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

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

Fil-Am actor Matt Mercurio stars in Halloween slasher movie

  NEW YORK -- A masked serial killer turns a horror-themed amusement park into his own personal playground, terrorizing a group of friends while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show. College student Natalie (Amy Forsyth) is visiting her childhood best friend Brooke (Reign Edwards) and her roommate Taylor (Bex Taylor-Klaus). If it were any other time of the year these three and their boyfriends might be heading to a concert or a bar, but it is Halloween, which means that like everyone else they will be bound for Hell Fest --- a sprawling labyrinth of rides, games, and mazes that travels the country and happens to be in town. Every year thousands f...Keep on reading: Fil-Am actor Matt Mercurio stars in Halloween slasher movie.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 17th, 2018

Capiz hosts NCCA’s Dayaw 2018

Billed as the largest gathering of various enthnolinguistic groups in the country, Dayaw, the annual cultural festival of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), will be held in October and hosted by Roxas City, Capiz. Around 400 participants representing 40 ethnic groups in the country from the Ivatan of Batanes to the Tausug and Sama of Tawi-Tawi will join the festivities from Oct. 8 to 10 in Roxas City and Cuartero town. Activities include cultural performances, fora, vernacular architecture mounted in an eco-village, culinary arts demonstration and Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan (Gamaba) exhibits. Highlight is the performance and demonstration of tradition...Keep on reading: Capiz hosts NCCA’s Dayaw 2018.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 9th, 2018

Nigeria claims normalcy restored after Boko Haram attack

ABUJA, Nigeria – Nigeria's military on Sunday, September 9, said it had restored order after Boko Haram fighters took control of a town in the country's remote northeast, sparking fears about the group's resurgence. Scores of jihadists believed to be loyal to a faction backed by the Islamic State group overran ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 9th, 2018

21 dead as plane crashes into lake in South Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan --- An overloaded commercial plane crashed into a lake in South Sudan on Sunday and killed 21 people, a local official said. The 19-seater commercial Baby Air plane had been traveling from the capital, Juba, the minister of information for the town of Yirol, Taban Abel Aguek, told The Associated Press. Officials were investigating the cause of the crash. The three survivors are a 6-year-old child, an adult man and an Italian doctor with an aid organization who was in surgery and in serious condition, Aguek said. "There were people everywhere," the minister said of the crash site. Yirol is in the central part of the civil war-torn East African country. /ee...Keep on reading: 21 dead as plane crashes into lake in South Sudan.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 9th, 2018

Rural areas ask anti-immigration party: Make Sweden Great Again

Nestled deep in Sweden's mining country, Lindesberg has an old-time small-town charm: its imposing Lutheran church overlooks cobblestone streets with locals calmly strolling about on their dai.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 6th, 2018

Local, int’l buyers eyeing 134-year-old pub in remote Australian outback

One of Australia’s most well-known pubs, located in the country’s remote outback thousands of miles from major cities, is on the market for the first time in decades and attracting local and international interest. The 134-year-old Birdsville Hotel is the sole watering hole for the town of Birdsville — population: 140 — and having a… link: Local, int’l buyers eyeing 134-year-old pub in remote Australian outback.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 6th, 2018

The ‘-ber’ months are here and Jose Mari Chan is coming to town

As the “-ber” months settle in, Filipinos begin to post memes of Jose Mari Chan, a singer renowned for his Christmas songs that have become the country’s anthem to usher in the holiday season. People have been sharing memes as early as August and here are some of the funniest ones that have circulated social […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsAug 31st, 2018

Balikbayan GG

The Quezon coastline is one of the most picturesque in the country. The Sierra Madre mountain range overlooks the shores. Seafood grills thrive along the coastal road from Gumaca to Atimonan, where the shore is lined with mangroves......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 31st, 2018

SGMA backs extended ML in Mindanao

SPEAKER Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo vowed yesterday to push for another possible extension of martial law and suspension of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao following the bombing incident in a town at Sultan Kudarat last Tuesday night. Being a former President, Arroyo said she knows what the country needs to….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 30th, 2018

