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Therma Mobile signs Power Supply contract with Meralco

April 22, 2019

AboitizPower subsidiary Therma Mobile, Inc. (TMO) has signed a power supply agreement  (PSA) with  Manila Electric Co. (Meralco). “This contract is a timely response of both AboitizPower and Meralco to the call of government for stable and reliable power going into the midterm elections and beyond,” AboitizPower Oil Business Unit President and COO Celso C. Caballero III said. TMO, with four floating power barges moored in Navotas, has a combined gross capacity of 242 MW. The facility went into preservation mode on the 5th of February this year, as well as voluntarily disconnected from the grid and de-registered from the energy market. It is currently expected to be registered again with the Independent Electricity Market Operator of the Philippines Inc. (IEMOP) on April 22, 2019 and delivery of power to Meralco will commence on April 26, 2019. The oil-fired barges in Navotas are considered ideal for providing peaking supply and ancillary services with its operational flexibility and the ability to start up quickly to respond to the needs of the grid. TMO will provide Meralco with up to 200 MW of additional power. The Oil Business Unit of AboitizPower operates five oil-fired power facilities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. AboitizPower has a balanced mix portfolio of coal, oil, geothermal, hydro, and solar power plants nationwide.

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The Night Stalker: Botoy’s forays into resto business with Big Tummy’s

April 16, 2019

The Johnny-come-lately-that-could from Bulua is stepping up its game with a foray into the restaurant business.      Botoy’s Litson Manok, BBQ and Liempo will be opening up its first ever restaurant in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental in about a month’s time.      During a briefing held for CDO Bloggers officers 2nd Quarterly Meeting held at their flagship store in Bulua, Joan M. Delatado, D.M., CEO of McAlba Foods Corporation said the new resto dubbed Big Tummy’s (The Foodies Den) will be a casual dining, self service establishment similar to big fast food chains that would serve as a template for future franchising opportunities.      “McAlba Foods is our company for our Botoy’s kiosks while Big Tummy’s will be under Paragon Foods & Catering Corporation which will handle all our company owned restaurants,” Delatado said. “Franchising for both will be handled by Botoy's Lechon Franchising Corp.”      The new resto is under construction at the site of the existing Botoy’s outlet in Tagoloan, which she said is a very promising location that’s near big industries facing the public plaza, near the church and municipal hall, and schools where there are currently no fast food chains or restaurants, and no other function rooms except for Paula’s hotel, so those wishing to have business or social functions often have no other choice than go to Cagayan de Oro city, a good hour’s commute away.      From the artist’s renderings of Big Tummy’s shown to us by Ms. Joan, a Botoy’s To Go counter will be standard for all future restos.  Big Tummy’s Tagoloan will be complemented by another in Gingoog City. Parking is available and so will the ubiquitous free Wifi.      “We also plan to expand this flagship store in Bulua to another Big Tummy’s,” she added, though a timeline for the expansion as yet to be set.      The all Filipino menu will have a fixed set menu for the ground floor restaurant serving the usual Botoy’s grilled staples BBQ, lechon manok, liempo, as well as grilled  seafood like panga, tuna belly, shrimps, kinilaw, calamares, boneless marine bangus from Balingasag.  Take note to look for the sintra board for specials. Affordable combo meals will also be available as well as family boodles fights for Sunday.      Beverages served include Coca Cola drinks, frappes and fruit shakes.      Its target demographic range from kids to adults and it will be open as early as 5AM to serve breakfast and close at 9PM.  Deliveries of call-in orders will be shared between the Tagoloan store and the Bulua store, whichever can serve the orders fastest. Catering for outside events will also be entertained.      Besides the restaurant on the ground floor, both restos will also have 2nd floor function room which can accommodate up to 100 persons.  It will also have a coffee shop serving pastries, coffee and the like when no function is scheduled as well as a kiddie’s corner, becoming a chill place to unwind on weekends with live acoustic music.      Besides the CDO Bloggers officers, we were also entertained by Romnick B. Morcina, who now supervises Botoy’s Divisoria and Tagoloan.      Ms. Joan has invited us to cover the opening of Big Tummy’s (The Foodies Den) in Tagoloan either this month or early May. We can’t wait!

