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Hundreds of Oro trees cut without permission, bares Clenro

Mindanao Gold Star Daily
Nitz Arancon
April 12, 2014

HUNDREDS of trees have been cut in Dansolihon without the government’s permission.

The City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (Clenro) revealed this after it seized a truckload of Falcata logs in Carmen on Thursday night.

Edwin Dael, city hall’s Clenro chief, said there were at least 30 truckloads of logs still on the ground in Dansolihon.

Authorities stopped the truck with license plates MBU-753, owned by one Elena Pantao, after it moved on the overpass in Barangay Carmen.

Dael said the truck was loaded with 439 logs.

While the government allows Falcata logs, Dael said the operation was still illegal because these were logged within a protected area in Dansolihon.

Dael said the logs were consigned to a company called REM Import/Export Enterprises based in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental.

He said the attempt to sneak the logs into the city raised serious questions that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) needs to answer.

Dael said the DENR should explain why the truck managed to pass its checkpoint in Barangay Lumbia.

“The documents are questionable. The papers show that the logs came from Talakag, Bukidnon, and that the truck supposedly left the town in April 8. And yet it reached Cagayan de Oro, April 10. This is puzzling and raises suspicions,” Dael said.

The Clenro seized the logs and impounded the truck at the City Engineer’s Office in Barangay Kauswagan.

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

18 US firms to explore investments in Mindanao

BusinessWeek Mindanao
Nelson V. Constantino and
Joe Del Puerto Felicida
September 13, 2010

AT least 18 US firms have signified their intention to send their delegations to the upcoming “Orobest Expo 2010,” an event that will be held parallel to the 19th Mindanao Business Conference (Minbizcon) and the Mindanao Investment Forum on Sept. 16-19 in Cagayan de Oro City.

Jaime Rafael U. Paguio, president of the host Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Incorporated (ORO CHAMBER), said the Americans are bringing along with them their top products and technologies for display during the OTOP Mindanao Island Fair and Orobest Expo 2010 inside the Limketkai Atrium.

“The presence of American businesses and displays in the Atrium would already manifest that indeed US is coming back to pour in more investments to Mindanao,” Paguio said.

US ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas will be the keynote speaker at the opening of the fair.

For his part, Conference Director Ruben Vegafria hopes the Minbizcon will open the eyes of American investors on Mindanao even as he expects the existing American firms in the region to tell their counterparts that Mindanao is definitely a good place for business.

“The first Orobest last year was partnered by US Commercial Service, proving the American’s renewed interest in Mindanao after having been told by us not to leave Mindanao as an investment destination,” Vegafria said.

Several American firms are already doing good business in Mindanao. For this, it could be better if more of their counterparts would be enticed to come to Mindanao not only for a look-see, but also to show their products.

The move of further drawing American investments to Mindanao is expected to cast opposition, particularly from so-called anti-American groups. However, Paguio pointed out whatever investment that is not detrimental to Mindanao is good for Mindanao.

“We only welcome to Mindanao those foreign companies that would take a very close look and respect our laws and our environment,” Paguio stated.

He was confident, such foreign firms would not only generate jobs, but would also give Mindanao a good face to the entire world that this is a place where business thrives.

Paguio asked the oppositors to show basis, saying without such basis, he would think “we should also look at what new investments could offer for the common good of the people of Mindanao.”

Aside from luring some one billion peso new investments to Mindanao, Minbizcon intends to come up with position papers on various concerns that the government is expected to address.

According to Paguio, some of these concerns were already taken up in various round-table discussions.

“At the end of the conference, we will have set a set of resolutions that we will hand over to the President for him to look into. That could be one of the most significant outputs of the conference, he said.

Vegafria said business students are also invited to the conference for them to be able to know the prevailing business climate here in Mindanao, and what the business sector and the government are doing.

Meanwhile, Oro Chamber Vice President for Manufacturing Ghaye Alegrio said this year’s Minbizcon is adopting a very different approach of not only presenting to the government the call-to-action.

