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Regional Updates (02/23/21)

JOINT government forces have arrested nine females with links to the Abu Sayyaf bandit and terror group in Sulu last week, some of whom were in possession of bomb components, the military reported on Tuesday.

Regional Updates (02/22/21)

DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, daughter of the President, on Monday reiterated that she is not running for the country’s top post in the 2022 elections and that “nothing can change” her mind.

Regional Updates (02/21/21)

PARTS of the southern island of Mindanao were flooded Sunday after tropical storm Auring, with designated international name Dujuan, dumped rains as it moves slowly in a northwest direction.

Regional Updates (02/14/21)

PANGLAO is gearing up for its 2nd Panglao International Dive Fiesta on May 4-9, with health protocols and other procedures being firmed up to ensure the safety of participants, other guests, and the island’s residents.

Regional Updates (02/10/21)

SOLONS called on the Department of Transportation (DoTr) to hold expressway operators similarly liable under a “3-strike” policy that will be imposed on road users who pass through tollroads without sufficient load on their radio-frequency identification (RFID) stickers.

Damosa Land eyes two foreign locators for Panabo ecozone

DAMOSA Land, Inc., the real estate arm of the Floirendo-owned Anflo Management and Investment Corp., is in talks with two foreign companies for space at the Anflo Industrial Estate (AIE) in Panabo City.

Mindanao summit to push for rationalized infrastructure projects, dev’t programs

THE Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said stakeholders in the southern island’s development will meet in an online summit on Feb. 10 to propose the rationalization of big-ticket infrastructure projects in the last full year of the government’s term.

Regional Updates (02/04/21)

THE ammonia leak at an ice plant in Navotas City on Wednesday killed two workers while 96 others, including residents of surrounding communities, were hospitalized, according to Mayor Tobias “Toby” M. Tiangco.

Regional Updates (02/01/21)

A child receives oral polio vaccine in Antique province on February 1, the start of the government’s month-long supplemental immunization program for measles-rubella and polio. The vaccination program, intended for children 0-59 months, is under the Department of Health (DoH) and implemented by the local government health units.

Digitalization, EAGA trade named Davao business chamber’s top priorities

DAVAO CITY’S business leaders are looking to regain the growth momentum lost last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, with digitalization and stronger trade ties in the sub-regional grouping known as the East ASEAN Growth Area (EAGA) among the priorities.

Regional Updates (01/26/21)

THE LOCAL government of Valenzuela City holds its first simulation on January 26 of the vaccination process that is targeted for implementation by the second half of the year.

Hog processors secure space in AIE’s upcoming cold storage facility

DAVAO CITY — The cold storage facility at the Anflo Industrial Estate (AIE) in Panabo City is expected to be operational by March with hog processors lined up as initial clients.

Regional Updates (01/17/21)

A PHILIPPINE Eagle was rescued last week in the hinterlands of Maitum, Sarangani after a resident found it trapped in thorny rattan vines while on a hunt. It was the third eagle rescued in the area over the last four years, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources–Soccsksargen (DENR-12) regional office. The eagle has been turned over the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao City for documentation and rehabilitation. The bird was found near Mt. Busa, a declared key biodiversity.

Regional Updates (01/13/21)

THE BUREAU of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has warned consumers against eating shellfish harvested from Daram Island and Cambatutay Bay in Western Samar, Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar, and Carigara Bay in Leyte after testing positive for red tide contamination.

‘Vertical village’ to rise in Davao

DAVAO CITY — Vista Land and Lifescapes, Inc. (VLL) is launching its first project here under the Camella Manors brand, which are condominiums within the real estate developers’ mixed-use communities.

Regional Updates (01/10/21)

SEVERAL cities outside the capital Metro Manila have announced signing or preparing for an agreement with British pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca Plc for the purchase of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines.

Regional Updates (01/03/21)

THE PASIG City government launched another Business One Stop Shop (BOSS) on Sunday, located at the Ayala the 30th Mall, in time for this month’s peak period for business permit renewals.

Regional Updates (12/22/20)

Plebiscite for Palawan’s division into 3 provinces set on March 13 THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) announced that the plebiscite that will determine the division...

Damosa says ecozone signals potential of agri-industrial parks

DAVAO CITY — The Anflo Industrial Estate in Panabo City said it signed four new locators this year, with a cold storage facility, signalling the potential of agri-industrial parks despite the pandemic. 

Regional Updates (12/20/20)

MODERATE to heavy rains are still expected in the regions of Cagayan Valley and Cordillera as well as parts of Quezon and Aurora provinces on Monday after tropical depression Vicky exits the country late Sunday, according to state weather agency PAGASA.

Gaisano resumes work on condo

DAVAO CITY — Gaisano-owned Grand Land, Inc. has resumed construction work on the condominium component of its Amani Grand Citygate complex, its flagship project in the city.

