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Davao City getting ready to be ‘halal-friendly’ for Muslim market with...

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.

Villar’s VLL breaks ground for first COHO project in Davao

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.

Wider Bangsamoro coverage targeted in 2nd round of polio vaccination

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 to ink deal with Amazon, SAS Technology for training

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.

Business delegation puts Davao in ANA’s radar

DAVAO CITY — All Nippon Airways (ANA) will now consider Davao City in their route expansion plan after a recent roadshow by a delegation led by the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) in Tokyo, Hitachinaka, and Saitama.

Cotabato starts rehabilitation planning for earthquake victims

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.

PHIVIDEC says agri firms have a part in industrialization

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.

Big Bad Wolf returns to Davao

THE BIG Bad Wolf (BBW) is holding its second book sale in Davao City on Nov. 11–22, open 24 hours a day on those dates at the Enderun Tent in Azuela Cove.

Taiwanese group brings tech innovations, seeks closer ties with Mindanao

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.

Mati’s Kuzina Virginia serves up Mandaya cuisine

MATI CITY, Davao Oriental — A new restaurant here, Kuzina Virginia, is serving up traditional dishes of the Mandaya, an indigenous group in the province known for their colorful attire and beadwork.

Over 230,000 people affected, 10,000 houses totally destroyed in Mindanao earthquakes

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 appeals to residents to stop begging for relief goods along...

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.

MinDA to establish database for rehabilitation plan in earthquake-affected areas

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.

Second major quake in a week hits Mindanao

A MAGNITUDE 6.5 earthquake struck central Mindanao yesterday morning, just two days after a 6.6 tremor killed at least 8 people, the national disaster agency said.

POPCOM-Davao pushes for more teen centers as region records highest teen...

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.

Magnitude 6.6 quake kills at least 4 in Mindanao

A MAGNITUDE 6.6 earthquake struck central Mindanao on Tuesday morning, the second major tremor to hit southern Philippines this month, geologists said.

Damosa Land says third IT Park building set to open in...

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.

DNA testing center for agriculture R&D to open in UP Mindanao

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.

Cigarettes, medicine top counterfeit goods entering the Philippines

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 continue a week after 6.3 earthquake; over 1,000 families still...

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).

Iloilo and Davao ramp up MICE marketing

A ROADMAP for the meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions (MICE) sector was launched in January 2018, providing a program for its development as a major contributor to the tourism industry.

‘Let’s Meet in Davao’

In Davao, a MICE program with the slogan “Let’s Meet in Davao” was introduced by the DoT back in 2011, and the current Davao MICE Board is working to revive and strengthen this campaign.

Davao hog raisers assure enough pork, ham supply for Christmas season

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.

Lack of cardava banana seedlings seen stifling export potential

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 beefs up services in NPA-influenced communities

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.

DA-BPI warns farmers on fall armyworm pest

THE AGRICULTURE department’s Davao office has alerted farmers to check for possible fall armyworm (FAW) infestation after the pest was found in two farms in the region.

Davao mayor nudges DoF, NEDA on pending projects

DAVAO CITY Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has called on national government agencies to get three major projects moving by acting on the review of documents and giving final approval.

Davao restaurant Penong’s to have 1st overseas branch in Singapore

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 retail chain NCCC prepares to handle cashless transactions

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.

DoT-11 gets P10M NCAA fund for regional cultural center masterplan

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 water contractor seeks gov’t aid for right-of-way, traffic

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.

DepEd orders closure of Salugpongan schools in Davao

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 business chamber backs reclamation to create industrial park

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.

Japan aims to help Davao City become model in waste management...

THE JAPANESE government has reiterated its support for Davao City’s waste management program as the Davao Japanese community celebrates its 100th anniversary.

Davao Light’s 2nd phase of underground system project to be completed...

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.

PCW to hold hearings on harassment rules

THE Philippine Commission on Women has organized public hearings on how to enforce the law against sexual harassment.

Davao-Manado flights revived

THE revival of flights between Davao and Manado is expected to boost investment and tourism activities between Mindanao and North Sulawesi, Indonesia, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said last week.

Davao university signs housing deal

PAG-IBIG Fund signed a deal with Ateneo de Davao University and Realty Investments, Inc. last week for a housing project involving employees of the university.

FDA seals canned Ma Ling in supermarkets

THE Food and Drug Administration in Region 12 continues to monitor and seal Ma Ling products in various supermarkets in Cotabato Province in southern Philippines, it said.

Hog raisers receive piglets from local gov’t

COTABATO province gave away 125 piglets aged one to one-and-a-half months to hog raisers on Tuesday to help the local industry and show that it is not affected by African swine fever.

PSA promotes national ID

THE PHILIPPINE Statistics Authority expects Filipinos to become aware of the government’s plan for a national ID system before mass registration starts in July next year, according to Pepito D. Amoyen, PSA officer-in-charge in the Davao region.

Davao council seeks pork import ban

THE CITY council has approved a resolution banning pork-related products from areas affected by African swine fever.

Davao Customs bans pork imports

THE Bureau of Customs (BoC) Port of Davao has banned the importation of pork and other pork products from countries affected by African swine fever.

Agri company pushes hybrid rice

SEEDWORKS Philippines, Inc. seeks to increase areas in the Davao region for its US-88 hybrid rice variety to help rice farmers increase output, President and General Manager Carlos Saplala said yesterday.

Green group asks salary for forest rangers

AN environmental group wants Davao City to absorb as employees farmers who volunteer as forest rangers and pay them with a monthly salary instead of just an honorarium.