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DAVAO CITY’S tourism sector is preparing a to-do list that will make hotels and restaurants “halal-friendly” — instead of the more complicated process of becoming halal-certified — to attract the Muslim market that can be flown in by Qatar Airways’ direct flights to Doha.
DAVAO CITY -- Vista Land & Lifescapes, Inc. (VLL) broke ground on Saturday for The Terraces, the first of four Camella Condominium Homes (COHO) projects in Davao City.
HEALTH AUTHORITIES are targeting a wider coverage in Mindanao, especially in the Bangsamoro region, for the second round of the polio vaccination program on Nov. 25 to Dec. 7.
ICT-Davao, Inc., the information and communication technology umbrella group in Davao Region, is teaming up with technology firms SAS and Amazon.com, Inc. to help “re-tool” local professionals.
THE COTABATO provincial government held a planning workshop on Wednesday as a first step to drafting the recovery and rehabilitation program for residents displaced by the series of earthquakes in October.
THE PHIVIDEC Industrial Authority (PIA) wants the big players of Davao Region’s agricultural sector to take an active role in defining Mindanao’s position in the country’s industrialization program.
DAVAO CITY -- The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) wants to forge closer ties with Davao City and the rest of Mindanao through technological innovations in agriculture, among other sectors.
THE RUNNING count of people affected by the series of earthquakes in central Mindanao last month has reached 231,250, more than half of them in Makilala town in Cotabato, based on the latest update from the national disaster management agency. Of the total, 36,183 are staying in 32 evacuation centers. Aside from Makilala, the other affected areas are: Cotabato’s capital Kidapawan City and five other towns; Malita and Santa Maria in Davao Occidental; and Davao del Sur’s capital Digos City and eight towns. On infrastructure, 26 schools have been totally destroyed while 1,050 are partially damaged. Houses account for the biggest hit with 10,862 totally damaged and 22,287 partial.
COTABATO ACTING Governor Emmylou Talino-Mendoza appealed to residents, whether they have been affected or not by last month’s triple earthquakes, to stop begging for relief goods along the national highway, stressing that both the local government and national agencies have been working 24/7 for the emergency operations.
THE MINDANAO Development Authority (MiNDA) is spearheading the gathering of information to establish a database that will be used to make recommendations on the rehabilitation plan in areas affected by the October triple earthquakes in central Mindanao.
THE COMMISSION on Population’s (POPCOM) Davao office has called for more teen centers in public and private schools as well as in communities for out-of-school youth as the region recorded the highest percentage of teen pregnancies nationwide.
DAVAO CITY — Damosa Land, Inc. (DLI) is on track with the completion of its 15-storey Diamond Tower, the third building within its Damosa IT Park, by early 2020, an official of the Floirendo-owned company said.
DAVAO CITY -- The Philippine Genum Center (PGC), a DNA testing facility that will focus on agricultural research and development, is set to open before the end of the year at the University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao.
DAVAO CITY -- Cigarettes and alcohol remain the top counterfeit goods being smuggled into the Philippines, followed closely by fake medicines and personal care products, according to the running tally of the International Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).
AFTERSHOCKS as strong as magnitude 4.3 continue to rock parts of Mindanao a week after the magnitude 6.3 earthquake on Oct. 16 with the epicenter around Tulunan, Cotabato, based on the monitoring of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).
A GROUP of hog raisers in Davao City called on Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio to maintain her order temporarily banning the entry of live pigs and pork products amid the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak in parts of Luzon, giving assurance that there is enough local supply, including ham for the Christmas celebrations.
DAVAO CITY -- Limited commercial production of cardava, the banana variety used for cooking and making chips, is keeping the Philippines from taking advantage of the variety’s export potential, according to the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT) in Davao Region.
COTABATO’S PROVINCIAL government is strengthening public service delivery in eight priority communities identified as remaining strongholds of the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed unit of the communist movement.
DAVAO CITY — Homegrown restaurant chain Penong’s Barbecue and Seafood Grill will soon have its first overseas branch in Singapore through its franchising unit.
DAVAO CITY — Homegrown retail chain New City Commercial Corp. (NCCC) is positioning for more cashless transactions with Thursday’s launch of the NCCC Mastercard in partnership with Metrobank Card Corp.
THE DEPARTMENT of Tourism-Region 11 (DoT-11) has been granted a P10-million fund by the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCAA) for a masterplan on the development of a Davao Region cultural hub.
DAVAO CITY -- Aboitiz-controlled Apo Agua Infrastructura, Inc. (AAII) is seeking the support of government agencies in obtaining right-of-way and in managing road traffic associated with the construction of its P12.6-billion bulk water supply project, which is due for completion in 2021.
THE DEPARTMENT of Education-Region 11 (DepEd-11) has ordered the closure of private schools owned and operated by the Salugpongan Ta Tana Igkanogon Community Learning Center Inc. effective Monday, Oct. 7.
DAVAO CITY -- The Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) said land reclamation is the “ideal” option for the development of an industrial park near the city center.
THE JAPANESE government has reiterated its support for Davao City’s waste management program as the Davao Japanese community celebrates its 100th anniversary.
THE SECOND phase of Davao Light and Power Company, Inc.’s (DLPC) underground distribution system project in Davao City is now 80% done and is expected to be completed by early 2020.