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Old February 15th, 2011, 03:55 AM   #81
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PROJECT WATCH: Corpus Christi Pueblo Campus now rising
Posted on May 5, 2010 by damarre
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Corpus Christi’s 3-storey school building at Pueblo de Oro is now underway. Construction is currently on the second floor.

The school building is inside Vista Verde Subdivision. I wasn’t able to get inside but the vertical works can be seen from Masterson Avenue. Specifically, Corpus’ new campus is just in front of Xavier Heights Subdivision. From its beginnings as a nursery school at Macasandig, it is has become one of the best schools in Northern Mindanao. Be it academic or sports, the school has garnered many awards both in regional, as well as in national competitions.

The school had its beginning in 1975 when Mrs. Ma. Corazon S. del Fierro rented one Sunday school room of the Cagayan Baptist Church along Tomas Saco Street. It was then known as Little School House. Over the years, the school’s population grew and one time while attending mass on the feast of Corpus Christi, Mrs. del Fierro came to a decision to start a high school. Thus, the school’s name was changed from Little School House to Corpus Christi School. The rest is now history. The Pueblo Campus is just proof of the school’s success.

















PROJECT WATCH: Corpus Christi Pueblo Campus updates
Posted on September 8, 2010 by damarre
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Construction of Corpus Christi’s Pueblo Campus is now on the final stages. The main structure of the 3-storey school building has been completed with exterior and interior finishings still to be done as shown in the pictures.

For those not familiar with the location, it’s inside Vista Verde Subdivision. You can notice this on the left of Masterson Avenue if you’re travelling from the airport.







The school, regarded as one of the city’s best secondary institution, has a growing population and a second campus will help ease the traffic at their Macasandig Campus.





PROJECT WATCH: Corpus Christi Pueblo Campus to open June 2011
Posted on December 6, 2010 by damarre
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Corpus Christi Pueblo de Oro Campus is set to open in June 2011 or beginning next school year. Construction of the said campus just beside Vista Verde Village is almost finished.

The 3-storey building will complement the Macasandig Campus which has become too crowded and cramped over the last few years. To maintain the privacy and exclusivity of adjacent subdivision, another entrance was opened along Masterson Avenue as shown in the photos below. So if you’re living in the area and you can afford quality education, logically you’ll enrol your pre-school, elementary and high school kids at the Pueblo Campus starting next year.










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PROJECT WATCH: Other construction updates 29
Posted on February 3, 2011 by damarre
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Just a quick post on another set of new construction projects in the city…shown above is a new development along RN Pelaez Boulevard just beside Georgetown Cybermall. The old fastfood stalls were demolished (or rental not renewed?) to give way to the new and much bigger commercial establishment.

A makeshift signboard indicates the project is that of Elipe Construction … an expansion of Elipe Park perhaps?



There is currently a shortage of construction workers, particularly of carpenters in Cagayan de Oro since basically they’ve found work in various construction projects in the city. Because of this, there is an influx of new workers now from the provinces of Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon and Lanao del Norte.





Shown below is Georgetown Cybermall located just beside the new construction.



I’ll only post 2 new developments as I was in a hurry….the second project is that of the building renovation along Vamenta Boulevard shown below.







I have many more new developments on my list but my time restricts me.

These construction works are slowly changing the face of the city.
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PROJECT WATCH: Other construction updates 28
Posted on January 14, 2011 by damarre
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Here are some updates of previously posted projects. Shown above is D’Morvie Suites Lapasan which is already operating but there still seems some work being done on the sides and on the roof.

The one on the side could be the elevator shaft.



Next is the commercial building just across D’Morvie Suites Lapasan shown below. Previous update was last October 22, 2010. They have finished the 3rd floor. I just don’t know if there will be another floor but the steel bars are still going up.





Meanwhile, work on the new Greenwich branch at Divisoria has also commenced. As the tarp states, “DISCOVER THE NEW GREENWICH, DISCOVER FRIENDSHIP, DISCOVER DELICIOUS”… this seems to be the new tag-line for the re-packaged Greenwich. I first posted this project last August 18, 2010.





Below is the on-going construction along Gusa Highway just before Bigaan Bridge. Last update was July 3, 2010. Woe to those who made the vandals.



The photo below was taken from Seminary Hills. It shows the 3-storey commercial building at the back of Juan Fuel along JR Borja Extension almost complete. The previous photo update was August 10, 2010.



Next is some progress on the rumored Willshire Inn branch along Mortola Street at the back of Ororama Supercenter. Still no press release whatsoever but there were workers onsite. My previous update on this was more than a year ago on August 14, 2009. In fact it was the first “Other construction updates” which has now reached its 28th update including this post. Some changes since 2009 include the roof and partition walls.





