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NCCC partners with TraXion for online credit services to cooperatives, affiliate...

DAVAO CITY — Homegrown conglomerate New City Commercial Center (NCCC) has partnered with blockchain firm TraXion Tech Inc. to provide an online-based credit line to members of cooperatives and affiliate companies, which can be used to shop at NCCC supermarkets and its other retail stores.

Davao Light sees 30% consumption growth by 2023

DAVAO CITY -- Aboitiz-led Davao Light and Power Co. (DLPC) expects a 30% growth in consumption to 546 megawatts (MW) by 2023, from the 421 MW consumed in 2018 in its franchise areas.

Evasco to file failure of election petition in Bohol, accuses proclaimed...

LEONCIO B. Evasco, Jr., who lost his bid for the governor’s seat in Bohol by 2,161 votes based on 100% of election returns transmitted, is filing a petition for a failure of elections declaration in the province as he accused the winning candidate, incumbent Rep. Arthur C. Yap, of massive vote-buying.

Alvarez-led candidates beat Floirendo-Del Rosario bets in Davao del Norte

DAVAO CITY — The hotly-contested province of Davao del Norte has been dominated by candidates under the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) headed by reelectionist 1st District Rep. Pantaleon D. Alvarez, defeating the Floirendo-Del Rosario clan under the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP).

DoubleDragon-Alsons to invest P800M in Davao CentralHub project

DAVAO CITY — CentralHub Industry Centers, Inc. (CentralHub), a subsidiary of DoubleDragon Properties Corp., and homegrown Alsons Development and Investment Corp. (Alsons Dev) are investing P800 million for the planned industrial warehouse complex in the city.

Duterte bets dominate Top 12

AN unofficial count as of Monday early evening showed candidates of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s administration dominating the top 12 slots of the senatorial race, led by reelectionist Senator Cynthia A. Villar.

Amid hotspot tag, martial law, Mindanao voters urged to vote

MINDANAO authorities called on the public to go out and vote as they assured that security forces are in place to maintain peace and order.

MinDA’s Abul Khayr Alonto, 73

DAVAO CITY — Secretary Abul Khayr D. Alonto, the first Muslim to head the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), died on the evening of May 9.

Plunder complaint filed vs Alvarez, chief of staff

A COMPLAINT has been filed before the office of the Ombudsman-Mindanao against former House speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez and his chief of staff, Edwin I. Jubahib, for alleged violation of Republic Act 7080 and Republic Act 3019, the law on plunder and the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, respectively.

Davao City allocates P7.8M to assist 22 LGUs hit by El...

THE DAVAO City government is allocating P7.8 million to help 22 local government units (LGUs) heavily affected by the long dry spell.

Limketkai, 72, leaves legacy of his visions in Cagayan de Oro

CAGAYAN DE ORO City tycoon Lorenzo U. Limketkai passed away at age 72 and he will be laid to rest Monday, May 6, in his hometown.

Harley-Davidson opens Davao dealership

DAVAO CITY — More Harley-Davidson motorcycles could soon be hitting Mindanao’s roads with the recent opening of a dealership here, which also offers after-sales service and original merchandise for the American motorcycle brand.

NEDA-Davao calls for expansion of construction labor pool amid slowdown

DAVAO CITY -- A worker shortage slowed the growth of the construction industry in the Davao Region to 18.1% in 2018 from 37.9% the previous year, regional economic planners said, citing Philippine Statistics Authority data.

Marawi weavers need more help to sustain livelihood

WEAVERS FROM Marawi City, which suffered devastation from the five-month armed clashes in 2017 arising from a siege by Islamic State-inspired local extremist groups, were among those who joined a forum in Iligan City last week intended to discuss the revival and sustaining affected businesses in the war-torn city.

Davao City agri office to seek fund for El Niño-affected areas;...

THE DAVAO City administration is unlikely to recommend a state of calamity declaration with less than 20% of the population affected by the prevailing El Niño phenomenon based on the impact assessment submitted by 13 of its 182 barangays.

Japan packaging firm Packwell to set up shop at DLI Davao...

DAVAO CITY -- Packwell Inc., a Japanese company that manufactures paper-based packaging and containers, has signed an agreement to establish operations at the Floirendo-owned Anflo Industrial Estate (AIE) in Panabo City, Davao del Norte.

Davao businessmen off to Fujian on May 8 for trade mission

A 15-MEMBER trade mission will leave for Fujian, China on May 8 to promote the Davao Region as an investment destination and forge ties with Chinese business groups.

Davao municipalities get ₱890 million in PRDP funding

DAVAO CITY -- The Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) has approved P890 million worth of projects for several municipalities in Davao del Sur province as well as Davao City, with more than 90% of the funds allocated for farm-to-market roads and.

Bicol tops regions in economic growth

THE ECONOMY of Bicol Region grew the fastest among the 17 Philippine regions in 2018, exceeding the growth rate posted by the capital as well as the national average.

Flood control project for Davao del Norte now under study

DAVAO CITY — A flood control project that will protect Davao del Norte is now under a feasibility study, based on documents from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Banana growers seek gov’t assistance over new Japan import testing regime

DAVAO CITY -- The Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association, Inc. (PBGEA) has asked the government to assist the industry after Japan implemented stricter tests for chemical residue in fruit imports.

CARD Bank opens 94th branch in Masbate, eyes 6 more this...

CARD BANK, Inc., a member of the CARD Mutually Reinforcing Institutions (CARD MRI) group, is planning to have a network of 100 branches by the end of the year following the recent opening of its 94th in San Fernando, Masbate.

MinDa starts disseminating Water-Energy Food Study results to help Mindanao farmers...

