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Davao business sector calls for measures to keep out swine disease

DAVAO CITY -- The Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called on government to implement measures to prevent the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) to Mindanao.

Chongqing seeks sisterhood deal with Davao

ANOTHER Chinese city has proposed a sisterhood agreement with President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s hometown of Davao City, which the latter expects to spur investments from China.

Mindanao agency pushes organic rice

THE Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) will partner with a seed company and a farmers’ cooperative to push a shift to organic premium rice production.

Dwell Lifestyle to open boutique hotel in 2021

DAVAO CITY — Dwell Lifestyle is investing about P100 million for a boutique hotel here to cater to the growing tourist market.

Lyceum asks city gov’t to reclassify property

DAVAO CITY — Newly-opened Lyceum of the Philippines University-Davao has asked the city government to reclassify its area into a major commercial sub-zone from a medium density residential sub-zone.

HMR set to open in Cagayan de Oro

DAVAO CITY — HMR Trading Haus is set to open a branch in Cagayan de Oro within the month, it said in a statement.

General Santos signs Pampanga trade deals

DAVAO CITY -- General Santos City concluded partnership agreements with three Pampanga local governments as well as the Clark Development Corp. on Sept. 5, coinciding with the city’s annual Tuna Festival in early September.

Five of 70 convicts have surrendered

FIVE of about 70 felons from the Davao Region convicted of a heinous crime and who were illegally freed have surrendered, according to police.

City goes after online travel agencies

THE city government has tightened the noose on online businesses, particularly travel agencies that are operating illegally.

Sultan Kudarat farm pilot-testing rice seed requiring reduced irrigation

DAVAO CITY -- Climate-resilient rice seed is being developed in South Central Mindanao with reduced irrigation requirements for areas that receive limited water apart from rainfall.

Marawi rehab, hydro plants top agenda at MinBizCon

DAVAO CITY -- Rehabilitation of Marawi City and the two government-owned hydropower complexes are among the concerns that are expected to be discussed during the three-day Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizCon) in Iligan City starting Sept. 12.

Davao-Manado flight may be relaunched Sept. 27

THE REVIVAL of an air link between Davao City and Manado in Indonesia is tentatively set for relaunch on Sept. 27, with the maiden flight to be served by Garuda Airlines.

Cacao the focus of third Startup Weekend Women

DAVAO CITY -- A conference for female entrepreneurs is focusing on identifying and addressing gaps in the production of cacao and its by-products with the aid of technology.

DCWD still awaiting Davao City gov’t approval for P300M septage project

THE DAVAO City Water District (DCWD) is ready to rollout the proposed P300-million septage project, but it is still awaiting the local government’s approval.

DCWD to invest P400 million for water source

DAVAO CITY — Supply from the bulk water project of the Aboitiz-led Apo Agua Infrastructura, Inc., which is expected to start operations in June 2021, will not be enough to address the increasing water requirements of the city, a top official of the Davao City Water District (DCWD) said Wednesday.

Davao gears up for RAPID Growth project rollout

DAVAO CITY -- Micro and small enterprises involved in coffee, cacao, coconut, and processed fruits and nuts in the Davao Region will be among the first beneficiaries of the Rural Agro-enterprise Partnership for Inclusive Development and Growth (RAPID Growth) project.

World Bank commits additional $280-million funding for PRDP

DAVAO CITY — The World Bank has committed to add another $280 million fund for the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP), Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar announced Saturday.

DMCI’s Verdon Parc Davao project rakes in P5 billion

DAVAO CITY — Sales from DMCI Project Developers, Inc.’s (DMCI Homes) residential project here, the Verdon Parc complex, has hit P5 billion as of June this year with more than half of the 2,204 units already sold.

Dar promises easier LANDBANK loan access for farmer sector

DAVAO CITY -- Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar has assured farmers that simplified loan access will soon be provided by government-owned Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK), with the terms of the new lending arrangements now being finalized.

DA asks banana growers to pay for half of proposed R&D...

DAVAO CITY -- Newly-installed Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar wants the banana industry, both corporate growers and smallholders, to shoulder half of the cost of establishing a research and development (R&D) facility.

Davao City council approves P1.474B supplemental budget

THE DAVAO City council approved this week the P1.474 billion supplemental budget proposed for various projects, including waste management and transport terminals for the high priority bus system (HPBS).

Cotabato takes lessons from Davao Oriental’s Happy Home for rebel returnees

COTABATO OFFICIALS, led by Gov. Nancy A Catamco, visited Davao Oriental last week to learn from the province’s reintegration program for former members of the communist New People’s Army.

CARD microfinance bank opens 1st Mindanao branch

CARD MRI Rizal Bank, Inc., a unit of the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development–Mutually Reinforcing Institutions (CARD-MRI), opened on Monday its first branch in Mindanao, located in Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental.

