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Davao voters sees exodus of PDP-Laban members to HNP regional party

THE VOTING population in Davao City see members of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) jumping ship to the newly-formed Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (HNP) regional party led by the city’s mayor, Sara Duterte-Carpio, according to a survey by the Institute of Popular Opinion (IPO) of the University of Mindanao (UM).

Davao start-ups get trade fair experience in MSME Week Expo

DAVAO CITY — Last week’s Pinoy MSME Expo — one of the highlights of the city’s annual celebration for micro, small, and medium-scale enterprises — focused on start-up ventures, giving greenhorn entrepreneurs an experience on joining trade fairs.

Business groups lobby PAL for Davao-Japan flights

DAVAO CITY -- Filipino and Japanese business groups have asked flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) to open direct flights between Davao City and Japan to boost tourism and trade links.

Co-ops emerging as key players for electric-powered Mindanao Railway System

DAVAO CITY -- The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is ready to take on the lead role for coordinating power supply for the planned Mindanao Railway System (MRS), which will have electric trains.

5,000 MW capacity projected for Mindanao grid by 2030

DAVAO CITY -- An additional power supply of about 3,000 megawatts (MW) is projected to be required by the Mindanao grid by 2030, according to Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Assistant Secretary Romeo M. Montenegro.

Urban farmer pushes for regular training to help reduce waste

DAVAO CITY -- An urban farming advocate is pushing for regular training sessions in the city not just to promote home gardening but to help reduce trash by turning biodegradable wastes into fertilizers.

PHL-Indonesia joint sea patrols continuing

COORDINATED SEA patrols are continuing between the Philippines and Indonesia, according to Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Madrigal, Jr. of the Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom).

Holcim assures cement production ready to meet Mindanao demand

DAVAO CITY — Holcim Philippines, Inc. is preparing to ramp up cement production in Mindanao as demand continues to increase with private sector projects and the government’s “Build, Build, Build” program.

Davao Region records highest teen pregnancies in 2017

DAVAO REGION recorded the highest number of adolescents who started child bearing at age 10 to 19, based on the National Demographic Health Survey in 2017.

Indonesia consul calls for shorter, more direct trade routes

DAVAO CITY -- Trade between the Philippines and Indonesia has been steadily growing, but most of the cargo traffic still moves between Luzon and Java, which is costlier than more direct routes originating from Mindanao, according to Indonesian Consul General Berlian Napitupulu.

DoST-12 plans civet coffee research center to help B’laan tribe increase...

THE DEPARTMENT of Science and technology-SOCCSKSARGEN (DoST 12) is eyeing to increase civet coffee production in the region by putting up a Halal Civet Research and Development Center at the Mindanao State University (MSU) campus in General Santos City.

Growers seek to tap China demand for frozen durian

DAVAO CITY -- Growers and exporters are meeting later this month at the 2nd Durian Summit, in a bid to find ways to meet Chinese demand for frozen durian.

Mindanao IP leaders to hold discussion as Congress tackles BBL

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES (IP) leaders from Maguindanao province will lead a “conversation” on July 9 set at the capital as the Congress bicameral committee conference tackles the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) this week.

DoST to construct wastewater treatment facility for river bank settlement, slaughterhouse

THE DEPARTMENT of Science and Technology-Davao Region (DoST-11) has received the green light from the Davao City council to set up wastewater treatment facilities along the Davao River and at the city’s slaughterhouse.

Cebu Pacific expands cargo operations

CEBU AIR, Inc. is converting two of its ATR 72-500 passenger planes into freighter planes in order to take advantage of the growing demand from the logistics industry. In a statement, the listed operator of Cebu Pacific said it inked an agreement with Switzerland-based service provider IPR Conversions Ltd. to convert two of its ATR 72-500s.

No violators so far in Davao Gulf closed fishing season

DAVAO CITY — The fourth year of implementing the closed fishing season in the Davao Gulf commenced with no violators apprehended since June 1, according to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Davao Region office (BFAR-11).

Davao’s Hugpong sa Pagbabago political party gets COMELEC approval, eyes alliances

LOCAL POLITICAL party Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) is now assessing potential alliances following the approval of its registration by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), according to Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, the party’s leader.

Zamboanga-Kalimantan sea transport service being considered

DAVAO CITY — A sea transport service linking Kalimantan and Zamboanga is being eyed to boost trade and tourism between Indonesia and the Philippines, according to Indonesian Consul General Berlian Napitupulu.

AirAsia cancels Davao-KL flights starting Aug. 21

DAVAO CITY — Malaysia AirAsia Berhad is dropping its flights between Davao and Kuala Lumpur in August, less than a year after launching the service in December 2017.

