Cortes town in Surigao del Sur has country’s cleanest coastline

It’s a sunny morning in the fishing village of Burgos, and the narrow banca is gliding past a maze of fish corrals towards a guardhouse in the middle of lush beds of seagrass. Colored flags flutter in the cool breeze, marking the boundary of the marine sanctuary. In the depths of the clear waters are […].....»»

Category: newsSource: mindanews mindanewsDec 13th, 2017

Wow Siargao

Eight contingents from different towns in Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte join the Sajaw Siargao 2018 on Thursday (September 28, 2018) held in General Luna town, the province’s foremost tourist destination and the country’s surfing capital. MindaNews photo by ROEL N. CATOTO.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsSep 27th, 2018

Magnitude 4.2 quake rocks Surigao Sur

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake hit Surigao del Sur on Sunday afternoon but no major damage was reported, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. The quake that struck at 2:49 p.m. was located 14 kilometers (km) east of Cortes town, with a depth of 36 km and was tectonic in origin. Intensity 1… link: Magnitude 4.2 quake rocks Surigao Sur.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

Siargao rising

SIARGAO---Some say this island in the province of Surigao del Norte is rising in popularity partly because of the 2017 movie "Siargao" and the closure of Boracay.   Tell that to those who had actually visited Siargao and seen its shores and waters.   Although numbers could not possibly describe the experience of being in Siargao, known as the country's surfing capital, they would confirm that tourism in the island was booming.   Last Holy Week alone (March 26-April 1), the town of General Luna hosted 12,562 tourists based on records from resorts and inns.   The figure does not include tourists who stayed in tents and those who shared rooms ...Keep on reading: Siargao rising.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 25th, 2018

4 dead as ‘Basyang’ triggers landslides in Surigao del Sur

  Published: 1:21 p.m., Feb. 13, 2018 | Updated: 11:30 p.m., Feb. 13, 2018 BUTUAN CITY --- Four people, three of them children, were killed while three others were hurt after landslides, triggered by heavy rain dumped by Tropical Storm "Basyang" (international name: Sanba), hit two villages in Carrascal town, Surigao del Sur province, on Tuesday. The landslides struck the villages of Gamuton and Babuyan about four hours before Basyang made landfall in Cortes town at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday. The Office of Civil Defense in Caraga identified the fatalities in Barangay Gamuton as Irene Lamela Benguilo, 25, and her children AJ, 6, and MJ, 3. Her husband James, 32, was injured. ...Keep on reading: 4 dead as ‘Basyang’ triggers landslides in Surigao del Sur.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2018

‘Basyang’ makes landfall in Surigao del Sur

BUTUAN CITY -- Tropical storm Basyang (international name: Sanba) made landfall in the town of Cortes in Surigao del Sur at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.   Initial reports indicated that rains dumped by the typhoon triggered a landslide in the province, trapping five families, officials said.   Basyang had also prompted suspension of classes across Mindanao areas, which was ravaged by storm "Vinta" in December 2017, over fears of landslides and floods.   As of 8 a.m. the state weather bureau said Basyang was moving northwest at 25 kilometers per hour.   By 9:30...Keep on reading: ‘Basyang’ makes landfall in Surigao del Sur.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2018

NPA rebels raid vice mayor’s house

SURIGAO CITY, Philippines – Suspected New People’s Army rebels stormed the house of Vice Mayor Emmanuel Suarez of Cortes town in Surigao del Sur yesterday an.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 18th, 2017

Waves of Laswitan

People from different places in Mindanao enjoy the waves that lash at the rocks in Laswitan near the shore of Barangay Madreliño, Cortes town in Surigao del Sur on Sunday, February 5, 2017. MindaNews Photo by Roel N. Catoto.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2017

