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Northern Mindanao needs P198B in 2 years to recover from effects of pandemic

Jul 08, 2020 - 11:42 PM

Of the P197.6 billion needed for the Regional Recovery Program, P150.2 billion or 76% should go to social services, says the regional development council

INVESTMENTS NEEDED. Workers at the Bulua Westbound Terminal and Vegetable Landing in Cagayan de Oro sort vegetables before they are distributed to the city's public markets. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

'We can do better': Bangsamoro gov't asks Duterte to veto anti-terrorism bill

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:55 AM

'While we agree that a policy framework needs to be enacted to fight the menace of terrorism, we feel that the fundamental guarantees of liberty and the institutions of democracy must be protected,' says Interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim

CAPTION | COMMITMENT. BARMM chief minister Ahod Ebrahim promises to ensure transition of 40,000 fighters to civilian life. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Cases spike in Northern Mindanao as more returning residents positive for coronavirus

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:44 AM

The Department of Health confirms 17 new coronavirus cases in Northern Mindanao – all locally-stranded individuals and OFWs who have returned to the region

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE. DOH Northern Mindanao Director Dr Adriano Suba-an at a press conference of the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases on May 26, 2020.  Photo from NorMin COVID 19 Response Task Force Facebook page

Spike in coronavirus cases in Northern Mindanao, Lanao del Sur blamed on Hatid Probinsya

Jun 15, 2020 - 4:01 PM

Zia Alonto Adiong, Lanao del Sur IATF spokesperson, calls for improvements in the national government's program that helps bring stranded residents and repatriated OFWs back to their provinces

Around 100 Overseas Filipino Workers who were repatriated due to Coronavirus pandemic board a ship at the Northport Terminal in Manila on May 27, 2020, to go home to their respective provinces in Cebu and Cagayan de Oro after their overdue mandatory quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

The doctor healing the wounds of war in Basilan

Jun 14, 2020 - 9:36 AM

In her clinic in the province's capital, Arlyn Jawad Jumao-As heals children, rebels, soldiers. She's played a critical role in keeping the peace.

Dr. Arlyn Jawad Jumao-As checks patients in her clinic in Lamitan City, Basilan. All photos by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Northern Mindanao unemployment hits 15-year high in April

Jun 09, 2020 - 12:37 PM

The Philippine Statistics Authority says the number of jobless people in Northern Mindanao rose to 236,000 in April 2020 – more than double the number of unemployed workers in April 2019 – due to the coronavirus pandemic

CAGAYAN DE ORO DISINFECTION. A city government worker does disinfection rounds in a barangay in Cagayan de Oro City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

[OPINION] Ramadan on lockdown: The habits we break, the values we relearn

May 24, 2020 - 1:00 PM

'For a fasting person [under quarantine], it was a different level of hardship altogether'

Bangsamoro region now has COVID-19 testing hub

May 20, 2020 - 7:05 PM

'The current capacity for testing is maximum of 72 specimens per day. Presently, we have 1,134 test kits,' the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center says

Photo from the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center Facebook page

BARMM reports 86% distribution of coronavirus cash aid

May 19, 2020 - 6:14 PM

Government social workers brave conflict-ridden areas to carry bags of cash to low-income households with no access to banks, say BARMM officials

Credit: BARMM Ministry of Social Services and Development

Northern Mindanao targets 200 coronavirus tests daily by June 1

May 18, 2020 - 8:49 PM

The Department of Health Northern Mindanao and two hospitals in Cagayan de Oro are expected to start testing this week

3 Abu Sayyaf members killed in Sulu

May 16, 2020 - 11:38 PM

Soldiers of the 21st Infantry Battalion recover one body, and a high-powered firearm

3 Abu Sayyaf killed in Sulu clashes. Photos from AFP Western Mindanao Command

With license to operate, Northern Mindanao to start coronavirus testing

May 15, 2020 - 9:06 AM

The Department of Health 10-TB Reference Center (DOH-10) and the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) are granted a License to Operate (LTO) as testing centers

DA allocates P230 million to use ancestral lands for food production

May 11, 2020 - 6:40 PM

The Department of Agriculture supports a project to develop some 20,000 hectares of idle ancestral lands for white corn production

Farmers in Pugo, La Union, show off their high grade palay amid concerns over the negative impact of the rice tarrification law on palay prices. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Misamis Oriental gov, other groups want Cagayan de Oro under lockdown

May 08, 2020 - 3:52 PM

(2nd UPDATE) The group Luwas Cagayan, 26 barangay captains of Cagayan de Oro City, and the Misamis Oriental governor want an enhanced community quarantine imposed on the city

A City government worker does disinfection round in a one of the barangay in the Cagayan de Oro City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Bangsamoro region eyes local coronavirus testing within May

May 06, 2020 - 6:21 PM

'Pinapanalangin natin na within this month of May ay operational na po 'yung COVID-19 subnational laboratory center natin dito sa CRMC,' says BARMM Health Minister Saffrullah Dipatuan

