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CHALI Resort marks 25

July 15, 2019

“Quality Happens When You Care Enough to do Your Best.”- Ging Chaves Cagayan de Oro’s Iconic CHALI Resort recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary, but it actually started 65 years ago when owner Dodong Chaves was 5 years old, as the first home-grown beach resort in Cagayan de Oro inspired by Jali Beach Resort of the Jalandonis in Cavite. It boasted of a Japanese garden, putting green, and Talisay tree house with cottages for picnics, a couple of cottages and a basketball court. Chali was named after the first syllables of Dong’s parents: his Dad-CHAves and Mom-LIM. “Actually the story of Chali started way back in 1954 with my father Ernesto Chaves and my mother Lolita Lim, but it was only 25 years ago when my wife Ging and I started our dream to revive Chali with no grandiose plan, no feasibility study, no business plan but only our mere instincts and God’s providence. We just wanted to have a piece of paradise out of the small beach front property we have.” Chali was operated by his parents until September 21, 1972 when Martial Law was declared. The property was leased to a third party who continued to use the name CHALI and operated it as a picnic place. Meantime, Dodong, then a medical sales rep married bank employee Ging in 1976, and the couple took over CHALI in 1990 with a bank loan and reopened it in 1994 with the new Tres Marias Restaurant, two function rooms, swimming pool and five cottages. “A cottage for us to rest, a pool to refresh, a horizon to gaze, and our Talisay Tree House for our children to play and enjoy,” was how Dodong described their simple plan. In 1996 they opened their hotel but were hit hard by the Asian Financial Crisis of 1998 and it was touch-and-go for a while. “We opened our doors to our friends, and soon the public. Seems we just slept one night and woke up 25 years with 4 kids, 5 grandchildren, 76 guest rooms and cottages and this grand ballroom and a strong community of 110 employees,” Dodong recalls. Today CHALI has 16 cottages, 60 hotel rooms, seven function rooms, a catering service and new grand ballroom. Tres Marias is next online to undergo a renovation. “I believe this commemoration is a reminder of God’s goodness and we can only sing praises of thanks for the 25 years of happiness and joy, 25 years of making dreams come true, and 25 years of unwavering faith of His Great Plans,” Ging said. “After all we are mere shepherds of God’s flock, willing and eager to simply serve and make him known, loved and honored.” The couple cited their secrets for Chali’s success and longevity: the conjugal partnership of Dong and Ging, God’s Providence, and their children: Vanessa “Vani” married to Benjamin Kelly based in Redondo Beach, Los Angeles with son Esen. Vanni owns an architectural outsourcing business The Redwagon Group (TRG) and Ben is into real estate. John Ernesto “John” married to Lawyer Kristine Yuson, with two daughters Anna and Ally. John owns Cyber Club, Senio Foods and a coach and co-owner of Krossfit Cagayan in Nazareth. Youngest daughter Angela “Angel” is married to Ted Pierre Jalad, and the couple owns their own restaurant Red Tail Shrimps. Not the least, Ma. Theresa “Saz” married to lawyer Eduard Joseph Eullaran, and they have two kids Sienna and Mateo. Besides Chali Resort, Saz also manager their catering service The Cater Company, and  owns Ribs & Bibs Restaurant with partner Chef Rosie B. Peralta. Saz has been at the helm of Chali for the last 17 years and launched Chali as “CHALI RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTER” with a new commercial and logo during the anniversary party. “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy. They are charming gardeners who make our souls blossom,” Saz quoted during her brief thanksgiving talk.  “To our employees, know that this is also your night. You are terrifically tireless, exceptionally excellent, and abundantly appreciated. We are beyond words and we are so blessed to have each and every one of you as part of the Chali family.” “To our valued guests, partners and colleagues in the industry, your support and trust all these years have been our inspiration to keep going. It was and still is a pleasure doing business with you. And being here tonight, giving us your time and presence, is indeed a wonderful anniversary gift.” Dodong summed up the anniversary celebration in behalf of the family. “Today we remember the seeds of our growth. The acquaintances that became life-long friendships. Like that Talisay tree by the beach, Chali just spread her branches, increased her girth, and strengthened her roots.” “So it’s not just a corporate anniversary. It’s an anniversary of a family that grew strong, defying the odds.” “Over our 25 year journey, we have been up and we have been down. Yet we have stood the test of time. We have lost and we have won. We had worries and we had celebrations. The best thing of all was that we have each other to rely on all the time.”

