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Aboitiz solar power unit expands to Mindanao

DAVAO CITY — Aboitiz Power Distributed Energy, Inc. (APX), the newly formed rooftop solar power unit of Aboitiz Power Corp. (AboitizPower), is ready to enter the Mindanao market after starting out in Luzon and the Visayas in April this year.

Japan upgrading Davao office into consulate general

THE JAPANESE government is upgrading its consular office in the city into a consulate general office, which would have authority to handle wider commercial relations.

Chinese business delegations visit Davao as consular office prepares for opening

MORE CHINESE investors have been visiting Davao City to scout for business opportunities in the southern islands, according to Mindanao Development Authority Deputy Executive Director Romeo M. Montenegro.

Domestic chocolate processors propping up cacao industry

DAVAO CITY -- Domestic processors of cacao, some of which are operated by farmers themselves, have propped up bean prices, offering a safety net for growers at a time of fluctuating global prices for the commodity.

PCCI backs Davao City as gateway for Mindanao

TAGUM CITY, DAVAO DEL NORTE -- The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PCCI) has endorsed Davao City as the main international gateway for Mindanao and called for the development of a bigger airport.

PCCI to bring 31 franchise companies to Marawi City

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte — The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PCCI) is bringing 31 companies that will offer franchising opportunities in Marawi, with some fees waived in support of the city’s rehabilitation.

CARD releases P451M micro-loans in 20 provinces

DAVAO CITY — The Center for Agriculture and Rural Development, Inc. (CARD) has released about P450.9 million in loans to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) since July 2017 as part of its agreement with the government for the Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-Asenso (P3) program.

P65M worth of pirated DVDs seized in Davao up for destruction

DIGITAL VIDEO Discs (DVDs) containing pirated content, with an estimated value of P65 million, are up for destruction after these were seized in Davao City by law enforcers last week.

Davao growers hope to raise coffee quality

DAVAO CITY — The Davao Region coffee industry is targeting farmers in a bid to increase quality awareness among growers, allowing them to grow their incomes.

Govt-MILF Marawi rescue operations team reactivated as center for people’s concerns

A TEAM that was instrumental in helping rescue hostages and trapped residents in Marawi City during the height of the siege last year has been reactivated to serve as a center for receiving concerns on the government’s rehabilitation program.

2 new international routes opening in Davao City

DAVAO CITY — The Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) is confident that the addition of two more international routes to and from the city this year will boost tourism in the region and other parts of Mindanao.

Davao City police increases police visibility amid Sultan Kudarat bombing

LAW ENFORCERS in Davao City have enhanced security measures through the deployment of more personnel around the city following the two bombings in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat last week and on Sunday.

SMDC prepares to build its first condominium project in Davao City

DAVAO CITY — SM Development Corp. (SMDC), the real property arm of the Henry Sy group, has started preparations for the construction of its first condominium project in the city.

Former NPA members in Davao Oriental get ICT training

THE DAVAO ORIENTAL provincial government has tapped the Tech4d Center, a computer-based educational mechanism under the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT), to provide rebel returnees with new skills.

Avida targets young, single professionals for 2nd Davao project

DAVAO CITY -- Avida Land Corp, the mid-range brand of property giant Ayala Land Inc, (ALI), has launched its second condominium project here, targeting young and single professionals as a major market.

Davao City eyes green building, more projects with Israeli groups

THE DAVAO City government is looking at more partnerships with Israeli non-government organizations and other groups after last week’s signing for an education project that will provide capacity-building training to local teachers.

Tawi-Tawi town gets P20 million from PRDP for seaweed project

DAVAO CITY -- The Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) has allocated about P20 million for the development of the marine industry in a town in the island province of Tawi-Tawi.

Dureza assures IPs of inclusive Bangsamoro law implementation

THE NATIONAL government has assured the indigenous peoples (IPs) of Mindanao that the implementation of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) will include their development by addressing their specific concerns.

Eurotel group pouring more funds to renovate Davao’s Apo View Hotel

DAVAO CITY — Global Comfort Group Corp., the company behind the Eurotel and Icon hotel brands, is injecting more funds until 2019 for the renovation of rooms and the construction of a halal kitchen at the Apo View Hotel.

83 Davao Region cops dismissed since 2016

THE DAVAO Police Regional Office (PRO-11) has vowed to throw the book at its erring members, noting that 83 cops from the region have been dismissed since January 2016 after being found guilty of involvement in criminal activities.

