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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.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (06/04/20)

THE number coding scheme intended to reduce vehicles on Metro Manila roads will again be in effect starting June 8, but with exemptions in consideration of the coronavirus crisis.

Mindanao recovery must look beyond agricultural strength

TWO weeks into the more relaxed lockdown policy in the entire Mindanao, entrepreneurs of non-basic goods that have been allowed to resume operations have yet to see signs of business recovery.

Stylish masks made with Mindanao weave

DAVAO CITY — With face mask now a must-have accessory, fashion designer Wilson Niñofranco Limon has taken the opportunity to help meet demand while continuing his advocacy of promoting local craftsmanship.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (05/31/20)

Samal resort owners seek local gov’t help for furloughed workers, long-term alternative livelihood THE summer months of April and May are typically the busiest for...

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (05/26/20)

Cebu province taps 3 state-owned banks for P20B economic recovery fund THREE government-owned banks have agreed to create a common fund, initially set at P20...

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (05/21/20)

THREE laboratories in different regions in Mindanao started coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing this week, boosting capacity in the southern islands where there are now five facilities for rapid polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.

Davao hotels tweak operations to ride out crisis

DAVAO CITY -- Some big hotels have managed to keep operations going despite the lockdown, thanks to the demand from business process outsourcing (BPO) firms and food delivery.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (05/18/20)

THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) plans to require public transport operators, especially buses, to have a record of their passengers for contact tracing purposes amid the continued coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spread.

Durian sales suffer from lockdowns

DOMESTIC demand for durian, typically high during the harvest season in April and May, fell sharply this year due to lockdowns impose during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.

Ingenuity launches online shopping mall for MSMEs

DAVAO CITY -- Homegrown software firm Ingenuity has launched a virtual shopping mall called buylocal.ph where micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) can set up their online stores.

Damosa Land’s Agriya sources produce from Davao farmer

DAVAO CITY -- Damosa Land Inc.’s (DLI) mixed-use Agriya project has focused its efforts on a farm-to-community program tapping small-scale farmers after the coronavirus crisis brought the real estate and tourism sectors to a standstill.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (05/14/20)

THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) charged three barangay officials in Hagonoy, Bulacan with graft and corruption over anomalies in the distribution of the government’s cash aid for low-income families affected by the lockdown due to the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates

THE Department of Transportation has assured legislators that guidelines are ready for the possible partial lifting of quarantine rules in Metro Manila by May 16.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (05/06/07)

CURFEW, shopping and entry passes, wearing of face mask, and checkpoints are among the rules that remain strictly in place in areas that have transitioned starting May 1 into the general community quarantine (GCQ), a government classification wherein restrictions are eased on public transport, business operations, and government offices.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (05/05/20)

PANGASINAN, which has not recorded any new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patient since April 25, started mass testing for the virus on May 5 as the provincial government prepares for the possible easing of restrictions by May 16.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (05/04/20)

Cebu COVID-19 cases expected to keep increasing with targeted testing CORONAVIRUS disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the Central Visayas region, which breached the 1,000 mark...

WFH during the ECQ: Mindanaoan educator Joji Ilagan-Bian

JOJI Ilagan-Bian, an ASEAN Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs awardee, gets ready for her work-from-home (WFH) day the same way she did when heading to the office before the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) measures were imposed.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (04/29/20)

BACOLOD officials have asked the national government to include the city in the list of areas under continued strict quarantine measures until May 15 due to the continued threat of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) transmissions.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (04/27/20)

ILOILO City’s finance committee will present this week a fund realignment and economic measures program as the local government braces for the delayed collection in local taxes that cover about 60% of its annual budget.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (04/20/20)

BAGUIO City officials met on Monday to discuss the transition plan towards a partial lifting of restrictions imposed to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

#COVID-19 Regional Updates

CEBU province’s local officials continue to find new measures to minimize convergence sites which serve as transmission opportunities for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as the number of cases in Cebu City, the central area, has shot up to 163 as of April 18.

Lockdowns slow banana production amid robust export demand

DAVAO CITY -- Quarantine protocols imposed by some local governments in Mindanao in line with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis have affected the production of some banana export firms in the midst of strong demand for the fresh fruit, a top industry executive said.

Davao City property companies see project delays amid lockdown

DAVAO CITY — Real estate developers expect delays in the completion of their projects here as the city’s lockdown measures include a ban on construction work to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (04/13/20)

THE MAKATI City government has warned that violators of quarantine rules and the mandatory wearing of face masks outside homes will be fined with up to P5,000 and jail time.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates

THE TWO passenger vessels of shipping and logistics provider 2Go Group, Inc. that will be used as quarantine facilities for returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are now ready for use, the Department of Transportation (DoTr) said.

Davao hotels to shelter health workers

DAVAO CITY -- The iconic Apo View Hotel, the oldest in the city at over 70 years, is one of the local businesses that have temporarily suspended operations due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.