Anthropologists gather for “Reflecting on Disasters” forum in DC

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 July) — In celebration of Philippine Anthropology Day, anthropologists and anthropology students as well as representatives from other disciplines, will gather at the Ateneo de… »

The P144-B DAP Express: A maze of good, bad, open, opaque projects

By Malou Mangahas Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism First of Three Parts “Good intentions are not good enough.” That, according to Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio ‘Babes’ Singson, is… »

SIDEBAR 1: The story of DAP

By Rowena F. Caronan and Karol Ilagan Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism IT TOOK a peeved senator, who was being accused of corruption, for the public to be inadvertently introduced… »

Zambo City mayor warns residents as typhoon Henry enters PAR  

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/20 July) – The city government has warned the residents in low-lying areas and along river banks and shorelines to take precautionary measures as typhoon Henry entered the… »

DENR allocates P18-M for Zambo mangrove reforestation  

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/20 July) – The national government, through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has allocated P18 million to rehabilitate and reforest 1,800 hectares of coastal wetlands… »

Bukidnon’s bid for ‘Soil Painting Capital of the World’ shelved

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 July) – International artist and musician from the Talaandig tribe Rogelio “Waway” Saway said they are hoping to put Bukidnon in the world map through arts, particularly… »

Zambo opens 8th transitory site for ‘bakwits’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/19 July) – The city government, in partnership with local and international agencies, has formally opened on Thursday the 8th transitory site in a bid to gradually clear… »

Mindanawons join protests vs Israeli invasion in Gaza

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/19 July)- The international outrage against Israel’s invasion in Gaza has sparked protest rallies in some parts of Mindanao. Around 30 Muslim students joined by their… »

Not all river guides in CDO trained–TF Rapids

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews/19 July)—Not all of the 90 river guides in the city’s famous white water adventure have undergone training on basic life support and emergency first aid from… »

250 people displaced, 3 rebels nabbed in Zambo Norte clashes

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/18 July) – Some 250 individuals were displaced and three suspected rebels were captured in two separate clashes this week in Zamboanga del Norte, police said. Senior Supt.… »

DOH allots P63M for Surallah annex of SouthCot prov’l hospital

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/18 July) — The Department of Health (DOH) is investing an additional P63 million this year to facilitate the expansion and development of the South Cotabato provincial… »

Tupi gets P2.7M from DAR for peace-related projects

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/18 July) — The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has approved the release of a P2.7 million grant to the municipality of Tupi in South Cotabato for… »

Abu Sayyaf bandits seize 3 DSWD workers in Sulu

ZAMBONGA CITY (MindaNews/18 July) – Gunmen suspected to be Abu Sayyaf bandits abducted Thursday three government workers in the province of Sulu, a police official said. Senior Supt. Abraham Orbita,… »

Tropical storm seen east of North Mindanao

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/18 July) — After Glenda that devastated large parts of Luzon, another tropical storm is brewing east of Northern Mindanao and may enter the Philippine area of responsibility… »

Zamboanga City activates project monitoring team

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 17 July) – The local government has activated a monitoring team to ensure the completion of all city-funded infrastructure projects. Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said the… »

Bangko Sentral sets ‘Coins for Trees 2014’ in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 17 July) – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is holding on Saturday a tree planting activity dubbed as “Coins for Trees 2014” in a bid… »

BFAR expects low fish catch as it implements ban on use of bag nets, ring nets

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 July) – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is gearing up for a season of low catch of small pelagic fishes as the… »

NPA rebel killed, cop wounded in Zambo Norte clash

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 16 July) – A suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebel was killed while a policeman was wounded in a clash Tuesday in Sergio Osmeña, Zamboanga del… »

GenSan police told to address rising cases of unsolved murders

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 16 July) – City officials directed police personnel here to double their efforts in securing the city and decisively address the rising cases of unsolved… »

Fishermen affected by ‘Pablo’ to get fiberglass boats

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 July) – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources plans to distribute 400 fiberglass boats to Pablo-hit areas, especially in areas in Davao Oriental. In… »

GenSan wants a mental hospital

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 16 July) – Alarmed with the rising number of persons with mental disorders or illnesses roaming the streets here, city officials urged the national government… »

Zambo police undergo crime scene investigation training

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews /16 July) – The local police in partnership with the Regional Crime Laboratory Office (RCLO) is conducting capacity-building training for the police stations to enable them to… »

