Category Archives: Government

No truth to Iligan City lockdown…for now

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A lot of people got stir crazy yesterday because of an announcement na kesyo Iligan City is on lockdown. Apparently that announcement was prematurely released and it was retracted right away. Now, in an…

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Davao in “hold and secure” state during Martial Law in Mindanao, WHAT THIS MEANS

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Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has announced that the city is currently in a “hold and secure situation” amid the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao. Mayor Inday Sara is the daughter of Philippine…

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Guide for Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific ticket holders during Martial Law in Mindanao

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Following the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao by the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, two of the country’s airlines have also released guidelines and statements especially for confirmed ticket holders. Flag carrier…

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(UPDATED) Infographics: What you MUST know about Martial Law in Mindanao

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Following Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao last May 23, 2017, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) prepared a couple of quick infographics. These are quick facts about what you as…

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Akamai: Philippines has marked improvements on Internet connectivity

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Akamai, a leading content delivery network services provider for media, software delivery and cloud security solution, revealed on their 3rd quarter survey that the Philippines has registered significant improvements in terms of connectivity. This…

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GOOD NEWS: NTC breaches 2016 collection target by P 34.5 M

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With barely 3 weeks left in 2016 to collect Administrative Fees, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), an agency under the Department of Information and Communications Technology responsible for the supervision, adjudication and control over all…

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Government agencies, telcos deserve praise for swift action in typhoon hit areas

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There are days when you become frustrated with the goings-on in the country. But there are also days when you see great effort on the part of various government agencies and it is but…

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Improved Philippines ICT performance garner attention from foreign indexes

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Absolutely great news, Philippines! Even various foreign indexes have now noted an improvement in the state of information and communications technology (ICT) in the country. Such improvement in the ICT sector is being attributed…

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Globe, Davao government set up 0917 Duterte

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Globe Telecom and the Davao City government are collaborating to help improve the peace and order situation in the city by putting in a place a hotline, 0917-Duterte (0917-3883783), to receive calls and texts…

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Covering Senator Migs Zubiri’s oathtaking ceremony

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What was supposed to be a self-imposed, much-needed vacation last June 4, 2016 in Bukidnon turned into a mini “working holiday” when my good friend Bobby of Rappler told me that he and other Cagayan de Oro media friends were in Malaybalay City to cover the oathtaking of returning Senator Juan Miguel “Migs” Zubiri. Apparently, I’ve been living under a rock because I wasn’t even aware that Sir Migs was taking his oath that day! Eep. Anyways, I knew I couldn’t pass up that chance to witness Sir Migs as he takes his oath as comebacking Senator. Plus I would’ve missed

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Why Chiz Escudero is my Vice President

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Chiz Escudero. I first saw him in Congress. He was the fast rising young representative of Sorsogon then. All eyes were on him. Him and his impossibly forever kunot polo barong. Kunot because he’s here, there, everywhere. I remember whenever I observe at the plenary hall, he often stands up, asks questions from the floor, consults other legislators. In my mind, ang kulit din ng kongresistang ito. He wasn’t like many congressmen who’d just sit and wait for their attendance to be called. Siyempre, crush na crush ko siya noon. Ten Outstanding Young Men awardee, World Economic Forum Young Global

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Chiz Escudero chides Cayetano: “Who spent half a billion pesos?”

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Vice Presidential candidate Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero lashed out at his fellow bet, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, for accusing Sen. Grace Poe of conspiring with Malacañang and Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas to bring down presidential frontrunner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. “Sen. Cayetano, after being silent for quite some time, is once against acting and talking like a wild and rabid dog. He is throwing wild accusations simply because he himself cannot answer the issues being thrown at his running mate because it will contradict everything that he is and has stood for in the past,” Escudero said. Escudero

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Chiz Escudero chides Cayetano: “Who spent half a billion pesos?”

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Vice Presidential candidate Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero lashed out at his fellow bet, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, for accusing Sen. Grace Poe of conspiring with Malacañang and Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas to bring down presidential frontrunner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. “Sen. Cayetano, after being silent for quite some time, is once against acting and talking like a wild and rabid dog. He is throwing wild accusations simply because he himself cannot answer the issues being thrown at his running mate because it will contradict everything that he is and has stood for in the past,” Escudero said. Escudero

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Duterte son endorses Chiz Escudero for Vice President

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Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte has officially endorsed the candidacy for vice president of Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero. Duterte and Escudero met with several other councilors in Davao City last March 31, 2016. This, according to a news report released by Davao Breaking News. Vice Mayor Duterte is the son of presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte. The Dutertes lead the local political party Hugpong Sa Tawong Lungsod. During the meeting, Duterte was quoted as saying, “Sinusuportahan ko ang kandidatura ni Vice President Chiz Escudero dahil sa lahat ng mga kumakandidato sa pagka bise presidente, siya lang po ang nakita kong

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Chiz Escudero to government: respond to Mindanao’s concerns quickly

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Following the successive bombings of NGCP towers here in Mindanao and even the lack of water (the Zamboanga City Water District has announced water rationing starting January 7, 2016!), I’m glad that Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero has called on the national government to focus its attention and support for the people of Mindanao. “Malacanang should have all hands on-deck with regard to the problems currently besetting Mindanao. The list is getting alarmingly long and there is apparently no end in sight for many of these problems,” said Escudero, the frontrunner in various vice-presidential preference surveys. Foremost among Escudero’s concerns was

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5 Ways To Avoid Being A Victim Of “Laglag Bala” “Tanim Bala” Scam