“Now, we are getting the commitment of the groups. For instance in power, we have the power stakeholders to advocate for government actions on such particular concern,” she said.

This, she added, ensures that proper advocacy is carried out in getting the attention and action of government.

Meanwhile, over one hundred micro, small and medium enterprises or MSMES from the different regions of Mindanao are coming to Cagayan de Oro City to showcase their best products.

The Department of Trade and Industry Region 10 (DTI), together with Oro Chamber will host the Otop Mindanao Island Fair 2010 (OMIF 2010) and the Oro Best Expo 2010 at The Atrium, Limketkai Center.

DTI-10 Regional Director Alicia V. Euseña said that with this year’s theme of “Showcasing the Best of Mindanao”, the OMIF 2010 will feature products and services of One Town One Product (OTOP) Program from the Regions 9, 10, 11, 12 CARAGA, and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). These products include fashion accessories, fresh and processed food, gifts and housewares, furniture, organic and natural products, HALAL and other MSME products.

This is the second time that Cagayan de Oro City will play host the OTOP Mindanao Island Fair. The first one was in August 2008 at the same venue which generated sales of P33 Million.

New OTOP products will be launched during the OMIF 2010 which is expected to attract more local and institutional buyers. The event will also feature the “Semi-Processed Materials Expo 2010” organized by the Bureau of Domestic Trade, the Designers’ Productivity Build-up prototypes, buying mission and the special setting showcase for the Mindanao regions.

Inside Bukidnon

BusinessWeek Mindanao
Ped T. Quiamjot
August 16, 2010

THE biggest province in Region 10 and rank eight in the Philippines in terms of land area stretching 1,049, 862 hectares or 10,498.56 square kilometers, Bukidnon is slightly elevated and centrally located. With 669,529.25 hectares classified as timberland, it receives the highest rainfall in a year making agricultural land moist and productive while the lakes and rivers runs abundant with water serving as a watershed for Cagayan de Oro City and aquifer for Davao City. Its mountain ranges and plateaus stretches down to Cotabato. Out of the typhoon belt area, the province has 380,332.75 hectares of alienable and disposable land, 92% is utilized for agricultural production.

Major crops planted in Bukidnon are sugar cane, corn and rice in that order. These three major crops grown contribute to the subsidy of the national economic demand. Sugar production alone capitalized by BUSCO Sugar Milling rank number two in terms of tonnage among the producers in the entire Philippines. Sugar cane waste in a form of molasses can be refined to alcohol and ingredients for bio-ethanol. Another milling, Crystal Sugar shares the requirements of the multinational institutional buyers. While large agri-business pioneered by Del Monte and Dole Philippines ventures into pineapple plantation, banana growing, cassava production and high value crops that goes to the domestic and export market. Robusta coffee under the Monks brand remains a cravings and trade mark among the countries high society and always available in many 5-star hotels in Manila.

Bukidnon has important river systems that can draw investors for hydro electric power to alleviate the high power demand in the region. It has various lakes that dot the landscape ideal for eco-tourism and high end resort and Spa development. Province wide, it has a stable peace and order that draws confidence among big contract growers the likes of San Miguel, Monterey Farms, Swifts Foods, Purefoods, Vitarich and Rebisco into food manufacturing sourcing their live stocks and materials from the green fields and fertile land.

With a growing Agri-industrial economy synergized with key government programs in place that uplifts livelihood, health care, hospital systems and education.

Bukidnon is a good location for a retirement community among foreign expatriates who can easily be attracted to the weather and the clean environment consisting of natural and adventure parks, a world class championship golf course, mountain ranges and fresh body of healing water that transform into lakes harmonized with nature.

Two major high end realty holdings have recently opened for business, W. Brown and Menzi Orchards with their prize development in the towns of Malaybalay and Manolo Fortich have attracted investors bringing lifestyles and luxuries to those who can afford the calm and holistic settings.

Retail business has prospered too with the expansion of the Gaisano group taking advantage of the high capita income of the province.

Inside Bukidnon, even the departed have a place in progress and serenity as Pryce Corporation launched two state of the art memorial parks in Mambatangan and Malaybalay Gardens.

