Oro Chamber supports Orobest program that enhances industry productivity and competitiveness thru scientific tech

September 16, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Optimizing Regional Opportunities for Business Excellence through Science, Technology, and Innovation (OROBEST) is a regional program that enhances industry productivity and competitiveness through the generation and adoption of scientifically-developed technologies.   This program is a pilot endeavor of the Oro Chamber in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-X), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-X), USAID – Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE), and the academic institutions in Region 10.   According to Dr. Irene Floro, president of the Oro Chamber, “We have this innovation program in order to serve the technology innovation needs of the business establishments in our locality. We are tapping our local universities in the region that has the capacity to provide these answers through their research departments and technology centers..” After its successful launching last July 11, OROBEST Program Team conducted technology needs assessment with the small and micro-enterprises within the region as well as inventory of commercial and potential technologies from the academe. “At the moment, we are currently reaching out and prioritizing the small and micro enterprises who may have the needs to improve their technologies,” Queritess Queja, Executive Director of the Oro Chamber said. Last September 10, a Consultation with the Business Sector and Academic Institutions was held at Limketkai Luxe Hotel which identified the challenges of these sectors in terms of collaboration. The consultation also determined how these sectors can further strengthen their partnerships towards technology development and innovation.  With the positive results of the Consultation among these sectors, the Oro chamber- OROBEST program will again hold a series of activities on September 18-20, 2019, such as, Innovation Talk, Ideation and Project Design Workshops.  

Belmont Hotel Manila Bags Prestigious World Luxury Hotel Plum

September 10, 2019

Belmont Hotel Manila, one of seven acclaimed hotel brands in the country’s premier entertainment and lifestyle destination Resorts World Manila (RWM), reaped yet another international recognition as one of the winners of The World Luxury Hotel Awards this year.  Belmont-Facade Defining excellence in global hospitality since 2006, the World Luxury Hotel Awards gather votes from over 300,000 international hotel guests in a four-week span to determine the top brands that connote luxury and the finest quality service for the year.   Belmont Hotel Manila was nominated in three of the award-giving body’s over 100 categories, including Luxury Airport Hotel category for being conveniently located in front of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 and easily accessible via the upscale pedestrian footbridge Runway Manila; Luxury Business Hotel category as voted by travelers who mix work, play, and pleasure; and Luxury City Hotel category highlighting Belmont Hotel Manila’s proximity to RWM and its many offerings. Last year, the brand was likewise recognized as the Airport Hotel of the Year by the Travel and Hospitality Awards.  Belmont Hotel Manila is a 10-storey business hotel with 470 well-appointed room, and features the all-day restaurant Café Belmont, fitness center with sauna, steam room and shower areas, a business  center, meeting rooms and function rooms, and a swimming pool with outdoor Jacuzzi, kiddie pool, and rooftop bar at penthouse that overlooks the NAIA Terminal 3 runway. Belmont Hotel Manila’s big win will be announced during the ceremonies to be held in Finland this October.   Know more about Belmont Hotel Manila and its world-class offers by visiting  BHM_WLHA Winner_Social Media 4

