25 families flee coz of forest fires in Mt. Matutum

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 5 Apr) – At least 25 families in an upland village in Polomolok town in South Cotabato have evacuated due to the grass and forest… »

Mt. Matutum closed to trekkers to prevent more fires

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/01 April) — Mt. Matutum, South Cotabato province’s highest peak, has been closed indefinitely to trekkers following a series of grass and forest fires that already destroyed… »

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… »

DOT-12 pushes for development of new paragliding site in South Cotabato

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/07 March) — The Department of Tourism in Region 12 is pushing for the development of a newly-opened paragliding fly site along the hilly foothills of the… »

El Niño destroys P90M worth of crops in SouthCot

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 17 Feb) – Around P90 million-worth of agricultural crops have been devastated in parts of South Cotabato province due to the impact of the continuing… »

P15.8M crops in GenSan destroyed by El Nino

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/04 February) — -Around P15.8 million worth of agricultural crops here have been destroyed due to the impact of the continuing dry spell triggered by the El… »

Late Gov’s son is substitute candidate for SouthCot board member

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/04 February) — A son of the late South Cotabato Gov. Hilario de Pedro III has been fielded as his substitute for the provincial board member race… »

DOLE-12 opens “Assist WELL” center for OFWs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/04 February) — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 12 opened on Wednesday an integrated processing center of various assistance for repatriated and returning Overseas… »

Renaming of South Cotabato provincial gym after late governor pushed

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/02 February) — South Cotabato officials are pushing for the renaming of the provincial gymnasium and cultural center in Koronadal City in honor of the late governor… »

Former SouthCot Gov. Hilario de Pedro III passes away

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 30 January) — South Cotabato province is mourning the sudden and unexpected passing of former governor Hilario de Pedro III. De Pedro died after reportedly… »

South Cotabato steps up drive vs rat infestation

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 January) — Agriculture personnel in South Cotabato have stepped up moves to stop rodent or rat infestation in areas of the province that already destroyed around… »

P1.5 billion released for road projects in SouthCot

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 28 Dec) – The national government has approved the release of around P1.5 billion for the development next year of two major road networks in… »

SouthCot pushes for cloud seeding operations to save corn and rice crops

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 24 December) — The provincial government of South Cotabato is pushing for immediate cloud seeding operations to save its corn and rice crops. South Cotabato… »

Security guard killed in NPA attacks in South Cotabato

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 December) — A private security guard was killed while several village watchmen were reported wounded in separate attacks by suspected New People’s Army rebels in a… »

SouthCot pork producers to start sending products to Middle East early 2016

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 12 Nov) – Pork producers here and nearby South Cotabato province will finally start early next year the shipment of cut pork meat products to… »

South Cotabato pushes preparations for El Nino

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 October) — The provincial government of South Cotabato has continued with its preparations against the possible onslaught of a strong El Nino Phenomenon despite the province’s… »

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… »

Koronadal’s Mayor Miguel files COC for reelection

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/12 Oct) — Liberal Party (LP) stalwart and incumbent City Mayor Peter Miguel formally filed his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for re-election on Monday morning, firing off the highly-anticipated political… »

South Cotabato provincial board okays P2.49-B AIP for 2016

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 October) — The South Cotabato provincial board has approved an investment of around P2.49 billion for the local government’s priority programs and projects next year. Board… »

PNoy says goodbye to close-in security aide

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/04 October) —   President Benigno Aquino III personally said goodbye to a long-time close-in security aide from Sto. Nino town in South Cotabato who succumbed to cancer… »

Extortion behind SouthCot bus bombing that injured 18 – police

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 2 Oct) – Police authorities are eyeing extortion as behind the bomb explosion inside a passenger bus in Polomolok town in South Cotabato around noon Thursday that injured… »

South Cotabato to form task force for El Nino

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/28 September) — The provincial government of South Cotabato is working on the creation of a special task force that will spearhead efforts to mitigate the impact… »

SouthCot wins 2 Galing Pook awards

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 3 Sept) – Two of South Cotabato province’s innovative programs have emerged as among the top winners in this year’s Galing Pook Awards. The provincial… »

98 new HIV/AIDS cases reported in SouthCot

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 27 Aug) – Health personnel in South Cotabato province have detected 98 new cases of the human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS)… »

Blaan girl: “There is so much that people do not know about us”

KORONADAL (MindaNews/15 August) – The grade school girls we met at the Nelmida Elementary School in Sitio Lubon, Barangay Assumption, giggled when asked what they do for entertainment and other… »

5MW solar power plant in SouthCot to start operation before yearend

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 13 Aug) – Foreign-backed energy firm NV Vogt Philippines Solar Energy One Inc. is targeting to start before yearend the commercial streaming of the initial phase… »

