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PGMA says peace will bring new era of economic development to Mindanao

President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo has reiterated her 2010 “timeline to end armed rebellion” as she stressed during the Local Peace and Security Assembly (LPSA) in Region XI in Mindanao that “peace will bring a new era of economic development to Mindanao.”

Sultan Kudarat officials want lone college converted to State U

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 February) -- Sultan Kudarat officials are pushing for the conversion of the province's lone state college into a university.

Teng Garcia, Sultan Kudarat's political affairs assistant for information and special concerns, said Sultan Kudarat First District Rep. Datu Pax Mangudadatu has joined hands with several local officials to lobby for the immediate passage of House Bill (HB) 1362 or the Act converting the Sultan Kudarat Polytechnic State College (SKPSC) into a state university.

CDO mayor Jaraula renews 435 casual appointments

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (City Information Office/7 Feb) -- City Mayor Constantino G. Jaraula renewed the contract of appointments of some 435 casual and job order employees of the City Government this month.
Adriano Lumagsao, chief of the Human Resource Management Office (HRMO) disclosed that of the 598 casual and job order employees whose contracts have ended last December 31, 2007, 387 casual employees and 48 job order employees were approved by Mayor Jaraula for renewal.

Davao investment up by 44% last year; 46,000 jobs generated

Davao investment ups 44% last year, creates 46T jobs
Jenny Grace Molbog-Mendoza/DTI XI

DAVAO CITY (DTI XI/07 February) –The Davao region generated a total of P9.18 billion of investments last year, 44 percent higher compared to 2006 figure of P6.36 billion.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 11 reported that the 2007 accomplishment is 56 percent above its annual target.

DENR halts kaingin in Maitum

By Serafin Ramos, Jr.,
Provincial Information Officer

MAITUM, Sarangani (February 7, 2008) – Environment authorities yesterday stopped a kaingin or slash-and-burn operation in a barangay where burning of a wooded area barely started.
In a letter-complaint coursed thru the office of Mayor Elsie Perrett, Barangay Captain Wanan, two barangay kagawads and a landowner adjacent to the kaingin area alleged that "one Mr. Noli Peralta under the instruction of Mr. Mamerto Cardenas was cutting trees" in the forest area of barangay Ticulab.

Kadamay protests barangay ID system

DAVAO CITY (Kadamay/06 February) -- Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY) protested here today in a picket rally the implementation of ID system in Barangay Catalunan Grande and Barangay Aquino saying “the scheme is setting a dangerous inhabitation for the residents of Davao City.”

Lumads: The fight against Hedcor’s hydro power plant is never over

DAVAO CITY (Pasaka/5 February) -- Tagabawa Lumads under the Sin_b-badan ka mga Lumad Bagobo Mekatanod (SiLuBaMe) are not giving up the fight against the Tudaya Hydro-Powerplant, a multi-million project of the Hydroelectric Power Plant (Hedcor) in Sitio Tudaya, Brgy. Sibulan, Sta. Cruz Davao del Sur.

GMA attends peace summit in Davao Norte

TAGUM CITY  (PGO-ID/05 February) -- No less than President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will grace the Local Peace and Security Assembly (LPSA) in the Davao region, which will be held on February 8 at the Bulwagan ng Lalawigan, here.

Sumilao farmers meet with students in Mendiola and CDO

MANILA (Balaod Mindanaw/29 January) -- The Sumilao farmers slept at Sta. Isabel College last night.  But before they rested for the night, a short program was conducted.  It was organized by Marillac Grantis, a group of working scholars.

Tagabawa lumads up against Hedcor’s hydropower plant

STA. CRUZ, Davao del Sur (Pasaka and Silubame/25 Januar) --Bagobo-Tagabawa lumads are opposing the ongoing construction of the Tudaya hydro power plant, the biggest investment of the Hydro Electric Development Corporation (HEDCOR) which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Aboitiz Equity Ventures.

Fr. Paul Cunanan, 68

DAVAO CITY (Davao Catholic Herald/21 January) -- “Death comes as a new birth to Eternity. Live and love, then – Heaven is now,” runs the last line of the poem that Fr. Paul DC Cunanan composed last New Year’s eve.

