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#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).

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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.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (03/26/20)

THE Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has approved the food resiliency protocol endorsed by the Department of Agriculture (DA) for faster movement of major food commodities to Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon.

BPOs in Davao City checked for compliance with DTI rules

DAVAO CITY -- Business process outsourcing (BPO) companies here are being checked by a joint team from the city government and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for compliance with guidelines on continued operations.

Condo complex to rise in Davao

DAVAO CITY -- Two local business families here have teamed up for a four-building condominium complex, called Legacy Leisure Residences, that is targeted for young families as well as buyers who intend to rent out their units to tourists and long-term occupants.

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HEALTH and local government officials of Cagayan have given assurance that the district hospitals around the province are ready to handle suspected COVID-19 cases with isolation rooms set up and medical workers briefed.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (03/18/20)

THE INTEGRATED Bar of the Philippines (IBP) will release early half of the 13th month pay and salaries of its national office employees located in the National Capital Region while Luzon is under enhanced community quarantine due to the novel coronavirus disease.

Travels to and from Davao City discouraged

DAVAO CITY Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has issued an order discouraging travel to and from the city given limited local medical services and facilities amid a novel coronavirus threat.

Reimagining Davao’s fruits for tourism promotion

DAVAO CITY — Durian-camote rolls. Mangosteen panacotta with pomelo bits. Marang puffs.

Park Inn by Radisson Davao taps local baker for artisan bread

DAVAO CITY — Vanessa Pacheco’s romance with artisan breads started in 2000, when she discovered a passion for baking while living in Canada.

COVID-19 Regional updates: Mindanao

Virus-handling orientation A MEMBER of Zamboanga City’s COVID-19 Core Team, led by the City Health Office under Dulce D. Miravite, conducts an orientation on handling...

Agriculture dep’t asked to tag upland areas in Davao City for...

THERE ARE about 17,000 hectares in upland areas in Davao City that are ideal for coffee farming, but development needs a push from government, according to the Davao City Coffee Council (DC3).

COVID-19 regional updates

ILOILO CITY Mayor Jerry P. Treñas has issued an order prohibiting ships from China and its administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macau, from entering ports in the city amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

Euro Towers’ Vivaldi Davao ready for turnover by Q4

DAVAO CITY -- Euro Towers International, Inc. is in the finishing stage for its first condominium project here and is eyeing to start the turnover of units by the fourth quarter.

DHSUD go after illegal subdivision developers in Davao City, Samal

THE DEPARTMENT of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) is cracking down on illegal subdivision developers in Davao City and the Island Garden City of Samal, mostly on land awarded to agrarian reform beneficiaries.

Gov’t told to aid local economies amid outbreak

THE government should boost local economies to cushion the effects of a deadly coronavirus outbreak on industries, a Finance official said.

Mt. Apo extreme race events to push through, banks on local...

THIS YEAR’S Mt. Apo Boulder Face Challenge and the Mt. Apo Sky and Vertical Race in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur are pushing through in April, banking on the participation of local extreme sports enthusiasts and other domestic guests.

Apo Agua bulk water project to provide service to 70% of...

DAVAO CITY -- Aboitiz-controlled Apo Agua Infrastructura Inc.’s (AAII) P12.6-billion bulk water supply project for Davao City will serve 70% of the urban area when completed in the first half of next year, the city’s water district said.

Regional manufacturers offered path to expansion via franchises

DAVAO CITY -- The Philippine Franchise Association (PFA) is encouraging manufacturers here to venture into franchising to promote regional delicacies, citing the success of such products as yema (sweet custard), cheesecake and lechon (roast pork).

Davao meat vendors, processors seek help amid sales drop due to...

PORK vendors and meat processors in Davao City are feeling the impact of the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak as sales have dropped by up to 50% since the confirmed cases were reported early this month.

Pujada, 2 others in Mati listed among world’s most beautiful bays

THREE BAYS in Mati City, Davao Oriental are now officially included in the list of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Association (MBBWA).

Farmers trained to improve yields, quality under Davao City peace program

DAVAO CITY -- Farmers participating in the city’s counter-insurgency “Peace Economy” will undergo training to improve their harvest and quality of produce.

Court orders arrest of Organico officials

DAVAO CITY — A local court has ordered the arrest of officials of Organico Agribusiness Ventures Corp., which the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) earlier declared to be running an illegal investment operation.

Farmers’ group, DA ask Mindanao local governments to avoid blanket ban...

THE DAVAO Hog Farmers Association of Davao, Inc. (HOGFADI) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) have called on local governments in Mindanao to avoid blanket bans on the entry of hogs and pork products amid confirmed cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) in parts of the Davao Region.

Entry of provincial buses in Davao City center to be limited...

PROVINCIAL BUSES will be restricted from entering the Davao City central area once the six new terminals are constructed alongside the rollout of the High Priority Bus System (HPBS).

Davao Metro Shuttle starts serving intracity route

THE DAVAO Metro Shuttle Bus Company has started serving an intracity route in Davao City as part of its expansion program.