Progress Watch

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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NGCP completes restoration of Lanao del Sur transmission line
by: PR

The Tugaya-Malabang 69 kiloVolt (kV) line serving the Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative (LASURECO) has been successfully restored and energized by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP)

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Region 10 pursues more RE projects: Normin seeks to tip ‘Balance of Power’ in Mindanao
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Northern Mindanao is walking the talk on sustainable development by pursuing more renewable energy projects during the past two years. Data monitored by the Department of Trade and Industry Region 10 and its attached Board of Investments show renewable energy taking the lion’s share of new energy investments for 2017-2018.

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PSA, NEDA developing methodologies to track provincial domestic product
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Pretty soon provinces would be able to track their respective domestic products to give them a better idea of how they are performing and how to benchmark their performance targets moving forward.

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Normin Investments soar 80% in 2017
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Investments in Northern Mindanao (Region 10) for 2017 monitored by the Department of Trade and Industry Region 10 soared 80% compared to 2016, data from the agency shows. Agri-based investments accounted for the majority of the P33.410.34-billion (B) total for the region with P14.648.12-B (44%) followed by Infrastructure and Services with P13.73-B (41%) and Energy with P2.187-billion (6.55%).

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Normin GRDP Grows at Slower Rate
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The Philippine Statistics Authority 10 has clarified that although the regional economy of Northern Mindanao grew at a slower rate in 2017 compared to the previous year, it doesn’t mean the economy in the region has dipped.

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Cebu Pacific aims to fly 22 Million passengers in 2018
by: Selrahco PR

The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific Air (PSE: CEB) aims to fly 22 Million passengers in 2018, aligned with the increase in domestic and international inbound tourists. The target is 12% over the actual number of passengers flown in 2017. For the full year of 2017, Cebu Pacific flew 19.7 Million passengers, up 3% year-on-year. Growth in domestic travel was relatively flat year-on-year. However, the number of international passengers expanded almost 8% in 2017, with strong performance in key markets like Sydney, Dubai, Hong Kong, Narita, Taipei and Incheon.

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