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Old February 18th, 2011, 05:37 AM   #101
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PROJECT WATCH: Other construction updates 19
Posted on July 8, 2010 by damarre
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Part 19. New construction projects or first posted on my blog. First is the 3-storey commercial building right at the heart of Divisoria along RN Abejuela Street beside Cham’s and Dunkin Donuts. The existing 2-storey structure will be demolished to give way to a new modern facility.

As shown, prior tenants include Netopia and Benjie S. Manuel, a known fashion designer in the city, a PCSO Lotto Outlet, some clinics in the 2nd floor, and other small shops. All of them have transferred elsewhere. I don’t know if they have reserved spaces for the new building but I expect the spaces to be fully rented in due time because of the building’s proximity to schools, banks, and offices.



Below is the almost done Boxer’s Dormitory, a project of the Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental. It is located along Corrales Avenue corner Mabulay St. near Cagayan de Oro Water District. Accordingly, the objective is to produce future olympic boxers and future Manny Pacquiao’s.





Shown below is the current demolition of an old building along Osmeña Street just across the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant. Rumor is that a multi-storey (4 to 5 floors) building, possibly another hotel will rise on the same spot.











By the way, in case you didn’t notice, Chowking Divisoria has been closed for the past weeks due to renovation. I think they’re expanding the fastfood outlet to accommodate more customers.



Lastly, another 2-storey commercial building is rising along Capt. Vicente Roa St. corner Ebarle St. as shown below.





I’ve more on my list…I’ll post them soon.

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Budget for Mindanao railway out soon
Posted on October 29, 2010 by damarre
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THE long-overdue Mindanao Railway project will finally be realized through the efforts of Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd district).


Rodiguez, who authored House Bill 1855, which calls for the creation of the Mindanao Railways Corporation and for funds for its operation, said that by 2011, at least $1 billion will be released by foreign investors from Germany or China in time for the project’s initial construction.

He said Congress has approved his bill and the money is now being released for the railway project to continue its operation.

“The ongoing project is expected to be finished sooner but not in time for the Laguindingan International Airport, which is about to be finished,” Rodriguez said.

He said contractors will not rush the billion-dollar project as they will make sure that it will be state-of-the-art and one of its kind in Mindanao.

Rodriguez said they are already in the process of doing civil works, where they will pay lot owners and the indigenous people for the road right of way.

“This project is expected to cut off travel time within different cities in Mindanao by at least 50 percent aside from providing comfort to passengers. No hassles,” Rodriguez said.

The feasibility study of the Mindanao Railway project started in 2003 and Rodriguez said they hope to finish it before his term ends.

The Mindanao Railway project is estimated to cost P66.5 billion (US$1.33 billion) and would be implemented in four phases with the initial route to start from Laguindingan and end in Cagayan de Oro City. It aims to cut the present 90-minute bus travel time between Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City to just about 15 to 20 minutes.


The railway is expected to link urban centers like Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Zamboanga, Pagadian, Dipolog, Marawi, Cotabato and Davao.

article by Nicole J. Managbanag of SSC







Gov’t to prioritize Mindanao Railway
Posted on November 23, 2010 by damarre
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The government is exploring the possibility of prioritizing the development of the proposed Mindanao Railway, a proposal which was originally hatched during the Estrada administration and was pushed by then ARMM chairman Nur Misuari.

“Explore the possibility of prioritizing the Mindanao Railway,” stated an aide memoire of the National Economic and Development Authority following the recent consultation on the chapter on infrastructure under the 2010-2016 Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan.


Most recent project estimates have placed the total project cost at P66.5-billion, approximately $1.33-billion.

It is envisioned to be implanted in four phases: initially from Laguindingan to Cagayan de Oro City; second from Laguindingan to Iligan City ; third from Cagayan de Oro to Phividec area in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental and the fourth phase from Iligan City to Linamon town, Lanao del Norte. The project aims to cut the present 90-minute travel time by buys between Cagayan de Oro and Iligan to 15-20 minutes.

The initial Mindanao strategic railway development plan will link urban centers like Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Zamboanga, Pagadian, Dipolog, Marawi, Cotabato and Davao cities.

The Mindanao Railway System project aims to provide a sage and economical transport alternative for moving goods and people in Mindanao , which in the long run, will help in the socio-economic development of the island.

The Mindanao Railway System is part of the list of projects identified and presented to investors for medium-term rollout at the recently-concluded Public-Private Partnership forum.

A feasibility study for the project is being reviewed and deliberated by the NEDA Regional Office 10, but a more detailed FS still need to be determined. Initial timetable points to a phased project implementation through PPP to be undertaken in 2011.

The proposed rail will span the entirety of Mindanao with a total length of approximately 2000 kilometers.

The master plan indicates connections to all major population centers in Mindanao. The railway network will be implemented in phases.

Phase 1 calls for the construction of a 124-km railway line from Iligan City to Cagayan de Oro City in Mindanao.

It will traverse ten coastal municipalities in Misamis Oriental, namely: Lugait, Manticao, Naawan, Initao, Libertad, Gitagum, Laguindingan, Alubijid , El Salvador and Opol.

Earlier, the project was scheduled to start in 2011 with the initial spur of the first phase between Cagayan de Oro City and the new airport in Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental.

But the entire project would take 5-7 years to complete.







Cagayan de Oro City mayor lauds Malacañang for giving priority to Mindanao Railway System
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The chief executive of this growing city in Mindanao was elated after learning that Malacanang has given priority to the Mindanao Railway System (MRS).

Mayor Vicente Emano also lauded the Aquino administration for its decision to implement the P66.5-billion MRS project.

In a press statement, the mayor said like the Laguindingan International terminal, the proposed project will greatly boost the development of Mindanao.

“Usa gayod kini sa akong gihingusgan nga mga proyekto, uban sa Laguindingan International Airport” (This project is one that I strongly pushed like the Laguindingan International Airport), he said.

He added: “Dako gayod kining tabang sa pag-ugmad sa pulo sa Mindanao,” (This is a big help to push Mindanao).

Emano also said the proposed railway system would be implemented in four phases, the first will be built from Laguindingan to Cagayan de Oro; the second, from Laguindingan to Iligan City; third, from the city to the Phivedec area in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental; and the fourth phase from Iligan City to Linamon, Lanao del Norte.

The MRS is one of the three priorities that were pushed by the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) in Mindanao.

Eman said that there were no other better projects for Mindanao that would contribute to a total development except the MRS, the project that would benefit all people in Mindanao for boosting the island’s economy.

According to the initial strategic railway development plan for Mindanao, the project aims to connect urban centers and provincial capitals in Mindanao such as, Butuan, Zamboanga, Pagadian, Dipolog, Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, Marawi, Cotabato, and Davao cities.

It was gathered that the construction of the Mindanao railway project is scheduled to start in 2011 with the initial phase connecting this city and the new airport in Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental.

The railway project is envisioned to connect the rural and urban centers in Mindanao and is expected to boost commercial and industrial progress along the rail routes, including far-flung areas.

The construction of the railway system in Mindanao is expected to address the needs of long-distance passengers, as well as the cargo and commercial requirements in the area.

“This is really a big help to our economy and a big boost to our investors, both foreign and domestic,” said Emano. (PNA)







Mindanao railway opens in 2013
Posted on December 18, 2010 by damarre
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Segment 1 of Phase 1 connects CdeO and Laguindingan

A RAILWAY connecting Cagayan de Oro to Laguindingan town in Misamis Oriental will likely be operational in 2013, an official of the Mindanao Railway Project Office (MRPO) said.