THE MINDANAO Development Authority (MinDA) has started disseminating the results of a study intended to help farmers plan their agricultural activities and choose crops that best suit their land. Anne Marie I. Oledan, project coordinator at MinDA, said last week that the Water-Energy Food Study, funded by the United States Assistance for International Development, provides data on water availability as well areas vulnerable to climate change.

WESM in Mindanao targeted by 4th quarter

DAVAO CITY -- The wholesale electricity spot market (WESM) in Mindanao is being targeted for launch in the fourth quarter of the year, but it will still depend on results of a third-party evaluation.

New dusitD2 Davao Hotel prepares for grand opening, eyes affluent market

DAVAO CITY -- Dusit International is preparing for the formal opening ceremony of the dusitD2 Davao Hotel before the end of the month, but operations have already started on March 31.

2 Davao areas added to Red tide alert areas

THE COASTAL areas of Balite Bay in Mati City, Davao Oriental and Sta. Maria in Davao Occidental have been added to the areas under red tide warning, based on the latest laboratory results from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

Site ready for Davao City’s planned waste-to-energy project

A 10-HECTARE lot at the southwestern part of Davao City has been purchased by the local government for the planned waste-to-energy project, according to Vice Mayor Bernard E. Al-ag.

Coal-fired plants taking up slack from Mindanao hydropower during El Niño

DAVAO CITY -- Mindanao’s shift in recent years to more power generated by coal-fired plants is for now saving the southern Philippines from energy problems caused by the El Niño dry spell.

Davao Oriental taps Bayad Center for tax payments

THE PROVINCIAL government of Davao Oriental has partnered with CIS Bayad Center Inc. for its tax collection, starting with real estate tax payments.

DoH-Davao raises alert as dengue cases in the region rises

HEALTH OFFICIALS in the Davao Region have raised the alarm after the number of dengue cases increased in the first quarter of the year, with two deaths reported due to the mosquito-borne disease.

CLI mulls P2.5-B loan for Davao Global Township

DAVAO CITY -- Cebu Landmasters, Inc. (CLI), through its joint venture firm YHEST Realty and Development Corp., is looking at borrowing P2.5 billion for the first phase of its P33-billion Davao Global Township project.

Davao specialty coffee group eyes extra 200 hectares to service export...

DAVAO CITY -- A group in Davao del Sur province that produces specialty coffee is aiming to expand its current 400-hectare farm by at least another 200 as foreign markets start to recognize the Philippine product.

Davao-Samal bridge alignment starts at Azuela Cove

THE REGIONAL Development Council (RDC) has approved the alignment of the proposed bridge that will connect Davao City and the Island Garden City of Samal.

NCCC unveils plan for Victoria Plaza complex

DAVAO CITY — Homegrown New City Commercial Corp. (NCCC) is developing its recently-purchased Victoria Plaza, the city’s oldest and iconic shopping mall, into a mixed-use complex with residential and hotel components.

Phoenix targets 20% LPG sales growth in VisMin

DAVAO CITY -- Phoenix LPG Philippines, Inc., the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) unit of Dennis A. Uy’s listed firm Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc., is aiming to increase its sales by about 20% this year in the Visayas and Mindanao with the expansion of retail outlets.

Universal Robina completes P1-B Davao flour mill expansion

DAVAO CITY — Universal Robina Corp. (URC), the food and beverage unit of JG Summit Holdings, Inc., has completed the P1-billion expansion of its flour milling plant here, increasing production threefold for export to Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, company officials said Thursday.

Holcim Davao plant former workers seek union recognition, regularization

PROTESTING WORKERS who have been dismissed from the Holcim Philippines, Inc. plant in Davao City, hired through contractor Fort Steel Cargo Integrators Inc., pressed on their call to be reinstated and be given regular employment status.

AboitizPower’s CLPC expects continued energy demand increase in Bangsamoro areas

COTABATO LIGHT and Power Co. (CLPC), an Aboitiz Power Corp. (AboitizPower) subsidiary, reported a 14% increase in energy demand in its franchise areas in the Bangsamoro region in 2018 to 32 megawatts (MW) from 28 MW the previous year, and expects continued uptrend with the implementation of the new Bangsamoro Organic Law.

Phoenix Petroleum assessing proposed areas for retail expansion

DAVAO CITY — Listed independent oil firm Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc. is assessing various locations proposed by potential dealers as part of its expansion program this year, a top company official said yesterday.

DENR orders relocation of gold ore mills in Compostela Valley

DAVAO CITY — BALL MILL facilities for gold ore extracted from Mt. Diwalwal in Compostela Valley have been given until this weekend to move out and transfer to a government-designated site as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is set to rehabilitate the Naboc River.

NCCC buys Davao’s oldest mall

DAVAO CITY — Homegrown retail and shopping mall operator New City Commercial Corp. (NCCC) has acquired Victoria Plaza Mall, the first mall in the city.

P55.3M worth of Davao-Region crops destroyed by El Niño

DAVAO CITY -- About P55.3 million worth of crops in Davao Region were reported to have been destroyed due to the dry spell brought about by the current El Niño.

Davao Oriental bans quarrying at main irrigation water source

DAVAO ORIENTAL’S provincial government has banned quarrying within the river that serves as the main water source of the Aragon Dam in Cateel town, considered as the biggest irrigation system in Mindanao.

Go Lokal opens 1st shop in Mindanao

THE 103rd Go Lokal store was opened last Friday at the Abreeza Ayala Mall in Davao City, the first in Mindanao, featuring products from the different southern regions.

Holcim coordinating with contractor over 100 protesting terminated workers

HOLCIM PHILIPPINES, Inc. said on Wednesday that it is coordinating with its contractor, Fort Steel Cargo Integrators Inc., whose employees have been protesting over their alleged mass termination.