CORONAVIRUS TESTING. BARMM chief minister Ahod Ebrahim turns over P14.1 million to CRMC Chief of Hospital Helen Yambao on Monday, April 13, 2020. Photo courtesy of BARMM PIO

Mindanao journalists slam NTC's shutdown order vs ABS-CBN

May 06, 2020 - 1:51 PM

'We are therefore calling on Congress to immediately remedy the situation by approving ABS-CBN's application renewal with due haste, and for NTC to issue a temporary permit while the matter is being tackled by our legislators'

Cebu City, Southern Leyte lift ban on Mindanao pork products

May 02, 2020 - 7:45 AM

Mindanao was previously hit by the African swine fever, prompting local governments in the Visayas to ban hogs and pork products from the neighboring island

Luzon eyes pork supply from Mindanao amid looming deficit

Apr 28, 2020 - 5:12 PM

The Department of Agriculture's food supply outlook shows the country will have a 31-day deficit in pork inventory by the end of the year

DEFICIT. The Department of Agriculture's food supply outlook shows the country will have a deficit in pork inventory by the end of the year. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Mindanao State University shortens semester, mass-promotes eligible students

Apr 20, 2020 - 8:17 PM

MSU President Dr Habib Macaayong says they shortened the second semester of academic year 2019-2020 because they gave 'consideration to the preservation of life, safety, and well-being' of the MSU community

Photo from Mindanao State University System website

Sweeper flight takes 143 foreign tourists in Mindanao to Manila

Apr 18, 2020 - 11:36 PM

The marooned foreigners are gathered by the Australian Embassy and the Department of Tourism from 3 regions in Mindanao

TEMP CHECK. A police officer checks the body temperatures of tourists entering the Laguindingan Airport in Laguindingan, Misamsi Oriental. Photo provided by DOT10

Cotabato City hospital gets BARMM funding for coronavirus testing

Apr 14, 2020 - 1:13 PM

'We are dealing with an enemy that we cannot see with our naked eyes. Through our cooperation, understanding, and strong faith in Allah, we are confident that we will surpass this challenge,' says BARMM chief minister Ahod Ebrahim

Where are the coronavirus cases in Mindanao?

Apr 04, 2020 - 12:00 PM

(7th UPDATE) As of Sunday, June 28, at least 786 cases have been reported in 25 provinces and 7 independent cities in Mindanao

Coronavirus response: CDO gets more protective equipment, alcohol

Apr 03, 2020 - 10:47 PM

The Cagayan de Oro health department head says that the city is ramping up preparation for a possible outbreak

ALCOHOL. Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City produces alcohol for use in coronavirus preparations. Photos from Kristine Renebelle Flores

Cagayan de Oro pays for hotel stay of health workers vs coronavirus

Apr 03, 2020 - 4:31 PM

Cagayan de Oro city is looking for ways to help frontliners facing transportation and lodging challenges under community quarantine

SANITIZE. Workers get board and lodging in Cagayan de Oro City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

MinDA moves to speed up rice production amid shortage fears

Apr 01, 2020 - 2:10 PM

Amid rice shortage fears due to coronavirus, Mindanao Development Authority Secretary Emmanuel Piñol proposes a farming method that cuts production period but yields a third of farmers' usual harvest

HELP THE FARMERS. Filipino farmers face a negative impact since the passing of the Philippine Rice Tariffication Law.

DOH Region 10 confirms 3 new coronavirus cases in Northern Mindanao

Mar 30, 2020 - 5:02 PM

Four COVID-19 patients are now confined at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC), the region’s biggest tertiary hospital and now, its referral hospital for coronavirus cases

Cagayan de Oro City mayor Oscar Moreno (center) Dr. Jose Chan (left) and City Police Director Henry Dampal in a press conference on March 30,2020 at the Cagayan de Oro City Hall where Dr. Chan announces the 3 new positive Covid19 cases in Northern Mindanao. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

[OPINION] 365 days later: The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

Mar 29, 2020 - 10:30 AM

'At the end of the day, we will be the ones who will collectively redefine what it means to be Bangsamoro and redirect its future towards progress, development, and most importantly, self-determination'

Northern Mindanao LGUs prepare P1.2B in relief, economic aid amid outbreak

Mar 29, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Cagayan de Oro City earmarks P500 million, while Bukidnon province sets aside P700 million

Nearly 700 stranded foreigners airlifted out of Palawan, Mindanao

Mar 26, 2020 - 3:54 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign tourists are stranded amid suspension of mass transport, including air travel, all over the country in a bid to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus disease

CEBU PACIFIC. An ATR 72-500 plane during flight. Photo from Cebu Pacific's website

Daughter of Mindanao's first coronavirus death tests positive, too

Mar 25, 2020 - 5:36 PM

She is among 3 new cases confirmed in northern Mindanao, underscoring the risk that households face when a family member catches the disease

U.P. Mindanao keen to serve as coronavirus testing site in Davao Region for free

Mar 25, 2020 - 8:24 AM

The program includes establishing a P15-million biosafety molecular lab, which will have to be attached to a hospital

