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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.

6.6 earthquake death toll up to 5, almost 400 injured, 2...

FIVE PEOPLE have been confirmed dead while two are missing in the aftermath of the magnitude 6.6 earthquake that struck central Mindanao on Oct. 29, according to the Oct. 30 update from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

Infra damage initial assessment from 6.3 earthquake at P86M

DAMAGE TO infrastructure from the magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck parts of Mindanao last Oct. 16 has been initially assessed at P86 million, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported on Monday.

Emergency teams remain on alert as Oct. 16 Mindanao earthquake damage...

AUTHORITIES CONDUCTED infrastructure damage assessment while remaining on high alert Thursday after a magnitude 6.3 earthquake shook many parts of Mindanao at around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, with the epicenter in Tulunan, a town in Cotabato province located in the central part of the island.

Another LPA off Mindanao could be next typhoon in coming days

A LOW pressure area spotted 1,050 kilometers east-northeast of Mindanao as of Wednesday morning could develop into the 13th typhoon to enter the country this year.

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.

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.

P77-M NDRRMC command center for Mindanao being built in Butuan City

A TWO-STOREY command center for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), with an allocation of P77 million, is now being built in Barangay Bancasi, Butuan City.

Mayors in Mindanao’s 7 key cities headed for another term

INCUMBENT MAYORS of seven key cities in Mindanao’s six regions are headed for another term, based on either 100% or partial and unofficial results from the Commission on Elections.

MinDA’s Abul Khayr Alonto, 73

DAVAO CITY — Secretary Abul Khayr D. Alonto, the first Muslim to head the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), died on the evening of May 9.

Chedeng may weaken into an LPA as it crosses Mindanao

TROPICAL DEPRESSION Chedeng brought moderate to heavy rains in the Caraga and Davao regions on Monday, prompting several local government units to declare the suspension of classes until at least Tuesday.

Japan pledges 3.2-B yen in loans for Mindanao projects

JAPAN has pledged additional grants for the Philippines following a joint meeting held in Osaka this week, which include funding for train simulators as well as projects for healthcare and peace efforts in Mindanao.

PDIC to bid out P70M worth of properties around Mindanao

RESIDENTIAL, commercial, and industrial lots in different parts of Mindanao are up for bidding by the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) on Jan. 9, 2019.

Isolated rains, thunderstorms cause flooding in Mindanao cities

ISOLATED heavy rains and thunderstorms due to the intertropical convergence zone caused flooding in parts of the cities of Davao and Dipolog in Mindanao on Tuesday.

Mindanao projected to need 10,200 MW additional capacity by 2040

DAVAO CITY — Energy officials said more investors are needed in the power supply sector, particularly for Mindanao, to meet the island’s projected 10,200-megawatt (MW) additional capacity requirement by 2040.

Ground investigation, ROW talks underway for Mindanao train

PRE-CONSTRUCTION activities are underway for the first segment of the Mindanao Railway System (MRS), with target completion by the end of this year so that building work could start by Jan. 2019.

DoE identifies six regions in need of electrification

The Department of Energy (DoE) has identified six regions with electrification levels falling below 80% that may be among the first to be offered...

Military, police step up security measures in mainland Mindanao after Basilan...

HEIGHTENED SECURITY measures have been activated in various parts of Mindanao following Tuesday’s blast in the island of Basilan that killed 11, including the suspected bomber. In Zamboanga City, the jump-off point to Basilan, Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar convened a meeting on Tuesday and ordered all security forces “to tighten all checkpoints at the entry and exit points of the city, including coastal and sea patrols.” Owners of private jetties have also been requested to strengthen security at their facilities. Ms. Salazar also appealed to the public to cooperate with the stricter security rules as well as be vigilant and report suspicious activities in their areas.

World Bank to scale up dev’t program for Bangsamoro

World Bank said it will ramp up development support to the Bangsamoro region after President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL)...

BBL for approval by Congress before SONA

MALACAÑANG ON Thursday said the final version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) may be signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday, July 23, after the Bicameral Conference Committee approved the draft law on Wednesday night.

Bicam approves Bangsamoro law after six marathon hearings

SENATE MAJORITY Leader Juan Miguel F. Zubiri said on Wednesday he is “hopeful” and “confident” the Bicameral Conference Committee will approve by this reporting the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

MinDA proposes sukuk issuance to fund Mindanao projects

DAVAO CITY — The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has proposed the issuance of sukuk, or Islamic bonds, to raise funds for the national government’s key projects in Mindanao.

