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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.

Coffee for Peace to help expand Cotabato arabica production

DAVAO CITY -- Social enterprise Coffee for Peace is planning to help expand arabica coffee production in Alamada, Cotabato to meet growing demand from foreign markets.

Davao City tourism stakeholders push for long-term masterplan

TOURISM STAKEHOLDERS in Davao City want the long-term masterplan -- commissioned by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) in 2017 -- completed immediately to give a clearer direction for the industry’s development.

Digitizing microfinance: Innovations for a still tech-reluctant small consumer market

WHEN Lafayette A. Lim joined the family business armed with a computer science degree, he was eager to put his education into action.

Cebu Pacific interested in Cebu-Mati flights

MATI CITY, DAVAO ORIENTAL — Budget airline Cebu Pacific is interested in launching flights between Cebu and Mati City once the latter’s airport opens for commercial operations, according to Mati Mayor Michelle N. Rabat.

PWD group calls out Davao engineer’s office, DPWH for poor Accessibility...

MEMBERS OF the Association of Differently-Abled Persons (ADAP) have called on the Davao City Engineer’s Office (CEO) and the regional office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to strictly monitor the implementation of the Accessibility Law.

Uniqlo expands Davao branch to become largest in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY — Japanese global apparel retailer Uniqlo has expanded one of its two branches in Davao, making this its largest shop in Mindanao.

RCBC eyes agriculture for loan portfolio expansion

DAVAO CITY — Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) is looking at providing more loans to the agricultural sector as one of its main strategies in growing its portfolio in Mindanao, its top executive said.

UseMints building a community of MSMEs through shared rewards program

DAVAO CITY-based firm UseMints is aiming to build a community of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that will share a reward points system to increase and maintain a base of loyal customers.

Dusit Thani Residence Davao ready for turnover by Q3

DAVAO CITY -- Dusit Thani Residence Davao, one of the three high-end projects of Torre Lorenzo Development Corporation (TLDC) and Thai hotel chain Dusit International in the Davao Region, will be ready for opening and partial turnover by the third quarter this year.

Apo Agua on schedule to complete Davao water project by 2021

DAVAO CITY — Apo Agua Infrastructura Inc., a joint venture between Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. and JV Angeles Construction Corp., is on track to complete the P12.6-billion bulk water supply project for Davao City by the first half of 2021.

Kadayawan main events spread out to accommodate more tourists

THIS YEAR’S Kadayawan Festival will have the main events spread out on different weekends instead of the usual one week for an opportunity to accommodate more visitors.

KPOs among locators of Damosa Diamond Tower

DAVAO CITY -- Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) companies have signed up to set up shop at Damosa Land Inc.’s (DLI) Damosa Diamond Tower, located within the company’s IT Park accredited by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority.

Indonesian expo aims to boost Davao-Bitung shipping service

THE INDONESIAN Consulate General in Davao City is staging another trade expo on July 12 to 14 as part of continuing efforts to support the Davao-Bitung shipping service as well as boost economic ties within the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia- Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area.

Mindanao Barter Council finalizing guidelines for ports in Sulu, Tawi-Tawi

DAVAO CITY -- The Mindanao Barter Council (MBC) is finalizing the guidelines for the barter trade office, which will initially be established in the ports of Jolo, Sulu and Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.

Local gov’t support vital to maintaining barangay health volunteers, says nutrition...

SUPPORT FROM local government units (LGUs) is crucial to the performance of barangay health workers and barangay nutrition scholars (BNS), according to an official of the regional office of the National Nutrition Council (NNC).

Chinese bike manufacturers consider Davao plant

DAVAO CITY -- Corporate members of the China Bicycle Association are looking at setting up a manufacturing plant for bicycles, electric motorcycles, and scooters within the Davao Region in order to penetrate the BIMP-EAGA (Brunei-Indonesia Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area) market.

Davao is 1st port visit of USS Montgomery’s 1st deployment

THE UNITED STATES Navy’s combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8), escorted by the Davao coastguard and the Philippine Navy, arrived at the Sasa Port in Davao City Saturday, it’s first port visit on its first deployment.

DTI tells ‘tech-savvy’ young entrepreneurs to help develop AI industry

TRADE SECRETARY Ramon M. Lopez rallied young entrepreneurs to utilize technology for coming up with new business enterprises, especially in helping the country develop the artificial intelligence (AI) industry.

Hong Kong, Thai, Malaysian trade delegations expected in Davao

DAVAO CITY -- Trade delegations are expected to visit Davao City in the next few months with investor interest buoyed by last week’s Davao Investment Conference (ICon) 2019, according to officials of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII).

Ferrari dealer in search of local partner for Davao branch

DAVAO CITY — Autostrada Motore, Inc., the official dealer of Ferrari cars in the Philippines, is looking for a local partner for its planned Davao distribution that is targeted by next year.

Japanese firm Packwell eyes 200 workers for Panabo plant

DAVAO CITY — Packwell Inc., a Japanese company that manufactures paper-based packaging and containers, is eyeing to employ 200 workers for its plant in Panabo City that is expected to start operations by the second quarter 2020.

DFA authentication services now available at Davao City office

THE DEPARTMENT of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has opened its first authentication center in Mindanao at the Davao City office. The authentication center corresponds with...

Japanese group to plant cherry blossoms in Davao City, Marawi

JAPANESE CHAMBER of Commerce-Mindanao Vice-President Takeyoshi Sumikawa has announced that they are working with Japanese agriculturist Masayuki Takahashi to plant 10,000 cherry blossom seedlings in Barangay Mintal, Davao City and in Marawi City.

EU Ambassadors exploring opportunities in Mindanao

THE PRESENCE of the EU Ambassadors in the opening of the Davao Investment Conference 2019 (Davao ICON 2019) is an indication of their interest in exploring opportunities in Mindanao, according to Dr. Maria Lourdes G. Monteverde, Davao ICON 2019 chairperson.

Halal hotel services eyes Middle East market

MARCO POLO Davao (MPD) is now gearing to improve its Halal services to cater to the Middle East market following the recent launch of Doha-Davao direct route by Qatar Airways.

US firms continue to look at Mindanao for possible investment

DAVAO CITY -- US Ambassador Sung Kim said US companies are continuing to look at Mindanao as possible destination for investment, citing the US companies planning to participate in the upcoming Davao Investment Conference 2019 (Davao ICON 2019).