ARMM eyes special economic zone in Tawi-Tawi

COTABATO CITY(MindaNews/05 July)—The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) regional government is eyeing the establishment of a special economic zone in Tawi-Tawi province to further bolster trade and tourism exchanges… »

Bangsamoro in transition (2): Too much to do, too little time

2nd of a series: Too much to do, too little time DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 July) — When President Benigno Simeon Aquino III delivers his State of the Nation Address (SONA)… »

A year of change for 28 young Muslims from Mindanao

MANILA (MindaNews/29 June) — After studying abroad for a year, the lives of 28 Muslim youths will never be the same again. Bryan Khetmir, 17, a student from the Ireneo… »

PNoy, Murad meet on concerns over draft Bangsamoro Basic Law  

HIROSHIMA (MindaNews/24 June) – It wasn’t a two-hour talk like their first face-to-face meeting in a hotel near Narita airport in Tokyo on August 4, 2011 but President Benigno Simeon… »

PNoy, Murad in Hiroshima for seminar on BMoro peace pact implementation  

HIROSHIMA (MindaNews/24 June ) — Nearly three months after the March 27 signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), Philippine President Benigno Simeon Aquino III and Moro Islamic… »

Bangsamoro in Hiroshima

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles and government peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer exchange pleasantries with Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim and his wife,… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Every Political Party Should Pay Attention to Mindanao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/18 June)– Any political party worth its salt should have a vision for Mindanao and a stand on the issues that continue to bedevil the island… »

Art Talk

Visual artist Kublai Milan shares to Philippine Press Institute president Jesus Dureza and participants at the roundtable on Reporting Culture and the Arts how difficult it is in to be… »

Media’s role

Philippine Press Institute president Jesus Dureza (right) suggests to participants of a roundtable discussion on Reporting Culture and the Arts to give more space for articles and features on culture,… »

MORO IN EXILE: Open Letter to Angeline Jolie

Dear Angelina, I am writing as one of your fans. I do admire your work, your on-screen work but more so your sincere contribution to highlight humanitarian issues. But please,… »

PEACETALK: It’s because we are different that we have so much to share

(Author’s sharing on the “Story of the Church in Pikit” at the International Conference of Cotabato at the Notre Dame University in Cotabato City on June 7, 2014)  A church… »

Cardinal Quevedo certain Cotabato City will vote yes to Bangsamoro

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/ 08 June) – The future Bangsamoro has an early campaigner: Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of the Archdiocese of Cotabato, Mindanao’s first Cardinal. Quevedo told an international conference here… »

PEACETALK: Historical Moment in Mindanao: Bangsamoro

Author’s contribution to the session on Education and Culture of Peace: the Future of Mindanao on June 7, the second day of the International Conference of Cotabato at the Notre… »

Mindanao reps and their net worth: one billionaire, 66 millionaires, only one under a million

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 June) — The net worth of Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel Pacquiao, the country’s richest representative – P1.3 billion in 2013 – is 2,250 times the net worth of… »

TURNING POINT: Coming Home: Of Roots and Wings

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/ 01 June) — Having roots and wings are two most important legacies parents may leave to their children. Roots refer to the shared values and memories… »

COMMENT: Nagíng* ‘Nagging Customary’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 May)— In our last two-article COMMENT (Impact Overrated, MindaNews April 10 and 14, 2014), we noted the misperception about peace and economic development in Mindanao as… »

KONTRA KOMPAS: Morag true

DAKBAYAN SA GENERAL SANTOS (MindaNews/Ika-17 sa Mayo)– Kining kakulang sa koryente nga giagwanta sa Mindanao nagsalamin sa klase sa pagtagad nga gihatag sa atong dapit sa mga kadagkuan sa gobyerno. Kung wa… »

Bayan Muna wants probe on sale of power barges

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews/11 May) –- The militant party list Bayan Muna has called for a thorough investigation on the alleged anomalous sale of two government power barges in 2010… »

TURNING POINT: Lake Lanao and the Mindanao Brownouts

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/ 11 May) — On February 27, 2014, at around 3 a.m., the whole island of Mindanao was swept by a massive unannounced brownout that lasted for… »

105-MW added to Mindanao Grid as STEAG turbine resumes operation

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 08 May) — A power turbine of the STEAG State Power went back online early Wednesday night but the added 105-MW electricity has yet… »

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… »

120 peacebuilders from around the world gather in Davao City  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 May) – A hundred and twenty peacebuilders from around the world will arrive here for the 15th Annual Peacebuilding Training of the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (MPI) on May… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Time to get serious about autonomy, especially in Mindanao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 29 April) – People can talk as much as they like about wanting good governance but nothing will improve unless they learn to do… »

Working Towards a Reconciled Diversity

Working Towards a Reconciled Diversity Statement of Catholic Bishops and Educators on Peacebuilding in Mindanao Davao City April 10, 2014 Sustainable peace and the righting of historical injustices have been… »

PEACETALK: Many and Differing Narratives… towards a Shared Vision and Shared Future?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/13 April) — Whenever we speak of peacebuilding in Mindanao, we need to be reminded that there are several narratives both from within and without of the diverse… »

Domeng is 920 km east of Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /06 April) – Tropical storm Domeng (international name: Peipah), was spotted at 920 kilometers east of Davao City as of 10 p.m. Sunday, still with maximum sustained… »

