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Location for starting point on Davao side of bridge to Samal...

AT LEAST three sites are now being considered for the starting point in Davao City of the planned bridge going to the Island Garden City of Samal.

Davao durian growers considering BARMM farms to meet expected surge in...

DAVAO CITY -- The Davao City Durian Industry Council is looking at potential new planting areas, particularly within the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), on expectations of a surge in frozen durian exports to China.

DILG tells Mindanao LGUs to maximize local disaster fund for preparedness...

THE DEPARTMENT of Interior and Local Government (DILG) called on more local government units (LGUs) in Mindanao to utilize their local disaster funds for preparedness and mitigation measures instead of just for emergency response in calamity situations.

Fisherfolk affected by red tide given alternative livelihood

FISHERFOLK DEPENDENT on shellfish gathering in the two Davao Region areas affected by red tide have been given alternative livelihood options, according to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

Cebu Landmasters looking for land in General Santos, Butuan

DAVAO CITY — Cebu Landmasters, Inc. (CLI) is on the lookout for properties in the cities of General Santos and Butuan City, where it plans to build mid-range horizontal projects.

Marco Polo Davao aims to grab bigger slice of MICE market

DAVAO CITY -- Marco Polo Davao’s new general manager, Colin Healy, is aiming to strengthen the hotel’s position in the meeting, incentive, conference, exhibition (MICE) market by hosting more big events.

Mindanao seen playing major role amid heightened trade with Hungary

DAVAO CITY -- Davao Region and other parts of Mindanao stand to benefit from expanded trade as outlined by the inaugural Joint Commission on Economic Cooperation (JCEC) between Hungary and the Philippines, particularly in terms of investment promotion, manufacturing, information and communications technology (ICT), education, culture, tourism and sports.

Helen’s farm vegetables packaged in banana leaves sold at NCCC supermarket

HOMEGROWN RETAILER and shopping mall operator New City Commercial Center (NCCC) is now selling vegetables and fruits that are wrapped in banana leaves instead of plastic.

Hotel, restaurant industry hoping for more foreign exchanges to raise employee...

DAVAO CITY -- The Council of Hotel and Restaurant Educators of the Philippines (COHREP) hopes to strike more international faculty exchanges as a means of raising standards for staffing in the tourism industry.

Walk-in scanners to be installed at Davao City entry points

WALK-IN SCANNERS will be installed at Davao City’s entry points in Sirawan and Lasang before the start of the Holy Week on April 14 for a speedy checking of vehicles and passengers, Task Force Davao (TF Davao) Deputy Commander Randolph G. Cabangbang announced.

Cathay Dragon adds two Davao-Hong Kong flights for summer season

DAVAO CITY — Cathay Dragon, the Cathay Pacific Group’s regional airline, is adding two more flights between Davao City and Hong Kong for the summer season to cater to higher demand from holiday travelers.

Davao Light to pilot solar project in public school

DAVAO LIGHT and Power Company, Inc. (DLPC), a unit of Aboitiz Power Corp., is launching this year a solar power project, with the Sta. Ana National High School (SANHS) in Davao City as pilot site.

CLI mulls P2.5-B loan for Davao Global Township

DAVAO CITY -- Cebu Landmasters, Inc. (CLI), through its joint venture firm YHEST Realty and Development Corp., is looking at borrowing P2.5 billion for the first phase of its P33-billion Davao Global Township project.

Cotabato urges municipal governments to help boost tourism development

COTABATO GOVERNOR Emmylou Talino-Mendoza called on town officials to take steps in developing their respective tourism destinations, citing the success of other localities in bolstering the province’s competitiveness through increased visitor arrivals.

Cultivating the banana and coconut industries

DAVAO CITY -- Coconut products and fresh banana, despite seesawing volumes and values over the years, have consistently been among the country’s major agricultural exports.

A vote for peace

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Developer plans to turn Davao’s Times Beach into a lifestyle hub

DAVAO CITY -- Homegrown YHEST Realty and Development Corp. and YHES Inc. are awaiting the government’s final plan for the coastal road here before making its pitch for the development of Times Beach into a “lifestyle hub.”

Smart Padala to increase partners in Mindanao next year to help...

SMART Padala, PLDT, Inc.’s mobile remittance brand under PayMaya Philippines, is aiming to increase its partners in Mindanao next year to help more micro-entrepreneurs.

Floirendo’s DLI to add third tower in Damosa IT Park

DAVAO CITY — The Floirendo-owned Damosa Land Inc. (DLI) is constructing a third building within the Damosa IT Park in the central-western side of Davao City and is now in talks with locators.

NCCC looking to bring int’l hotel brand to Davao

DAVAO CITY -- Retail and shopping mall firm New City Commercial Corporation (NCCC) is expanding its real estate portfolio with the development of a mixed-use project in Panacan, located in the central-eastern part of the city.

SPMC to set up breast clinic in partnership with Avon

THE GOVERNMENT-owned Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City is setting up a breast clinic in partnership with Avon Philippines.

Medical tourism, education seen key to Davao-Manado route reopening

DAVAO CITY — Medical tourism and nursing education in Davao City could spur the reopening of direct flights to and from Manado, the capital of Indonesian province North Sulawesi, officials said.

DoTr, LGUs to sign MoA on P5.6B land acquisition fund for...

THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation (DoTr) is set to sign on Nov. 28 the memorandum of agreement (MoA) with local government units (LGUs) for the release of about P5.6 billion that will be used in the acquisition of real estate properties along the route of the Mindanao Railway System (MRS) phase 1.

