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Davao chili industry call for more small business-friendly FDA

DAVAO CITY -- Dabawenyo Capsicum, a group of manufacturers of chili pepper products, said bureaucracy remains their biggest stumbling block despite the strong support for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Cloud seeding in Davao del Sur starts this week; province now...

THE DAVAO del Sur government has placed the province under a state of calamity due to the dry spell brought that has caused an estimated P161.2 million in damage to rice and corn farms.

Sister cities join 82nd Davao foundation day

DAVAO CITY’S sister-cities within the Philippines and abroad joined the 82nd Araw ng Dabaw in the first Sister Cities Trade Fair and Exhibit held at the SM Lanang over the weekend.

Australia-backed NGO taps indigenous groups for goat’s milk project

DAVAO CITY -- Noble Endeavors Mindanao, Inc. (NEMI), a non-profit based in President Roxas, Cotabato and funded by Global Development group (GDG) of Australia, is working with indigenous people (IP) communities to make goat’s milk.

Learning center to built with ecobrick in Marilog

THE JUNIOR Chamber International (JCI)-Duwaling is setting up a learning center in the upland area of Marilog in Davao City using ecobricks, a plastic bottle filled with other plastic materials and used as a building block.

Davao City coastal road segment eyed for opening by end-2019

A PORTION of the P19.8 billion Davao City Coastal Bypass Road Project, which started construction in 2017, is expected to be partially opened before the year ends.

Over 2,000 athletes to join Ironman 70.3 in Davao

UP TO 2,200 athletes from 38 countries are expected to participate in the Ironman 70.3 triathlon event to be hold in the neighboring cities of Davao, Panabo and Tagum, and Carmen town on March 22-24.

Davao chocolate firm offers first-in-PHL vegan option

DAVAO CITY -- Chocolates are now thought to offer health benefits apart from being a sweet treat, but a Davao-based chocolate company is launching a vegan variety, in what is claimed to be a first for a Philippine producer.

AMLC reports hike in frozen drug-related assets to P1.4 billion

DAVAO CITY — The Anti Money Laundering Council (AMLC) has frozen a total of P1.4 billion in illegal drug-related assets from 2017-2018, almost four times the P365 million held from 2013 to 2016.

4,000 police deployed for 82nd Araw ng Davao celebration

THE 82ND founding anniversary of Davao City kicked off on March 1 amid tight security, with up to 4,000 personnel from the city, regional, and other auxiliary forces deployed throughout the city on shifting schedules from March 1 to 19.

Affected homeowners appeal to DoTr to reconsider railway system alignment

DAVAO CITY — “Please don’t disrupt our lives,” was the plea made by Paulina C. Pestaño on behalf of the 1,600 lot owners at South Pacific Golf and Leisure Estates Homeowners Association. The high-end subdivision developed by Sta. Lucia Realty, which is also home to an 18-hole par-72 golf course worth P500 million, is one of several areas that will be affected by the alignment of the Mindanao Railway System (MRS) Tagum-Davao-Digos (TDD) segment.

Bus augmentation service to be introduced

THE city government is set to implement the Peak Hours Augmentation Bus Service (PHABS) in four areas for increasing numbers of passengers unserved by existing public utility vehicles.

Change in Davao City foundation day awaits Senate approval

A BILL sponsored by Davao City 2nd District Rep. Mylene G. Albano, which was passed by the House of Representatives and is now under deliberation in the Senate, seeks to change the city’s founding anniversary to the original date of March 1 from the current March 16.

Davao City to build P5M dog pound

THE CITY government is aiming to complete before the end of the year a P5-million impounding facility in Malagos, Calinan to accommodate more stray cats and dogs.

Davao City’s traffic light system undergoes rehabilitation

DAVAO CITY’s local government and motorists are banking on the ongoing rehabilitation of the 10-year old traffic signal light system to improve the worsening road congestion.

TRAVEL: The placid Lake Sebu

LAKE SEBU, SOUTH COTABATO -- There is something mystical about Lake Sebu, but while I have always considered it part of my bucket list, and it was only a few hours away from my hometown, it took me several decades to finally visit the place.

Metro Shuttle buses suspended after deadly collision in ComVal

THE Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board-Davao Region office (LTFRB-11) has ordered a one-month suspension on the operation of 34 Metro Shuttle buses owned by Davao Metro Shuttle Corp. after a deadly collision with a bus of another company last Monday.

Davao Region tourism officials unfazed by negative foreign travel advisories

TOURISM OFFICIALS in the Davao Region remain optimistic that the industry will not be seriously affected by the series of bombings and grenade attacks in other parts of Mindanao, which has again prompted travel warnings by several foreign governments.

Davao City on full alert amid Sulu bombing, regional sports event...

SECURITY FORCES are on heightened alert as Davao City hosts the Davao Regional Athletic Association (DAVRAA) Meet 2019, which opened Jan. 27, and amid the Sunday bombing in Jolo, Sulu.

Davao City eyes 2.8M tourists this year with sporting events on...

DAVAO CITY is banking on big sporting events to help achieve the 2.8 million target tourist arrivals for 2019.

Davao backyard hog growers to build P10-M feed mill plant

DAVAO CITY -- The Davao Backyard Swine Raisers Association is planning to construct a P10 million feed mill facility to lower the cost of backyard farmers and improve the biosecurity of small steads.

