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TYPHOON UPDATES: Vicky brings floods in Caraga towns, cities

RISING WATER. Authorities are closely watching the increase of the water level at Agusan River in Butuan City, as TD Vicky continues to bring heavy rains and strong winds in the area and the nearby towns in Agusan del Sur. Local governments in Caraga Region activated their respective disaster management councils to respond to the flooding and other effects of the inclement weather. (PNA photo by Alexander Lopez)

Rescue operations still ongoing in several towns

 December 18, 2020

BUTUAN CITY – Heavy rains caused by the onslaught of Tropical Depression (TD) Vicky has caused flooding in several towns and cities in Caraga Region.The City Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) here said it is also closely monitoring the water level at Agusan River.As of 2… Read More

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Davao to enforce region-wide quarantine Thursday

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All entries in Davao Region closed in the next 14 days

A community quarantine will be imposed across the Davao region beginning 00:00 hours Thursday. 

This came after the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) and Regional Development Council (RDC) created the Davao Region Covid-19 Task Force to implement a unified region-wide initiative to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

The City Information Office (CIO) said that during the RPOC meeting on Tuesday, Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte was elected as head of the Regional Covid Task Force, with Department of Health 11 (Davao region) Director Annabelle Yumang as vice-chair. Provincial and local officials, as well as police and military officials, attended the meeting.

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In a radio interview, Mayor Sara said that during the 14-day region-wide quarantine, all residents of Davao are advised to stay in their respective homes, maintain social distancing, and practice frequent hand washing with soap and water.

“All entries in Davao region will be closed and then in the next 14 days, we will look for people with symptoms of the disease,” she said.

The task force also approved Mayor Sara’s proposal for the suspension of all land, sea, and air travel for 14 days until a unified health system among local government units in the region is put in place.

Under the regional quarantine, she said residents would only be allowed to go out to work, buy food or medicine, go to the hospital, or take out the garbage.

The local governments are also advised to create an economic impact plan for the private sector.

The task force further advised the public to use online services in procuring services and goods or in conducting bank transactions.

Mayor Sara said public transportation and supply deliveries are still allowed but only within the Davao region. (PNA)

AGRIYA – Agricultural City By Anflocor


Many years of planning and ready to share with everyone the first master planned Agricultural Metropolis in the Davao Region.

With its beginnings deeply rooted in Panabo City, Davao del Norte, ANFLOCOR is proud to highlight the importance of agriculture and its role in the community and particularly the families its affects.
Over 88 hectares of Residential, Commercial, Institutional and Agri-Tourism offerings, AGRIYA will be able to cater to the needs of its residents, guests and surrounding communities for generations.
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Anflo Management and Investment Corporation (ANFLOCOR) Group chair Linda F. Lagdameo (3rd from right), ANFLOCOR Group agri operations president Vicente Floirendo (2nd from right), ANFLOCOR Group real estate and livestock operations president Ricardo Floirendo (rightmost), Industrial Group president Anton Lagdameo (center), Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat (3rd from left), Damosa Land first vice president Ricardo Lagdameo (2nd from left) and Panabo City Vice Mayor Biboy Gavina lead the cutting of ribbon to mark the launching of DLI’s Agriya in Panabo City on Thursday. Contributed photo





Three City of Mati bays officially accepted on the Most Beautiful Bays in the World roster

The Most Beautiful Bays in the World Association has officially accepted the application for inclusion of Pujada Bay in the Most Beautiful Bays in the World list.

In a letter to Davao Oriental Governor Nelson Dayanghirang and City of Mati Mayor Michelle Nakpil Rabat dated February 19, 2020, MBBW World President Michel Bujold said that their Board of Directors “has voted in favor of accepting Pujada Bay, but also Mayo and Balete Bays together as new member of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Association.”