Environmentalists praised closure of 23 mining firms

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Environmentalists and anti-mining groups lauded the closure of nearly two dozen mining firms and vowed to support government efforts to curb destructive mining practices in the country. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez ordered the closure of 23 metallic mines in the country, while suspending five more, for serious environmental violations discovered during the industry-wide audit conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) since July last year. “My issue here is not about mining. My issue here is social justice. If there are businesses and foreigners that go and utilize the resources of that area for their benefit and the people of the island suffer, that’s social injustice,” Lopez said. She said the closure orders were based on the final results and recommendations of the multisectoral audit teams formed to look into the compliance of mining operators with the existing environmental laws and regulations. The mining firms ordered closed were the following: Benguet Corp. Nickel Mines Inc., Eramen Minerals Inc., Zambales Diversified Metals Corp., and LNL Archipelago Minerals Inc., all in Zambales province, due mainly to siltation of rivers, destruction of a functional watershed and illegal tree-cutting. Mt. Sinai Mining Exploration and Development Corp., Emir Minerals Corp., and TechIron Mineral Resources Inc. in Homonhon mainly for siltation of coastal waters and destruction of functional watershed. AAMPHIL Natural Resources Exploration, Kromico Inc., SinoSteel Philippines H.Y. Mining Corp., Oriental Synergy Mining Corp., Wellex Mining Corp., Libjo Mining Corp., Oriental Vision Mining Phils. Corp., in Dinagat Islands mainly for siltation of coastal waters. ADNAMA Mining Resources Corp., Claver Mineral Development Corp., Platinum Group Metals Corp., CTP Construction and Mining Corp., Carrascal Nickel Corp., Marcventures Mining and Development Corp., and Hinatuan Mining Corp. in Surigao del Norte mainly for siltation of coastal waters and mining in functional watersheds. Benguet Corporation in Itogon, Benguet and Ore Asia Mining and Development Corp. in Bulacan were likewise issued suspension orders by Lopez. &'160; She also deferred to give a decision on the fate of Filminera Resources Corp. pending further investigation. The five mining companies that were issued suspension orders are Berong Nickel Corp., OceanaGold Phils., Lepanto Consolidated Mining Corp., Citinickel Mines and Development Corp. and Strong Built Mining Development Corp. According to DENR Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Maria Paz Luna, the companies can file for a Motion for Reconsideration to the DENR within 15 days from receipt of the order. Luna said the DENR decision can still be appealed to the Office of the President. The DENR had earlier assured the mining sector and the general public that due process was “meticulously observed” in the audit of all existing metallic mines nationwide. It also assured that the audit results “really promote the common good and social justice” espoused by Lopez and President Rodrigo Duterte. A staunch advocate of responsible mining, Lopez has made it clear that the common good and the protection of the environment would be her paramount concern, not money. She emphasized that no mining company can operate in a functional watershed which protects water sources. “Water is life. We will not allow the water of our people to be at risk for any business interest,” Lopez said. 16 Audit Teams Barely a week at the DENR, Lopez ordered an industry-wide audit in July last year to look into the adequacy and efficiency of environmental protection measures taken by the mining companies, determine gaps in those measures and identify the appropriate penalties for violations of mining and environmental laws. A total of 16 audit teams were formed to review the environmental compliance of mining companies in all regions in the country. Each team is composed of representatives from the DENR central and regional offices, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, the Department of Health, the Department of Agriculture and civil society organizations. The audit focused on safety and health; mine environmental management; social development; mining tenement; and compliance with laws on clean air, clean water, hazardous waste and solid waste. Technical experts from the different government offices that have been invited to conduct the audit all abide in the standards of truth, service, and the common good. “We based the checklist of the criteria for the audit on the items in compliance with the different mining and environmental laws. A cross-audit was also done, which means that the auditors who reviewed one site, have come from a different region,” Lopez said. “We also gave seven days for the companies to respond to the results of the audit, providing a leeway for them to clear the issues that were raised. We had to review the reported results of the audit for five months before we have to release it, ensuring that we followed the process meticulously.” Lopez said the issue is not about mining, but social justice. “If there are businesses and foreigners that go and utilize the resources of that area for their benefit and the people of that island suffer, that’s social injustice. We assure the industry and the general public that due process was meticulously observed in the mining audit conducted by the agency and that the results would be always anchored on integrity, social justice, and the common good,” she said. Zamboanga del Sur, Tawi-Tawi Environmentalists also urged Lopez to review again the mining operations of TVI Resource Development (Phils.) Inc. in Zamboanga del Sur’s Bayog town where Subanen natives opposed the entry of the company in [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2017

