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MDN chooses Pabama Transport Company among the "Transport and Auto Industry Leaders" in Mindanao

December 30, 2019

Pabama Transport and Tours Corporation, operator of the famous double-decker buses plying the Cagayan de oro-Bukidnon routes and vice versa, was adjudged "Transport and Auto Industry Leaders", during the recently-concluded 8th Mindanao Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Awards held at Limketkai Luxe Hotel on December 13, 2019, and consistently organized by Mindanao Daily News Corporation, purposely to recognize companies, entities and leaders' outstanding performance which contributed to greater development in Mindanao. Other awardees were two equally amazing transport and auto industry leaders include MGM Motors Mindanao, Inc, Davao and Isuzu Cagayan de Oro. Pabama was awarded for improving and providing efficient and steadfast service to the riding public of Mindanao. This homegrown transportation enterprise has immensely contributed to the economic development of Mindanao.   In an exclusive interview yesterday with Rinan Dayonayos, HR Officer of Pabama Tours, he said the company was very thankful to have gotten the award as among the best transport companies in Northern Mindanao. He said the award will serve as a challenge to serve more the riding public and offer more attractive services and promotions in the future. "We are honored to receive the award and hopefully in the future we will also receive more awards," Dayonayos told Mindanao Daily News. "Dako kaayo ug matabang ang maong award kay magdugang kini kadasig sa among pagpalambo pa sa kompanya to serve more people for many years," he said.  Pabama was the first bus transport company in Mindanao which introduced double-decker buses plying the routes from Cagayan de Oro City to Bukidnon, passing the cities of Malaybalay and Valencia and the fastest booming town of Maramag. This new level of using double decker buses was one of the deciding factors of the board of judges to choose Pabama Transport as among the top leaders in transport and auto industry, aside from its very humble beginnings. Other transport companies operating in Mindanao has not introduced this idea of using double decker buses. The introduction of double decker buses tremendously amazed the riding public as this type of buses were pioneers in Mindanao and even other regions all over the country.  Inside these buses, there are other amenities such as free internet access and free tablets for all passengers to make them enjoy the whole trip from Cagayan de Oro to Maramag in Bukidnon and vice versa.  History Pabama Transport, also known as Pabama Tours and Pabama Transport and Tours Corporation, is a bus company based in Kibawe town, Bukidnon province in the island of Mindanao in southern Philippines. It serves the routes between the city of Cagayan de Oro, the province of Bukidnon and the city of Gingoog. A local provincial bus line with humble beginnings, it was the first bus company in the country to introduce the luxury bus with on-board tablets and the double-decker provincial bus. The company was founded in 1998 by the Panis family based in Kibawe, Bukidnon. It started out as a local provincial bus line serving the Malaybalay-Kibawe-Kadingilan route using used-up second hand minibuses, and later added both bought and locally-assembled low-grade provincial buses on their fleet. While it continued to be so throughout the whole 2000's decade, during the same time period it often copied the livery of its rival Rural Transit to give the impression that it was a subsidiary of the giant company when in reality it was not, as a marketing strategy and to better secure the preferences and tastes of the commuters. As Pabama Transport entered the 2010's decade, it began reforming its fleet, procuring several second-hand units acquired from Holiday Bus to augment its fleet. At the same time, the bus line entered the Cagayan de Oro-Kibawe-Damulog route for the first time to expand its service area. The moment the company acquired its first units from Ankai in year 2015, it also started to copy the Rural Transit's practice of naming their airconditioned units into 'Tours', and thus the Pabama Tours was conceived. That same year, it entered the Cagayan de Oro-Balingoan-Gingoog route as it bought D&C Express the same year and integrated its operations to the company. In 2017, they became the first bus line in the Philippines to have luxury bus with on-board tablets per seat, which they all bought from Zhongtong Bus Holdings. The next year, they once again became the first bus line in the country to have double-decker buses which they procured from the same bus manufacturer. These acquisitions effectively graduated the company from a small local provincial bus line into a large first-class executive coach service company. The company has already has now acquired 25 more units of Zhongtong Magnate Double Decker Bus that will be used to serve new routes between Cagayan de Oro and Davao via BUDA.  Presentors of the recently concluded 8th Mindanao Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Awards include Veterans Bank, Ayala, BPI BanKo, Cooperative Development Authority, provincial government of Misamis Oriental, CORDS 10 and PCOO, Limketkai Luxe Hotel, Pepsi, Washington, Angela Soriano Fashion Design Studio, SELRAHCO PR, Dessert Boss, Pie Square Photo Booth, AVPro and Marzel Digital Studio. PANEL OF JUDGES  The Panel of Judges in this year's awards are Journalist Tessie Superioridad, Mindanao Daily News (MDN) Executive Editor Cris Diaz, MDN Managing Editor Ruel Pelone, MDN and BWM Training Director Joe Felicilda, and MDN Editor in Chief Allan Mediante, MDN columnist Raffy Magbanua, also the former president of the Cagayan de Oro Press Club, Inc. (COPC); and BusinessWeek Mindanao Editor in Chief Nelson Constantino.  

