SouthCot to acquire 2 motorboats to help protect critical lakes

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 18 March) – The provincial government of South Cotabato is set to acquire two fiberglass motorboats in a bid to strengthen its patrol operations at… »


T’boli women weave T’nalak, which is made of abaca fibers, in Barangay Lamdadalag, Lake Sebu South Cotabato on Sunday, 12 October 2014. The T’boli weavers said the patterns of the… »

Gathering Shells

Pidong Sendunan, 63, gathers golden kohol and other shells in Barangay Bacdulong in the scenic Lake Sebu, South Cotabato on Tuesday, 19 August 2014. He sells the shells at P45… »

Region 12 trains more ‘tourist cops’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 3 July) – The Police Regional Office 12 has trained 96 more policemen in the region to become “tourist cops” as it moves to transform… »

Diarrhea outbreak kills 2, downs 250 in Lake Sebu

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/30 June) — The provincial government of South Cotabato sent a medical team on Monday to a remote village in Lake Sebu town due to a reported… »

Gov. Fuentes orders probe on freak death in Lake Sebu falls

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 June) — South Cotabato Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes ordered on Friday a deeper investigation into an accident that led to the death of a former Mutya ng… »

Pollution-free Ride

T’boli villagers in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato ride their horses on their way to farm to haul sacks of corn on Friday, May 23. They are paid P50 for every… »

747 illegal structures in Lake Sebu demolished

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/23 May) — Environment personnel in South Cotabato have demolished a total of 747 illegal structures in parts of Lake Sebu as part of the continuing massive… »

Lake Sebu Sunset

A fisherfolk paddles across Lake Sebu in South Cotabato on Thursday, 22 May 2014. Lake Sebu is the most popular tourist destination in the province. Mindanews Photo by Keith Bacongco

Iloilo, Bacolod to help promote R-12 tourist destinations

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 31 March) – Five major travel and tour operators based in the cities of Iloilo and Bacolod have signified to help promote various tourist destinations… »

Official says clearing of illegal structures in Lake Sebu complete by April

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/19 March)– Environment personnel in South Cotabato province are targeting to complete by next month the cleanup of illegal structures along the passageway and outlets of the… »

MIND DA NEWS: Endless Lake Sebu Problem

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/09 March) — When people ignore laws – statutory and natural; when authorities neglect their authority or default on the use of it to enforce laws; and… »

35 illegal structures in Lake Sebu demolished

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 March) — Environment workers in South Cotabato province have demolished an initial 35 illegal structures in parts of Lake Sebu as part of the continuing massive… »

SouthCot LGU wants tourism businesses to get accreditation from DOT

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 18 Feb) – In a bid to attract additional visitors or tourists this year, the provincial government of South Cotabato is urging tourism facilities in… »

SouthCot wants more stringent measures to preserve lakes

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 12 Feb) – Environment personnel in South Cotabato province are pushing for the amendment of the fisheries ordinance of Lake Sebu town in a bid… »

P5.2M worth of tilapia hit in Lake Sebu fish kill

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 5 Feb) – Around P5.2-million worth of tilapia have been devastated as another fish kill hit anew portions of the critical Lake Sebu in South… »

Illegal fish cages in Lake Sebu to be dismantled

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/04 February) — The provincial government of South Cotabato will start next week the dismantling of illegal fish cages along the critical Lake Sebu as it embarks… »

Korean firm eyes 35-MW hydropower plant in Lake Sebu

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/28 January) — A South Korean-backed firm is reportedly planning to invest around US$90 million for the development of a 35-megawatt (MW) hydroelectric plant in Lake Sebu… »

Coffee beans

Farmers dry coffee beans in a mountainous village of Ned in Lake Sebu town of South Cotabato on Dec. 8, 2013. The village is one of the vast coffee plantation… »


A T’boli community has recently secured a Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) covering the sitios of Datal Bonlangon, Tawan Dagat, Segowit, Tuburan in Barangay Ned in Lake Sebu, South… »

Still in a sorry state, Lake Sebu stinks for days due to fish kill

LAKE SEBU, South Cotabato (MindaNews/20 October)—An awful smell of dead, rotten fish has blanketed this town’s premier tourist attraction this past week after a fish kill hit Lake Sebu once… »

Fishkill hits Lake Sebu anew

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 16 Oct) – Around 20 metric tons (MT) of harvestable Tilapia and Pangasius were devastated as another fish kill hit anew some portions of the… »

DA-12 wants rice terraces in SouthCot

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 23 Sept) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 12 is planning to replicate Banaue’s world-renowned rice terraces in upland areas of South Cotabato province… »

SouthCot to undertake reforestation to prevent flooding

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/07 August) —  Environment personnel in South Cotabato province are planning to launch a massive reforestation program to rehabilitate the area’s denuded forests and critical watersheds. Siegfred… »

SouthCot pushes Lake Sebu to be among top emerging tourism sites

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 18 July) – Tourism stakeholders in South Cotabato are aggressively campaigning for the selection of the famed resort town of Lake Sebu as one of… »

SouthCot to build P120M road to push ecotourism in Lake Sebu

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 20 June) – The national government has approved the release of around P120 million for the development of a circumferential road network covering the ecotourism… »

SPECIAL REPORT: Moratorium on fish cage operations sought to save Lake Sebu from dying

LAKE SEBU, South Cotabato (MindaNews/10 March) —  A paradise lost. Seventy-five year old Sindoy Cuyan recalls how as a young T’boli girl, swimming in Lake Sebu was “pure fun,” its… »

2 caves primed to become part of Region 12’s ecotourism circuit

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/7 February)– The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 12 is pushing for the development of two unique caves in the region into prime… »

Lake Sebu village unsafe for dwelling – MGB

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/25 October) — The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has recommended the permanent relocation of residents from an upland… »

DOT positioning Lake Lahit as another tourism magnet in South Cotabato

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 19 October)– The Department of Tourism (DOT) has allocated an initial P12.5 million for the development of Lake Lahit in Lake Sebu town in South Cotabato… »

DOH OKs regional drug rehab center in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/19 October)– The Department of Health (DOH) has endorsed for implementation the proposed development of a drug rehabilitation center for Region 12 or the Soccsksargen Region in… »

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