Biz leaders blame policy problems for Mindanao’s slow economic growth

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 Nov) — Local business leaders are blaming Mindanao’ slow economic growth on ambiguities in some government policies, insecurities in land ownership, and conflicts. From 2010… »

World Bank: Mindanao needs additional P350-B worth of investments

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Nov) — Mindanao will need additional P350 billion worth of investments to improve education, health, and infrastructure systems, having been left out for decades in… »

Moreno gets 60-day reprieve

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews /14 November) — Embattled Mayor Oscar Moreno won a 60-day reprieve after the Court of Appeals on Friday issued a “status quo ante,” a day… »

Gov’t seeks ISO accreditation for rubber testing laboratory

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 Nov) – With the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) taking effect by end of the year, players in the rubber industry are hoping to have the… »

PEACETALK: Rethinking the Mindanao Divide

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/07 November) — In Mindanao aboriginality is distinguished between Lumad and Moro. The latter is a term derived from the English word, Moor, which the Spanish used to… »

Business, int’l groups push for passage of “acceptable” BBL

DAVAO CITY (MindNews/04 Nov) – Thirteen business groups in the country, including the Makati Business Club, Management Association of the Philippines Mindanao Business Council and ARMM Business Council, have jointly… »

Highway risk

Smog from Indonesian forest fires blankets the highway in Barangay Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City on Oct. 23, 2015. The government weather agency, PAGASA, said visibility has dropped to only… »

PEACETALK: Launching the Mindanao Peace Games (MPG)

[Welcome Address to the administrators and sports officeals of the founding schools: Faber Hall, Community Center of the First Companions, Ateneo de Davao University on Oct 16, 2015] Towards the… »

SOJOURNER’S VIEW: The tragic reality of hunger in the Land of Promise

Hunger is a global reality that continues to haunt millions of people across the planet. “Hunger is a serious global issue that affects millions in developing countries, particularly Asia. According… »

PEACETALK: Notes on the Holiday, by a Girl Living in the ARMM

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/24 Sept) — Before anything else, I’d like to say to our Muslim brothers and sisters, “Eid Mubarak!” It’s a non-working holiday here in the ARMM (Autonomous Region… »

REMEMBERING MARTIAL LAW: With Mao in Marawi and other memories of Martial Law

Dewdrops tried to cling on to the grass blades that covered the golf course of Mindanao State University as the sun rose behind the Sleeping Lady Mountain. We sat on… »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Mindanao Specter over APEC Summit

  CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews /19 Sept) — The Philippines will have a good moment in the sun in November when we host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’… »

Wanted: ship for Mindanao-Sulawesi trade

GENERAL SANTOS CITY(MindaNews/10 September)— Direct trade exchange between Mindanao and North Sulawesi in Indonesia remains stalled due to the lack of cargo vessel to service the shipping lane. Rey Billena,… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOW: A continuing proxy war in Mindanao

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/10 September) – It was during Martial Law that the military started using subalterns in the campaign against the communist-led New People’s Army (NPA). In areas that were… »

COMMENT: Neglect Most Evident

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 10 September) – By coincidence, our urgent trip to Cotabato City last September 4 and the September 3 report of The Philippine Star that we… »

P260-B for Mindanao under PNoy, twice the amount allocated by Erap and GMA

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 September) – The Aquino administration has allotted P260 billion for Mindanao in five years, twice the P130 billion combined allocation by former Presidents Joseph Estrada and Gloria… »

DISPATCHES: Killings of Philippine Tribal Members Spark Public Furor

It’s been a bloodbath for the Lumad, the collective name for the indigenous peoples of the southern Philippines island of Mindanao. On August 18, Philippine government soldiers allegedly killed five… »

PEACETALK: With Trust and Faith, Peace is possible

TIRANA, Albania (MindaNews/09 Sept) — On March 27, 2014, we, the Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), respectively represented here by myself and Prof. Abhoud Lingga, signed the… »

PEACETALK: Peace is always possible

TIRANA, Albania (MindaNews / 08 September) — We thought that there was no possibility for peace in Mindanao after prolonged conflict when more than 50,000 people died, more than a… »

New book by young Moro writers launched next week

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 September) — A new book by young Moro writers will be launched next week in Cotabato City. The book, “Rays of the Invisible Light –… »

Q and A with MILF Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim: “The struggle will not end”

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/30 August) – While Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim was discussing scenarios on the peace process late afternoon of August… »

Duterte to supporters: 50-50 chance now on running for President

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Aug) — As calls encouraging him to run for president intensified, Davao City mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte said on Friday it’s now a 50-50 chance… »

Strong collaboration among cable operators needed to boost Mindanao’s Internet speed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 Aug) – A strong collaboration among the cable operators in the Philippines will be necessary to fully maximize the additional one-terabyte bandwidth as a result… »

ITCZ affecting Mindanao, Visayas

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 August) — Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms will be experienced over the regions of Northern Mindanao, Caraga & Davao and… »

Mindanawon youth urged to take active part in protecting IP rights

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 August) – Youth leaders in Southern Mindanao on Saturday underscored the need for the youth to take an active role in protecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples… »

Montenegro says Mindanao power situation expected to improve this month

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 01 August) — The power situation in Mindanao is expected to improve as some units of the power plants that have been shut down for preventive… »

Murad; continue peace process even if BBL not passed within PNoy’s term

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/26 July) — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said on Saturday that it will continue to demand for the implementation of the peace agreements it signed with the… »

PEACETALK: Be true to your vocation as truth tellers, sharers of truth

(Keynote address of Cardinal Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI, at the media forum “Beyond Mamasapano: Reporting the Bangsamoro Peace Process” on July 24 in Cotabato City)  A Moral and Religious Perspective… »

PEACETALK: Would Mindanao be a better place without media?

