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MinDA tracks 1,385 kilometers of roads and bridges programmed for better...

THE MINDANAO Development Authority (MinDA) is tracking 1,267 kilometers (kms) of roads and 118 kms of bridges programmed to improve connectivity within the Mindanao regions.

Davao Oriental asks PCA to help arrest decline in coconut, copra

DAVAO CITY -- An official of Davao Oriental province, one of the leading coconut producers, has called on the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) to address the plummeting prices of coconut and copra.

Educating mothers in rural areas, not just feeding programs, key to...

TEACHING MOTHERS about meal planning is key to addressing malnutrition among Filipino children, which is particularly high in rural areas where there is an abundance of nutritional crops, according to the Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI).

NGCP aims to start VisMin grid components by January

DAVAO CITY — The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is targeting to start installing some components of the Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection Project (MVIP) by January 2019.

Bustling condominium sector attracting more suppliers to Philconstruct Mindanao

DAVAO CITY — About 40 new companies joined this year’s Philconstruct Mindanao, pulled in mainly by the flurry of condominium projects in Davao City.

Bangladesh opens consulate in Davao, sees stronger Mindanao ties

THE PEOPLE’s Republic of Bangladesh has opened a consulate in Davao City with an aim of strengthening ties with the Philippines and cooperation with Mindanao’s agriculture and business processing sectors.

Davao growers hope to raise coffee quality

DAVAO CITY — The Davao Region coffee industry is targeting farmers in a bid to increase quality awareness among growers, allowing them to grow their incomes.

Davao chamber lobbying for Mindanao incentives amid tax reform debate

DAVAO CITY — The Mindanao business sector will lobby the national government to offer a package of incentives encouraging investors to locate in the country’s southern islands.

PDEA-11 building up case vs party drugs dealer, barangay officials in...

THE DAVAO regional office the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-11) is building up a case against an individual who is bringing in and distributing party drugs, mainly in Davao City.

Marawi’s women ‘warriors’ create princess peace dolls

DAVAO CITY — Sewing is a common skill among many of the women in Marawi City who found themselves displaced as the siege broke out in late May 2017.

Suzuki plans 3 more showrooms in Mindanao cities

DAVAO CITY — Suzuki Philippines, Inc. is expanding its marketing and distribution network in Mindanao as it eyes showrooms in the cities of Tagum, Surigao and Dipolog after the recent opening of the Suzuki Auto Davao store.

Davao Agri Trade Expo 2018 hoping to promote foreign technology from...

DAVAO CITY — This year’s Davao Agri Trade Expo (DATE) will bring in farming technology from Israel, Taiwan, and New Zealand to help modernize and boost productivity in Mindanao and the rest of the country.

MinDA: Federalism to foster more culture-responsive economies

THE MINDANAO Development Authority (MinDA) is advocating federalism, saying this form of government would foster localized economic policies that are more culturally responsive.

NGCP faces right-of-way challenges in P52-B power interconnection project

DAVAO CITY — The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is facing challenges in land acquisition for the Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection Project (MVIP), but assured that the P52-billion infrastructure remains on track for the 2020 target completion.

Davao City to help resolve land issues affecting economic zone development

DAVAO CITY — The city government said it will facilitate talks between landowners and developers to establish an economic zone to attract more foreign investors, the development of which is on the wish list of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII).

Cotabato’s Kalivungan Festival celebrates tri-people unity

COTABATO PROVINCE, formerly and still referred to as North Cotabato, is holding this week the main events for the Kalivungan Festival, a celebration of its tri-people composed of Christians, indigenous peoples, and Muslims.

Camella to introduce ‘COHO’ brand for new condominium projects

DAVAO CITY — Vista Land and Lifescapes, Inc.’s Camella brand will be introducing the CondoHomes (COHO) lifestyle concept in its three upcoming condominium projects and existing properties in Davao City.

Youth, cooperatives seen key to bringing technology into agriculture

DAVAO CITY — Tapping the youth, especially farmers’ children, and cooperatives are considered critical to infusing digital technology into Mindanao’s agriculture sector for higher productivity and improved field-to-market operations.

Davao BPO firms, JICA may tie up for Japanese training

DAVAO CITY — ICT-Davao, Inc., an industry association for information and communication technology firms, is in discussions with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for a Japanese-language training facility for business process outsourcing (BPO) workers.

TESDA-Davao eyes partnership with Monark for heavy equipment operators training

THE TECHNICAL Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Davao Region office will ink an agreement with Monark Equipment Corp. for the training of heavy equipment operators.

Avida targets young, single professionals for 2nd Davao project

DAVAO CITY -- Avida Land Corp, the mid-range brand of property giant Ayala Land Inc, (ALI), has launched its second condominium project here, targeting young and single professionals as a major market.

Davao City public school teachers get capacity-building training in Israel

TWENTY teachers from the Mintal Comprehensive School in Davao City are going to Israel for a capacity-building program on Innovation Science Engineering Arts and Mathematics (ISEAM).

Duterte’s Israel visit to tackle tech partnerships

DAVAO CITY — Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Effie Ben Matityau said technology partnerships are expected to be signed during President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s visit to Israel in September.

