DOLE pushes to improve labor policies in fishing industry

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 8 Apr) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is pushing for the harmonization of various policies and regulations governing the operations of fishing… »

RDC-12 endorses P90.7B budget for line agencies, GOCCs, universities and colleges

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 8 Apr) – The Regional Development Council (RDC) of Region 12 has endorsed a budget of around P90.768 billion for the operations next year of… »

Gunmen seize retired Marine off Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/08 April) – Gunmen believed to be members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) have seized a retired Marine late Monday off Sulu, a military official disclosed. Capt.… »

Zambo dumpsite to be converted into an ecopark

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 8 April) – The city government is set to convert into an ecological part (ecopark) this city’s controlled dumpsite in Barangay Lumbangan as it is being… »

Land claims hound Davao City’s sports complex project

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 April) — The city should consider looking for another location of its sports complex instead of building it inside the University of the Philippines Mindanao campus due… »

Zambo Sibugay town mayor kidnapped

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/07 April) – Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers abducted late Monday a town mayor in the nearby province of Zamboanga Sibugay, a police official disclosed. Abducted around 9:15… »

DA releases P24M for farm-to-market road rehab in Sarangani

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/07 April) — The Department of Agriculture (DA) has released an initial grant of P24 million for the rehabilitation and upgrading of a priority farm-to-market road in… »

4 illegal recruitment victims rescued; 2 illegal recruiters nabbed

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/07 April) – The inter-agency Sea-based Anti-Trafficking Task Force (SBATTF) rescued on Sunday four victims of illegal recruitment and arrested two suspected illegal recruiters in this city. Senior… »

South Cotabato may declare state of calamity due to drought

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 April) – The provincial government of South Cotabato is considering declaring a state of calamity as damage to agricultural crops in the area as a result… »

Task group formed to probe Good Friday blast in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/06 April) – The local police has formed a special investigation unit to handle the Good Friday bombing at a police station in this city. Senior Supt. Angelito… »

‘Pinoy Aquaman’ to cross Cebu channel on Sunday

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/06 April) — Triathlete-lawyer Ingemar P. Macarine will attempt another first in swimming history on Sunday: cross a 17-kilometer channel in the Visayas on Sunday. The Filipino “Aquaman”… »

P455-M road projects in South Cotabato pushed for inclusion in PDRP

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 April) — The provincial government of South Cotabato is pushing for the inclusion of eight priority farm-to-market road projects worth around P455 million into the national… »

Mindanao-wide blackout; still no explanation what caused it

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 April) – Most of Mindanao’s 27 provinces and 33 cities suffered power outage from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday but as of 4 p.m.… »

Barangay official, 6 others nabbed in shabu raid

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/05 April) – Seven people, including a barangay official, were arrested while 50 grams of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) were confiscated in an Easter Sunday dawn raid in Kumalarang,… »

Surigao town mayor serves first of three-month suspension

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/05 April) — The mayor of Pilar town in Surigao del Norte has been out of office since March 6, following a suspension order issued by the anti-graft… »

Medina hopes to make its annual Lenten play a tourist attraction  

MEDINA, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/04 April) — This municipality of 31,154 residents is playing catch up in the world of tourism through its traditional Lenten play “Hinuklog,” a reenactment of the Passion… »

Mindanawon beatboxer gets four nods in Asia’s GotTalent; but drops out of the competition

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 04 April) — On Thursday’s episode of Asia’s Got Talent (AGT), young Mindanawon beatboxer Neil Rey Garcia Llanes was shown to receive four “yeses” from the show’s… »

ZCWD plans to build impounding dam to end water rationing during summer

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/04 April) – The Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) is eyeing the possibility of putting up an impounding dam to store water for use during the dry season.… »

4 injured as bomb explodes in front of Zambo police station  

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/04 April) – Four persons were wounded when an improvised bomb exploded evening of Good Friday in front of a police station here. Senior Supt. Angelito Casimiro, Zamboanga… »

1 of 3 children taken hostage in Zambo Sur found dead

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/03 April) – One of the three children who were seized Tuesday in Pitogo town in Zamboanga del Sur by suspected kidnappers was found dead Friday morning. Zynielle… »

Ferry sinks off Sulu; 5 die, 14 rescued

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/03 April) – Five people died, 14 were rescued while several other passengers have remained missing after a wooden-hulled vessel capsized Thursday off Parang, Sulu. Capt. Maria Rowena… »

Grenade, IED found in Cotabato City on Maundy Thursday

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/03 April) – Police on Thursday recovered explosives which they suspected were meant for another bomb attack in the city in time for the Holy Week. The explosives,… »

2 soldiers killed, 12 hurt in NPA ambush in Surigao Sur

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/03 April) – Two soldiers were killed while 12 others were wounded in an ambush by suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Surigao del Sur on Wednesday… »

Zambo placed under state of calamity as dry spell worsens

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 2 April) – The City Council, in an emergency session Wednesday, passed a resolution declaring this city under a state of calamity, citing the adverse effects… »