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Power customers get refunds in electric bills this month

July 15, 2019

Good news in your electricity bills this July. The Energy Regulatory Commission  (E R C) has ordered twelve private distribution utilities (DUs) to refund “regulatory reset cost” to their customers in their electricity bills this July, 2019, including any remaining amount from the previous regulatory period plus interest. Per the ERC, the Regulatory Reset Costs are expenses incurred in engaging regulatory experts or consultants when setting and updating the DU’s electricity rates. Under the Performance-Based Regulation (PBR) methodology, privately-owned DUs are allowed to charge the Regulatory Reset Cost in their revenue requirement. However, ERC noted that "the 17th Congress appropriated funds for purposes of regulatory reset," leaving the collected Regulatory Reset Cost for the 3rd regulatory period untouched. "The Commission is of the view that the cost of regulation should be at the expense of the government and should not be a burden to the electricity consumers... [T]he Commission deems it prudent to refund the amounts collected by DUs for this purpose," ERC chair Agnes Devanadera said in a statement last week. Among those  ordered to refund their customers are the four private DUs in Mindanao: Cagayan Electric Power and Light Co. (CEPALCO); Cotabato Light and Power Co. (CLPC); Davao Light and Power Co. (DLPC); and Iligan Light and Power, Inc. (ILPI). “This is a one-time refund to be effected in the July 2019 billing,” said Rolando J. Linaac, ILPI Finance Officer. “For ILPI, the amount to be refunded to our customers is P 558,830.00 equivalent to P .0274 per kilowatt hour(/KwH).” “This represents the unutilized fund for regulatory reset cost in relation to the Performance Based Rate (PBR) Making, which the ERC subsequently resolved shall be borne by the government. The reset cost was part of the rates granted to Private DUs years back, hence, this refund,” he noted. ILPI President Ralph B. Casiño acknowledged receipt of the ERC order and said ILPI would comply. “We got our order a few days ago and ILPI will comply,” Casino said. “The cost was tucked into the rates but for some reason, the reset schedule was delayed, thus the refund.” The ERC ordered eight more DUs in Luzon and the Visayas to refund a total of  P20.8 million to their customers July billings, ranging from P0.0058 to P0.0694./KwH. These include Cabanatuan Electric Corporation (CELCOR); Clark Electric Distribution Corporation (CEDC); Dagupan Electric Power Corp. (DECORP); La Union Electric Company (LUECO); San Fernando Electric Light & Power Co. (SFELAPCO); Tarlac Electric, Inc. (TEI) in Luzon and the  Bohol Light Company, Inc. (BLCI); and Visayan Electric Company (VECO) in the Visayas. Among the Mindanao DUs, CEPALCO was mandated to refund the highest amount at P5,098,534 or P0.0556/kWh; followed by Cotabato Light and Power Co. with P949,743 or P0.0694/kWh; Iligan Light and Power Co. — P558,830 or P0.0274/kWh; and Davao Light and Power Co., P262,640 pr P0.0013/kWh The ERC said the total regulatory reset cost refund to ratepayers was approximately P284,727,996 – including the amount previously ordered refunded to Meralco subscribers. The ERC reiterated that the DUs must reflect the one-time refund in their customers’ billings for July – and should be specified as a separate item in their electric bills.  “We enjoin the privately-owned DUs to submit a report to the Commission on their compliance with our refund directive on or before 15 August 2019,” Devanadera said. The ERC has advised power consumers of private DUs to check their electricity bills next month and find out if the regulatory reset cost refund has been effected, including any relevant interest earned thereon. The consumer advocacy group Laban Konsyumer Inc. has welcomed the ERC directive. “Laban Konsyumer Inc. notes that these reduction in electricity rates are good for all types of consumers,” Laban Konsyumer president Victorio Dimagiba said in a statement. “While in small amounts, the reduction when added up should bring electricity rates lower for all of us,” he added. (with online reports)

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PPA unveils PH Biggest PassengerPort Terminal Bldg in Cagayan de Oro