Lastly, the CLIMBS Building along Bulua Highway is almost finished. In fact, it already has a tenant operating, Cebu City Community Cooperative. My previous update was last August 10, 2010.

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Canadian firm partners with XU to revitalize coffee industry
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CAGAYAN DE ORO City, Feb. 15, 2011—A Canadian firm is partnering with the Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan to help revitalize the coffee industry in Mindanao and in the country as well.

Pierre Yves Cote, Rocky Mountain Café president, whose coffee producers are indigenous peoples of various tribes all over the country, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with outgoing XU president, Rev. Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin, S.J., for the development and promotion of Arabica coffee in Mindanao.

Xavier University can do this through the (1) development of a minimum of 50 hectares of Arabica coffee plantation on XU properties; (2) setting up a training center to provide training to Mindanao Arabica coffee farmers; (3) establishment of a training program on the best practices in Arabica coffee farming and processing; and (4) establishment of a research program on Arabica coffee production and processing.

For its part, RMC will also (1) provide thesis support grants to XU undergraduate and graduate degree students; (2) create a joint laboratory that specializes in finding solutions to the problems of Arabica coffee farmers in Mindanao; (3) promote entrepreneurship by setting up RMC coffee kiosks and franchises on the XU campus; and (4) provide job opportunities to XU graduates.

“Rocky Mountain Café is a Canadian company that wants to revolutionize the coffee industry in the Philippines,”
Cote said during the recent launching of Café Ateneo, which retails RMC’s coffee.

Café Ateneo was launched on February 9 as part of the program of activities for Social
Consciousness Month of XU’s Research and Social Outreach (RSO). Café Ateneo is part of the Student Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) of RSO which seeks to promote entrepreneurship among the students by establishing enterprises that can serve as business laboratories for both business and non-business students.

Café Ateneo, while serving as a training ground for future full-fledged entrepreneurs, aims to expand the food and dining options of the University community. The Café serves specialty coffee provided by RMC. With a temporary location at the Science Center building, the Café is convenient for students who may not have enough time to go to the cafeteria or a farther location for a snack in between classes. Tables and chairs are provided for chitchats or serious discussions that go well with coffee.

RSO hopes to make Café Ateneo more than just a snack bar but a hotbed of intellectual discourse.

Dr. Hilly Roa-Quiaoit, XU vice president for RSO, said that XU’s partnership with RMC will help boost the university’s research and outreach arm to help the community.

Quiaoit said that the partnership with RMC is part of RSO’s program of providing food security to farmers.

RMC and XU can do this by “helping the farmers in Bukidnon in terms of coffee production,” she said.

RMC is now setting up a 50 hectare Arabica coffee plantation in Miarayon, Talakag, Bukidnon.

Revitalize coffee industry

The Bukidnon plantation, set for inauguration soon, is only the fifth plantation that RMC has set up all over the country as part of its thrust of helping the Philippines regain its ranking among the 77 coffee-producing countries in the world. RMC is targeting to establish 10 plantations in 10 provinces from Luzon to Mindanao, with 100,000 Arabica coffee trees in each plantation for a total of 1million Arabica coffee trees nationwide.

The Philippines is currently ranked 76th in the world in terms of coffee production, a very far cry from its 3rd place ranking two decades ago.

“The coffee industry in the Philippines declined because the industry focused on making instant coffee and planting Robusta coffee, which is low-grade coffee,” Cote said.

He said the Bukidnon plantation is targeted to be RMC’s main production unit in this part of Mindanao. RMC also has another plantation in Mindanao, located in Kiamba in Sarangani Province.

Having tasted Philippine Arabica coffee during its heyday, Cote —a French-Canadian married to a Filipina, and calls the Philippines home for the last 20 years —helped established the RMC in 2006 to help revitalize the country’s coffee industry.

“Coffee is selling today at double the price it was selling six months ago. If only Filipino coffee farmers are growing Arabica, they will have three times more money from Arabica that they’re earning from Robusta,” he said.

Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar Moreno confirmed Cote’s claim.

Moreno narrated an incident in Bal-ason, Gingoog City years ago where coffee farmers light their cigarettes using paper money from the sale of their coffee. The same farmers also washed their hands with beer.

“That showed how abundant coffee was then; the price was very high. And that was many years ago,” he said.

Cagayan de Oro City Vice Mayor Cesar Ian Acenas said RMC’s coming to CDO, through its partnership with Xavier University and Brew Brothers Coffee Services, Inc. will surely give a boost to the industry.

