DOST 11 to install 30 warning posts in Davao Region

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 April) — At least 30 early warning posts will be installed in the Davao Region this year to raise the efficiency of the local government units (LGUs) in disaster management, Mirasol Domingo, assisttant regional director of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said. Mirasol told MindaNews in an e-mail […]

6 dead, 3 hurt as truck rams into 4 motorbikes in Makilala

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 22 April) — A wayward truck loaded with cases of softdrinks rammed into four motorcycles along a dangerous curve in Makilala, North Cotabato at around 5:20 a.m. on Saturday, killing six, five of them instantly. Three other persons were injured. The accident happened just days after the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of  North […]


Datu Felix Bollosoz leads the Panalabugta — a Higaonon ritual to pay homage and respect to Mother Earth — at the Press Freedom Monument in Cagayan de Oro City. About 800 Higaonons from different parts of Northern Mindanao marked the 47th Global Earth Day on Saturday with a march-rally to denounce the continued encroachment of […]

TURNING POINT:  The Planet Earth: Ours to Love, to Save

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/ 22 April) — The earth is now teeming with 7.5  billion people that need food,  shelters  and who are endlessly competing to meet  non- elemental wants all of which are wrecking havoc to the planet. The runaway population demands that great tracks of land and bodies of waters have to be […]

STATEMENT: Stop Exploiting the Environment! Stop exploiting mine workers!

Earth Day 2017 (Statement of Caraga Watch on Earth Day, 22 April 2017) It cannot be denied that the greed of large scale mines operating in the region seriously damaged Caraga’s environment. Uncontrolled excavation of the mountains by 23 large scale mining companies caused severe deforestation, landslides, damage to rice fields and siltation of rivers […]

Misuari’s temporary liberty ends April 27; MNLF working on extension

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 April) —  The six-month temporary liberty granted  by the court  to Nur Misuari, founding chair of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) ends on April 27 but the MNLF is working for its extension. “Ma-extend Maas” (Misuari’s temporary liberty will be extended), Randolph Parcasio, chair of the peace implementing panel […]

Duterte, de Lima in Time’s list of 100 Most Influential People

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 April) – President Rodrigo R. Duterte and his arch critic detained Senator Leila de Lima landed on Time’s list of 100 Most Influential People in the World 2017. Time wrote that the annual list of the 100 Most Influential People “explores the intersection of accomplishment and renown. As in years past, this year’s list includes Presidents and Prime […]

Co-ops push for more renewable energy sources in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 April) – Mindanao should tap more renewable energy sources like hydropower plants, a group of cooperatives said amid the increasing number of coal-fired power plants in the island. In a position paper emailed on Thursday, the One-Mindanao Energy Cooperatives (One-MIECOOP) said renewable energy should remain as the long-term dominant source of power in […]

Former mayor, vice mayor hurt in Maguindanao grenade attack

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/21 April) — A former town mayor, his vice mayor-son, and six other persons were wounded when a grenade exploded on their vehicle as they were about to leave a mosque compound in Talayan, Maguindanao after attending a Friday prayer. The Social Welfare and Development Office of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) identified […]

DAR chief’s writ favoring farmers over Lapanday ‘within just grounds’ — lawmaker

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 April) – Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael Mariano’s writ of installation allowing the displaced farmers to reclaim the contested 145-hectare banana plantation from the management of Lapanday Foods Corporation (LFC) is “within just grounds,” a party-list lawmaker maintained. Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao told MindaNews on Friday that the persistence of the 159 members of […]

DSWD eyes more socioeconomic projects under 4Ps in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 April) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is working on the rollout of more community-based socioeconomic projects in Region 12 in a bid to strengthen the implementation of the government’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program. Social Welfare Undersecretary Ma. Lourdez Turalde-Jarabe said in a statement that they are […]

Koronadal holds 1st Motorcycle Festival

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/21 Aril) — The city government is all set for its week-long 1st Motorcycle Festival that will open on Saturday, April 22. City Mayor Peter Miguel said Friday they finalized preparations for the festivity, which coincides with the city’s hosting of the 23rd national convention of the National Federation of Motorcycle Clubs in the Philippines (NFMCP) on […]