28th MinBizCon to pursue Laguindingan Airport Expansion

September 9, 2019

The private sector will actively lobby for the expansion of the congested Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental during the 28th Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizCon) on September 12-14, 2019 at Iligan City. “This will be one of the issues we will raise during the MinBizCon,” said Ma. Teresa R. Alegrio, regional governor for Region 10 (Northern Mindanao) of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI). “We have already prepared our position paper on the status of domestic airports in Mindanao and will raise this on the floor during the plenary session.” A year ago, PCCI-10 passed a resolution requesting DOTr Sec. Arthur Tugade to prioritize the development and expansion of Laguindingan Airport within the next five years (2019-2023).   The resolution noted that the original proposal to improve the capacity and operations of the Laguindingan airport included upgrading the facilities /equipments to be of international standards, specifically, the operation and maintenance (O&M) of the airport along with the development of associated infrastructure and facilities, and the installation of all required equipment to meet international standards.  (please see sidebar story) As a regional airport serving Northern Mindanao and its adjacent regions, the Laguindingan Airport has been serving six provinces, two highly urbanized cities and five component cities with an average of two million passengers annually for the last three (3) years. “Laguindingan Airport has become an important logistic network for over 150 medium to large scale industries including four major thermal power plants, the Agus-Pulangi Hydroelectric Complex. 3 industrial parks, and emerging tourism destinations,” Alegrio noted.  Media reports recently disclosed that the Department of Transportation (DOTr) is seeking an additional P100 million to start detailed engineering works and much needed repairs on the Laguindingan Airport as part of the P2.9 billion augmentation budget to fund its priority projects, including the development of four airports, the construction of the Pagasa Island port, and the implementation of the public utility vehicle modernization program. The Department of Transportation (DOTr) originally allocated P400-million (M) for the terminal building expansion of the Laguindingan Airport, but this was reduced to P180-M, then again halved to P90-M, before being slashed altogether by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) from the 2019 General Appropriations Act (GAA). However, the business sector lobbied strongly for the restoration of the reduced budget and the P90-M was eventually restored through a Congressional Initiative by Rep. Juliette Uy (2nd District, Misamis Oriental). Sources at the DOTr said a portion of the P90-M would be used for the Detailed Engineering (DE) of the proposed expanded passenger terminal building. The bidding process for an independent consultant to undertake the DE is now being processed and the contract is expected to be awarded by the latter part of 2019. The balance of the P90-M would used to rehabilitate dilapidated portions of the terminal building such as the comfort rooms. Even if the original P90-M would already be used up, construction of the new PTB would still continue with the proviso the funds used for this purpose would be reimbursed to the national government by the winning bidder for the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project to develop and expand the Laguindingan Airport faculties. ”While we appreciate the 90M Congressional Initiative Fund restored by Rep. Juliette Uy, this amount is barely enough to refurbish the dilapidated areas including the poorly designed comfort rooms and malfunctioning elevators,” said Engr. Elpidio M. Paras, president of Promote Northmin Inc. “Government should now fast track the entry of private sector companies to expand and improve all the facilities of Laguindingan so that it can already accommodate direct flights from regional and international destinations, including lengthening the runway to meet wide body jet aircraft,” he added. Alegrio said the MinBizCon would seek a clarification from DOTr if the P100 million it is seeking for the Laguindingan Airport development in next year’s budget is the same item as the P90 million earlier committed as a congressional insertion by Rep. Uy. When it started operations in 15 June 2013, air passenger traffic at the Cagayan de Oro Lumbia Airport that Laguindingan Airport was designed to replace had already exceeded the 1.6 million design capacity of the new passenger terminal building (PTB). “To put it bluntly, the replacement airport was congested upon opening,” said a former DOTC official involved in its planning. When the passenger traffic exceeded 2 million annual passengers last year, the need for a larger terminal that could accommodate the current and expected passenger volume over the medium term became urgent and critical. On a year-on-year basis alone, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines ( CAAP) figures for the past 10 years show passenger traffic increasing at an annual rate of 8.7% from 902,133 in 2008 at the Cagayan de Oro Lumbia Airport to 2,079,683in 2018 at the Laguindingan Airport (doubling passenger volume every 8.5 years.) Recent growth in air cargo traffic was even more impressive, soaring 44% from 2017 to 25,366 metric tons (MT). The 11% increase in the number of flights from 2017 to 2018 (17,478 aircraft takeoffs and landings) was mainly responsible for the meteoric rise in both passenger and cargo movements. In a related development, DOTr Sec. Arthur Tugade announced last 15 July the proposed extension of the 2.1 kilometer runway to 2.4 or 2.5 kilometers is proceeding as planned.  The P250-M budget for this project is already included in the 2020 National Expenditure Plan (NEP), which Congress wants approved before the year end.  This was part of the Feasibility Study expansion proposal endorsed by the Regional Development Council for Region 10 (RDC-X) and approved by the NEDA Board in 2014.

IDC Hosts Thanksgiving Event for Valued Partners

September 3, 2019

In the spirit of gratitude, camaraderie and mutual support for all contributing and active sellers of Primavera City (PC), Italpinas Development Corporation (IDC) hosted the 2019 Mid-year Thanksgiving event last August 10, 2019, at YakiMix Cagayan de Oro, by thanking and recognizing individual sellers, and realties. “I would like to thank our valued partners for the outpouring support for IDC. Since the release of Citta Bella’s License to Sell last June 24, 2019, we have recorded an increase of total reservations at more than 200% in peso value in year to date comparison versus last year.” said Ms. Gladys Echano, IDC Sales Director   “We were astounded of the support of buying public and our sales force and we are always grateful for this. The success of Primavera City wouldn’t be possible without our ever-supportive partners. And for that, we thank you!" she added. Cittá Bella at Primavera City serves as IDC’s legacy in producing high quality, smart, safe, and sustainable buildings imbibing an Italian aesthetic design, all while considering a reduced environmental impact through lower energy consumption.  "Primavera's greatest asset is its location and the green features which makes it very sellable and unique. With Uptown's upcoming developments we are assured that investing in Primavera City will definitely be profitable in the years come." said Ma. Lourdes Elcarte With the first few floors of the projects designated for commercial space leasing. IDC designed its developments to be mixed-use which can provide for the residential tenants’ immediate needs. "I have been an accredited seller for Primavera City for 2 years now and for the past years, Primavera has proven itself to be the best investment buy here in Cagayan de Oro. From its amazing ambiance, magnificent panoramic view, eco-friendly features and for its investment opportunity, Primavera City has it! And we will continue to sell and promote the development with the help of IDC-PSO employees who’ve been helping us along the way" exclaimed Mr. & Mrs. Bernard Tubiano. Primavera City development was a recipient of the Best Mixed-Use Development award at the prestigious International Property Awards Asia Pacific for 2017-2018. The Asia Pacific Property Awards is a highly distinguished international awards program joined by independent panels comprised of 70 industry experts whose criteria include design, quality, service, innovation, originality and commitment to sustainability "Primavera City’s 360 view provides a breathtaking scenic peek of Cagayan de Oro’s rich scenic landscape covering Camiguin Island, Macajalar Bay, Cagayan de Oro River, the Malasag mountain view and the city’s impressive sunset. For me, this spectacular view from Primavera City is always the best!" added Maebelle Bernandino, Khristine Santillian & Jim Ogsimer. IDC recently reached out to EDGE to continue to develop its future green projects with the support of the EDGE application specifically for Primavera City. Considering its highly effective results achieved through the use of a software that helps the designers and developers not only to identify the most cost-effective ways to build green but finding also solutions to reach the minimum standard of 20% less resource intensity in energy, water and embodied energy in materials. “While working out in your own gym, swimming in your own pool (on the rooftop!), and a jogging path are all excellent benefits for fitness conscious residents, the real deal for Primavera City residents is its eco-friendly features. All the green/eco-friendly features are what makes living in Primavera City the ideal health, fitness and wellness investment. Everything around you is intended to help make you feel good; to protect you from harsh environmental elements.” said Mr. Jim Ogsimer. IDC’s development projects: Primavera Residences (PR) and Primavera City (PC), both mixed-use buildings, are strategically located in the city’s prime flood and traffic-free location. Moreover, IDC provides unique, innovative, sustainable, and safe real estate products that satisfy and exceed the expectations of customers, business partners, and stockholders. "This is proof that IDC delivers its commitment of being a genuine sustainable real estate developer. Primavera Residences was recognized as a green building by an international rating agency which is part of the IFC of The World Bank back in 2015. Now that Primavera City is currently applying for certification, this will be a statement of IDC's sustainable advocacy." added Liberty Ruth Quiñones.

