Preemptive evacuation ordered in 17 towns, 2 cities in Surigao Sur

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/05 December)—Surigao del Sur Gov. Johnny Pimentel has instructed officials of 17 towns and two cities to conduct preemptive evacuations, especially along coastal villages, as precaution to super… »

Effects of Mining

This is how massive mining operations look like from the air. Taken above the municipality of Carrascal in Surigao del Sur on Tuesday, 7 Oct 2014. MindaNews photo by Erwin… »

Tandag Diocese says no to mining

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/02 October) — The Diocese of Tandag issued a pastoral statement Thursday categorically opposing mining in the province of Surigao del Sur. “Today, we reiterate our call to… »

View of the Mines

A mining company bus ferries workers through the Carac-an Bridge in Madrid town, Surigao del Sur on Saturday, 20 Sept 2014. Seen in the background is the ongoing large-scale mining… »

‘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,… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: A Double Sur Treat

I was just checking out the latest postings on my Facebook wall, when I noticed an interesting article in Huffington Post about the “15 Places To Go Before They Get… »

4.8-magnitude quake jolts Surigao del Sur

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/15 April) — A magnitude 4.8 earthquake of tectonic origin shook parts of Surigao del Sur shortly before 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology… »

Signal 1 now over all 4 Davao provinces, 6 cities

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 January) —  The Davao region’s four provinces and six cities are now under Public Storm Warning Signal number 1, the weather bureau’s 11 a.m. advisory said. Signal… »

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,… »

Banned Fishing Method

A liba-liba fishing boat docks at the Cantilan River in Surigao del Sur in this file photo taken Oct. 26, 2013. Authorities have banned liba-liba, or Danish seine fishing method,… »

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… »

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,… »

Surigao Sur environmentalist fears for life; says mining, logging and politics behind threats

SURIGAO CITY(MindaNews/19 July)—“My life is now becoming harder,” said Chito Trillanes, who for two months now has been hiding in different safe houses afraid that he would be killed. Trillanes… »

Simply majestic

Largely unknown outside Caraga region, Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig City, is one of the best tourist attractions in the province of Surigao del Sur. MindaNews photo by Roel Catoto

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… »

NPA frees 7 Cafgus in Eastern Mindanao

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 April) – The New People’s Army released Wednesday seven government militiamen captured by the rebel group in two separate incidents this week, the National Democratic Front-Mindanao said… »

Barricade at Surigao minesite divides Lumads

CABANGAHAN, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/18 April) – The human barricade set up at the foot of an erstwhile protected watershed turned mining site is dividing the Manobo tribal community… »

Manobos seek P150-M payment from mining firm for ‘desecration’ of sacred sites

CABANGAHAN, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/15 April) – A group of Manobo tribesmen has blocked a road in this barangay for over a week now to demand payment for the… »

Hundreds protest MGB Caraga to push anew TEPO implementation

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/22 March)—Around 300 protesters flocked to the office of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in Caraga Region Friday to strongly demand anew the implementation of the temporary… »

Environmentalists picket MGB regional office in Surigao

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 March) – Exasperated residents from several towns in Surigao del Sur swooped down on the regional office of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) here… »

NPA raids home of environmental activist in Surigao Sur

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews / 21 Feb) – Some 20 fully armed men who claimed to be members of the New People’s Army (NPA) raided Tuesday morning the home of an… »

MGB-13 refuses again to enforce order vs mining firm

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/05 February) – Saying it wanted to clarify some legal issues first, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in Caraga Region had again refused to enforce an almost… »

Anti-mining advocate Regina Lopez

Anti-mining advocate Regina Lopez talks to thousands of anti-mining supporters who filled to the rafters the Cantilan Gymnasium during a sympoisum in Surigao del Sur on January 21, 2013. MindaNews… »

Balloons and Candies

Child survivors of Typhoon Pablo in Lingig, Surigao del Sur receive balloons and candies from volunteers of the Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) in Butuan City on Christmas Day. MindaNews… »

Lingig: Typhoon Survivor

A resident carrying relief goods walks past houses damaged by Typhoon Pablo at Ugpason Beach, Barangay San Roque, in the town of Lingig, Surigao del Sur on Christmas Day. MindaNews… »

Relief Line

Residents of Hinatuan town in Surigao del Sur wait for their turn to get relief bags on Dec. 7, 2012. MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascarinas

13 fishermen, mostly from Surigao Sur, rescued

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/8 December)– Thirteen fishermen, mostly residents of Surigao del Sur province, were rescued by a fishing vessel from this city near the coast of Mati in Davao… »

Fearing ‘Pablo,’ CDO bakwits return to same evacuation centers

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 3 Dec) – Same predicament, same evacuation centers. Thousands of residents here today jostled aboard trucks, Multicabs, motorelas or anything that could take them… »