Plastics manufacturer expands to Mindanao

DAVAO CITY — Manila-based plastics maker Manly Plastics, Inc. will soon occupy a 1.1-hectare area at the Anflo Industrial Estate (AIE) in Panabo City.

Davao City council to tackle P100M proposal for HPBS bus terminals

THE PROPOSED P100 million budget to construct two terminals for Davao City’s planned High Priority Bus System (HPBS) will be tackled by the city council this week.

New MinDA chief Piñol lists agriculture, poorest provinces among development priorities

DAVAO CITY — Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol, taking on his role as the new head of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) on Monday, said agriculture, the poorest provinces, and indigenous people (IP) communities would be among his priority areas.

Holcim expects sustained growth in Mindanao cement demand

DAVAO CITY -- Holcim Philippines, Inc., which has just completed the expansion of its plant here, is preparing to start similar improvements in its Lugait Cement Plant in Misamis Oriental as it expects continued growth in Mindanao demand.

Dengue cases in Davao Region up 60%; highest in Davao City

DENGUE CASES in the Davao Region increased by about 60% to 4,345 during the first seven months of the year compared with the same period last year, the regional office of the Department of Health reported last week.

LANDBANK extends P30-M loan facility to BCS Credit Cooperative

DAVAO CITY -- Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) is extending a P30-million loan facility to BCS Credit Cooperative to help expand its financing program to its members, particularly the small farmers and microentrepreneurs.

Davao City councilor wants sanctions on parents of truant students

A DAVAO City councilor has proposed an ordinance that will penalize parents and guardians of truant students.

BPI eyes digitalization, ‘measured’ expansion

DAVAO CITY — Top officials of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) announced the opening of two new branches in the Davao Region within the year, but at the same time stressed they are “carefully” phasing the expansion of physical offices in view of the continued development of online banking services.

Property company to venture beyond Davao

DAVAO CITY -- Homegrown Amalgated Properties and Management Corp. has partnered with Makati-based Pinnacle Real Estate Consulting Services, Inc. as it plans to expand its footprint to 100 buildings nationwide within the next eight years.

Royal Mandaya Hotel allots P50M for refurbishment

THE ROYAL Mandaya Hotel, one of the oldest and biggest in Davao City, is continuing with its refurbishments, allocating another P50 million to improve facilities.

Lanao del Sur signs deals for coffee, abaca development

THE LANAO del Sur government has identified coffee and abaca among its priority products for development through partnerships with various groups.

Davao City eyes sisterhood with Zamboanga, Cotabato for tourism, agriculture

THE DAVAO City government is looking at forging sisterhood ties with two other cities in Mindanao, Zamboanga and Cotabato, to boost collaboration in tourism and cultural development, agriculture, and trade.

Digitizing microfinance: Innovations for a still tech-reluctant small consumer market

WHEN Lafayette A. Lim joined the family business armed with a computer science degree, he was eager to put his education into action.

Water rates in Davao City to increase in 2020

THE DAVAO City Water District (DCWD) is set to increase rates within the second half next year, its first price adjustment since 2013.

Cebu Pacific interested in Cebu-Mati flights

MATI CITY, DAVAO ORIENTAL — Budget airline Cebu Pacific is interested in launching flights between Cebu and Mati City once the latter’s airport opens for commercial operations, according to Mati Mayor Michelle N. Rabat.

RCBC eyes agriculture for loan portfolio expansion

DAVAO CITY — Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) is looking at providing more loans to the agricultural sector as one of its main strategies in growing its portfolio in Mindanao, its top executive said.

Mindanao farmers issue wish list for crop dev’t

DAVAO CITY -- Mindanao farmers, including agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARB), have put together a list of expected government interventions needed to boost the agricultural sector, highlighting high-value crops.

Davao City councilor to propose ‘no garage, no new car’ policy

COUNCILOR CONRADO C. Baluran, head of the Davao City council committee on transportation and communications, is filing a proposal that will require those who want to buy new vehicles to first show proof of having parking space.

Condominium units in Davao City seen to increase by 45% by...

DAVAO CITY -- The number of condominium units in the city, roughly at around 7,000 as of 2018, is seen to increase by 45% at the end of this year, according to consultancy firm Prime Philippines’ Research and Advisory 2019.

SHFC to finance 50,000 housing units in Davao Oriental

THE DAVAO Oriental provincial government is building about 50,000 housing units in Mati City within the next three years that will be bankrolled by Social Housing Finance Corp. (SHFC).

Davao City planning to regulate vacation home rentals

THE DAVAO city government is planning to issue policy guidelines for the online vacation home-rental industry and will use as possible models similar regulations issued in Singapore and Japan.

P200M DoT fund ready for Mati Airport rehabilitation

DAVAO ORIENTAL Gov. Nelson L. Dayanghirang is preparing to issue an executive order that will establish a body that will facilitate the rehabilitation and reopening of the Mati Airport as part of plans to boost tourism.