South American banana growers make inroads into PHL export markets

DAVAO CITY — The collapse in global banana prices has opened the door for South American producers to sell more of their product in major markets traditionally supplied by Philippine growers and exporters.

Regional Updates (12/08/20)

THE Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) further increased its speed to 60 kilometers per hour (kph) starting Dec. 1, reducing the average time between trains to four minutes from the previous five minutes at 50kph, the Transportation department said on Tuesday.

Cargo service linking General Santos, Davao with Sulawesi resumes

DAVAO CITY — The Indonesian-flagged vessel Gloria 28 has resumed the cargo service calling at General Santos and Davao as well as the port of Bitung in Sulawesi.

Regional Updates (12/02/20)

THE German government will provide a grant that will protect the state-run Philippine General Hospital (PGH) from flooding by April 2021.

Regional Updates (11/29/20)

A LAWMAKER has asked the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to reconsider the closure of all U-turn slots along EDSA, the capital region’s major thoroughfare.

Regional Updates (11/24/20)

THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture (DA) distributed P1.42 billion worth of assistance to farmers and fisherfolk in Quezon province who were affected by recent typhoons while their livelihoods have been weakend by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Regional Updates (11/22/20)

FOUR members of the Abu Sayyaf, a kidnap-for-ranson group that has pledged ties with the extremist Islamic State, surrendered on Saturday in Sulu after another one turned himself in to the military in Tawi-Tawi on Friday.

DLI’s tower set for partial opening

DAVAO CITY — Damosa Land, Inc.’s (DLI) new office building, the 17-floor Diamond Tower, is ready for partial opening with more than 92% of the construction and finishing work done.

Regional Updates (11/05/20)

Batanes residents, known as Ivatans, are no stranger to strong typhoons and have a long tradition of preparing by boarding up their windows with shutters locally called tapangko, and tying up structures or what they call kapanpet.

Construction of high-end Davao condo stays on track

DAVAO CITY — The Ayala and Alcantara groups’ township project, Azuela Cove, is on track with its first residential building scheduled for topping off by the end of the year.

Regional Updates (11/01/20)

Lahar mudflow from Mayon Volcano triggered by rains brought by typhoon Rolly partially bury some houses in a village in Guinobatan, Albay.

Regional Updates (10/28/20)

THE DEATH toll from typhoon Quinta (international name: Molave) has increased to nine people, while two are still missing and at least six injured, according to the October 28 report from the disaster management council.

Davao City partners with tech firm Fusionex for e-halal hub

DAVAO CITY has partnered with data technology firm Fusionex International to set up a digital platform for halal goods produced by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Mindanao.

Regional Updates (10/21/20)

A DUMAGUETE City regional trial court dismissed the charges against five drug suspects who were supposedly arrested by law enforcers in a fake buy-bust operation.

Regional Updates (10/18/20)

RESIDENTS from anywhere in Luzon can visit Baguio again starting October 22, the city government announced Sunday.

Bangsamoro agency signs 6 partnerships for agri ventures

DAVAO CITY — The Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) said it signed partnerships with six companies for various agriculture ventures that will showcase the economic potential of the autonomous region.

Regional Updates (10/11/20)

To Ganano Falls Access to Ganano Falls in Diffun, Quirino is now easier for visitors with the completion of a 1.5-kilometer concrete road, according to...

Regional Updates (10/06/20)

ISRAEL and the Philippines are looking to strengthen economic ties and expand business-to-business (B2B) networks, particularly in Mindanao, with the opening of an Israeli consulate in Davao City.

Regional Updates (10/05/20)

PRESIDENTIAL Spokesperson Harry L. Roque spent the weekend in Boracay, one of the country’s top tourist attractions, and held his daily press briefing there on Monday in a move to help resuscitate the island’s economy.

DITO telecom targets 880 towers across Mindanao

DITO TELECOMMUNITY Corp. is planning to install 880 cellular towers across Mindanao, including 237 in Davao City, hometown of its owner Dennis A. Uy.

Regional Updates (10/04/20)

DoTr suspends mandatory use of Beep cards for EDSA bus system THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation (DoTr) has suspended the mandatory use of electronic cards for...

Regional Updates (09/29/30)

THE HOUSE of Representatives approved on third and final reading a bill that will upgrade the Basilan State College (BASSC) into a full state university.

Vista Land unit preps commercial space of Davao condo complex

DAVAO CITY — Camella Condominiums, a unit of Vista Land and Landscapes, Inc., is getting ready to develop the commercial component of its five-building condominium complex in Davao City.

Regional Updates (09/22/20)

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte defended the artificial white sand project along Manila Bay and praised Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu for the rehabilitation program.