Acenas said that he learned from the franchise owner of a famous coffee chain that recently opened here that its one-month income alone exceeded from P4 million.

“This means that RMC has a very good market here in the city, since Kagay-anons are coffee drinkers,” he said.

He also praised RMC for believing in the Filipino coffee farmers.

“Remember, every time you drink a cup of Rocky Mountain Café coffee, you’re helping the Filipino farmers. We want to develop our local farmers,” Cote said.

Coffee with a soul

Aside from being a business, RMC is basically a social enterprise that distributes only organic Arabica coffee grown by local farmers, specifically Indigenous Peoples (IPs).

Cote said that when they set up RMC in 2006, they have consciously and deliberately chose to partner with the indigenous peoples of the Philippines.

“We could have partnered with the private sector and earn a windfall but we won’t have any impact on society. We won’t be helping the community. So we made the decision that since we are looking for high altitude locations, we decided to partner with the tribes,” he said in a separate interview.

“RMC is more than just coffee. There is nothing more common than coffee. It’s been here for thousands of years and everybody drink it. But what makes our coffee special is that when you buy a bag of our coffee, you help the indigenous peoples,” he added.

In RMC’s coffee plantation in Benguet, the company is partnering with the Ibaloi and Kankaney tribes; in Kiamba, Sarangani, their partner is the T’Boli tribe; Davao Region, with the Mandaya and Mansaka tribes; and in Bukidnon, RMC will be partnering with the Higaonons and Talaandigs.

Partnering with the IPs or establishing coffee plantations in the tribes’ ancestral territories, however, is not easy.

And Cote admitted that this process really takes time, which is why RMC is working closely with the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to ensure that all the provisions in the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) in doing a project inside IPs’ ancestral territories are being followed by the company.

“We do public consultations before we do any project. There is no hanky-panky deal that we do with anybody. What we do is open and free process. We consult the community and inform them in advance. Once their Council of Elders has approved the project, then we negotiate and sign an agreement. It’s a regulated process. It takes time but at least it’s transparent, and it’s fair,” he said.

Because of this, Rocky Mountain Café coffee is famous throughout the world as “the coffee with a soul.”

“The indigenous peoples of the Philippines, they give soul and character to our coffee,” he added, which is why RMC will continue to work with the IPs to help empower them and bring back their pride.

RMC even highlights the profile of each tribe-partner in its website.

In its Corporate Social Responsibility Policy Statement, RMC states: “We believe that taking concrete steps to improve the quality of life of the Filipino people is not just important, it is necessary for a company like ours whose greatest assets are our people, and whose existence depends on the community that hosts us.”

Thus, RMC sees to it that its partner-tribes have access to schools, health facilities, continuing education through trainings, and cooperative development, among others.

But more than these, RMC helps the tribes in the promotion of their unique and traditional indigenous culture.

“Rocky Mountain recognizes that the lives of the indigenous peoples are closely linked to their land. We manifest our profound respect for the indigenous cultural communities and their natural heritage by ensuring that our operations do not degrade the land and its precious resources. Rocky Mountain respects indigenous farming practices and at the same time integrates new farming technologies that make the lives of the men and women coffee farmers easier.

“The company upholds the heritage and traditions of the tribes in all its operations in the Philippines. We use indigenous architecture in the design of our plantation offices and mills. We adopt ethnic patterns and style in our farmers’ uniform. We use indigenous materials, such as abaca, for our coffee harvest baskets and sinamay and buri for the packaging of our finished products.

“We are honored to promote worldwide Philippine Arabica coffee and the unique culture of each Philippine indigenous community that produces it.

“The identity of Rocky Mountain Arabica Coffee Company is enriched by the Philippine indigenous peoples who nurture our coffee,” said Cote. (Bong D. Fabe)
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2 flyovers, modern traffic system, among CdeO’s priority projects
Posted on February 15, 2011 by damarre
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The members of the Cagayan de Oro City Development Council (CDC) chaired by City Mayor Vicente Y. Emano recently held its very first full council meeting last February 9 at the Tourism Hall to discuss the implementation of the city’s priority projects.

Among the flagship projects discussed during the meeting included the following:

1. CM Recto Avenue Flyover
2. Masterson-Macanhan Flyover
3. Transfer of dumpsite to a new landfill
4. Solid waste collection management improvement
5. Traffic modernization project with citywide surveillance.


The City Development Council was created through EO 033-2011 which ordered the creation of the body headed by the City Mayor as chairman, with all punong barangays, city council, District 1 & 2 congressmen and representatives of accredited NGOs as members.

