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From the islands to the mainland, UBJP members flock to Cotabato City to show solidarity

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 19 February) – From the island to the mainland, Sherhan Isa endured the long, backbreaking travel from Jolo, Sulu to be in solidarity with the United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP), the political party of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), during its general assembly in Cotabato City on Saturday, February 17. […].....»»

Category: lifestyleSource: abscbn abscbnFeb 20th, 2024

Delivery drivers urge Mayor Baste for business permit exemption

Title: Delivery Drivers Seek Exemption from Business Permit Requirement A group of delivery drivers in Davao is urging Mayor Sebastian Duterte to exempt them from the mandatory business permits. The drivers, including those from various delivery apps such as Grab and FoodPanda, are concerned about the financial burden imposed by the business permits, which range from P2,000 to P6,000. They argue that this requirement is unique to Davao City among all cities and provinces in the Philippines. Grab rider Rolando Atico emphasized the need for solidarity among all delivery drivers, regardless of the app they work for. He urged fellow drivers to support each other, as the financial impact may extend beyond just Grab and FoodPanda. Atico also requested Mayor Duterte to reconsider the requirement and reinstate the previous occupational permit, which only cost P125. The group is facing a 30-day deadline to obtain the business permits, and they are citing financial constraints as a reason for their request for an extension. Failure to comply could result in their removal from the delivery platforms, jeopardizing their livelihoods. Additionally, they are advocating for changes to Davao City's Revenue Code, proposing a model similar to Cebu City, where only an occupational permit is required. The drivers are also calling for an inquiry into the lack of transparency and unilateral actions of food delivery companies, particularly concerning rider capitalization and financial concerns. They believe that a thorough investigation will help ensure fairness and equity in their financial obligations and working relationship with the delivery companies. Maribel Paguican, the Business Bureau officer-in-charge, stated that non-certified delivery riders categorized as service contractors must obtain a business permit. She mentioned two permits for occupational and business activities, with a discounted structure for delivery riders. However, concerns have been raised about increased taxes, potentially ranging from P3,000 to P6,000, along with an additional tax on top of the declared income of P1,400. The delivery drivers' plea for exemption from the business permit requirement reflects their concerns about the financial impact and the potential threat to their livelihoods. Their call for solidarity and support from fellow drivers highlights the urgency of the situation. This story sheds light on the challenges faced by delivery drivers in Davao and the implications of the business permit requirement on their financial well-being. It also underscores their efforts to seek fairness and equity in their working relationship with the authorities and delivery companies......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2024

Indian Coast Guard rebased at northern, southern flanks of Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Port Blair (Andaman and Nicobar Islands) [India], April 2 (ANI): Two Indian Coast Guard ships have been rebased at northern and southern flanks of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands at Diglipur and Campbell Bay respectively. "In a major boost to maritime security in AndamanNicobar islands, @IndiaCoastGuard ships RajtarangRajkiran have been rebased at northernsouthern flanks of Islands at DiglipurCampbell Bay respectively," t.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 2nd, 2024

China says it opposes Philippine construction on Nansha Islands

China firmly opposes the Philippine side conducting any form of construction activity on the islands and reefs of China's Nansha Islands that it invaded and illegally occupied, a spokesperson for China's Defense Ministry said Thursday.  "China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and the adjacent waters, which is fully backed by historical and legal evidence," Wu Qian, a spokesperson for the.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 26th, 2024

China says it opposes Philippine construction on Nansha Islands

China firmly opposes the Philippine side conducting any form of construction activity on the islands and reefs of China's Nansha Islands that it invaded and illegally occupied, a spokesperson for China's Defense Ministry said Thursday.  "China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and the adjacent waters, which is fully backed by historical and legal evidence," Wu Qian, a spokesperson for the.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 25th, 2024

UAE expresses solidarity with Philippines and offers condolences over victims of landslide

ABU DHABI, 17th February, 2024 (WAM) -- The UAE has expressed its sincere condolences and solidarity with the Republic of the Philippines over victims of the landslide that took place in the south of the country, in the Province of Davao de Oro, resulting in dozens of deaths and injuries, as well as numerous missing people, and causing severe damage......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2024

UAE expresses solidarity with Philippines and offers condolences over victims of landslide

ABU DHABI, 17th February, 2024 (WAM) -- The UAE has expressed its sincere condolences and solidarity with the Republic of the Philippines over victims of the landslide that took place in the south of the country, in the Province of Davao de Oro, resulting in dozens of deaths and injuries, as well as numerous missing people, and causing severe damage......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2024