Engr. Salic Darimbang of the MRPO said the government is just waiting to complete the financial requirement of the project next year to fund the construction of the phase I-segment I railway and establish a link between Cagayan de Oro and Laguindingan.

Darimbang said Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Commission (LTFRB)-Northern Mindanao Regional Director and concurrent MRPO head Mandangan Darimbang is scheduled to fly to Manila next year to follow up on the budgetary needs of the project.

The MRPO official said Railway Undersecretary Glicerio Sicat has already directed Darimbang to meet with him in Manila on February 2011 purposely to have an update on the partnership between China, Saudi Arabia and the Philippines under the official development assistance (ODA) fund for the $1.33 billion railway project linking Jasaan town in Misamis Oriental to Linamon in Lanao del Norte.

He said China and Saudi Arabia vowed to contribute at least $985 million and $300 million, respectively, to finance the project.

The Philippines will have its counterpart on the remaining amount, which the Railway department is keen to acquire before 2011 ends.

However, Darimbang expressed apprehension in meeting the target completion by 2013 because of the change of administration as the government is still inspecting the prepared plans of the previous administration for the Mindanao region.

“Mukha’ng hindi makuha ang target dahil siyempre change of administration,” he said, but did not anymore elaborate.

Phase I-segment I railway is part of the 124-kilometer rail project in Mindanao.

article by Loui S. Maliza of SSC







Oro’s MRPO office to oversee railway projects in Mindanao
Posted on December 20, 2010 by damarre
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The government has conferred the Mindanao Railway Project Office (MRPO) based in Cagayan de Oro City as a permanent office under the Philippine National Railways (PNR) only in November this year.

According to Salic S. Darimbang, civil engineer for MRPO, that its Cagayan de Oro office will be in-charge to oversee the railway projects and operations in Mindanao, thereby making it as a satellite for the Mindanao Railway Corporation (MRC).

The MRC was created through the Private-Public Partnership (PPP) agenda of the Aquino administration. And Darimbang said the 15th Congress has approved its application as permanent office for long term railway operation in Mindanao.

Darimbang expressed noble appreciation for the installation of the project office, as he foresees Mindanao to be the next hub for big investments in the future.

It was Mandangan Darimbang, the MRPO head and concurrent regional director for the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), who brought home the good news for Mindanao from the big city.

“Sa awa ng Diyos pumasa sa Congress na maging permanent railway office itong MRPO dito sa Mindanao,” said the top official of MRPO-Cagayan de Oro which was created on July 3, 2009.

Darimbang also announced that construction of the 124-kilometer railway in Mindanao that will connect Jasaan town and Laguuindingan town in Misamis Oriental will soon start.

The said project, Darimbang said, has around $1.33 billion budget targeted to be completed by 2013 with financial requirements spurred from the Philippines’ partnership with China and Saudi Arabia as the investing countries.

article by Loui Maliza of SSC








DOTC: Laguindingan Airport O&M due for bidding by 3Q of 2011; MRS master plan underway

Posted on December 22, 2010 by damarre
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The Operation and Maintenance (O&M) component of the Laguindingan Airport Development Project (LADP) will be bid out by the third quarter of next year. This is according to Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Jose de Jesus.

De Jesus said the department is now in discussion with the United States Trade and Development Agency for a grant to prepare the transaction documents for an O&M agreement.

The DOTC yesterday declared 111 contracts entered into by the agency, its sectoral offices and attached agencies with the private sector as “clean” and placed 19 on hold. Also, 21 Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects will be implemented starting early next year including the O&M component of LADP.

The LADP is already 70% complete and targetted to be operational by 2012.

Meanwhile, DOTC said the master plan for the Mindanao Railway System is now being prepared. The DOTC will seek grant financing for its funding.

PHOTO: Transportation Secretary Jose “Ping” de Jesus (left) and Undersecretary Ruben Reinoso during the press briefing yesterday.







Railway to include shuttle service from CDO-Iligan to Laguindingan Airport
Posted on December 30, 2010 by damarre
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Phase one of the proposed P66.4-billion Mindanao Railway System will include a shuttle service from Cagayan de Oro to the Laguindingan Airport, about 50 kilometers apart. This is according to the the regional office of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

The railway service is expected to cut travel time between the two points from around 45 minutes by bus or jeepney to approximately 17 minutes by train.

The other segment for the shuttle would be from Iligan Port to the airport, which would take only 30 minutes from the usual travel time of around one hour.

The regional NEDA report said the proposed segment of the Mindanao Railway System will be 124.65-kilometers long from Jasaan in Misamis Oriental to Linamon in Lanao del Norte.

The railway system will also pass through the municipality of Tagoloan, where the Phividec Industrial Estate is located.

Meanwhile, the P8-billion Laguindingan Airport is expected to be completed in third quarter next year and should be ready to accommodate regular flights by February 2012. A recent project report, dated November 21, said 72.24% of the airport’s development is already completed.

The railway system is projected for passenger transportation although NEDA is considering the possibility of accommodating cargo.

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PROJECT WATCH: Uptown Condotel
Posted on August 19, 2009 by damarre
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Another landmark structure will soon rise in Uptown Cagayan de Oro City. Uptown Condotel is a 3-storey project by Plumbline Development Corporation located at the Business Park of Xavier Estates along Masterson Avenue, just a few minutes away from the airport, university, golf course, city’s biggest mall and adventure parks as well as the famous white water adventure experience.

This will be the first Condotel in this city of Golden Friendship which offers world-class service and amenities not found in regular hotels. It is the newest concept of vacation home where you can enjoy the comforts of modern living and earn additional income while your away on a business trip or holidays.



Billboard at project site:





Salient Feautures :

Perfect location under the tropical skies of Southern Philppines , in close proximity to best leisure places of Cagayan de Oro.
Relax in a stress-free full service hotel amenities and fully-furnished condominium which you can truly call home
Get the leverage of investing in a very affordable rate and get higher yield of profit when you resell.
Earn by renting out your condominium through Hotel Pool Management supervised by efficient Professionals


Living Room


Bedroom

others:







Experience the Pleasure!…of living in a word-class Glass Tower in the green and peaceful uptown Cagayan de Oro.

International Standard Features :

24/7 CCTV and Security System
Cable TV and High Speed Internet Access
Direct Telephone lines in each room
Elevator, Generator and Water Tank facilities
Exclusive parking slots for condo owners
Full-service Hotel convenience
Business Center with Mailbox & Small Office facilities
Coffee Shop and Spacious Lobby Lounge
Filipino and International Theme Restaurants
Spa with Jacuzzi, Sauna and Massage
Medical Clinic with 24 hour Nurse on standby
Fire alarm and sprinkler system
Plumbline Development Corporation is backed by proactive businessmen from Hawaii and in the city to develop a luxurious living space fit for tourist and local businessmen who want to enjoy world class hotel service and amenities which they can rent or buy at reasonable cost.

The goal of the company is to provide a leverage to those who wish to earn more in a sound investment and take advantage of favorable market trend on real estate. It is also allows investors to truly appreciate the beauty of gthe city and promote tourism by providing a homely atmosphere that is conveniently situated near business establishments and tourist destinations.

With Uptown Condotel…we’re not just building your home, we’re building your business!