Duterte breaks deadlock on BBL jurisdiction

THE deadlock on the territorial jurisdiction of the proposed Bangsamoro region was finally resolved on Wednesday with the provisions of the House of Representatives being adopted in the final version of the bill.

Final version of BBL to retain ARMM law provisions: Zubiri

The bicameral conference committee tasked to reconcile the two versions of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) has agreed to retain provisions already granted to...

Mindanao IP leaders to hold discussion as Congress tackles BBL

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES (IP) leaders from Maguindanao province will lead a “conversation” on July 9 set at the capital as the Congress bicameral committee conference tackles the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) this week.

Damosa Land prides itself on a legacy of homegrown development

For over two decades, Damosa Land, Inc. (DLI), the property development arm of the ANFLOCOR Group of Companies, has been at the forefront and...

Notable townships in Visayas and Mindanao

Not only is the Philippines seeing massive changes in its economy as part of its growth as a developing country, huge transformations can also...

All Moro Convention group drafts Bangsamoro constitution under federal system

DAVAO CITY -- A proposed constitution for a Bangsamoro region under a federal system of government will be submitted to the Consultative Committee to...

Swiss challenge period for Marawi rehab proposals to start June 12

The government inter-agency task force group for the rehabilitation of Marawi City announced on Friday, June 8, a new schedule for the Swiss challenge...

Duterte: Declaring martial law ‘not feasible’

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday, June 7, said declaring martial law is “not feasible” because it will only “divide...

Senate approves its version of Bangsamoro Basic Law

By Camille A. Aguinaldo Congress has now approved the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, with Senate passing on third and final reading its version early Thursday. The House...

Military chief says Mindanao residents don’t mind martial law

THE ARMED Forces of the Philippines (AFP) head said on Thursday that the government’s implementation of martial law in Mindanao gets “appreciation” from local...

Swiss challenge for Marawi rehab proposals scheduled end of May

The government inter-agency task force group on Marawi City rehabilitation announced on Thursday, May 24, that the Swiss challenge period for proposals has been...

Senate asks Duterte to certify as urgent its proposed Bangsamoro bill

The Senate on Tuesday, May 22, asked President Rodrigo R. Duterte to certify the Senate bill on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as...

Duterte urges Maute members to surrender, wants to proclaim land reform...

President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday, May 11, pleaded with former Maute terrorist group members to stop fighting the government and instead help with...

Proposed rehab projects for Marawi to cost around P55 billion —...

NATIONAL Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Undersecretary Adoracion M. Navarro reported close to 900 programs, projects and activities (PPA) have been proposed under the Bangon...

Cathay Pacific to launch Hong Kong-Davao direct flight by Oct.

THE CATHAY Pacific Group is launching a direct flight linking Davao City and Hong Kong starting Oct. 28. In a statement, Cathay Pacific said its...

Cathay Pacific announces Davao-Hong Kong flights

The Cathay Pacific Group is launching a direct flight to and from Davao City and Hong Kong starting October 28. Its regional airline Cathay Dragon...

Republic Cement: Six decades of contributing to nation-building

For over 60 years, Republic Cement has been a partner in the Philippines’ transformation and a vital contributor to nation-building. Founded in 1955, the...

Moderately strong quake hits some areas in Mindanao

A moderately strong 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck at sea off the main southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, though...

Duterte vows passage of BBL in meeting with MILF, other Moro...

By Arjay L. Balinbin PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte said he would use his “residual powers” to fulfill his promise to the Moro people should Congress...

House committee eyes bigger budget share for Mindanao over next four...

The chair of the House committee on Mindanao Affairs bared plans to ask for higher budget for Mindanao in the next four years. Cagayan De...

Lawmakers target passage of Bangsamoro law by end of May

By Arjay L. Balinbin Lawmakers on Tuesday, March 13, told President Rodrigo R. Duterte that they target to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by...

Philippines hails US move to blacklist local IS-linked groups

The Philippines hailed on Wednesday, Feb. 28, Washington's decision to blacklist two local pro-Islamic State groups, including one which occupied the southern city of...

Military: We’re getting ready for next Marawi siege

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is getting ready for another possible “warfare” in Mindanao, Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force Ranao Colonel...