Coast Guard personnel attend to fishermen repatriated from Indonesia during their arrival at the Makar Port in General Santos City Sunday. Arrested by Indonesian naval personnel when the Filipino fishermen… »

93 fishers repatriated from Indonesia

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 31 May) – The Indonesian government has repatriated 93 more fishermen from this city and other parts of Mindanao who were earlier jailed due to… »

Pacquiao siblings win in GenSan, Sarangani

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/10 May) — The family of boxing icon and outgoing Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao has remained a dominant force in local politics here and nearby province.… »

Pacquiao allies dominate GenSan polls

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/10 May) — Incumbent City Mayor Ronnel Rivera posted a convincing win in Monday’s elections for his second consecutive term at the city hall. Rivera, who ran… »

P200M sanitary landfill complex in GenSan opens

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 5 May) – The city government finally opened its P200-million sanitary landfill complex, which is considered as the biggest so far in Mindanao. Mayor Ronnel… »

GenSan allots P24M for farmers hit by drought

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/11 March) — The city government has allocated an initial P24 million for assistance to farmers who are directly affected by the worsening long dry spell in… »

P90M spent on dev’t projects in GenSan, South Cotabato

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/11 March 2016) — Around P90 million worth of development projects were implemented last year in this city and parts of South Cotabato through the efforts of the… »

GenSan eyes cloud-seeding as El Nino worsens

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 December) — The city government is preparing various interventions, including the conduct of cloud-seeding operations, in a bid to offset the worsening effects of the ongoing… »

Gov’t employee, 2 others nabbed in drug buy-bust in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 December) — Anti-drug operatives arrested early Tuesday three suspected drug pushers, including a city government employee, in a buy-bust operation at a housing village here. Lyndon… »

DA-12 releases P20M for abattoir complex in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 12 Nov) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) has released an initial P20 million for the development of a modern regional abattoir complex here. Engr.… »

Haze from Indonesia forest fires thinning out in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/26 October) — The haze from the forest fires in Indonesia that earlier blanketed this city and neighboring areas has thinned thinned out in the last two… »

Protective Masks

Health authorities in General Santos City have informed residents on the possible consequences of the haze that has enveloped the city since Sunday (Oct. 18) and advised them to take… »

Cases of dog bites rise in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/23 October) – Cases of dog bites have increased in the last nine months prompting the city government to step up its anti-rabies vaccination activities for pet… »

Mall in GenSan to serve as polling center

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 October) — Some residents here will be casting their votes in the May 2016 general elections in the comfort of an air-conditioned shopping mall. This as… »

Comelec-12 to revive candidates’ debates

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 15 Oct) – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Region 12 is planning to revive its public debates for local candidates in the May 2016… »

Admin-backed candidates file COCs in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 15 Oct) – Stalwarts of the administration-backed Achievers with Integrity Movement-Liberal Party (AIM-LP) here formally launched their bid on Thursday to regain dominance of the local political… »

Officials say no election hotspots in GenSan, South Cotabato

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 October) – There are no possible hotspots or “areas of immediate concern” so far in this city and nearby South Cotabato province, authorities said as the… »

Pacquiao’s younger brothers vie for Sarangani Rep, GenSan Councilor

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 October) — Two younger brothers of boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao formally launched their bid on Monday to run for a seat in… »

Alert vessel crew foils piracy attempt

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/10 October)— Crew members of a cargo ship prevented what could have been an act of piracy and kidnapping by locking themselves in their rooms as… »

GenSan LGU to auction real properties with unpaid taxes

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 8 Oct) – The city government will auction by the end of the month some 924 private real properties here due to their unpaid taxes… »

GenSan to deploy cops on bike

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 2 Oct) – Bicycle-riding policemen will become permanent fixtures in major streets here starting next week. Sr. Supt. Maximo Layugan, city police director, said they… »

GenSan’s tuna industry urges government to study labor practices in fishery operations

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 17 Sept) – Tuna industry players here urged the national government to conduct an in-depth study and impact assessment on the viability of the country’s… »

17th Tuna Fest honors unsung heroes of the sea

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (3 September 2015) – The 17th Tuna Festival has begun with City Mayor Ronnel Rivera paying  tribute to the unsung heroes of the city’s fishing industry. The… »

DTI wants cooperation with other countries as tuna catch declines

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 3 Sept) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is pushing for more cooperation with other Asia-Pacific states in a bid to address the… »