Their current business office is at 1-A Stonestown Building, Fr. Masterson Avenue, Upper Balulang, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines 9000.

http://www.plumbline.com.ph






PROJECT WATCH: Uptown Condotel groundbreaking today
Posted on September 9, 2009 by damarre
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Plumbline Development Corporation will conduct today the groundbreaking ceremony for their Uptown Condotel Project at Xavier Estates Business Park. It will be Northern Mindanao’s first condotel. Expected to grace the event will be prominent businessmen and city officials led by Mayor Constantino Jaraula and Vice Mayor Vicente Emano.

Uptown Condotel will be a commercial glass tower with all the facilities of a hotel including but not limited to Concierge, Front Desk (Reception), Lobby Lounge, Coffee Shop, Filipino and International Theme Restaurants, Business Offices, Retail Outlets, a Full Service SPA, a Business Center, and a Medical Clinic with 24 Hours Nurse on Standby!

Unit owners will enjoy luxury hotel services such as 24-hour operator assisted telephone service (no need to apply for your own landline), Cable TV & Free Internet Connectivity, and 24-hour House Keeping (Room Service) on Demand.

All hotel units will have kitchen facilities and each unit’s T&B will be fitted with bathtubs. The standard unit price for the residential unit provides for the suite to be fully furnished. Included in the price are the appliances, fixtures, furniture and linen.

Features:

Typical (Hotel-Residential) Unit Features:

Fully Furnished – Queen Size Bed, Corner Table, Built-In Closet, Sofa(Pull out Bed), Center Table, Dining Table/Set

Full Appliances – Air Condition, Coffee Maker, Electric Stove, Home Theater, Hot & Cold Water Dispenser, Lamp Shade, Microwave, Multi-Point Water Heater, Range Hood, Refrigerator, Rice Cooker, Table Lamp, Telephone Unit, 32” LCD TV

All T&B to come with Bath Tub and Separate Electric and Water Meters

8 feet high ceiling in Kitchen/T&B area, 8 feet high ceiling at Loft area and 16 feet high ceiling for Living Room

Digital Cable TV Access, Provision for Direct Telephone Line and Ultra High Speed Internet Connectivity

Inclusions: Bed sheets, Blankets, Curtains, Pillows, Pillow Cases, Towels!











PROJECT WATCH: Uptown Condotel now rising at Xavier Estates
Posted on December 2, 2009 by damarre
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Construction of the Uptown Condotel has began. The area is now fully fenced with ground works and ongoing vertical construction. I just happen to pass by the site this afternoon and took some very quick snap shots of the project.


The project is owned by Plumbline Development Corporation. As proposed, UPTOWN CONDOTEL will be a commercial glass tower with all the facilities of a hotel including but not limited to Concierge, Front Desk (Reception), Lobby Lounge, Coffee Shop, Filipino and International Theme Restaurants, Business Offices, Retail Outlets, a Full Service SPA, a Business Center, and a Medical Clinic with 24 Hours Nurse on Standby! Wow….

UPTOWN CONDOTEL is also conceptualized and designed as a full service luxury hotel with all the comforts of home (a home away from home), your Vacation Home!…this is based on their website of course.





Interestingly, perhaps this project caters to the growing Korean community in the city as its tarp also has a Korean language. Translation anyone?



I can only assume it says if you pay in January 2010, you’ll get 10% discount on rates…am I right?



This photo below was taken inside Xavier Estates and shows the back portion of the site.







PROJECT WATCH: Uptown Condotel updates
Posted on January 30, 2010 by damarre
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Uptown Condotel along Masterson Avenue just beside Xavier Estates Main Gate is fast shaping up with main columns now almost done. Work continues in the second floor of the 3-storey building.

Plumbline Devt. Corp.’s first project in Cagayan de Oro seems to target visiting Koreans owing to some Korean characters reflected on the tarpaulin. More photos below.











photos by dkd and from www.plumbline.com.ph





PROJECT WATCH: Uptown Condotel latest updates
Posted on April 6, 2010 by damarre
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Construction of Uptown Condotel, the first commercial development at Xavier Estates Business Park along Masterson Avenue is now on the second floor. Work pace has hastened these past few weeks.

Pictures below are taken from its facebook account and were just uploaded a few hours ago.






































PROJECT WATCH: Uptown Condotel as of July 2010
Posted on July 27, 2010 by damarre
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Work on Uptown Condotel is now on the flooring of the 3rd level. The 3-level building is actually as taller than 3 storeys because each floor has a mezzanine (2nd floor) for every unit.

Based on the photos below (from facebook), inauguration could be by the final quarter of this year.









































Uptown Condotel investment scheme seen to lure investors
Posted on August 16, 2010 by damarre
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UPTOWN Condotel, the newest condotel in Cagayan de Oro, is now nearing completion and is expected to revolutionize the industry due to its unique investment scheme that is intended to lure more investors into the city.

The 3-storey 48-units residential building located at the sprawling Business Park of Xavier Estates in Upper Balulang is being developed by Plumbline Development Corporation, a real estate firm newly-established by a consortium of Hawaian-Filipino businessmen.

Mr. Erwin L. Pepino, Plumbline’s corporate secretary and vice-president for public relations, said they are expecting the construction and furnishing to be finished by December.

“By January next year, we’ll start turning over the units to buyers,” Pepino said.

The concept of a condotel follows that of a condominium and hotel lifestyles. It combines the luxury of a full service hotel with a concept of ownership of commercial condominium units.

But apart from its clean, green and peaceful location, what makes Uptown Condotel unique from the rest is the integration of an investment scheme where an investor or buyer of a unit can enjoy the comforts of modern living and, at the same time, earn additional income.

According to Pepino, there are three ways prospective investors can benefit from the new scheme. First, by buying a unit during the pre-construction phase, the buyer can have the potential of earning exponential income due to price appreciation.

Second, by having their unit rented out like regular hotel rooms, the owner can earn up to 15% per annum as return of investment.

And third, by buying a unit at Uptown Condotel, the buyers are not just investing in a single unit but also buying into a prime real estate property since they will then become part owners of common areas within the vicinity of the building.

Mr. Pepino explained that each investor or buyer shall receive an equal sharing of profits or proceeds of rented units. This means, that the owners of un-rented units shall get the same amount with those whose units were rented out.

“We’re bringing in a cutting-edge business concept that would lure investors into the city,” Mr. Pepino said.

“Our aim is not just to provide a hotel-like home atmosphere to our investors, local and foreign, but also give them prime investment opportunities in Cagayan de Oro’s real estate market,” he said.

Pepino added that since Uptown Condotel is Plumbline’s first property development project, the company is determined to make it the finest in the region.

Each unit is a 45 square meter area, bigger than a suite room and has a luxury hotel services such as 24-hour operator assisted telephone service (no need to apply for your own landline), Cable TV & Free Internet Connectivity, and 24-hour House Keeping (Room Service) on Demand. It also provides a 15 sq.m. exclusive parking for each unit.

All hotel units will have kitchen facilities and each unit’s T&B will be fitted with bathtubs. The standard unit price for the residential unit provides for the suite to be fully furnished. Included in the price are the appliances, fixtures, furniture and linen.

article by Nelson Constantino of Business Week Mindanao






PROJECT WATCH: Uptown Condotel nears topping off
Posted on December 6, 2010 by damarre
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Work on the Uptown Condotel is now on the 3rd level of the condo units. Although it’s officially on the 3rd level, it’s actually more on the 6th floor as each unit has “2 floors”.