MILF, gov’t start preparations for normalization track of peace deal

DAVAO CITY — The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have started preparing for the normalization track of the peace agreement, particularly the integration of armed MILF members back into their communities.

60 PRDP projects in Mindanao completed

DAVAO CITY — Sixty infrastructure projects in Mindanao out of 171 approved under the World Bank-funded Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) have been completed, based on the PRDP June report.

Community volunteers to assist security forces during Kadayawan Festival

LAW ENFORCERS have intensified security preparations for the main week of the Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival in light of the car bomb explosion in Lamitan City, Basilan last week that killed 11, including the suspected bomber.

P2P buses in Davao City to start operating soon

BUSES FOR point-to-point (P2P) routes here are expected to be delivered within the month and begin operations soon after, earlier than the previous October schedule.

Taiwan health care firms looking for Mindanao partners

DAVAO CITY -- Taiwan health care companies are coming to Davao this week to look for possible partners, an official with the Mindanao Business Council (MinBC) said.

Davao new minimum wage rates to take effect Aug. 16

DAVAO CITY -- The approved P56 increase in Davao Region’s minimum daily wage will come in two tranches, with the first installment of P30 taking effect on Aug. 16.

LGUs reluctant to propose irrigation projects — PRDP

DAVAO CITY -- Many farm areas around the country stand to benefit from an irrigation system, but proposals from local government units (LGUs) are thin on the ground, an official of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) said.

Uratex to open 3 factories, 2 showrooms in VisMin

CEBU CITY — Polyfoam Chemical Corp., maker of the Uratex Foam brand, is expanding its presence in the Visayas and Mindanao with the opening of three factories and two showrooms this year.

Davao council unlikely to reverse new business tax rates, but considering...

THE DAVAO City council has vowed to come up next month with a solution to the complaints of local traders on the higher business tax rates approved in 2017 and took effect this year.

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.

Davao underground cable project to be extended to CM Recto Street

THE SECOND phase of the underground cabling project in Davao City will start next month along Claro M. Recto Street.

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.

MinDA proposes sukuk issuance to fund Mindanao projects

DAVAO CITY — The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has proposed the issuance of sukuk, or Islamic bonds, to raise funds for the national government’s key projects in Mindanao.

W. Visayas, Davao firms call for wage hike rethink

PRIVATE SECTOR groups in Western Visayas and Davao are urging their respective Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPB) to reconsider minimum wage hike increases, warning that higher manpower costs could make their industries uncompetitive.

ARMM-DepEd prepares for transition as it anticipates BBL approval

THE DEPARTMENT of Education (DepEd) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has started assessing the status of education in the region as it prepares a transition plan for the new Bangsamoro, the entity expected to replace the ARMM if the Bangsamoro Basic Law is approved.

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.

Marsman Estate signs deal with agrarian reform beneficiaries

DAVAO CITY -- Banana farming company Marsman Estate Plantation, Inc. (MEPI) has asked the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council to allow it to create an “ad hoc negotiation task force” to resolve the remaining issues on its lease arrangement with a minority of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs).

Davao City to issue ID cards per household for disaster relief...

THE DAVAO City government plans to produce identification cards (ID) per family to ease the distribution of relief goods and other assistance during calamities, according to the City Social Services and Development Office.

Gov’t still open to talks with Reds but with parameters

DAVAO CITY — Despite the apparent fallout between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza said the Duterte administration is still open to the peace talks.

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.

Daneco management aims to settle debt to suppliers in 2 years

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte — The group formed by the National Electrification Administration (NEA) to manage the Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Daneco) has promised to settle its P2.1 billion debts to suppliers within the next two years.

Davao City police forms group to probe ambush on ARMM official...

THE DAVAO City police has formed a group to investigate the ambush last Monday on Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Assemblyman Sidik S. Amiril.

PDEA-11 probes illegal drugs in Davao prison

THE PHILIPPINE Drug Enforcement Agency-Davao (PDEA-11) is investigating the continued entry of illegal drugs into the Davao Prison and Penal Farm after six detainees tested positive for shabu (crystal meth).

Coconut levy trust fund law could be signed before SONA, Villar...

MATI CITY, Davao Oriental — Proposed legislation that will establish the coconut trust fund and provide interventions for the industry’s development could be passed and signed into law before the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 23, according to Senator Cynthia A. Villar.

Ayala-Alcantara joint venture taps Gaisano for Azuela Cove supermarket

DAVAO CITY — Azuela Cove, the joint township project of the Ayala and Alcantara groups, will have a multilevel supermarket to be put up by mall developer DS Gaisano Group, Inc.