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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.

Damosa Land tops off Seawind’s 5th tower

DAVAO CITY -- Damosa Land Inc. (DLI) is aiming to complete its six-building Seawind condominium project by next year, with construction currently ahead of schedule.

Hijo’s township seen to boost economic activity in Mindanao

TAGUM CITY — Hijo Central, a smart and sustainable township project by Hijo Resources Corp. (HRC), is expected to generate around $10 billion in economic activity in Mindanao.

RedDoorz to open 4 properties in Davao in 2 months

DAVAO CITY -- Hotel management start-up RedDoorz is eyeing to open four properties in Davao City in the next two months.

Mindanao businesses keenly await progress on railway system

DAVAO CITY -- Mindanao’s business leaders are hoping for more clarity on the southern island’s new railway, which is expected to begin construction later this year.

Davao airport authority expected to increase flight connections

DAVAO CITY -- A law creating the Davao International Airport Authority (DIAA) is expected to improve airport facilities and increase the city’s overseas connectivity, the business sector said.

Hainan seeks tourism, agri deals with Davao City

DAVAO CITY -- The Chinese island province of Hainan is seeking cooperation between Davao City in tourism, agriculture and trade, visiting Chinese officials said.

Singapore president is 1st foreign head of state to visit Eagle...

SINGAPORE PRESIDENT Halimah Yacob will visit the Philippine Eagle Center (PEC) today, the first foreign head of state to do so.

Damosa Land targets to open ‘nature-tainment’ park of Agriya in November

DAVAO CITY — Damosa Land Inc. (DLI) plans to open by November the agri-tourism component of Agriya, an 88-hectare mixed-use complex in Panabo City.

Roxas Night Market eyed as maximum security zone

THE NIGHT Market along Roxas Avenue in Davao City, site of a bombing in September 2016, will be recommended for declaration as a maximum security zone.

Panigan-Tamugan watershed management plan in the works, says Apo Agua

A MANAGEMENT plan for the Panigan-Tamugan watershed, which is being funded by Apo Agua Infrastructura Inc., is in the works and expected to be released by next year.

Permanent tele-hearing facilities to be set up in 3 Davao courts

THREE COURTS in Davao City will be equipped with videoconferencing facilities for the conduct of remote hearings involving persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) as part of the Justice Sector Reform Programme: Governance in Justice (GOJUST) program.

Chocolate maker training suppliers in halal food-handling practices, signs Malaysia deal

DAVAO CITY -- MS3 Agri-Ventures Corp., which makes halal chocolate and other products, is training its cacao suppliers and processors to meet halal standards Islamic food preparation.

Aeon Credit starts financing services for tricycle drivers, operators with 1st...

FINANCING COMPANY Aeon Credit Service Philippines recently opened its first branch in Mindanao, located in Davao City, and has started offering its services to members of Tricycle Operators and Drivers Associations (TODA).

Word-of-mouth marketing boosts Northern Mindanao tourism

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — With travel bans from various countries hanging over Mindanao, promoting tourism in the Philippine’s southern islands is no easy task.

Local florist calls for revival of Davao floriculture industry

FLORIST and businessman Jade Polizon said more events such as competitions and exhibits should be staged to breathe new life into Davao City’s floriculture industry.

Sta. Cruz community replace mangroves destroyed by monsoon waves

BIG WAVES caused by the southwest monsoon, which has been prevailing for weeks, destroyed the seawall, breakwaters, houses and mangroves in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur last week.

8 Mindanao youth making a difference chosen for New Zealand training

A COMMUNITY worker who assists women-traders in Tawi-Tawi, a volunteer who was part of the team that evacuated some 1,700 residents trapped during the Marawi siege, and a Davao City-based rugby coach to less-privileged children — they are among the eight young leaders from Mindanao who are off to New Zealand on Aug. 23 for a four-month leadership program.

New Davao hospital eyes soft opening this year

DAVAO CITY — The Lanang Doctors Hospital, the medical facility component of Megaworld Corp.’s Davao Park District township, is targeted for soft opening this year with the completion of the building expected soon.