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PPA PMO MisorCDO shares X’mas cheer to stranded passengers, fire victims

December 27, 2019

Some 280 passengers stranded at the Cagayan de Oro Port in Barangay Macabalan  due to  inclement weather brought about by Typhoon “Ursula” (International name: Phanfone) were fortunate they have a sympathetic port management office quick to react to their plight. Instead of proceeding to their intended destinations in Cebu and Bohol, the affected passengers had to spend Christmas Eve at the Cagayan de Oro Port due to Coast Guard travel advisories restricting travel due to the typhoon. However, they did not miss the traditional Noche Buena when the Port Management Office of Misamis Oriental/Cagayan de Oro (PMO MO/C) quickly organized an instant Fellowship on Christmas Eve activity for them. Besides providing free meals to the stranded passengers starting with lunch on 24 December, the PMO, with the assistance of the Cagayan de Oro Police Office (COCPO) Precinct 5 and other generous donors, prepared a “Noche Buena” for all. A short program was also instantly organized, which included games, and dance numbers from youngsters among the passengers themselves. In continuing promotion of the PPA’s Serbisyo at Malasakit, Malasakit pouches containing foldable pans, hand towels, and other necessary toiletries were distributed to the senior citizens. Children also received loot bags full of candies and other goodies. The distribution of the pouches and loot bags was led by Port Manager Isidro V. Butaslac Jr. himself, along with Port Police Superintendent Bernardo A. Gartalia, and PNP Precinct 5 officials. Breakfast meals are also served on the following morning of Christmas Day. As of 11:00 AM on 25 December, the suspension of trips to Bohol, Cebu, and other areas in Visayas was lifted. Earlier, the PMO also distributed  to some forty (40) families who were victims of the fire last August 2019 in partnership with the local chapter of the Pambansang Tinig at Lakas sa Pantalan, PPA Employees’ Union; Sunrise Multi-Purpose Cooperative; and, Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro (Mother Club) on 21 December 2019. Although some of the families already re-built their homes in the same area, most were still living under makeshift tents along the road proximate to the PMO’s Gate 5. Each household received a container loaded with rice and other goods, while their children received toys and separate treats of candies. Since it was early in the morning, the PMO personnel and members of the Rotary Club provided meals to all individuals including the little children. After the gift-giving and feeding, the PMO personnel extended their time to bond with the children who in return, showcased their talents in dancing and cheering. They also enthusiastically participated in various games organized by the PMO. Following the fire last August which occurred as the new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) was being inaugurated, the PMO immediately responded to the needs of the affected families by preparing and distributing breakfast meals, and consolidating in-kind donations for the displaced families. The PPA Employee’s Union, Pambansang Lakas at Tinig ng Pantalan (PANTALAN) Misamis Oriental /Cagayan de Oro Chapter, also distributed early Christmas gifts to the affected families during PANTALAN’s 32nd anniversary last September. — (with IMR Lam)  

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10 dead as Ursula hammers Visayas