Not one bell less: Samar diocese nixes Zubiri plea

Just days after their return to the country, the bells of Balangiga are ringing a new controversy, this time between a senator and the Diocese of Borongan in Eastern Samar where the bells originated more than 100 years ago.   Church leaders said it would be "disrespectful" to keep any of the three bells outside Balangiga town in Eastern Samar, where they belong. Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, who filed a resolution asking to display one of the bells in the National Museum, said the clergy were being "arrogant" in their statement.   The bells were taken by American troops as war trophies in retaliation against the people of Balangiga for the Sept. 28, 190...Keep on reading: Not one bell less: Samar diocese nixes Zubiri plea.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 14th, 2018

Balangiga bells’ return ‘sign of US respect for PH alliance’

The Department of National Defense (DND) on Monday said the return of the Balangiga bells to the country after 117 years was a sign of the United States' "respect" for and commitment to its alliance with the Philippines. The iconic bells, a war booty taken by the US Army from a church in Balangiga, Easter Samar, during the Filipino-American war in 1901, will be turned over by US Embassy officials on Tuesday at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City. President going to Balangiga President Rodrigo Duterte is skipping the ceremony in Pasay but will instead go to Balangiga on Dec. 15 to turn over the bells to the town's officials, according to presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo. ...Keep on reading: Balangiga bells’ return ‘sign of US respect for PH alliance’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 10th, 2018

4.9-magnitude quake jolts Surigao del Sur

  MANILA, Philippines --- A magnitude 3.5 earthquake struck Surigao del Sur on Wednesday evening, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. In its initial report, Phivolcs said the temblor hit 21 kilometers (km) east of Cortes, Surigao del Sure at 9:09 p.m. The tremor of tectonic origin had a depth of 25 km, it added. According to Phivolcs, no aftershocks and damage could be expected from the earthquake. /kga...Keep on reading: 4.9-magnitude quake jolts Surigao del Sur.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 5th, 2018