Lumads flee as military operations in Talaingod heighten

DAVAO CITY (Pasaka/21 Jan) -- PASAKA condemns the massive military operations being conducted by 73rd Infantry Battalion commanded by Lt. Colonel Alexander Ambal together with the Army Scout Rangers led by 1st Lt. Betinol, 2nd Lt. Mopal and 1st Lt. Villanueva in the hinterlands of Talaingod town, Davao del Norte which has now caused the enforced evacuation of Ata-Manobo families.

Remember Mendiola Massacre

DAVAO CITY (Anakpawis/21 January) -- Anakpawis and other progressive groups will converge here tomorrow (January 22) for a protest rally at the office of Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to commemorate Mendiola Massacre and Edsa II.

Farmers critical of jathropa planting, Biofuels Act

DAVAO CITY (Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas-Southern Mindanao Region/18 January) -- As the debate over the Biofuels Act gets hyped in the Senate, the militant farmers group, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas – Southern Mindanao Region, pitches-in its piece on the issue.

22 de Oro scholars graduating in March

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/15 Jan) -- A total of 22 scholars of the city government here will be graduating this March, according to the Community Improvement Division (CID) of the city mayor’s office.

Pag-asa celebrates 16th hatchday at the Philippine Eagle Center

DAVAO CITY (Philippine Eagle Foundation/14 January) -- Philippine Eagle Pag-asa celebrates its 16th birthday on January 15, 2008. The kuya (older brother) of the Philippine Eagles was the first of its kind to be bred and hatched in captivity at the Philippine Eagle Center (PEC) in Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City.

SMI thankful for Tampakan project stakeholders’ steadfast support

TAMPAKAN, South Cotabato (SMI, January 10) --  Sagittarius Mines, Inc.’s (SMI) stakeholders from national and local government executives and local community leaders have expressed their dismay over the burning incident of SMI’s Basecamp while reiterating their support for the Tampakan project.

NASSA Bishop visits Sumilao farmers

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (Balaod Mindanaw/09 January) -- Bishop Broderick Pabillo, head of the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA), will arrive tomorrow (January 10) at around 6:30 AM at the Cagayan de Oro airport.

“Consequences of Mindanao war have been very painful – and costly”

MARAWI CITY (Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society/09 January) — It was early as 6:00 a.m. and some 20,000 people from all walks of life started to troop from the different towns of Lanao del Sur to Tomas Cabili Plaza in Barangay Banggolo, here. A number of them were transported by vehicles of different sizes; some crossed the Lanao Lake onboard water vessels; the rest were on foot. At 8:00 a.m. the city turned red with red streamers, placards, t-shirts and flaglets. Written on them was “Allahu Akbar!”, Arabic term for “God is Great.”

WMSU, DepEd to run “floating school” for Sama, Badjao

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/09 January) -- If they can't go to school, let the school go to them.

The sea-based indigenous tribes of Sama and Badjao here will finally receive free education after the state-run Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) and the Alternative Learning System (ALS) program of the Department of Education (DepEd) agreed to jointly run the “Floating School.”

Task Force Sumilao prepares to launch simultaneous actions

QUEZON CITY (Task Force Sumilao/09 January) -- The Sumilao farmers, who have been holding a camp out at the DAR Regional Office in Cagayan de Oro since January 3, 2007, have grown wary of the lack of action from the Department of Agrarian Reform and the Office of the President. The Sumilao farmers have been asking the DAR and the Office of the President to proceed with the implementation of  the Order executed by the Office of the President revoking the Conversion Order of the 144-hectare property in Sumilao, Bukidnon which is being developed by San Miguel Foods, Inc into a hog farm. The farmers have been asking the government to immediately issue a cease and desist order to stop further construction by SMFI and to serve SMFI with a Notice of Coverage to begin the process of putting the land under agrarian reform as promised by Pres. Arroyo.

Gov’t committed to MILF peace process, cites gains

MANILA (OPAPP) -- The government has reiterated its firm commitment to the peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Mindanao even with the current challenges facing the negotiations.

Presidential Peace Adviser Secretary Jesus Dureza said the national government’s stance in the peace negotiations with the MILF remains rooted in the upholding of the constitutional process.

Dr. Muslim is the new MSU president

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/07 January) -- Dr. Macapado A. Muslim is the new president of Mindanao State University (MSU).