The CDC is tasked to formulate long-term, medium term, and annual socio-economic development plans, policies and public investment programs; appraise and prioritize socio economic development programs and projects.
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PROJECT WATCH: Other construction updates 27
Posted on January 14, 2011 by damarre
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Another set of new projects again for the first offering for the year. Shown above is the vertical expansion of FICCO Bldg. along Tiano Bros. St at the back of Sabal Hospital.

As shown below, they’re constructing an additional floor to cater to demand for more office commercial space.



Shown below is a new development near the Puntod-Kauswagan Bridge intersection which looks like a container yard. The contractor has elevated the site and has completed the concrete flooring. They’re now working on the frontage.







Below is a new 3-storey commercial building along RN Pelaez Blvd in Kauswagan near the Bonbon-Bayabas junction. It’s another design by Heinrich Ty.





Another Jetti Refilling Station is being constructed in Puerto shown below. The site is formerly an LTO-accredited smoke-belching facility.



Below is the near completed Chapel of the Precious Blood of Jesus in Puerto located just beside the new Jetti Station shown above. Both new developments are just a few meters away from Puerto Sabal Hospital.





I couldn’t post them all but a lot new constructions are still going on at the turn of the year.
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PROJECT WATCH: Other construction updates 26
Posted on December 28, 2010 by damarre
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Updates of previously posted projects…now on its 26th of a series. First is the nearing completion of the diagnostics building along Burgos-Chavez Streets near City Hall. My previous update of this project was last October 22, 2010.

As shown in the pictures, the architect has used blue glass panels, yellow and white metal claddings and some brown wood-like exteriors for the building. Perhaps, some tenants will be opening business in January 2011.



My next project is that of Casa Azucena’s expansion. My previous update was last January 6, 2010 or nearly a year already. Located inside Marfori Compound in between Corrales Avenue and Pabayo Streets, the new building being constructed beside Casa Azucena was just a small apartment-like structure. But now, you can see the big difference as it has become clearly evident that the expansion project took some changes midway through construction. First, the small building at the corner shown below (first photo was taken January 2010) was acquired and demolished. Then, the proponent increased the number of floors. Just browse over the pictures and and see the changes made. Again, more rooms will be available when completed.













Just across Casa Azucena is the building currently being renovated by Montecarlo Realty. My previous update was last August 10, 2010. Unlike my last update, the following photos were taken at the back of the building. Montecarlo Realty is the real estate arm of UKC Builders and they’re currently completing the additional floor or the roof deck of the building shown below. They’ve also cleared the site maybe for parking purposes. The clearing included the site of the former Balyahay Garden Café (which has transferred to a new site near CAP Bldg.-also under construction).





The Earlsbridge is also nearing completion. My previous update was last October 1, 2010. Just see the difference as glass panels are already in place. Located along the intersection of Tomas Saco Street and Rodelsa Road, deadline of bids for space rentals was last December 17 as shown in the tarpaulin below (as what I’ve perceived to be). I guess the building has many bids already.











Another project nearing completion is this 3-storey commercial building along RN Abejuela Street just across Magsaysay Park in Divisoria. My previous update was also last October 1, 2010.





The Cooperative Bank of Misamis Oriental along Antonio Luna Street (across Land Bank) is also expected to have occupancy early next year. My previous update was last July 8, 2010. The coop’s chairman (Hon. Isidro Lico) is now an elected congressman of the party-list ATING-KOOP, and this building is perhaps his legacy of his service to the cooperative business.





The TS Fashion Building along Corrales Avenue is also revealing its true colors as depicted on the perspective. Previous photo update was last October 1, 2010.







And finally, the 2-storey commercial building along Velez-Chavez Streets just across Brew Berry Café is now almost done. Previous photo update was also last October 1, 2010.





I’ve got more updates but I’ll reserve them next year. Slowly and surely, the city’s urbanscape is changing everyday.
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PROJECT WATCH: Other construction updates 24
Posted on October 22, 2010 by damarre
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Here are some updates of previously posted constuction projects in Cagayan de Oro City. Shown above is the commercial building in Lapasan just near the Lapasan-Camaman-an Road Junction. Workers are now preparing for the 3rd floor as the structure for the second floor seems to be almost done.

More photos of the same project below.





Next update is that of the large commercial warehouse building complex fronting Pepsi-Cola Bottling Plant in Tin-ao, Agusan. As the city is a major transshipment hub, the need for warehouses are rising.