July 15, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO – The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) inaugurates on July 15, 2019 the Philippines’s biggest seaport Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) in the Port of Cagayan de Oro, Barangay Macabalan, Cagayan de Oro City. “The construction of this brand new building will greatly strengthen the region as the global gateway to Mindanao. Once we inaugurate this on July 15, we are opening Cagayan De Oro to the nation and to the rest of the world as we pursue progress for our seaports,” said PPA General Manager Jay Santiago in a statement. Santiago said the new P 276.705 million facility would boost opportunities for economic growth and tourism, not only in the city or in the province of Misamis Oriental, but for the entire Northern Mindanao. Through the expansion project, the new PTB can now accommodate up to 3,000 sea passengers daily, triple its previous passenger capacity of 1,000. The only port in the country managed and operated by the Philippine Ports Authority with such a facility, the 18,150.50 sq.m. Passenger Terminal Complex houses three (3) major structures: the 2-Storey Passenger Terminal Building, the ground floor of which has a 1,176 passenger seating-capacity and the second floor of which has a 1,221 passenger-seating capacity; Waiting Area for arriving passengers; and the Security Checkpoint Facility 1 for embarking passengers. The Complex also has a queuing area for Taxis/PUVs; a designated area for ticketing outlets; covered walkways; open spaces for parking with carbon sink areas containing mature trees and some plants. The Passenger Terminal Building contains facilities and GAD amenities for the safety, security, comfort and convenience of the passengers including Security Checkpoint 2 with X-Ray scanner for luggage/baggage, body scanner, CCTVs; Security Office; Office for PTC Personnel; Ballistics and Ammunitions Office; Passenger Boarding Stations; Collector’s Booth; Public Assistance and “Malasakit” Help Desks; Offices for passenger-related agencies such as (Immigration – delete),Tourism, Quarantine, City Tourist Police and Coast Guard; waiting areas; a designated green area with plant boxes; and storage room for equipment and housekeeping, among others. GAD amenities include Play Area for children; Child Care Station for breastfeeding and diaper changing; Ecumenical Prayer Rooms; Special Boarding Lane for Senior Citizens, PWDS, Pregnant Women and Women travelling with children below 2 years old; drinking fountains; separate toilet facilities for PWDs, Female and Male; a Medical Urgent Care Need Room; and Concessionaires Area for food stalls, coffee shops and pasalubong centers, among others. PPA Administrative Order No. 04-2019 which takes effect today, July 15, 2019 grants Exemption from Payment of Passenger Terminal Fee to Embarking Passengers in all PPA Ports, particularly Students, Senior Citizens, Persons with Disability and Selected Uniformed Personnel ie. AFP, PNP and the PCG in active service. PPA has remained steadfast in giving “malasakit” and service to the Filipino people as it celebrated its 45th Founding Anniversary on July 11, 2019 with the theme “Apatnapu’t limang taon na Malasakit at Serbisyo”. PPA General Manager Santiago explained that “Malasakit at Serbisyo” will be the mantra of PPA in the next 365 days with the end goal of providing “malasakit” to the Filipino people through improved port services and towards a comfortable travel experience. Besides the new PTB, the PPA will also be inaugurating its new port in Opol, Misamis Oriental and the 6-land electronic multi-gate system. Together with the ongoing extension of wharf and expansion back- up area, these three projects are part of the Port Management Office for Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro program to beef up its operational capability under its 7 Pillars of Development infrastructure program. Developed in consultation with the Philippine Liners Shipping Association (PLSA), the long-term program is geared towards sustaining the Northern Mindanao’s growth over the following decades.   Metro Cagayan de Oro is envisioned to become the Philippines 4th Metropolitan Center by 2025 along with Manila, Cebu and Davao, based on the National Spatial Strategy proposed network of settlements under the 2017-2025 edition of the Philippine Development Plan,   As a Metropolitan Center, Cagayan de Oro would serve as a center of commercial, financial, and administrative activities and a primary international gateway.   Beyond the immediate port area, the PMO-MisOr-CDO will also alleviate road congestion in its entry/exit points through the Opol port zone delineation and development project to address congestion in the West coast highways by handling all incoming cargo from the Western Misamis Oriental and Iligan City. “The development and construction of Opol Port will decongest Cagayan de Oro Port with the diversion of  tramping vessels to Luyong Bonbon, Opol, Misamis Oriental, thereby relieving the arterial roads to the port of the truck traffic and the port itself of these types of vessels” said Engr. Samuel Claro P. Fontanilla, PMO MisOr CDO engineering services division manager.  “As part of the 7 pillars program to transform the Port of Cagayan de Oro into a purely containerized port, the Port of Opol will serve as the alternate port for domestic tramping vessels to ease berth congestion at the Port of Cagayan de Oro to bring it up to UNCTAD standard,” he added.   The P264-million Opol port project will reduce standby time, shifting of vessels and optimize berth utilization at the CDO Port.   Relatedly, the 6-Lane, ISPS compliant Electronic Gate Complex through Gate 3 will relieve traffic congestion at Gate No. 2 by providing 6 lane electronic controlled access to port users and eliminate long queues at the entry point.   This facility will be fully equipped with CCTV cameras, weigh bridges for cargo, electronic gates, and payment booths. The Electronic Permit System (EPS) and Electronic Payment System (ePayment) will be eventually embedded and complemented by the LTO’s Motor Vehicle Recognition System through the use of the RFID. (as part of system (RFID).   DOTr Secretary Arthur P. Tugade will grace the inauguration as Guest of Honor of the three key facilities Tugade commended the PPA for its efforts in completing the massive port project for the people of Cagayan de Oro. “I am thankful to GM Jay Santiago, and to the men and women of PPA, for realizing the dream of building the biggest Passenger Terminal Building in the country. This is a huge step towards giving the people of Cagayan de Oro a comfortable life through enhanced connectivity, a legacy promised by President Rodrigo Duterte,” Tugade said. “Moreover, it will strengthen the region as the global gateway to Mindanao and gives much impact on our tourism industry where we are able to showcase and afford to both local and foreign tourists the comfort, convenience, accessibility of home, safety and security they deserved in their travel experience,” said Engr. Isidro V. Butaslac, Jr., PMO MisorCDO Port Manager. Since Butaslac assumed the stewardship of PPA’s PMO MisOr CDO in November 2014, they have attained significant milestones, foremost among of which was CDO Port’s recognition as one of the APSN Green Port Award System (GPAS) winners for 2018 among candidate ports from 18 member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). Butaslac, Jr. received the Certificate of Recognition, ASPN Green Port Badge, and flag banners from the APEC Port Services Network (APSN) during the annual awarding ceremony held 15 November 2018 in Singapore. Barely a month later, the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) cited the PMO-MOC as a Best Practice for its environmental protection and conservation during the 2018 Government Best Practice Recognition (GBPR). The PPA Head Office endorsed the PMO MOC’s entry dubbed, “Philippine Ports Authority—Port Management Office of Misamis Oriental/Cagayan de Oro (PMO MOC): Fostering a Green Culture for Port Operations and Management,” highlighted its initiatives for environmental protection, conservation, and sustainability through the employment of technology; issuance and compliance with environmental policies and mandates; and inculcating environmental awareness among port stakeholders. Operationally, the PMO has addressed berthing congestion (already over 100% eight years ago) by segregating berths according to type of cargo of the berthing vessel:  Berths 1 to 6 for break bulk; 8,9, and 10 for containerized; and bulk liquids, solids at the end 12 & 13 for deep draft vessels. In addition, the port is undertaking dredging to a uniform depth of 13 meters to meet international standards. As a complement to the berthing classification, the PMO has also proposed for consideration as a high-impact project, the provision of a break bulk receiving facility at area “A” to enhance palletizing operations, ensure and improve safe and healthy working conditions to dockworkers and other port users, and preserve or protect perishable cargoes from environmental hazards and exposure to extreme weather.  The project is situated about 200 meters from where Mediterranean type vessels carrying cargoes to be palletized are berthed. Trucks will no longer enter the port area so as not to congest its operational yard and port roads. Security, yard congestion, entry of irrelevant personnel, and safety concerns are expected to be attained since cargo trucks will no longer have to enter the port operational area proper. On top of segregating the berths, the quay which has never been extended during the last six years until 2015 was extended by another 150 meters, to be eventually lengthened up to 700 meters over the next 20 years. Not the least, the PMO replace its lighting system using solar powered LED lighting to significantly reduce power costs and pilferage of power cable wires.  