As shown on the photos below, concreting of the 1st and 2nd levels are already complete and concreting is now on the 3rd. Scaffoldings can still be seen….will they introduce paint or aluminum metal cladding? This remains to be seen in the coming months.
















Uptown Condotel unveiled – CdO’s first condotel opens for business
Posted on February 7, 2011 by damarre
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UPTOWN Condotel finally opened its doors to the public with its launching and blessing ceremonies held Saturday, February 5, 2011.

Uptown Condotel is Plumbline’s first property development project, the company is determined to make it the finest in the region.

Dubbed as the first and finest condotel in Cagayan de Oro, Uptown Condotel, a 3-storey 48-unit residential building located at the sprawling Business Park of Xavier Estates in Upper Balulang is being developed by Plumbline Development

Corporation, a real estate firm established by a consortium of Hawaian-Filipino businessmen.

The concept of a condotel follows that of a condominium and hotel lifestyles. It combines the luxury of a full service hotel with a concept of ownership of commercial condominium units.

But apart from its clean, green and peaceful location, what makes Uptown Condotel unique from the rest is the integration of an investment scheme where an investor or buyer of a unit can enjoy the comforts of modern living and, at the same time, earn additional income.



Mr. Willie Callado, one of the major shareholders of Plumbline Development Corp., told Business Week Mindanao that unit buyers are not just buying the unit per se but also investing into a prime real estate property that will one day afford their financial stability.

There are three ways prospective investors can benefit from the new scheme. First, by buying a unit during the pre-construction phase, the buyer can have the potential of earning exponential income due to price appreciation.

Second, by having their unit rented out like regular hotel rooms, the owner can earn up to 15% per annum as return of investment.

And third, by buying a unit at Uptown Condotel, the buyers are not just investing in a single unit but also buying into a prime real estate property since they will then become part owners of common areas within the vicinity of the building.

Misamis Oriental First District Rep. Peter Unabia, likewise part owner of Plumbline, said they are expecting that everything will be fully finished by year end and the initial turning over of the units to the owners will start by mid-year.

Uptown marketing manager Mr. Erwin Pipino said that condotel buyers, and investors will then be issued with the Certificate of Condominium Title (CCT) as legal owners.

“We’re bringing in a cutting-edge business concept that would lure investors into the city,” Mr. Pepino earlier said. “Our aim is not just to provide a hotel-like home atmosphere to our investors, local and foreign, but also give them prime investment opportunities in Cagayan de Oro’s real estate market,” he said Mr. Pepino added that since Uptown Condotel is Plumbline’s first property development project, the company is determined to make it the finest in the region.

Each unit is a 45 square meter area, bigger than a suite room and has a luxury hotel services such as 24-hour operator assisted telephone service (no need to apply for your own landline), Cable TV & Free Internet Connectivity, and 24-hour House Keeping (Room Service) on Demand. It also provides a 15 sq.m. exclusive parking for each unit.

All hotel units will have kitchen facilities and each unit’s T&B will be fitted with bathtubs.

The standard unit price for the residential unit provides for the suite to be fully furnished.

Included in the price are the appliances, fixtures, furniture and linen Uptown Condotel is only 350 meters to Xavier Sports and Country Club, 1 kilometer to SM City-Cagayan de Oro, 1.9 km to Pueblo de Oro golf course, 3.9 km to Cagayan de Oro domestic airport, 5.7 km to the city proper and 9.9 km to the city’s famous White Water Rafting Cagayan de Oro River.

PHOTO: Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Y. Emano and Department of Tourism regional director Catalino Chan III lead the ceremonial cutting of ribbon of the fi rst commercial unit model of the Uptown Condotel. At the middle is Condotel’s part owner and Misamis Oriental fi rst district Rep. Peter Unabia.

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PROJECT WATCH: Divine Mercy Church now rising
Posted on January 27, 2010 by damarre
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I happen to have a short visit at Asia Brewery Inc.’s plant at El Salvador City just recently and from the penthouse of the complex, one can clearly see the Divine Mercy Shrine. Interestingly, I saw this under construction building just beside it.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been to the Shrine Hills, maybe about middle of last year. Then I recalled that it was announced during the anniversary of the Shrine that the construction of the Divine Mercy Church will start soon.

So the photos above seem to show that construction of the church is in full swing. Too bad I wasn’t able to see it up close but I’ll be contented with my camera’s zoom lens.











Below is the original perspective of the Church as designed by Palafox and Associates. Perhaps they made some changes.





The completion of this church will further add to the growing number of devotees to the site. Correspondingly, more tourists for the new city.







PROJECT WATCH: Divine Mercy Shrine Hills development updates
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Contrary to what I posted last January 27, 2010, that building being constructed right now shown above is not the Divine Mercy Church, but rather the Divine Mercy Office and Convent. This I found out after a visit to the site a few days ago.

The building is really huge and the fact that all of the funds came from donations…God is Good! really!





The 3-storey edifice sits on a sloping terrain with a magnificent view of Macajalar Bay. The entire complex is designed by renowned architect Felino Palafox.





Below is what the building looks like at back…





… along the sides…





…from afar…







More installations at the back of the statue…









Nursery for the landscaping….





This is said to be the site for the Divine Mercy Church at the back of the statue. Construction of the church is said to commence after the convent.



The main entrance gate of the Shrine Hills is also now taking shape.









Below is the main entrance road from the main gate.





The completion of the Shrine Hills will result to a masterfully designed religious cum tourism destination in El Salvador City, in Northern Mindanao…or perhaps in the country.






Adaza: More projects at Divine Mercy Shrine
By Gerry Adaza
Thursday, February 17, 2011


KITS Adaza, president of the Divine Mercy Foundation of Mindanao Phils. Inc., informed me as its president emeritus that a press briefing will be held in its orientation room by the first week of March this year.

It is to inform the public of the different projects that the Foundation will undertake to complete all of its projects by 2013.

The whole Divine Mercy Hills will be completed as a world class destination of Christians all over the world especially the devotees of the Divine Mercy.

The Divine Mercy Hills is 10 hectares big. It used to be 11 but a hectare of it was donated to the Archdiocese for its use. When the 50-footer Divine Statue was finally completed in 2008, the Foundation made the donation to the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro through the then Archbishop Jesus B. Tuquib. I signed the donation papers as resident of the Divine Mercy Foundation in behalf of the Board of Directors. The donation paper is properly registered with the office of the Registry of Deeds of Misamis Oriental.

When the Archbishop retired, he was succeeded by Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, who was then the Bishop of the Prelature of Ipil, Zamboanga de Sibugay.

Arcbhishop Antonio J. Ledesma, who is a Jesuit, declared it a Shrine on September 8, 2008.

Henceforth, the Archbishop appointed three groups to administer the affairs of the Divine Mercy Shrine: the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, the Divine Mercy Foundation of Mindanao Phils. Inc. and the Congregation of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception.

Last February 11, 2011, a concrete laying of the time capsule was held which signals the start of the construction of the Divine Mercy Church.

The concrete laying was laid into the ground by Fr. Meds Valmores who represented the Archdiocese; Kits Adaza, president of the Divine Mercy Foundation; and Fr. Val Pozniak, representing the Marian Fathers.

A number of pilgrims witnessed the event. A sign board is installed to make the public aware of how the Church of the Divine Mercy will look like, which will be located a few hundred meters away from the back of the Divine Mercy Statue.

