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… »

Soldier, 2 NPAs killed in Surigao Norte clash

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/18 May)– A soldier and two alleged members of the New People’s Army (NPA) were killed in a series of clashes in the hinterlands of Claver in Surigao… »

Brownout free election in Surigao del Norte assured

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 9 May) – The electric cooperative in in Surigao del Norte assured the public there will be no power interruptions during the conduct of elections on May… »

Surigaonons lash at power coop for spike in electric bills

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 April) – Irate consumers flooded the Facebook site of the electric cooperative here over the past few days because of the steep surge of electricity… »

Caraga: poorest region no more

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 April) – Caraga region is no longer the  country’s “poorest region,” a title it held in 2006 and 2009.  In fact it dropped to sixth place among… »

Damaged NGCP steel tower triggers 16-hour power outage in Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/2 April) – A damaged 69-kilovolt (kV) steel tower of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) triggered a 16-hour power interruption in this city and several… »

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.… »

After plunder, Surigao solon faces disqualification case

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/01 March)—After the plunder charge filed against him before Ombudsman-Mindanao, reelectionist Surigao del Norte (1st District) Rep. Francisco Matugas is now facing a disqualification case filed by a… »

Surigao solon faces plunder charge

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/7 February)—A plunder case has been filed against Surigao del Norte Rep. Francisco Matugas (1st District) in connection with the use of his “pork barrel” allegedly as intelligence… »

‘Underdog’ Barbers brothers vow good fight vs rival Matugas family

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/7 February) – Considered the “underdogs,” the Barbers brothers vowed to give their rival Matugas family a good fight in the May 2013 local political race. Ace and… »

Gina Lopez rallies Surigaonons vs. mining

CANTILAN, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews / 23 Jan) – Staunch anti-mining advocate Regina Lopez rallied residents in the seven towns of Surigao del Sur last Monday to oppose mining in… »

Getting Ready

Gilberto Gonzales of the Surigao del Norte Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (DRRMC) points to the projected path of Typhoon Quinta during a joint provincial-city meeting of the DRRMC at… »

Typhoon Quinta to make landfall in Dinagat Wednesday; 6 provinces under Signal 1

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 December) –  Six provinces along the northeastern part of Mindanao  have been placed under public storm warning signal 1 as the low pressure area spotted east of… »

Cops foil kidnap try in Surigao; gang ‘leader’ killed, 5 others nabbed

SURIGAO CITY(MindaNews/16 November) – Policemen killed the alleged leader of a notorious criminal group and arrested five other suspects, two of them former Philippine Army members, who were reportedly on… »

Official sees no approval of Minahang Bayan in Surigao this year

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/14 November) – Time is not on the side of a miners’ group to have its Minahang Bayan (People’s Mining) application approved by the provincial government of Surigao… »

Lanuza holds Surfing Festival Nov. 12-17

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews / 7 Nov) – All is set for the Lanuza Surfing Festival and Agri-Aqua Tourism Trade Fair in the town of Lanuza, Surigao del Sur, on November… »

Mining firm in Surigao Norte faces probe by SP

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/06 November) – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Surigao del Norte on Monday voted unanimously to investigate alleged violations by a mining company operating in an island in Placer town,… »

Surigao del Norte to have first State U soon

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/04 Nov) —  A State University will soon rise in this City of Island Adventures, giving pride to officials and residents here. House Bill 5913 or the act… »

Fisherman missing in Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/30 October) – Barangay officials and fellow fishermen in Barangay Lakandula, Placer, Surigao del Norte have launched a search for a lone fisherman who has been declared missing… »

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