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DBP to open solar irrigation loan window for Mindanao LGUs

DAVAO CITY -- The Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) will channel loans to local governments units (LGUs) for water supply and irrigation systems under a program set up by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), to be launched Dec. 6.

MinDA TienDA to serve as livelihood development program for earthquake victims

THE MINDANAO Development Authority (MinDA) will expand the MinDA Tienda project into a livelihood development program for those affected by the series of earthquakes last October in parts of Mindanao.

Davao chamber signs deal to promote disaster resilience for small firms

DAVAO CITY -- The Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) has signed a partnership agreement with the Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management (A-PAD) to develop a continuity program that will help small firms sustain their operations during calamities.

All Mindanao utilities to join WESM; Jan. start targeted

DAVAO CITY -- All power distribution utilities (DU) in Mindanao, both electric cooperatives and private companies, have applied to participate in the wholesale electricity spot market (WESM), which is targeted to start commercial operations on Jan. 26.

Qatar looking into funding P200M Peace Villages in Zamboanga town

THE QATAR Fund for Development is looking into the possible funding of a P200 million project that will help develop Bangsamoro communities in the town of Tulungan.

Cotabato starts rehabilitation planning for earthquake victims

THE COTABATO provincial government held a planning workshop on Wednesday as a first step to drafting the recovery and rehabilitation program for residents displaced by the series of earthquakes in October.

Malaysian investors eye Mindanao business opportunities in Nov. 19 visit

A 57-MEMBER delegation from Malaysian is visiting Davao City on Nov. 19–21 to explore business linkages and potential investments, Malaysian Trade Commissioner Siti Azlina said.

UP Mindanao to propose P12B budget for manpower, program expansion

DAVAO CITY — The University of the Philippines Mindanao (UP Min) is putting forward several proposals under its five-year development that would need a funding of about P12 billion.

Over 230,000 people affected, 10,000 houses totally destroyed in Mindanao earthquakes

THE RUNNING count of people affected by the series of earthquakes in central Mindanao last month has reached 231,250, more than half of them in Makilala town in Cotabato, based on the latest update from the national disaster management agency. Of the total, 36,183 are staying in 32 evacuation centers. Aside from Makilala, the other affected areas are: Cotabato’s capital Kidapawan City and five other towns; Malita and Santa Maria in Davao Occidental; and Davao del Sur’s capital Digos City and eight towns. On infrastructure, 26 schools have been totally destroyed while 1,050 are partially damaged. Houses account for the biggest hit with 10,862 totally damaged and 22,287 partial.

Mt. Apo trails temporarily closed

ENTRY POINTS to Mt. Apo, the country’s highest peak, from towns in Davao del Sur have been temporarily closed following the three earthquakes that hit parts of south-central Mindanao last month, including the province.

Mindanao region to pitch oil, power projects to Qatar

THE Southern Philippines Development Authority will pitch oil and power projects to Qatar businessmen visiting Manila this week.

MinDA backs sorghum to counter Panama disease

DAVAO CITY – The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has proposed the planting of sorghum in banana farms that have been affected by Fusarium wilt, also known as Panama disease, to provide an alternative income to farmers and allow the land to recover.

Davao Oriental gears up for Pujada Bay validation as 1 of...

THE DAVAO Oriental provincial government is preparing for the visit and evaluation by the Club of Most Beautiful Bays in the World for the formal inclusion of Pujada Bay in the list.

Conflict over roads to Davao del Norte banana farms settled

THE CONFLICT surrounding roads in the Floirendo-run banana farms in Sto. Tomas and Braulio Dujali, Davao del Norte has been settled with an agreement signed by the parties.

CHMI Land to open new Acacia Hotel in Davao by December

DAVAO CITY -- CHMI Land, Inc., the real estate arm of Corporate Holdings Management Inc., is opening its Acacia Hotel Davao by December, the third in its chain after Alabang and Bacolod.

DLI to complete industrial zone dev’t in 2 years

DAVAO CITY -- Damosa Land Inc. (DLI) is aiming to complete the development of the 63-hectare Anflo Industrial Estate (AIE) economic zone within the next two years and is now fast-tracking the construction of additional facilities.

PLDT, Smart eye bigger customer base with Davao converged stores

DAVAO CITY — PLDT, Inc. and its wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. have opened two converged stores here with an aim to grow their respective customer base, especially in the postpaid segment.

Mati airport development plan expanded for bigger aircraft

LOCAL OFFICIALS, together with representatives of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), have decided to expand the development plan for the airport in Mati City, Davao Oriental to include a runway for bigger aircraft.

PBGEA condemns threat to biosecurity facilities under ‘road clearing’ operation

DAVAO CITY — The Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association, Inc. (PBGEA) has condemned the action of the Davao del Norte provincial government to clear the roads leading to banana plantations, which would have led to the destruction of biosecurity facilities.