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DOST Misamis Occidental brings Enhanced Packaging to Awezamiz Complementary Food

April 16, 2019

Words of gratitude and glee filled the City Mayor’s Office of Ozamiz City as the Supervising Administrative Officer of the Local Government Unit, Ms. Maria Lucy R. Cabalit together with the Ozamiz City Complementary Food Production Facility (CFPF) Head, Ms. Lelita G. Navarez received the 60,000 pieces of Rice Mongo Sesame (RMS) Baby Food Blend packaging material last 08 April 2019. In 2016, LGU Ozamiz City was one of the beneficiaries of the DOST-Food Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) project on the roll-out of complementary food production facility to address malnutrition of young children ages 6 to 59 months old. Ozamiz City CFPF is capable of producing RMS baby food blend for 6 to 24 months old toddlers and Rice Mongo (RM) Crunchies for 25 to 59 months old children. To continually improve and hasten production of these complementary food products, DOST Region 10 through the Provincial Science and Technology Center of Misamis Occidental headed by Ms. Eufresnie Ann D. Simbajon extended additional support to the facility amounting to more than P300,000.00. Mechanical bean roaster and electric double deep fryer were turned over last 11 February 2019. To compete with the existing commercial brands of baby food products in the market, DOST also provided assistance on the packaging and labelling design and initial execution of the RMS baby food blend. “Naa na gyud maka compete sa commercial brand (RMS baby food blend can now compete with the commercial brands)” Ms. Cabalit said. To support waste management, Ms. Navarez eagerly said that discounts will be given to the next purchase of the customers who will return the used packaging materials. These will then be utilized to produce eco bags, wallets and other novelty materials. The Local Government Unit of Ozamiz City was grateful to DOST’s assistance. “DOST are the people behind the scene”, Ms. Cabalit added with sincere gratitude. (Joanne Katherine R. Banaag, DOST-X) About the picture (IMG_0956-2.jpg) Turnover of 60,000 pieces RMS Baby Food Blend packaging to LGU Ozamiz City with Ms. Maria Lucy Cabalit representing the City Mayor, Ms. Lelitha G. Navarez head of the Ozamiz City Complementary Food Production Facility, and PSTD Eufresnie Ann D. Simbajon and the PSTC staffs The Department of Science and Technology – Region X (DOST-X) envisions to be an effective and competent catalyst of inclusive development by providing world class and innovative Science & Technology services in Region X.

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DAR to begin parcelization of collective CLOAs

April 15, 2019

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently issued guidelines and procedures on the parcelization of landholdings with Collective Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CCLOA) through Administrative Order No. 02, Series of 2019 to stabilize ownership, tenureship and control of the lands awarded to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARB). Secretary John R. Castriciones said pursuant to Section 25 of the Republic Act (R.A.) No. 5567, as amended by Section 10 of R.A. No. 9700, the DAR is mandated to immediately undertake the parcelization of CCLOAs over lands that are not collectively farmed or operated in an integrated manner. Castriciones added that in the past decades, many landholdings were awarded to ARBs under a collective and non-subdivided form of ownership wherein qualified beneficiaries may opt for collective ownership, through farmers’ cooperatives, associations or some other form of organizations for the issuance of CCLOAs. “There are reports from the field implementers and civil society organization regarding disputes or controversies among ARBs with existing CCLOAs due to boundary conflicts, inclusions and exclusions of ARBs, and other conflicts resulting to the splitting of groups into sub-groups and co-owners opting for individual ownership,” the DAR chief said. He added that there are landholdings covered with CCLOAs, which have been acquired and distributed under financing from the Land Bank of the Philippines, where the government has not been able to collect land amortization, while the ARBs have not been able to fully pay the lands  for them to become full owners, due to the difficulty in generating the Land Distribution and Information Schedule. Castriciones said that through parcelization, the DAR will subdivide and determine the exact meters and bounds of the areas, allocate lots for each ARB in a CCLOA, determine common use areas and portions with common service facilities, and establish areas capable of being alienated and disposed of by the government. CCLOAs refer to existing and registered certificates of land ownership award issued by the DAR to farmers’ cooperatives, associations, other organized groups, or group of ARBs who are not yet formally organized.