Sewerage treatment plan required for businesses permit renewal in Davao City

DAVAO City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte has issued an executive order requiring certain establishments to submit a sewerage treatment plant design before they can renew their business permits.

Davao-UP Sports Complex nears completion as local gov’t gears up for...

DAVAO CITY -- Construction of the P8-billion Davao City-UP Sports Complex is now 80% complete and the local government is positioning to host national and international events, including the 2019 South East Asian Games (SEA Games) in December.

Ease of doing business initiatives by LGUs

JANUARY is the period for mayor’s permit renewal and payment of corresponding local taxes, a process that entails not just financial but valuable man-hour costs for businesses.

UST GenSan site development in full swing

SITE DEVELOPMENT for the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Barangay Ligaya, General Santos City is still ongoing, with start of operations expected by 2021.

Duterte considering road user’s tax for disaster relief in Bicol

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte wants to use the road user’s tax collected by the Road Board to fund infrastructure and flood control projects aimed at improving Bicol region’s preparedness against disasters.

Davao Business Bureau expects over 39,000 permit renewals

THE DAVAO City Business Bureau is expecting more than 39,000 business permit renewals this year, with processing to start Thursday, Jan. 3.

Davao City marks 17th year of zero firecracker-related incident

THE DAVAO City Police Office (DCPO) city recorded zero firecracker-related incident during the 2018 Christmas and New Year’s eve celebrations, marking 17 years of the strict observance of the ban on firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.

Davao City’s contractual workers to get above P10,000 salary in 2019

CONTRACTUAL workers of the Davao City government, currently receiving an average of P7,400 a month, are getting a salary increase in 2019 with the approval of next year’s P8.8 billion budget.

Davao passes rule institutionalizing more environment-friendly paving systems

THE DAVAO City Council approved last week an ordinance institutionalizing Permeable Paving Systems (PPS) in the construction of car parking spaces, walkways, open spaces, and low-traffic roads of establishments.

Additional building safety rules to be implemented in Davao City

BUILDINGS and other gathering areas in the city will soon be required to have photo-luminescent safety and directional markings leading to exit points as an additional safety measure in case of fire and other emergencies.

NCCC launches search for the best Mindanao entrepreneurs

CONSUMER goods wholesaler, retailer and mall operator New City Commercial Corporation (NCCC) has launched the LTS Entrepreneurship Awards for Mindanao and the search will kick off next year.

Davao-Jinjiang flights start Dec. 18

XIAMEN AIR will launch its direct Davao-Quanzhou (Jinjiang City) route on Dec. 18, following the sisterhood agreement signed between the two cities.

Davao City endorses Mindanao railway with conditions

THE DAVAO City council has approved a resolution endorsing the Mindanao Railway Project, but set conditions for the local segment’s implementation.

Farmers call for private sector, government to support mechanization

DAVAO CITY -- Members of the Mindanao Agricultural Machinery Industry Association (MAMIA) called on the private sector and the government to provide more support to mechanization to improve agricultural production and incomes.

24/7 Davao public library open by April 2019

A PUBLIC library in Davao City that will be open 24/7 is now under construction and is expected to be operational by April 2019.

New Bai Hotel in Cebu hitting 79% occupancy

MANDAUE CITY, CEBU -- Homegrown Bai Hotel in Mandaue City, which is barely a year in operation, is already enjoying brisk business with an occupancy rate of 79%.

Xiamen Air to launch Davao-Fujian flights in Dec.

DAVAO CITY — China’s Xiamen Airlines is launching direct flights between its base, Jinjiang City in Fujian Province, and Davao City in December following this week’s signing of a sister city agreement between the two destinations.

P42M to be spent for Davao’s Pasko Fiesta

THE DAVAO City government has allocated P42 Million for this year’s Pasko Fiesta, a month-long celebration that will kick off with the traditional lighting of the City Hall on Nov. 23.

Payments, martial law hampering Mindanao outsourcing growth

DAVAO CITY -- The growth of technology start-ups and the overall outsourcing industry in Davao is being hampered by payment system problems and the martial law in force in the Philippines’ southern islands.

The rich list: Local officials admit inclusiveness is the challenge

OFFICIALS of provinces and cities named among the top 10 richest in the country in terms of assets have cheered their respective rankings, but at the same time acknowledged that the challenge remains on how to make wealth and government services more inclusive.

Big Bad Wolf Book Sale coming to Davao

DAVAO CITY — Malaysian book shop BookXcess is bringing the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale to Davao, the first time in Mindanao, with about a million books to be offered at 50%-90% discount.

Davao MSMEs seen to benefit from Chinese consulate opening

MICRO, SMALL and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are expected to benefit from the increased tourism and trade that will be prompted by the opening of a Chinese consulate general in Davao City.

Agribusiness, tourism to get boost from revived Manila-Davao shipping route

THE REVIVAL of the Manila-Davao shipping route, launched on Oct. 28, was welcomed by the business sector as a boost to tourism and agricultural trade.

Davao chocolate makers target int’l trade shows

DAVAO CITY -- The recently-concluded 5th Davao Chocolate Festival saw a growing number of chocolate makers preparing to raise the industry’s profile in international trade shows.