NHL adds Seattle as league s 32nd team, play begins in 2021

By Stephen Whyno, Associated Press SEA ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Seattle is getting a National Hockey League team. It will just have to wait a little bit longer to drop the puck. The NHL Board of Governors unanimously approved adding Seattle as the league's 32nd franchise on Tuesday, with play set to begin in 2021 instead of 2020 to allow enough time for arena renovations. The as-yet unnamed franchise will be the Emerald City's first major winter sports team since the NBA's SuperSonics left town in 2008. "Today is a day for celebration in a great city that adores and avidly supports its sports teams and for our 101-year-old sports league," Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "Expanding to Seattle makes the National Hockey League more balanced, even more whole and even more vibrant. A team in Seattle evens the number of teams in our two conferences, brings our geographic footprint into greater equilibrium and creates instant new rivalries out west, particularly between Seattle and Vancouver." The announcement came a few moments after Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan let the news slip at a watch party in Seattle, prompting cheers: "I got a call from a mole in the room and it was a unanimous vote. We're getting hockey." The decision was widely expected after the Seattle Hockey Partners group impressed the board's executive committee in October with a plan that had all the ingredients the NHL was looking for. Strong ownership led by billionaire David Bonderman and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, a downtown arena in a sports-crazed city and a season-ticket drive that drummed up 10,000 orders in 12 minutes all cleared the way for the NHL to add another team less than three years after approving a franchise in Las Vegas. Seattle Hockey President and CEO Tod Leiweke joked that he'd have to throw out some Seattle 2020 business cards because of the pushed-back timing. But all sides agreed 2021 was the best time to start. "They've always felt that we should have a little more time to build the arena right," Bruckheimer said. "We wanted to bring it to 2020-21 because we want to get going right away, but it's not fair to the fans or to the players to not have a 100 percent finished arena when we start." The owners will pay a $650 million expansion fee, up from the $500 million the Vegas Golden Knights paid to join the league just two years ago. Leiweke said arena renovations will cost $800 million and the addition of a state-of-the-art practice facility makes it a total investment of over $1.5 billion. "(That's) a few bits of change which aren't around anymore," Bonderman said of the spending. "Seattle is one of my favorite cities and it's a pleasure to be here. If it was someplace else, I wouldn't have done it." The NHL will also realign its two divisions in the West for the 2021-22 season: Seattle will play the Pacific, home to its closest geographic rivals like Vancouver, Calgary and San Jose, and the Arizona Coyotes will move to the Central Division. "It was at the end of the day the simplest, most logical and least disruptive option we had available to us and I think it'll work well for the Coyotes," Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said. The remarkable debut by Vegas in 2017, which included a run to the Stanley Cup Final, gave the league more confidence about moving forward so quickly. Seattle will benefit from the same expansion draft rules Vegas had. Its front office is expected to be led by Dave Tippett, a former coach who would lead the search for the club's first general manager and staff. Tippett signed on to the project because of a connection to Leiweke, a major force in delivering an NHL team to Seattle. Leiweke got his start in hockey with the Minnesota Wild. He also worked in Vancouver and most recently helped build Tampa Bay into a powerhouse in the Eastern Conference. Leiweke left the Lightning in 2015 to become the COO of the NFL and didn't have any interest in leaving the league office until the project in Seattle began to gain traction. Leiweke's job will be to capitalize on a market whose demographics have changed significantly since he left the NFL's Seahawks in 2010 after being largely responsible for the team hiring coach Pete Carroll. Seattle is the largest market in the country without a winter pro sports franchise and has seen an influx of wealth in recent years. Even when he was running the Seahawks, Leiweke believed Seattle was ripe for the NHL and the response to the season-ticket drive only strengthened that belief. "I woke up today thinking about the fans," Leiweke said. "What did they feel on March 1 when they put down deposits without knowing anything? No team name, an ownership group they didn't know very well, a building plan that was back then somewhat defined but fairly vague. Today is a great day for the fans and we owe them so much. That's why today happened." The NHL's launch in Seattle will show how starved fans are for another team. Basketball is embedded in the DNA of the region thanks to 41 years of the SuperSonics and a lengthy history of producing NBA talent. When the rain of the fall and winter drive young athletes inside, they grab a basketball and head for the nearest gym to play pickup games. Basketball courts and coffee shops seem to be on every corner, but ice rinks are scarce. A lot about Seattle is different from 2008, when the Sonics moved to Oklahoma City. The skyline is filled with construction cranes. Amazon has taken over an entire section of the city, joined nearby by satellite offices of Google and Facebook. The amount of wealth now in the Seattle market is part of the reason Tim Leiweke, Tod's older brother and the CEO of event facilities giant Oak View Group, has regularly calls the city one of the most enticing expansion opportunities in pro sports history. Seattle has become a city of transplants due to the booming local economy. A hockey franchise would provide those newcomers a team to rally around, much like what happened when the Sounders of Major League Soccer arrived in 2009 — the last team added to the city's sport landscape. The Sonics were the first, joining the NBA in 1967, followed by the arrival of the Seahawks in 1976 and Mariners in 1977 after construction of the Kingdome. There have been several attempts at solving Seattle's arena issues and landing either an NHL or NBA team in the years since the Sonics left, but none had the support of the city or the private money attached until now. Asked Tuesday about possibly adding an NBA team, Bonderman responded: "One miracle at a time." While Seattle basks in the news, it's not clear the NHL will be satisfied at 32 teams even with the new team providing balance between the conferences and a natural, cross-border rival for the Vancouver Canucks. Daly said recently that there's no magic number, even though no major North American sports league has ever grown beyond 32 teams. Houston, Quebec City and Toronto have all been touted as possible new homes someday, but they'll also have to wait. "We're not looking right now and I think for the foreseeable future at any further expansion," Bettman said. ___ AP Sports Writer Tim Booth in Seattle contributed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 5th, 2018

‘Pinikpikan,’ smoky ‘kinuday’ and other exotic flavors en route to Baguio

A trip to Baguio always tugs at one's heart. After all, the first out-of-town trip for many Manileos is the Summer Capital of the Philippines, and we remember wonderful times spent there with family and friends. A recent trip to Baguio with the San Miguel Pure Foods Culinary Center (SMPFCC) afforded us an excellent chance to visit the top foodie spots on our way to and in Baguio itself. Our trip was made faster and easier via the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway, or TPLEx. A drive to Baguio from Manila through TPLEx takes only three hours. "There has always been a strong food culture in this part of the country, one that continually evolves," said SMPFCC culinary services m...Keep on reading: ‘Pinikpikan,’ smoky ‘kinuday’ and other exotic flavors en route to Baguio.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 29th, 2018

