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Davao mixed-use project to start with housing, UP graduate school

CONSTRUCTION will start this year for the initial residential units and the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) graduate school at the Agriya mixed-use complex of Damosa Land, Inc. (DLI) in Panabo City, Davao Del Norte.

Davao City looking for more projects under World Bank’s PRDP fund

THE DAVAO City government is planning to propose new ventures for funding under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) as it recently re-established the special unit tasked to manage the agriculture-focused program at the local level.

Jolo named MinDA priority development area

THE MINDANAO Development Authority (MinDA) has identified Jolo, the capital of Sulu province, as a priority development area after Taraka town in Lanao del Sur.

China assessing loan request for the Samal-Davao bridge amid right-of-way dispute...

DAVAO CITY -- China is assessing a loan request by the Philippine government for the construction of the Samal-Davao bridge and a decision could be reached within the early part of the year, according to Chinese Consul General Li Lin.

Surigao, Davao provinces settle boundary dispute

THE PROVINCES of Davao Oriental and Surigao del Sur have finalized the settlement of a two-decade old boundary dispute in the towns of Boston and Lingig. Officials of the two provincial governments, in a joint session held in Davao City last week, issued a common ordinance defining the political boundary in the contested area.

Marsman Estate says P90,000/ha offer still stands for over 100 farmers

MARSMAN ESTATE Plantation Inc.’s (MEPI) offer of a P90,000 per hectare (ha) payment annually to 140 banana farmers remains on the table, the export company said.

ASF outbreak: Lingayen culls infected swines; Davao Occidental declares state of...

PIGS THAT tested positive for the African Swine Fever (ASF) in Barangay Namolan have been culled, the Lingayen provincial office reported Tuesday evening.

Davao City mayor, Chinese envoy pursue trade cooperation

AMID the current ban on direct flights between China and the Philippines due to the novel coronavirus (nCov), Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and Chinese Consul General Li Lin met Tuesday to discuss continued trade cooperation and opportunities.

Damosa inks franchise deal for IWG shared workspace centers

DAVAO CITY -- Homegrown Damosa Land Inc. (DLI) has inked a franchise agreement with International Workplace Group Co. (IWG) for the establishment of eight co-working centers in Mindanao over the next five years.

Banana exporters push gov’t to set cap on exit prices

DAVAO CITY -- The banana export industry wants the government to set a cap on the exit price of the commodity to help smooth out seasonal swings in demand and fluctuations in the harvest.

Unifrutti plans banana farm in Basilan

DAVAO CITY -- Banana exporter Unifrutti Tropical Philippines, Inc. is finalizing plans to develop a 1,000-hectare farm in the island province of Basilan.

DA-Davao aims for rice self-sufficiency in region

THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture-Davao (DA-11) is aiming for rice self-sufficiency in the region, where banana and coconut are among the major crops.

Maranao cultural town Taraka chosen as showcase area for poverty reduction...

THE SMALL lakeside town of Taraka, considered an important Maranao historical and cultural preservation area, has been chosen as a showcase site for an agriculture-based poverty reduction program.

WESM key to viability of new RE projects in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY — The attractiveness and viability of renewal energy (RE) investments in Mindanao depends in part on the operations of the wholesale electricity spot market (WESM), a Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) official said.

Another DMCI-Urban condominium project ordered vacated due to ‘major structural cracks’

THE DAVAO City government has ordered the management of the Toledo Building of the Magallanes Residences to vacate all units due to “major structural cracks.”

MinDA taps Filipino-Americans for high value exports to US

DAVAO CITY -- The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is tapping Filipino-American communities in the US to help expand the market for Mindanao agricultural products.

Davao Oriental starts construction of new facilities at tourism complex

THE DAVAO Oriental provincial government has broken ground for the first phase of an inland resort within its tourism complex, with an initial allocation of P165 million from the local budget. “We cannot afford to simply wait for investors to locate and invest here.

Davao City lines up construction of 2 colleges

THE DAVAO City government will build two colleges, one is partnership with the University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) and the other a city college, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio announced.

Davao business chamber volunteers services for farm logistics upgrades

DAVAO CITY’s business chamber has offered to work with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to plan for improved farm logistics.

Davao Region council thumbs down peace talks resumption as local governments...

THE DAVAO Regional Peace and Order Council has voiced its opposition to the planned resumption of peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front (NDF), the political arm of the communist rebellion.

Cotabato airport rehab to cost P2.6 billion

THE MOTHBALLED airport in M’lang, Cotabato will need at least P2.6 billion to rehabilitate and put into operation, according to the Mindanao Development Authority (MiNDA), citing an assessment from the Department of Transportation.

Sto. Tomas town adopts ‘no contact policy’ and 1-day business permit...

STO. TOMAS, a first class municipality in Davao del Norte, has adopted a “no contact policy” in the registration and renewal of business permits through the establishment of a business one-stop shop (BOSS), where documents will simply be submitted for immediate processing.

