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Widus Hotel and Casino Clark promotes sustainable tourism with AboitizPower’s Cleanergy

July 3, 2019

Owner and operator of a premier leisure destination at Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga, Widus International Leisure Inc. (WILI), has taken a significant leap in promoting sustainable tourism. The company partnered with AboitizPower to supply the Widus Complex with Cleanergy, the AboitizPower brand for clean and renewable energy. “As a thriving metropolis, Clark is teeming with exciting activities and places of interest. Since it opened in 2008, Widus has become a leading destination for its topnotch facilities and world-class entertainment offerings. But apart from being known for our signature warmth and hospitality, we are proud to be a company that values sustainability,” said Neki A. Liwanag, WILI Assistant Vice President for Corporate Planning and Compliance. The partnership was established in 2018 when WILI made the switch to Cleanergy by signing up with AboitizPower for a 1.5-megawatt (MW) energy requirement, which has since increased to 2.5 MW. The energy supply is being sourced from one of AboitizPower’s renewable plants, the MakBan Geothermal Power Plant that spans across the provinces of Batangas and Laguna. Liwanag also added that their efforts for Widus to be more sustainable are in line with the vision for Clark Freeport Zone to become a modern and premier estate that boasts of industrial, commercial, and tourist facilities, among others. “With the rapid development of Clark, we as a locator, must continue to meet the changing demands of our market. We also want Widus to remain competitive and we believe going renewable and having a dependable partner can do just that,” Liwanag said. WILI signed a power supply agreement with AboitizPower under the Retail Competition and Open Access (RCOA) scheme, which allows businesses and institutions with a monthly average peak demand of 750 kilowatts (KW) to source their energy supply from a Retail Electricity Supplier. In the retail electricity market, customers are given the opportunity to choose the supplier and rate that will allow for savings and security from market volatility.  Emmanuel V. Rubio, AboitizPower Chief Operating Officer, said it is an honor for AboitizPower to be the renewable energy partner of WILI. “There are a lot of energy companies in the Philippines, so we are really honored to be the preferred partner of Widus in its journey toward sustainability. With AboitizPower’s proven track record in the industry, as well as adequate capacity of Cleanergy, we are confident that we will be able to support the current and future energy needs of Widus,” Rubio said. Together with its partners, AboitizPower currently has around 1,200 MW of Cleanergy capacity from its hydro, geothermal, and solar power plants all over the country. Felino M. Bernardo, Chief Operating Officer of AboitizPower Generation Group, also said that in addition to having enough capacity, the company strives to optimize its power plants for the ultimate benefit of the consumers. “With innovation as among our core values at AboitizPower, we are committed not only to developing more power plants, but also to improving our existing facilities to ensure that we deliver power supply to our customers reliably and responsibly,” Bernardo said.

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Whirlpool brings new products to VisMin

July 1, 2019

Whirlpool dealers and partners from the Visayas and Mindanao region gathered recently at the Marco Polo Davao Hotel ballroom to witness the unveiling of the latest addition to Whirlpool’s product portfolio.      Hosted by Ms. Donita Rose, the event allowed the audience to have a closer look at three brand new models as Whirlpool and Excellence Appliance Technologies, Inc. (Exatech) demonstrated all the unique features of these products.      The first product revealed was the capacious 30-liter MWP Vancouver microwave oven. The integrated handle and touch-screen design makes it easy to operate even for first-time users. The grill and steam function also makes it flexible for all kinds of cooking needs.      The next product was the innovative Bloomwash Inverter Plus washing machine. The Zen Direct Drive Inverter Technology allows a quiet yet high wash performance and ensures high energy savings. Its Hot Wash feature heats up the water up to 45°C to remove different types of stubborn stains. This was further supported by FAST Lab test results that revealed the low bacterial count after just one wash cycle.      The final product to be launched was the revolutionary Quattro French Door Refrigerator. Equipped with Whirlpool’s patented 6th Sense Technology, it maintains the optimal environment for your food. The Fresh Lock adjusts the temperature to preserve the freshness of fruits and vegetables while the Freeze Lock technology reduces freezer burns. Meanwhile, its FlexiFreeze compartment allows you to choose three different temperature levels depending on the food you are storing.      The partnership of Whirlpool and Exatech has provided quality US appliances to Filipino consumers for the past 27 years. This has made Exatech grow from a local appliance retailer to an international distributor since 1992.      Exatech President and CEO Nixon Sioco said, “Exatech strives to be true to its name by giving excellent appliances and customer service to Filipino consumers. We are excited for Whirlpool to strengthen its presence to more parts of the Philippines, and with these new models, we are really confident in maintaining long-lasting relationships with our loyal customers while also building new ones.“ The latest Whirlpool Vancouver Microwave Oven, BloomWash InverterPlus Washing Machine, and Quattro French Door Refrigerator are all available through leading appliance stores nationwide. You may check their website at www.whirlpool.com.ph for more information.

