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Investors needed to boost Glan, Sarangani as tourism destination

THE REGIONAL Tourism Council of SOCCSKSARGEN (South Cotabato-Cotabato-Sultan Kudarat-Sarangani-General Santos City) is pushing for more investments in the town of Glan, particularly accommodations at its long stretch of beaches, to attract more than just day tourists.

Snapshots: Brigada Eskwela 2019

Children tag along and help parents clean classrooms at the President Corazon Aquino Elementary School in Batasan, Quezon city on May 20, the first day of the weeklong Brigada Eskwela, an annual multi-sectoral activity intended to prepare public schools for the new school year’s opening in June.

Healthy Sweets Mindanao expands export market to UK

DAVAO CITY -- Healthy Sweets Mindanao Corp., producer of organic coconut sugar and candies, is slowly expanding its export penetration with buyers from the United Kingdom in addition to Japan.

Davao designers to bring Mindanao indigenous clothing to London’s Victoria and...

DAVAO CITY -- The Davao Fashion Design Council (DFDC) has been invited to supply traditional pieces by Mindanao’s indigenous groups to the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London, home of one of the largest collections of art and design pieces.

Expanding BIMP-EAGA tourism ties with Islamic tours

TOUR OPERATOR Aneka Kartika Travel and Tours has started offering combined Brunei-Surabaya, Indonesia tours to the Mindanao market with focus on Islamic and cultural attractions.

PHL-China ‘medical diplomacy’ comes to Davao City

MEDICAL EXPERTS of the Sino-Philippines Asia Peace Awards Foundation have donated various equipment to the Davao City Health Office and the private Brokenshire Memorial Hospital as part of what it calls “medical diplomacy” initiatives.

Reforms’ fate at stake in today’s polls

RESULTS of today’s midterm elections will give a clearer picture of how secure remaining economic and other structural reforms, as well as business-friendly local initiatives, will be in the last three years of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s term, analysts and business leaders said in separate interviews late last week.

Amid hotspot tag, martial law, Mindanao voters urged to vote

MINDANAO authorities called on the public to go out and vote as they assured that security forces are in place to maintain peace and order.

Chinese envoy proposes Longyan-ComVal sisterhood for mining development

A SISTERHOOD agreement between Longyan in China and Compostela Valley (ComVal) province, both rich in mineral resources, has been proposed, according to Davao City-based Chinese Consul General Li Lin.

More exhibitors in this year’s PHILBEX, TLEX Davao

A HUNDRED exhibitors are participating in this year’s 5th Philippine Building and Construction Expo (PHILBEX) Davao and 3rd Travel and Leisure Expo (TLEX), up from 80 in 2018.

Davao businesses urge fast-tracking of airport, other projects

DAVAO CITY’S business sector has renewed its call on government to fast-track infrastructure projects, especially the rehabilitation of the airport here, as Qatar Airways prepares to launch direct flights to Doha beginning June 18.

Nationwide round-up

Comelec: Broken seals of ballot boxes ‘accidental’ THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) assured the public on Monday that the broken seals on some boxes containing...

Mindanao railway construction pushed to Q4 due to alignment issues

DAVAO CITY -- Construction of the Mindanao Railway System (MRS) has been moved to the fourth quarter this year as the government reviews the alignment in Davao City following resistance from affected homeowners.

PHL-France sign tourism cooperation agreement

FRANCE AND the Philippines have signed an agreement to strengthen tourism ties and increase the flow of visitors both ways.

Pharmacists gearing up for enhanced role under UHC law

DAVAO CITY -- Pharmacists are preparing for an enhanced role in the health sector following the recent passage of the Universal Health Care law, of Republic Act No. 11223, which calls for the establishment of Botika Ng Barangay (BNB) outlets nationwide.

Netizen charged over video tagging Duterte’s kin

THE Department of Justice (DoJ) on Thursday disclosed the identity of the arrested netizen who shared the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” (The Real Narcolist) which implicated members of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s family in the drug trade.

NTC-11 targets more than P100M revenue collection this year

THE National Telecommunications Commission-Davao Region (NTC-11) is eyeing to collect double of its P56 million income this year, Regional Director Nelson T. Cañete said.

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.

Fashion and sustainability from the grassroots to the world

DAVAO CITY -- Global Shapers Community-Davao Hub, a network of young leaders which was started by the World Economic Forum, has taken a global campaign to link fashion and sustainability to Mindanao through “Unstitch: A Fashion and Sustainability Fair.” Jesse B. Madriaga of Global Shapers Davao said the definition of fashion has been changing, with more and more conversations revolving around clothing and accessories that “value people, planet, creativity, and profit in equal measures.”

UPS sets sights on catering to small enterprises based in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY -- UPS Philippines is aiming to provide shipping and logistical services to more small-and-medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) in Mindanao, which the company sees as a growing sector.

Chelsea releases timeline for Davao Airport project

DAVAO CITY -- Chelsea Logistics Holdings Corp. of the Udenna Group laid down the timeline for the awarding process for the Davao International Airport (DIA) rehabilitation contract, including a Swiss challenge to its unsolicited proposal later this year and contract signing by January.

Security, health measures set for 2019 Palarong Pambansa in Davao City

THE 18,000 delegates, including athletes and their supporting parties, have started arriving this week in Davao City for the 2019 Palarong Pambansa on April 27-May 4, and officials assured that all is set for the biggest national games for the youth.

