DOTr Allocates P100M for Laguindingan Airport Expansion in 2020 NEP

September 23, 2019

The Department of Transportation has allocated P100 million (M) for the expansion of the Laguindingan Airport ((IATA: CGY, ICAO: RPMY) in Misamis Oriental in the National Expenditure Program (NEP, or Budget) for 2020. This was confirmed by Cabinet Secretary Karlo B. Nograles during the recently concluded 28th Mindanao Business Conference in Iligan City. “For the 2020 budget, the DOTr proposed funding for the aviation sector amounting to P865 million for the development of airports and the upgrading of airport facilities,” Nograles said. “Of this figure, P100 million will be allocated for the development of Laguindingan Airport”. “The Laguindingan Airport Original Proponent Proposal is undergoing NEDA vetting and we believe that this will soon be approved,” he added.  DOTr previously allocated P90-M under its 2019 budget for the procurement of consultancy services for the preparation of detailed engineering and design for the expansion of the passenger terminal building. The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Region X (PCCI-X) and its affiliate chambers and organizations passed a resolution a year ago requesting DOTr Sec. Arthur Tugade to prioritize the development and expansion of Laguindingan Airport within the next five years (2019-2023).  “Actually, DOTr’s response was to re-open the proposed expansion project to a Public-Private Partnership (PPP),” said Ma. Teresa R. Alegrio, Region 10 Governor, of the PCCI which spearheaded the resolution.  “Aboitiz InfraCapital Inc. (AIC) has been granted the Original Proponent Status (OPS) by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), and the NEDA Investment Coordinating Committee (NEDA- ICC) is currently reviewing the revised proposal including the new budget of P42.7-Billion (B).  Next step is for NEDA Board to finally approve the proposed expansion, then subject it to a Swiss Challenge within 30 days,” she added. The resolution was signed by the chambers of commerce and industry of Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Kaamulan (Bukidnon), Ozamiz and Marawi, the Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Industries (COCI), Cagayan de Oro Hotels & Restaurants Association (COHARA), Misamis Oriental Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MOFCCII), Cagayan de Oro Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, PhilExport 10, Oro Bankers Association, CDO ICT Council and Cagayan de Oro Travel and Tours Association (COTTA).   Executive Order (EO) 230 (Reorganizing the National Economic and Development Authority) established the inter-agency Investment Coordination Committee (ICC) as one of the committees under the NEDA Board engaged in rationalizing national public investments and expenditures. The PCCI-X resolution noted that the original proposal to improve the capacity and operations of the Laguindingan airport included upgrading the facilities /equipment  to conform to international standards, specifically, the operations and maintenance (O&M) of the Airport along with the expansion of other necessary facilities and support infrastructure. The Laguindingan Public Private Partnership (PPP) Project aims to upgrade the current facilities of the Laguindingan Airport such as expansion of the Passenger Terminal Building (PTB), apron and runway extension, and improvement of existing airport facilities to support safer aircraft operations, increased passenger and cargo traffic, and capacity expansion. Originally, the project was included as one of the five Regional Airports Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Projects of the DOTr and CAAP. However, the NEDA Board approved the proposal of the DOTr  in 2016 to unbundle the five airport projects that were approved by the NEDA Board in 2014 under PPP scheme. The rationale for the proposal is to expedite early completion of PPP selection and awarding. Aboitiz InfraCapital (AIC) submitted to DOTr in 13 August 2018 an unsolicited proposal for the Upgrade, Expansion, Operations, and Maintenance of the Laguindingan Airport. The proposal was submitted to NEDA-ICC Secretariat for review which subsequently required AIC to revise it using the Operating and Maintenance (O&M) contract it awarded for the Clark International Airport. “Because of the NEDA-ICC wanting us to copy the O&M contract from Clark, we basically had to start from square one, rewrite the entire contract; we have submitted it to the CAAP, they have approved it, and it is now being reviewed by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) before submission to NEDA ICC,” said Jose Emmanuel Reverente, VP-Aboitiz InfraCapital, Inc. (AIC) during a presentation during the 28th Mindanao Business Conference held recently in Iligan City. “Since we have copied the Bohol Panglao Airport proposal that has been approved by NEDA ICC Technical Committee, we are optimistic the revised Laguindingan contract will go through much faster,” he added. “We are very hopeful by the end of this year, the contract can be awarded to us after the Swiss Challenge process.” For the 2020 National Expenditure Program (National Budget) CAAP  proposed a budget of P150-M for the extension of the existing airport runway by 300 meters from 2.1 to 2.4 kilometers to comply with requirement for its night rating. However, this has been reduced by DOTr to P100-M as announced by Nograles during the 28th MinBizCon. The scope of the expansion for the Laguindingan Airport would be implemented through the PPP modality in accordance with the approved plan covering the expansion/construction of new passenger terminals, along with all associated infrastructure and facilities as per applicable standards. The scope of works also cover the installation of all the required equipment and associated facilities as per ICAO standards such as the provision of required works with respect to the existing terminal, along with all  associated infrastructure and facilities to handle operations until the development of the new passenger terminal; O&M of the passenger terminals (new and existing) during the entire concession  period; and enhancement/development of airside facilities to meet the enhanced scale of operations at the airport over the required duration; and O&M of all enhanced airside facilities, including, the apron, runway and taxiway.  Earlier,  the NEDA Board approved  in 20 July  2014 the expansion of the Laguindingan airport in three  phases: 2015-2017 (Phase 1) , 2024-2026 (Phase 2) and 2033-2035 ( Phase 3) under a PPP) modality valued at P14 billion (B) to include the development, operation and maintenance of the airport.  On January 24, 2017, an Invitation to Pre-Qualify and Bid for the development and O & M of the Laguindingan Airport was posted in the DOTr, CAAP and PPP center websites. However, on May 22, 2017, DOTr through its General Bid Bulletin 04-2077 addressed to the Pre-Qualification Bids and Awards Committee, advised all prospective bidders that the government had decided instead to pursue the expansion and augmentation of the Laguindingan airport using Official Development Assistance (ODA) or General Appropriations Act ( GAA) funding. But DOTr made another turnaround when it informed the Regional Development Council Region X (RDC X) Council on May 28, 2018, that the O & M would  again be undertaken through PPP. Then in June 2018, CAAP informed RDC-X it had allocated P181.125-million for the expansion of the Passenger terminal building. Despite this, the expansion of the cargo building, runway and other facilities was not specified.  In response, the private sector led by PCCI-10 requested DOTr to prioritize the expansion of the Laguindingan Airport by including in its budget allocation for 2019, the construction of a new passenger terminal and cargo building, enhanced airside facilities, including the apron, runway and taxiway within the next five years.    The resolution also stressed the urgency of fast tracking of a new Operations and Maintenance ( O&M) service contract thru the PPP scheme , even as DOTr and CAAP remain responsible for the air traffic, control and air navigation facilities provisioning and operation.

