Progress Watch

Lorenzana unveils Phividec Strategic Plan
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Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana last week unveiled the PHIVIDEC Industrial Authority’s strategic plans which would enable the entity to pursue its main task of providing for the welfare and benefits of veterans and families of the country’s armed forces. Lorenzana lauded the entity during the PHIVIDEC Veterans Event 2018 held last November 27 at the Limketkai Mall Atrium highlighted by the awarding of the US Congressional Gold Medal to 15 Filipino War veterans by a representative of the US Veterans Affairs (VA) office from the US Embassy in Manila.

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COWD now reaping benefits of COBI JV with MWIC – Camaman-an Reservoir restored at half the cost and time
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The joint venture between the Cagayan de Oro City Water District (COWD) and its majority partner MetroPac Water Investments Corporation (MWIC) has started reaping dividends for Cagayan de Oro’s water system even before water starts pouring from consumers’ taps.

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Cebu Pacific opens new routes from Clark hub
by: Selrahco PR

09 November 2018 – Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), the leading carrier in the Philippines, begins commercial operation of its daily flight between its Clark and Davao hubs. The new routes are part of plans to expand the CEB route network from the Clark International Airport. Flight 5J 985 is scheduled to depart from Clark to Davao daily at 145pm, with estimated arrival at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao at 340pm. The return flight, 5J 986, is scheduled to depart Davao at 410pm, with Estimate Time of Arrival at the Clark International Airport at 605pm.

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NGCP breaks ground for its Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection Project
by: NGCP News Release

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) recently broke ground at the project’s cable terminal stations in the Municipality of Santander, Cebu, and Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte.

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ALI Technopark Seen to Drive Massive Airfreight in Northern Mindanao
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A planned technopark in western Misamis Oriental is foreseen to bring a boom in air cargo traffic to and from Northern Mindanao. The planned 105-hectare technopark is the anchor project of Habini Bay, Ayala Land Inc.'s (ALI) 26th estate with a total of 526 hectares, making it the biggest ALI development to date in the Visayas and Mindanao.

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ALI breaks ground for largest Mindanao project
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Leading property developer Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) broke ground Wednesday, 07 November 2018 for its biggest mixed use development in the Misamis Oriental municipalities of Laguindingan and Alubijid. In an exclusive interview on the sidelines of the press launch held earlier at the plush Seda Centrio, Aniceto “Jun” Bisnar Jr. vice president and chief operating officer of ALI Visayas-Mindanao Group said the 526-hectare master-planned Habini Bay would make it as a new center of trade and commerce in Northern Mindanao.

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The Next Big Thing: SM CDO Downtown Tower Launched
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SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), one of the leading integrated property companies in Southeast Asia, inaugurated its latest offering, the SM CDO Downtown Premier Tower, last October 17, with a media launch and preview at the site of the 12-story building along Osmeña Avenue, Cagayan de Oro City. The office tower is part of the P80 billion earmarked by SM Prime this year to support the growth of its key businesses in the country. The capital expenditure is being allocated to key regional centers which have demonstrated promising economic progress and for the expansion of the Company’s other businesses.

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CDO hosts November 10 DevCon Summit
by: PR

Cagayan de Oro is hosting the biggest developer conference in the Philippines on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Capitol University. Expected to attend are over 600 software developers and information technology professionals and hobbyists from Cagayan de Oro and adjacent areas, the second edition of DevCon Summit features a myriad of events in a day including talks from both local and international personalities, fun and exciting games.

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Understanding key to embracing solar rooftops in Mindanao
by: APC PR

Electricity consumers need to carefully evaluate their options and look for an experienced partner who can offer better solutions amid the slew of solar panels available in the market, Jose Rafael Mendoza, general manager of AboitizPower’s newly formed business unit, Aboitiz Power Distributed Energy Inc. (APX), said there are still many things to understand about rooftop solar technology in spite of its growing popularity.

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Cebu Pacific boosts VisMin connections to Japan
by: Selrahco PR

Now you don't have to go to Manila to catch a flight to Japan. The Philippines’ leading airline, Cebu Pacific, makes it easier for residents in the Visayas and Mindanao to fly to Japan, via its hub in Cebu. On top of easier connecting flights to Japan, Cebu Pacific is also boosting frequency of its Cebu-Narita route from four times a week to a daily flight, effective December 1, 2018.