President Arroyo named  Muslim, chancellor of MSU General Santos for 11 years and concurrent member of the MSU Board of Regents, as the new MSU president vice retired police deputy director-general Ricardo de Leon who served as interim president of  the university system since September 2005.

Volunteers not only help Iligan kids read, they also learn from them

“Their interest to learn despite the difficult condition encourages me to go there on Saturdays to teach the kids”, Daisy Rose Andalac says as she recalls her days with poor school children in Barangay Pugaan- an outskirt village in Iligan City.


Moro Human Rights Violations 2007 Report

Despite of the ongoing peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the two Moro Liberation Fronts in Mindanao, there is still no atmosphere of peace in the Moro areas in Mindanao.  The combined anti-terror policies of the US government and the Philippine government give license for state agents to disregard the civil and political rights of the Moro people. 


DNA studies affirm rarity of Philippine Eagle

DAVAO CITY (Philippine Eagle Foundaiton/14 December) -- The country’s national bird, the Philippine Eagle, is one of a kind, not only because it is found nowhere else, but also since it has a unique evolutionary history, clearly distinguishing it from other giant eagles once thought of as its immediate family.

At least this is what a recent study of the Philippine Eagles’ DNA suggests.

Bukidnon public schools go online soon

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / December 14) - All public high schools in Bukidnon will soon get internet connection next year, thanks to a public and private sector partnership, an official of the Department of Education (DepEd) said.

Hope for the Eagles: new chick hatches at Eagle Center

DAVAO CITY (Philippine Eagle Foundation/12 December) - A Philippine Eagle chick hatched at the Philippine Eagle Center on December 7, 2007 at 11:00 am. Laid by one of the natural eagle
pairs, Tsai and Princess Maasim, the chick is the 22nd eagle bred and hatched in captivity by the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF).

Malanyaon, GMA witness signing of $200M investment for Davao Oriental

CITY OF MATI, Davao Oriental (Davao Oriental Information Office) -- Governor Corazon Malanyaon and President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who have just arrived in the country from a week-long state visit in Spain witnessed the signing of a joint venture investment worth at least $200 million for the province of Davao Oriental.

Sumilao farmers dialogue with DAR’s Pangandaman

QUEZON CITY (Balaod Mindanaw/07 Dec) -- Yesterday (Dec. 6), the Sumilao farmers met with the Committee of Agrarian Reform of the House of Representatives, and had a dialogue with DAR Secretary Nasser Pangandaman.

USAID Mission Director impressed by Davao City’s efforts to protect marine turtles

DAVAO CITY (EcoGov2/03 December 2007) -- USAID Mission Director Jon Lindborg today expressed his admiration to the initiatives of Davao City to protect marine turtles that have found a home in  Punta Dumalag, Matina Aplaya.  

Cagayan de Oro earns P949-M in 10 months

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (City Information Office/04 Dec) -- The city government of Cagayan de Oro has earned a total of P949.5 million in revenues for the past 10 months this year, achieving 75.87% of its P1.25 billion target income for 2007.

Sarangani opens mediation center

ALABEL, Sarangani (Sarangani Information Office/04 December) – Sarangani province now has the country's newest mediation center to speed up the administration of justice and settle conflicts at the household level.

DAR Sec. Pangandaman to visit Sumilao, Bukidnon

SAN PEDRO, Laguna (MindaNews/02 December) -- The Office of the President (OP), in its Resolution dated 16 Nov. 2007, remanded the petition of the Sumilao farmers for revocation and/or cancellation of the conversion order over the 144 hectares to the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

Davao Oriental Gov Malanyaon joins GMA in Spain

CITY OF MATI, Davao Oriental (Davao Oriental Information Office/30 Nov) -- Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon will join President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in her state visit to Spain starting today December 1 to 8 in a bid to sell Davao Oriental’s “majestic and fabulous” tourism destinations and the province’s investment sites.

Day 42 of the Sumilao farmers’ journey to Malacanang

20 November 2007

At 5:20 AM, the Sumilao Farmers left Tara, Sipocot and started to walk towards Ragay.  

From the start of their walk, the marchers immediately faced heavy rains.  But, having walked for more than 5 days with the rain pouring hard on their tattered raincoats, they seemed to get used to such situation that they looked not bothered by the hardship that it entails.  