Cebu Pacific Air Cargo continues digital transformation with SmartKargo

September 19, 2019

Cloud-based solution powers apps, kiosks to streamline customer experience MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Cebu Pacific Air (PSE: CEB) has renewed its contract with QuantumID Technologies to ramp up SmartKargo for CEB Cargo.  The partnership will continue the cloud-based real-time management of CEB’s air cargo business using the advanced SmartKargo operating system.  The largest Philippine carrier has utilized the innovative Software as a Service (SaaS) solution to empower customers with real-time shipment information and advanced tools such as mobile apps that streamline customer experience via kiosks at the warehouse. The mobile app has also allowed CEB Cargo to enable its clients to manage their shipments end-to-end, from booking to destination. In addition, SmartKargo has helped CEB manage and integrate new dedicated cargo capacity into its fleet. “The SmartKargo Cloud solution has equipped CEB Cargo with the advanced digital tools to run our business,” said Alex Reyes, Cebu Pacific Vice President for Commercial. “We are very pleased to continue the partnership, and look forward to sustained growth that SmartKargo has enabled.” Enhanced capabilities of SmartKargo allowed CEB Cargo to provide paperless Airway Bills (e-AWBs), and ease of booking for CEB Cargo agents and customers by allowing single-screen data entries.  In addition, the solution provides simplified pricing and rate-making capabilities; real-time capacity management; user-configurable business Intelligence and reporting; and integrated Cargo Revenue accounting. The platform supports streamlined participation with partners doing e-commerce—facilitating B2B or B2C door-to-door operations via mobile applications as well as third party integration. “We at SmartKargo look forward to continue providing CEB Cargo with solutions and tools to grow their business,” said Jay Shelat, Executive Vice President at QuantumID Technologies. “We are happy and grateful to be working with an outstanding team of cargo professionals and excellent leadership.” Cebu Pacific was the first Asian carrier to adopt the SmartKargo Cloud platform in 2013.  About Cebu Air Inc. (PSE: CEB) Cebu Air Inc., operating as Cebu Pacific, is the largest carrier in the Philippine air transportation industry, offering its low-cost services to more destinations and routes with higher flight frequency within the Philippines than any other airline. Together with subsidiary Cebgo, CEB flies to 37 domestic and 26 international destinations with over 100 routes spanning Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and USA. The Cebu Pacific fleet is comprised of two (2) Airbus A320NEO, two (2) Airbus A321NEO, seven (7) Airbus A321CEO, 33 Airbus A320, eight (8) Airbus A330, eight (8) ATR 72-500, and 13 ATR 72-600 aircraft. The ATR aircraft are used by Cebgo for inter-island flights where jet operations are not possible. CEB has received its first ATR freighter in August 2019, to provide bespoke cargo services within the country. CEB boasts of one of the youngest fleets in the world, with an average fleet age of five (5) years. For bookings and inquiries, guests can visit The latest seat sales can be found on CEB’s official Twitter (@CebuPacificAir) and Facebook pages. About SmartKargo The SmartKargo end-to-end platform has robust mobile applications and advanced technologies such as real-time information, business intelligence, mobile apps, and machine-learning capabilities–while providing quick and seamless integrations with an airline’s current or future systems via APIs, for fast deployment and integration. The end-to-end technology is an extension of the SmartKargo Cloud SaaS solution that is built upon the world’s leading global cloud infrastructure, Microsoft Azure. SmartKargo Cloud provides ease-of-use and instant access to shipment information for all members of the value chain. Azure is the world’s leading cloud platform that supports our robust mobile applications. For more information