MCC sees nat’l ID as driver for credit card growth

DAVAO CITY -- Metrobank Card Corp. (MCC), the credit card arm of Metropolitan Bank and Trust Co., sees the implementation of the national identification system as a driver for expanding its business, including in unserved areas of Mindanao.

Entrepreneur mom wants to bring play-and-learn station in offices, parties

DAVAO CITY -- Debbie U. Rodolfo, a mother and entrepreneur, recently opened the first of two shopping mall-based branches of Tinker House in the Davao Region, and she wants to bring the play-and-learn station concept further to offices, parties and even schools.

Various agencies pledge P408 million for capacity-building projects in BARMM

VARIOUS FOREIGN agencies have committed about P408 million to fund development projects in Mindanao, particularly in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) announced last week.

Davao del Norte governor backs down on ‘road clearing’ at Tadeco...

DAVAO DEL NORTE Gov. Edwin I. Jubahib backed down Wednesday on his order to undertake supposed road clearing operations at the entry point of Tagum Agricultural Development Co. Inc.’s (Tadeco) banana plantations in the towns of Sto. Tomas and Braulio Dujali.

500 Marawi families to get housing from UN-Habitat, TFBM project

ABOUT 500 families affected by the 2017 siege in Marawi City will benefit from the permanent housing project of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM).

Alsons to build shop-and-dine hub at former fruits stalls site

DAVAO CITY-based Alsons Development and Investment Co. is transforming the former Madrazo fruits stands area into a shopping and dining destination with its Poblacion Market Central project.

Davao amends incentive code to encourage projects outside city center

DAVAO CITY -- The city government has amended its Investment Incentive Code by adding new `perks including tax breaks for projects in “preferred areas” outside the city center and for hiring indigenous peoples (IPs) and persons with disabilities (PWDs).

Pag-IBIG Fund set to issue P9.6B worth of mortgages in Mindanao...

DAVAO CITY -- Mindanao borrowers are expected to take up about P9.6 billion worth of mortgages out of the P85 billion target set for the Home Development Mutual Fund, a fund official said here last week.

Mindanao seeks agri deals with LGUs

THE Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) wants to replicate its marketing agreement with Baguio City with other local governments for Mindanao agricultural products, it said in a statement yesterday.

MinDA seeks police help on swine disease

THE Mindanao Development Authority has asked the police to help local governments in preventing the entry of hogs, pork and pork products amid an outbreak of African swine fever.

UN agency starts livelihood program

THE UNITED Nations Human Settlements Programme has started a P44.2-million livelihood project for Marawi City residents affected by a terrorist attack in 2017.

MinDA, DILG to offer Israeli solar irrigation program to LGUs in...

DAVAO CITY -- The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has partnered with an Israeli agricultural company to develop a water system for drinking and irrigation for possible use in remote areas in Mindanao and Palawan.

Quake hits parts of Mindanao

A MAGNITUDE 6.4 earthquake rocked some areas in Mindanao on Sunday morning, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said in a report.

Realme targets to put up more concept stores in Davao malls

DAVAO CITY -- Realme Philippines wants to put up a concept store in every mall in this city, with two of them targeted for opening before the end of the year.

City partners with Bayad Center for tax payments

THE Mati City government has partnered with a payment center to make it easier for people to pay taxes.

Davao Oriental restricts pork inbound shipments from swine fever-affected areas

DAVAO CITY -- Gov. Nelson L. Dayanghirang of Davao Oriental issued last week an order banning the entry of swine and pork products where African Swine Fever (ASF) has been detected.

Mindanao rice farmers sign deals to supply organic, premium rice

DAVAO CITY -- A supply deal has been signed between Mindanao organic rice farmers and a US buying group for rarities of organic rice varieties, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said.

BDO Network Bank to set up more branches

DAVAO CITY -- BDO Network Bank, the rural bank of BDO Unibank Inc., is looking at doubling its branches and offices to 480 within the next four years as the bank intensifies its lending to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME).

Davao City retailer sets release of own credit card

DAVAO CITY -- Homegrown retailing company New City Commercial Center is rolling out next month its credit card, NCCC Credit Card, its partnership with Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.

Seedwork Philippines eyes propagation of premium rice in Davao

DAVAO CITY — Seedwork Philippines is pushing for the propagation of its premium rice variety in the Davao Region as a way for local farmers to increase their incomes as the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) looks to export these varieties.

Davao council seeks pork import ban

THE CITY council has approved a resolution banning pork-related products from areas affected by African swine fever.

Arrest of drivers without license sought

A CITY councilor wants drivers caught driving without a license arrested and jailed and not just fined.

Huawei to open concept store in SM Davao in October

DAVAO CITY -- Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. is set to open next month its concept store in this city as it tries to corner a bigger chunk of the mobile phone market here.

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.