Court temporarily blocks aerial spray ban

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 June) -- The Regional Trial Court has granted a 90-day writ of preliminary injunction against the city government's ordinance banning aerial spraying in agricultural plantations. 

Women-farmers take witness stand for spray ban

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/7 June) – Two women farmers will complete six witnesses prepared by the city government and the group of third-party intervenors to defend the implementation of the city's ordinance banning aerial spraying.

DILG: court ruling is best way out of spray ban clash

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 May)  An official of the Department of Interior and Local Government called the brewing court battle between the city's banana industry and the city government as the best way out of their "battle of interests.”

More groups join in rehabilitating Maasim’s mangrove forest

MAASIM, Sarangani (EcoGov/29 May) – People from different faiths converged again in the predominantly Muslim village of Asnalang on May 22, just 19 days after its successful mangrove-planting activity, to help rehabilitate its mangrove forest.

Hearings on aerial spray ban start this week

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 May) – The debate over the ban on aerial spraying in Davao City’s banana plantations rages on. This time the venue will be the court.


Violence mars special polls in Lanao Sur

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/26 May)—Despite the heavy presence of soldiers and policemen, mortars and gunfire marred the holding of special elections in 13 towns in Lanao del Sur where voters failed to cast their votes last May 14 due  to threats of violence.

Greenpeace doubts ‘diplomatic exchange’ could stop toxic waste dumping uner JPEPA

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/26 May) – Despite assurances to the contrary made by the Japanese government, the possibility still looms that it will export?toxic waste to the Philippines under the Japan-Philippines Economic?Partnership Agreement (JPEPA), Greenpeace today said in a statement sent to MindaNews.

Region 12 DENR to produce a million tree seedlings

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 February) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 12 or Southwestern Mindanao plans to produce at least a million tree seedlings in preparation for a nationwide mass tree planting program of the national government.

Flashfloods hit North Cotabato villages

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/13 January) -- Flashfloods hit low-lying villages of Tulunan town in North Cotabato damaging some P3 million pesos worth of agricultural crops and government properties, according to Mayor Nestor Taasan.

Sea cow found dead off Samal isle

Peñaplata, Samal Island (MindaNews) – A sea cow, locally known as "dugong" was found dead in Talikod Island here early Friday, and believed to have choked when trapped in the fish nets around the area, fishery management officials said.

Councilors hit NGOs for ?Kalabasa Award?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 October) -- Councilors here used the regular session's privilege hour today to criticize groups for insulting them with a "Kalabasa (Squash)  Award" last week.

Lumads’ voices sought in managing Davao City’s watershed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 September) -- The city government here is convening around 140 tribal leaders from its five major indigenous groups to draw out issues, concerns and their support for environmental protection, Councilor Leo Avila, chair of the City Council’s Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, said.

Church, NGOs ask DENR to ban logging in Davao Oriental, Comval

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/September 8) -- Church and community groups in remote Cateel town in Davao Oriental want Environment Secretary Angelo Reyes to ban logging in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley provinces, citing unchecked activities of illegal loggers.

Sarangani officials raise howl over DENR?s release of ship full of logs

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 August) -- Local officials in the municipality of Glan in Sarangani province raised a howl after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) released a vessel laden with suspected illegal logs earlier seized by Maritime police, the Sarangani provincial information office (PIO) reported.

Duterte to banana firms: don’t threaten us

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 August) – Banana firms should not threaten the city government that they will move out of if an ordinance banning aerial spraying is passed, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said.

A second look at ancestral domain issues surrounding Mount Kitanglad

Special Report
3rd of four parts

The period between 2000 and 2001 was turbulent for Mount Kitanglad. It was during this time that Migketay Saway openly challenged the authority of the DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) and PAMB  (Protected Aeras Management Bureau) as park managers. The only instance perhaps that he sounded cooperative was sometime in February 2000, during a Senate public hearing on the protected area bill. Quite unexpectedly, he expressed no opposition to the bill despite the fact that it would strengthen PAMB authority.

Congress nod on biodiesel bill would speed up patronage

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/August 25) – Filipino-owned petroleum distributor, Flying V, said it was optimistic that Congress would soon pass the bill on the use of biodiesel and help speed up the use of the renewable and environmentally-clean source of energy.

Experts, supporters pit wits as city council hears aerial spray ban proposal

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 August) -- The public hearing Wednesday afternoon
on a proposed ordinance banning the use of aerial spray by agricultural
plantations here turned out to be a showdown of sorts between experts,
alleged victims, supporters and opponents of the proposal.