This Week’s Festivals: Aug. 27 to Sept. 5

  Aug. 27 to 30 Hamungaya Festival   Residents of Isulan in Sultan Kudarat province give thanks for a good harvest year during the celebration of the town's 61st founding anniversary. This year's theme is " Isulan: A picture of a bountiful harvest of progress, peace and prosperity." Festivities include a float competition during the opening ceremonies, a farmers' day, street dancing competition and a cleanup drive.   Sept. 1 to 5 Tuna Festival   The city of General Santos in South Cotabato province pays tribute to the fishermen who have played a major role in turning the city into a booming agri-industrial area and one of the country's ...Keep on reading: This Week’s Festivals: Aug. 27 to Sept. 5.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 25th, 2018

Pristine no more: cruise ships, crowds swamp Montenegro

Montenegro's medieval walled city of Kotor, an Adriatic seaport cradled in a spectacular fjord-like bay, has survived centuries of weather and warfare. Now it is facing a different kind of assault, that of gargantuan cruise ships disgorging throngs of tourists threatening a place that was only a few years ago commonly described as a "hidden gem". The coastline the poet Lord Byron called the "most beautiful merging of land and sea" is now one of unbridled real estate development. With rocky slopes jutting into azure waters, Kotor's bay and its white-stone old town have been hailed as an alternative for travelers looking to avoid the mass tourism choking Dubrovnik some 70 kilo...Keep on reading: 
Pristine no more: cruise ships, crowds swamp Montenegro.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2018

Gov t presses modern PUVs

IN a bid to improve the transportation sector in the country, the government is allocating P447 million for the Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Modernization program for next year. Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel, a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, said the government is likewise arranging to provide….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 21st, 2018

Lewandowski avoids Bayern embarrassment against amateur team

By Ciaran Fahey, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — A fourth-tier team of amateurs held Bayern Munich scoreless for more than 80 minutes before Robert Lewandowski ended chances of an unlikely upset in the first round of the German Cup on Saturday. SV Drochtersen/Assel, a team from a town of only 11,000 inhabitants in the north of Germany, frustrated the country's top team until Lewandowski's 81st-minute goal finally sent the Bundesliga powerhouse through 1-0. "I'm happy we're still in the cup," Bayern coach Niko Kovac said after his first serious game in charge. Another fourth-tier side, Ulm, defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 to send the defending champion out at the first hurdle. Bayer Leverkusen, Hoffenheim, Werder Bremen, Wolfsburg, Mainz and Nuremberg all progressed with wins over lower-league opposition. Hamburger SV, relegated from the Bundesliga last season, eventually prevailed 5-3 over fifth-tier side TuS Erndtebrueck. Drochtersen mayor Mike Eckhoff had called the town's match against Bayern the "game of the century," and the team's players rose to the occasion, closing down their opponents and making it difficult for them to impose their game. "I find it incredible that we were able to keep the game open for so long," Drochtersen coach Lars Uder said. "That's why I'm so proud of my team." The home side might even have gone ahead when captain Soeren Behrmann sent the ball through for Florian Nagel. The Drochtersen midfielder was only stopped by a fine reaction from Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Drochtersen was only playing in the German Cup for the second time in its 41-year existence after winning the Lower Saxony Cup, and the club more than doubled its stadium capacity from 3,000 to 7,500 with temporary seats just for the visit of the record 18-time cup winners. Thiago Alcantara came closest for Bayern early in the second half when he struck the crossbar, before the game was interrupted by inflatable beach balls and rolls of toilet paper coming from the Munich fans' block. Thomas Mueller had a goal ruled out for the visitors before Lewandowski finally made one count when he was set up by new signing Leon Goretzka. However, there were complaints from Drochtersen Meikel Klee that he had been struck in the face by Franck Ribery in the buildup. Klee, a bricklayer, had been looking forward to facing the French winger before the game, when he said he had been a Bayern fan for 23 years......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 19th, 2018