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DTI explores trade, investment opportunities with Turkish business delegation

June 26, 2019

MAKATI – Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez discussed trade and investment opportunities with the Turkey-Philippines Business Council on 18 June. Sec. Lopez updated the group on recent economic developments such as the Philippines’ (PH) improved BBB+ credit rating from Standard & Poor and pending bills to liberalize public utilities and retail trade.   The Secretary also presented opportunities and complementation between the PH and Turkey on energy, textiles, food, agriculture, tourism, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, construction, and consumer electronics. He added that engaging with Turkey is in line with the Duterte administration’s thrust to pursue non-traditional trading partners to reinvigorate ties and increase trade.   The delegation was led by Turkey-Philippines Business Council President İlkem Şahin and includes representatives from the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEİK), and 11 companies on food, energy, construction, cosmetics, and tourism. Mr. Şahin shared that 2018 was a record-breaking year for PH-Turkey relations and they hope to further strengthen the ties between the two countries.   Turkish Ambassador to the Philippines Artemiz Sümer commended President Rodrigo Duterte’s Build Build Build infrastructure program and said that PH is the most dynamic economy in the Asian region.   DTI Undersecretary Ceferino Rodolfo visited Istanbul on 3 to 6 April 2019 for a series of roundtable meetings with the Ministry of Trade, DEİK, and the Turkish Auto Industry Association. During his visit, Usec. Rodolfo expressed PH’s interest to undertake a preferential trade agreement with Turkey, given the size and strength of the Turkish economy.   The two countries are celebrating 70 years of trade relations since the Treaty of Friendship in 1949. In 2018, Turkey was the Philippines' 42nd trading partner with a total trade of US$ 209.58 million, 44th export market at US$ 46.62 million, and 38th import supplier at US$ 162.96 million.

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Panabo Town Center Project proposal now on its Approval Stage (Under Negotiation) - PPP Center

June 25, 2019

Panabo City is close to having its first modern market complex at the Central Business District (Poblacion). The Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center in Manila recently posted that the project for Panabo is included in their Pipeline of Projects as of 2019 and now on its Approval Stage. The proposed Panabo Town Center Project, which will be established specifically at the open area where the former Century Bank stands, is the first PPP Project for the City Government of Panabo through the initiative of incumbent City Mayor James G Gamao.   According to the PPP Center Website, Public-Private Partnership is a way that the Philippine Government provides incentives to stimulate private resources to finance the construction, operation, and maintenance of public infrastructure and development projects.   The PPP Project in Panabo City costs P417 Million with the PPP Center naming the Philippine Primark Properties, Inc. as the proponent. The city's equity is the use of the land while the chosen investor will design, build, and operate.   In 2017, Mayor James Gamao approved City Ordinance No. 25-17 or the Public-Private Partnership (Local Guidelines and Procedures) to answer concerning modalities or schemes of partnership for projects between the LGU and the private sectors in accordance to Republic Act 7718 or the Build-Operate-Transfer Law.   With the plans to improve the old market site, it was high time for the City Government to build a modern economic enterprise with facilities relevant to the needs and comfort of the panaboans. Thus, the proposal was submitted to the PPP Center in Manila for review.   On an information material released by the PPP Center, it shows that the project involves financing, construction, operation, and maintenance of the new Panabo Town Center. The project aims to develop a modern, aesthetic, well-built, clean, convenient, energy efficient, climate change resilient, and culturally adaptive commercial town center with integrated commercial retail space components.   The PPP Center provides technical assistance to national government agencies (NGAs), government-owned-and controlled corporations (GOCCs), government financial institutions (GFIs), state universities and colleges (SUCs), and local government units (LGUs) as well as to the private sector to help develop and implement critical infrastructure and other development projects

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AboitizPower geothermal unit earns ISO certification for Asset Management

