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?Stop blaming, start working,? mountaineers say on proposed Mt. Apo ban

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 Apr) – "We should stop blaming and start working on what can be improved," the president of a mountaineers’ federation said amidst a plan by environment and tourism officials to ban a climbers’ group from Mt. Apo.

EAGA open-air pact now covers GenSan, Puerto Princesa

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 Apr) -- The Mindanao Economic Development Council announced the inclusion of the airports in General Santos and Puerto Princesa cities among areas where airlines in the BIMP-EAGA sub-region can bring both cargo and passengers.

US travel warning up for Palaro venue

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/23 April) -- Authorities have stepped up security measures here as the United States issued an advisory warning its citizens against traveling to this city for the annual Palarong Pambansa.

1 dead, 30 injured in vehicular accident

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/23 Apr) – One was killed and more than 30 other jeepney passengers were seriously injured when the vehicle lost its brakes and turned upside down along a blind curve along Kilometer 114 in Barangay Paco, this city 1 p.m. Sunday.

Drowning victim?s mountaineering group to be banned from Mt. Apo

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 Apr) – The Mt. Apo Range Natural Park Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) will ban the mountaineering group Mindanao Alliance Mountaineering Club (MALMOC) from Mt. Apo, an environment official said.

Unavailable LGU report could have been tool for voters ? DILG

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 Apr) – An important local government report could have been a good tool for voters to assess if incumbent officials are worthy of reelection, an interior and local government official said.

Gonzales skips Davao security briefing

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 Apr) -- National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales cancelled a security briefing among government heads here in the last minute.

Modern meat inspection lab up in GenSan soon for Singapore market

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/22 April) -- The government will establish a modern meat inspection laboratory here to facilitate the upcoming shipment of locally-produced pork meat products to Singapore and other international markets.

Global road safety week is April 23 to 29

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 April) – “Road safety is no accident.” This is the theme of the First United Nations’ Global Road Safety Week on April 23 to 29. The holding of a week devoted to road safety was decided upon in a resolution of the  United Nations General Assembly in October 2005.

2 nabbed for Midsayap blast

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/22 April) -- Police and military authorities arrested two suspects who are believed to have been behind the morning blast in Midsayap, North Cotabato Sunday.

Military says terror threats in Mindanao isolated cases

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 April) -- Travel advisories issued by the American and Australian governments have some basis but threats of terror attacks are isolated cases and do not represent the general picture of the security situation in Mindanao, a military official said.

Favoring family planning won?t spell defeat in polls ? Pulse Asia

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 April) – Gone are the days when writing a candidate’s name on condoms could spell his or her defeat. At least this is what a nationwide survey conducted in March by Pulse Asia showed.

South Cotabato LGU, groups launch nutrition program

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/20 April) -- Non-government organizations and private companies based in South Cotabato joined hands with the provincial government in launching a comprehensive nutrition program aimed at reducing significantly cases of malnutrition in several parts of the province.

P16.8-M allocated for ?food security? projects

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/19 April) -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the provincial  government of South Cotabato have allocated some P16.8 million for the implementation of "food security projects" in Koronadal City and three other municipalities in South Cotabato.

CHR on Grecil probe: next week

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 April) -- The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said it can release results of the probe on the March 31 killing of nine-year old Grecil of New Bataan, Compostela Valley,  only next week as its investigation suffered several constraints, including continued military operations in the area.

Local gov?t support for IT sector better in de Oro

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 April) –  Cagayan de Oro is getting more Information  and Technology (IT) business because it has more support from the local government unit than Davao City’s IT has from its own, an executive of one of Davao's two call centers said.

Tripartite body for banana industry to look into labor issues

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 April) -- A tripartite body exclusively to look into labor issues in Southeastern Mindanao's banana industry will start end of May, the regional director of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced Wednesday.

GenSan lays red carpet for Pacquiao

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/18 April) -- In a homecoming fit for a conquering hero, residents here took to the streets in celebration as they gave international boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao no less than the red carpet upon his return to this city Wednesday morning.

