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Reimagining Davao’s fruits for tourism promotion

DAVAO CITY — Durian-camote rolls. Mangosteen panacotta with pomelo bits. Marang puffs.

Business group seeks faster connectivity between Davao, Japan

DAVAO CITY — Local business leaders are now pushing for triangular flights with Manila or Cebu to establish faster connectivity between Davao and Japan.

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.

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.

Business delegation puts Davao in ANA’s radar

DAVAO CITY — All Nippon Airways (ANA) will now consider Davao City in their route expansion plan after a recent roadshow by a delegation led by the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) in Tokyo, Hitachinaka, and Saitama.

‘Let’s Meet in Davao’

In Davao, a MICE program with the slogan “Let’s Meet in Davao” was introduced by the DoT back in 2011, and the current Davao MICE Board is working to revive and strengthen this campaign.

DA-BPI warns farmers on fall armyworm pest

THE AGRICULTURE department’s Davao office has alerted farmers to check for possible fall armyworm (FAW) infestation after the pest was found in two farms in the region.

Local florist calls for revival of Davao floriculture industry

FLORIST and businessman Jade Polizon said more events such as competitions and exhibits should be staged to breathe new life into Davao City’s floriculture industry.

Ferrari dealer in search of local partner for Davao branch

DAVAO CITY — Autostrada Motore, Inc., the official dealer of Ferrari cars in the Philippines, is looking for a local partner for its planned Davao distribution that is targeted by next year.

Flavors of Mindanao highlights food tourism’s role in promoting culture, local...

DAVAO CITY — The World Food Travel Association defines food tourism as “the act of traveling for a taste of place in order to get a sense of place.”

Bill creating Davao airport authority hurdles both chambers of Congress

THE HOUSE of Representatives adopted on Wednesday the Senate bill creating the Davao International Airport Authority (DIAA).

Davao businessmen off to Fujian on May 8 for trade mission

A 15-MEMBER trade mission will leave for Fujian, China on May 8 to promote the Davao Region as an investment destination and forge ties with Chinese business groups.

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.

Chinese petrochemical player eyes plant in Davao

A “VERY BIG” Chinese petrochemical player is looking at putting up a petrochemical plant in Davao, according to top official at the Board of Investments (BoI).

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.

2 Davao provinces, other areas in election watchlist due to NPA,...

LAW ENFORCEMENT agencies have placed the entire provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao del Sur in the election watch list because of the presence of private armed groups and New People’s Army (NPA) rebels.

Davao police probes government-marked armaments surrendered by ex-NPA members

THE DAVAO Police Regional Office (PRO-11) is now investigating how armaments with government markings ended up in the hands of New People’s Army (NPA) members who recently surrendered in Davao City.

Dusit-managed Beach Club opens in Davao

DUSIT INTERNATIONAL on Wednesday said it has officially opened The Beach Club at Lubi Plantation Island, Davao Gulf.

Davao police to bring human rights case vs NPA in international...

THE REGIONAL Police Office (RPO) in Davao is bringing cases against the communist New People’s Army (NPA) before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) for alleged human rights violations against indigenous people (IP) in the region, particularly in the town of Talaingod in Davao del Norte.

Davao songwriter wins Philpop

A SONG about street children juxtaposed with a popular Filipino children’s rhyme written and performed by Teodoro “Chud” Festejo III won this year’s Philippine Popular Musical Festival (Philpop) while a ballad in Bisaya by Ferdinand Aragon was named first runner-up, a win an executive called “a statement.”

Davao cities, towns under election watch list due to political rivalries,...

LAW ENFORCEMENT agencies have placed in the election watch list several villages in 43 towns and six cities in the Davao Region, mainly due to political rivalries and the threats of disruption from communist rebels.

Nograles brother seen to take over Davao district seat

REPRESENTATIVE Jericho B. Nograles of the PBA Party-list is being eyed to take over the Davao City District 1 seat vacated by his brother, Karlo B. Nograles, who has recently been appointed as by President Rodrigo R. Duterte as Cabinet secretary.

Manila-Davao shipping route reopens

THE PASSENGER shipping route linking Manila to Davao was reopened on Sunday, Oct. 27, to allow a more affordable transportation option between the country’s north and south.

Mayors in Mindanao’s 3 major cities running for re-election

INCUMBENT MAYORS in three of Mindanao’s major cities — Cagayan de Oro, General Santos (GenSan), and Davao — have filed their respective Certificates of...