Merger between MVP, Uy telcos unlikely — solon

Surigao del Sur 2nd district Rep. Johnny Pimentel sees zero chance of a merger between the so-called third telco player and either PLDT or Globe, which are the two existing telco giants in the country. Merger between MVP, Uy telcos unlikely — solon Source link: Merger between MVP, Uy telcos unlikely — solon.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 26th, 2018

You be the judge: ‘Sidewalk’ court and other RTC woes

  It was a scene truly out of the ordinary: Due process being exercised in a series of trials on the sidewalk outside the Hall of Justice in Santa Cruz, the capital town of Laguna province.   Under the noonday sun, Presiding Judge Suwerte Ofrecio-Gonzales and the court staff of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 6 were all business as usual.   It was a clear showcase that justice, though often slow on its wheels, must continue to roll.   The shortage of courtrooms and proper facilities, however, is just one of the issues faced by RTCs in the country.   As thousands of cases flood their dockets, so do the challenges for over 900 RTC j...Keep on reading: You be the judge: ‘Sidewalk’ court and other RTC woes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 24th, 2018

‘Moral panic’ targets Indonesia’s LGBT community

JAKARTA, Indonesia--- Indonesian Budi Ahmad used to live openly as a gay man without fear of becoming a target for violence in the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation. Not any more. The country of 260 million is in the grip of a moral panic, with critics saying the vulnerable LGBT minority is being used as a political punching bag in the run-up to 2019 elections. Hardline rhetoric and a string of arrests have raised fears among the community. "There could be more persecution and we're scared that the public might become vigilantes," said Ahmad, who agreed to speak to AFP using a pseudonym. The 29-year-old, from a small town in the province of West Sumatra, said family ...Keep on reading: ‘Moral panic’ targets Indonesia’s LGBT community.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 18th, 2018

Death toll rises to 76 in California fire; 1,300 unaccounted for

CHICO, California, United States --- Northern California crews battling the country's deadliest wildfire in a century were bracing for strong winds, with gusts up to 50 miles per hour, creating the potential to erode gains they have made in containing a disaster that has killed at least 76 and leveled a town. Even as hundreds of searchers sift through the rubble in the town of Paradise looking for the dead, nearly 1,300 people remain unaccounted for more than a week after the fire sparked in Butte County, Sheriff Kory Honea announced Saturday night. Authorities stressed that the long roster does not mean they believe all those people are missing. Honea pleaded with fire evacuee...Keep on reading: Death toll rises to 76 in California fire; 1,300 unaccounted for.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 18th, 2018

Minors brutally attacked in South Cotabato towns

COTABATO CITY:  Four minors in three towns in South Cotabato fell victims to violent crimes right after the country observed Child Abuse Prevention Month. The victims include two young girls who were stabbed dead by their nanny’s boyfriend in Surallah town; a 4-year-old girl, who was raped then killed by her 16-year-old stepbrother in Polomolok;… link: Minors brutally attacked in South Cotabato towns.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018

4.3 magnitude quake sways Surigao del Norte

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake jolted Surigao del Norte on Friday evening, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. A Phivolcs bulletin showed the 6:20 p.m. quake occurred 53 kilometers northeast of Burgos town. No damage or aftershock could be expected from the earthquake, which had a depth of 6 kilometers and was of tectonic origin, according to Phivolcs. /kga...Keep on reading: 4.3 magnitude quake sways Surigao del Norte.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 9th, 2018

Head on crash between 2 buses kills at least 47 in Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe --- A head-on collision between two buses has killed 47 people near Rusape, about 170 kilometers (105 miles) east of the capital Harare, where road accidents are common due to poor roads and bad driving.   Two long distance buses going opposite directions collided on Wednesday evening, said police spokesman Paul Nyathi. He said the death toll could rise because there are others with serious injuries.   The state-run Herald newspaper reported that the number of dead bodies have overwhelmed the small town's morgue, which can only accommodate up to 16 bodies.   Bus accidents are frequent in this southern African country, where speeding often...Keep on reading: Head on crash between 2 buses kills at least 47 in Zimbabwe.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 8th, 2018