Effects of Mining

Siltation is a problem in the coastal village of Cagdianao in the municipality of Claver, Surigao del Norte, no thanks to mining operations, as shown in this file photo taken… »

Life much more difficult when mining came, say Surigao Norte fisherfolks

CLAVER, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 6 Aug) – Life is getting harder and harder for fisherfolks in various villages of this town where mining companies operate. Arcasio D. Genancias,… »

Students stay away from school after NPA attack in Alegria

KITCHARAO, Agusan del Norte (MindaNews/13 July) — Teachers of Kitcharao Central Elementary School here came to school on Friday but were unable to teach because students, apparently traumatized by the… »

2 NPAs killed in Surigao Norte police station attack

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 10 July) – Two New People’s Army rebels were killed while three policemen and a soldier were wounded after a band of rebels attacked… »

Grab that Crab

A member of a local people’s organization shows off a large mud crab weighing two kilos to buyers at a crab culture and fattening facility in the town of Del… »

Surigao Norte LGU refuses to issue biz permit to mining firm for failure to pay taxes

CLAVER, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 16 June) – Until today the municipal government of Claver in Surigao del Norte has not issued a business permit to a mining firm… »

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… »

Mining Season

Dry season is considered as the glory days for mining companies in Surigao del Norte because they can maximize production. Photo taken Wednesday afternoon (4 June 2014) at Barangay Cagdianao,… »

‘Liba-liba’ fishing still rampant in eastern Mindanao seaboard despite ban

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/31 May)—Despite the ban, the illegal liba-liba or Danish seine fishing remains rampant in the waters off Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Dinagat Islands. Nerio Casil,… »

Last days of summer

Children enjoy the last days of summer by diving into the waters from the big rock in Sitio Tigbao, Barangay Balite in San Francisco town, Surigao del Norte on Saturday… »

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… »

Miners behind mountain’s destruction in Surigao Norte yet to be sued

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/17 May)—No one has been charged in court in connection with the destruction of portions of Mt. Patag in Barangay Jubgan, San Francisco town as a result of… »

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… »

Mining firm told to stop operations in Surigao Norte village

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/10 May) — San Francisco town in Surigao del Norte has passed a resolution ordering a mining company to stop operations in a barangay in response to complaints… »

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… »

Surigao villagers blame mining firm for pollution of water sources

JUBGAN, San Francisco, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/30 April) – Mining activities by a firm that has reportedly no permit to operate have polluted the sources of potable water in this… »

Dynamite fishing in Siargao remains rampant

DAPA, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/19 April)—The marine environment in Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands continues to suffer from rampant illegal dynamite fishing activities in the area. At dusk yesterday, a… »

Homemade Bread

With her makeshift oven, a woman cooks tasty bread in Barangay Binocaran, Malimono town in Surigao del Norte on Saturday afternoon (April 5, 2014). MindaNews photo by Roel N. Catoto

Huge waves, strong winds pummel Surigao

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/18 January)—Tropical depression Agaton triggered strong winds and huge waves in Surigao del Norte since Friday, prompting naval authorities to suspend sea travel, stranding at least 250 passengers… »

Zero casualty in Surigao Norte, Dinagat during ‘Yolanda’

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/08 November) – Super Typhoon “Yolanda” displaced thousands of residents and damaged a number of homes, but left no casualties in Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands provinces,… »

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… »

2 candidates in Surigao Norte win by luck

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/29 October) — Two candidates for barangay chair in Surigao del Norte never thought they would win in Monday’s village elections not by leads in the vote but… »

Mamanwa leaders nix Manobo ancestral domain claim in Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/22 Oct) — Anticipating an emerging conflict, Mamanwa tribal leaders across Surigao del Norte issued a resolution requesting the government line agencies not to recognize the Manobo tribe… »

Officials back royalty claims of Manobos who barricaded mine firm

PUYAT, Carmen, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/21 Oct.) – Officials had endorsed the ancestral domain claim and demand for royalty by a group of Manobos that recently staged a barricade against… »

Surigao solon wants probe on operation of suspended nickel mining company

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Oct) – Surigao del Norte Rep. Guillermo A. Romarate Jr. (2nd District) is calling for a congressional investigation on a Chinese mining company in Claver… »


