Progress Watch

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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RDC-X Advisory Committee endorses 2019 regional agency budgets
by: Tricia Marie L. Antivo, DRD, NEDA Northern Mindanao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines (April 17, 2018) – The Regional Development Council Advisory Committee in Northern Mindanao (RAC-X) endorsed the FY 2019 Budget Proposals of 33 agency regional offices (AROs) and five State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) amounting to PhP 233.515 billion during its meeting on April 17, 2018 at the N Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City. The meeting was presided by RDC-X Chair and Bukidnon Governor Jose Maria R. Zubiri, Jr. with Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Congressman Maximo B. Rodriguez, Jr. as Convenor.

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Normin ECCP Biz Council rolls out 2018 draft calendar
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The newly organized European Chamber of the Philippine Northern Mindanao Business Council (ECCP-NM) will be actively implementing a monthly activity in pursuit of its mandate to provide stronger support for existing European businesses in Northern Mindanao and boost the promotion of local businesses in ASEAN countries and Europe.

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COWD : Oro Water Supply Remains Precarious
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The Cagayan de Oro City Water District has cautioned that the city’s water supply remains precarious despite measures being taken to address the problem. “Our present supply from all sources is just enough to meet demand,” said Engr. Bienvenido V. Batar, Jr., COWD Acting General Manager. “If any of our wells go down for repairs, it would immediately result to disruptions in water service.”

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COWD: No need to notify PCC on bulk water joint venture
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The Cagayan de Oro Water District says it did not notify the Philippine Competition Commission of its joint venture with MetroPac Water Investments, Corp. because there was no need to do it. “We will wait for the PCC to decide but MetroPac has already replied to that issue,” said Eduardo Montalvan, chairman of the COWD Board of Directors during a press conference last week. “The threshold (for notification) of PCC, if I’m not mistaken, is P3-bilion, so it has to be a P3-billion project and ours is only P140-million.”

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Vivo Reveals AI-Powered Super HDR
by: Vivo PR

Shenzhen, China, 13 March 2018 – Vivo recently announced its cutting-edge, AI-powered Super HDR at a media event in China. Following the previous breakthrough success in backlit photography, Vivo is taking mobile photography to new heights with Super HDR’s auto scene detection to produce clearer photos, better colors, more details and better tones.

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Vivo extends warranty period on select models another 6 months
by: Vivo PR

To show its gratitude and appreciation to its loyal patrons, global smart phone brand Vivo is extending the warranty period of its select phone models for another six months. The warranty extension covers VivoV3, V3Max, Y51, and Y55 units for an additional period of six months to take effect beginning March 1, 2018.

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Oro Chamber pursues Nippon investments in Japan
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The Philippine private sector and government agencies have teamed up to lock down Japanese investments in Northern Mindanao by collaborating on two trade missions to Japan in the previous four months to explore possible Public-Private Partnerships through the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Osaka Japan

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DOST-FPRDI develops hot press for engineered bamboo
by: Rizalina K. Araral, DOST FPRDI, S& T Media Service

A hot press machine to make life a little easier for producers of engineered bamboo has been developed by the Department of Science and Technology – Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI). The hot press was designed to cut the production time of engineered bamboo products.

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Food Security & Nutrition: FAO, legislators launch pilot parliamentary alliance for food security and nutrition in the Philippines
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MANILA—The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is further strengthening its partnership with the Government of the Philippines to ensure food security and nutrition in the country with the launch today of the FAO Legislative Advisory Group-Philippines (FLAG-PH).

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Xavier Ateneo Sports Centre inaugurated
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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines — The Xavier Ateneo Sports Centre (XASC), the newest facility of Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan, has officially opened to provide the academic community a venue for athletics programs and recreational activities, located in Pueblo de Oro. During its blessing and ceremonial inauguration on Saturday, December 16, university president Fr Roberto “Bobby” C Yap SJ said that the XASC is dedicated to the Xavier Ateneo students.

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DB Schenker keen on Northern Mindanao
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The Philippine affiliate of German logistics giant DB Schenker is looking south of the country to enhance its corporate growth targets in the medium term. Schenker Philippines and North East Asia CEO Jonathon Kottegoda-Breden said this was a key factor in locating their first office for Mindanao in Cagayan de Oro.

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Nippon investors eye Laguindingan logistics hub, Oro Hospital
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The Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. is confident a new wave of Japanese investors will soon be coming to Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental to invigorate the regional economy.

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CEB equips frontline teams with iPads for better service delivery
by: CEB PR

The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB) is investing over P60-Million every year over the next five years to implement digital platforms designed to make airport operations more efficient; and for a software system that verifies passengers' international travel documentation, via a real-time database of visa requirements of various countries. CEB has tapped Levarti Ltd, a leading global developer of web-based and mobile platforms for the airline industry, to install its MAX Suite of mobile and desktop applications.

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