It can be recalled that a team from the Provincial Government of Davao Oriental and the City Government of Mati went to Japan on October 2019 to apply for the inclusion of Pujada Bay in the prestigious list during the 15th World Bays Congress.
On January 8-12, 2020, MBBW Treasurer Guy Rousset and General Manager Bruno Bodard arrived in the City of Mati for validation of the Pujada Bay. The two foreign validators were all praises for Pujada Bay.
It was also during the validation that the foreigners got to visit Balete and Mayo Bays which were not originally included in the application. Bodard and Rousset said that they will be recommending to their Board the inclusion of not just Pujada Bay but also that of Mayo and Balete Bays considering that they are all located in the City of Mati. ALSO READ
The foreign validators submitted their on-site visit report, along with some recommendations, to the Board on January 22. After barely a month, the MBBW Board voted in favor of the application.
Bujold informed the provincial and city governments that they would also be sending a copy of the recommendations related to the approval and advised the local governments to implement the said recommendations.
In a statement, City of Mati Mayor Michelle Nakpil Rabat welcomed the inclusion of not just one but three bays of the city in the MBBW. Mayor Michelle thanked Governor Dayanghirang for initiating the application as well as all Matinians who participated and cooperated in the city’s efforts for the protection and preservation of the three bays and its inhabitants.
“Now all three bays in the City of Mati are in the list of MBBWA which is a testimony of how beautiful our waters are. This rare feat now becomes a challenge for us to do more and persevere in our efforts for the protection and preservation of our environment,” said Mayor Michelle.
The lady mayor said that the inclusion of the bays in the list would surely be a big boost not just in their conservation effort but also on their tourism industry as more tourists are expected to visit the City of Mati and enjoy the bays.
“We still have a long way to go. Being included in the list is the least difficult part, staying in the list is more challenging. So to all Matinians I urge you to keep our bays clean like our very own backyard. As your City Government vow to provide more infrastructure and facilities that would help the bays maintain its clean and pristine condition that made it as 3 Most Beautiful Bays in the World,” ended Mayor Michelle. (CIO MATI)

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Mati City crafts master plan for Pujada Bay protection

Pujada Bay’s ‘beauty, cleanliness’ surprise foreign validators

MATI CITY, Davao Oriental — The two foreign validators of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World (MBBW) Club were astounded at the beauty of the Pujada Bay here, as they conducted ground validation on the possible inclusion of the bay to the MBBW.MBBW founder and manager Bruno Bodard and MBBW… Read More

Pujada Bay validators arrive in Mati City

DAVAO CITY — Two foreign validators from the Most Beautiful Bays in the World (MBBW) Club arrived in Mati City, Davao Oriental, on Wednesday.MBBW founder and manager Bruno Bodard, together with MBBW treasurer Guy Ettiene Rousset, is in Mati for the validation of Pujada Bay’s inclusion in its… Read More

Davao Oriental caps 2019 with fruitful initiatives

DAVAO CITY – Capping the year 2019, the province of Davao Oriental underscored the success of its various initiatives amidst challenges.Governor Nelson Dayanghirang vowed for more developments in 2020, saying his administration is bent on implementing various big-ticket projects.“If we… Read More

Mati City dive site documentation continues

DAVAO CITY — Documentation of possible diving sites in the City of Mati, Davao Oriental continues as divers from both the private and government sectors continue their search on their second week.The activity was conducted on Saturday, where the participants came from the City Mayor’s Office… Read More

Mati City exec wants dive sites in Pujada, Mayo bays explored

DAVAO CITY — After six years of banning dive explorations in Mati City, Davao Oriental, various private individuals, in partnership with the local government, have revived search of possible dive sites in Pujada and Mayo bays.In a statement sent on Sunday by the Mati City Information Office, it… Read More

Int’ biodiversity confab kicks off in Mati City

MATI CITY, Davao Oriental – The International Biodiversity Conference 2019 kicked off here as several international delegates arrived since Monday for the 3-day event slated Nov. 12-14.IBC 2019 will convene around the theme “Biodiversity for the People: From Ridge to Reefs”, at… Read More

Pujada Bay named ‘one of most beautiful bays’ in the world

DAVAO CITY — The Pujada Bay in Mati City, Davao Oriental, has been included in the “Most Beautiful Bays in the World” (MBBW).In a press statement on Sunday, the Davao Oriental Provincial Information Office (PIO) said the declaration was made by the Club of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World… Read More

Investors train eyes on Mati City’s tourism industry

DAVAO CITY – Mati City in Davao Oriental province is now experiencing an influx of investors mostly engaged in tourism-related businesses, an official said.Mati City Promotions and Investments chief Tanya Rabat-Tan said the investors are particularly interested in the commercial area within… Rea


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A Presidential Proclamation creating a Metropolitan Davao is now up for approval of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte said that the creation of Metropolitan Davao is moving forward after many years of planning.

