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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).

Foreign business leaders boost Mindanao promotion in Davao conference

DAVAO CITY -- Chinese delegations from the cities of Jinjiang and Nanning have arrived in the city more than a week ahead of the Davao Investment Conference 2019 (Davao ICON 2019) slated on June 20 to 21 to look into possible areas of collaboration.

Mexico studying avocado exports to Davao City

DAVAO CITY -- Mexico is exploring the possibility of exporting Hass avocados and limoncito, a citrus-like fruit, to Davao City, according to Mexico Ambassador Gerardo Lozano.

Davao dialysis centers, hospitals starting to feel impact of nurse shortage

DAVAO CITY -- Officials of the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), the biggest government hospital in Mindanao, said hospitals and hemodialysis (HD) centers in Davao City are facing a “brain drain” of nurses amid the rising number of patients with kidney-related diseases.

Japanese businesses cite martial law, lack of direct flights as main...

DAVAO CITY -- Japanese Chamber of Commerce-Mindanao Vice-President Takeyoshi Sumikawa said many potential Mindanao investors from Japan are concerned about the prevailing martial law over the entire island and the absence of direct flights, particularly to and from Davao.

DENR-12 takes steps to protect areas where Philippine eagles have been...

THE DEPARTMENT of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Region 12 is stepping up its campaign to help protect the Philippine Eagle by securing areas where they have been spotted.

Davao farmers awaiting DA directive on young coconut exports to US

DAVAO CITY -- Farmers in Davao Oriental province, the biggest coconut producer in the region, are awaiting the specifics on the Department of Agriculture’s (DA’s) recent pronouncement that the US market is open for young coconut exports.

Sarbay Fest 2019: A green kind of beach party

THE ANNUAL Sarangani Bay Fest (SarBay Fest) at the Gumasa Beach in Glan, which started in 2006, has in recent years been trumpeting the idea of environment-friendly and sustainable tourism.

Flavors of Mindanao highlights food tourism’s role in promoting culture, local...

DAVAO CITY — The World Food Travel Association defines food tourism as “the act of traveling for a taste of place in order to get a sense of place.”

GCash targets 100 NGO partners for donation platform

DAVAO CITY -- Mobile money platform GCash is targeting to end the year with 100 non-government organization (NGO) partners for its GCash for Good...

Green group calls for no-car hours on weekend mornings in parts...

ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP Interface Development Interventions (IDIS) is now advocating for the approval of the proposed Bike Hours and Days ordinance to promote cycling as a sustainable means of transport in Davao City.

Australian firm seeks partnership with FEDCO for organic food

DAVAO CITY -- Queensland-based BioAust Pty Ltd. has proposed a partnership with the Federation of Cooperatives in Mindanao (FEDCO) for an organic food project.

Eagle foundation still in search of funds for expansion, Compostela Valley...

THE PHILIPPINE Eagle Center in Malagos, Davao City, run by the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF), is running out of space for its continued breeding program and other conservation initiatives.

DoT-Davao bats for use of locally made toiletries in hotels, resorts

DEPARTMENT OF Tourism-Davao (DOT-12) Regional Director Tanya R. Tan is pushing for the use of locally-made toiletries and other products, particularly those from the communities, in the region’s hotels and resorts.

Sarangani targets upland coffee and banana areas for road construction

SARANGANI province has set a target of 100% access to upland areas within the next three years in order to support high-value crops like coffee and banana.

Seda Abreeza adopts Philippine eagle Mayumi

AYALA-OWNED Seda Abreeza Hotel recently marked its 6th anniversary with the adoption of Mayumi, one of the Philippine eagles under the care of the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF).

Business chamber announces Alibaba Group participation in Davao City investment forum

THE DAVAO City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) announced on Wednesday that officials of the Alibaba Group, the Chinese technology conglomerate founded by Jack Ma, have confirmed participation at the 5th Davao Investment Conference 2019 (Davao ICON) on June 20 to 21.

Investors needed to boost Glan, Sarangani as tourism destination

THE REGIONAL Tourism Council of SOCCSKSARGEN (South Cotabato-Cotabato-Sultan Kudarat-Sarangani-General Santos City) is pushing for more investments in the town of Glan, particularly accommodations at its long stretch of beaches, to attract more than just day tourists.

Snapshots: Brigada Eskwela 2019

Children tag along and help parents clean classrooms at the President Corazon Aquino Elementary School in Batasan, Quezon city on May 20, the first day of the weeklong Brigada Eskwela, an annual multi-sectoral activity intended to prepare public schools for the new school year’s opening in June.

Healthy Sweets Mindanao expands export market to UK

DAVAO CITY -- Healthy Sweets Mindanao Corp., producer of organic coconut sugar and candies, is slowly expanding its export penetration with buyers from the United Kingdom in addition to Japan.

