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… »


Environmentalist lawyer Ingemal Macarine chats with friends and fellow triathlon enthusiasts at Punta Bilar Dive Center in Surigao City on New Years eve after setting a record for being the… »

Environmentalist lawyer swims across Surigao Channel; sets record

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/01 January) – Four men dared swim across the Surigao Channel, from Basul Island to Lipata in Surigao City on New Year’s eve but only one succeeded, to… »

Look, Mom, It’s Big

Christmas lights blanket a giant replica of a shoe at the “Luneta Park” in Surigao City on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Built in the 1970s, the structure houses a power… »

3 Surigao barangays face charges for nonpayment of election shares

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/30 Nov.) — Three of the city’s 54 villages in the city had not paid their election shares, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Surigao City said. Despite… »

Help from Surigao City

A barge heads for the beach on Friday morning, November 15, in Palo, Leyte to bring in relief goods, fuel, generator sets and heavy equipment courtesy of various organizations in… »

Cycle of Life

A Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) also known as the Red-backed Sea-eagle carries a portion of a fish it caught near the coastline of barangay San Juan, Surigao City on November… »

Relief goods short, just 3 kilos of rice and a can of sardines

TACLOBAN CITY (MindaNews/18 November)—For some folk in this city, which was flattened by super typhoon “Yolanda,” relief goods reaching them are not enough, despite the massive arrival of supplies from… »

Surigaonons complain about high port charges for relief goods

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Nov) – Surigaonons are urging government to help out in bringing relief goods and rescue workers to typhoon-devastated areas because shipping and port charges for… »

Surigao del Norte not “zero casualty” after all; 3 killed, 16 missing, 12 rescued

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 November) –  The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Mangement Council (PDRRMC) may have spoken too soon. Super typhoon Yolanda, it turns out, did not leave… »

Surigao City suffers P13-M damage from ‘Yolanda’

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/09 November) — Typhoon “Yolanda” claimed no lives in Surigao City but it damaged various properties, infrastructure and crops, according to an initial post-evaluation by the City Disaster… »


Residents of Barangay Rizal in Surigao City start to return homes Friday morning, November 8, 2013 as flood waters spawned by typhoon “Yolanda” start to subside. MindaNews photo by Roel… »

Bakwit and Puppies

With her three puppies around her, this girl is at peace at the Surigao City Auditorium on Thursday, 7 Nov 2013, a day before super typhoon Yolanda is expected to hit… »

Surigaonons start evacuating

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 7 Nov) – Residents here have already heeded the call to safety as families started evacuating to safer areas starting Wednesday night as super typhoon Yolanda… »

Classes suspended in Surigao City due to ‘Wilma’

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/04 November)—Classes in the elementary level were suspended today after tropical depression “Wilma” made landfall in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur this morning. City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas on… »

Buying votes

A candidate’s bagman distributing money to voters in Sitio Payawan 1, Barangay Luna, Surigao City on Sunday afternoon.October 27, 2013, eve of the Barangay elections, in what is known as… »

Surigao council declares mayor’s ally ‘persona non grata’

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/25 October)—The city council approved Thursday afternoon a resolution declaring Balgamelo “Baby” C. Ma, Mayor Ernesto Matugas’ alleged “alter ego,” a “persona non grata” (unwelcome person). Councilor Baltazar… »

Lawyers’ group condemns lawsuit filed vs 2 Surigao City councilors

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 Oct) – The Union of People’s Lawyers in Mindanao (UPLM) has condemned the slapping of an illegal assembly case against two city councilors here and… »

Surigaonons chip in for relief of quake-stricken areas in Bohol, Cebu

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 Oct) – Surigaonons from all walks of life have chipped in to help fund relief efforts for earthquake-stricken areas in Bohol and Cebu. Willie Gan,… »

2 Surigao City councilors face illegal assembly raps

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/05 Oct.) — Two city councilors and other personalities have been charged for alleged illegal assembly before the City Prosecutor’s Office. The city police office filed a complaint… »

Surigao City legislative, budget offices burglarized

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/27 September)–Thieves ransacked the city’s legislative and budget offices Friday dawn, taking away a still undetermined amount of cash and jewelries of employees, Supt. Joseph Nohara, city police… »

Boat sinks in Surigao; passengers, crew saved

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/25 September) — Fourteen-passengers and crewmembers were rescued when a motorized banca sank on Monday morning off Bucas Grande Island in Surigao del Norte, the Philippine Coast Guard… »

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