Town folks in the municipality of Malimono, Surigao del Norte rush to the shoreline to look at a tornado hovering over the horizon. Two such tornadoes appeared Monday morning (14… »

Tornadoes in Surigao Norte town send villagers to panic

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Oct) – Tornadoes that appeared off the shore of Malimono town in Surigao del Norte Monday morning forced villagers to evacuate to hilly portions. (Video… »

Mandatory drug tests proposed for private employees in Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/08 Oct.) – A proposed ordinance requiring mandatory drug tests for private establishments with at least 10 employees has been filed at the provincial board of Surigao del… »

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… »

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… »

Roxas, local execs in Surigao Norte discuss disaster preparedness

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/04 September)—Interior and Local Governments Sec. Mar Roxas and local chief executives in Surigao del Norte discussed Wednesday the province’s level of preparedness in dealing with calamities and… »

NPA raids 2 firms in Surigao, North Cotabato

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/02 September) – Suspected New People’s Army rebels figured in two attacks over the weekend in Surigao del Norte and North Cotabato. The Police Regional Office in Caraga… »

Rep. Matugas denies giving funds to fake NGOs

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/02 September) — Surigao del Norte 1st District Rep. Francisco T. Matugas has denied downloading part of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel to dubious… »

Dubious NGOs got P45-M from pork barrel of Surigao pols

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/24 August)—Dubious non-government organizations (NGOs) allegedly got close to P45 million from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel allocations of politicians from Surigao del Norte,… »

Surigao mayor says mining no place in her town

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/08 August) — The mayor of Bacuag, Surigao del Norte has this piece of advice for mining firms which may want to operate in the town: Go find… »

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)… »

2 mining firms in Caraga under close watch

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 July) – Two mining firms in Caraga Region are currently being closely watched by a multisectoral monitoring group – one firm for polluting a river,… »

Mining boosts Caraga’s economy in 2012; agri, fishery down

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/30 July) — The mining and quarrying sector buoyed Caraga Region’s economic performance last year, making it the second top performer among the country’s 17 regions in terms… »

Guv wants arrests in Surigao Norte’s drug havens

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 July) – Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol F. Matugas wants more arrests to curb the illegal drug problem in six municipalities. This was her marching… »

Surigao Norte sets massive schisto treatment

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/26 July)—The Surigao del Norte Provincial Health Office (PHO) will conduct a massive schistosomiasis treatment in different towns starting next month. Belen Bonono, PHO schistosomiasis coordinator, said the… »

Surigao Norte town lists villages prone to calamities

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/25 July)—Municipal officials in Socorro town, Surigao del Norte have identified their villages that are prone to disasters. In a series of meetings last week at Gateway Hotel… »

Higher dengue cases noted in Surigao Norte’s mining towns

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/24 July) – Most of the dengue cases this year in Surigao del Norte have been recorded in three mining towns, according to Carmilito C. Mantong, provincial supervising… »

Blast fishing rampant in 5 Surigao towns

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/21 July) — Five towns in Surigao del Norte are under tight watch by the Philippine National Police Maritime Office Caraga for alleged rampant dynamite fishing. Edgard Cuanan,… »

Addressing climate change among the top priorities of Surigao Norte gov

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/16 July)—Addressing climate change is among the top priorities of Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol Matugas in her second term in office. Matugas, who presented her plans to… »

Kids at a Fishing Village

Little girls play underneath a fishing net in the remote village of Karihatag in Malimono, Surigao del Norte on Monday 8 July 2013. The fishing community is known for its… »

Nickel firm starts commissioning plant in Taganito, Surigao del Norte

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/23 June) — As a prelude to their commercial operations which will begin in September, the Taganito High-Pressured Acid Leach Plant (TPHAL) Nickel Corporation has started commissioning its… »

Philex spending P8B for Silangan project in Surigao for 2013

MAKATI CITY (MindaNews/16 June)— Philex Mining Corp. is spending P5 to 8 billion this year for the exploration and development works at its Silangan project in Surigao del Norte, businessman… »

Last days of summer

A boy  takes advantage of the last days of summer by taking a bath at the hot springs in Barangay Mapaso, Mainit town in Surigao del Norte. MindaNews photo by… »

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