Below is an update of the 2-storey commercial building along Capt. Vicente Roa Street. Years ago, this street is just a short cut from the National Highway to Cogon with vacant idle lots on both sides of the street. Now, there are few vacant lots left as buildings are lining up as seen below, which are built wall to wall.





This building below is also along Capt. V. Roa Street but at the junction of Ebarle Street. It was first posted in No. 19 of the series and it’s fast shaping up.





This building below in Cogon stands out with its glassy and metal cladding facade. I think they’re now finishing the interiors.





The former COC Annex along Vamenta Blvd. is now Special Appliance Plaza.
Photo was taken last week so I expect store opening this week.





Finally, the colored cladding and glassy exteriors of the 5-storey building along Burgos-Chavez Sts. is now slowly revealed. This building is just near the proposed Golden Mile project.





The construction industry is booming in this part of the country.
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PROJECT WATCH: Other construction updates 23
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Here are some new construction projects in the city…they never stop. First is another Citi Hardware branch in Tablon shown above. I think it’s as big or maybe even larger than their latest branch in Bulua. Perhaps the appliance business must be booming in the city.

As seen below, the structure of the building is slowly taking shape. The site is just some 50 meters from the old Mercedes Benz showroom.













Next on the list is another new huge warehouse also located in Barangay Tablon shown below. Construction is now focused on the steel frames of the roof.







Going back to Lapasan, there’s a new commercial construction shown below…shielded by a tall gate but now nearing completion.





A few days ago I dropped by at the DENR Regional Office at Macabalan to get some subdivision plans…there’s another new construction, an expansion of their office shown below.





Along Ebarle, there’s a new 2-storey residential-commercial building rising as shown below…the tarp bearing the name of the architect (Architect Heinrich Ty–again).




Lastly, the proposed branch of CoffeeWorks at Xavier University Gym now under construction…coffee shops are becoming a habit in the city.





There are at least 5 more NEW construction projects I wanted to post but I’ll reserve them for No. 24 in the series.
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Updates of previously posted construction activities in Cagayan de Oro City. Photo above shows the Earlsbridge Building along Tomas Saco Street fronting Yumi Pension House.

The steel beams are already erected. they’re now pouring cement on the ceiling of the ground floor/flooring of the second level.







Below is an update of the 3-storey building along Corrales Avenue some 50 meters from Consuelo’s. They’re installing metal claddings.







The new 3-storey commercial arcade is also rising along RN Abejuela Street. The previous building has been demolished.



The old “Ato-Ato Eatery” at the corner of Toribio Chavez and Apolinar Velez Street is now history. I first posted this last December 2, 2009. The new building has a new design (slight changes) that’s why construction took some time to begin. Work is now in full swing.





Slowly, the old Divisoria is being replaced with modern buildings….
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nice . . . more progress to CDO

You are welcome bai! Thanks a lot for starting this wonderful thread.
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P200M biomass power plant for Pepsi to be completed in June
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PowerSource Energy Services, Inc. (PESI) will develop a P200 million biomass-run power plant in this city in partnership with Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc.

The plant, expected to be completed in June, is targeted to produce two megawatts of power, enough to provide power to Pepsi’s bottling plant here.

The plant will use coconut shells, husks and residues, which are all readily abundant in the region, as feedstock.

A Pepsi official said the plant is aimed at reducing power cost in local operations by as much as 20% in the long-run and at the same time provide additional income and livelihood support to farmers in the nearby areas.

Last year, Gabby R. Gabinete, Pepsi commercial director said the company is looking at partnerships in renewable energy development for its other bottling plants under its program Project Power Play.

He said that not only will biomass-fed plants help the environment but will also generate additional income to farmers for inputs that are generally considered as agricultural waste.

PESI is a subsidiary of the US-based PowerSourceGroup LLC, which has co-generation projects in Southeast Asia and Western Pacific.

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Cepalco to put up 30-megawatt plant
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Cagayan de Oro Electric Power Light Co. Inc. (Cepalco) is planning to put up a 30-megawatt (MW) solar power project in Mindanao, a top company official said.

Cepalco president Ramon Abaya said they will initially build a 10-MW facility and expand this by another 10 MW in the near term.

“We have 40 hectares to host this 20-MW (facility) in the next one and a half years. If there would be a definite feed-in tariff (FIT), we may increase this to 30 MW in the next three years,” Abaya said.

He said they would be doing the first phase of the solar project on their own.

For the larger capacity, they may tap partners in the succeeding phases.

Abaya pointed out they are not in talks with potential partners negotiations will not be sealed until the final FIT is determined.

