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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.

Regional Updates (09/20/20)

THE ALIGNMENT of the Davao-Samal bridge is final, a Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) official said amid the continued appeal for a redesign by the property owner of the Samal landing site.

Regional Updates (09/17/20)

DoT plans ‘regional circuits’ to revive tourism THE TOURISM department said on Thursday that it is gearing towards the opening of “regional circuits” to start...

Cacao production unaffected by quarantine, but market dries up

THE quarantine has not affected cacao production, but has kept buyers away, according to Val D. Turtur, president of the Cacao Industry Development Association of Mindanao, Inc. and chairman of the Philippine Cacao Council.

Regional Updates (09/13/20)

SEVERAL FACILITIES for patients and healthcare workers are now being rushed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Bacolod City after the local government sought the national task force’s help in addressing the rising number of coronavirus cases.

Regional Updates (09/09/20)

Solons want probe on Manila Bay ‘white sand’ project A GROUP of lawmakers filed a resolution on Tuesday calling for an investigation on the Department...

Kadayawan spirit lives on with digital events, but tourism sector struggles...

DAVAO CITY — Video-sharing platform TikTok was this year’s stage for the Indak-Indak street dancing competition, one of the highlights of the annual Kadayawan Festival in August.

Regional Updates (09/06/20)

Still no qualifiers for Davao City bus system TWO OF the biggest Mindanao-based bus companies, Bachelor Express, Inc., and Davao Metro Shuttle Corporation, again failed...

Warehouses, townships are bright spots in Davao property sector

DAVAO CITY — Storage facilities and residential spaces, especially those within mixed-use projects, are the property segments least affected by the coronavirus pandemic in Davao, according to consultancy firm Prime Philippines.

Durian growers ready for China GAP certification

DAVAO CITY — Durian growers in the Davao Region, including small-scale farmers, are ready for Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) certification that will be required by China for exports.

Virgin coconut oil maker sees expansion opportunities

COTABATO-BASED Treelife, a maker of organic goods, sees big potential in expanding virgin coconut oil (VCO) production — but it will have to wait until after the coronavirus crisis.

Regional Updates (08/17/20)

Sevilla Bridge reopens THE renovated Sevilla Bridge, connecting Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City and Sta. Mesa in Manila, fully reopened its four lanes on Aug....

Regional Updates (08/16/20)

Cagayan de Oro mall shop suspends sale event after crowd abandons distancing A SHOE shop at the Limketkai Center in Cagayan de Oro City has...

Regional Updates (08/12/20)

Over 1,200 apprehended in QC for violating health protocols MORE THAN 1,200 people were rounded up in Quezon City on Wednesday for violations of health...

Durian industry pushing to be included in China trade deal amid...

DAVAO CITY — It’s durian season in Mindanao and growers are struggling to find a market for their produce — so they’ve set their sights on China.

Banana chip maker eyes more workers for new ecozone mill

DAVAO CITY — Banana chip maker Southern Harvest, Inc. (SHI) started operating its factory at the Anflo Industrial Estate in Panabo City last week, and is looking to employ an additional 130 employees as it slowly increases output.

Regional Updates (08/02/20)

FERRY SERVICES along Pasig River will resume operations Monday, Aug. 3, with the rides still free although passenger capacity will be limited to 50%.

Regional Updates (07/30/20)

MWSS directs Maynilad, Manila Water to extend grace period for bills THE METROPOLITAN Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) Regulatory Office has ordered Maynilad Water Services,...

Regional Updates (07/29/20)

New bird flu case detected in Pampanga ANOTHER case of bird flu, involving the highly pathogenic avian influenza A (H5N6), was detected in an egg-producing...

Supply chain for food, other goods challenged by overloaded shippers

DAVAO CITY — Cargo logistics operations are slowly improving with the easing of lockdown rules, but the industry says supply chains remain challenged due to the workload imposed on freight forwarders and the failure of government agencies in charge of approvals for the movement of goods to fully embrace digital processes.

Regional Updates (07/26/20)

Cebu Pacific appeals for standard airport regulations from local governments BUDGET CARRIER Cebu Pacific has called for common protocols from local governments hosting airports, citing...

Regional Updates (07/22/20)

Police to track down cops, military involved in KAPA COPS, MILITARY and other government workers involved in the alleged investment scam of Kapa-Community Ministry International...

LGUs rise above the chaos — and strained relationship with gov’t

When the state of emergency was declared on March 8, the President’s proclamation cited the need for a “whole-of-government” response to the pandemic — a term first used in the Duterte administration’s strategy to end the communist armed movement, which had local governments as the lead envoys.

Brown rice demand from industry buyers declines

DAVAO CITY — Supermarket sales for brown rice increased during the public health emergency, making up for the drop in demand from corporate clients, according to Sun Made Brown Rice producer Mindanao Agri Network Corp. (MANCOR).

Regional Updates (07/06/20)

BUSINESSES IN Mindanao welcomed the recent government order for shipping companies to offer a discount of at least 40% on food cargo, but said more long-term policies are needed to help producers bring their goods to the local market.

Regional Updates (06/30/20)

SOME MANILA-bound international flights of Philippine Airlines (PAL) are being diverted to Cebu due to “quarantine processing limitations” at the country’s main gateway in the capital.

Malagos diversifies, innovates in the time of coronavirus

DAVAO CITY — The Malagos Garden Resort here, like other tourism sites, has been forced to close since mid-March. But operations have not completely stopped as the Puentespina family that owns the Malagos group of companies has been going into and planning new ventures to keep up with the times altered by the coronavirus disease 2019.

Regional Updates (06/22/20)

Bohol holds ceremonial reopening of tourism in COVID-free Panglao; airport still closed A CEREMONIAL reopening of tourism establishments in Panglao was held June 22, but...

Regional Updates (06/21/20)

Customs bureau gets rid of uncertified medicines, food to free up storage space UNCERTIFIED medicines, chemicals and food products confiscated by the Bureau of Customs...

Regional Updates (06/15/20)

GROUNDBREAKING for the bridge connecting Samal to mainland Mindanao, supposedly set in July, has been moved to the last quarter of the year, according to the island city’s mayor.

Davao City restaurants struggle amid pandemic

SAGING Repablik (SagRep), a restaurant that has become one of Davao City’s iconic dining places with its hip café-style decor and menu highlighting bananas, would not be celebrating its 6th anniversary this month. Instead, it is closing its doors.

#COVID-19 Regional updates (06/08/20)

Quarantine rules likely to be further eased by June 16 for some areas QUARANTINE rules are likely to be further eased in areas under the...

Mindanao railway bidder shortlist expected this month

DAVAO CITY — The government is expecting to receive the shortlist of bidders for the first phase of the China-funded Mindanao railway from the Chinese Embassy within the month, a transport official said.