According to Fr. Meds, the big water tank stores the healing water according to many, including this writer who drinks it daily in my residence including my wife, my sons and our household assistants.

By the way, the Terrazes which beautifies the second level of the Divine Mercy Hills has already started.

In September 2013, the 2nd Philippine Apostolic Congress of Mercy (PCOM) will be held in Cagayan de Oro City, if the billeting problem of El Salvador City will not be solved yet. It’s now back as a city since the Supreme Court’s decision was reconsidered, its creation is not illegal at all.

As a retired law practitioner for 36 years, my wife and I will then focus our attention to our road map of salvation since we wanted to leave a legacy to our children and grandchildren that in life, what truly counts is dedicated service to God without counting the costs.

Only God knows if our services pleased Him or not.

To seek, honor, riches and recognition is good so long as it does not blind one to remember that the source of all what he achieved is because God allowed him to be so, for what really matters is what really profits a man even if he gains the whole world but would lose his soul.

We have made our choice. Have you?

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 18, 2011.
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PROJECT WATCH: Other construction updates 18
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Part 18 of the Series… Updates of previous posts. Diagnostics Bldg. shown above along Burgos-Chavez Street near the Amphitheater with work on the building’s exterior. This building is actually 5 storeys but you can only see 4 storeys along Burgos St. because the basement is located further down Chavez St. leading to the Golden Mile.

The previous update of this project was last April 10, 2010. More photos of this project below.





Below is the on-going renovation or re-construction of the former Fems Lodging House just beside Maxandrea Hotel. Last update was last November 6, 2009. Work was slow for the first quarter of 2010 but construction pace has significantly picked up this past few weeks. More hotel rooms for the city’s transients and tourists.







This 2-storey commercial building along Capt. Vicente Roa Street shown below was first posted on March 25, 2010. Construction of the main structural frame of the building is on-going. This street is getting busier every week.





The Metro Hotel also along Capt. Vicente Roa St. is now on the final stages of construction. First posted on March 25, 2010, it is expected that this will be operational come 3rd quarter of this year. The vacant space to the left is probably the parking area. This hotel is just some 50 meters from the proposed Ayala Mall.





The Misamis Oriental Cooperative Bank along Antonio Luna Street seen below is also on the final stages of construction. Last updated April 10, 2010, the building is expected to be completed in the 3rd quarter of 2010.



The last update of this commercial building below was last January 8, 2010. There’s no rendering or tarpaulin installed onsite but I expect this to be at least 3 storeys high basing on the steel bars shown below.





Pride Rock Business Park’s expansion is almost complete as shown below. Last update was almost a year ago August 19, 2009, Part 2 of the series. Dunkin Donuts outlet is serving mostly clients of NSO.









Construction in the city is everywhere…. even the ants are constructing their own anthill – in anticipation of the rainy season!
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PROJECT WATCH: Other construction updates 17
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I’m now updating this “construction watch” series with alternate updates. No. 16 was an update of previous “other construction” posted on this blog. This time, No. 17 tackes yet a new set of projects in the city. Some of them are already in the final stages but will be posted here for the first time.

First on the list is a very large warehouse project just fronting Pepsi-Cola Bottling Plant in Tin-ao, Agusan, Cagayan de Oro City shown above and photos below. The architect has lots of projects in the city. I’ll post more of them in the coming days.







Below is another large commercial warehouse by Gamma Foods. It is located in Baloy, Tablon.







Another commercial and warehouse building is rising in Gusa shown below. Specifically, it’s located just after the Bigaan Bridge on the westbound lane.







BDO Divisoria is also undergoing a minor facelift….



Lastly, Xavier University’s main gate is also undergoing minor renovation.



I failed to take pictures of some other new developments in the city including some info provided by “commentors”. I’ll post them soon.
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Phoenix Oil Depot Cagayan de Oro

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Pics taken on early week of February 2011

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Pics taken on early week of February 2011


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Phoenix Petroleum mulls P500 Million oil depot in CdeO
Posted on October 5, 2010 by damarre
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Phoenix Petroleum is mulling a new oil depot in Cagayan de Oro City for an investment of P500 million. This was revealed during a roadshow on the Investment Priorities Plan held at the Apo View Hotel in Davao City recently.

During the roadshow, the Board of Investments (BOI) generated P10.5 billion worth of investment leads from Davao and other parts of Mindanao including the planned P500 million oil depot in CDO. BOI executive director Raul V. Angeles said in an interview the roadshow is part of an information drive in key cities in the provinces to entice more investors from the regions to register their projects with the BOI and avail of its incentives.

Top photo shows the newest Phoenix station in Cagayan de Oro City located at National Highway, Kauswagan which was inaugurated last June 28, 2010. Below shows dealer Mr. Garry Booc, his aunt, and Phoenix Petroleum Sales Manager for Mindanao Mr. Lito Patonona cutting the ribbon to formally open the station.



Phoenix Petroleum staff led by Sales Managers Lito Patonona and George Nifras with dealer Garry Booc celebrate the opening of another Phoenix station in CDO.



Now, another huge investment is coming to the city….more jobs.
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PROJECT WATCH: Nazareth Tourist Inn expands further
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Nazareth Tourist Inn, which is yet to be finished is again revising its plan, this time a major expansion. It was previously just an ordinary 5-storey project but later changed into a 6-storey structure.

But then, perhaps the demand is very high that the proponents have decided to extend the building.



From the so-so design shown above, it was changed to 6-storeys and finally, an extension of the building as shown in the first photo above.

Currently, construction is on the 5th floor but as you can see, the extension/expansion will be to the left of the picture.













Below is the project as seen from along corner 21st-27th Sts.














PROJECT WATCH: Nazareth Tourist Inn latest update
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Construction of the Nazareth Tourist Inn is now on the 6th floor. Sorry for the reflection on the photo above….it was high noon.

Based on the rendering, the building’ will expand sideways towards the curve along 21st street. Below are photos along 21st street.









You can clearly see the steel cables protruding on the sides. Below are photos taken along 27th street.





This project’s completion will further add to the number of available rooms for accommodation in the city.
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Georgetown Cybermall to expand; seeks PEZA accreditation
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Georgetown Cybermall, located along RN Pelaez Boulevard will be expanding vertically in consonance with its plan to have it accredited by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) as an Information Technology (IT) Center.

This was revealed during the recent City Council session which discussed the local government endorsement as required by PEZA before it can be declared an IT Center through a Presidential Proclamation signed by no less than President Benigno S. Aquino III.

Georgetown Cybermall will add another floor and accordingly, several IT firms have expressed interest in relocating at the building once it is proclaimed an IT Center.

If approved, it will be the 6th IT Center/Park in the city and 12th Economic Zone if we include nearby areas to be accredited by PEZA. Others are listed below: (“Right Click, Save As” to download Presidential Proclamation).