It rises as final resting place among the esteemed that rides the saddle of hard work and prosperity and have reached their time.

Inside Bukidnon, it is a highland paradise among the living where business is guaranteed a return of investments from the conduits of the financial institutions extending agricultural loans to the farmers and the growers.

Iligan City: Prime Real Estate and Tourist Destination

Iligan City is unbelievably a place full  blend of uncorrupted nature and hardcore industrial enterprise.  The city is considered Northern Mindanao’s diamond in the rough.  Under-searched by both local and foreign tourists, Iligan City is an unmatched urban center which assures to charm its first-time visitors. Its natural endowment of nature, blended with regulated marks of industrialization,  Iligan City offers a solid investment in prime real estate.

Known as the City of Majestic Waterfalls, there are around 23 waterfalls in and around Iligan. Premier among them is the majestic Maria Cristina Falls, perhaps the country’s highest falls and home to Mindanao’s primary hydroelectric power station.

Iligan is also the Industrial Center of the South. It produces hydroelectric power for the Mindanao region through the National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR), the site of the Mindanao Regional Center (MRC) housing Agus IV, VI and VII hydroelectric plants. It also houses industries like steel, tinplate, cement and flour mills. The National Steel Corporation, one of the largest steel manufacturers in the Southeast Asian region, now Global Steelworks International Incorporated was re-opened in 2003 after heavy setbacks resulting to its closure in 1999. Iligan along with its neighboring city, Cagayan de Oro City, are the two major components for the Cagayan de Oro-Iligan Corridor, the fastest developing area in Northern Mindanao.

The economy of Iligan was largely based on heavy industries. After the construction of Maria Cristina (Agus VI) Hydroelectric Plant by National Power Corporation (NPC, NAPOCOR) in 1950, the city experienced rapid industrialization and continued until the late 1980s. The largest steel plant in the country, National Steel Corporation (NSC), was also established during that period (Specifically in 1962).
During the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, the city experienced severe slowdown in terms of economic growth. A good number of industrial plants are closed, notably the National Steel Corporation. Its closure also created a domino effect on its anxillary industries, causing some companies to close shop while putting others in grave financial distress.

The city made its economic revival on the reopening of the National Steel Corporation, named Global Steelworks Philippines, Inc on 2004. Thus, putting the city back on its track. The current industrial plants in operation and their locations are:

*Treasure Steel Corporation (Formerly National Steel Corporation                   Billet Plant) — Barangay Suarez
*Global Steelworks Philippines, Inc. — Barangay Suarez
*Mabuhay Vinyl Corporation — Barangay Maria Cristina
*Granexport Manufacturing Corporation — Barangay Kiwalan
*Petronas Energy Philippines, Inc. — Barangay Dalipuga
*Pilmico Foods Corporation — Barangay Kiwalan
*Pilmico Iligan Feedmill – Barangay Kiwalan
*Platinum Group Metals Corporation (Formerly Maria Cristina                   Chemical Industries, Inc.) — Barangay Maria Cristina
*San Miguel Corporation-Iligan Coconut Oil Plant — Barangay                             Santa Filomena
*Refractories Corporation of the Philippines — Barangay Dalipuga
*Iligan Cement Corporation — Barangay Kiwalan
*Mindanao Portland Cement Corporation — Barangay Kiwalan
*Holcim Philippines, Inc. (Formerly Alsons Cement Corp.) —   Boundary of Barangay Dalipuga and Lugait, Misamis Oriental

It is a city truly blessed and nurtured by Mother Nature.  It is protected by typhoons by natural barriers as with most places in Mindanao. Its terrain is hugged by a long stretch of shoreline along Iligan Bay.  The rich soil, even rainful distribution, and ideal topography provide suitable conditions for diverse agricultural ventures.

Yet with all the natural wonders and blessing bestowed upon the city, the most prized asset of Iligan is still the warm culture and vibrant hospitality of its people.  Both natives and people of different ethnicity with a long history all come together to make Iligan their home.