Philippines will increase military presence in islands facing Taiwan

MANILA, The Philippines: The Philippines is set to bolster its military presence on islands adjacent to Taiwan, aiming to enhance its territorial defense capabilities, as announced by Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro. During his visit to naval facilities on the remote Batanes islands, less than 125 miles from Taiwan, Teodoro instructed the military to increase troop deployments and called for the development o.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2024

Philippines Defense Secretary wants more troops in islands near Taiwan

MANILA, The Philippines: The Philippines is set to bolster its military presence on islands adjacent to Taiwan, aiming to enhance its territorial defense capabilities, as announced by Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro. During his visit to naval facilities on the remote Batanes islands, less than 125 miles from Taiwan, Teodoro instructed the military to increase troop deployments and called for the development o.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2024

Mayor Chan inspects construction of Pangan-an bridge

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan of Lapu-Lapu City led an ocular inspection for the construction of a bridge linking the islet barangay of Pangan-an to mainland Olango Island. Accompanied by representatives from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), City Engineering Office, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), City Planning.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 12th, 2024

North Cotabato authorities vow to end risky ‘waswas’ drag race

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 28 February) – Following the horrific illegal drag racing accident at a national highway that killed the rider and an innocent passerby, the provincial government of North Cotabato vowed to end the dangerous motorcycle race, locally called “waswas” and often involving the youth. Former Board Member Shirlyn “Neneng”  Macasarte, who represented the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2024

South Cotabato urges public to patronize MSMEs, buy local products

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 7 March) – The provincial government of South Cotabato has launched a convergence initiative to bring more growth and market opportunities for the province’s micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Tyronn Jan Villanueva, head of the South Cotabato Economic, Investment and Promotions Center (SCEIPC), said they have launched a series of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMar 10th, 2024

Cotabato: Strong winds, heavy rains destroy 85 houses

COTABATO CITY — In Cotabato province, heavy rains and strong winds that battered Kabacan town amid excruciating heat on Maundy Thursday left 85 houses destroyed, the local disaster office said. Kabacan Mayor Evangeline Pascua-Guzman said four villages were hardest hit by the heavy downpour and what locals believed was mild tornado that started at about.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 30th, 2024

MCWD eyes additional Board members from other LGUs

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The MCWD might include more members on its Board of Directors coming from other LGUs being served by the agency. The new members would represent the other highly-urbanized cities, including five municipalities under Cebu Province. In a press statement on Jan. 24, the MCWD board members said that they are ‘considering.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 25th, 2024

FACT CHECK | South Cotabato did not declare March 11 a Muslim legal holiday

MindaNews fact-checked a memorandum circulating on Facebook and in Messenger group chats that South Cotabato Gov. Reynaldo Tamayo Jr. has declared March 11 a holiday in the province for the observance of Lailatul Isra wal Mi’raj. The memorandum is fake, Tamayo’s office notified the public. The provincial government of South Cotabato has not declared Monday, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMar 10th, 2024

Dabawenyos to hold huge rally vs cha-cha

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 January)—A crowd of 50,000 is expected to flock Davao City’s main streets on Sunday (January 28) for a prayer rally expressing disapproval against the signature campaign for a people’s initiative (PI) to change the 1987 Constitution, echoing the stand of the Dutertes. Councilor Conrado Baluran, who ran under the Duterte-led […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 25th, 2024

Cotabato farmers get rice, corn seeds, banana plantlets

Up to 618 Muslim and Christian farmers, among them former members of local armed groups, each got over the weekend hybrid corn seeds, fertilizers and other farm inputs from the Cotabato provincial government......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2024

Cebu bus terminals: 100,000 passengers expected on March 27

CEBU CITY, Philippines — At least 100,000 passengers are expected to flock to two of the biggest bus terminals here in Cebu for the Holy Week this year. As early as 7 a.m. on Holy Wednesday, dozens already queued for buses at the Cebu North Bus Terminal (CNBT) in the North Reclamation Area. READ MORE:.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 27th, 2024

Santo Niño Devotees

Raquel Pamocino, 37, is one of thousands of Santo Niño devotees who flock to the Shrine of the Holy Infant Jesus of Prague in Davao City every January 15, to attend mass and have their images of the Santo Nino blessed. Photo taken Monday morning, 15 January 2024. MindaNews photo by CAROLYN O. ARGUILLAS.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 15th, 2024

Japan donates waste processing facility to Cotabato City

The city government of Cotabato has received a mobile waste processing facility from the Japanese government......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 25th, 2024

College student murdered in Cotabato City

A working student was shot dead by a lone gunman while on his way home from the Iglesia Ni Cristo church in Cotabato City on Sunday morning......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 11th, 2024