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Rx for Global Competitiveness – How Solar Power Can Curb Normin’s Rising Power Rates
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Solar power may now appear to be more expensive per kilowatt hour. However, when used properly, it is much cheaper than electricity from coal fired power plants and can be used to reduce rising electricity rates in Northern Mindanao. The Mindanao Coalition of Power Consumers (MCPC) and their allies have been advocating the construction of solar PV plants in Mindanao since 2011 but so far the power industry has failed to exploit this resource to curb the rising costs of electricity in the island.

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COWD targets 24/7 water supply in entire Cagayan de Oro
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If the Cagayan de Oro City Water District had its way, every household in Cagayan de Oro would soon be enjoying a round the clock supply of clean, safe and potable water. During ground breaking rites for a new pipeline held August 3 at Barangay Camaman-an, COWD Chairman of the Board of Directors Eduardo Montalvan said the water district is targeting a 24/7 water supply for every household regardless of their location in the city.

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New pipeline to benefit 50,000 households in COWD East Service Area
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By next year, some 50,000 households or an estimated 300,000 people will benefit from a new pipeline that will service the Cagayan de Oro City Water District’s East Service Area from Barangays Lapasan to Bugo.

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NGCP secures reliability of grid in Northern Mindanao
by: NGCP Corp Communications & Public Affairs Dept.

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP)​ ​has ​energized the newly constructed Aurora-Polanco 138-kiloVolt (kV) transmission line 1 on 20 June, and line 2 on 22 July 2018 as part of ​ its ​​continuing ​efforts to upgrade its facilities and address the recent voltage fluctuations in Northern Mindanao.

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Dutch expertise in agri tech for Normin eyed
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The private sector and the Dutch government will seek ways to increase the scope of their partnership to improve agricultural production technology in Cagayan de Oro and Northern Mindanao.

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METRO PACIFIC WATER BRAND WINS QUILL AWARD
by: MPW PR

MAKATI – Metro Pacific Water, the wholly-owned water investments subsidiary of infrastructure conglomerate Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), received another award in brand excellence for its Metro Pacific Water Rebranding Project at the recently held 16th Philippine Quill Awards Night.

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Sharpening the Saw: Region 10 Designer Pool to level-up small business competitiveness
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Thanks to a the vision of three dedicated professionals, Northern Mindanao (Region 10) has taken the first in a journey of a thousand steps to instill world-class design philosophy among its micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Last month, a partnership between a university based think-tank, a government agency and a local design atelier graduated the first batch of 19 junior designers in what would hopefully the first of many aimed at creating a pool of local designers who would assist small businessmen gain a competitive edge in the design of their products.

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Oro Chamber keen to tap Dutch expertise to ramp up agri production
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The private sector and the Dutch government will seek ways to increase the scope of their partnership to improve agricultural production in Cagayan de Oro and Northern Mindanao. “Oro Chamber is keen in exploring opportunities for the establishment of Waste to Energy programs for greenhouses and also set up of incubation centers for agribusiness ventures,” said Ma. Teresa R. Alegrio, regional governor for Northern Mindanao of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI).

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Dutch Flood Experts could look at Oro Flood Management & Control
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Depending how an ongoing project on water management goes, Dutch flood experts could be tapped to evaluate Cagayan de Oro’s persistent floods in the near future. During a recent talk during the 2nd Quarter General Membership Meeting of the Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (Oro Chamber), Netherlands Ambassador to the Philippines Marion Derckx said its possible Dutch experts could be deployed to look at possible options to mitigate the city’s perennial flood problem.

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Xavier Ateneo Senior High School campus to rise in uptown CDO
by: XU Communications Office

Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan is constructing a green campus for its senior high school in its Pueblo de Oro Campus, completing its basic education cluster in uptown Cagayan de Oro City. The new facility will feature environment-friendly technology in its buildings and operations designed to reduce the overall impact on the environment and human health. Among them: a sewerage treatment plant, rainwater collection system, natural ventilation, and sky gardens.

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