FIT is prescribed under the Renewable Energy Act which gives guaranteed revenue for renewable energy developers based on the technology they would use. Base on initial discussions among the industry players, Abaya said the FIT would likely be at the range of P19 to P10 per kilowatthour but said this cost may go down once more players come in.

“We hope to bring down the costs. We will bid out the contracts so we will have an option to get the most competitive price,” he said.

Abaya said they are in the process of bidding out the first phase of their solar project in Cagayan de Oro.

“There are more than 10 that have submitted their bids. But we have shortlisted three.

All are German integrators,” he said. The solar panels, he said, would be sourced in Taiwan and China which offer competitive prices.

He said if the FIT is in place, they would be able to construct the solar project within six months.

article by Donnabelle Gatdula of The Philippine Star





German tech offers waste management disposal
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The City Government of Cagayan de Oro is considering the proposal of a Gemany-based expert on solid waste management.

The Herhof Gmbh-Zehira Philippines has impressed the City Council with their project proposal for a construction and establishment of Ultra Modern Waste Disposal Facilities for the city.

Michael Jimenez, president of Herhof Gmbh-Zehira Philippines, said the city is among the strategic locations identified as possible site for an Integrated Waste Management Facility.

Jimenez said, during the City Council regular session, that the operation will require a 15-hectare land for their site. Other than that, the city will not spend a single penny on the entire operation.

Councilor President Elipe, committee chair on environment and natural resources, said the firm’s proposal fits with the city’s environment code, which focuses on the protection and maintenance of ecological balance.

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City endorses Peza application of Cybermall
Posted on February 16, 2011 by damarre
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THE Cagayan de Oro City Council approved Tuesday a resolution endorsing to the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) the declaration of a 6500-square-meter lot at R.N Pelaez Boulevard, Kauswagan as Information Technology (IT) center.

The council carried Resolution 2011-35 sponsored by Councilor Juan Sia during Tuesday’s regular session with two councilors abstaining.

Opposition Councilor Roger Abaday did not object to the resolution.

Peza sought the approval of the august body on the application filed by Torre de Oro Development Corp declaring “George Town Cybermall” located along R.N. Pelaez Blvd. as IT center.

Peza could not act on the application without concurrent approval of the council through a resolution.

The resolution, however, is exclusive only for George Town Cybermall. Existing establishments that are, at present, operate businesses at the 6500-square-meter lot are not covered by Peza, the resolution said.

An establishment covered by Peza enjoys tax holidays or 100 percent exempted from tax in the next four-year period but will continue to pay Real Property Tax on land as provided for in Section 24 of Republic Act 7916 as amended.

Councilors President Elipe and Alvin Calingin abstained from endorsing the resolution, saying there is a need to study further the proposed resolution.

“I cannot see reasons why the applicant is in a hurry for its approval,” Elipe said.

Calingin said Torre de Oro must first specify the part of the building where the IT shall operate.

Earlier, several IT companies expressed their intention of relocating at the Cybermall once the area is proclaimed as IT center.

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CDO solons push construction of covered canal along CM Recto to CDO river
Posted on February 16, 2011 by damarre
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Cagayan de Oro 2nd District Representative Rufus B. Rodriguez and his brother ABAMIN Representative Maximo B. Rodriguez co-authored HB 3663 that authorizes the construction of a covered drainage system along CM Recto from Agora Junction to Cagayan de Oro River along Abellanosa Street.

The Rodriguezes made the announcement during the groundbreaking rites held recently at the Mindanao University of Science and Technology.

There is no existing properly designed drainage system along this section of the Iligan-Cagayan-Butuan Road (ICBR) or National Highway. Specifically, there are some drainage sections fronting MUST and Limketkai but these drain into Bitan-ag Creek which continuously overflows during heavy rainfall.

Such move is very much welcome but still needs the Congress’ nod so DPWH can avail of the funds to finance the proposal.

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PROJECT WATCH: SM SaveMore Capistrano now underway
Posted on January 21, 2011 by damarre
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The conversion of Limketkai building along Capistrano Street into another SM SaveMore is now underway.

As shown in the photos, construction inside the future SM SaveMore Capistrano is in full swing. Actually, work began late last year focusing on the interiors. Now, they have cordoned the building and we will soon a change of the building’s facade.







The building was originally the former Kairo Super Cinema before it was rented by Golden Bell.





PROJECT WATCH: SaveMore Capistrano to open March 3
Posted on February 15, 2011 by damarre
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SaveMore Capistrano is set to open on March 3, 2011 at exactly 3:00pm as revealed on several tarpaulins installed onsite.