Dream Residences breaks ground in Manolo Fortiich

August 31, 2019

A mid-rise residential development has broken ground in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon some 30 kilometers southeast of Cagayan de Oro City. Dream Residences is the second project of Yega Development Corporation - it is also the developer of Smart Condominium in uptown Cagayan de Oro. The venture is a result of Yega Development Corporation president and CEO Zackie Harris' dream - to establish a living space in Northern Mindanao where the climate is just right. Barangay San Miguel in Manolo Fortich definitely suits Harris' dream - temperature here drops to as low as 18°C at night. And just a stone's throw away is the famed Del Monte golf course. There are four choices of units available here in Dream Residences - each with a choice of view of the golf course or the dream swimming pools that will surreally surround the villas. The dream swimming pools are Harris' personal touch - as early as childhood, he has dreamt of living in an abode surrounded by sparkling waters. There are studio suites, mixed use units, country homes and pool villas with floor area as large as 100 sq. m. Future residents will also have the option to purchase units with varied fixtures - from standard to smart to supreme package. The supreme package already comes with a modular kitchen, dual electric cooktop stove, kitchen fixtures, range hood, closets & cabinets, coffee table set, water dispenser, queen size bed with massage bed, sofa, air conditioner, microwave, refrigerator, television, shower enclosure or bathtub and shower heater. Harris said residents will have the option to purchase solar panels for their electricity needs, making Dream Residences the most environment friendly living space outside Cagayan de Oro. To maximize this reality, parking slots will be placed outside the living campus itself. Residents will have the option to jog or use battery-operated carts to get to their vehicles. And then Dream Residences will have its own sewage treatment plant. As Harris puts it, "It is a paradigm shift, a change of habits." First turnover of units is expected in 2022. Dream Residences - your continuing experience of paradise in Manolo Fortich.

Leading Service Network USSC Launches Their Own Superhero Circle Movement

August 29, 2019

MANILA, PHILIPPINES— After a successful run for the USSC 360° SuperHero Photo Booth, one of the country’s leading financial service networks takes their advocacy online. As a follow-through to their month-long ‘USSC SuperHeroes’ Day’ campaign in honor of National Heroes’ Day, USSC sets forth another milestone as they launch their #SuperHeroNgBuhayKo movement.  The #SuperHeroNgBuhayKo movement encourages everyone to nominate their “everyday hero” and share their stories of extraordinary encounters with them. “Through this movement, we get to celebrate the lives of these everyday heroes and make them stars. Their stories matter and we, at USSC, take these real life experiences into heart so we can also improve our services,” Becca Ramirez, USSC Brand and Product Manager, says. “Our previous National Heroes’ Day run also helped us understand our consumers more—what they want and the quality of service that they need. Which is why we want to extend this monthlong campaign into a more sustainable digital activation because we believe that everyone can be a superhero. We want to take it online from offline, and hopefully, a lot of people will participate,” Ziggie Gonzales, USSC Director for Brand and Product Management, adds. Join the #SuperHeroNgBuhayKo movement and nominate your USSC SuperHero! Simply post a photo of your everyday superhero with a caption about their super story. Use #SuperHeroNgBuhayKo #USSCSuperHeroesDay2019 and tag USSC on social media. All nominees will then be transformed into USSC SuperHeroes and featured on our pages! For more information, visit Follow USSC Super Service Stores on Facebook and on Instagram.


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