12-hour blackout to hit Surigao provinces on Sunday

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/24 June) — Most areas of Surigao del Norte and parts of Surigao del Sur will experience a 12-hour blackout from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday,… »

12 cops in Surigao Norte who tested positive in drug test facing charges

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 June) – Twelve police officers in Surigao del Norte are now facing administrative charges after being found positive during random drug testing. According to Supt.… »

Outgoing mayor in Surigao Norte to drug suspects — surrender before June 30

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/20 June) — An outgoing town mayor in Surigao del Norte has urged persons suspected of involvement in illegal drug trade to surrender before her third term ends… »

9 more drug suspects surrender in Surigao town

PLACER, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 17 June) – Nine more persons who claimed to be engaged in the illegal drug trade in this municipality have voluntarily surrendered to authorities… »

Surigao priests campaign against proposed limestone quarry

GIGAQUIT, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 16 June) – Roman Catholic priests in this municipality have been reiterating their call against the planned limestone quarry activities in the village of… »

Robbers hit rural bank in Surigao Norte; another robbery foiled in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/15 June) — A rural bank in Placer, Surigao del Norte fell victim to a group of robbers while another robbery attempt targeting a shipping company in Surigao… »

Surneco assures no brownout despite power plant maintenance shutdown

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/15 June) — A scheduled maintenance shutdown of a power supplier of Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperative won’t result in a brownout as a standby modular generation set… »

3 suspected drug dealers killed in Surigao Norte this month

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/14 June)– Three suspected drug dealers have been killed in Surigao del Norte within the first week of this month, police said. The latest incident occurred on June… »

Suspected illegal drug peddlers who surrendered in Surigao town reach 53

PLACER, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/13 June) — The number of self-confessed illegal drug peddlers in this town who have surrendered to authorities has reached 53 as of Monday, a police… »

40 suspected shabu peddlers in Placer “surrender,” vow not to engage in illegal drugs

PLACER, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 04 June) — At least 40 suspected shabu drug pushers in this mining town have voluntarily “surrendered” to authorities and vowed not to engage… »

Siargao Island seeks 3-MW modular genset

DAPA, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/21 May) –To have a stable power supply island-wide, the lone power utility here is now seeking a 3-megawatt modular generation set. Engr. Sergio… »

IFI Bishop confirms massive vote-buying noted in Surigao City, del Norte

  SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/08 May) — Massive vote-buying has been reported in all towns including this capital city with the amounts ranging from as low as 20 pesos to as… »

Political organizers in Siargao get death threats

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island (MindaNews/03 May) — Several political organizers in Siargao Island received death threats last week from armed men believed to be goons of politicians. In General Luna… »

3 Surigao journalists say article vs mayoralty bet not libelous

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 Apr) – Three local journalists here had filed their counteraffidavit before the city prosecutor’s office Tuesday afternoon, saying the libel case filed by a mayoral… »

Village in Surigao Norte declared off-limits to mining, quarry

GIGAQUIT, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/26 February) — A village in this town has issued a resolution declaring the place off-limits to mining and limestone quarry operations, it was learned on… »


Foreigners jump off the rock at Magpupungko in Pilar town, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte. Tourists love the tidal pools and rock formations in the area. MindaNews photo by ROEL… »

First election casualty: Surigao Norte councilor bet shot dead

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 Jan) – A retired police official running as councilor in the municipality of Tagana-an in Surigao del Norte was shot dead by riding-in-tandem suspects Monday… »

Surfers’ destination

Foreign surfers catch waves in Paradise Barangay Union, Dapa in Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte, a popular destination particularly for surfers. MindaNews photo by ROEL N. CATOTO

Whale shark found dead in Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/05 January) — A huge whale shark was found dead at the shoreline of Pamosaingan village in Socorro town in Bucas Grande Islands, Surigao del Norte. The whale… »

Illegal drugs cases top list of offenses filed in Surigao Norte courts

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 Dec) – Illegal drugs, estafa and violence against women and children have topped the list of criminal cases filed at the Surigao del Norte Regional… »

10 HIV cases in Surigao Norte from Jan-Sept

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/17 December) — At least 10 people were found positive of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Surigao del Norte from January to September this year, a health official… »

Mayor threatens to close mining firm if found responsible for fish kill in Lake Mainit

MAINIT, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 15 Dec) – If there would be concrete evidence to show that mining activities upstream have caused the fish kill in lake Mainit, the… »

Can’t go fishing

Fisherfolk like Rolando Zamora of Barangay Poblacion, Mainit town in Surigao del Norte, can’t go fishing following the fishkill in Lake Mainit that started three weeks ago and left thousands… »

Mayor, fisherfolk suspect mining caused fishkill in Lake Mainit

MAINIT, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 13 December) – The mayor of Mainit town and fisherfolk living around Lake Mainit want to know if mining operations upstream caused the massive fishkill… »

Mamanwa ‘bakwits’

Mamanwa evacuees packed like sardines have been seeking shelter at Sitio Banban, Barangay Camam-onan, Gigaquit town in Surigao del Norte since November 13 when they heard firefights between the military… »

211 Mamanwas still afraid to go home

GIGAQUIT, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 7 Dec) – Afraid that they will be caught in a crossfire, at least 211 Mamanwas in 43 families are still seeking shelter in… »