Workers are seen rushing the facelift of the old Kairo Supercinema along Capistrano Street. As shown, the typical yellow-color of the SaveMore brand is now very visible. According to workers, they are currently installing elevators inside which were delivered by the trucks shown parked onsite.















The major renovation began on the building’s interior. Similar to the previous occupant, the entry of goods will be along the side entrance at JR Borja Street.

March 3 is just 2 weeks away and this will become the 2nd SaveMore branch in Cagayan de Oro City.





Makro now closed for renovation
Posted on January 14, 2011 by damarre
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Makro Store located along Kauswagan Highway beside RER Subdivision is now closed for renovation.

SM Investments Corp. which is now the majority owner of all Makro stores in the country has announced over a year ago (read news article I posted last May 5, 2009) that they will be converting all Makro stores nationwide into hypermarkets – outlets combining a supermarket and a department store. It was also stated that SM will analyze how things will develop back then after the initial convertion of 3 Makro stores in Metro Manila.

However, the Makro store in Cagayan de Oro is rumored to be converted into another SM Savemore branch, which would be the 3rd in the city after Savemore Market City and Savemore Capistrano. Lets see how things will develop in the coming weeks.





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PROJECT WATCH: Other construction updates 21
Posted on August 10, 2010 by damarre
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Month of August and some new projects in Cagayan de Oro City again….first is the renovation of this 3-storey building at the corner of Corrales Avenue and Hayes Street. This is now owned by Montecarlo Realty (UKC Builders). They’re working on the building’s facade and perhaps also on the inside.

More commercial spaces will be available once this building will be completed. Photos taken 2 weeks ago so expect more accomplishment by this time.







Another new construction is this small 2-storey development beside D’Sainte Bar…photo taken from DTI Bldg. Again, these were taken a few weeks back. There are now concrete posts and construction is now on the 2nd floor as of this time.







These series of large warehouses nearing completion are found along the road towards Bulua Terminal just across Jetti Station.







Bank of the Philippine Island’s Velez Branch is now undertaking a major facelift….





The former Sunriva Café and Restaurant is now undergoing major renovation….perhaps a new locator? We’ll soon find out.







Below is another large warehouse project by Architect Heinrich Ty located at Barra Highway, Opol just before Kinasanghan Area.







Across the warehouse building above is another new construction…said to be the bigger campus of Blessed Mother College (formerly Blessed Child Academy) located at Iponan shown below.
Their original building is along the Barra Side.







This 4-storey building below is just at the back of Win Grace Dormitory. Perhaps another dorm project. It can be accessed through Hayes Street near the marble works.



Have you heard about Juan Fuel? Well, they have one fuel refilling station operating along JR Borja Highway Extension and they’re constructing a 3-storey building behind it as shown below.







In Lapasan, there are now developments at the vacant lot owned by Liberty Land Corp. The property is along the highway (right side eastbound) some several meters after the pedestrian overpass. Things will get brighter in the next few days to see what this construction is.



There’s also some construction at the corner lot along Kauswagan Highway and bypass road near High Time Drive-In Motel. The area is small but perhaps good place for some night life. We’ll keep you updated on this.





There are still more new constructions going on but I’ll keep them first for the next post. As of now, just browse over the above projects. Need a job? You can inquire on the above developments.
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Kukun – Ayala Boutique Hotel to start operations 2Q of 2012
Posted on February 16, 2011 by damarre
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Here’s some more info on proposed hotel at Ayala’s commercial project development. As stated in the press release, the 150-room businessman’s hotel at Centrio will be of the Kukun brand and slated to be operational by 2nd quarter of 2012 or next year.

I got this info from the recent presentation during the Analysts Briefing held last February 11 which can be downloaded at the company website. Shown above is Slide 17 of the presentation which clearly indicates the boutique hotel projects of Ayala Land…with Cagayan de Oro encircled.

It’s the same brand of hotels with Taguig (BGC), Davao, Alabang, and Quezon City. Below is the 180-room Kukun Hotel in Taguig currently under construction which is quite similar in design.



Interestingly, on the same presentation, on Slide 15, the commercial development in Cagayan de Oro is referred to as “GATEWAY” as shown below. It will have a Gross Leasable Area of 45,000 square meters or roughly 4.5 hectares, which is the largest among the retail projects listed on the slide. Related info is that the entire development will have 70,000 square meters of Gross Floor Area within a 3.2 hectare property. Of course, from the 3.2 hectares, you can remove the area alloted for the driveways and setbacks from the roads as shown in the perspective of Centrio as well as the area at the rear portion bounded by the ABAP Boxing Gym.