Sip a cup of great coffee with Great Taste White’s new flavors

September 19, 2019

Coffee lovers have more reasons to indulge in a delicious cup anytime and anywhere as Great Taste White offers its latest variants to delight the craving of avid coffee drinkers. Whether it’s for starting the day right or for quick pick-me-ups in the middle of the day, the new Great Taste White Caramel and Great Taste White Crema are bound to satisfy the busy and always on-the-go Filipino. Fans of sweet and aromatic coffee can find themselves enjoying Great Taste White Caramel. It offers the perfect mix of roasted coffee and cream with hints of luscious caramel, blending a sweet linamnam for everyday coffee fix. For a more flavorful and full-bodied coffee experience, Great Taste White Crema combines the real coffee taste with rich vanilla cream for a creamy linamnam that is reminiscent of everyone’s favorite latte. These two new variants, and the original Great Taste White coffee mix, come in a fresh and attractive new packaging. Singer and actress, Janella Salvador, joins Great Taste (White) as its newest ambassador in bringing amazing everyday experiences that start with great coffee. She shares, “I am absolutely ecstatic to be a part of this big family. It feels good to endorse a product you enjoy and personally, I love Great Taste White Caramel because it is sweet and creamy – just like how I prefer having my cup of coffee!”  A trailblazer in the instant coffee industry, Great Taste continues to brew new experiences for Filipinos – from being the first to introduce white coffee mix, first twin pack size, and first re-sealable pouch, among others. Tikmanangsarap ng tamangtimpla with Great Taste White Caramel and Great Taste White Crema. These two new exciting variants come in 30g and 50g sachets, for only 6.05 (SRP) and  9.70 (SRP) respectively. Grab these in sari-sari stores, groceries and supermarkets nationwide. Stay updated on Great Taste’s latest offerings by following Great Taste Coffee on Facebook (@GreatTasteCoffeePH) or visiting Universal Robina Corporation’s website at