Davao fire razes 57 houses

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 2 Apr) – Almost a year after a huge fire razed 8.8 hectares in the same area along Quezon Blvd., another fire hit Wednesday, burning down… »

Zambo rice smugglers now using high-speed boats to evade authorities

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 1 April) – Rice smugglers here have adopted a new strategy of employing high-speed small boats to easily evade authorities in bringing in their goods as… »

DSWD appeals to beneficiaries: update addresses to avoid being delisted from 4Ps program

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 2 April) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development asked beneficiaries of its modified conditional cash transfer program to inform their social workers in case… »

Damages to corn, rice from dry spell in R-11 can reach P305M – official

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 March) — The dry spell can potentially result to P304 million worth of damages to corn and rice in the region, an official of the Department of… »

Close to 1M has in Mindanao eyed for oil palm

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 March) –The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) identified 959,000 hectares of lands as potential areas for oil palm investments. In the recent presentation made by Romeo M. Montenegro,… »

3 grandchildren of Zambo Sur town mayor seized

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/01 April) – Ten gunmen believed to be kidnappers seized late Tuesday the three grandchildren of the town mayor of Pitogo, Zamboanga del Sur. Senior Supt. Sofronio Ecaldre,… »

Tukanalipao HS grads get P5000 each from regional gov’t

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (MindaNews/31 March) – Graduates of a public high school in this town received an unexpected cash bonus of P5,000 each from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)… »

Laguindingan airport gets P14B expansion project

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 31 March) – Bidding for the P14.62-billion expansion program for the Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental will start this month by the Department of… »

Drought’s damage to Zambo crops continue to swell as dams start to dry

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 31 March) – The Office of the City Agriculture disclosed that the damage to crops caused by the continued dry spell continue to swell as irrigation… »

DOST-12 seeks accreditation of halal laboratory

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 31 March) – In a bid to expand the market of local halal exports, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Region 12 has… »

DSWD seeking partners to instill cultural trainings to lumads

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 March) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development is open to a partnership with academic institutions in instilling cultural trainings to indigenous groups, some… »

Japan boosts capability of Phivolcs seismic station in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 31 March) – The Japanese government has donated P5-million worth of equipment providing a boost to the capability of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology’s… »

GenSan allots P4M to improve city plaza

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 31 March) – The city government has allotted an initial P4 million for the improvement of the city plaza, which is considered as the city’s… »

Duterte warns jeepney barkers from extorting drivers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 March) – Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte has issued a warning to passenger jeepney barkers from extorting drivers. At his weekly “Gikan sa Masa, Para sa… »

LTO-Surigao to implement anti-drunk, drug act

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 March) – The Land Transportation Office (LTO) in this city will soon implement the Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013 or Republic Act 10586.… »

Davao cop found positive in drug test goes AWOL

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 March) – The police officer found positive in a surprise drug test last week has not reported for work since last week, according to an… »

16 killed in Sunday clashes in Maguindanao

DATU UNSAY, Maguindanao (MindaNews/30 March) – Sixteen people including four soldiers and a commander of the breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters were killed as clashes erupted anew on Sunday in… »

DA recommends cloud seeding in Zambo City as dry spell worsens

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/30 March) – The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Soil and Water Manager (BSWM) has formally recommended for cloud seeding operations in this city. The recommendation came after… »

Laguindingan airport touted to become busiest regional transport hub

LAGUINDINGAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/30 March) — Officials expressed optimism the Laguindingan airport would become the busiest regional transport facility as soon as a huge passenger aircraft landed here on Sunday… »

Soldier killed, 3 others wounded in Army-BIFF clash

DATU UNSAY, Maguindanao (MindaNews/29 March) – A soldier was killed and three others were wounded when government forces clashed with Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in two areas in Maguindanao Sunday,… »

Zambo residents told to stop outdoor fires

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/29 March) – The city government has aired an urgent appeal to residents to avoid outdoor fires including slash and burn activities as this may cause lives and… »

4 potential trafficking victims rescued; recruiter nabbed

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/29 March) – Combined military and police operatives rescued Friday four female potential victims of trafficking and arrested an alleged illegal recruiter in Tawi-Tawi. Ensign Chester Ian Ramos,… »

Environmental group to public: help fight grass and forest fires; plant more trees

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/29 March) – An environmental protection advocacy group has appealed to the public to help fight grass and forest fires and to continue tree planting. In a statement,… »

Surigao mayor files motion for reconsideration on graft raps

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/28 March) — Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas has filed a motion for reconsideration in connection with the graft chargea filed against him before the Ombudsman-Mindanao. Atty. Manuelito D.… »

Lumads perform high noon rituals for peace in at least 35 IP communities

COTABATO CITY (March 28) – Members of Indigenous Peoples (IPs) simultaneously offered prayers Saturday noon in an effort to help bring about peace. Rebecca Mokudef, Bliyan Libun (Woman Spiritual Leader)… »

Zambo CSOs air support for Pres. Aquino’s peace initiatives

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/28 March) – A consortium of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) based in this city has adopted a resolution calling on the public to rally behind the peace initiatives… »

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