2 suspected bombers killed in Cotabato City blast

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/18 April) -- Two motorcycle-riding men, suspected to be the bombers, were killed when a homemade bomb they were carrying exploded at around 6:15 p.m., along Yapsay corner Jarabillo streets, some 100 meters from Sinsuat Avenue in Cotabato City.

Pacquiao prepares for congressional fight

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/18 April) -- Boxing icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao has scrapped his usual post-fight break in favor of yet another fight: the congressional race.

New group takes charge of Davao’s ICT backlogs

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 April) – A new group of IT experts is taking over the city’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) promotions.

Mass burial for Matalam road accident victims

TULUNAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/18 April) -- The remains of villagers who were killed during a vehicular accident in Matalam town on April 10 will be buried on Saturday behind the San Vicente Ferrer chapel in Barangay Banayal.

Grecil’s body to be exhumed for autopsy

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 April) --  A psychosocial first-aid mission that visited last Saturday the village where nine-year old girl Grecil lived and was killed in an encounter between government forces and communist rebels on March 31, wants her body exhumed for autopsy.

Graft cases don’t prosper due to lack of witnesses

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 April) --  Lack of witnesses is a major cause why cases filed against government officials and employees do not prosper, Deputy Ombudsman for Mindanao Humprey Monteroso said.

Pagalungan ‘bakwits’ seek refuge in Pikit

PIKIT, North Cotabato (MindaNews/16 April) -- Sporadic armed clashes brought about by intense political rivalry between supporters of the incumbent vice mayor of Pagalungan town in Maguindanao, Datu Norodin Matalam, and the president of the town’s Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) Mokammad Andoy, have triggered the evacuation of some 1,000 families from Pagalungan to this neighboring town.

Motorcycle stolen in QC in 1999 found in Tacurong

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/16 April) -- Police operatives in Sultan Kudarat recovered a stolen motorcycle and arrested a suspected thief during a raid in a village in Tacurong City on Saturday.

NPA denies responsibility for killing of Gonzaga family

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/16 April) -- Communist rebels operating in Davao del Sur denied responsibility for the killing April 9 of a family in Calinan, Davao City and instead blamed a group of armed Lumads connected to a military unit for the massacre.


 

CHR asks military to ensure safety of civilians during operations

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 April) – Extra care should be taken during military operations so as to avoid hurting civilians, a human rights official said amid reports offensives against the New Peoples Army have triggered evacuations of civilians and the furor raised over the death of a 9-year old girl in a recent encounter between soldiers and rebels in Compostela Valley.

MILF, UNICEF sign pact on women, children in conflict-affected areas

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 April) -- The United Nations Children's Fund and the Moro National Liberation Front signed on Saturday an agreement that seeks to realize “extra-ordinary efforts and projects” for women and children in conflict-affected and inaccessible areas, the separatist group announced in its website.

Hero?s welcome awaits Pacman but?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/15 April) – His townmates here roared in jubilation as Filipino boxing icon Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao floored Mexican challenger in the eighth round of their 12-round World Boxing Council International Super Featherweight championship fight in the United States. Politics, however, has given a sour note to his victory with City Mayor Pedro Acharon Jr. announcing the local government could not give him a hero’s welcome the usual way.

Priest appeals for help to accident victims

TULUNAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/15 April) -- The parish priest of San Isidro Labrador Parish in this town has appealed to the faithful for financial and material assistance for the families of those killed and wounded in a road mishap in Matalam North Cotabato on April 10.

Reduce budget for foreign debt servicing, partylist groups tells gov?t

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 April) – Allocations for foreign debt servicing must be reduced and those for poverty reduction increased to alleviate the living conditions of poor Filipinos, the partylist group Assalam said.

NCIP exec accused of ?misrepresenting? indigenous peoples

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/14 April) – A group of indigenous peoples in Southwestern Mindanao has asked the government to remove Janet Serrano as commissioner of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples for alleged misrepresentation.

?Culture of Peace? training for youths set

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 April) -- Sixty-five young professionals and youth and student leaders in Region-12 are being eyed to undergo a trainers’ training on “Culture of Peace.”

OMA hosts Qur?an reading tilt in Region-12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 April) -- The Office of Muslim Affairs in Region-12 will host the 5th SOCSARGEN Qur’an Reading Competition on April 16 at the family Country Hotel and Convention Center in this city.