June 13, 2019

AboitizPower subsidiary AP Renewables, Inc. (APRI) earned its Asset Management System certification with zero non-conformance, covering the widely recognized and adopted ISO 55001:2014 standard. The certification audit, which was recently conducted by DQS Certification Philippines Inc., covered both APRI’s Tiwi and MakBan geothermal power plants in Albay and on the border of Laguna and Batangas provinces, respectively. APRI President and Chief Operating Officer Alexander B. Coo said that the certification is a reflection of the company’s continuous efforts to optimize the life cycle of its electricity generating assets. “The Asset Management System ensures that we are able to balance costs, opportunities, and risks related to our assets to achieve our organizational objectives,” Coo added. During the awarding of the certificates last June 10, DQS Philippines Managing Director Romeo Zamora revealed a secret behind APRI's success and gave kudos to APRI employees for this feat. He said, “If not for the teamwork and support of all the employees of APRI, the certification could have not materialized.” APRI is also certified for the Integrated Management System that includes the 2015 version of ISO 9001 (Quality) and ISO 14001 (Environment), and the 2007 version of OSHAS 18001 (Health and Safety). The company is one of the leading producers of clean and renewable energy in the Philippines, generating baseload power from its geothermal facilities.  

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Solar Philippines – expanding its reach nationwide

June 12, 2019

SOLAR Philippines, the leader and expert in solar in the country, has cemented its reach in Mindanao by recently entering into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with St. Jude Chicken Slaughterhouse and St. Jude Chicken Dressing Plant for a 1.570MWp solar project in its vicinity in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental - aiming primarily to generate millions of savings annually. This project is expected to decrease the carbon emission footprint of their operation by 1,400 MT per annum. Solar Philippines is a 100 percent Filipino-owned company founded by visionary entrepreneur Leandro Leviste, integrating development, manufacturing, design, procurement, construction and operations and maintenance with its own strategically located plan. Here, it produces world class solar photovoltaic systems and serve clean energy at the lowest cost to its customers all over the country. Leviste’s goal is to eradicate poverty by making the Philippines a first world country through the aid of solar energy. Solar Philippines believes that solar and battery storage will supply the majority of the world’s energy over the coming decades – ending poverty, alleviating climate change and enabling emerging economies to leapfrog decades of development. Their mission is to accelerate this global transition towards a solar powered future, to provide energy at the lowest cost and to make the Philippines a leader not only among the economies of Southeast Asia but the world at large. The story of Solar Philippines began in March 2016 when it completed its Calatagan solar farm, the largest in Luzon. By February, Solar Philippines rolled out its first homegrown solar panels from its factory in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. In August of the same year, it already got its ISO 9001 certificate and a month after, it was awarded as Power Company of the Year by the Asian Power Awards. Solar Philippines produces the highest standard of module manufacturing for in-house demand and OEM partners and is capable of producing the highest quality modules with different sizes (60c/72c) and technologies (mono/multi/PERC/bifacial etc.). That’s because Solar Philippines deploys the latest technologies in solar energy generation from a 1KW residential system to tens of megawatts of farm system. It has an annual capacity of 800MW and ships high quality and fully certified PV modules to domestic and international customers. The factory also provides OEM services to Tier 1 PV module manufacturers in the world aside from producing PV modules for Solar Philippines’ solar projects. To date, the total generating capacity of the solar systems installed by Solar Philippines is at 84.5MW, the biggest of which is the 63.3MW Calatagan solar farm, a joint venture with Korean Electric Corporation. It has likewise partnered with Meralco for its Concepcion solar farm which spans over 150 hectares and can produce up to 150MWp solar power production. Using over 199,000 panels, it is expected to generate clean renewable power for the next 30 years. These systems already saved 7.5 million trees and avoided 181,225 tons of CO2 emission per year. Its Philippine-based operations guarantee availability of critical parts to meet its customers’ increasing solar-powered needs now and in the future. With a team of 200 highly skilled in-house engineers, Solar Philippines provides high quality and lowest cost solar installations, utilizing world class design tools and lean concept sin supply chain and construction methods. The first to deploy the largest operating solar-battery minigrid project in Southeast Asia and hundreds more in the pipeline locally and globally, Solar Philippines serves electricity directly to paying households and businesses in far-flung underserved areas. Solar Philippines’ portfolio of quality projects include those atop SM, Robinsons, CityMall and Toyota, among others. Solar Philippines has also been exploring the international market especially in the Asian and African regions. Entities in Singapore, Indonesia and Myanmar have already been incorporated to cater the company’s ongoing foreign transactions. Pilot projects are currently being developed in Vietnam, Nigeria, Kenya and India – each targeting different market segments.

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