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Senate urged: Penalize gencos involved in unplanned outages

April 14, 2019

An infrastructure-oriented think tank has called on the Senate energy committee led by Senator Sherwin Gatchalian to push for penalties against all power generating companies involved in the recent unplanned and forced outages which caused unexpected rotating brownouts within the Luzon power grid.    “The public demands an explanation how in the world was it possible that major generating plants suddenly become unavailable in such a short window of time. More importantly, the public should not be made to pay for these unplanned shutdowns. It should be these gencos that should pay the costs of higher power rates in the spot market,” said  Terry L. Ridon, Infrawatch PH convenor and former member fo the House energy committee.   Ridon said the following unplanned outages of the following power plants caused the April 13 red alert:    a. San Miguel Consolidated Power Corp. (SCPC) Unit 2, with 150-MW b. Sual Unit I of Team Energy and San Miguel, with 647-MW c. Southwest Luzon Power Generation Corp. (SLPGC) Unit 2 of DMCI, with 150-MW d. Pagbilao Unit 3 of Team Energy and Aboitiz Power, with 420-MW e. South Luzon Thermal Energy Corp. (SLTEC) Unit 1 of AC Energy with 135-MW..   Explain shutdown, bear the costs   “We note that these generating plants are operated by country’s leading conglomerates, and thus, all the more should they be made to explain why their plants went out, and whether they are making a commitment to bear the costs of higher power prices from the spot market.”   Ridon said should the gencos refuse to make a voluntary commitment, government should initiate penalty proceedings, similar to its intervention in the water sector.   “The main concern of the public during these times is more on the higher costs due to the unplanned shutdowns. We can more ably bear rotating brownouts than higher power rates for reasons we have absolutely nothing to do with.” Infrawatch recently lauded the  Department of Energy 's crackdown on gencos profiting from price spikes in the electricity spot market during the string of yellow alerts over the Luzon grid. “This move by the energy department is a welcome development to ensure that the public interest is protected during times of limited power supply," said  Ridon. The energy department recently said that it will release a list of gencos which may have gained financially from the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM). Proactive action welcomed “The crackdown on profiteering gencos is consistent to the resolve of President Rodrigo Duterte to make life comfortable for Filipinos.” Ridon said unexpected price hikes due to unplanned outages should not be borne by consumers but by erring gencos. “The public should not be made to pay for the inefficiencies and failures of generating companies. They should pay the higher costs in the spot market themselves.” No repeat of 2013 spot market spikes Ridon said the energy department should not stop at simply naming profiteering gencos, but also make them accountable through penalty proceedings, similar to what is now being undertaken in the water sector. “The public will not be contented at simply knowing which gencos had profited. They would also want to know whether government can stop these gencos from passing on their profits to the public.” Ridon said the bitter experience during the 2013 price spikes in the spot market should serve as a warning that government should not surrender its mandate in protecting the public. “Profiteering gencos should be penalized, and rebates reflected in our monthly bills.”

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IDC Promoting Green Initiative

April 12, 2019

Promoting a sustainable future and a green environment, Italpinas Development Corporation (IDC) partnered with the Operations Wing Eastern Mindanao, Philippine Air Force to undertake mangrove tree planting activity in Punta Bonbon, Cagayan de Oro city. "It is fulfilling to see more and more mangroves trees planted in this area.  IDC was here in 2017 and initially planted a few hundred trees. We continued to do Mangrove planting activities here in 2018. And now, the mangrove area size almost doubled! If people continue to plant mangroves along the coastline of Cagayan de Oro, then there is good hope for a better and greener future" said Clara Marie Asuncion Elizaga, IDC Director of Corporate Affairs. The activity took place last April 6, together with Cagayan De Oro City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (CLENRO), and Damiani Property Management and Services, Inc., the official leasing and property management of IDC’s Primavera projects in the city. "Partaking in a tree planting activity promotes green activism in making others aware of how important environmental protection is, especially nowadays. The activity is an overwhelming experience as it is not only participated by government agencies alone but also private sectors” added Mark Justine, Accounting Officer of Operations Wing Eastern Mindanao. Mark participated in the activity as part of the Philippine Air Force team. IDC has been partnering with Environment and Natural Resources Office (CLENRO) since it developed its first project, Primavera Residences in the city of Golden Friendship.  Approximately 3,000 mangroves were planted by the company since 2017. Italpinas Development Corporation has been a leading green advocator of sustainable living in Cagayan de Oro. Both projects of IDC, Primavera Residences and Primavera City, won the International Property Awards for Best Mixed-use Development in the Philippines due to its use of passive green design.

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