We are neither returnees nor surrenderees — MNLF

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 April) – It is wrong to label members of the Moro National Liberation Front recently as returnees or surrenderees, Hajji Gafur Hadjirul, MNLF chief political coordinator, said in a telephone interview.

Palace behind ?partylist seats for sale? scheme ? Lacson

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/14 April) -- Senator Panfilo M. Lacson echoed allegations raised by some sectors that Malacanang is funding the campaign of certain party-list groups and will ‘insert’ its own ‘nominees’ once these groups win seats in the House of Representatives.

“We are ready to apologize on Grecil case, but …”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / April 13) – "We are ready to apologize."
This was the curt message of Brig. Gen. Carlos Holganza on the death of nine-
year old girl Grecil Buya, eldest daughter of Virginia Buya and Gregorio Galacio, during an encounter between government forces and the New People’s Army in Purok 6, Barangay Kahayag, New Bataan, Compostela Valley.

AFP says ceasefire up for the government to decide

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / April 13) - Ceasefire and peace negotiations would be up for the national government to decide, military officials said a day after Davao bishops called for a ceasefire and a return to the negotiating table with the communist rebels. 

Labor department launches new module on labor relations

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / April 13) – The Department of Labor and Employment
(DOLE) will launch a new education module on labor relations here next week,
a regional labor official said.

Panabo evacuees return home; banana growers, workers lose income

MANAY, Panabo City (MindaNews) – Villagers who evacuated Wednesday when the military launched an air strike against alleged members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in a banana plantation here, returned to their homes Thursday, traumatized by the experience, the first ever in the barangay.

“Kulba gyud; kalit ra kaayo” (We were really scared; it was so sudden)

MANAY, Panabo City (MindaNews/12 April) -- Delia Escoto, 52, mother of seven and grandmother to 15, could not have imagined she would still experience fleeing from war in this paradise of a village.

No let up in pursuit of rebels after prison raid – AFP

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 Apr) – The military has announced it will not stop in pursuing the New Peoples Army, which it accused of committing a direct assault against the government in the Easter Sunday raid of the Davao Prison and Penal Colony.

Hundreds flee Panabo village due to air strike vs suspected NPA areas

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 April) – Some 300 residents of two remote barangays in Panabo City, 35 kilometers northeast from here, fled their homes Wednesday following military air strike on suspected rebel positions, the Office of the Civil Defense said.

Photo exhibit on US “Lumads” at SM Davao mall

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 April) – A photo exhibit on the life of North American Indians in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by photographer and ethnographer Edward S. Curtis will be displayed at the South Gallery of SM City Davao from April 16 to 29.

Dapecol knew but ignored threat

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 April) --  The management of the Davao Prison and Penal Farm, more known by its old name, Dapecol (Davao Penal Colony), knew of the impending threat of a rebel attack but did not take appropriate measures, military and police officials said.

“Goodbye Grecil, Goodbye good child”

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/10 April ) --  There were no placards or streamers crying for justice,  no funeral procession, no wailing even, just a quiet goodbye and a prayer for justice, for nine-year old Grecil, eldest child of Virginia Buya and Gregorio Galacio, a “good child,” the elders in the community all agreed, but whom the military claimed to be a “child soldier” of the New People’s Army (NPA).

Road accident kills 5, injures 17; victims were on their way to a funeral

MATALAM, North Cotabato (MindaNews/10 April) -- Five people were killed, among them two babies, while 17 others were wounded, when the Isuzu elf they were riding fell into a ravine in Barangay Alimodian, this town shortly before 12 noon Tuesday.

Dapecol guards’ weapons intact ? Penal superintendent

DAPECOL, Davao del Norte (MindaNews/9 Apr) – The weapons of the custodial guards of the Davao Prison and Penal Farm here remained intact despite the guerrilla raid of their armory on Sunday, the penal superintendent said.

Tribal leaders want Mt. Apo climbers to first undergo tribal ritual

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/9 Apr) -- Tribal elders living in the foot of the majestic Mount Apo have suggested that all mountain climbers must first undergo the traditional “pamaas,” an indigenous ritual, before they will be allowed to climb the country’s highest peak.

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