Pueblo de Oro IT Park (10.26 hectares) OPERATING
Presidential Proclamation No. 770 [signed January 26, 2005]
Location: Upper Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City
Developer/Operator: Pueblo de Oro Devt. Corp.
Operating Firms:
Synnex-Concentrix Corp.
Italpinas, Eurodesign and Devleopment Corp.
SMCO IT Center (5.91 hectares) BEING DEVELOPED
Presidential Proclamation No. 1281 [signed April 24, 2007]
Location: Pueblo de Oro, Upper Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City
Developer/Operator: SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
Ororama Megacenter IT Center (0.81 hectares) BEING DEVELOPED – destroyed by fire
Presidential Proclamation No. 1312 [signed June 21, 2007]
Location: Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City
Developer/Operator: Ororama Supercenter Inc.
Robinsons Cagayan de Oro (1.08 hectares) BEING DEVELOPED
Presidential Proclamation No. 1509 [signed May 9, 2008]
Location: Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro City
Developer/Operator: Robinsons Land Corp.
Philippine Packing Agricultural Export Processing Zone (27 hectares) OPERATING
Presidential Proclamation No. 1420 [signed November 22, 2007]
Location: Bugo, Cagayan de Oro City
Developer/Operator: Philippine Packing Mgt. Services Corp.
Operating Firms:
Del Monte Phils., Inc.
Jasaan Misamis Oriental Special Economic Zone (25.25 hectares) OPERATING
Location: Solana & Luz Banzon, Jasaan, Misamis Oriental
Developer: Misamis Oriental Land Development Corp.
Operating Firms:
Pilipinas Kao, Inc.
Manticao Ecozone Corp. (28.89 hectares) OPERATING
Presidential Proclamation No. 1409 [signed October 30, 2007]
Location: Barangay Poblacion, Manticao, Misamis Oriental
Developer/Operator: Manticao Ecozone Corp.
Operating Firms:
Manticao Nickel Corp.
Phividec Industrial Estate-Economic Zone (1,072 hectares) OPERATING
Presidential Proclamation No. 1485 [signed April 11, 2008]
Location: Municipalities of Tagoloan and Villanueva, Misamis Oriental
Developer/Operator: Phividec Industrial Authority
Bukidnon Agro-Resources Export Zone (46.17 hectares) BEING DEVELOPED
Presidential Proclamation No. 1616 [signed September 8, 2008]
Location: Agusan Canyon, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon
Developer/Operator: Philippine Packing Mgt. Services Corp.
Paseo del Rio de Cagayan Economic Tourism Zone (12 hectares) OPERATING
Location: Macasandig, Cagayan de Oro City
Developer/Operator: Paseo del Rio de Cagayan, Inc.
Operating Firms:
Zealep Hotels, Inc.
Limketkai IT Center (0.43 hectares) BEING DEVELOPED
Presidential Proclamation No. 66, [signed Nov. 12, 2010]
Location: Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City
Developer/Operator: Limketkai Sons, Inc.
source of list taken from www.peza.gov.ph






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.

article by Nicole J. Managbanag of SSC
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PROJECT WATCH: 3rd Bridge Access Road updates
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Updates of the 3rd Bridge Access Road revealed that the 3rd Iponan Bridge is now half-way done. As of today and as shown in the pictures on this post, workers are seen pouring cement on the Bulua-side of the bridge. Major civil works of the bridge are still on-going for the Barra-side portion.

Below are more photos of the bridge (Barra-near side and Bulua-far side).



















Below is the bridge approach at Barra.









Below are the main girders for the bridge approaches (Barra side).





Below are photos of the Igpit section near the National Highway now in the grading and leveling stage. This is a 4-lane alternate highway which leads to the Puntod-Kauswagan Bridge via Bulua Terminal Complex passing Igpit & Barra in Opol, and Bulua, Bayabas, & Kauswagan in CDO.







I failed to visit the Bulua side approaches…but below is the Bayabas section now undergoing filling and widening. This is a new road opening which leads to Bulua Bus Terminal.





This will definitely open up new growth areas and remedy some traffic problems in the city.








PROJECT WATCH: 3rd Bridge Access Road (Igpit-Bayabas Section) updates
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Latest update on the 3rd Bridge Access Road (Igpit-Bayabas Section) shows that the Iponan bridge component has been completed. As shown in the pictures, workers are seen laying out preparations for the bridge approach on the Bulua side.

Below are more photos of the 3rd Iponan Bridge.







On the other hand, there was no activity yet at the Barra, Opol approach of the bridge. You can see the edge of the bridge below.













Below are photos on the Bulua approach of the bridge where you can see work in progress.









A 2-lane concrete road has been completed connecting to the Bulua approach as shown below. This highway will have 4 lanes but as usual, DPWH gives out funds for just the 2 lanes.







From the bridge approach, this road leads to the Bulua Bus Terminal Complex as shown below. Some portions of the road upon approaching Montecarlo Fish Landing are still being cemented.













Photo below shows the junction of the new highway and Bulua Barangay Road. If you turn left or northward, this road will take you the famous stoneware pottery. Along the side is the billboard which states the name of the contractor and the target date of completion which is March 2011. However, history states that the deadline isn’t always followed because the contractor can still hold the construction if the DPWH can’t remit their billings. This project costs Php 334 million more or less.





Now going over to the Bulua Terminal side, the building below at the Montecarlo Fish Landing Complex has been vacated already and could be demolished anytime soon.



Below is the north side of the Bulua Terminal Complex which will connect to the road under construction. Going further east is the newly concreted road leading to Barangay Bayabas.









Photos below show the still under construction section at Barangay Bayabas. Work was concentrated on the main drainage along the highway.













Meanwhile, this is the intersection at the National Highway in Igpit, Opol. The large billboard will have to be removed. Again, 2 lanes have been concreted already.









Photos below show the road from Barra and the approach to the bridge. A long section have already been cemented. Still, more work is to be done. The end point of this is the large billboard along the highway posted above.











I could see future development on the roadside properties once this new highway will be operational.
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PROJECT WATCH: N Hotel to open soon
Posted on January 14, 2011 by damarre
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The so-called Bonne Hotel under construction along Kauswagan Highway is now officially “N Hotel” as stated in the newly-installed tarpaulin at the main entrance of the hotel.


Work is now concentrated on the main gate and frontage. As a background, the area was once the site of SBC Party Venue before it was closed a couple of years back. The new 3-storey hotel will also have function rooms as well as a pool. The new building is designed by ADA Architects. I wasn’t able to take some pictures inside because of the guard on-duty.

Anyway, this hotel will soon be open to the public. Additional accommodations, more jobs, more revenues to the city.









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Aboitiz Power to push through with Steag expansion this year
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Aboitiz Power Corp. (APC), the power generation unit of the Aboitiz Group, will push through with the expansion program for Steag State Power Inc.’s 232-megawatt coal-fired power plant at the Phividec Industrial Estate in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental.

Steag corporate communications officer Jerome Solvedilla said the expansion plan will likely be carried out in the last quarter of the year.

But he said the groundworks are now being prepared by the consortium to be able to complete the additional power facility by 2013.

“The partners are looking at groundbreaking for the expansion this year, towards the end of the year most likely,” Soldevilla said.

Aside from APC, the other members of the group are Evonik Steag GmbH of Essen, Germany and local firm La Filipina Uy Gongco Corp.

APC is the holding company for the Aboitiz Group’s investments in power generation, distribution, retail and power services. It is a major producer of renewable energy in the country with several hydroelectric and geothermal assets in its generation portfolio.

Evonik Steag GmbH is Germany’s fifth largest power generator.

The group earlier said they are looking at expanding the capacity of the coal-fired facility by 150 MW and will entail construction of a third unit next to the existing Steag power plants.

Under the proposed expansion plan, the group will create a new company for this purpose. The partners agreed to maintain their shareholdings in the same proportion at 51 percent for Evonik, 15 percent for La Filipina and 34 percent for APC.

Earlier, APC president and CEO Erramon Aboitiz said there is a need to put up new capacities in Mindanao as the area should be less dependent on hydroelectric plants.