Typhoon Pablo Update

At 8:00 p.m. today, 03 December 2012, Typhoon “PABLO” was located based on satellite and surface data at 270 Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (7.4°N, 128.8°E). PAG- ASA Website

Signal No. 2 hoisted over Surigao Sur, northern part of Davao Oriental; 13 of 26 Mindanao provinces under Signal 1

SURIGAO CITY  (MindaNews/03 December) —  Storm signal number 2 has been hoisted over Surigao del Sur and the northern part of Davao Oriental which is expected to experience stormy weather… »

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… »

Surigao environmentalists vow to continue crusade despite shooting incident

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 Oct) – Supporters of environmental activist Dr. Isidro Olan, who survived an ambush in Carmen, Surigao del Sur last Monday, vowed to continue their fight… »

Caraga Watch strongly condemns the shooting of environmental

Stop the Killings! Respect the rights of the Filipinos to protect their land and people! CARAGAWATCH STRONGLY CONDEMNS THE SHOOTING OF STAUNCH ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST DR. ISIDRO OLAN!   On October… »

Environment activist in Surigao Sur survives ambush

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/29 October) – A staunch environment advocate was ambushed by still unidentified men at about 3:30 p.m. today while he on his way home, a police official said.… »

Survived

Environmentalist Dr Isidro Olan, executive director of Lovers of Nature Foundation Inc , survived an ambush Monday afternoon, October 29, a few meters away from his residence in Barangay Puyat, Carmen, Surigao… »

Surigao on alert as tropical depression “Ofel” nears

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/23 October) —  Acting Surigao del Norte Governor Carlos Egay Jr. has ordered the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation office to go on “24-hour active… »

Manobo executed in NPA raid in Surigao Sur

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/23 October) – A Manobo tribesman was killed by some 80 suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels who abducted him and two other men during a raid on… »

Cantilan: Picturesque Sky

PICTURESQUE SKY. Breathtaking sunset in Ayoke Island in the town of Cantilan in Surigao del Sur. MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascarinas

Degraded environment threat to national security, says retired general

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/03 May) – For retired Lt. Gen. William Hotchkiss III, the greatest threat to national security is not the rebels but environmental destruction. Hotchkiss, the 24th commander of… »

Not just OK in Ayoke

AYOKE ISLAND, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/02 May) — Before heading to this island, I tried to search anything about it on the Internet but nothing turned up. Not until… »

Surigao del Sur residents stage mining rallies: Bishop leads anti; Ex-Gov leads pro

CANTILAN, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/28 April) –  Residents supporting and opposing mining in the province held separate rallies Saturday, the former led by Carrascal mayor and former Governor Vicente Pimentel,… »

The woman farmers of Ibuan and Hawilian

LANUZA, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/07 March) – Who says farming is plainly a man’s work, and women should not do it simply because they could hardly endure this backbreaking job… »

Sendong was also worst disaster for Hinatuan residents

HINATUAN, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/19 January) – When the killer tropical storm “Sendong” hit landfall in the Philippines, it first battered the coastal municipality of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur,… »

Sendong’s wrath: Hinatuan

Jose Plangganan was luckier than his neighbors whose houses (on the left side) in Barangay Talisay, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur were totally destroyed by Sendong. He is doing repair work… »

Powerless islanders enjoy the glimmer of solar lights at night

AYOKE, GENERAL ISLANDS, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/2 September) – Residents here are finally enjoying the perks of electrical power by enjoying the comforts of a lighted kitchen, soothing music… »

Temporarily closed

A portion of a road at Barangay San Pedro in Lianga town Surigao del Sur was temporarily closed on Thursday due to landslides.  Mindanews Photo courtesy of GASA Tandag.

Q and A with Jorge Madlos: “This is where I am happy, this is where I belong”

SAN AGUSTIN, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/06 January) — On the night martial law was announced in 1972, the campus of the Central Mindanao University in Musuan, Bukidnon teemed with student groups discussing what options they would take now that the rumored declaration of martial law had come true.

Flood update: of 25 dead nationwide, 17 in Mindanao

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/06 January) –   Seventeen of the 25 persons nationwide who died from drowning or landslides brought about by flash floods spawned by heavy rains since Sunday were from… »

NPA targets stalemate with gov't forces; military says it's all publicity

SAN AGUSTIN, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/27 December) — With barely two kilometers and a hill separating a large column of communist rebels and a platoon of government soldiers, Asia’s longest… »

CPP Anniversary

CPP ANNIVERSARY. Surigao del Sur- A young recruit of the New People’s Army performs during a cultural presentation of the 42nd anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines somewhere… »

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