(Welcome remarks of Atty. Benedicto Bacani at the media forum “Beyond Mamasapano: Reporting the Bangsamoro Peace Process” on July 24 in Cotabato City) Welcome to Cotabato City and to this… »

Rural Missionaries in US for 21-day Mindanao human rights mission

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (RMP-NMR/15 July 2015) — The Northern Mindanao office of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP-NMR) started today a human rights mission across the United States.… »

Labor Sec. reminds employers on “correct pay” during Eid’l Fitr

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 July) – The Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has issued a reminder to employers to “observe and comply with the pay rules” on… »

Philippine Eagle nest found in Apayao, thanks to IP habitat conservation scheme

Jayson C. Ibañez Director-Research and Conservation Philippine Eagle Foundation In July of 1896, a local Samareño acting as guide to British Ornithologist John Whitehead brought back to camp one of… »

PEACETALK: Our past, and what we were and what we are now, are older than all these constitutions

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/05 July) — Two cases have been filed against me, along with the other members of the Government Peace Panel, and other personalities involved in the peace process.… »

TARGET PRACTICE: The real power industry in Mindanao

Conclusion DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 June) – First off, apologies to those waiting for this piece, if any. Just in any parts of the country, the power industry in… »

Dusit Thani finds home in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 June) — A Bangkok-based hotel and resort company has just made its mark in Asia by launching its brand of luxury serviced apartments in Mindanao. Dusit Thani… »

ANGAY-ANGAY: Banwa ko, Mindanao

(Presentation by the author in “Banwa ko, Mindanao: A Forum on Nationalism through Mindanao Culture,” as the Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro City, on 30 July 2011. MindaNews is reprinting… »

PEACETALK: “I say Muslim Mindanao is a nation… We are a nation of many nations”

(Maguindanao Rep. Bai Sandra A. Sema, one of the vice chairs in the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law delivered this sponsorship speech for HB 5811 or the… »

MNLF, MILF in OIC meet

Leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) — MILF chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim (L), MNLF chair Muslimin Sema (center) and Randolph… »

BBL’s fate in the hands of 98 reps, most of them from Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /17 May) – The fate of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) — whether it is one that adheres to the letter and spirit of the Comprehensive Agreement… »

POETRY: Picture-Perfect

Cruising at thirty six thousand feet approximately on an early summer morning sunny, from inside the giant metal bird’s cold belly through the glass window awed I see sheep with… »

4 Mindanao papers win 6 of 12 PPI awards

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 May) – Four Mindanao newspapers won six out of 12 journalism awards given by the Philippine Press Institute, including the country’s Best Edited daily and weekly papers.… »

1st Conference on Mindanao Literatures set for Feb. 2016

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 May) – Mindanaon writers, literature teachers and reserarches are invited to submit papers for the 1st Conference on Mindanao Literatures on February 24 to 26, 2016. The… »

PEACETALK: We have gone this far in our peace process; there should be no turning back

(Thank You Speech by Prof. Miriam Coronel Ferrer Awarding Ceremony, Hillary Rodham Clinton Award for Advancing Women, Peace and Security, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. 22 April 2015) Your Excellencies: Former… »

Davao council gives nod for Duterte to sign MOU with UPMin for sports complex construction

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 April) – The city council passed on second reading an ordinance granting Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte authority to sign for the city a proposed memorandum… »

TARGET PRACTICE: How ready is the NGCP? Carmelito Q. Francisco

2nd of a series DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 April) — The two main blackouts that plunged Mindanao into darkness in the last two years showed how vulnerable the Mindanao power grid… »

How Great Thou Art

Photojournalist RENE B. LUMAWAG on his photograph of the sunrise as seen from the Panabo Mariculture Park  on Sunday, April 12: “We must remember always that …we are just part… »

PEACETALK: Ten Easter Challenges for Peace in Mindanao

(Easter Sunday message of Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ, Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro City, 05 April 2015) As we start the Easter season recalling Our Lord’s triumph over injustice,… »

Friends of Peace

Former Comelec chair and 1986 Constitutional Commission member Christian Monsod, Mindanao Business Council chair Vicente Lao, Mindanao’s first Cardinal,  Orlando B. Quevedo, Archbishop of Cotabato; Amina Rasul of the Philippine… »

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.… »

COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS: We need to strengthen our faith, hope and love to continue advocating for peace

(Deliveredy by Fr. Roberto C. Layson, OMI, during the graduation rites at the Ateneo de Davao University on March 28, 2015. Fr. Layson and his friend, Mike Alon, were conferred… »

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