Last year, Mindanao suffered up to eight-hour brownouts due to the negative effect of the El Niño weather disturbance to the hydro facilities which supplies more than 50 percent of the region’s power needs.

“This addition to Steag State Power is the logical way to achieve this. This project assures Mindanao of reliable and cost-effective power to fuel its continued economic advancement,” Aboitiz said.

The new power plant will be cost effective as this will use the existing facilities such as the jetty, coal handling facilities and stockyards and the 138-kV interconnection. The power to be generated from the power plant will be sold to interested utilities or industries.

The group is most likely to spend about $600 million for the expansion, using the rule of thumb of about $1.5 million to $2 million per MW.

with article by Donnabelle Gatdula of Philippine Star
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Cebu firm to put up batching plant in CdeO
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WTG Construction and Development Corporation, a Cebu-based construction firm will be setting up a concrete and asphalt batching plant in a six-hectare area in Zone 1 Camarahan, Barangay Pagatpat, Cagayan de Oro City.

Accordingly, the proposed plant will have a rated capacity of 200 cubic meters per day and will occupy about 1,650 square meters out of the six-hectare area. Construction of the plant is set to start anytime this month and is expected to be finished in time for the Chinese New Year in February.

The setting up of this facility is a manifestation of the construction boom in the city.

For record, WTG is a duly registered construction firm by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and among its notable pr0jects include the flyover in Banilad, Cebu City and another ongoing flyover project in South Road Properties, also in Cebu.

Could this be in preparation for upcoming flyover projects in the city?

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MOGCHS new building nears completion
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The P25-million three-storey new building of the Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School (MOGCHS), dubbed as Mindanao’s biggest secondary school and one of the country’s oldest educational institutions, is nearing completion.


Construction (with a multi-purpose covered rooftop) is now 90-percent complete and is expected to be completed next month and would eventually be turned over to the Department of Education’s Misamis Oriental Schools Division and to the MOGCHS administration before the opening of classes in June this year.

The new building will have 18 classrooms will help decongest the existing classrooms of MOGCHS which has a current population of 10,938 students, or an average classroom size of 65 students.

Misamis Oriental High School (MOHS) was established by the late Don Apolinar R. Velez, the first elected governor of the undivided Misamis in 1909. It was converted into MOGCHS in June 1965 yet renamed again into Misamis Oriental Provincial High School (MOPHS) five years later. When MOPHS was transferred to Balingasag municipality, the school assumed its former name, MOGCHS.

MOGCHS, which marked its centennial anniversary on December 15, 2009, occupies a 7.3629-hectare prime land within Cagayan de Oro City’s commercial district just beside the world-class facilities of the provincial government-managed Don Gregorio Pelaez Sports Center and Department of Education’s regional office for Northern Mindanao.

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DPWH to construct flyover at Puerto Junction
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Director Emil Sadain of the President’s Bridge Program Office, DPWH said the government is constructing ten (10) flyovers in different parts of the country before President Arroyo’s term ends including one at the Puerto-Sayre Highway Junction in Cagayan de Oro City.

This is very good news for the city since that junction is very congested with lots of vehicles converging plus the presence of huge lines of hauling trucks and passenger buses make it one of the busiest in the city, despite being 14 kilometers from the city proper.

Further, Puerto Public Market is also near the junction. The crossing is one of the vital road networks on the island serving the main highway to Bukidnon and Davao.

In previous press releases, Cong. Rufus Rodriguez announced the approval of an overpass to be built in Barangay Puerto worth P230-Million. This will help the land cargoes from Bukidnon to Cagayan de Oro.






PROJECT WATCH: Highway widening for Puerto Flyover now underway
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Work is now in progress for the widening of the Puerto Section of the Iligan-Cagayan-Butuan Road (ICBR) or National Highway in preparation for the construction of the proposed flyover project in the said area.

Cagayan de Oro City Second District Congressman Rufus Rodriguez recently led the ground-breaking ceremony for the multi-million infrastructure project in the city. Actually, work has began a few weeks ahead of the ground breaking. Of course we all know how politicians like the drum-roll.

The P10-million widening of National Highway in Puerto is also in preparation for the construction of the P300-million flyover, of which P200 million will be funded by the French government and the remaining P100 million by the national government as counterpart. The flyover is expected to be completed in 8 months.

The project aims to decongest traffic in the area. In my opinion, it will only help vehicles to bypass the bottle-neck at Puerto Junction but will not solve the traffic. The main causes of the traffic at Puerto is the uncontrolled entry of tricycles and trisikad into the national highway as well as the presence of sidewalk and ambulant vendors which occupies the spaces along the highway for vehicle parking.







Solons seek conversion of Alae-PHIVIDEC Bypass Road into Nat’l Road
Posted on January 10, 2011 by damarre
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Misamis Oriental 2nd District Representative Yevgeny Vincente Beja Emano and Bukidnon 1st District Representative Jesus Emmanuel Magbag Paras have co-authored a bill seeking to convert of the long-overdue Alae-PHIVIDEC Bypass Road into a national road.

Specifically, House Bill 01907 states “AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE CONVERSION OF THE ALAE PHIVIDEC BYPASSS ROAD IN THE MUNICIPALITIES IF TAGOLOAN, MISAMIS ORIENTAL AND MANOLO FORTICH, BUKIDNON, INTO A NATIONAL ROAD, AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS FOR THE COMPLETE IMPLEMENTATION THEREOF”.

This road aims to decongest the traffic in Puerto, Cagayan de Oro City and allows large and long hauling trucks to avoid the dangerous zigzag road of the Puerto-Alae section of Sayre Highway.
The alternate route is also expected to particularly benefit companies using the Mindanao Container Terminal and trucks coming from central and southern Mindanao.

Per info, the first phase of this project has been completed. This bill seeks government funding for its second phase for the remaining 17-kilometer stretch up to junction National Highway in the industrial town of Tagoloan in Misamis Oriental. The cost is expected to reach Php 1 billion and targetted for completion in 2013.

The approval of this by the House will pave the way for its completion. The bill was first read last July 2010 and is now at the House Committee on Public Works and Highways.

source: http://www.congress.gov.ph/legis/sea...07&congress=15
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Pepsi-Cola Cagayan de Oro new production line to go online next year
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Pepsi Cola Products Philippines Inc.’s new production line of its Cagayan de Oro facility is expected to be completed next year, boosting existing capacity by an additional six to seven million cases a year.


As part of the company’s efforts to stay competitive in the multi-billion-peso beverage industry, Pepsi is investing $7 million for the expansion of its CDO bottling plant.

“These facilities will give us enough manufacturing elbow room and allow us to post a 25-percent growth in sales volume,” Pepsi Philippines executive vice-president Partha Chakrabarti said.

For next year, the company might spend more than the estimated budget of $40 million to $45 million in 2010.

At present, Pepsi Philippines, which manufactures Pepsi, Seven Up, Mountain Dew, Gatorade, Tropicana and Lipton, accounts for 20 percent of the total carbonated drinks market.

Pepsi Philippines has 11 bottling plants in the country. About 70 percent of the company’s production is geared toward carbonated drinks, with the remainder allotted to the faster growing and more profitable non-carbonated products.






Pepsi to use biomass power in Cagayan de Oro facility
Posted on January 20, 2011 by damarre
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Renewable energy firm PowerSource Energy Services Inc. will develop a 2-megawatt biomass-fired power plant in Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc.’s factory in Cagayan de Oro City.