Compostela Valley, Sibutu touted as possible ecozones by PHIVIDEC

DAVAO CITY -- Compostela Valley province and Sibutu, Tawi-Tawi are among the ideal areas for new economic zones in Mindanao, according to Philippine Veterans Investment Development Corp. (PHIVIDEC) Industrial Authority Administrator Franklin M. Quijano.

Davao cacao industry exploring new non-chocolate products

DAVAO CITY -- The Cacao City Marketing Cooperative, a group of farmers and processors, said is developing products apart from chocolates to boost Davao City’s standing as the country’s cacao capital.

Holcim expects sustained growth in Mindanao cement demand

DAVAO CITY -- Holcim Philippines, Inc., which has just completed the expansion of its plant here, is preparing to start similar improvements in its Lugait Cement Plant in Misamis Oriental as it expects continued growth in Mindanao demand.

Banana exporters to meet with DA’s Dar to discuss industry dev’t...

DAVAO CITY -- The Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association, Inc. (PBGEA) is meeting next week with new Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar, to discuss the implementation of the Banana Industry Development Road Map.

Davao City cracks down on developers violating zoning, building rules

UP TO 100 developers of commercial and residential projects, mostly small and local companies, may face penalties and sanctions for violations on the zoning and building code, according to City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) head Ivan Chin Cortez.

1st Lugang Café in Mindanao opens in Davao

DAVAO CITY — Lugang Café of China’s Bellagio Group of Restaurants has opened its first branch in Mindanao at the SM City Ecoland here and several more are planned in other cities in the island.

Azuela Cove’s restaurant row to offer corporate meeting packages

DAVAO CITY -- The restaurant row at the Azuela Cove, the township project being developed by the Ayala Group and the Alcantara Group, is getting a marketing boost through corporate meeting packages that are being lined up for promotion.

Banana smallholders to start using drones for aerial spraying

DAVAO CITY -- Two agricultural companies in Davao have purchased 30 drones for renting out to small banana farms to spray fungicide.

Davao City hotels gearing up for Kadayawan Festival crowd

KADAYAWAN, Davao City’s biggest annual festival, draws a bigger crowd than the Christmas and dry-season holiday seasons, and hotels here are all set for the visitor surge during much of August.

Tackling peace, plastics, PWDs: Mindanao’s social entrepreneurs band together

DAVAO CITY — Mindanao’s social entrepreneurs have banded together to create a bigger impact in the communities and draw more attention to the country’s southern islands.

Cebu Pacific to assess Mati City flights when airport is ready

BUDGET CARRIER Cebu Pacific is ready to assess the viability of flights to Mati City, the capital of Davao Oriental province, as soon as the development of the airport for commercial operations starts.

BPI eyes digitalization, ‘measured’ expansion

DAVAO CITY — Top officials of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) announced the opening of two new branches in the Davao Region within the year, but at the same time stressed they are “carefully” phasing the expansion of physical offices in view of the continued development of online banking services.

Davao City readies 500 hectares for durian farms to meet China...

DAVAO CITY -- Farmers in Davao City’s upland Baguio district have started planting durian seedlings under a project that aims to develop an additional 500 hectares to meet growing demand for the fruit, particularly from China.

Davao agri-trade fair expecting buyers from Malaysia, Taiwan

DAVAO CITY -- Buyers from Malaysia and Taiwan are expected to participate in the month-long Kadayawan Agri-Trade Fair 2019, which opened August 1 at the SM City annex grounds.

Prison-made bags, paintings and other goods will be at SM bazaar...

HANDICRAFTS SUCH as bags and coin banks as well as paintings made by inmates — or persons deprived of liberty (PDL), for the more appropriate term — will be displayed and up for sale during a three-day bazaar at the SM City Davao on Aug. 2 to 4.

Property company to venture beyond Davao

DAVAO CITY -- Homegrown Amalgated Properties and Management Corp. has partnered with Makati-based Pinnacle Real Estate Consulting Services, Inc. as it plans to expand its footprint to 100 buildings nationwide within the next eight years.

Davao firm starts shipping fresh young coconut to China

DAVAO-BASED Eng Seng Food Products has started exporting fresh young coconut to China and wants to tap more farmers to meet the demand.