Davao designers to bring Mindanao indigenous clothing to London’s Victoria and...

DAVAO CITY -- The Davao Fashion Design Council (DFDC) has been invited to supply traditional pieces by Mindanao’s indigenous groups to the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London, home of one of the largest collections of art and design pieces.

Expanding BIMP-EAGA tourism ties with Islamic tours

TOUR OPERATOR Aneka Kartika Travel and Tours has started offering combined Brunei-Surabaya, Indonesia tours to the Mindanao market with focus on Islamic and cultural attractions.

PHL-China ‘medical diplomacy’ comes to Davao City

MEDICAL EXPERTS of the Sino-Philippines Asia Peace Awards Foundation have donated various equipment to the Davao City Health Office and the private Brokenshire Memorial Hospital as part of what it calls “medical diplomacy” initiatives.

Reforms’ fate at stake in today’s polls

RESULTS of today’s midterm elections will give a clearer picture of how secure remaining economic and other structural reforms, as well as business-friendly local initiatives, will be in the last three years of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s term, analysts and business leaders said in separate interviews late last week.

Amid hotspot tag, martial law, Mindanao voters urged to vote

MINDANAO authorities called on the public to go out and vote as they assured that security forces are in place to maintain peace and order.

Chinese envoy proposes Longyan-ComVal sisterhood for mining development

A SISTERHOOD agreement between Longyan in China and Compostela Valley (ComVal) province, both rich in mineral resources, has been proposed, according to Davao City-based Chinese Consul General Li Lin.

More exhibitors in this year’s PHILBEX, TLEX Davao

A HUNDRED exhibitors are participating in this year’s 5th Philippine Building and Construction Expo (PHILBEX) Davao and 3rd Travel and Leisure Expo (TLEX), up from 80 in 2018.

Davao businesses urge fast-tracking of airport, other projects

DAVAO CITY’S business sector has renewed its call on government to fast-track infrastructure projects, especially the rehabilitation of the airport here, as Qatar Airways prepares to launch direct flights to Doha beginning June 18.

Nationwide round-up

Comelec: Broken seals of ballot boxes ‘accidental’ THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) assured the public on Monday that the broken seals on some boxes containing...

Mindanao railway construction pushed to Q4 due to alignment issues

DAVAO CITY -- Construction of the Mindanao Railway System (MRS) has been moved to the fourth quarter this year as the government reviews the alignment in Davao City following resistance from affected homeowners.

PHL-France sign tourism cooperation agreement

FRANCE AND the Philippines have signed an agreement to strengthen tourism ties and increase the flow of visitors both ways.

Pharmacists gearing up for enhanced role under UHC law

DAVAO CITY -- Pharmacists are preparing for an enhanced role in the health sector following the recent passage of the Universal Health Care law, of Republic Act No. 11223, which calls for the establishment of Botika Ng Barangay (BNB) outlets nationwide.

Netizen charged over video tagging Duterte’s kin

THE Department of Justice (DoJ) on Thursday disclosed the identity of the arrested netizen who shared the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” (The Real Narcolist) which implicated members of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s family in the drug trade.

NTC-11 targets more than P100M revenue collection this year

THE National Telecommunications Commission-Davao Region (NTC-11) is eyeing to collect double of its P56 million income this year, Regional Director Nelson T. Cañete said.

Davao businessmen off to Fujian on May 8 for trade mission

A 15-MEMBER trade mission will leave for Fujian, China on May 8 to promote the Davao Region as an investment destination and forge ties with Chinese business groups.

Fashion and sustainability from the grassroots to the world

DAVAO CITY -- Global Shapers Community-Davao Hub, a network of young leaders which was started by the World Economic Forum, has taken a global campaign to link fashion and sustainability to Mindanao through “Unstitch: A Fashion and Sustainability Fair.” Jesse B. Madriaga of Global Shapers Davao said the definition of fashion has been changing, with more and more conversations revolving around clothing and accessories that “value people, planet, creativity, and profit in equal measures.”

UPS sets sights on catering to small enterprises based in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY -- UPS Philippines is aiming to provide shipping and logistical services to more small-and-medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) in Mindanao, which the company sees as a growing sector.

Chelsea releases timeline for Davao Airport project

DAVAO CITY -- Chelsea Logistics Holdings Corp. of the Udenna Group laid down the timeline for the awarding process for the Davao International Airport (DIA) rehabilitation contract, including a Swiss challenge to its unsolicited proposal later this year and contract signing by January.

Security, health measures set for 2019 Palarong Pambansa in Davao City

THE 18,000 delegates, including athletes and their supporting parties, have started arriving this week in Davao City for the 2019 Palarong Pambansa on April 27-May 4, and officials assured that all is set for the biggest national games for the youth.