NFA projects palay price to drop by P1 per kilo

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/24 August) – An official at the National Food
Authority brushed aside speculations that the price of palay offered by
commercial traders might drop by as much as P5 per kilo by September during
which palay harvests are expected to peak. NFA regional director Ernesto Macasinag assured that the farm gate price of palay will drop by “only one peso per kilo” in the commercial market.

160,000 Caraga residents to join highway tree planting

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/24 August) – Some 160,000 persons in the Caraga
Region will join the nationwide tree planting activity on Friday dubbed
Green Philippine Highways and organized by the Department of Environment and
Natural Resources. Benjamin T. Tumaliuan, DENR regional executive director, said the participants will form a “human chain” along the both sides of the highways
from Barangay Lipata in Surigao City down to Alegria town in Surigao del
Norte, and RTR town in Agusan del Norte to Barangay de Oro in Butuan City to
Trento town in Agusan del Sur.

Mindanao coast guard can’t respond to Guimaras-type of oil spills

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 August) – The Philippine Coast Guard has the capability to respond to maritime accidents around Mindanao but not to major oil spills of the Guimaras-type, the coast guard's top official for Southeastern Mindanao said.

Int?l expert: manage water to prevent conflicts

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / August 18) -- Mindanao's government and civic groups should begin planning on how to manage water resource to prevent conflicts arising from it, a Unesco hydrology official said on Thursday.

UK firm buys option of coal project in SouthCot

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/17 August) -- An international mining company based in the United Kingdom has signed an option agreement to acquire 95% shares of a coal development project in the hinterlands of South Cotabato. Crew Gold Corp. signed the option agreement recently with Daguma Agro Minerals, Inc. through its 100%-owned subsidiary Crew Minerals AS. The project, located in Lake Sebu town, is opposed by residents of Barangay Ned, a village affected by the venture, as reflected in a manifesto.

Missing 3-year old boy in Kapatagan flashflood found dead

KAPATAGAN, Lanao del Norte  (MindaNews/16 August) -- A rescue team recovered Tuesday the body of  a three-year old boy who was reported missing at the height of the flashflood in Lapinig, Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte.

Proclaim Mt. Inawayan range as protected area

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/16 August) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Region1-10 has asked the Regional Development Council to endorse its proposal for the proclamation of Mount Inayawan Range in Nunungan, Lanao del Norte as a protected area in the category of natural park.

6 persons die in Lanao Norte, Zambo Sur landslides

KAPATAGAN, Lanao del Norte (MindaNews/14 Aug) -- Landslides triggered by last weekend's heavy rains killed at least six people, buried eight villages in Lanao del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur, and swept a bus.

Bishop condemns violent dispersal of anti-mining rally

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/14 Aug) -- A Catholic bishop here condemned last week's violent dispersal by government authorities of a peaceful protest-rally opposing the ongoing mining operations in a remote fishing village in Tubay, Agusan del Sur.

Coal exploration in South Cotabato opposed

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 August) -- Residents of a remote village in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato have asked government to stop coal exploration activities by two companies there for fear these would destroy their livelihood.

Barangays urged to take charge as big waves displace 4,000 in S. Minda

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 August) -- Barangay officials should activate their local disaster coordinating councils (DCCs) for quick and coordinated responses as big waves continue to batter coastal communities in the Davao Gulf, an official of the Office of Civil Defense said.


Plant a tree along the highway on Aug. 25

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 August) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) launched Tuesday the "Green Philippine Highways,” urging all sectors around the country to plant trees along the country's three major highways on August 25. 

Police deployed in T?boli town to stop banlas mining

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/26 July) -- The provincial government deployed a team of policemen today to go after illegal miners in T’boli, South Cotabato, warning them they would face administrative charges if operators of sluice mining method, popularly known in the area as banlas, continue with their illegal activity.


Allah Valley development to get ideas from Bukidnon, Davao

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/21 July) -- Development planners of the Allah Valley in two Cotabato provinces will try to draw best practices in watershed and environmental management from a Bukidnon town and a coastal project in the Davao Gulf.

T’boli sits on tons of gold

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/02 June) – This sleepy but scenic interior town of South Cotabato sits on tons and tons of gold that have remained untapped, a government geologist announced.

The deposit is estimated at four million metric tons but “much of the gold deposits in T’boli is waiting to be excavated despite the rush of small scale miners in the area for a long time now,” said Jaime Flores, chief of the geosciences division of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of Region 12 (Southwestern Mindanao).