Davao takes stock of future water demand amid housing boom

DAVAO CITY -- The Davao City Water District (DCWD) has started reassessing the future water requirement of the fast-growing city with applications for new connections at 62 for condominiums and high rise buildings, and 54 housing projects.

Eden Nature Park brings back campsite evenings this summer

EDEN NATURE Park and Resort in Davao City has lined up evening campsite activities this summer to give guests a taste of the glamorous camping, or glamping, experience.

DoST-PHIVOLCS launches Metro Davao earthquake maps

DAVAO CITY -- High-rise buildings have been mushrooming here in recent years, mostly condominiums and some business centers, and the uptrend is expected to continue with the City Engineer’s Office (CEO) receiving 40 permit applications in 2018 alone.

Location for starting point on Davao side of bridge to Samal...

AT LEAST three sites are now being considered for the starting point in Davao City of the planned bridge going to the Island Garden City of Samal.

Davao durian growers considering BARMM farms to meet expected surge in...

DAVAO CITY -- The Davao City Durian Industry Council is looking at potential new planting areas, particularly within the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), on expectations of a surge in frozen durian exports to China.

DILG tells Mindanao LGUs to maximize local disaster fund for preparedness...

THE DEPARTMENT of Interior and Local Government (DILG) called on more local government units (LGUs) in Mindanao to utilize their local disaster funds for preparedness and mitigation measures instead of just for emergency response in calamity situations.

Fisherfolk affected by red tide given alternative livelihood

FISHERFOLK DEPENDENT on shellfish gathering in the two Davao Region areas affected by red tide have been given alternative livelihood options, according to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

Cebu Landmasters looking for land in General Santos, Butuan

DAVAO CITY — Cebu Landmasters, Inc. (CLI) is on the lookout for properties in the cities of General Santos and Butuan City, where it plans to build mid-range horizontal projects.

Marco Polo Davao aims to grab bigger slice of MICE market

DAVAO CITY -- Marco Polo Davao’s new general manager, Colin Healy, is aiming to strengthen the hotel’s position in the meeting, incentive, conference, exhibition (MICE) market by hosting more big events.

Mindanao seen playing major role amid heightened trade with Hungary

DAVAO CITY -- Davao Region and other parts of Mindanao stand to benefit from expanded trade as outlined by the inaugural Joint Commission on Economic Cooperation (JCEC) between Hungary and the Philippines, particularly in terms of investment promotion, manufacturing, information and communications technology (ICT), education, culture, tourism and sports.

Helen’s farm vegetables packaged in banana leaves sold at NCCC supermarket

HOMEGROWN RETAILER and shopping mall operator New City Commercial Center (NCCC) is now selling vegetables and fruits that are wrapped in banana leaves instead of plastic.

Hotel, restaurant industry hoping for more foreign exchanges to raise employee...

DAVAO CITY -- The Council of Hotel and Restaurant Educators of the Philippines (COHREP) hopes to strike more international faculty exchanges as a means of raising standards for staffing in the tourism industry.

Walk-in scanners to be installed at Davao City entry points

WALK-IN SCANNERS will be installed at Davao City’s entry points in Sirawan and Lasang before the start of the Holy Week on April 14 for a speedy checking of vehicles and passengers, Task Force Davao (TF Davao) Deputy Commander Randolph G. Cabangbang announced.

Cathay Dragon adds two Davao-Hong Kong flights for summer season

DAVAO CITY — Cathay Dragon, the Cathay Pacific Group’s regional airline, is adding two more flights between Davao City and Hong Kong for the summer season to cater to higher demand from holiday travelers.

Davao Light to pilot solar project in public school

DAVAO LIGHT and Power Company, Inc. (DLPC), a unit of Aboitiz Power Corp., is launching this year a solar power project, with the Sta. Ana National High School (SANHS) in Davao City as pilot site.

CLI mulls P2.5-B loan for Davao Global Township

DAVAO CITY -- Cebu Landmasters, Inc. (CLI), through its joint venture firm YHEST Realty and Development Corp., is looking at borrowing P2.5 billion for the first phase of its P33-billion Davao Global Township project.

Cotabato urges municipal governments to help boost tourism development

COTABATO GOVERNOR Emmylou Talino-Mendoza called on town officials to take steps in developing their respective tourism destinations, citing the success of other localities in bolstering the province’s competitiveness through increased visitor arrivals.

Cultivating the banana and coconut industries

DAVAO CITY -- Coconut products and fresh banana, despite seesawing volumes and values over the years, have consistently been among the country’s major agricultural exports.

A vote for peace

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Developer plans to turn Davao’s Times Beach into a lifestyle hub

DAVAO CITY -- Homegrown YHEST Realty and Development Corp. and YHES Inc. are awaiting the government’s final plan for the coastal road here before making its pitch for the development of Times Beach into a “lifestyle hub.”

Smart Padala to increase partners in Mindanao next year to help...

SMART Padala, PLDT, Inc.’s mobile remittance brand under PayMaya Philippines, is aiming to increase its partners in Mindanao next year to help more micro-entrepreneurs.

Floirendo’s DLI to add third tower in Damosa IT Park

DAVAO CITY — The Floirendo-owned Damosa Land Inc. (DLI) is constructing a third building within the Damosa IT Park in the central-western side of Davao City and is now in talks with locators.

NCCC looking to bring int’l hotel brand to Davao

DAVAO CITY -- Retail and shopping mall firm New City Commercial Corporation (NCCC) is expanding its real estate portfolio with the development of a mixed-use project in Panacan, located in the central-eastern part of the city.