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LGU, Private Sector laud PPA for PHs Biggest Port Passenger Terminal Bldg

July 15, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO – Local government units and private sector organizations in Northern Mindanao have lauded the opening today of the biggest seaport Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) in the Philippines at the Cagayan de Oro Port in Bgy. Macabalan. Lodged in a two-storey building with a total floor area of 5,597 square meters, the new CDO Port PTB boasts of a 1,176-passenger seating capacity on its ground floor, and a 1,221-passenger seating capacity on its second floor. According to Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Jay Santiago, the new facility is eyed to boost opportunities for economic growth and tourism, not only in the city or in the province of Misamis Oriental, but for the whole of Northern Mindanao. “The construction of this brand new building will greatly strengthen the region as the global gateway to Mindanao. Once we inaugurate this on July 15, we are opening Cagayan De Oro to the nation and to the rest of the world as we pursue progress for our seaports,” Santiago said. Through the expansion project, the new PTB can now accommodate up to 3,000 sea passengers daily, triple its previous passenger capacity of 1,000. Besides the new PTB, PPA will also inaugurate its new port development in Opol, Misamis Oriental and the 6-lane electronic gate complex at Cagayan de Oro Port. “The new PPA Passenger Terminal Building in CDO is a milestone, not just for CDO but also for Northern Mindanao and the Upper Half of Mindanao,” said Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar S.  Moreno.   “With an increased (doubled) capacity of 3,000 passengers, the Terminal will serve as the Major Gateway, and CDO's very strategic location, right in the center of the Upper Half of Mindanao, provides a perfect fit for it. CDO's role as a Convergence City, a Transport, Trading and Logistics Hub, will certainly continue to grow.”    “While we welcome this strategic support of the National Government, we are also aware that we need to level up our deliverables corresponding to this marked enhancement. We are committed to do that. Not just for CDO, but also for Northern Mindanao,” he added.    “The new PPA terminal helps in communicating to business and tourism how Cagayan de Oro values its position as the gateway to the region as well as providing competitive services and facilities,” said Eileen E. San Juan, Cagayan de Oro Local Economic & Investment Promotion Officer. . San Juan expressed optimism that with a more sophisticated terminal and port, Cagayan de Oro would attract more cruise ships in addition to the ones which have been visiting the city over the past three years. According to the Department of Tourism Region 10 office, Cagayan de Oro has been a part of Expedition Cruises for the past years (e.g  Silver Explorer Company), bringing a high-end group comprising of approximately 100 persons connecting Camiguin- Surigao - and parts of the Visayas Islands. Thus, the new port can really be an excellent facility should there be another route mapping or explorations in the area. The Philippines’ largest port PTB also boasts of facilities and amenities that cater to the safety and comfort of sea passengers. These include security checkpoints with X-ray scanners for luggage, body scanners, security cameras, passenger boarding stations, assistance desks, designated green areas, play area for children, and a child care station. “I congratulate the Philippine Ports Authority and its leadership for building this modern Passenger Terminal facility which will surely enhance the comfort, security and connectivity of visitors coming from various seaports in the country while entering the booming Metropolitan Cagayan de Oro corridor and its environs,” said Engr. Elpidio M. Paras, President, Promote Normin, a private sector-led NGO advocating Northern Mindanao as a tourism and business destination.  “This excellent project will greatly improve the attractiveness and competitiveness of the Northern Mindanao region as a prime investment destination for business, industry and tourism,” he added. “We expect more people from Cebu and the Visayas to take the option of an overnight boat trip, visit and enjoy our landmark tourism hotspots during the day, and appreciate the amenities this modern transit facility provides as they go back on their return trip home.” DoTr Secretary Arthur P. Tugade commended the PPA for its efforts in completing the massive port project for the people of Cagayan de Oro and Northern Mindanao. “I am thankful to GM Jay Santiago, and to the men and women of PPA, for realizing the dream of building the biggest Passenger Terminal Building in the country. This is a huge step towards giving the people of Cagayan de Oro a comfortable life through enhanced connectivity, a legacy promised by President Rodrigo Duterte,” Secretary Tugade said. “The construction of a new passenger terminal building in Cagayan de Oro Port will further boost domestic tourism, enabling more inbound and outbound passengers to conveniently travel to major destinations in the Visayas and Luzon. Truly a remarkable feat as far as public sector investment is concerned,” said Ma. Teresa R. Alegrio, Region X Governor, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI). As reported by Maritime Review, the Port of Cagayan de Oro, an international seaport in Mindanao, is the most modern outside Metro Manila. The seabed off the port is steep and reaches 1,000 meters deep at the entrance of the Macajalar Bay, which has a wide mouth. Anchorage is ideal for transnational vessels with a depth of 18 meters, and is approximately 400 meters from the shoreline. The depth of safe anchorage is 60 fathoms. It has 14 berthing areas with varying drafts from 8-13 meters, totaling 954 meters, 1 RORO ramp, two 50-ton weighbridges, 126 reefer outlets, 2 hectares of open storage areas, and a 5,500 sqm container freight station. The port serves 14 domestic and 4 foreign shipping lines. The Port of Cagayan de Oro is the busiest government port in Northern Mindanao in terms of cargo throughput. Dubbed as the Global Gateway to Mindanao, its strategic location makes it the entry and exit point of goods and passengers for the city of Cagayan de Oro and the provinces of Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Agusan, Bukidnon, and Davao. In 2017, total cargo throughput reached 9.5M MT, of which break bulk was 2.45M MT, dry bulk was 1.755M MT, liquid bulk was 1.648M MT, and containerized cargo was 3.647M MT. (Maritime Review PH, 2018).

