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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.

Halal slaughterhouse in Davao City expected to be ready by March

DAVAO CITY -- A halal slaughterhouse located in the city’s Baguio District is expected to be ready by March, while a new pig abattoir in the same area will also be opened within the year.

Businesses told to grab export and tourism opportunities as Davao-Manado travel...

DAVAO CITY — Export and tourism opportunities are growing as more Indonesian businessmen have been travelling to Mindanao through the Davao-Manado flights of Garuda Indonesia Airline, a route that will also be served by Philippine Airlines (PAL) by end-March, according to an official of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said.

Mindanao rail track configuration still contentious

DAVAO CITY -- The start of construction for the Mindanao Railway Project, which has been pushed back more than once due to right-of-way (RoW) issues within Davao City, is facing another stumbling block amid questions over the single-track diesel-powered system approved by the national government.

OWWA-Davao says livelihood assistance program ready for Middle East OFWs

THE DAVAO regional office of the Overseas Workers and Welfare Administration (OWWA-11) said they are ready to roll out the livelihood assistance program for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who will be coming home from the Middle East.

Davao manufacturer ventures into hotel business

DAVAO CITY -- The family behind weighing scale manufacturer First Philippine Scales Inc. (FPSI) has ventured into the hotel business, taking advantage of a 2,000-square meter prime property in Davao City where the new Blue Lotus Hotel now stands.

Davao City lines up construction of 2 colleges

THE DAVAO City government will build two colleges, one is partnership with the University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) and the other a city college, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio announced.

Validators call on government, private sector to cooperate in protecting Pujada...

VALIDATORS from the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Organization (MBBWO) called on local authorities to coordinate with private owners of islands and resorts around Pujada Bay to maintain its cleanliness and protect it from environmental degradation.

Davao mayor says bridge project could be delayed due to ROW...

THE LONG-planned bridge that will connect the island province of Samal to mainland Mindanao through Davao City is facing another hurdle with one family threatening to file Writ of Kalikasan, according to Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

Giving a soft cotton touch to the Mandaya’s Dagmay cloth

DAVAO CITY -- Local designer Wilson Niñofranco Limon is coming up with a clothing line that will combine cotton fabric and the Dagmay textile of the Mandaya indigenous people in Davao Oriental.

DCOTT pushes for 2 new bus terminals

THE DAVAO City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) management is pushing for the immediate construction of two new bus terminals, one each in the northern and southern areas, as the existing lone facility could no longer handle the increasing number of provincial buses.

Investment priority eyed for nickel processing plants

DAVAO CITY -- The Philippine Nickel Industry Association (PNIA) is undertaking preparations to gain investment priority status for domestic processing plants, which will allow miners to capture more value-added than the current practice of exporting ore.

Mindanao business leaders cheer martial law-free 2020, but calamity fright seen...

DAVAO CITY — With the lifting of martial law effective Jan. 1 after blanketing Mindanao for over two years, business leaders are optimistic of a more robust growth, but at the same time stressed the need for strengthening disaster resilience following the series of earthquakes that struck parts of the southern mainland in the fourth quarter of 2019.

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Duterte mulls ceasefire termination after alleged NPA attacks PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte is considering the termination of the unilateral ceasefire with the communist faction after...

Gaisano firm to add BPO building to Davao project

DAVAO CITY — Gaisano-owned Grand Land, Inc. is adding a business process outsourcing (BPO) building at its flagship project in the city — the Amani Grand Citygate.

NHA-Davao eyes relocation homes construction by Q1 2020 for earthquake victims

THE NATIONAL Housing Authority-Davao Region (NHA-11) office is aiming to start the construction of relocation homes for families in Davao del Sur province displaced by the series of earthquakes in Oct. and last Dec. 15.

Security reinforced after Cotabato blasts on eve of Duterte visit

LAW enforcers beefed up security in parts of the Mindanao region after blasts injured at least 21 people in Cotabato province on the eve of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s planned visit on Monday.

Connectivity an issue as Davao LGUs bid to improve ease of...

DAVAO CITY -- Local government units (LGUs) in the Davao Region that want to streamline their business permit application processes face the challenge of poor connectivity, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Regional Director Maria Belenda Q. Ambi said Friday.

Davao chamber eyes better marketing after trade missions

DAVAO CITY -- The city’s business chamber is focusing on helping companies build their marketing capability in 2020 following this year’s round of trade missions.

DoT-Davao to tap local governments for accreditation of more tourism establishments

THE DEPARTMENT of Tourism-Davao (DoT-11) will tap the assistance of local governments units (LGUs) to fast-track the accreditation of more tourism establishments in the region, including accommodations, transport services, and dining places.

Adopt-a-home program for Cotabato earthquake victims get initial batch of sponsors

VARIOUS SPONSORS have committed to fund an initial 40 temporary shelters under the adopt-a-home program for families displaced by the October earthquakes in Cotabato. These will be built in the town of Tulunan, the epicenter of the strong tremors that shook Mindanao. Vice Governor Emmylou T. Mendoza, who initiated the program that has been made part of the Comprehensive Provincial Rebuilding Plan (CPRP), said the donors are the Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Davao Chapter for 20 units, a group from Siargao for 10, and Provincial Board Member Shirlyn Macasarte-Villanueva for another 10.

Initial shipment of frozen Davao durian enters US market

DURIAN FROM Davao City has broken through the US market with an initial 300 kilos ordered by an Oregon-based blogger and importer.

DBP opens soft loan program for irrigation, water supply projects

DAVAO CITY -- Government-run Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) has opened a soft loan window for local government units (LGUs) as well as cooperatives in Mindanao for water supply systems and irrigation projects.

Davao City to impose street parking fee by January; bicycle racks...

THE DAVAO City government will start collecting street parking fees in January, initially covering seven major roads within the downtown area.

Organic rice production named a Mindanao priority program

DAVAO CITY -- Organic rice production and exports have been designated a priority program for the southern island next year, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said.

Common facility planned for backyard hog raisers

DAVAO CITY -- The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is planning to introduce a system of common facilities for hog raisers to minimize the possibility of African Swine Fever (ASF) breaking out in the southern island.

Nine West celebrates Davao’s women ‘Groundbreakers’

DAVAO CITY -- Nine West recently launched its Fall 2019 collection here, putting the spotlight on some of Davao’s prominent women in line with the global brand’s “Groundbreakers” campaign.

Korea’s Zishel Group enters Philippine market

DAVAO CITY — The South Korean Zishel Group is entering the Philippine market, starting in Davao City with the launch on Tuesday of its cosmetic and medical lines.

Lucio Co aims to open more Acacia Hotels

DAVAO CITY — Tycoon Lucio L. Co plans to have more Acacia Hotels nationwide after opening the third branch here last week, as his company seeks to take advantage of growing tourism to the Philippines.

Davao City launches ‘Peace Economy’ in Paquibato to address insurgency

DAVAO CITY formally launched its “Peace Economy” program last week in Paquibato, a remote district known as one of the strongholds of the communist New People’s Army (NPA).

India, PHL to pilot-test high-yield garlic, onion farming in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY -- India and the Philippines are looking at other agriculture-related partnerships after recently agreeing to pursue several projects, including the establishment of pilot farms in Mindanao for high-yield varieties of garlic and onion.

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.