Sorghum program to be launched in Bangsamoro, IP communities

DAVAO CITY — A sorghum program will be launched in Mindanao next year, starting with indigenous people (IP) communities and parts of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) announced last week.

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Duterte mulls ceasefire termination after alleged NPA attacks PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte is considering the termination of the unilateral ceasefire with the communist faction after...

Security reinforced after Cotabato blasts on eve of Duterte visit

LAW enforcers beefed up security in parts of the Mindanao region after blasts injured at least 21 people in Cotabato province on the eve of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s planned visit on Monday.

Packwell subsidiary’s Davao plant to partly replace China operations

PANABO CITY -- NP Changs, Inc., the Philippine subsidiary of Japan-based Packwell, Inc., will start moving some of its China operations to Panabo City, Davao del Norte next year with the expected completion of its manufacturing plant at the Anflo Industrial Estate (AIE).

Davao City Health Office gets DoH funding support for own building,...

THE DAVAO City Health Office (CHO) will be having its own building with 75% of the construction cost to be covered by the Department of Health (DoH).

Dec. 15 earthquake death toll rises to 8

THE DEATH toll from Sunday’s magnitude 6.9 earthquake in southern Mindanao has reached eight, and response teams have shifted from rescue operations to retrieval efforts with no more sign of life detected at the collapsed building in Padada town, the tremor’s epicenter.

Davao de Oro capital signs agreement with LANDBANK for e-payment system

NABUNTURAN, the capital of Davao de Oro province, has signed an agreement with Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) and systems provider Rameses Systems Office for an electronic payment scheme for business permits and other fees.

BDO to boost financial literacy campaign for OFWs, their families in...

BDO Unibank Inc. will enhance its financial literacy activities in Mindanao next year to help overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families better manage their funds.

5 dead, 6 missing in Mindanao earthquake

FIVE PEOPLE have been confirmed to have died, all in Davao del Sur province, due to the magnitude 6.9 earthquake that struck Mindanao on Dec. 15.

Another powerful quake hits Mindanao region

A POWERFUL earthquake struck near the Philippine city of Davao on Sunday afternoon, the US Geological Survey said, hurting several people and damaging major buildings. No tsunami alert was issued.

Connectivity an issue as Davao LGUs bid to improve ease of...

DAVAO CITY -- Local government units (LGUs) in the Davao Region that want to streamline their business permit application processes face the challenge of poor connectivity, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Regional Director Maria Belenda Q. Ambi said Friday.

Sarangani seeks declaration of Mt. Busa as protected landscape

THE SARANGANI provincial government is pushing for the declaration of Mt. Busa as a protected landscape as another Philippine eagle was rescued in the area over the weekend.

Cotabato City celebrates Shariff Kabunsuan Festival

THE ANNUAL Shariff Kabunsuan Festival in Cotabato City, which celebrates the arrival of the Arab missionary believed to have introduced Islam to southern Philippines and contributed to the area’s growth, starts on Dec. 15.

CLI to spend P10B for three projects in Davao

DAVAO CITY — Cebu Landmasters, Inc. (CLI) is investing about P10 billion for its three projects in the city next year, its top official said yesterday.

Davao welcomes non-extension of martial rule

THE Davao City government and its private sector said they support President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s plan not to extend Martial Law in Mindanao.

PAL to launch Davao-Manado, Zamboanga-Kota Kinabalu flights

DAVAO CITY — Philippine Airlines (PAL) subsidiary Air Philippines Corp., also known as PAL Express, has agreed to serve the Davao-Manado and Zamboanga-Kota Kinabalu routes starting March 31 next year, Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol, chair of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), said over the weekend.

Initial shipment of frozen Davao durian enters US market

DURIAN FROM Davao City has broken through the US market with an initial 300 kilos ordered by an Oregon-based blogger and importer.

DBP opens soft loan program for irrigation, water supply projects

DAVAO CITY -- Government-run Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) has opened a soft loan window for local government units (LGUs) as well as cooperatives in Mindanao for water supply systems and irrigation projects.

PPA completes upgrade of Davao del Sur seaport

DAVAO CITY -- The P550-million Malalag Port Development Project in Davao del Sur has been completed, upgrading the cargo facility for the south of the Davao Region, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) said over the weekend.

Davao considers options for transport project P2.8-B counterpart funding

THE DAVAO City government is considering how to raise the P2.8 billion in counterpart funds for the P18.66-billion Davao Public Transport Modernization Project, which was among the six projects approved by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board on Nov. 29.

Mindanao is now top market for Camella

DAVAO CITY — Mindanao is now the top market and revenue earner of Camella Communities, one of the real property units of Vista Land and Lifescapes, Inc. (VLL), a top official of the brand said Wednesday.

BPI BanKo targets 600 loan accounts in Davao by 2020

BANK OF the Philippines Islands subsidiary BPI Direct BanKo Inc. is targeting a loan portfolio of 600 accounts in the city by next year from 490 as of end-October.

New Zealand seen as possible market for Mindanao mangoes

DAVAO CITY -- The mango industry in the Davao Region has formed an industry council to take advantage of export opportunities to New Zealand and other countries.