Progress Watch

Cebu Pacific upgrades MNL-CGY Route with eight add’l flights
by: PR

The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific Air (PSE: CEB), boosts its domestic network by increasing the capacity of its flights from Manila to key destinations in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao where strong demand is continually seen.

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Agriculture sector to take advantage of crowdsourcing technologies
by: UN-FAO PR

PAMPANGA – Could farmers with cellular phones be key to improving the speed and reliability of crop production forecasts? This is the subject of an ongoing pilot exercise being conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) with the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The project is assessing the potential of SMS-based crowdsourcing technologies to strengthen agricultural market information systems.

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Specialty Coffee Association of America lauds Bukidnon’s Robusta, Arabica produce
by: PR

This year’s Robusta and Arabica category winners of Kape Pilipino Coffee ‘cupping’ competition shared their learnings and experiences from their participation in the Global Specialty Coffee Expo in Seattle,Washington and in the Port-to- Cup tour in Portland, Oregon.

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First imake.wemake Program: Four High Schools nab Youth Innovation Prizes
by: Marco D. Melgar, Research Associate II

One is a smart hydropower generator device that aims to reduce their school’s electric bill. Another is an intelligent imaging management system that monitors local pedestrian and road traffic. And another is a water level rise alert system that seeks to reinforce disaster mitigation and warning system protocols in a Yolanda-struck community.

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NGCP to continue massive facility improvements in 2017
by: NGCP PR

In its continuing pursuit of upgrading and strengthening the country’s power transmission network, NGCP is poised to undertake several major facility improvement programs this year.

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AboitizPower’s hydropower plants, first to receive international asset management certifications in the Philippines
by: PR

DAVAO CITY – Aboitiz Power Corporation (AboitizPower) subsidiaries Hedcor Sibulan, Inc. and Hedcor Tudaya, Inc. are the first companies in the Philippines to be at par with the new international Asset Management standard.

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Filinvest Breaks Ground for Building 2 of One Oasis Cagayan de Oro
by: PR

Filinvest Land, Inc. (FLI)’s One Oasis Cagayan de Ora broke ground for Building 2 last March 17. This follows the success of One Oasis CDO's Building One, with many of the one bedroom units already turned over to homeowners. Upon completion, this master-planned community will have a total of five residential mid-rise buildings, complemented by resort-inspired amenities spread on a lush 2.7 hectare property.

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Region III farmers optimistic on recovery after widespread destruction
by: FAO UN

CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija – As livelihood recovery efforts continue, farmers in the rice-producing provinces of Aurora and Nueva Ecija are optimistic that the upcoming harvest can help them rebound from the devastating impacts of Typhoon Sarika and Super Typhoon Haima (local names: Karen and Lawin).

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DTI 10 to launch 23 Negosyo Centers for 2017
by: DTI PR

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in region 10 targets to establish 23 Negosyo Centers (NCs) more within the provinces and cities of Northern Mindanao this year.

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Designer Lamps from Cagayan de Oro Set to Make Waves in Europe
by: DTI PR

Cagayan de Oro Handmade Paper started out as a hobby which turned into a profitable enterprise. With the aim of providing communities with jobs and additional income, Lolita “Luchi” B. Cabanlet formally established her paper-making business back in 1993 while still working as a manager at the Philippine Ports Authority.

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Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte MSMEs Acknowledge DTI’s ‘Mentor ME’ Program
by: DTI PR

“I was grappling my way into what I [was] doing, and because of the help of the ‘Mentor ME’ program, nasayun; natagaan og kahibalo (things became easier when I learned more about the process) and then with that, dako kaayo ang tabang sa ako sa pagpadagan sa among Negosyo (this helped me improve the way I run our business),” expresses Jamie Contreras, the owner of Contreras Soy Store.

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A Well-Designed Business Website: An Effective Way to Success
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Syntactics strives to provide you with a website that ensures your brand is made visible to potential customers. A well-designed website is one of the best ways to catch the attention of people who use the internet to find the right solutions to their needs. A professionally designed website makes it easy for them to find you and do business with you. This is especially true for small or medium sized businesses.

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FAO and New Zealand partner to support conflict- and drought-affected municipalities in Cotabato Province
by: UN-FAO News Release

PIGKAWAYAN, Cotabato Province – Farming and fishing families in Mindanao are no stranger to natural and human-induced disasters. For over four decades now, their lives and livelihoods have been disrupted by periodic armed clashes. In the past five years, strong typhoons and widespread drought have worsened their struggle.

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Oro National ICT Summit seeks to update 2022 Road Map
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The Cagayan de Oro ICT Business Council will host the ninth staging of the National ICT Summit on still to be decided dates in November, 2017 at Cagayan de Oro City, in recognition of its status as a leading “Next-Wave City”

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Energy stakeholders split on merits of WESM for Mindanao
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Generation companies and the Department of Energy are renewing their call for a Wholesale Electricity Spot Market in Mindanao with the emergence of excess electricity supply in the grid but consumers are wary this would instead lead to an increase in power rates.

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Power exec: WESM needed to ensure power supply availability in Mindanao
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The Mindanao power grid has a ‘good problem’ with excess power supply over demand for the first time in over a decade. However, unless a Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) starts operating and the grid operator commissions high capacity transmission lines to deliver that power where it’s most needed, consumers could still be bugged by high electricity rates and brownouts.

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CEB reinforces partnership with ITP
by: Selrahco PR

November 23, 2016-- The Philippines' leading airline, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), signed an agreement with ITP (Industria de Turbo Propulsores) on November 22, 2016, for the full support of the PW127M engines which power the airline’s ATR72-500 and 72-600 fleets. In total, this agreement will cover 24 aircraft with an estimated duration of 12 years.

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BUSECO chooses Hedcor’s renewable energy
by: Aboitiz PR

Bukidnon Second Electric Cooperative Inc. (BUSECO) chose AboitizPower subsidiary Hedcor to supply 5 megawatts to its franchise area in 2017.

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Lower electricity rates for Mindanao households possible if Agus-Pulangi Hydro exclusively used for residential consumers
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Electricity rates for residential households in Mindanao can be reduced by as much as P2.25 per kilowatt hour if the output of the Agus-Pulangi hydroelectric power complex is exclusively allocated for residential consumers.

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Hedcor Hydro Construction attains safety milestone
by: PR

The ongoing construction of the 68.8-MW Manolo Fortich Hydropower Project of Hedcor in Bukidnon Province has attained 3.7 million man-hours with no time lost on incidents resulting in injuries on personnel.

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