Catch a fish

A man catches fish along the river in Barangay Camam-onan, Gigaquit town in Surigao del Norte  on Saturday, December 5, 2015. MindaNews photo by Roel N. Catoto

Value of mine exports from Surigao, Dinagat falls

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/04 December) — Prices of nickel export products have continued to plummet in the world market affecting profits of large-scale mining companies, Lilibeth M. Mangsal, district collector of the Bureau of Customs in Surigao City said. A document obtained by MindaNews showed that from January to October last year, mine export products being shipped out reached 15.9 million metric tons with a total value of US$775.8 million.… »

Blackout to hit Surigao provinces on Saturday

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/04 December) — Power consumers in Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur were told to brace for a 12-hour blackout on Saturday (Dec. 5). Bambie Capulong, spokesperson of National Grid Corporation of the Philippines for Northern Mindanao said they will shut off three electric power utilities from 6am-6pm. Capulong said via text message the 12-hour blackout will affect of the areas serviced by the Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperative, Siargao Electric Cooperative and Surigao del Sur Electric Cooperative due to a scheduled maintenance works along Placer-Madrid power… »

Slow Day

Only a few applicants for driver’s license show up at the Land Transportation Office in Surigao del Norte on Thursday afternoon (November 26, 2015). The new LTO order requiring applicants… »

Fewer applicants for driver’s licenses in Surigao blamed on new LTO order

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/27 November) – The number of applicants for driver’s license dropped to an all-time low in Surigao del Norte after the Land Transportation Office imposed a new requirement,… »

Surigaonons ask: Where are the generators?

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 Nov) – Power consumers here are asking why the multimillion-peso modular generator sets purchased by the Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperative Inc., (SURNECO) were not… »

Power Outage

A candle lights up a sari-sari store in Barangay Punta Bilar, Surigao City Sunday night (22 Nov 2015) as the city and 18 towns of Surigao del Norte suffered prolonged… »

17-hour blackout hits Surigao City, 2 Surigao Norte towns

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/24 November) — A prolonged blackout in the city on Sunday and Monday drew flak from residents who blamed it on the local power distribution firm. Sunday’s scheduled… »

Riding the Wave

A local surfer enjoys the barreling waves in Sitio Paradise in the village of Union in Dapa town, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte on Friday (November 20, 2015). MindaNews photo… »

Molmol the Parrot Fish meets school children and communities

“Hello Molmol,goodbye Nemo!” giggled the mothers huddled together as they watched their children do a theatrical reading of “Ang Dangpanan ni Molmol” (Molmol’s Refuge) in the barangay hall of San… »

Ombudsman dismisses graft complaint vs Surigao Norte town mayor

The Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed the complaint against Mayor Sheila Mae Orquina-Cebedo of Bacuag town in Surigao del Norte and two other respondents for alleged violation of Republic… »

Food poisoning cases in Caraga region reach 1,699; candy-maker denies responsibility

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/11 July) — Authorities in Caraga region are on alert after the number of food poisoning cases rushed to hospitals overnight since Friday in Surigao del… »

Mine-silted town in Surigao Norte to establish four marine sanctuaries

CLAVER, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 28 April) – The town of Claver plans to set up four marine sanctuaries despite the siltation problem it faces due to large-scale mining… »

Surigao Norte town to probe gas leak from nickel processing plant

CLAVER, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 23 Apr) – The municipal government of Claver, through the municipal council, will be conducting an investigation on the pre-dawn gas leak from a… »

Surigao town mayor serves first of three-month suspension

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/05 April) — The mayor of Pilar town in Surigao del Norte has been out of office since March 6, following a suspension order issued by the anti-graft… »

Surigao mining firm pays initial P5 million to Mamanwas, barricade lifted

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – Mamanwas have lifted their barricade against a mining firm on Saturday after Greenstone Resources Corporation initially paid at least P5 million to the tribesfolk, belated… »

Mamanwa Barricade

Around 400 Mamanwas set up barricades outside the offices of Greenstone Resources Corporation in Barangay Cawilan, Tubod town in Surigao del Norte. As they entered their third day at the… »

Mamanwas set up barricade against Surigao mining firm

TUBOD, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 19 March) – For alleged non-payment of royalty share to the Mamanwas, tribesfolk have set up barricade against a mining firm operating in this… »

73 fire incidents in Surigao Norte in 2014

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/17 March) – A total of 73 fire incidents happened in Surigao del Norte last year, the provincial office of the Bureau of Fire Protection said. According to… »

25 found positive of HIV in Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/17 March) — At least 25 people have been found positive of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Surigao del Norte since 2007, according to Department of Health-Caraga.… »

NDF releases 3 cops in Surigao del Norte

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/26 Feb) — The National Democratic Front of the Philippines-Northeastern Mindanao Region (NDFP-NEMR) released Thursday the three policemen in Surigao del Norte who were held captive since late… »

Surigao police facing blank wall in bus bombing

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 5 Feb) – Authorities are virtually facing a blank wall on Wednesday’s bus bombing incident in Claver town in Surigao del Norte that injured two persons.… »

Bus Bombing

Police personnel keep watch over two buses that sustained damage in a bombing Wednesday (4 Feb 2015) in Barangay Hayanggabon, Claver in Surigao del Norte. None was injured from among… »

2 injured in Surigao bus bombing

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 4 Feb) – Two persons were injured when an improvised explosive device exploded inside a passenger bus Wednesday morning at Claver town in Surigao del Norte… »

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