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#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.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates

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.

Mindanao businesses need united position to bring shipping cost down —...

DAVAO CITY -- The Mindanao business community needs to take a more united stand in pushing for lower shipping rates and more direct cargo services to boost international trade in the southern islands, an official of the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) said.

Davao City completes swine culling operations; Davao del Sur rolls out...

THE DAVAO City Veterinarian’s Office (CVO) has completed the culling of pigs in two villages with confirmed cases of the African Swine Fever (ASF), but the movement of pigs and pork products remains restricted to avoid another outbreak.

China assessing loan request for the Samal-Davao bridge amid right-of-way dispute...

DAVAO CITY -- China is assessing a loan request by the Philippine government for the construction of the Samal-Davao bridge and a decision could be reached within the early part of the year, according to Chinese Consul General Li Lin.

Over 38,000 kg of pork, products seized at Western Visayas main...

QUARANTINE AUTHORITIES continue to implement strict screening measures at airports and seaports in the Western Visayas Region to protect the hog industry from the African Swine Fever (ASF), with the ban on pork and pork products extended to those coming from the Davao Region in addition to the entire Luzon mainland.

Dampened appetite for condos in Davao City seen as short-term

DAVAO CITY -- Major damage in some condominium buildings in Davao City caused by the series of earthquakes in October and December last year has dampened demand, but horizontal housing projects are benefiting as buyers and renters look to apartments and single-detached houses, according to a real estate consultancy firm.

Mt. Apo trails from Digos, Sta. Cruz closed during Holy Week;...

THE Mt. Apo trails from Digos City and Sta. Cruz in Davao del Sur will be closed from April 6 to 12 for campsite and trail assessment to be conducted by a multi-agency monitoring team.

DoH issues advisory against big public gatherings; Davao City cancels March...

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) released a memo on Monday discouraging events that will gather large crowds amid the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV) threat.

Bohol is latest stop for Cebu Pacific’s sustainable tourism campaign

THE ECONOMY of Bohol -- home to the Chocolate Hills, tarsier, white-sand beaches, and various cultural and heritage sites -- has been driven largely by tourism. And that comes with the strains to the island province’s environment.

Davao taps good old-fashioned radio as another disaster management tool

IN THIS internet age when social media platforms have become a leading information source and communication tool, good old-fashioned radio remains a formidable device in remote areas -- and anywhere during calamity situations.

Davao Occidental ready to augment DA’s ASF fund for culled pigs

DAVAO OCCIDENTAL Governor Claude P. Bautista said on Monday that the provincial government is ready to buy pigs from farmers as another measure to prevent the further spread of the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak that started in Don Marcelino town.

New Zealand seeking Mindanao green energy, agriculture partnerships

DAVAO CITY -- The New Zealand government wants to bring its expertise in two sectors, renewable energy (RE) and agriculture, in Mindanao through various partnership schemes, according to its new envoy.

8 with nCov symptoms under home quarantine in Davao City

THE DAVAO City Health Office (CHO) is monitoring eight people with recent travel to China and Thailand after exhibiting symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

Mactan-Cebu airport operator sets sights on more Davao connecting passengers

GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC), operator of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA), is stepping up its promotional campaign to attract more passengers from the Davao City airport, which is already its second biggest domestic connection after Manila.

Mindanao business sector to tackle proposed review of Cabotage Law, shipping...

MORE THAN four years since the passage of the amended Cabotage Law, its impact on improving logistics and lowering shipping costs in Mindanao has yet to be felt.

Business group seeks faster connectivity between Davao, Japan

DAVAO CITY — Local business leaders are now pushing for triangular flights with Manila or Cebu to establish faster connectivity between Davao and Japan.

Authorities refute social media post on nCov-infected Thai patient at SPMC

MEDICAL AUTHORITIES have quashed reports shared on social media about a supposed patient from Thailand infected with the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) who has been admitted at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City.

More temporary shelters turned over to Tulunan earthquake victims

TWO MORE temporary shelters were turned over last week to families affected by the October earthquakes in Tulunan, Cotabato and another one is scheduled on Wednesday under the adopt-a-home program.

Women’s group helps revive Samal coral areas with Reefbuds

BATTERED CORAL areas in the island city of Samal are getting help for revival through a technology called Reefbuds being deployed by a women’s organization.

Local governments at the front lines of UHC implementation

FORTY-FIVE-year-old Melodina Hugo is the go-to person when family members and relatives, especially those from the remote Paquibato district, get seriously sick and need to be brought to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City, the biggest government-owned hospital in Mindanao.

Environmental groups call for stricter waste segregation policy in Davao City

ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS have called for a stricter implementation of waste management laws in Davao City as the local government is poised to undertake a waste-to-energy (WTE) project with the sanitary landfill about to reach full capacity.

It takes a village — and more — to raise disaster...

IN UNDER a minute of the earth’s shaking, the people of Balutakay, a coffee-farming village at the foot of Mt. Apo, saw their homes, warehouse, and processing center sustain severe damage.