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… »


A mother pedals a cargo bike with her son on board after a day of buying scrap plastics in Agdao District, Davao City on Sunday, July 13. MIndaNews photo by… »

Bounty from the Sea

Laborers unload yellow fin tuna and sword fish from General Santos City at Bankerohan Market, Davao City on Friday, 11 July 2014. MindaNews photo by Keith Bacongco

Boat Passengers

Passengers from Talicud Island disembark from a boat at Sta. Ana Wharf in Davao City on Thursday, 10 July 2014. Known for its white sand beaches, Talicud Island is about… »

Massage therapists want to remain near Davao city hall

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 July) — Massage therapists who used to accommodate customers at Osmeña Park here wanted to continue their business near the city hall. “We hope that the city… »

Another mall in DC

Construction of yet another mall in Davao City is almost done. The city has at least 10 malls spread across the downtown area and in the northern and southern parts… »

Alert on unverified terror threat unfair, says Davao tourism exec

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 July) – President Aquino’s order last week to City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to raise an alert over an unverified terror threat was disheartening and unfair and may… »

Davao City to ban junk foods in schools

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 3 July) – The city council’s committee on education has asked the Department of Education, as well as the City Health Office and other stakeholders, to… »

Cooking Corn

A laborer cooks corn in Bankerohan Market, Davao City on Sunday for distribution to vendors across the city. MindaNews photo by Keith Bacongco  

More barangay tanods fielded in DC for anti-terror campaign

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 June) — Local Governments Secretary Mar Roxas on Sunday met with Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and police officials to discuss security measures undertaken against reported terror… »

Envi group to present alternatives to proposed oil palm project in Davao  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 June) — Environmental group Panalipdan Southern Mindanao said Saturday it is poised to present to the City Council alternatives to proposed oil palm plantations in… »

BISAG UNSA: Saging Tindok

DAKBAYAN SA DABAW (MindaNews/Hunyo 27) — Nasayod ba mo nga ang unang mga Katsila nga nasaag diris Pilipinas niadtong 1521 nakakaon og saging tindok? Kining mga Katsilaa sakop sa Ekspedisyong… »

Nat’l MSME summit to promote Davao tourism

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 June) — The National Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Summit here on August 20-21 will help promote the city as a tourism and venue for big… »

Davao City VM on opposition to oil palm project: ‘Why only now?’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 June) – Vice Mayor Paolo Z. Duterte lashed back at critics of the proposed oil palm project in Paquibato District, saying they said nothing when the local… »

Davao’s public safety office uses drone owned by private firm

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 June) — The city’s Public Safety and Security Command Center has added a heavy-duty unmanned aerial vehicle or drone to its fleet of emergency response vehicles. PSSCC… »

2014 MSME Expo in Davao eyes P3M in sales

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 June) — The micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) expo in Abreeza Mall here on July 28-31 aims to earn P3 million in sales. Atonio Dela Cruz,… »

‘Stress of the job’: Davao police chief apologizes for outburst

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 June) — Davao City police chief Senior Supt. Vicente Danao Jr. has publicly apologized for shouting at three reporters Monday when they asked for updates on the… »

No Hander

A rider performs a “no hander” trick on his BMX in Magsaysay Park, Davao City on Wednesday (18 June 2014). Mindanews Photo by Keith Bacongco

Davao moves fish cages to safer waters

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 June) – High coliform content, like e. coli, in the sea water at Punta Dumalag has driven the City Agriculturist’s Office to relocate fish cages… »

Davao’s city council still waiting for mayor’s proposed supplemental budget

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 June) – The City Council is still waiting for the budget from the city’s executive branch for its first supplemental budget for the year, according… »

PERSONAL ESSAY: Goodbye, Bangkaw

(Eulogy in honor of Ramon “Sonny” Garcia ’65, delivered by Gari M. Tiongco ’62, Davao City, June 11, 2014) I grieve when a friend dies, I grieve with much pain… »

Goal is the Goal

Members of the Columbia FC perform a warm-up exercise before their game at Tionko Field, Davao City on Sunday, 8 June. The game is part of the weekly Philippine Sports… »

Davao City council to support teachers’ clamor for salary hike

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 June) — The city council will push for a resolution supporting the petition to increase the salaries and other benefits of teachers. In a statement, councilor Leah… »

80% in Davao agree with speed limits

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 June) — Nearly 8 in 10 Davaoeños agree with the overall intent of the driving speed limit ordinance although the approval varies depending on the imposed limits,… »


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 June) — It was raining that late afternoon on March 4 eleven years ago when an improvised explosive device exploded at the waiting shed in front of… »

Bureaucracy may delay rehab, construction of classrooms

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 4 June) – Bureaucracy might delay the rehabilitation and construction of six classrooms of two elementary schools in the city, according to the spokesperson of the… »