SouthCot, Sarangani groups get P1.9M livelihood grant from DOLE

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 13 Aug) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 12 has released around P1.9-million worth of livelihood grants to three community and workers’… »

4 NPAs in S. Kudarat, SouthCot surrender

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 13 Aug) – Four members of a New People’s Army (NPA) unit operating in the hinterlands of Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato provinces surrendered to police… »

Koronadal to host international folkloric festival

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 31 July) – The city government is all set for the hosting of the “Pyesta Kolon Datal: Koronadal International Folkloric Festival” slated next month that will… »

Project backed by EU, Germany seen to boost investments in South Cotabato

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 July) — The provincial government of South Cotabato is targeting to attract more investors from the European Union (EU) in the next three years with the… »

South Cotabato to review support program for MSMEs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 July) — The provincial government of South Cotabato will revisit its support initiatives for local cottage industries to address the lack of quality products. South Cotabato… »

IED explodes in bus; no casualties as passengers managed to disembark before explosion

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 18 July) — An improvised bomb exploded inside a passenger bus in Sto. Nino town in South Cotabato Saturday morning but no casualties were reported because the… »

Villar’s family biz planning to expand ventures in SouthCot

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 16 July) – Companies owned by the family of former Senate President Manuel Villar are reportedly planning to expand their ventures in the coming months… »

Koronadal supports calls to ban aerial spraying

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/14 July) — The city government joined calls on Tuesday for the immediate banning of aerial spraying activities in agricultural plantations in parts of South Cotabato. City Mayor… »

SouthCot’s T’nalak fest to open Thursday

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 8 July) – It’s all systems go for South Cotabato province’s 10-day 49th foundation anniversary celebration and 16th T’nalak Festival that will formally open on Thursday. South Cotabato… »

Police places entire SouthCot on heightened alert during festival

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 8 July) – Police authorities placed the entire South Cotabato province under heightened alert in connection with its 49th foundation anniversary celebration and 16th T’nalak Festival that… »

SouthCot seeks urgent aid to rehab infra destroyed by floods

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/26 June) — South Cotabato officials appealed to the national government on Friday for immediate assistance to repair infrastructure destroyed by Wednesday’s floods South Cotabato Gov. Daisy… »

15 more HIV cases recorded in SouthCot

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 26 June) — Fifteen more residents of South Cotabato province have tested positive of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), bringing the total incidence in the… »

Thousands displaced by floods in Sultan Kudarat province

TACURONG CITY (MindaNews/24 June) – Flashfloods brought about by continuous heavy rains since Tuesday night displaced nearly 5,000 families (around 25,000 individuals) in this city and the towns of Lambayong,… »

Region 12’s RDC seeking intervention on rising HIV cases

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 25 June) – The Regional Development Council (RDC) of Region 12 is seeking the national government’s intervention over the rising incidence of the human immunodeficiency… »

SouthCot gets P1M grant from DOH for success in fight vs filariasis

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 25 June) – The Department of Health (DOH) has released a P1-million grant to South Cotabato province as incentive for the area’s declaration as filariasis-free… »

3 die, 800 displaced in SouthCot, S. Kudarat floods

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 24 June) – Three people have died while around 800 residents were displaced in parts of South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat provinces as flashfloods and… »

MARGINALIA: Paying respects to a cultural bridge

MAKATI CITY (MindaNews/30 May) — Recently, wings of circumstances inadvertently brought me along with a small band of dedicated field educators to the inauguration of the unprecedentedly culturally sensitive T’boli… »

DepEd opens first senior high K-12 curriculum for IPs in South Cotabato

LAKE SEBU, South Cotabato (MindaNews/19 May) — The Department of Education (DepEd) formally launched here on Tuesday the country’s first-ever senior high school curriculum for indigenous peoples (IPs) under the… »

Fire razes P5M worth of properties in SouthCot market

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 6 May) – An estimated P5 million in property was destroyed after a fire razed a portion of the central public market of Surallah town… »

NPA eyed in soldier’s disappearance in SouthCot

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 30 Apr) – South Cotabato officials are eyeing the involvement of New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in the disappearance earlier this month of an Army… »

30 families displaced by strong tornado in SouthCot

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 30 Apr) – At least 30 families were displaced after a strong tornado ravaged two remote communities in Tantangan town in South Cotabato Wednesday afternoon.… »

SouthCot, Koronadal, six towns to receive incentives for good governance

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 28 April) — Eight local government units (LGUs) in South Cotabato province are set to receive around P16 million in incentives for fully complying with… »

South Cotabato completes P47M of infra in Q1

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/27 April) — The provincial government of South Cotabato has completed around P47 million worth of priority infrastructure projects in various parts of the province in the… »

P156M of crops damaged by drought in South Cotabato

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/24 April) — Around P156 million worth of agricultural crops in South Cotabato province have been so far devastated as a result of the prolonged dry spell… »

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