Discovering Surabaya’s spices and steams

AS THE crow flies, or an airplane would, Surabaya in Indonesia’s Java Island would just be two hours away from my hometown of Davao in the Philippines’ southern island of Mindanao.

2nd Indonesian goods expo, business-matching set Nov. 23

THE INDONESIAN Consulate in Davao City is holding the 2nd Indonesia Manufactured Products Expo (IMPE) on Nov. 23 to 25 at Abreeza Mall as part of continuing efforts to boost trade relations.

Davao Crocodile Park now a SEAZA member

THE DAVAO Crocodile Park is now operating under the Southeast Asian Zoo Association (SEAZA) standards following its recent membership to the group composed of around 90 conservatories and zoos in the region.

SM Davao brings back ice skating rink

DAVAO CITY -- SM City Davao recently reopened a 250-square meter ice skating rink, the centerpiece of the mall’s Ice Wonderland-themed Christmas decor this year.

Payments, martial law hampering Mindanao outsourcing growth

DAVAO CITY -- The growth of technology start-ups and the overall outsourcing industry in Davao is being hampered by payment system problems and the martial law in force in the Philippines’ southern islands.

BPI Direct BanKo serves over 10,000 SEMEs, on track with 200...

DAVAO CITY — Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) is on track with opening 200 branches of its microfinance unit BPI Direct BanKo Inc. (BanKo) by the end of the year, with 180 already in place as of end-October.

Smart LTE network coverage on track to be 90% by yearend

SMART Communications, Inc. is on track to have long-term evolution (LTE) coverage for wireless data services in over 90% of the country’s towns and cities by the end of the year, according to Smart Public Affairs Visayas-Mindanao head Maria Jane C. Paredes.

Regulated barter scheme wins support from Sabah gov’t

REGULATED barter between southwestern Mindanao and neighboring countries is expected to get rolling by next year with the state government of Sabah in Malaysia ready to open its borders to the trade by January, according to an official of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).

Cathay Pacific bullish on Davao

DAVAO CITY — The Cathay Pacific Group, through its regional airline Cathay Dragon, flew in its maiden direct flight from Hong Kong to Davao on Oct. 28 with the goal of developing the service as the main Mindanao link for the long haul.

Davao chocolate makers target int’l trade shows

DAVAO CITY -- The recently-concluded 5th Davao Chocolate Festival saw a growing number of chocolate makers preparing to raise the industry’s profile in international trade shows.

Max’s to open 3 stores in Visayas before end-2018

DAVAO CITY -- Max’s Group, Inc. (MGI) is opening three new Max’s restaurants in the Visayas before the end of the year as part of its expansion outside Metro Manila.

SMARTSeas PH Project aims to arrest marine resource degradation

DAVAO CITY -- Small-scale fishermen, whose livelihoods depend mainly on municipal waters, require expanded fishing territory due to the continued degradation of the marine habitat, according to Vincent V. Hilomen, project manager of SMARTSeas PH.

Davao City inks deals with Vistaland, SMDC, HLURB for socialized housing...

THE DAVAO City government signed agreements with two of the country’s major real estate firms along with the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) last Oct. 26 for the development of a 20-hectare (ha) property in Barangay Lasang for socialized housing.

Agus-Pulangi sale on hold at least until after Bangsamoro vote

DAVAO CITY -- The privatization of the Agus-Pulangi hydroelectric power complex in Mindanao has been put on hold until after a plebiscite next year on Republic Act No. 11054, or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Japan’s Aeon to sell TADECO bananas under agri best-practices label

DAVAO CITY -- Japanese retail group Aeon Co. Ltd. is including Philippine bananas sourced from Tagum Agricultural Development Company, Inc. (TADECO) for a special product line recognizing companies with Global Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) Certification.

Davao summit to roll out apps for farmers, halal

DAVAO CITY -- A mobile application that will help farmers connect directly with buyers will be one of the new technologies that will be introduced during the 2018 LivEx, an innovation summit organized by ICT-Davao, Inc., to be held here on Oct. 22.

Hungary, PHL to hold first joint economic meeting in early 2019

DAVAO CITY -- The governments of Hungary and the Philippines will hold the first meeting of their Joint Economic Committee (JEC) in the first half of 2019, according to Hungarian Deputy Chief of Mission David Ambrus.

Davao-Samal bridge construction to start on Davao side in 2019

DAVAO DEL Norte Governor Anthony G. del Rosario announced last week that the construction of the bridge linking the Island Garden City of Samal to Davao City in mainland Mindanao will start by 2019.

Redefining cooperatives: 1CISP ventures into retail

DAVAO CITY — The 44-year old 1 Cooperative Insurance System of the Philippines (1CISP) is diversifying into retail operations through a partnership with Davao-based New City Commercial Center (NCCC) Group of Companies.

Gov’t bracing for legal steps in land acquisition for Mindanao railway

THE GOVERNMENT may have to go to court to assert its eminent domain for the first phase of the Mindanao Railway System (MRS) project as some land owners are not keen to let go of their properties that are on the path of the train track, a regional official said.

Mental Health Division proposed in Davao City

AN ORDINANCE creating the Mental Health Division under the City Health Office has been presented before the city council to address rising cases of psychological illnesses, particularly depression among teenagers.

Durian’s next incarnation might be wine

DAVAO CITY -- Durian -- the funky-smelling, strong-tasting fruit that people either love or hate -- has been developed into many processed forms, including sweets, ice cream, and flavored coffee.