Could it be that CENTRIO is the name of the entire mixed-use development and GATEWAY is the mall? I’m confused.
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Cebu condo developer eyeing CdeO
Posted on February 17, 2011 by damarre
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Cebu Landmasters, Inc., developer of the San Josemaria Villages and residential condominium 16-storey Asia Premiere Residences, is eyeing Cagayan de Oro City as among the sites for its planned venture out of Cebu. Other cities include Iloilo and Tagbilaran.

The company has also lined up four more residential subdivision projects, a townhouse development and two more vertical projects in Cebu over the next two years.

These are on top of current projects, namely the fourth San Josemaria Village, expansion of the first in Balamban and a joint venture with RIASJAC Development Corp. for the construction of residential condominium 16-storey One Baseline Place in midtown Cebu City.

The company is also eyeing horizontal projects in northern Cebu, including Mactan and Liloan. Liloan town, about 18 kilometers north of this city, as well as other towns within Metro Cebu are increasingly becoming an ideal location for residential subdivisions given the rising land prices in the city.

The four residential projects are located in the southern part of the island: Balamban, Minglanilla, Toledo City, and Talisay City.

Cebu’s progress is now spilling over Cagayan de Oro.

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City approves improvement project at Agusan-Balubal Road
Posted on February 4, 2011 by damarre
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SOME improvements will soon take place along the Agusan-Balubal road in Barangay Agusan.

The City Council during its regular session presided over by Vice Mayor Caesar Acenas approved an ordinance authorizing the A. Brown Company, Inc. represented by its President Robertino E. Pizarro, to undertake the proposed project subject to the evaluation and supervision of the construction by the City Engineer and the City Building Official.

The project involves the installation of signal lights at the intersection of the National Highway and Agusan-Balubal Road, the installation of road railings and streetlights in 20 electric posts along the area.



The legislation was reviewed and favorably endorsed by the committees on public works and on laws and rules chaired by Councilors Emmanuel Abejuela and Ramon Tabor, respectively.

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PROJECT WATCH: Other construction updates 20
Posted on August 10, 2010 by damarre
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Some updates of previously posted construction projects…. first is the large and long warehouse development by UKC Builders near Bulua Bus Terminal and Market Complex shown above.

Rumored to be an NFA Warehouse, this project is half-way done… perhaps consisting of two long warehouses with a space at the middle possibly and entry from the main road beside Jetti Refilling Station.









Photos below were taken from nearby BIR Building.





…more pictures.















Next update will be this 5-storey building at the corner of JR Borja and Daumar Streets in Cogon shown below. Work somehwat slowed these past few weeks…maybe waiting for the glass panels which have been installed lately.





Vineyard International Polytechnic College Building located at the corner of Corrales Avenue and Antonio Luna Street is also nearing completion as shown below. Pictures taken a couple weeks back.









This commercial building below located along CM Recto in Lapasan just beside Pimentel Iron Works is still going higher (vertical). No perspective is shown. Perhaps 3-4 storeys when finished.



Below is the status of the building being constructed at the former COC Annex along Vamenta Blvd. in Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City. Looks like a 2-storey building. In the background is the 6-storey apartment building (or dormitory) which also nearing completion.











Construction of the commercial building beside Polymedic Medical Plaza is also still ongoing as shown below. This building is expected to complement the hospital operations with pharmacy and coffee shop.







Lastly, CLIMBS Building along Bulua Highway is already taking shape…just a stone’s throw from pottery row. First posted last April 10, 2010, the building is expected to be completed by third quarter of this year.





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Cebu condo developer eyeing CdeO
Posted on February 17, 2011 by damarre



Cebu Landmasters, Inc., developer of the San Josemaria Villages and residential condominium 16-storey Asia Premiere Residences, is eyeing Cagayan de Oro City as among the sites for its planned venture out of Cebu. Other cities include Iloilo and Tagbilaran.

The company has also lined up four more residential subdivision projects, a townhouse development and two more vertical projects in Cebu over the next two years.

These are on top of current projects, namely the fourth San Josemaria Village, expansion of the first in Balamban and a joint venture with RIASJAC Development Corp. for the construction of residential condominium 16-storey One Baseline Place in midtown Cebu City.

The company is also eyeing horizontal projects in northern Cebu, including Mactan and Liloan. Liloan town, about 18 kilometers north of this city, as well as other towns within Metro Cebu are increasingly becoming an ideal location for residential subdivisions given the rising land prices in the city.
The four residential projects are located in the southern part of the island: Balamban, Minglanilla, Toledo City, and Talisay City.Cebu’s progress is now spilling over Cagayan de Oro.

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