Progress Watch

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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Turning used cooking oil into bio-fuel enhancer
by: DOST S&T News

Used cooking oil may be harmful to health but a little bit of science can turn it into an environment savior. This is exactly what Davao-based Emiliano Quitiol, an inventor, found out way back in 2003 when he started working on his own biofuel. Now he has perfected his product he dubbed EFQ Bioforce.

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LGU Winners for 6th eGov Awards bared
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Sixteen local government units (LGU) projects were cited during the 6thAwards for the Excellence in ICT for Good Governance for Local Government Units (eGOV Awards) last November 17 for their outstanding information and communication technology (ICT) systems. The Internet Online Services (iOS) of Cagayan De Oro City was deemed Best in Digital Finance (P2G), with the GReAT System Architecture of Cavinti Municipality, Laguna second placer and the POS and Online Payment of Real Property (RPT) of Silang Municipality, Cavite third.

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PH Govt. partners with Facebook to speed up internet connectivity
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TAGUIG CITY, Philippines – The slow internet connection in the country may soon be a thing of the past. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) recently hailed the Department of Information and Communications Technology's (DICT) Luzon Bypass Infrastructure (LBI) project, the first Philippine government initiative to build and operate its own submarine cable landing stations.

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Normal water pressure and supply restored in COWD West Service Area
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There is now a constant flow of water in all areas of the Cagayan de Oro City Water District’s West Service Area, including elevated portions which had been waterless for almost a month now. In a communication copy furnished to this paper, Engr. Joffrey E. Hapitan, vice president of bulk water supplier Rio Verde Water Consortium, Inc. (Rio Verde) informed COWD Production Head Engr. Edward Tesoro that Rio Verde commissioned its newly repaired underwater pipeline Wednesday, 25 October 2017 at 6:00PM.

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KasamaKa opens affordable digital finance for all
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The public and private sectors have joined forces to made affordable funds more easily accessible to grassroots entrepreneurs through digital means. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and FINTQ, the financial technology arm of the PLDT Group’s Voyager Innovations, and several partners in the government, banking, financial services, and civil sectors recently launched “KasamaKa,” a grassroots movement aimed at promoting inclusive digital finance for all Filipinos.

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Pueblo de Oro is Four-Time Pag-IBIG Top Developer
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Pueblo de Oro Cebu was recognized by Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) Pag-IBIG as Top 3 Developer in the Visayas for Take Out of Housing Loan Deliveries for four years starting in 2014 to 2017. The award was presented during the 2017 Home Lending Accomplishment Report and Awarding/Recognition of Top Performing Developers last October 6, 2017 at the City Sports Club in Cebu City.

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Bulk water delivery resumes to COWD
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Here’s the long and short on the water situation at the Cagayan de Oro City’s West Service Area, Delivery of the contracted bulk water supply by Rio Verde Water Consortium Inc. (RVWCI) to the Cagayan de Oro City Water District (COWD) resumed noon last Saturday, 07 October 2017 with a continuous flow rate of 1,700 cubic meters per hour (cmph), or not less than 40,000 cu.m. per day (m3/day).

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