Ex-US Marine survives ambush in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/12 December) — A retired U.S. Marine survived an ambush attempt Tuesday in a remote village in this city. A police report said Mark Ernest Southworth, 56, was… »

This Shoe Glitters

Christmas lights adorn a giant replica of a shoe at the “Luneta Park” in Surigao City on Tuesday evening (December 9, 2014). Built in the 1970s, the structure houses a… »

Tabacon, Kramer win 1st Surigao Duathlon challenge

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/08 Dec) – Sunday’s inclement weather as typhoon Ruby left Mindanao did not stop at least duathletes from participating in the 1st Surigao Duathlon Challenge, which Jefferson Tabacon of Tagum… »

Surigao City moves to address water shortage

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/04 December) – The city needs to tap additional sources of potable water supply to address periodic shortages and growing demand, participants to the two-day seminar on water… »

‘Queenie’ aftermath: 4 Surigao fishermen found alive, but 1 still missing

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 Nov) – Four of five fishermen in this city who were reported missing since Tropical Depression “Queenie” made landfall Wednesday were found alive in Southern Leyte on Thursday evening.… »

750 passengers stranded in Surigao sea ports

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 Nov) – Although Tropical Depression “Queenie” is now out of Mindanao, a total of 750 sea vessel passengers bound for Cebu, Leyte, Siargao and Dinagat… »

Search on for 5 missing fishermen in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 Nov) – Authorities here have launched a search and rescue operation for five fishermen from this city who went missing after Tropical Depression “Queenie” made… »

Village chair shot dead in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/25 November) – A barangay chair in the city was shot dead Sunday evening by an unidentified assailant, police said Tuesday. Police Supt. Julito Diray, chief of police… »

Surigao City mulls privatization of garbage collection

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/22 November)—Citing the growing operational expenses in garbage collection, the city government is considering to privatize it. Atty. Manuel D. Delani, city legal officer, said the local government… »

Tiresome Job

These workers take advantage of the fine weather scooping sand and gravel in Surigao River on Thursday morning (November 20, 2014). This backbreaking job is a common sight along the… »

Cement plant in Surigao extends suspension of operations

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/21 November) – Cash-strapped Pacific Cement Company Inc. (PACEMCO) has decided to extend the suspension of its plant operations for three months to complete the ongoing negotiations for… »

Surigao tourist island considered for isolation area for Ebola patients

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 Nov) – Officials here are considering to use a small island four kilometers away as isolation area in case Ebola cases reach this city. Dr.… »

Surigao prepares for 1st duathlon challenge

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 Nov) – Duathletes in Northern Mindanao are now gearing up for the first ever duathlon event in this city on Dec. 7. It is being… »

‘Bank remains stable’: Majority owner refuses help for troubled SRBC

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/13 November) — Manila-based businessmen had offered help to save the Surigaonon Rural Banking Corporation (SRBC) from possible bankruptcy after it was hit by a withdrawal frenzy since… »

Mass withdrawals hit bank in Surigao; owner infuses more capital

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/12 November) — Rumors that it was going bankrupt have triggered mass withdrawals from the Surigaonon Rural Banking Corporation Inc. (SRBC) since last month, the bank’s majority owner… »

Early Celebration

Surigao Del Norte provincial government employees ignore the drizzle as they continue to work on Christmas decorations at the capitol ground in Surigao City on Monday noon (November10, 2014) .… »

Surigao prepares for Ebola with expected influx of OFWs during Christmas

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/11 November) — The Caraga Regional Hospital in Surigao City is now undertaking preparations against the possible entry of the dreaded Ebola virus in anticipation of the influx… »


A boy lifts the jaws of a tiger shark in Barangay Punta Bilar in Surigao City on Sunday afternoon (9 Nov 2014). A group fishermen from this village caught a… »

Human head, leg found inside belly of tiger shark caught by Surigao fishermen

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Nov) – A group of fishermen here caught last week a huge tiger shark in the waters between Bohol and Camiguin islands, and found inside… »

Dengue cases in Surigao City highest in 10 years

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 Oct) – Dengue cases here have reached unprecedented levels in the last 10 years, with 501 cases for the last 10 months wherein 3 patients… »

Surigao City LGU running out of anti-rabies vaccines as cases of animal bites rise

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Oct) – The City Health Office here is running out of anti-rabies vaccines as officials say the city government has no budget to cope with… »

Surigao health officials worried over leprosy victims who avoid treatment

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 Oct) – The City Health Office here said there are only a few documented cases of leprosy, but its officials are worried that more people… »

Divers dismayed over capture, death of giant sun fish

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/17 October) — Some local and foreign divers expressed dismay over the capture of a giant ocean sun fish Tuesday in a barangay here, and said the fishermen… »

Surigao fishermen catch giant ocean sunfish

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 Oct) – Fishermen in a coastal village here caught a rare giant fish early morning Tuesday, which awed residents owing to the fish’s size. Energito… »

Police looking for ‘John Lennon’