Tuna Lifting Contest

A laborer lifts a 39-kilo yellow fin tuna during a contest inside the fishport in General Santos City on Wednesday (2 September 2015). The participant who can lift the tuna… »

Tuna industry players pushing for harmonization of fishing practices in ASEAN

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 3 Sept) – Tuna industry players here are pushing for the harmonization of fishing practices and standards in Southeast Asia in the wake of the… »

Police on alert as GenSan’s Tuna Fest opens

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 1 Sep) – The Police Regional Office-12 deployed additional police personnel in parts of the city in connection with Tuesday’s opening of the city’s week-long… »

Displaced fishers build own boats with grant from DOLE

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/11 August) — Four months after receiving a P2.04-million livelihood grant from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), a group of displaced fishermen and workers here is… »

GenSan gets world’s largest fish display Guinness record, but…

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 31 July) – The city is now the record holder for the world’s largest fish display, officials here said, although Guinness World Records has yet… »

10,000 jobs up for grabs during Independence Day jobs fair in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 11 June) – Around 10,000 job vacancies will be up for grabs for job seekers here and the neighboring areas during the Independence Day or… »

5 villages in GenSan prone to landslide

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/09 June) — The city government has identified five barangays here as highly vulnerable to landslides and related disasters. Dr. Agripino Dacera, City Disaster Risk Reduction and… »

GenSan honors Pacquiao, 3 other boxers

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 13 May) – The city council has honored world boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao and three other top local boxers for bringing… »

800 sq. m. of corals damaged by grounded Panamanian ship in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 May) — Around 800 square meters of coral reefs had been destroyed as a result of the grounding last week of a Panamanian-registered reefer vessel off… »

GenSan offers mobile HIV testing

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 May) — Health personnel here will offer mobile testing services for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) as part of the nationwide drive set by the Department… »

Panamanian ship grounded in GenSan removed

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 May) — Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel successfully removed on Thursday a Panamanian flagged vessel that ran aground off a coastal village here earlier this week.… »

Kidnappers free 4 businessmen from GenSan; ransom paid

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/05 May) — Kidnappers released unharmed the four businessmen from this city who were seized in Maguindanao province on March 29 after the payment of an undisclosed… »

GenSan studies ‘half-rice’ ordinance to reduce wastage

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/05 May) — The city council has launched a series of consultations for a proposed ordinance that seeks the inclusion of half-cup serving of rice or “half-rice”… »

Hero’s welcome awaits ‘Pacman’ despite loss to Mayweather

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/04 May) — Despite losing his epic fight on Sunday, world boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao will receive a hero’s welcome when he returns… »

1,434 applicants in GenSan get local, overseas jobs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/04 May) — A total of 1,434 job seekers from this city and the neighboring areas were hired on-the-spot (HOTS) in the two Labor Day job fairs… »

View Pacquiao vs. Mayweather bout free at Lagao gym

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (2 May 2015) – Gensan will have free live viewing of the highly anticipated Pacquiao vs Mayweather fight on May 3 at Lagao gym, City Mayor Ronnel… »

34 hospitalized in GenSan due to diarrhea

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 29 Apr) – At least 34 residents from a remote village here were hospitalized in the last several days due to a suspected diarrhea outbreak.… »

30,000 vacancies for job fairs in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/27 April) — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 12 has already generated around 30,000 job vacancies for the scheduled job fairs in the… »

43 fishermen repatriated from Indonesia undergo debriefing

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 April) — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 12 has subjected to stress debriefing the 43 fishermen from this city who were repatriated by… »

Rural health districts pushed in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/15 April) — In a bid to strengthen the city’s public health delivery system, a city councilor is pushing for the establishment of eight rural health districts… »

53 has of tree plantations burned in grassfires in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 April) – At least 53 hectares of tree plantations here and the neighboring areas have been devastated due to major grassfires in the last several weeks.… »

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… »

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… »

P25.7M worth of crops in GenSan damaged due to El Niño

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – Around P25.7-million worth of agricultural crops here have been devastated due to the impact of the continuing dry spell triggered by the… »

GenSan opens satellite treatment facility for TB

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/25 March) — The city government has opened a satellite treatment facility at the city hospital for persons with Tuberculosis (TB) to address the growing number of… »

GenSan gets P96M for drainage expansion project

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/24 March) — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has allotted around P96 million for the expansion this year of the city’s drainage system. Engr.… »

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