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New NCCC Mall catches fire

THE NEWLY-built New City Commercial Center (NCCC) in Buhangin has caught fire barely two months after it officially opened last July.

As typhoon Ompong sweeps through the Philippines…

Food and communication readied A team from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) set up a Broadband Global Area Network system for telephone...

Ground investigation, ROW talks underway for Mindanao train

PRE-CONSTRUCTION activities are underway for the first segment of the Mindanao Railway System (MRS), with target completion by the end of this year so that building work could start by Jan. 2019.

Australian foundation spends P10M for Davao education project

THE FLAGSHIP project of the Australian Foundation for Fostering Learning in the Philippines (AFFLIP) has spent up to P10 million for its education program in Davao City’s Talomo District, according to its officials.

Tuna harvest drives Region 12 to PHL-best fish output by value

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — Region 12, also known as the South Cotabato-Cotabato-Sultan Kudarat-Sarangani-General Santos City (SOCCSKSARGEN) Region, remained the country’s top fish producer with P18 billion in commercial production, or 31% of the national total.

Davao business chamber establishes young entrepreneurs’ group

THE DAVAO City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) is strengthening the new generation of business players with the establishment of the Davao City Young Entrepreneurs Association.

Davao officials say staying in top 5 cities good despite drop...

DAVAO CITY dropped one rank to 4th most competitive highly-urbanized city in the country for 2018, but officials say staying within the top five continues to reflect good governance. “Davao City has consistently ranked among the top 5 most competitive cities in the Philippines in the past years,” City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) head Ivan C. Cortez said.

Marilog IPs get health, social services

ABOUT 1,000 members of the Matigsalug indigenous people (IP) community in a far-flung area of Davao City received health and social services on Aug. 26 delivered by a combined group from the government and private sector.

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Villar reiterates call for more farm schools, cites agri-tourism spots SENATOR CYNTHIA A. Villar has again stressed the need to establish more farm schools, including...

Kadayawan’s beauty pageant focuses on Davao City’s ethno-linguistic groups

DAVAO CITY — What would a Philippine festival, or even a small-town fiesta, be without a beauty pageant?

Davao City police to get top award and best mobile force

THE DAVAO City Police Office (DCPO) has been named Best City Police and Best Mobile Force for 2017, and will be receiving the award during the 17th Police Service Anniversary Celebration slated at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Quezon City on Aug. 8.

Mindanao railway construction to start Jan. 2019

DAVAO CITY — Construction of the first phase of the P85-billion Mindanao Railway Project, which covers the Tagum-Davao-Digos segment, is targeted to start in January 2019 and operations expected by 2021.

Davao City police undergo surprise drug test

160 Davao City Police Office (DCPO) personnel were subjected to a surprise drug test last week as part of the organization’s internal cleansing effort.

Co-ops emerging as key players for electric-powered Mindanao Railway System

DAVAO CITY -- The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is ready to take on the lead role for coordinating power supply for the planned Mindanao Railway System (MRS), which will have electric trains.

Team to oversee Davao City WTE project formed; Japan awaits agreement...

A TEAM that will oversee the construction of a waste-to-energy (WTE) facility has been formed through an executive order issued by Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

Holcim assures cement production ready to meet Mindanao demand

DAVAO CITY — Holcim Philippines, Inc. is preparing to ramp up cement production in Mindanao as demand continues to increase with private sector projects and the government’s “Build, Build, Build” program.

Another body found at NCCC Mall six months after tragic fire

ANOTHER BODY was found at the burned down New City Commercial Center (NCCC) Mall in Ma-a on July 11, six months after the tragic incident that has now claimed 39 lives.

P44-M budget set for 2018 Kadayawan Festival

THIS YEAR’S Kadayawan Festival will have a budget of P44 million, P12 million of which will come from the city government and the rest will be raised by the private sector from sponsorships, according to City Tourism Operations Office Chief Regina Rosa D. Tecson.

DBM warns against digital disruption as it renews call for government...

DAVAO CITY -- The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has alerted local governments and national agencies to be ready for digital disruption as...

NCIP turns down council request to recognize IP reps; another selection...

THE NATIONAL Commission on Indigenous Peoples-Davao Region office (NCIP-11) has turned down the request of the Davao City council to issue a Certificate of Affirmation (CoA) to Cherry Ann Ortiz-Codilla, who has been chosen as the new IP (Indigenous Peoples) representative.

DA-Davao sets P10-M seed fund for Gulayan program

THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture-Davao Region office (DA-11) has earmarked a P10 million budget for seeds that will be distributed under the Gulayan Program to encourage communities to pursue backyard farming.

Davao City council IP seat still vacant

THE SEAT for the Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) in the Davao City council has been vacant since April as the chosen indigenous people candidate allegedly lacks the the required genealogical qualification.

Davao City council wants to expand anti-discrimination law for those with...

THE AMENDMENT of Davao City’s anti-discrimination ordinance is expected to benefit workers with Hepatitis B, an infection similar to flu but can lead to liver failure or liver cancer.

Duterte son to file charges vs Trillanes

PRESIDENTIAL SON Paolo Z. Duterte is set to file criminal and civil charges against Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV for implicating him in the smuggling of about P6.4 million worth of the illegal drug shabu last year.

Philippine Environment Month 2018

MANGROVES STARTED to mushroom along the coast of Barangay Silonay in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991 and the strongest earthquake recorded in the province in 1994, according to folklore.

Davao City apprehends over 3,000 smoking violators in January-April

DAVAO CITY’s Vices Regulation Unit (VRU) recorded over 3,000 people caught violating the new Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance from Jan. to April this year. “This...

Davao hopes to draw more tourists from Down Under with PHL-Australia...

DAVAO CITY’S hosting this year of the Philippines-Australia Friendship Week from May 21 to 27 is expected to bring in more tourists from Australia....

PCA hopes natural predator will control ‘cocolisap’

DAVAO CITY -- The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) is banking on the use of the natural predator Comperiella to control the infestation of coconut...

Davao City to review investment code, hoping to offer new incentives

By Carmencita A. Carillo Correspondent DAVAO CITY -- The city government is looking at expanding the incentives on offer to new areas of investment after the...

DAR finally takes steps on Davao bulk water supply project

DAVAO CITY — The last pending documentary requirement for the P12-billion bulk water supply project of Aboitiz-led Apo Agua Infrastructura, Inc. (AAII) is finally...

#BSKE2018 Snapshots

Fake signboard A jeepney with a “COMELEC SV 239 — Bagombong ES” sign was apprehended by members of the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) and...