Monthly Archives: November 2011

New Davao land use plan completed

BusinessWorld Online
November 23, 2012

DAVAO CITY — This city’s planning and development office has completed a new comprehensive land use plan that will be submitted to Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio for approval before the end of the month.
Chief city planner Roberto P. Alabado III said the plan, to be observed for the next 10 years, addresses four concerns, namely: disaster risk reduction, climate change impact mitigation, transport system integration and sustainable development.

“Once you apply for… clearance, you are instructed to build your house or building according to the level where the floods rise the highest,” Mr. Alabado explained, noting that the city has seen floods as much as a meter deep.

The new plan, Mr. Alabado added, also requires commercial establishments to provide easements for loading and unloading of passengers in order not to impede vehicular traffic along main roads.

He said the envisioned new zoning ordinance will likely take effect early next year. — J. B. Escovilla

Rodriguez backs renaming of Laguindingan airport to Cagayan-MisOr airport

Businessweek Mindanao
04 November 2011

REPRESENTATIVE Rufus B. Rodriguez of the 2nd District, this city supports the idea of renaming the Laguindingan Airport Development Project (LADP) into the “Cagayan de Oro-Misamis Oriental Airport” to attain global impact.

The suggestion to rename the airport came from Secretary Sonny Coloma of the Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO), when he was here for the inauguration of the newly-renovated Radio Ng Bayan-DXIM of the Philippine Broadcasting Services (PBS) along San Agustin-Velez Sts., this city, recently.

“Renaming LIA to CDO-MisOr Airport would give way for ‘easy recall’ to the foreign tourists and can ride on the popularity of CDO, which has already carved a niche in the world tourist map,” the PCOO Secretary said.

A former Undersecretary of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), the government agency that implements the construction of the LADP, the PCOO Secretary said the airport, should lure more foreign tourists into Northern Mindanao.

Once operational, the airport would now truly become the “Gateway to Northern Mindanao,” which is a very good destination for tourists.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez said he is looking into projects that would improve the tourism industry in the region, because of its many potentials to improve the livelihood of the residents, not only of those living near the LADP, but also in the neighboring areas.

He said tourism has many downside industries that can benefit the residents, because tourists would need transportation in going from one destination to another.

They need food to eat. They need places or hotels to stay. They need souvenirs to bring home. They need tourist guides. They need people to do their laundry and they are willing to spend their money to make their visit worthwhile.

So far, the region has many destinations which can be reached in just a single day from the LADP, so that government projects leading towards these areas must be put in place before the it operates, he said.

“In fact, I demanded that the Department of Tourism (DOT) Budget for 2012 be revised, during the recent budget hearing, when I saw that the road improvement leading to the White Water River Rafting and F.S. Catanico Falls in the city, were not included in their budget proposal,” Rodriguez said.

He said DOT now have allocated Php20 million, each, for the improvement of the roads leading to these areas, next year.

Among others, the Congressman mentioned the following destinations, which are accesiblen to the tourists:

Eco Gardens of Malasag in Cagayan de Oro City and the Nature’s Adventure Park in Initao, this province.

Dahilayan Zip Line, Transfiguration Church, Del Monte Pineapple Plantation and the Flower Farms in Bukidnon.

Maria Cristina Falls, Timoga Cold Springs and Macapagal Ancestral Home in Iligan City and Tinago Falls in Linamon, Lanao del Norte. (pia-10)By: Richie Cabahug-Aguhob

Ayala mulls bid for O&M contract of Laguindingan airport

BusinessWorld Online
November 01, 2011

AYALA CORP. is looking to bid for the operation and maintenance (O&M) contract of an airport that will serve Cagayan de Oro, an area where the conglomerate is already building a mall and housing complex.
This comes on top of the firm’s interest in other infrastructure projects lined up by the government for privatization, marking a further foray out of its core businesses.

“We are looking at the new airport in Cagayan de Oro that will start operating I think in 2013,” Delfin C. Gonzalez, Jr., Ayala’s chief finance officer, told reporters last week, referring to the Laguindingan facility in Misamis Oriental, roughly 50 kilometers away from the existing Lumbia airport.

“It actually sits on a property that we donated to the government,” Mr. Gonzalez said.

“[Ayala] also owns about 500 more hectares around it,” he said. “We are also looking at participating in that so that it can also help to spur the development of [the area].”

The Aquino government has included the privatization of Laguindingan Airport’s operation and maintenance project among the 10 vital infrastructure projects to be opened for private investment under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program.

The 20-year operations concession is seen to reduce government expenditures and improve the quality of service at the airport.

According to PPP Center, the new airport on a 393-hectare property is seen to accommodate 1.2 million passengers per year based on its master plan.

The tender period had earlier been slated to end by next month but a government decision to review all projects up for bidding is expected to delay the contract’s awarding.

Ayala, through its subsidiaries, is already building a mall in the area via a joint venture. It is also developing a subdivision and is looking to construct a hotel as well, earlier reports show.

Ayala officials have said that the company is interested in other PPP projects offered by the government, particularly the Daang Hari-South Luzon Expressway road project.

“We need an operator partner [which is a] foreign [firm],” Mr. Gonzalez said, when asked about the firm’s progress in bidding for the road project.

The interest in infrastructure comes as Ayala is looking to venture into other industries including power.

The conglomerate announced in March its bid to build a portfolio of over 1,000 MW in generating assets. It has already formed joint ventures with partners for coal, wind and hydroelectric power projects.
Mr. Gonzalez reiterated the company would spend P100 million in the next five years for its power ventures.

“But there is no immediate fund raising that we are looking at right now,” he said
Ayala’s first-half net income climbed by 12% to P4.9 billion over year-ago levels, propelled by its property, banking, water distribution and telecom units.