Davao-Samal bridge construction to start on Davao side in 2019

DAVAO DEL Norte Governor Anthony G. del Rosario announced last week that the construction of the bridge linking the Island Garden City of Samal to Davao City in mainland Mindanao will start by 2019.

Lazada opens first hub in Davao

E-COMMERCE site Lazada Philippines on Wednesday opened its first warehouse in Davao City — its third warehouse in the country — which is expected to speed up the delivery of items to online customers in the area.

Davao Region police has 800 vacant slots to fill

THE DAVAO Region police office has called for more applicants with 800 positions to fill and candidates numbering only over half of that. Chief...

Davao council sets Oct. 8 for probe on ‘high’ airfare costs...

THE DAVAO City council will hold a public hearing on Oct. 8 to look into the cost of domestic flights to and from the city.

Japan upgrading Davao office into consulate general

THE JAPANESE government is upgrading its consular office in the city into a consulate general office, which would have authority to handle wider commercial relations.

Chinese business delegations visit Davao as consular office prepares for opening

MORE CHINESE investors have been visiting Davao City to scout for business opportunities in the southern islands, according to Mindanao Development Authority Deputy Executive Director Romeo M. Montenegro.

P65M worth of pirated DVDs seized in Davao up for destruction

DIGITAL VIDEO Discs (DVDs) containing pirated content, with an estimated value of P65 million, are up for destruction after these were seized in Davao City by law enforcers last week.

Bangladesh opens consulate in Davao, sees stronger Mindanao ties

THE PEOPLE’s Republic of Bangladesh has opened a consulate in Davao City with an aim of strengthening ties with the Philippines and cooperation with Mindanao’s agriculture and business processing sectors.

Davao growers hope to raise coffee quality

DAVAO CITY — The Davao Region coffee industry is targeting farmers in a bid to increase quality awareness among growers, allowing them to grow their incomes.

2 new international routes opening in Davao City

DAVAO CITY — The Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) is confident that the addition of two more international routes to and from the city this year will boost tourism in the region and other parts of Mindanao.

Davao BPO firms, JICA may tie up for Japanese training

DAVAO CITY — ICT-Davao, Inc., an industry association for information and communication technology firms, is in discussions with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for a Japanese-language training facility for business process outsourcing (BPO) workers.

Davao designer collaborates with Mindanao’s artisans

DAVAO CITY-based designer first worked with indigenous crafts in 2016, when won the first Stellar Young Designers Competition in 2016, organized by the Davao fashion Design Council (DFDC) and Abreeza Ayala Mall, for gender-bending pieces which featured the embroidery of the T’boli indigenous group.

83 Davao Region cops dismissed since 2016

THE DAVAO Police Regional Office (PRO-11) has vowed to throw the book at its erring members, noting that 83 cops from the region have been dismissed since January 2016 after being found guilty of involvement in criminal activities.

A (nearly non-political) portrait of Davao

FORGET, for a moment, that Davao City is the hometown of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Davao council unlikely to reverse new business tax rates, but considering...

THE DAVAO City council has vowed to come up next month with a solution to the complaints of local traders on the higher business tax rates approved in 2017 and took effect this year.

Davao voters sees exodus of PDP-Laban members to HNP regional party

THE VOTING population in Davao City see members of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) jumping ship to the newly-formed Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (HNP) regional party led by the city’s mayor, Sara Duterte-Carpio, according to a survey by the Institute of Popular Opinion (IPO) of the University of Mindanao (UM).

Davao City focuses on access to comprehensive, quality health services for...

Davao City is one of the country’s most progressive cities, thanks to its strong and forward-looking local government. The city’s dynamic approach to governance extends to the provision of a comprehensive range of high-quality health services.

Davao underground cable project to be extended to CM Recto Street

THE SECOND phase of the underground cabling project in Davao City will start next month along Claro M. Recto Street.

Davao Region records highest teen pregnancies in 2017

DAVAO REGION recorded the highest number of adolescents who started child bearing at age 10 to 19, based on the National Demographic Health Survey in 2017.

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.

Zamboanga-Kalimantan sea transport service being considered

DAVAO CITY — A sea transport service linking Kalimantan and Zamboanga is being eyed to boost trade and tourism between Indonesia and the Philippines, according to Indonesian Consul General Berlian Napitupulu.