Group wants hydropower plant builder to observe watershed code

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 4 June) – Any action on a proposed power generation project should consider its effects on the city’s drinking water supply and environmental laws, an official… »

First Day

Trisikad drivers ferry elementary pupils and parents to Matina Central Elementary School in Davao City on the first day of classes, Monday, June 2. MindaNews photo courtesy of Jesus Tinapay

‘Davao’s Project Hope kindergarten daycare centers DepEd-accredited’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 May) – Children who finished kindergarten in the city’s Project Hope daycare centers are eligible for enrolment in elementary schools, the City Social Services and Development Office… »

Davao Fire

DAVAO FIRE. Firefighters put out a fire at the warehouse in Barangay Communal, Buhangin District, Davao City on Thursday, 29 May 2014. The fire started around 11 a.m. and declared… »

Davao steps up action vs acute malnutrition

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 May) – The city government has given this year more attention to solving acute malnutrition among children below five years old. Dr. Josephine Villafuerte, city… »

More stakeholders urged to look into proposed hydro plant in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 May) – Vice Mayor Paolo Z. Duterte said that more stakeholders should be invited to look into the proposal of energy developer San Lorenzo Builders… »

Life on Slow Lane

Personnel from the Land Transportation Office aim their speed gun at vehicles along JP Laurel Avenue in Davao City on Tuesday, May 27. The city has imposed a 30-kilometer per… »

Davao consumers blame monopoly for power rate hikes

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 May) – Power consumers led by progressive groups on Monday held a rally in front of the Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC) to protest power rate… »

Davao City Council asks if DOTC order on driving certifications enforced

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 May) — Road accidents since last year that left several people dead and injured have prompted an official to seek clarification on the status of the implementation… »

Teen pregnancy in Davao up 2.3% in 7 years

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 May) — Teenage pregnancy rate in the city has increased by 2.3% since 2007, according to the City Health Office. CHO population control officer Jeff Fuentes said… »


Learning to kayak off an at-sea cottage in Toril, Davao City on Sunday morning, May 25. It takes running the length of the span of anahaw walkway for a first… »

UPDATED: 11 injured as 10-wheeler truck rams into 14 vehicles in Calinan

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 May) – At least 11 persons were injured when a 10-wheeler truck from Kitaotao, Bukidnon rammed into at least 14 vehicles along the national highway in Calinan… »

10-wheeler truck rams into pedestrians, 14 vehicles in Calinan  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 May) — A 10-wheeler truck from Bukidnon rammed into pedestrians and at least 14 vehicles along the national highway in Calinan district late Sunday afternoon, causing what… »

6 Davao City villages ‘most vulnerable’ to disasters due to climate change–DENR

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 May)–The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has classified six barangays here as “most vulnerable” to disasters brought by climate change based on the data of… »

Pass the FOI Bill

Davao-based journalists join the May 14, 2014 nationwide launch of the signature campaign to pressure Congress to pass the Freedom of Infomation bill at The Marco Polo in Davao City.… »

71% of Davao folk unaware if their place is disaster-prone

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 May) – At least seven in 10 Davaoenos are not aware if their area is prone to disasters, according to a survey by the Ateneo de Davao… »

Davao City investment arm urges solar energy ventures

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 May)—With the power crisis besetting Mindanao, the Davao City Investment Promotion Center (DCIPC) is encouraging more energy investments in the city to augment supply. Speaking at Thursday’s… »

Crimes soar in Davao with onset of rotational brownouts – police

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 8 May) – Crime incidence in this city increased by 20 percent at the start of the rotational brownouts, data from the Davao City Police Office… »

Davao City’s brownouts: from 6 to 7.5 hours  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 May) — Rotating brownouts here have increased from a maximum of six to 7.5 hours daily as the power supply allocation for Davao Light and Power Company… »

Temporary shelters for Davao fire victims burn

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 May) – Two temporary shelters at the Rizal Elementary School for victims of a fire that hit Barangays 22C and 23C early last month burned in a… »

Mindanao dragon boat teams seen to shine

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 May)—The newly-formed Mindanao dragon boat teams competing here in the first Mindanao dragon boat festival show a lot of promise, event organizers observed on Saturday. The two-day… »


DAKBAYAN SA DABAW (MindaNews/Mayo 2) — Karong tuiga sa Abril lang gyod ko kakaon og bunga sa akong durian nga gitanom kapin napulo na ka tuig ang milabay sa atbang… »


Athletes practice their paddling on Wednesday, 30 April 2014, for the First Dragonboat Festival at Davao Baywalk in Davao City on May 1-4. MindaNews Photo Courtesy of Mike Li /… »

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