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Dito Telecommunity, 3rd telco player in the country 

July 9, 2019

MANILA (MDN National News, July 9) - Good news to all mobile and internet subscribers in the country. Another telco player is finally here to openly compete with the existing Smart and Globe telecom giants.  On Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte welcomed the entry of Mindanao Islamic Telephone Co, (Mislatel) to compete and break the exisiting telecom players like Globe and Smart. Duterte also challenged the new telco to move forward as he granted them a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPN) that will signal the final start of their company as the country's new and third major telecom player in the country. Pres Duterte said during a formal signing ceremony "Let me take this opportunity to pose this challenge to Mislatel [Consortium]: Break the prevailing duopoly in the telecommunications industry and fulfill your commitment to provide better telco services to our people."  In a report, Mislatel will change its name from Mislatel as DITO Telecommunity Corporation. This company is a consortium of Chelsea Logistics Company, Inc., Danny Uy's Udenna Corporation and Chinese state-owned China Telecommunications Corporation. The president said if this new player will prove its worth as a big company, then this would signal the start of a more secure, reliable and affordable telco services the country's citizens will be soon patronizing. The CPN, aside from its legislative franchise they get from Congress, granted the company license to operate as a new telecoms service provider. Based on reliable reports, Dito Telecommunity posted a total of P25.7 billion performance bond as part of their commitment under their new status. With this CPN already approved by Pres Duterte, the company is expected  to challenge the older telecom players in head-to-head with both Globe and Smart companies.  Eliseo Rio, Undersecretary of DICT told the media that Mislatel will start the ball rolling to widen its services after they get the CPN license. As this developed, Mislatel is also planning now to start getting subscribers in densely populated areas including Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao starting November, this year.  Rio said "Siyempre maguumpisa 'yan na pilot-pilot [testing] muna 'yan. Then they readjust kung may problema pa ang network nila. They will only go to a commercial operation pag wala nang problem sa network nila. Sa timeline nila that is 2020."  "If they could not accomplish it in the first year, they are given a six-month grace period to accomplish whatever deficiencies they have. If after six months wala pa rin [there is still no development], that’s the time we confiscate the performance bond. Not only that, they will lose their CPCN, their license, and frequencies," Rio concluded.###

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Doctors pronounce him dead but he wakes up during funeral ceremony

July 8, 2019

INDIA (MDN International News digital, July 7) - Believe it or not. But a man, whose remains was to be buried on Monday (July 1), woke up during his funeral in India. Hospital doctors pronounced Mohammad Furqan dead after several weeks of treatment at the hospital. But during a scheduled funeral ceremony, his immediate families saw his body moved, and they immediately rushed him back to another hospital in India, the Indo-Asian News Service reported on July 2. Ram Manohar Lohia hospital was the 2nd private hospital that Mohammad was admitted back after his supposed burial and doctors pronounced the 20-year-old patient as alive.   The physician who was taking care of Mohammad said “The patient is in critical condition but definitely not brain dead. He has pulse, blood pressure and his reflexes are working.” Initial investigation disclosed that the family admitted Mohammad into a private hospital last June 21 of this year after he met an accident. "We had paid Rs 7 lakh (about P514,000) to the private hospital earlier and when we told them that we had run out of money, they had declared Furqan dead on Monday,” his elder brother Mohammad Irfan said.   Narendra Agarwal, Lucknow chief medical officer said he will conduct a thorough investigation on the incident, and if hospital staff and doctors involved will be found guilty of negligence, they will be answerable to the courts of law.  ###

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