Bat Conservation International to assess Monfort bat colony in Samal

A TEAM from Bat Conservation International based in Austin, Texas is visiting the Monfort bat colony this week to assess improvements undertaken by Norma I. Monfort of the Monfort Eco Tourism Estate in Samal island.

ESDEVCO launches P250-million fitness center

DAVAO CITY — Homegrown developer Escandor Development Corp. (ESDEVCO) recently inaugurated a P250-million gym and fitness center as part of the marketing strategy for its expanded Matina Enclaves condominium project.

Supply chain trade group to establish Davao chapter

DAVAO CITY -- The Supply Chain Management Association of the Philippines (SCMAP) said it is preparing to set up a chapter in Davao, in part to work out solutions for the industry’s issues in Mindanao.

DICT eyes berth 4 operations by 2020

DAVAO CITY — Floirendo-owned Davao International Container Terminal, Inc. (DICT) is preparing for expansion with the operation of a fourth berth and container yard expansion at its port in Panabo City.

Siargao rep says domestic tourists are the main polluters

AS SIARGAO Island gears up as the pilot site of a joint private-public sector sustainable tourism project, its congressional representative flagged that domestic tourists are the ones mainly in need of lessons on environmental awareness and protection.

DoF affirms priority status for Sasa Port modernization, Davao-Samal Bridge

DAVAO CITY — Two longstanding proposed projects for Davao — the Sasa Port modernization and the Davao-Samal Bridge — will be pursued under the government’s Build, Build, Build program, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez said.

A (nearly non-political) portrait of Davao

FORGET, for a moment, that Davao City is the hometown of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Nationwide round-up

NATIONAL ANTI-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Secretary Liza L. Maza, who faces an arrest warrant for a double murder charge, should surrender to authorities, Malacañang said on Tuesday.

Davao City losing out on investors due to lack of industrial...

DAVAO CITY is being hindered on the investment front by the absence of economic zones and the unavailability of large contiguous areas suitable for agriculture, according to the city’s business chamber.

Japanese tour operator pledges to buy 50% of seats for Japan-Davao...

A JAPANESE travel and tour operator has given guarantee to buy 50% of the seats for the proposed direct flights between Japan and Davao City, according a local business official.

NCCC partners with DMCI for new mall, condominium at burnt site

THE NCCC Group of Companies is partnering with DMCI Homes for the construction of a new shopping mall with a condominium at the site of its Ma-a property that was razed by fire last December, killing 39 people.

Davao voters sees exodus of PDP-Laban members to HNP regional party

THE VOTING population in Davao City see members of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) jumping ship to the newly-formed Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (HNP) regional party led by the city’s mayor, Sara Duterte-Carpio, according to a survey by the Institute of Popular Opinion (IPO) of the University of Mindanao (UM).

Davao start-ups get trade fair experience in MSME Week Expo

DAVAO CITY — Last week’s Pinoy MSME Expo — one of the highlights of the city’s annual celebration for micro, small, and medium-scale enterprises — focused on start-up ventures, giving greenhorn entrepreneurs an experience on joining trade fairs.

Business groups lobby PAL for Davao-Japan flights

DAVAO CITY -- Filipino and Japanese business groups have asked flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) to open direct flights between Davao City and Japan to boost tourism and trade links.

Co-ops emerging as key players for electric-powered Mindanao Railway System

DAVAO CITY -- The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is ready to take on the lead role for coordinating power supply for the planned Mindanao Railway System (MRS), which will have electric trains.

5,000 MW capacity projected for Mindanao grid by 2030

DAVAO CITY -- An additional power supply of about 3,000 megawatts (MW) is projected to be required by the Mindanao grid by 2030, according to Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Assistant Secretary Romeo M. Montenegro.

Urban farmer pushes for regular training to help reduce waste

DAVAO CITY -- An urban farming advocate is pushing for regular training sessions in the city not just to promote home gardening but to help reduce trash by turning biodegradable wastes into fertilizers.

PHL-Indonesia joint sea patrols continuing

COORDINATED SEA patrols are continuing between the Philippines and Indonesia, according to Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Madrigal, Jr. of the Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom).

Holcim assures cement production ready to meet Mindanao demand

DAVAO CITY — Holcim Philippines, Inc. is preparing to ramp up cement production in Mindanao as demand continues to increase with private sector projects and the government’s “Build, Build, Build” program.

Davao Region records highest teen pregnancies in 2017

DAVAO REGION recorded the highest number of adolescents who started child bearing at age 10 to 19, based on the National Demographic Health Survey in 2017.

Indonesia consul calls for shorter, more direct trade routes

DAVAO CITY -- Trade between the Philippines and Indonesia has been steadily growing, but most of the cargo traffic still moves between Luzon and Java, which is costlier than more direct routes originating from Mindanao, according to Indonesian Consul General Berlian Napitupulu.

DoST-12 plans civet coffee research center to help B’laan tribe increase...

THE DEPARTMENT of Science and technology-SOCCSKSARGEN (DoST 12) is eyeing to increase civet coffee production in the region by putting up a Halal Civet Research and Development Center at the Mindanao State University (MSU) campus in General Santos City.