Category Archives: BIMP-EAGA

Indonesia to hold 3-day expo in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 14 Nov.) – The Consulate General of Indonesia in Davao City will hold a three-day expo that will introduce some of its country’s quality export products. Endah R. Yuliarti Farry, consul for information and sociocultural affairs, told Habi at Kape on Wednesday that 20 Indonesian manufacturers of construction and building materials, housewares, […]

Davao ‘pilot city’ for China-BIMP-EAGA cooperation

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 30 Oct) – Davao will be a “pilot city” for China’s cooperation with Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) as it plans to scale up its partnership with the economic subregion, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said. Wang made the statement during the inauguration of the Consulate General of the […]

Barter trade between Tawi-Tawi and Sabah to resume January 2019

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 October) —  The centuries-old practice of cross border trading between Tawi-Tawi and Sabah, Malaysia will resume January 2019 following the pronouncement of Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal that it would open its border for barter trading after banning it in 2016, Romeo Montenero, Executive Director of the Mindanao Development Authority […]

BIMP-EAGA member states offer cheaper rice exports to Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 24 Oct) – Neighboring countries have expressed interest to export rice to Mindanao to lower down the cost of the staple amid the reported shortages in the previous months, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) executive director Romeo Montenegro said on Wednesday. Montenegro told reporters during “Wednesdays’ at Habi at Kape” in Davao that member […]

Agreement on BIMP-EAGA Data Exchange and Analytic Center signed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 23 Oct) – Various executives in the information and communications technology industry in the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) signed a memorandum of understanding Monday on the establishment of a BIMP-EAGA Data Exchange and Analytic Center. The signing took place during the Livelihood Exchange 2018 and Innovation Summit at the Marco […]

Gov’t urged to expand tax exemption for travels to BIMP-EAGA destinations

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 May) – Government must abolish travel taxes for travelers from Mindanao and Palawan going to any destination in the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) “to encourage everybody to travel and learn in the process,” Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. president Arturo Milan said Friday. President […]

Lower airfares for BIMP-EAGA pushed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Jan) – Senior leaders of the Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) have been urged to relax the travel tax in order to improve connectivity within the four-member sub-economic region. In his acceptance speech as new chair of BIMP-EAGA Business Council (BEBC) at Marco Polo Davao […]

BIMP-EAGA culture and arts festival opens Wednesday in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 19 Sept) – The diverse and rich culture, heritage and artistry of peoples within the Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines-East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) will take the centerstage in a five-day grand culture and arts festival that will open here on Wednesday. Adelina Suemith, acting executive director of the National Commission […]

BIMP-EAGA artists to gather in GenSan for festival

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 17 Aug) – Hundreds of artists and cultural performers from the Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines-East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) will gather here next month for the sub-region’s first-ever grand “festival of festivals.” Dubbed “Budayaw: The BIMP-EAGA Festival of Culture and the Arts,” the event will mainly showcase the rich culture, […]

IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD:  Education For All at the BIMP-EAGA

It is my first time to attend a program of the BIMP-EAGA (Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines  East Asean Growth Area). The Inaugural BIMP-EAGA Higher Education Summit 2017 was recently held in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia (July 19-20), and I was fortunate to join as a participant with Universiti Malaysia Sabah as the co-organizer together with the Malaysian Ministry […]

Presidents Duterte and Widodo launch Davao-GenSan-Bitung shipping route 

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 April)  — The Davao-General Santos-Bitung shipping route was launched here Sunday with President Rodrigo Duterte referring to it as “another milestone in the historic relations between the Philippines and Indonesia” and Indonesian President Joko Widodo describing it as a “symbol of partnership and friendship.” Duterte said the launching of the route […]

‘Mindanao catching up’ with opening of new shipping route to Indonesia

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 April) – Sounding optimistic over the economic opportunities that could be unlocked with the launch on April 30 of a new shipping route between Mindanao and Indonesia, an official declared that the island “is now catching up” with the rest of the country. Mindanao Development Authority Chair Abul Khayr Alonto told “Wednesdays at Habi at […]

RoRo shipping service to ply Mindanao-Indonesia route

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 March) – The Philippine and Indonesian governments will launch next month a roll-on, roll-off shipping service that will link Davao and General Santos cities to Bitung City in Indonesia, an official of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said. Presidents Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines and Joko Widodo of Indonesia have been invited […]

Davao-Manado air links urged as Davao-GenSan-Bitung sea route is set for launching

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews / 25 Feb) — The government here urged the airline industry to revive flights between Davao City and Manado in the North Sulawesi, as the launch of the new Davao-General Santos City-Bitung sea route will create a demand for direct flights from businessmen between Philippines and Indonesia,  Trade assistant secretary Arturo Boncato, […]

Globe Telecom, Hineleban Foundation lead “Rainforestation” and livelihood program for IPs in Bukidnon, Lanao del Sur

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A “rainforestation” program for the 6 mountain ranges in Mindanao as well as livelihood opportunities for indigenous people in Bukidnon and Lanao del Sur are underway. Leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom is set to…

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ARMM Investment Priorities Plan ready by year end