Northern Mindanao’s largest public hospital saves lives against the odds

Mar 23, 2020 - 8:43 PM

The Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) is the referral hospital for all coronavirus Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) in the region

The aid packages donated by the People's Republic of China undergo disinfection upon arrival at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on March 21, 2020. The donation includes assorted medical supplies, personal protective equipment, and testing kits for coronavirus. Malacañang photo

14 PUIs in Northern Mindanao test negative for coronavirus disease

Mar 23, 2020 - 7:07 PM

The wife of COVID-19 PH 40, Mindanao's first coronavirus fatality, also tests negative

Shutterstock photo

Bangsamoro region orders LGUs to track attendees of Malaysia gathering

Mar 22, 2020 - 5:00 PM

There were 215 Filipinos who joined the Itjima congregation at the recent 4-day tabligh gathering in Kuala Lumpur, says the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos

Background file photo of Tablighi Jamaat in Malaysia from Wikipedia

[OPINION] What privilege feels like after moving to Metro Manila

Mar 21, 2020 - 12:00 PM

'Having the time to comfortably work from home because of the health crisis – and still expecting the same salary at the end of the month – is a privilege on its own'

Northern Mindanao buses continue to operate despite coronavirus fears

Mar 20, 2020 - 6:33 PM

These buses though are not allowed to cross to neighboring regions of Caraga, Davao, Zamboanga and BARMM

STILL SERVING. File of a RTMI bus in Cagayan de Oro City. Wikipedia.org

2 women probed for coronavirus die in Cagayan de Oro

Mar 19, 2020 - 3:55 PM

The women, who were from different hospitals in the region, died less than 24 hours after they were brought to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center, say doctors

PAF to airlift coronavirus patient specimens from Northern Mindanao

Mar 18, 2020 - 10:15 PM

DOH Region 10 says the Philippine Air Force agrees to carry the PUI swab samples to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine

Coronavirus Outbreak | MINDANAO: Provinces, cities, towns on lockdown

Mar 17, 2020 - 9:30 PM

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Personnel from Dapitan City Disaster Risk Reduction Office assisted by police establish checkpoints and take passengers' temperature. Photo by Bert Laput/Rappler

Man probed for coronavirus in Marawi dies while awaiting test result

Mar 17, 2020 - 5:32 PM

The man traveled to Malaysia to join a religious activity and was confined at the Amai Pakpak Medical Center (APMC) in Marawi City, say Lanao del Sur officials

LONE TERTIARY HOSPITAL. Amai Pakpak Medical Center is Marawi City's lone tertiary hospital. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Cagayan de Oro orders closure of malls, curfew

Mar 16, 2020 - 6:29 PM

The city opts for temporary closures and a curfew instead of a lockdown

Rappler Talk: Bangsamoro region turns one

Mar 13, 2020 - 7:42 AM

Rappler talks to Zia Alonto Adiong, a member of the Bangsamoro Parliament, on controversies, challenges, and milestones of the fledgling Bangsamoro region in its first year

Coronavirus patient in Mindanao was a resident of Pasig City

Mar 12, 2020 - 6:34 PM

The patient is now confined at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center

DepEd: 586 students got pregnant in last 6 months of 2019 in Northern Mindanao

Mar 11, 2020 - 12:16 PM

The education department says 'that is like 3 teenage student pregnancies each day'


Cebu bans pigs, pork products from Mindanao

Feb 12, 2020 - 9:43 AM

(UPDATED) Governor Gwendolyn Garcia has signed an executive order imposing a 90-day ban on live hogs and pork products from all regions in Mindanao beginning February 13

SEIZED. Customs personnel inventory prok products found to be tainted with African swine fever. Photo from Bureau of Customs

[OPINION] The future of women's leadership in the Bangsamoro

Feb 03, 2020 - 1:32 PM

'If we truly want the Bangsamoro women to be equal partners in development, then all policies and decisions affecting us should be made with us'

Private companies aid gov't vs spread of African swine fever in Davao Occidental

Feb 03, 2020 - 8:31 AM

The Mindanao Hog Raisers Association and PILMICO Feeds Corp have sent disinfectants, backpack sprayers, and power sprayers to decontaminate affected areas

Two students from Mindanao’s conflict-affected area win first JICA video blog contest

Jan 31, 2020 - 9:24 AM

Students from Mindanao State University win the contest with their entry about witnessing the effect of the armed conflict in Marawi in 2017 and their wish for peace and solidarity in the city

Over 8,000 MILF fighters decommissioned in 2019 – OPAPP

Jan 19, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Assistant Secretary Wilven Mayor says a total of 12,000 Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters will be decommissioned by 'early 2020'

DECOMMISSIONING. Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels stand guard at the entry of Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat on September 7, 2019 ahead of a weapons decommissioning ceremony. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera/AFP

Martial law lifted in Mindanao, but guns still prohibited in Davao City

Jan 10, 2020 - 5:27 PM

The Davao City government extends ban on carrying firearms until December 31, 2020