The power plant, estimated to cost around P200 million, will be wholly financed by PowerSource, Pepsi-Cola said in a statement Thursday.

Pepsi-Cola — maker of softdrinks Pepsi-Cola, 7Up, Mountain Dew, and Mirinda — said that PowerSource will supply its factory with electricity for 15 years.

The beverage firm said the power plant will use coconut shells and husks and other coconut residues as fuel feedstock.

“This will result in additional income and livelihood support to farmers in neighboring districts,” Pepsi said.

PowerSource founder and CEO Frederick LaCroix said developing Pepsi-Cola’s power plant is one of its “major corporate steps” as the beverage firm is one of the leading manufacturers of soft drinks.

The power company specializes in developing, building, and operating facilities that reduce the carbon footprint and energy expenses of large corporate customers.

Development of the biomass-fired power plant still start next February, Pepsi-Cola commercial director Gabby Gabinete said, adding that the project will spur the growth of environmental entrepreneurship.

“As the demand for biomass materials grows significantly, farmers and environmental advocates will identify new opportunities to convert agricultural wastes to additional income,” Gabinete said.

With the use of renewable energy, Pepsi-Cola expects 20 percent average savings in its operating cost, he said.

Pepsi-Cola plans to forge tie-ups with renewable energy developers for the 11- to 15-MW requirement of its 11 manufacturing plants. Gabinete said.

The renewable energy facilities will be located in La Union, Pampanga, Muntinlupa, Naga, Cebu, Bacolod, Leyte, Iloilo, Zamboanga, Davao, and Cagayan de Oro.

article by Jesse Edep/VS, GMANews.TV






P200M biomass power plant for Pepsi to be completed in June
Posted on January 29, 2011 by damarre
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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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Infrastructure projects seen to change the face of CDO
Posted on January 27, 2011 by damarre
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Constructions of a shoreline bypass road, the widening of the proposed flyover and the operation of a convention center are some of the priority projects needed to sustain the growth of this city, the so-called gateway to Northern Mindanao.

Rep. Rufus Rodriguez of the Second District here is monitoring the more than P4.5 billion worth of on-going infrastructure projects. He is showing confidence that with the support of the Aquino administration, economic growth in the region would be hastened as trade and commerce from the east and west would find ease in transporting goods to the major ports in Northern Mindanao.



“Given the assurance from Malacañang, our endeavors to fast-track infrastructure development in the city would have a bigger impact, not only on the economy, but more so on the quality of lives of our people,” Rodriguez said.


The 386-meter widening of a section of the national highway at the junction going to Butuan City and Bukidnon is a groundwork in anticipation for the construction of the proposed flyover, which would be implemented by the national government. Also, the ongoing construction of the portion of the 15-kilometer shoreline bypass road and a bridge passing near the Macabalan seaport and across Cagayan de Oro River, west of the city, are the major road projects that would decongest traffic condition, as well as boost economic and industrial development  of the region and Mindanao as a whole.

The P760-million Cagayan de Oro City International Trade and Convention Center is expected to be completed during President Aquino’s term after its construction was stalled due to the non-availability of funds during the Arroyo administration.

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E-shuttles to ply in Pueblo soon
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Pueblo de Oro will soon have an eco-friendly way to bring residents around the Township.

Elena Orpilla, the current shuttle operator, will be purchasing from Manila the Township’s first electronic shuttle. The e-shuttles will be powered with electricity, unlike traditional vehicles which run on gasoline.

The shuttles run from 5:30 in the morning starting at San Agustin Valley Homes and Forest View Homes until 10:00 p.m. If SM has a sale, they operate until 12:00 a.m. The idea came about through Pueblo de Oro’s, SM’s and the operator’s desire to be more eco-friendly.

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P4-M e-library to open in Iponan
Posted on January 7, 2011 by damarre
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A P4-MILLION electronic library and activity room will be set up in Barangay Iponan, Cagayan de Oro City.

The City Government will fund the e-library, which will be constructed near the barangay hall anytime in January.

Iponan village Chief Anthony O. Brilleta said the e-library will house 20 computers that would store 1,000 volumes of e-books to be provided by the Mindanao State University.

The e-library’s card catalogs will be accessed through the Internet and research materials will be converted into microfilms and compact discs for easy storage.

Brilleta said doing research through the e-library is basically the same as going to the library.

“The only difference is that the researcher or user can have faster results without hassle,” he added.

Those who want to visit the e-library and do research will have to pay a minimal fee for the maintenance of the building and extra income of the barangay, the village chief said.

The e-library is expected to open to the public on February 1 in time for the village’s fiesta celebration.

Brilleta also said there will be an area within the e-library building where the youth can hold recreation activities. He added that this aims to help the youth “shy away from vices.”

The village chief said he wants his project for this year to be related with modern technology so villagers in Iponan would not be left behind.

article by Nicole J. Managbanag of SSC







RC Cola to put up bottling plant in CdeO
Posted on January 6, 2011 by damarre
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As part of their continuing expansion program, Asiawide Refreshments Corp. (ARC), maker of RC Cola soft drink brand, is reportedly setting up a bottling plant in Cagayan de Oro City to serve Northern Mindanao.

This CdeO plant will be the second in Mindanao after the Binugao plant in Davao which opened just last year. ARC has five other bottling plants situated in Metro Manila, Southern Luzon and Central Luzon.

As a history, Gerry Garcia, current ARC executive vice president and chief operating officer, along with Tony Panajon and Butch Aves, decided to set up their own softdrink company in 2002 and later teamed up with successful entrepreneurs Alfredo Yao and Ricky Sandoval to establish ARC.

Empowered with an exclusive license awarded by Royal Crown Cola International, USA to manufacture and distribute RC Cola in the Philippines, ARC steadily gained recognition.

Under the guiding hand of its founders, ARC, a 100 percent Filipino owned, continues to flourish and is now a major player in the beverage industry. It has at least realized its vision to be the lowest cost producer of ready-to-drink, non-alcoholic beverages and to be able to market products with the best quality and value.

The all-time favorite cola in America since 1905 is now one of the preferred cola in Metro Manila. RC Cola is now available in 240 ml, 800 ml returnable bottles, 1.5 liter PET bottles and 330ml cans.

Will RC Cola click in CdeO? Just some additional info, Alfredo Yao owns Zest-O Corp. which has a plant in El Salvador so most probably, the bottling plant will be set up there.

with article by Nelson C. Bagaforo of Sun Star Davao
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Amarea Travel Lodge to open soon
Posted on January 11, 2011 by damarre
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Fems Lodging House, one of the more popular budget accommodations in Cagayan de Oro many years ago, will be re-opening soon after several months of major reconstruction and renovation. This time, the new name will be Amarea Travel Lodge as shown above.

Photos shown below were taken just last week and the name wasn’t installed yet. Perhaps, it was installed over the weekend. The new design follows the metal cladding trend. I just hope they have air-conditioned rooms. The former lodging facility did not have air-conditioned rooms but only rooms provided with ceiling fans.







Sooner, the “Amarea” name might just be as popular as among the many new accommodation facilities which have sprouted in the city over the last few years. Owing to the increase in tourist arrivals, the hotel construction industry in the city is booming. But in spite of this, the city still needs more of these to fully accommodate all visitors.



In case you’re not familiar with the former Fems, it is located right at the back of Maxandrea Hotel and across Wilshire Inn along President Aguinaldo Street.
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