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The horror that is the “tanim bala” (bullet planting) or “laglag bala” scam. If you’re a frequent traveler like I am, I’m sure you are either worried or angry – or even both! This airport scam in the Philippines surely is a controversial one. “Laglag bala” or “tanim bala” is where innocent travelers fall prey to members of alleged syndicates who “drop” live ammunition in luggage and as a result, either miss their flights or get extorted for huge amounts of money. Take the case of the 60 year old engineer who flew from Manila to Davao. He was found

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Migz Zubiri to run for Senate anew, as Poe-Chiz guest candidate

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Former 3-consecutive term Bukidnon 3rd District Congressman and Senator for 4 years Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for senator as an independent earlier today, Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at the Commission on Elections main office. He was accompanied by his wife, newspaper lifestyle columnist Audrey Tan-Zubiri. Zubiri, who previously said he was quitting politics, told Mindanaoan.com that he got inspired by his No. 6 ranking in the latest survey of senatorial preferences. In the Sept. 8-14 Pulse Asia Research Inc. survey of senatorial preferences, Zubiri emerged as the sixth most favored by voters. “I’ve been

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Somalia, Africa and Cabanglasan, Bukidnon sign sister LGU agreement

Cabanglasan, Bukidnon and Bal’ad, Somalia are now sisters! Sister LGUs, that is On July 27, 2015, about two weeks before Cabanglasan’s founding anniversary, a historic local government unit (LGU) sisterhood agreement was forged between Cabanglasan and Bal’ad in the Shabelle region of Somalia. This town sisterhood pact is truly historic as this is not only the first to be established in the Philippines but within entire Asia as well. Cabanglasan, a third class municipality located at the second district of Bukidnon, is the third foreign LGU to partner with Somalia since 1991, the year the civil war started. Recently, the

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

Province of Bukidnon receives bus donation from RTMI

The Province of Bukidnon now has a brand new bus, courtesy of Rural Transit Mindanao, Inc. or RTMI. The bus, the cost of which is estimated to be Php 3.9 Million, can accommodate 67 passengers. Bukidnon Governor Jose Ma. R. Zubiri, Jr. met with RTMI representatives and inspected the donated bus together. * Photos courtesy of the Office of Governor Jose Ma. Zubiri, Jr. You may all remember that RTMI is the same company that owned that bus that exploded last year. A bomb was placed inside one of the red RTMI buses and killed 10, injured 42. The bus

Google My Business CDO event a success

One of the things that I really like doing is helping and supporting small and medium businesses especially local ones. This is the reason why I readily accepted the role of Google Business Group – Women lead coordinator. Being the GBG Women CDO lead allows me to share various strategies and tips especially on how to effectively use the Internet to promote businesses online. GBG Women is under the umbrella of GBG CDO, a community of business professionals helping people explore, learn, share, and discover how Google products can help the local business communities benefit from technology. GBG CDO is

Malaybalay Bukidnon 2015 Charter Day schedule of activities

Hi, everyone! I will be traveling regularly to Malaybalay City, Bukidnon in the next two weeks to cover the city’s 17th Charter Day celebration. Malaybalay is the Province of Bukidnon’s capital With the theme “Commitment and Integrity in Service,” the Malaybalay City Charter Day Celebration will start tomorrow, March 9, 2015 although technically the charter day will really be on March 22. A lot of activities have been scheduled. FREE admission to all of the LGU-sponsored events. If you also want to participate in any of the activities, sign up for free at the city hall. For sports-related events, go

Mindanaoan In Korea Travel Series: Seoul City Hall

The Seoul Korea City Hall is one of the world’s eco and energy efficient buildings. It’s also a pretty cool building to look at! Just check out the photos I took of the Seoul City Hall. Located at Taepyeongno, Jung-gu, which is basically the heart of Seoul, the City Hall …

How to renew your Philippine passport at DFA Centrio CDO

A couple of things have changed since I last renewed my Philippine passport at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Cagayan de Oro. Apart from the fact that DFA CDO has now transferred from Limketkai Center to Ayala Centrio Mall, there isn’t any need to call their office for an …

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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How to apply for a Korean visa – requirements for Filipino tourists

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When my friends and relatives first learned that I was set to visit Korea, all of them got really excited. Can’t blame them as Korea is one of the favorite travel destinations of many Filipinos these days, thanks to the ever growing popularity of K-Pop, Koreanovelas and continuous visits to the …

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Higalaay Kagay-an Festival 2014 schedule of activities #CDO

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The 2014 Kagay-an Festival schedule of events has finally been revealed! The CDO fiesta is now also known as Higalaay Kagay-an Festival 2014 (Higalaay means friendship – pretty apt since Cagayan de Oro is known as the City of Golden Friendship) and is celebrated in honor of the city’s patron …

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Mindanaoan is 2013 Mindanao Blogger Of The Year

It still feels a bit surreal, truth be told. Winning the 2013 Mindanao Blogger Of The Year award and the Best Lifestyle Blog award during the Mindanao Blog Awards 2013 held last October 26, 2013 in Davao City was the farthest thing from my mind. I was there to meet …

Duterte to close movie houses without adequate security

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte announced that he is bent to close movie houses that do not have enough security. This, after blasts in two Davao City cinemas, which Duterte called “terrorism,” left at least 5 people hurt Monday night. “Movie houses should have adequate security. The local government can’t …

Speaking about social media in a US Embassy event in Palawan

This Mindanao blogger received a special invitation not too long ago. The US Embassy Manila folks asked if I wanted to speak about social media, blogging and citizen journalism in a two-day, all expenses paid eco-tourism workshop in Palawan. As an International Visitor Leadership Program alumnus, I was invited to …