December 26, 2019

The government has accounted at least 10 people dead as Typhoon Ursula hammered Aklan, Samar Island, northern Antique, Tacloban and Capiz even during Christmas eve.  Over 16,000 people were also recorded by NDRRMC for those affected by Typhoon Ursula, as their houses blew off by strong winds. The typhoon also destroyed commercial buildings, schools and commercial establishments. The dead people were identified by NDRRMC in Iloilo, Kananga and Abuyog towns in Leyte, including Capiz province. Identities of those who have lost to Typhoon Ursula have not yet been identified as the typhoon continued to hammer far-flung areas in those mentioned provinces bad-ly hit by the typhoon.   Those who chose last hour preparation to go home to their respected provinces were stranded in airports and piers under attack by Ursula, as flights and buses schedules were already cancelled. The coast guard has confirmed the sea has now become dangerous for travellers and last hour vacationers. In fact, at least 40 flights were already cancelled by domestic airlines, especially on routes going to the Visayas. Since yesterday, tropical cyclone wind signal #3 was identified by NDRRMC in Calamian Islands, and southern part of Mindoro.

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Blasts rock Cotabato City, Libungan town: 21 persons wounded

December 23, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Three explosions rocked Cotabato City Sunday and its neighboring town Libungan in Cotabato Province wounding 21 persons, nine of them members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The blasts occurred when people in Cotabato City and Libungan town were busy participating in "Simbang Gabi," carollings and other merry makings of the approaching Christmas. In an interview with reporters, Major Arvin Encinas confirmed the first blast happened at around 6:00pm Sunday, along Sinsuat Avenue in Cotabato City, The blast has injured 17 people, report said. Major Encinas said three unidentified suspects on board a motorcycle reportedly throw a grenade to the soldiers on board an army truck and passing on said road along Sinsuat Avenue. The military suspected islamic militant groups to have a hand in the incident. In fact, Maj Encinas pointed to Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) as behind the attack on a military convoy.  Meanwhile, minutes after the explosion in Cotabato City, another explosions also rocked the town of Libungan in Cotabato Province. Based on reports received by MDN, the explosion happened at around 6:12pm at the poblacion wounding five persons.  In a Facebook page posted by Shirlyn Villanueva, it was reported that the bomb exploded in front of Remerata Store in Poblacion, Libungan. Five persons were reported wounded namely: Rolando Amistoso, Ma. Vivian Bulahan, Ronald Eslit, Reynante Barbon and Angelica Cabatingan. Of the five victims, Amistoso was seriously wounded but he was immediately rushed at the CRMC hospital in Cotabato City. The other four victims, report said, were only slightly wounded. They were also brought to Pesante Hospital and Mount of Blessings for immediate treatment. At around 6:17pm - five minutes after the explosion in the poblacion in Libungan, another explosion was also reported fifteen meters away from Remerata Store but no casualties were reported as the the military has already condoned the area. The police in both Cotabato City and Libungan town "are still facing a blank wall" in as far as who perpetrated the attack on both civilians and the military.###   

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Union busting leads Samsung bosses to jail

December 22, 2019

Two top bosses of Korea's tech conglomerate, Samsung Electronics, were convicted and sentenced by the Seoul Central District Court of 18 months imprisonment on December 17, for violating the country's labour laws. Sentenced and convicted by the court were Samsung Electronics' Lee Sang-hoon, the company's chairman of the board and Samsung's Vice President Kang Kyung-hoon. Aside from convicting the two top executives of the tech giant, there were also several dozen employees of Samsung Electronics from different locations in Korea, who were also convicted by the court for their maltreatment of trade unions workers and even the trade unions in the country.    Under the existing labor laws in South Korea, especially the Trade Union and Labour Relations Adjustment Act of 1997, this so-called unfair labor practices are committed by the bosses if: 1. there is proven domination or interference with the trade union's formation or its operations 2. bosses made it a condition of employment that workers are not allowed to join labour union group   3. bosses terminated or discriminated workers on the grounds they join a labor union group 4. bosses dismiss workers on the grounds they took part in lawful collective activities During the trial of the case, South Korean state prosecutors briefed executives of Samsung various tactics the company has had implemented busting union activities such as threatening workers on their wages and withdrawing business from subcontractors who were union-friendly. The company's ULP (unfair labour practices) activites has been under investigations since last year when government prosectors launched a fact-finding mission into allegations Samsung has been working behind the scenes undermining union organizing. The government's legal actions were triggered with the leak of internal company documents containing union busting guidelines issued to the workes by the management of the tech giant. Based on South Korea's labour laws, a boss found guilty of commiting ULP “shall be punished by imprisonment of up to two years, or by a fine up to twenty million won (roughly $17,000 USD).”     

