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… »

Rice prices soar in Surigao

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/20 September) —Prices of commercial rice in this city have soared by as much as P10 per kilogram (kg), MindaNews learned Friday. Celestino Negapatan, Department of Trade and… »

Use of LED lights in Surigao City questioned

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 Sept) – A councilor here has questioned the city government’s use of light-emiting diode (LED) lamps for street lighting, saying these pose a risk among… »

Bonok-Bonok 2013

BEAUTY. One of the queens of this year’s Bonok-Bonok Festival in Surigao City on Sept. 9, 2013. MindaNews Photo by Vanessa Almeda

All set for Surigao’s Bonok-Bonok festival

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 8 Sept) – All systems go for this city’s Bonok-Bonok Marajaw Karajaw Festival, which will kick off Monday. Roselyn Merlin, senior tourism officer of Surigao City,… »

Surigaonons mull civil disobedience over rotating brownouts

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 7 Sept) – Rotating brownouts that hit this city for over a month now have brought serious economic problems to small businessmen here as residents said… »

Surigao court orders arrest of MGB chief

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 6 Sept) – For snubbing a court hearing twice, a Regional Trial Court here has ordered the arrest of Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) acting chief… »

Surigao City council settling barangay boundary disputes

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/31 August)—The city council here is working to put a closure to the boundary dispute involving several villages, which was caused by the lack of technical description of… »

300 teenage voters in Surigao disqualified for SK polls

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/16 August)—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) here has rejected at least 300 teenage registrants for the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections in October for failure to meet the age… »

Surigao city council to probe irregularities at boulevard port

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 Aug) – The city council here is set to conduct investigations on the supposed irregularities at the Surigao Boulevard Port after a series of mishaps… »

Surigao Norte LGUs told to reactivate anti-drug abuse councils

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 5 Aug) – Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency are urging local government units in Surigao del Norte to reactivate their anti-drug abuse council (ADAC)… »

Surigao cops seize drugs, guns, fake money after shootout with suspect

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 1 Aug) – Raiding cops seized drugs, guns and counterfeit money early morning Thursday from a suspect believed to be involved in different illegal activities in… »

Surigaonons aren’t ‘blood givers’ – blood banks

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 1 Aug) – Don’t count on Surigaonons, specifically those in Surigao del Norte, to donate blood. They are more on the receiving end. This is the… »

Voters troop to Comelec for registration, long queues frustrate registrants

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 July) – Hundreds of voters trooped to the Commission on Elections office here today to register as the Comelec opened up registration in preparation for… »

Surigaonon singer wows Voice of Philippines judges with song from “Uwahig”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 July) – A 21-year old singer from Surigao City made all four judges of the Voice of the Philippines contest turn around Saturday night with her rendition… »

Less undernourished pre-school kids in Surigao City in 2012

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/02 July) – The malnutrition rate among children below seven years old in the city last year was lower compared to the 2011 figure, a health official said.… »

Surigao opposition dads decry ‘denial’ of venue for oath-taking

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/01 July) — The manager of the City Cultural Center is in hot water for allegedly denying the use of the facility for the oath-taking ceremony of five… »

Supreme Court to launch Enhanced Justice on Wheels in Surigao

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 June) – Aimed to give the poor greater access to justice, assisting in the speedy resolution of cases and expediting the release of detention prisoners,… »

Dengue cases in Surigao City reach record-high

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/25 June)  –  The total number of  dengue cases here has reached a record-high of 147 in the first five months this year with two deaths reported compared… »

Mining exec to address Caraga bizcon

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/09 June) – An official of a major mining firm will speak at the 18th Caraga Business Conference scheduled next week at the Hotel Tavern in this city.… »

Water shortage in Surigao City worsens

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/04 June) –  Insufficient water supply has worsened since Sunday, forcing residents to draw water from springs and wells. Rolen Indino, liaison officer of Surigao Metropolitan Water District… »

Surigao chamber to host Caraga bizcon on June 13-14

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/02 June) — The Surigao Chamber of Commerce and Industries Inc., (SCCI) will host the 18th Caraga Business Conference on June 13-14, at the Hotel Tavern here. SCCI… »

Water crisis hits Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 May) – Extreme drought brought down the water level in the Parang-Parang Watershed into critical level that resulted in inadequate water supply in the city.… »

Sargassum Harvest

Sargassum is aplenty at a warehouse of a local buyer in Barangay San Juan in Surigao City being sold for P8 a kilo in this photo taken May 21, 2013.… »

Massive gathering of vital seaweed in Surigao alarms concerned citizens

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 May) – The massive gathering of sargassum, the brownish floating seaweed commonly seen near the shore, has alarmed some concerned citizens in the city, fearing… »

Vote Buying?

An unidentified man distributes P100 bills with a small paper bearing the name of a politician in Barangay Luna in Surigao City on Thursday, 9 May 2013. Mayoral candidate Christopher… »

Surigao opposition party hits campaign trail

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/2 April)—Candidates of local opposition party Koalisyon nan mga Oposisyon sa Surigao (Kosug) hit the campaign trail Monday with a proclamation rally attended by an estimated 4,000 supporters.… »

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