(November 29, 2016.Cotabato City). The Regional Board of Investments (RBOI) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is now on the process of drafting the latest Investment Priorities Plan (IPP) or the 2017-2019 ARMM List. ARMM IPP enumerates the economic activities the ARMM government should incentivized to meet regional development goals. Lawyer, Ishak V. […]

High-level EAGA meeting opens in Palawan

PUERTO PRINCESA (MinDA) -– Ministers and senior officials of the Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) convene here today (Nov. 27) for its largest annual meeting designed to tackle priority programs and socioeconomic projects for the sub-region. Almost 300 delegates from the four member countries are attending the BIMP-EAGA 25th Senior […]

LAPIS Para Sa Lumad

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I am always in awe of Filipino musicians who continue to write meaningful, socially relevant songs. Songs that some may consider “unpopular” but are the very ones that we all need to hear. Songs about human rights, just wages, land reform, proper governance, freedom of speech. Songs that remind us of our responsibilities as citizens. Songs that beseech justice and even anger. I was able to watch some of these talented Filipino musicians – all part of the League of Authors of Public Interest Songs (LAPIS) – as they performed in a show for the benefit of the Lumads (indigenous

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Kadayawan 2015 schedule of activities

The King of Festivals is here once again! Kadayawan Festival 2015 or the 30th Kadayawan sa Dabaw will be held in Davao City from August 17 to 23, 2015. Kadayawan Festival is Davao City’s grandest and most colorful celebration that highlights Davao tribes’ culture, tradition and everyday lives. Kadayawan is also where we all thank the good Lord for bountiful harvests! Here’s the Kadayawan 2015 schedule of activities (please feel free to SHARE!): It’s also a special non-working holiday in Davao City on August 24, 2015 so plan your trip well! Happy Kadayawan Festival! See you in the streets!

Wao-Maramag road project to be completed by 2016

A 53-kilometer, Php 485 Million road project stretching from the municipalities of Molundo, Maguing, Bumbaran and Wao, Lanao del Sur, to the municipality of Maramag, Bukidnon is seen to be completed by 2016. Lanao del Sur Gov. Mamintal “Bombit” Alonto Adiong, Jr., who lobbied for the completion of this Wao to Maramag road project to President Benigno Aquino III, was quoted as saying that he is “hopeful that the project shall be fully completed by 2016.” Adiong said that the said road is expected to enhance business, fair trade and livelihood between Lanao del Sur and Bukidnon, which are both

Thoughts on that peace process forum invitation

Sometimes it fascinates me how certain people especially those who advocate sensitive causes seem to downplay bloggers. These people tend to think that “just because” you write about food, fashion and lifestyle, you don’t “contribute” to relevant, important conversations. I think they have this misconception that “just because” bloggers like us hardly write about politics and news and current affairs, we don’t at least try to do our part in nation building. Take the case of an invitation sent to me and my fellow bloggers here in Northern Mindanao. This was for a supposed “peace forum” from 8:30 am to

Mindanaoan shines at ADB project management training in Malaysia

A Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) development management officer was recently cited for excellent performance in the “Regional Training on Project Management” for BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT held recently at the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia. Gemma Dagaas received special recognition for ‘Best Project Proposal’ along with her five team members who presented during the training conducted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) under its Advancing Regional Cooperation and Integration through the BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT. BIMP-EAGA stands for Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area, while IMT-GT stands for Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Growth Area. The two sub-regional groupings

I Am Again A Newspaper Columnist

Very, very thrilled to share that I am (again) a newspaper columnist! Starting February 20, 2015, I will be one of the columnists at Gold Star Daily, Mindanao’s largest newspaper. I have named my column “Mindanaoan Meets World” as I plan to write about lifestyle, music, a little bit of politics and showbiz and travel not only within the Philippines but around the world, too! My first stint as newspaper correspondent, columnist and part-time editor started way, way back. Like eons of light years ago haha! But life happened, I took a career detour and eventually, was already happy and

BIMP-EAGA trade fair and business gab clinch P8.9 billion in sales, investments

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As if to solidify my previous blog entry about the success stories at the 2nd BIMP-EAGA international trade fair, I received word recently that the event actually cornered a total of Php 8.9 billion in sales and investments. Absolutely exciting news! According to event organizer Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), the …

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Success stories at the 2nd BIMP-EAGA International Trade Fair #EAGAIMT2014

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Thanks to the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), I was able to cover the 2nd BIMP-EAGA IMT-GT International Trade Fair and Business Leaders’ Conference last October 22 to 25, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang in Davao City, Philippines. I’ve always wanted to witness a BIMP-EAGA event and I’m …

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Covering the BIMP-EAGA International Business Leaders Confab and Trade Fair

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Very excited to share with you all that I have just been invited to cover the 2nd BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT International Trade Fair and Conference in Davao City this October 22 to 25, 2014! This is a very important international event especially in terms of trade, investments and even tourism …

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Follow the #WonderfulMindaNOW hashtag and see the beauty of #Mindanao

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Mindanao is truly the land of promise. Not only is Mindanao home to rich and diverse culture and traditions, it is also home to so many tourist spots, cool establishments, delicious food and truly amazing, friendly people. In fact, I shared a couple of photos that I felt depicted the …

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