Metropolitan Davao comprises Davao City, the five component cities, and municipalities in Davao Region and will be administered by the Metropolitan Davao Development Authority (MDDA).

“The MDDA will be composed of representatives from Digos, Sta. Cruz, Davao City, Panabo, Carmen and Tagum. If this will be pushed through the six identified areas will now move as one,” she said, adding, it would be easier to manage the disaster, garbage, and traffic concerns.

Mayor Inday said the purpose of the grouping is to ensure that all efforts are geared toward the same direction.

“One aspect of this is the security, so we will present this to the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) because the security needs to be extended to Digos and Tagum,” she added.

National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) 11 Regional Director Maria Lourdes Lim said the creation of the Metropolitan Davao is embodied in the Philippine Development Plan and the Davao Development Plan.

Currently, only two established metro groupings – Metro Manila and Metro Cebu.

Lim said the creation of the MDDA will lead to a higher level of service in the component areas. CIO

MAGNITUDE 8.3 DAVAO KILLER QUAKE OF 1924 RECALLED as magnitude 6.9 quake jolts Davao del Sur


A magnitude 6.9 quake jolted Davao del Sur on Sunday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.

The tectonic quake struck 9 kilometers northwest of Matanao at 2:11 p.m.



The latest tremor to hit the Davao Region had a depth of 3 kilometers. A devastating eathquake also rattled Davao del Sur and neighboring South Cotabato on October 16, 23 and 29 this year. In 1924, the Davao Region was hit by a Magnitude 8. 3 killer quake, the strongest to hit the region. Authorities said giant quakes could recur in about 100 years.
In the Sunday quake, Intensity 7 was felt in Matanao and Magsaysay, Davao del Sur, and Intensity 6 in Kidapawan City; General Santos City; Bansalan, Davao del Sur; Alabel and Malapatan, Sarangani; and Koronadal City.
Other recorded intensities:
Intensity 5 — Tulunan and Matalam, Cotabato; Cotabato City; Davao City; Glan, Sarangani
Intensity 3 — Kalilangan, Talakag and Dangcagan, Bukidnon
Intensity 2 — Impasugong, Bukidnon; Cagayan de Oro City; Dipolog City
Intensity 1– Zamboanga del Sur
Phivolcs said aftershocks and damages are expected. (PNA)

Compostela Valley now Davao de Oro

The renaming of the province of Compostela Valley into Davao de Oro was officially declared by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) late Sunday evening.

With a total number of 410,261 registered voters, about 179,958 voted in the plebiscite last Saturday.
Official tally showed 174,442 “yes” votes while those who thumbed down the province’s renaming accounted to only 5,020. Davao de Oro is one of the five provinces in the Davao Region or Region Eleven which includes Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur and Davao Occidental.
TYRON UYIn a statement on Monday, Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy said the “yes” votes affirmed all the efforts poured by the various sectors advocating for the renaming of the province.
“We have nothing but gratitude to all who helped us in the campaign. To all local government officials, employees of the provincial government and everyone who helped us get the message of this renaming across, to the security sector, teachers and election officers who worked hard to give us a seamless plebiscite and most especially, to the people of Davao de Oro to whom this change is inspired, we thank them for going out last Saturday and casting their vote — no matter what that vote is,” Uy said.
The governor noted that for the last 20 years of being named the Compostela Valley province, the residents endured “lessons of resilience, convergence, cooperation and collective responsibility.”
“The making of history does not end here. This is only the beginning. We will work on making Davao de Oro true to its name, a province where people come, people live, and people prosper,” he said.
In his previous interview, Uy said the renaming would cement its identity of the province as part of the “Davao family” since its breakup from Davao del Norte in 1998.
The renaming, he said, would pave the way for the creation of more economic zones in the province. He also pointed out that the province is rich in natural resources and has a stable economic status.
Representatives Maria Carmen “Maricar” Zamora, Ruwel Peter Gonzaga and Pedro Acharon Jr. filed House Bill 7363 on May 15, 2018 which seeks to rename the province as Davao de Oro.
Senators Juan Miguel Zubiri and Sonny Angara filed Senate Bill 1746 on December 10, 2018.
The bills were consolidated on January 29 and RA 11297 (An Act Renaming the Province of Compostela Valley as the Province of Davao de Oro) was then signed into law on April 17 and made public on May 22 this year. (PNA)