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Davao hotels tweak operations to ride out crisis

DAVAO CITY -- Some big hotels have managed to keep operations going despite the lockdown, thanks to the demand from business process outsourcing (BPO) firms and food delivery.

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THE Department of Transportation has assured legislators that guidelines are ready for the possible partial lifting of quarantine rules in Metro Manila by May 16.

Marco Polo Davao closing doors by June 15

DAVAO CITY — Marco Polo Davao, one of the first international hotel brands to operate in the city, will cease operations by June 15 with severance pay already distributed to most of its employees.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (05/07/20)

THE Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) set off this week on a mission to start scouting for areas where the national government’s new program called balik probinsya — literally means back to the province — could be piloted.

Apo Agua plans recovery for delayed P12-B water project

DAVAO CITY — Aboitiz-led Apo Agua Infrastructura Inc. is finalizing a recovery plan to get back on track the completion of its P12-billion bulk water supply project in Davao City that has been affected by quarantine restrictions.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (05/06/07)

CURFEW, shopping and entry passes, wearing of face mask, and checkpoints are among the rules that remain strictly in place in areas that have transitioned starting May 1 into the general community quarantine (GCQ), a government classification wherein restrictions are eased on public transport, business operations, and government offices.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (04/30/20)

SEVERAL local governments in Mindanao, where only Davao City has been declared as a high risk area for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), want to extend the strict quarantine measures being implemented despite a greenlight to ease restrictions by May 1.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (04/28/20)

THE use of rapid testing has helped contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Dagupan by allowing authorities to immediately isolate people who could be carrying the virus, according to City Health Officer Ophelia T. Rivera.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (04/27/20)

ILOILO City’s finance committee will present this week a fund realignment and economic measures program as the local government braces for the delayed collection in local taxes that cover about 60% of its annual budget.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (04/21/20)

THE National Water Resources Board (NWRB) vowed to maintain its increased water allocation to the two concessionaires in Metro Manila, the area in the country with the highest number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (04/16/20)

People wait in line to get inside the Muntinlupa City Public Market on April 16 as the local government starts the strict implementation of physical distancing and set dates for shopping on a per barangay basis. The restrictions will be in effect until April 30.

Lockdowns slow banana production amid robust export demand

DAVAO CITY -- Quarantine protocols imposed by some local governments in Mindanao in line with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis have affected the production of some banana export firms in the midst of strong demand for the fresh fruit, a top industry executive said.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (04/15/20)

THE CEBU provincial government is setting up a center to help residents return home after they have been locked out due to the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) declaration to mitigate the entry of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (04/13/20)

THE MAKATI City government has warned that violators of quarantine rules and the mandatory wearing of face masks outside homes will be fined with up to P5,000 and jail time.

Davao City’s business permit chief resigns over derby event that spread...

THE HEAD of Davao City’s Business Permit and Licensing Division has resigned after being held responsible for failure to revoke the permit of a...

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (03/31/20)

A FIVE-year-old female is the latest patient in Cagayan Valley confirmed to have the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), bringing the region’s total cases to 15.

Davao hotels to shelter health workers

DAVAO CITY -- The iconic Apo View Hotel, the oldest in the city at over 70 years, is one of the local businesses that have temporarily suspended operations due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

MinDA launches program to manage local food surpluses

DAVAO CITY -- The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has launched a program to directly connect local government units (LGUs) in the southern islands with suppliers of agricultural produce, with the aim of identifying local surpluses and transferring them to LGUs in need.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (03/24/20)

THE FOUR persons arrested for selling overpriced thermal scanners and medical masks were presented for inquest Monday, an official of the Department of Justice said.

Condo complex to rise in Davao

DAVAO CITY -- Two local business families here have teamed up for a four-building condominium complex, called Legacy Leisure Residences, that is targeted for young families as well as buyers who intend to rent out their units to tourists and long-term occupants.

Felcris group allots P1.2B for hotel, convention center

DAVAO City-based Felcris Hotels and Resorts Corp. is planning to build a hotel and convention center with an estimated budget of P1.2 billion.

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HEALTH and local government officials of Cagayan have given assurance that the district hospitals around the province are ready to handle suspected COVID-19 cases with isolation rooms set up and medical workers briefed.

Muslim officials seek help in tracing KL event attendees

THE BANGSAMORO Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) government appealed for the public’s cooperation as it tracks down the people who attended a recent big gathering of Islamic preachers in Kuala Lumpur, where many of Malaysia’s COVID-19 cases are linked.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (03/18/20)

THE INTEGRATED Bar of the Philippines (IBP) will release early half of the 13th month pay and salaries of its national office employees located in the National Capital Region while Luzon is under enhanced community quarantine due to the novel coronavirus disease.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (03/17/20)

THE NATIONAL Water Resources Board (NWRB) has guaranteed that water supply is sufficient in Metro Manila amid further decline in the water level of Angat Dam.

Local governments a step ahead with community quarantine declarations

SEVERAL LOCAL governments around the country — mostly major cities, provinces, and even some municipalities — have declared a community quarantine to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the new coronavirus that has infected 140 Filipinos as of March 15.

Davao del Norte cacao farmers show gains from PRDP funding

DAVAO CITY -- The nearly P1 billion worth of funding obtained by Davao del Norte from the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) is starting to show results in the cacao industry.

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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTUAL workers will be compensated during the community quarantine period in Metro Manila, Senator Emmanuel Joel J. Villanueva said on Saturday evening.

Travels to and from Davao City discouraged

DAVAO CITY Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has issued an order discouraging travel to and from the city given limited local medical services and facilities amid a novel coronavirus threat.

COVID-19 Regional Updates: Mindanao

THE 54-year old coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patient at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) in Cagayan de Oro City is “improving,” according to Chief of Hospital Jose Chan.

Davao Oriental combines greening and livelihood program with falcata project

THE DAVAO Oriental provincial government recently signed a memorandum of agreement with falcata tree farmers to strengthen its program that combines reforestation with sustainable livelihood.

COVID-19 Regional updates: Mindanao

Virus-handling orientation A MEMBER of Zamboanga City’s COVID-19 Core Team, led by the City Health Office under Dulce D. Miravite, conducts an orientation on handling...

MinDA partners with Pilmico for sorghum program

THE MINDANAO Development Authority (MinDA) has tapped Pilmico Foods Corp. to help with the marketing strategy for the Sorghum Development Program that aims to develop about 100,000 hectares for the crop.

MinDA gearing up to increase offshore milkfish farming output

DAVAO CITY -- The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said it will train aquaculture farmers starting this week to build up milkfish and white shrimp output, with a target of 10,000 offshore fish cages within two years.

PhilHealth regional offices investigating hospitals for fraudulent claims: 80 in Eastern...

THE PHILIPPINE Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) is cracking down on hospitals for fraudulent claims involving such schemes as “upcasing” and “patient seeking.”

Pujada, 2 others in Mati listed among world’s most beautiful bays

THREE BAYS in Mati City, Davao Oriental are now officially included in the list of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Association (MBBWA).

MinDA partners with CMU, iFresh for agribusiness program

DAVAO CITY — The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has teamed up with a Mindanao-based university and an agricultural trading firm for an agribusiness program focusing on poor and conflict-affected communities.

3,000 drivers to get training for new Davao City bus service

THE 3,000 drivers who will be employed for the High Bus Priority System (HPBS), with priority given to existing jeepney drivers, will undergo training to get a certification from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

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.