Destination Davao short video-making contest announced

Here’s your chance to show off your creativity, impressive video-making skills, compelling storytelling abilities, and love for Davao City. Join Davao City’s “Destination: A Video-Making Competition,” and win prizes. Now on its third edition, the “Destination: A Video-Making Competition,” aims to encourage Dabawenyos and Davao City visitors — whose interests are filmmaking or production of […]

Destination Davao short video-making contest announced

Here’s your chance to show off your creativity, impressive video-making skills, compelling storytelling abilities, and love for Davao City. Join Davao City’s “Destination: A Video-Making Competition,” and win prizes. Now on its third edition, the “Destination: A Video-Making Competition,” aims to encourage Dabawenyos and Davao City visitors — whose interests are filmmaking or production of […]

STATEMENT: On Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte coming home with OFWs

PRESS STATEMENT Mindanao Migrants Center for Empowering Actions, Inc. (MMCEAI) President Rodrigo R. Duterte came home with at least 138 stranded Overseas Filipino Workers in the Middle East after completing his travel. These are the OFWs who availed the amnesty they were granted by the Saudi Arabian government. According to the President, more OFWs are […]

Abu Sayyaf abducts Tausug soldier

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 April)  — A Tausug soldier was abducted by suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf at the height of the military operations against the terrorist group Thursday morning, the Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom) said. Staff Sergeant Anni Siraji, an integree of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) into the Armed Fores […]

Tagum AR beneficiaries to be installed with or without police assistance

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 April) – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) will proceed with the installation Friday of farmers belonging to the Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association Inc. (MARBAI) in a contested land in Tagum City with or without police assistance, an official of a farmers group said Thursday. MARBAI is claiming a 145-hectare land in Brgy. Madaum, […]

Bill making GenSan a separate congressional district pushed

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/20 April) — Officials here are pushing for the passage by the House Representatives next month of a bill that seeks the creation of a lone congressional or legislative district for the city. South Cotabato (1st District) Rep. Pedro Acharon Jr. said Thursday the support for House Bill (HB) 5162 has been gaining ground […]

DSWD seeks better implementation of 4Ps

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/20 April) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is studying several measures to strengthen the implementation in Region 12 and other areas of the government’s flagship conditional cash transfer program . Bai Zorahayda Taha, DSWD Region 12 director, said Thursday a team from their central office has arrived in the region to […]

Dumaguete-Siquijor swim

Lawyer Ingemar “Pinoy Aquaman” Macarine breaks his personal record by finishing the 24.65-km Dumaguete City-Siquijor swim in 11 hours and 21 minutes on 19 April 2017. MindaNews photo by Roel N. Catoto

Pinoy Aquaman swims from Dumaguete to Siquijor

SAN JUAN, Siquijor (MindaNews/20 April) — Endurance swimmer and environmental lawyer Ingemar “Pinoy Aquaman” Macarine did another first in his Dumaguete City to Siquijor swim, breaking his longest personal record in his open-water swimming carrier. Bucking strong currents, Macarine crossed Tañon Strait from Silliman Beach in Dumaguete to Barangay Tambisan in this town covering a […]

Kaway Nanay

This photo titled “Kaway Nanay,” taken during the Araw ng Dabaw parade on March 16  was chosen winner from close to 200 entries in the Hulagway photo contest for the Araw ng Dabaw 2017. The photograph “perfectly captured the central theme of the celebration — Davao City’s journey the past 80 years,” a press release […]

GenSan summer youth festival to draw 5,000 participants

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/20 April) — It’s all systems go for the city’s annual summer youth festival that is expected to draw around 5,000 participants from the city and the neighboring areas. Lady Manalo, head of the city sports and games development division, said they have finalized the necessary preparations for the GenSan Summer Youth […]

3 of 36 big-ticket infra under Duterte’s “Build, Build, Build” are in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 April) — Three of the 36 big-ticket infrastructure projects of the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program are in Mindanao: the expansion of the airports in Davao City and Laguindingan in Misamis Oriental, and the 105-kilometer first segment of the Mindanao Railway dubbed TDD for Tagum in Davao del Norte, […]

200 young Moro leaders attend Lanao Congress

MARAWI CITY — The regional government is committed to uplifting the youth across the region, and it is good to see the youth themselves are also committed to taking action,” ARMM Chief-of-Staff and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA-ARMM) regional OIC-Director Rasol Mitmug Jr. said as he addressed more than 200 youth leaders in […]