Category Archives: Top Stories

Fruit bats can be Davao’s primary eco-tourism attraction

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 Aug) – Fruit bats could become the primary eco-tourism attractions in the Davao Region but conservationists warned there must be a stricter measure to control the unsupervised tourism activities that may endanger the population of the bats. Mylea Bayless, senior director for Network and Partnerships of Bat Conservation International, said […]

Results of study on ASEAN Economic Community out on Friday

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 Aug) – The Socio-Economic Research and Data Analytics Center (SERDAC) of the state-owned University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) here will hold a forum on Friday at the school’s social hall to present the results of the study on the ASEAN Economic Community. USEP-School of Applied Economics acting dean Jennifer E. Hinlo […]

Dolls for Peace help empower women in post-war Marawi

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 August) — Sapiyah Macalangcom’s textile business was the go-to place in Marawi City, her clients the well-to-do families, mayors, and governors in the city and even those from the neighboring provinces. What remained of their home and livelihood now are only memories after a five-month war between government forces and […]

6 nabbed for illegal mining in North Cotabato

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/11 August) – Six persons including a government militiaman suspected of doing small-scale mining operations in Arakan, North Cotabato were arrested in a raid around 2 pm Friday, a police officer said. Senior Inspector Jun Napat, chief of the Arakan municipal police station, identified the Citizens Armed Force Geographical Unit member as Salas […]

Bangsamoro organic law softens BIFF rebels to yield

GEN. S.K. PENDATUN, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 10 Aug) – A Moro rebel leader’s recognition of the Duterte administration’s determination to end “historical injustices” in Mindanao drove him and his five followers to end the struggle and live peacefully with their families. The signing by President Duterte of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) has softened the […]

NPA couple yields to Army in Cotabato

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 10 Aug) – A couple who claimed they were active members of the New Peoples’ Army (NPA) yielded to the Army in Magpet, North Cotabato on Thursday. 2Lt Angelique Taban, head of civil military operations of the 19th Infantry Battalion, identified the surrenderees only by their aliases: George and Joan. Taban said […]

USEP to open Socio-Economic Research and Data Analytics Center in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 9 Aug) – The state-owned University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) will launch on August 17 the Socio-Economic Research and Data Analytics Center (SERDAC), a one-stop shop to aid Mindanawon researchers on data analysis and guide local government units (LGUs) come up with sound statistics-based policymaking. Jennifer E. Hinlo, acting dean of […]

Davao fire destroys 60 houses

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 9 Aug) – A fire that broke out at a coastal community noon Thursday razed down some 60 shanties in Barangay 76-A Bucana, Davao City, an official of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) 11 said. SFO2 Ramil Gillado, officer-in-charge of the Intelligence and Investigation Unit of BFP 11, said that […]

Group seeks stricter measures vs aerial spray in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 08 August) – Environment group Interface Development Interventions (IDIS) on Monday said it will ask the city council to impose stricter regulations on the use of aerial spray two years after the Supreme Court upheld the 2009 decision of the Court of Appeals declaring the ordinance banning aerial spraying as unconstitutional. But […]

Davao expo to feature Mindanao MSMEs

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 August) – A foundation will stage a six-day expo here to give micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from different regions of Mindanao the much needed exposure in the local market. Rosevic Del Rosario-Cembrano, Mindanao Trade Expo Foundation Inc. president told “Wednesdays at Habi at Kape” that they will feature new products […]

Consumer groups in Japan monitor campaign on “Ethical bananas” from Philippines

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 07 August) — Civil society organizations and consumer groups in Japan will start a monitoring system on bananas exported from the Philippines, following the launch of “Ethical Banana” campaign last July 28 in Tokyo to promote environmental protection and social justice for the Filipino farmers. Chinkie Pelino-Golle, Executive Director of the […]

Military says it didn’t drop bombs in Makilala village

KIDAPAWAN CITY(MindaNews / 07 August) –The Army in Makilala in North Cotabato has denied reports that bombs were dropped in a rebel-influenced barangay on Tuesday. Lt. Col. Rhodjun Rosales, commanding officer of the 39thInfantry Battalion, said the attack helicopter that residents saw in Barangay Batasan in Makilala never dropped any bomb when it hovered at […]

Duterte to residents in proposed Bangsamoro: discuss the law, vote in the plebiscite

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 August) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged residents of the proposed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) to “actively participate in constructive discussions” about the Bangsamoro law and to vote in the plebiscite that would ratify it. “I ask my Bangsamoro brothers and sisters, as well as the […]

M’lang PNP intensifies visibility, intelligence networking after IED recovery

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 6 Aug) – Police in M’lang, North Cotabato has intensified their visibility, intelligence, monitoring, and other security measures after authorities recovered an improvised explosive device (IED) left by still unidentified suspects along the national highway as the town culminated its weeklong 67th founding day celebrations on Sunday. Supt. Giovanni Ladeo, officer-in-charge of […]

Prof says it is “fatally wrong” to assume Bangsamoro law will solve armed conflicts

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 August) — A university professor here said it is “fatally wrong” to assume that the newly-signed Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will be the only solution to the armed conflicts in what is presently referred to as the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) because […]

Kidapawan LGU releases P11.2M to subsidize PTA, other school fees

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 2 Aug) – The local government of Kidapawan City has released P11.27 million from its Special Education Funds (SEF) as subsidy for the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) collection and other school fees so that there will be absolutely “no collection” from the 38,000 students in public schools here. The first release took […]

‘Lawless violence’ as basis for martial law declaration a necessity, says ConCom member

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 1 Aug) – The inclusion of “lawless violence” as one of the bases for declaring martial law under the draft constitution for a federal setup intends to address cyber violence and acts committed by “barbaric” groups, a member of the Constitutional Commission said during a forum on Wednesday at city hall. […]