Mt. Apo guides, porters get refresher course

MORE THAN 60 accredited mountain guides and porters of the Sta. Cruz Trail to Mt. Apo recently completed a ‘retooling’ course as part of the capability-building program of the Sta. Cruz municipal government and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Davao Region (DENR XI).

Robinsons targets MICE market for new Summit Hotel in Tacloban

TACLOBAN CITY — Robinsons Land Corp. (RLC) is targeting the meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE) market for its Summit Hotel Tacloban, which was formally opened on Thursday.

Double-track electric system eyed for Mindanao railway

DAVAO CITY -- The proposed two-track electric train system for the main line of the Mindanao Railway System (MRS) has been approved by the Department of Transportation (DoTr), a Davao-based business leader said.

BBL forum set in Cotabato City today

A FORUM on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is set on Monday, June 18, at the Notre Dame University gym in Cotabato City.

Demand strongest for skilled food service, construction workers, TESDA says

DAVAO CITY -- Food industry workers like livestock slaughterers, chefs and baristas, as well as welders and other skilled construction workers are the most in demand both domestically and overseas, a Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) official said.

Apl de Ap, Thames school to offer scholarships for Davao City...

MUSICIAN ALLAN Pineda Lindo, popularly known as Apl de Ap of multi-awarded pop group Black Eyed Peas, and officials of the Thames International Business School have expressed intention to help the creative industry of Davao City by offering scholarships for both undergraduates and creative professionals.

Davao Occidental to build P3-B provincial complex within Cojuangco industrial park

DAVAO OCCIDENTAL, the newest province in the country, broke ground on June 8 for its P3-billion provincial capitol and business complex in the capital town of Malita.

Davao City mayor says she won’t run for senator in 2019

DAVAO CITY Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has categorically said that she is not running for a seat in the Senate in the 2019 mid-term elections as she focuses on building up the new regional political party Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (HNP).

Veterans Bank relaunches Mindanao branches as it targets new market

DAVAO CITY — Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB) has started relaunching its branches in key Mindanao cities as it aims to expand its market base, beginning with soldiers, military retirees and local government employees.

OWWA-Davao seeks collaboration with graduating students to help OFWs on livelihood...

THE DAVAO regional office of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) wants to tap graduating students, specifically those taking entrepreneurial and accountancy courses, for assisting overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who want to apply for the agency’s livelihood assistance program.

Mati hopeful CAAP will start operating city’s airport this year

THE DECOMMISSIONED airport in Mati City, previously used for private operations, could be reactivated for commercial flights within the year, according to a city official.

New Zealand to be tapped for farming-fishing technology and agricultural tourism

DAVAO CITY — Cacao farmers in Mindanao, particularly in the Davao Region, see New Zealand as a fresh market with the recent appointment of Mindanao Business Council (MBC) chair Vicente T. Lao as the country’s honorary consul for Mindanao.

New Zealand, Australia beef up support for Marawi rehabilitation

NEW ZEALAND Ambassador to the Philippines David Strachan said Mindanao is a growing priority of the New Zealand Aid Programme as he announced an additional P18-million fund for humanitarian assistance in Marawi City through the World Food Programme.

CLI-Lyceum tandem targets to open Davao school by June 2019

DAVAO CITY — Cebu Landmasters, Inc. (CLI) and the Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) are aiming to open the school component of their township project here by June 2019, followed by the commercial spaces within three years.

HIV treatment based on wild sage up for final review, P5M...

DAVAO CITY -- A research project evaluating the use of wild sage to treat Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is up for final technical assessment,...

Cebu Pacific reviewing VisMin market profile for new Cebu and Davao...

CEBU PACIFIC Air (Cebu Air, Inc.) is undertaking an assessment of passengers’ profile to and from the Visayas and Mindanao as the budget carrier...

Australia’s Outsourcing Angel hiring in Davao City

DAVAO CITY -- Australia’s Outsourcing Angel, a division of Red and Black Solutions Pty Ltd., is planning to hire virtual assistants (VAs) in Davao...

Price increase expected in paper-based school supplies — DTI-Davao

NOTEBOOKS AND other paper-based products are expected to increase as consumers begin buying supplies for the school opening in June. “We are expecting the...

DTI-Davao to convert pasalubong centers into OTOP shops

THE DEPARTMENT of Trade and Industry-Region 11 office (DTI-Davao) will convert existing pasalubong centers into OTOP (One-Town-One-Product) shops that will showcase products of micro,...

Davao’s Sun Made rice evaluating capacity, demand for ASEAN exports

DAVAO CITY -- The Mindanao Agri Network Corp. (MANCOR), distributor of rice brand Sun Made, is preparing to expand via exports to the Association...