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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.

LGUs declarations of persona-non-grata just ‘PR stunts,’ says NDFP

THE NATIONAL Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) has branded the resolutions of some local government units (LGUs) in the Davao Region declaring them persona-non-grata as mere public relations (PR) stunts by the military.

Rice farmers seek assurances of funding under new law

DAVAO CITY -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) will ensure that the rice industry will become more competitive as the Rice Tariffication Law comes into force.

Single-window program called for on rice tariffication

WITH THE implementation of the law on rice tariffication, the government must adopt a single-window program on importation, said a top official of the office of Sen. Cynthia A. Villar, principal author of the law.

BIMP-EAGA shipping service to be revived

DAVAO CITY -- The suspended shipping service between various cities in Mindanao and Bitung, Indonesia will resume and call at more ports within the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).

Davao Oriental hoping to energize agriculture, tourism sectors

DAVAO CITY -- The Davao Oriental provincial government is gearing up to improve its competitiveness in agriculture and tourism, with the province also in the process of drafting a 10-year plan for these industries.

GCash eyes MSMEs in Visayas, Mindanao

DAVAO CITY — GCash is looking at tapping more micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the countrysides of the Visayas and Mindanao as it wants to increase usage of the system.

Remittance office given green light for expansion

THE Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD) Inc.’s authorization as a remittance agent will allow it to expand its services, an official of the microfinance non-government organization said over the weekend.

Police looking into fake gold bar scheme

DAVAO CITY’s law enforcers are now investigating the reported proliferation of fake gold bars on the watch of a syndicate, after a purchase of one such gold bar was reported to the Marilog Police Station. Chief Insp. Estrello B. Ramiso, head of the police station, said this was not the first time his station received such a complaint.

Complete new minimum wage in effect

DAILY minimum wage earners in the region have started earning additional P26 a day since Friday last week as part of the approved adjustment in minimum wage in August last year.

Agusan provinces get PRDP funding for 3 irrigation projects

THREE COMMUNAL irrigation systems in the two Agusan provinces, which would cover about 500 hectares (ha) and benefit about 2,700 households, has received funding under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP).

DoH sees drop in measles cases by next month

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) foresees that measles cases will begin to decrease by next month as they further strengthen their vaccination programs in partnership with other government agencies as a response to the outbreak.

Davao City police probes pyramiding scheme

THE DAVAO City Police Office (DCPO) is looking into the report that some of its members have invested in Kapus Padatuon (Kapa), a group allegedly involved in the pyramiding scheme and promising to provide a 30% return on investment every month.

EastMinCom find 30 landmines allegedly planted by NPA

THE MILITARY’S Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) reported that it unearthed 30 landmines in various areas, allegedly planted by the communist armed group New People’s Army (NPA).

PRDP targets 30% farm income gains

DAVAO CITY -- The Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) is targeting a 30% increase in income for its beneficiaries before the end of its sixth year of implementation in 2020.

Davao Oriental secures P650M loan from DBP for various projects

THE DAVAO Oriental provincial government has secured a P650 million loan from the government-run Development Bank of the Philippines to fund several “high-impact” projects.

DBP tapped as financial advisor for projects endorsed by MinDA

DAVAO CITY -- The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has tapped the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) as financial advisor for 12 major projects and as a possible loan provider for other proposed ventures in the southern islands.

Davao City to release new investment code within 1st half of...

THE DAVAO city government is aiming to release a new Investment Incentive Code within the first semester of the year, with the draft now under review for approval by the Investment Promotions Center’s board.

Davao City allocates P436M for disaster management program

DAVAO CITY’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund Investment Plan (CDRRMFIP) for 2019 has been approved with an allocation of about P436 million.

PNP-11 cracks down anew on cops involved in illegal gambling

THE DAVAO Police Regional Office (PRO-11) is undertaking a crackdown anew on cops suspected to be protecting illegal gambling activities.

Cultivating the banana and coconut industries

DAVAO CITY -- Coconut products and fresh banana, despite seesawing volumes and values over the years, have consistently been among the country’s major agricultural exports.

Flooding hits 2 Davao provinces, Davao City

TWO PERSONS died and another remains missing in Compostela Valley (ComVal) province as flooding caused by continuous rains hit parts of the Davao Region over the weekend.

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9 schools in Davao Oriental IP communities under probe for NPA...

THE PROVINCIAL Peace and Order Council of Davao Oriental is looking into the activities of nine schools located within indigenous people (IP) communities that are reportedly being used by the communist New People’s Army (NPA) as recruitment sites.

Technical group formed in line with Davao-Kitakyushu ‘Green Sisterhood’

THE DAVAO City government has formed a technical working group (TWG) that will help craft initiatives on environmental protection in line with its sisterhood agreement with Japanese city Kitakyushu.

Mindanao seen to grow by 7%-8% this year

DAVAO CITY -- The economy of Mindanao is forecast to grow by up to 8% this year with projects boosting agricultural output, investments in urban areas, and improved business confidence arising from the implementation of the Bangsamoro Organic Law, an official of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said.

Economics and politics of the Bangsamoro vote

TODAY’S PLEBISCITE for a new law that will expand the geographic coverage and economic authority of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) comes at a period when significant growth has been recorded in this part of the country that has otherwise been afflicted by poverty and armed conflict.

Mindanao barter trade implementing rules could be finalized by Feb.

DAVAO CITY -- The implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for a legalized barter trading system in western parts of Mindanao are now being finalized by the Mindanao Barter Trading Council and could be completed next month.

Magnitude 6 ‘aftershock’ recorded off Davao Oriental

A MAGNITUDE 6 earthquake jolted parts of Mindanao at 4:03 a.m. Wednesday, with the epicenter recorded 127 kilometers southeast of Gov. Generoso town in...

Davao airport authority measure clears House

DAVAO CITY -- The business sector is pinning its hopes on a new airport authority to improve the operations of this city’s Francisco Bangoy International Airport, with legislation creating the new body recently clearing the House of Representatives.

Davao court denies petition by DoJ on hold-departure order against Trillanes

A DAVAO CITY court denied the Dec. 4, 2018 motion of the Department of Justice (DoJ) for issuance of hold departure order (HDO) against Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV over his four libel cases, ruling that he is not a flight risk.

Davao City council approves IP traditional conflict resolution for some cases

CONFLICTS and crimes with a maximum prison term of six years involving indigenous people (IP) in Davao City could be settled through traditional mechanisms after the mayor signs the ordinance recently approved by the council.

2 Davao provinces, other areas in election watchlist due to NPA,...

LAW ENFORCEMENT agencies have placed the entire provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao del Sur in the election watch list because of the presence of private armed groups and New People’s Army (NPA) rebels.

Police chief says no order to profile ACT members, but 3...

POLICE DIRECTOR General Oscar D. Albayalde said he has ordered the relieved of three intelligence officers who allegedly “leaked” a document ordering the profiling of members of the left-leaning Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Party-list, but added that he did not sign any such directive.

Sarangani abaca cooperative signs China supply deal

DAVAO CITY -- A cooperative in Sarangani province is expanding its abaca production area to about 1,000 hectares as it started selling its products to China.

AboitizPower unit sets P1.5-B capex for 2019

DAVAO CITY -- Aboitiz Power Corp. subsidiary, Davao Light and Power Company, Inc. (DLPC) is allocating a capital expenditure (CAPEX) of about P1.5 billion this year, which will be used for an underground cable system in Davao City and its rural electrification program.