UPDATED: 13 NPAs killed in Agusan Sur attack – military

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/15 July) — Suspected New People’s rebels attacked the compound of a Manobo chieftain in Prosperidad town, Agusan del Sur Tuesday morning but his followers fought… »

13 NPAs killed in Agusan Sur attack – military

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews/15 July) — Suspected New People’s rebels attacked the house of a Manobo chieftain in Prosperidad town, Agusan del Sur Tuesday morning but his followers fought back… »

Koronadal steps up drive vs illegal sale of petroleum

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/15 July) — The city government has launched a massive crackdown against illegal petroleum dealers and retailers that have mushroomed in various parts of the city in the… »

“Compulsory reading” on Transitional Justice in the Bangsamoro launched  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 July) – “Transitional Justice? What’s that?“ The Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) signed between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) provides… »

183 Zambo inmates listed in 2nd round of Comelec satellite registration

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/15 July) – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) registered 183 inmates during its second round of satellite registration on Monday at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology… »

P5 wage hike in Region 12 starts next month

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/15 July) — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 12 is targeting the implementation later next month of a new regional wage order that… »

‘PNoy defense of DAP declaration of war on Supreme Court’

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/15 July) – Lawmakers belonging to the Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives called President Aquino’s speech Monday in defense of the Disbursement Acceleration Program a declaration… »

Indian national killed in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/14 July) – An Indian national was found dead late Sunday in Barangay Lunzuran, this city, a police official disclosed. Senior Supt. Angelito Casimiro, city police officer-in-charge, identified… »

SouthCot launches disaster management training program for barangays

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 July) — South Cotabato has launched an intensive training program on disaster mitigation and preparedness for its barangay disaster action teams (BDAT) to strengthen its disaster… »

Trike fare hike looms in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 July) — The city council has set a series of public consultations over a proposed P2 to P3 increase in the minimum fare of tricycles operating… »

Fire bureau estimates Findlay Millar damage at P500-M  

KOLAMBUGAN, Lanao del Norte  (MindaNews/13 July) — The Bureau of Fire Protection (BPF) has estimated the damage wrought by Thursday’s fire at the Findlay Millar Timber Company (FMTC) here at… »

4-year old kidnap victim freed  

LINAMON,  Lanao del Norte (MindaNews/13 July) – Armed men abducted a four-year old daughter of a copra trader and granddaughter of the vice mayor of Kauswagan town on Saturday afternoon… »

Students stay away from school after NPA attack in Alegria

KITCHARAO, Agusan del Norte (MindaNews/13 July) — Teachers of Kitcharao Central Elementary School here came to school on Friday but were unable to teach because students, apparently traumatized by the… »

DOST to public: check website to track dengue-carrier mosquitoes in your area

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/13 July) – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is urging the public to use the Dengue Vector Surveillance Website (DVSW) to determine the prevalence of dengue-carrier… »

DENR, Zambo Sibugay POs tie up for greening program  

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/13 July) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources and 20 People’s Organizations in Zamboanga Sibugay have forged an agreement to implement the National Greening Program (NGP)… »

Soldier, alleged MILF rebel killed in Lanao Sur clash

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/12 July) – A soldier and a suspected member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front were killed in an encounter Friday in Marantao, Lanao del Sur in what… »

‘Bakwit’ deaths in Zambo now 143

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/12 July) – The number of evacuees in Zamboanga City who died had reached 143, the City Health Office reported. Dr. Rodelin Agbulos, City Health Officer said the… »

DOH-12 moves to curb measles incidence

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/11 July) — The Department of Health (DOH) in Region 12 is targeting to increase the region’s immunization rate for measles by about 15 percent before yearend… »

NHA yet to decide if Zambo ‘bakwits’ will be given free housing

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/11 July) – The National Housing Authority (NHA) has yet to decide whether or not it will give for free to the evacuees the housing units they are… »

GPH-MILF “workshop” in KL ends; panels to meet again in Manila

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 July) — “Modest progress.” The peace panels of the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) ended Friday noon  their four-day “workshop”… »

R-12 eyes doubling coffee production in 10 years

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/11 July) — In a bid to cope with the growing demand for coffee in the domestic and foreign markets, coffee industry stakeholders in Region 12 are… »

Suspects in Okinlay slay ‘former rebels’ – OPAPP files

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 10 July) – Two of the three suspects tagged in the slaying of Impasug-ong mayor Mario Okinlay were former rebels who surrendered in 2011 and received… »

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