28th Mindanao Business Conference Executive Report

September 17, 2019

ILIGAN CITY – The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry expressed its satisfaction with the results of the recently concluded 28th Mindanao Business Conference held in this City of Majestic Waterfalls last September 12-14, 2019. Over 700 delegates from business, policy makers and stakeholders from government and private sector attended the three day conference organized by the PCCI and hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation of Iligan, Inc. (CCIFII) at the MSU-IIT gym in Barangay Tibanga, this city. A major milestone of the conference is the immediate response from President Duterte’s Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Karlo B. Nograles on the policy resolutions submitted by PCCI Mindanao. “We believe that the best evidence of government’s commitment to follow through on Mindanao development efforts are the Administration’s response to the 2018 MinBizCon Resolutions submitted to the President last year,” Nograles said.  “We are encouraged by the fact that many of the priorities and plans of the Administration are aligned with your concerns, and you have our assurance that the concerns you have raised are factored in the government’s ongoing programs and projects in the region,” he added. In response to the six policy agenda put forward by the PCCI to the Office of the President, Nograles, who represented President Rodrigo R. Duterte, committed to prioritize in the 2020 National Expenditure Program (NEP or Budget) the following major infrastructure projects and programs:   ·Upgrading the airport capabilities in Pagadian, Ozamiz, Tandag, Surigao, Camiguin and the expansion of the  Laguindingan Airport; · Roads Leveraging Linkages for Industry and a Trade (ROLL-IT) proposals from all regions in Mindanao; ·Rehabilitation of the Agus-Pulangi Hydro Power plants; ·Rehabilitation programs for Marawi City (livelihood, telecommunications, and other social services); and ·Packages of services and assistance for the implementation of Executive Order 70 - the Whole of Nation Approach to address peace and development in Mindanao. Target groups are geographically isolated and disadvantage areas, communities whose poverty incidence is more than 30% and conflict areas in Mindanao. “As we reach the halfway mark of the Administration, our focus is now ensuring that the programs and projects that we promised at the start of this term are being executed, if not yet completed, and will make a lasting impact on our countrymen via the many projects in Mindanao, “ Nograles said. Upgrading Mindanao Airports The night rating of the Pagadian, Ozamiz, Surigao (and Siargao), Camiguin airports are expected to be completed by 2019 to 2021. The Laguindingan Airport Original Proponent Proposal is undergoing NEDA vetting and is expected to be approved soon.  For the 2020 budget, the DOTr proposed funding for the aviation sector amounting to P 865 million for the development of airports and the upgrading of airport facilities. Of this, P100 million is allocated for the development of Laguindingan Airport. Based on the latest inspection, the November 2019 completion target for the initial 400-meter repair of the Surigao airport runway is expected to be met and the full 700-meters by February 2020. ROLL-IT Project Mindanao’s road network is being now developed by the DPWH with funds amounting to P126.86 billion. The Mindanao Road Development Network Program, covering 2,600.67 kilometers, connects the Zamboanga Peninsula, Southern Mindanao, Central Mindanao and Caraga Regions. For 2020, the proposed budget for ROLL IT alone is P10.2 billion. The DOTr also proposed for FY 2020 the inclusion of P97 million for the Mindanao Railway Project. “Also requested in this resolution is the conduct of consultations on policy-making. For this, we have the Regional Dialogues (Dagyaw), currently being conducted nationwide. Dagyaw 2019: Open Government and Participatory Governance Regional Dialogues encourage participation among government agencies, the public, and other stakeholders. As a platform for engagement and convergence, each regional dialogue focuses on area-specific topics to address the issues and problems encountered in each locality,” Nograles noted.            Agus-Pulangi Rehab The Agus-Pulangi Hydropower Plant rehab was among the projects lined up for China financing after the President obtained US$9 billion official development assistance (ODA) during his visit to Beijing in October 2016. Funding for this was firmed up as part of the “second basket” of projects in September 2017, and according to the NEDA, the rehabilitation of the plant is scheduled for 2020, to be completed by 2022 Rehabilitation of Marawi City “On fast tracking the Economic Recovery of Marawi City, we cannot agree with you more that acceleration for livelihood-related interventions, supplementary support such as financing and new and better opportunities for MSMEs and in parallel, continuing capacitation of those affected to be able to take up and sustain these activities, are paramount to the rehabilitation of the city as well as to establish business resiliency,” Nograles said. Corollary to this, however, is ensuring the security and the public’s safety so that dividends from current recovery programs will not be wasted, he added.  The reconstruction and rehabilitation of 18.97 kilometers of roads in Marawi City is now ongoing. Funding from both local and foreign sources have enabled the Duterte Administration to fast track the extensive planning and preparations required for the P67.99 billion reconstruction and rehabilitation program for Marawi within just a year after government troops liberated the city. Displaced families continue to be transferred to transitory shelters built through the efforts of Task Force BangonMarawi, and have been able to avail of livelihood projects and skills training programs undertaken by different implementing agencies, development partners, CSOs and NGOs. “As we build on these efforts that continue to this day, we in government welcome the new recommendations from the MinBizCon for 2019. From the initial briefing papers provided to us, there are new projects and priorities being recommended, and we welcome your input,” Nograles noted. Executive Order 70 - the Whole of Nation Approach While underscoring the media’s role in conveying to the public this government’s policy, the EO is now paving the way for better formulation of programs by the Regional Peace and Order Councils (RPOC) hand in hand with that of the Regional Development Councils (RDC). The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has also launched its own initiatives that utilize this approach to address the root causes of insurgency, internal disturbances, and armed conflict. The Convergence Areas for Peace and Development (CAPDev) initiative of the Regional Development Council-Region 10 (RDC-10) and the Regional Peace and Order Council-Region 10 (RPOC-10) is the first such mechanism to pioneer this approach. Emerging Investment Destination “In the coming years, we can expect increased investments since most of the committed investments and projects committed in the early part of the Administration are now past feasibility stage and are, in fact, already being implemented,” Nograles said. The Board of Investments (BOI) reports registered investments in Mindanao increased by 420% from P18.2 billion in April 2018 to P94.7 billion in April this year. The bulk of these investments in Mindanao are in the Caraga region (P 57.87 billion); Northern Mindanao (P31.97 billion); Davao Region (P2.7 billion); and Soccsksargen (P2.1 billion pesos). These registered new investments are expected to generate at least 7,000 new jobs.

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


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