Subanons picket NCIP office

PAGADIAN CITY (Legal Resources Center/19 Nov) -- More than a hundred Subanon leaders from all over the Zamboanga Peninsula stormed the regional office of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in Pagadian City this morning to assail the government agency for turning its back against the indigenous peoples that it is mandated to protect. "

Families flee San Agustin homes

November 19, 2007

SURIGAO DEL SUR (Karapatan Surigao del Sur/19 Nov) – On November 18, 2007 around 40 families from Magkahunao, San Agustin fled their homes and farmlands and evacuated to Hanipaan Elemetary School out of fear for their lives.

Sarangani’s MunaTo trade fair positions to increase investments

ALABEL, Sarangani (Sarangani Information Office/21 Nov) - This year's MunaTo Festival is expected to provide a better venue to support the aggressive promotion for the province's investment and tourism potentials, organizers said.

Army entrance exam on Nov. 23 and 24

DAVAO CITY (Army 10ID Public Affairs/21 Nov)- -- We would like to announce the final schedule for the Army Entrance Examination (AFPATB) for dissemination.

Date: 23-24 November 2007

Time: 0500H

Venue: UM Matina Campus Gymnasium

US gives $50-M more for education of Mindanao’s out-of-school youth

ESPERANZA, Sultan Kudarat (MindaNews/20 November) -- Education for out-of-school youth in Mindanao is getting a boost with $50 million (estimated P2.1 billion at P42 to a dollar) assistance from the United States Agency for International Development, an American education specialist said here late Monday afternoon.

CDO COMCENTER responds to 280 emergency calls in October

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (City Information Office/20 Nov) -- The Cagayan de Oro Emergency Assistance and Communication Center (COMCENTER) has responded to a total of 280 calls for help in October, this year.

Petron fuels hope with village school

GLAN, Sarangani (Sarangani Information Office/20 November) – "I was a non-reader. However, I came to learn this so-called reading intervention program. As a result, I have learned how to read and gradually, to comprehend," Grade IV pupil Rosalia Gampung narrated.

Mayor Jaraula positive of city’s tax collection efficiency

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (City Information Office/20 Nov) -- City Mayor Constantino G. Jaraula is optimistic that the city government will be able to hit its target income of P1.4 Billion for Fiscal Year 2008.

Mothers for Peace’s “Global Cooling” song competition announces top 12 winners

DAVAO CITY (Mindanao Commission on Women/19 November) -- Mothers for Peace's first singout and songwriting competition entitled "Global Cooling" has finally chosen its top 12 winners out of 18 entrants.

Supporters of Sumilao farmers picket DAR, press for Pangandaman’s intervention

MANILA (Lakaw Sumilao!Walk for Justice!/19 November) -- As  Higaonon farmers seeking to recover the controversial Quisumbing property in Sumilao, Bukidnon reached their 6th week of their walk, their supporters set a picket at the Department of Agrarian Reform central office to press for Secretary Nasser Pangandaman’s intervention in the land case.

Cagayan de Oro Medical Center’s Ob-Gyne: A complete wellness center for women

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (COMC/19 November) -- Women's health care is among the wide range of top-notch services the Cagayan de Oro Medical Center (COMC) has been known to cater for decades.

ARMM to hold Sports Festival on 18th anniversary

COTABATO CITY (ARMM Bureau of Public Information/15 Nov) --  The Regional Sports Coordinating Office (RSCO) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will hold a five-day Sports Festival on November 20-21, 2007 as part of the 18th anniversary celebration of the autonomous government on the 19th.

Bayan Muna blames Arroyo’s corrupt regime for Manette’s death and worsening poverty

DAVAO CITY (Bayan Muna-SMR/10 November) -- Bayan Muna blamed here today the Arroyo regime for its immoral and corrupt practices which have condemnably pushed Manette’s suicide and millions of other Filipinos to risk their own lives for survival.

Saudi pledges support for Sulu’s peace, develoment projects

JOLO, Sulu  (Sulu Provincial Media Desk/09 November) – Saudi Arabia has pledged to support peace and development projects in Sulu in southern the Philippines.


Sulu Gov. Sakur Tan said they are preparing several proposals for infrastructure and other development projects after Saudi Ambassador to Manila, Mohammed Ameen Wali, assured him of his country's support.