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… »

DENR-12 allots P7M for reforestation of 3 Maguindanao, SouthCot upland villages

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 16 April) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 12 has allotted around P7 million for the reforestation of three upland… »

South Cotabato may declare state of calamity due to drought

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 April) – The provincial government of South Cotabato is considering declaring a state of calamity as damage to agricultural crops in the area as a result… »

P455-M road projects in South Cotabato pushed for inclusion in PDRP

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 April) — The provincial government of South Cotabato is pushing for the inclusion of eight priority farm-to-market road projects worth around P455 million into the national… »

MSMEs in South Cotabato to get P11.57M from DTI

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/20 March) — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Region 12 has allotted an initial P11.57 million in grants to various micro, small and medium… »

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… »

DOH clears SouthCot of filariasis

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 18 March) – The Department of Health (DOH) has declared South Cotabato province as a “disease-free zone” for the parasitic filariasis. Jose Barroquillo, focal person… »

Suspected car thief yields in Tacurong City

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/26 Feb) — A car theft suspect who bolted the South Cotabato provincial jail last Monday is back in prison after surrendering voluntarily to jail authorities on… »

Barangay exec nabbed in SouthCot buy-bust operation

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNEws / 25 Feb) – Anti-drug operatives arrested late Tuesday night an elected barangay official in Banga town in South Cotabato in a drug buy-bust operation in the area.… »

Manhunt ordered vs fugitive carnapping suspect

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/23 Feb) — South Cotabato Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes has ordered a province-wide manhunt against a carnapping suspect who escaped from the South Cotabato Regional Detention Center or… »

DOH okays P70M for hospital upgrading in South Cotabato

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 February) — The Department of Health (DOH) has approved the release of around P70 million in grants for the expansion and upgrading of two hospitals in… »

Rural electrification project continues in South Cotabato

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 February)– The provincial government of South Cotabato has allocated around P2 million for the implementation of the initial phase of its flagship rural electrification program this… »

SouthCot’s ‘Kawayan Festival’ making a comeback

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 4 Feb) – After several years of absence, South Cotabato province’s innovative Kawayan Festival will be making a comeback later this month. Emmanuel Jumilla, assistant… »

South Cotabato’s infra projects reach P343.6M

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/02 February) — The provincial government of South Cotabato has invested a total of P343.6 million last year for the implementation of various vital infrastructure projects. Marnilo… »

South Cotabato allots P2.4M for tourism planning

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/30 January) — The provincial government of South Cotabato has set aside some P2.4 million for the crafting of the comprehensive tourism master plans of seven municipalities… »

Mining, quarry revenues in South Cotabato drop in 2014

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/26 January) — South Cotabato’s mining and quarry revenues dropped by around P1.25 million last year as officials noted a slowdown in small-scale mining operations in the… »

SouthCot clears debris off Lake Holon

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/24 January) — The provincial government of South Cotabato has launched massive clearing operations at the critical crater-lake Holon in T’boli town to prevent possible flashfloods in… »

Police bust P5M illegal drugs in South Cotabato in 2014

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/23 January)– Police operatives in South Cotabato seized at least P5 million worth of illegal drugs in various operations last year within the province’s 10 towns and… »

SouthCot LGU links up with DBP for planting of 75,000 trees

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 7 Jan) – The provincial government of South Cotabato has linked up with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) for the planting of around… »

Construction of 11.9 MW bunker-fired power plant in SouthCot starts

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 7 Jan) – Distribution utility South Cotabato I Electric Cooperative (Socoteco I) is building an 11.9-megawatt (MW) bunker-fired power plant to augment the growing power… »

Stricter regulations on use, sale of firecrackers eyed in South Cotabato

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 January) — South Cotabato officials are planning to introduce fresh amendments to a newly-passed ordinance that regulates the sale and distribution of firecrackers in the province… »

Most firecracker injuries in South Cotabato caused by piccolo

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 January) — Banned firecracker piccolo emerged anew as the leading cause of firecracker-related injuries in the recent Christmas and New Year revelries in South Cotabato province.… »

20 injured by firecrackers in South Cotabato, GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/26 December) — A 43-year-old man lost a finger while 19 others, mostly children, sustained various firecracker injuries in connection with the Christmas revelries in this city… »

2 boys get firecracker injuries in SouthCot town

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 19 Dec) – Health personnel in South Cotabato province have stepped up their campaign against the use of firecrackers and fireworks after it already recorded… »

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