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 9 Oct) – The police here are looking for another foreigner who was a companion of the slain Swiss national whose body was found with a… »

Foreign national found dead in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 7 Oct) – A foreigner was found dead in a grassy portion of a village in this city Tuesday morning. Police could not identify the male… »

Shabu Busted

Policemen present to media on Wednesday (17 Sept 2014) almost a kilo worth shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) packed in sachets valued at P7 million seized in Surigao City during a raid… »

P7-million worth of shabu seized in Surigao, minors involved

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 Sept) – The police in this city seized at least P7-million worth of illegal drugs in a raid Tuesday evening involving suspected drug pushers from Iligan… »

Survivors: rescue took so long

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/14 September) – “Hinay kaayo” (Very slow. It took so long). Survivors of the ill-fated roll-on, roll-off ferry, MV Maharlika 2, said rescue operations took so long they… »

Sunken ferry update: 3 dead, 110 rescued; undetermined number still missing

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews /14 September) —  Coast Guard authorities here cannot how many passengers were actually on board the ill-fated ship MV Maharlika which sank off Pintuyan town in Southern… »


Survivor Sarah Andil of Cotabato City suffered an injury when she jumped out of the ill-fated MV Maharlika 2 which sank off Southern Leyte Saturday evening, September 13. The 39-year… »


As of 10 a.m. Sunday, September 14, at least 14 passengers rescued from MV Maharlika ferry which sank off Pintuyan in Southern Leyte on Saturday evening are confined at the… »

MV Maharlika 2

M/V Maharlika II anchored off Lipata port in Surigao City in this file photo taken Dec. , 2013. The Roll-on/ roll off ferry was undergoing repairs near the port when… »

2 dead, 103 rescued from sinking ferry; manifest lists only 84 passengers and crew

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/14 Sept) – Two persons were confirmed dead, 103 others were rescued while a still undetermined number of persons on board a ferry they had to abandon off… »

NEA asked to explain status of Surneco’s P200-M genset purchase plan

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/09 June) – The Surigao del Norte provincial board unanimously approved a resolution Monday asking the National Electrification Administration (NEA) to shed light on the status of the… »

Shark hunting thrives in Surigao

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/23 May) – Hunting of sharks has continued in the waters off Surigao City and Surigao del Norte and even in neighboring areas despite calls by conservation groups… »

Low water supply hits Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/23 May) – In addition to the power outages that have hit the city, residents are in for another problem caused by the dry season: scarce water supply.… »

Another first for Surigaonon triathlete-lawyer: swim from Visayas to Mindanao

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/20 May) – Will he make it? A triathlete-lawyer will try on Wednesday (May 21) what no other human being had done before: swim from an island in… »

160 measles cases recorded in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/17 May)—City health workers have conducted a massive vaccination drive here against measles as cases continue to rise, officials said. Annette Villaces, city information officer, said that 160… »

Surneco seeks 10-MW power supply deal with mine firm

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/16 May) — Power distribution utility Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperative Inc. (Surneco) is negotiating with a mining firm Nickel Asia Corporation for a 10-megwatt (MW) supply deal… »

Woman Power

Michelle Aclo of Surigao City maintains her pace as she crosses the bridge in Barangay San Juan, 11 May 2014. She finished second in in the 21-K female category in… »

Former Surigao solon and mayor to be buried on Saturday

Former Surigao solon, mayor to be buried on Saturday SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/09 May)—Former city mayor and Surigao del Norte representative Constantino Navarro will be buried tomorrow (Saturday) at the Manila… »

Sun and Sea

The pebble beach in Sitio Looc, Barangay Punta Bilar in Surigao City offers a good place for enjoyment to these beach goers on Sunday afternoon (May 4, 2014). MindaNews photo… »

Measles outbreak declared in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/06 May) — A measles outbreak was declared in the city on Saturday after the disease was found to have downed several persons, mostly children, an official said.… »

Filipino-owned cement company in Surigao may shut down operations

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 April) – Workers at the Pacific Cement Company (PACEMCO) here are worried that the firm may shutdown operations anytime this week mainly due to millions… »

No Buyers for Now

A vendor of “ukay-ukay” (used clothing) falls asleep while waiting for customers on Tuesday evening (April 22, 2014) at Surigao City boulevard. MindaNews photo by Roel N. Catoto

What Price Love

A flower vendor makes bouquets along San Nicolas Street in front of Surigao City Public Market on Thursday noon, February 13, 2014. As expected, prices of flowers increased at least… »

3 drug suspects killed, 3 cops wounded in Surigao shootout

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/09 February) — At least three suspects in a drug raid were killed and two of their companions surrendered to authorities after nearly four hours of shootout with… »

Storm Watching

A young man leans back as waves brought by Tropical Depression Agaton pummel the port area in Surigao City on Saturday, January 18, 2014. MindaNews photo by Roel N. Catoto

Climate Refugees

Days of torrential rains have forced at least 347 families living in flood- and landslide-prone areas in Surigao City to flee their homes since January 12, 2014. The evacuees are… »

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