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STEAG State Power Inc awarded best in Corporate Social Responsibility

December 22, 2019

  "SPI IS ONE OF THE 3 AWARDEES FOR BEST IN CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY" - BUSINESSWEEK MINDANAO CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - STEAG State Power Inc (SPI), a world-class energy company, is one of the three awardees for "Best In Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)", during the recently concluded 8th Mindanao Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Awards, consistently organized by Mindanao Daily News Corporation, purposely to recognize companies, entities and leaders' outstanding performance which contributed to greater develoment in Mindanao. Two other awardees were Cagayan de Oro Light and Power Company (Cepalco) and SM Cagayan de Oro. The recent awarding ceremonies was held at Limketkai Luxe Hotel on December 13, 2019, the biggest and the tallest hotel in Southern Philippines, which is based in Cagayan de Oro City. It was well-attended by dignitaries and awardees all over Mindanao, including Martin Andanar, one of President Duterte's cabinet members. Andanar is now President Duterte's Communications Secretary. SPI bagged the award as "Best in Corporate Social Responsiblity" (CSR) because of its tremendous implementation of worthwhile projects which help many people in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental, as well as in other aspects of corporate social responsibility (CSR) mandated to big companies operating in the country. In its social media page, Steag thanked MDN for citing as among the companies with the Best in CSR programs." "Thank you Dante M Sudaria and the BusinessWeek Mindanao Team. More power! SPI is cited for its excellent CSR programs "which afforded economic, social, and environmental benefits to its stakeholders, clientele, and consumers". The award further notes that SPI's "environmental and social philanthropy and volunteering efforts for the community helped forge a stronger bond between workers and consumers and the community as a whole". BusinessWeek Mindanao Publisher Dante Sudaria, together with Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) Chairperson Orlando Ravanera and PCOO Secretary and Cabinet Officer for Regional Development (CORD) Region 10 Martin Andanar presented the award to Jerome Soldevilla in behalf of SPI. SPI’s commitment to help bring about the development of its host communities is expressed through its various Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs, focusing on the following areas of concerns: 1. Improving Education through the Social Empowerment through Education (SEEd) Program 2. Improving Income through the Livelihood and Economic Enterprise Development (LEED) Program 3. Improving Health through the Water, Sanitation and Health (WaSH) Program 4. Improving Governance through the Enhancing Governance in Local Development (EGoLD) Program 5. Improving Access to Electricity through the Fostering Rural Electrification and Energization (FREE) Program 6. Improving Quality of the Environment through the Environmental Conservation (ECo) Program 7. Inspiring people to excel through a continuing Information, Education and Communications (IEC) Program About SPI STEAG State Power Inc. (SPI) is a world-class energy company and a leader in advance coal-fired power generation technology. It was organized to own, finance, build, operate and maintain the first coal thermal power plant in Mindanao. The power plant is located at the PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental and has a capacity of 232 MW. It started commercial operations in November 2006 and since then, it has been reliably providing additional electric power needed to sustain the island’s economic growth and progress. SPI is majority owned by Steag GmbH which is one of the largest producers of electric power in Germany. With 80 years of extensive experience, Steag GmbH is a pioneer in highly efficient and reliable power plant operations in Germany. The other SPI shareholders include two leading Filipino companies --- Aboitiz Power Corporation (AP) and La Filipina Uygongco Corporation. With solid technical know-how and expertise plus a workforce complement of about 200 dedicated and competent personnel, SPI fulfills its mandate of helping provide solutions to the growing energy needs of the country and lives up to its vision of becoming a trusted partner for progress and development. Through the years, it has established a reputation as a highly efficient, reliable and responsible electric power producer in Mindanao.  How SPI delivers energy to our homes?     Presentors of the recently concluded 8th Mindanao Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Awards include Veterans Bank, Ayala, BPI BanKo, Cooperative Development Authority, provincial government of Misamis Oriental, CORDS 10 and PCOO, Limketkai Luxe Hotel, Pepsi, Washington, Angela Soriano Fashion Design Studio, SELRAHCO PR, Dessert Boss, Pie Square Photo Booth, AVPro and Marzel Digital Studio. If you wish to read more about SPI's CSR, please visit here

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