Domeng is coming: 4th storm to hit Mindanao in 2014, 9th since Sendong

UPDATED as of 5:58 p.m. DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /06 April) – Tropical storm Domeng (international name: Peipah), the fourth storm to hit the country this year is also the fourth… »

The men and women in Pikit gathering

Invalid Displayed Gallery They had suffered the most in times of war, fleeing to evacuation centers where they stayed for weeks, sometimes months. The town plaza in Pikit, North Cotabato… »

Celebration in Mendiola

[Play slideshow] Moro people in Manila rejoice at the signing on Thursday, 27 March 2014, of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic… »

Mindanao eyed as major contributor to national tourism target

ILOILO CITY  (MindaNews/23 March) — – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is seriously looking at Mindanao’s six regions as a major contributor to the country’s target to log around 10… »

Steag behind Feb. 27 blackout, Napocor confirms

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 15 March) – A ranking official of the National Power Corp. (Napocor) confirmed that the Steag State Power, Inc.’s (SPI) indeed caused the blackout that affected… »

House Commitee to DOE: stop electricity spot market in Mindanao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/09 March) — The House Committee on Energy expects the Department of Energy to carry out their resolution stopping the electricity spot market in Mindanao “as… »

TINGOG SA SUBA: Welcome back, brownout

Pagmata ko sayo sa buntag Ahak! walay kuryente pagtulog sa gabii wiz na pud electricity mao na ni! tibuok adlaw dala ang paypay ni nanay sa kainit, dili na mo-smile… »

Huge waves, strong winds pummel Surigao

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/18 January)—Tropical depression Agaton triggered strong winds and huge waves in Surigao del Norte since Friday, prompting naval authorities to suspend sea travel, stranding at least 250 passengers… »

Storm Signal 1 raised over 7 Mindanao provinces and Southern Leyte

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 January) – Public storm warning signal number 1 has been raised over seven Mindanao provinces and Southern Leyte as tropical depression Agaton is moving towards Mindanao, whose… »

MINDANAO 2013: Mindanao finally learns its lesson; was “over-prepared” for Yolanda

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/ 05 January) — Mindanao may have been fortunate to be spared  Yolanda’s wrath, but it preoccupied Mindanawons nevertheless, after typhoon Sendong and super typhoon Pablo devastated many… »

Flashback: Typhoon Pablo’s wrath

These pictures were taken in different parts of Mindanao from December 4 until the middle of the same month last year, after typhoon Pablo swept across the island and left… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Consensus and Our Barangay Assembly

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/11 November)–Coaxing harmony out of diversity is a difficult task. Imagine how much more difficult is bringing harmony to a region so diverse and complicated as… »

Typhoon Yolanda as of 4:00am, November 7

At 4:00 am today, the eye of Typhoon “YOLANDA”was located based on all available data at 822 km East of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (08.4°N, 133.8°E) with maximum sustained winds… »

9 Mindanao provinces under Storm Signal No. 1

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/4 November)—Storm signal No. 1 was hoisted in nine Mindanao provinces as tropical depression “Wilma,” as of 10 a.m. Monday, was spotted 75 kilometers north northeast of Hinatuan,… »

Tuesday’s 7.2 quake: death toll could have been worse if it were not a holiday

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 October) – It could have been worse. If Tuesday’s magnitude 7.2 earthquake had struck at 8:12 a.m. on a school day or working day, the number of… »

BATANG MINDANAW: Thoughts on the recent Mindanao bombings

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 Aug) — As the news about the recent spate of bombings in Mindanao circulated once again, I was upset. We’ve been experiencing this for years now and… »

BATANG MINDANAW: Who Should Take the Blame?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 August) — On July 26, an explosive device went off in a commercial area in Cagayan de Oro, leaving six dead and 28 wounded. On August 5,… »

PNoy on renewable energy: “more expensive… can’t provide baseload”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 August) — Blaming the Arroyo administration for Mindanao’s energy problem, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III in his State of the Nation Address on July 22 said his… »

Who’s afraid of the ASEAN Economic Community?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 August) – Mindanao’s business sector is saying it is advantageous to Mindanao, citing the 600 million population of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as a… »

Al Qalam Institute of Ateneo de Davao University’s Statement on the Recent Bombing

Al Qalam Institute strongly condemns what are vicious and cowardly acts of terrorism against innocent civilians in Cotabato City last August 5, 2013. We join with all our fellow Cotabateneos,… »

Zambo Peninsula is country’s best economic performer in 2012

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/26 July) – Zamboanga Peninsula has registered the fastest growth in 2012 among the country’s 17 regions as the peninsula’s economy grew to 12.4 percent last year from… »

Powerhouse cast for the 22nd MinBizCon in Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 July)– At least a dozen Cabinet secretaries and business tycoons will be the key speakers during the 22nd Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizCon) that will have President Benigno… »

Father and Son

n de oSenator Aquilino Martin “Koko” Pimentel III delivers a speech at the Freedom Kiosk in Divisoria, Cagayan de Oro City last Sunday June 20 while his father, former Senator… »

PEACETALK: Mindanao: dealing with the past

BARCELONA, Spain (MindaNews/17 June) — Dealing with the past is now one of the big challenges for the Philippines in its transition from war to peace in Mindanao. Moro and… »

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