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Opascor Announces Additional Reefer Facility



Just in time for the Christmas and forthcoming New Year, imported frozen and refrigerated foods can be brought in to Cebu and the Visayas in a much larger volume.

The management of Oriental Port and Allied Services Corporation (OPASCOR), the exclusive cargo-handling service provider of the Cebu International Port (CIP) announced this last Tuesday in a media conference held at the White Gold House restaurant.

“That means for the next five to ten years we are confident that OPASCOR can handle the growing demand for reefer services,” Randy Vazquez, the chief finance resource officer/finance manager of the firm said.

Vazquez said that the installation of a multi-million reefer container storage facility is also in anticipation of the opening soon of two additional big malls in Cebu City, the SM Seaside City at the South Road Properties (formerly the South Reclamation Project-SRP) and Robinsons, which is also constructing a new one near the pier area.

OPASCOR operations manager Jonathan Fernandez explained that right now they have installed 214 reefer plugs which could accommodate the same number of refrigerated/reefer container at any given time.

Atty. Annabel Pulvera-Page, the Legal and Corporate Development Department Manager added that the facility could even accommodate more, depending on the necessity.

“The good news about the facility, expandable pa sab siya, it is made ready for additional reefer plugs just in case,” Page emphasized.

The installation of the reefer facility came after OPASCOR took it over from the Cebu Ports Authority which only have 45 reefer plugs then, gradually increasing it until the new facility was completed last November 14.

An OPASCOR data cited by Fernandez revealed that only an average of 200 reefer containers are being serviced by OPASCOR every month at the CIP but with the new facility, they are anticipating an increase in volume citing that Cebu based importers which used to coursed through their orders through the Metro Manila ports could now directly sent it to Cebu.

Before, because of the lack of reefer container facility, local importers which even include those coming from Mindanao have been making Manila as their port of entry of their imported goods to the country.

Not only are the importers can avail of the use of the reefer facility, however, also the exporters especially products which needs temperature control before their wares are loaded in the vessel for export.

Fernandez also said that locators at the Mactan Economic Zone (MEZ) are using their reefer facility because of some semi-conductor raw materials that needs temperature control when being shipped.

As per CPA approved tariff, OPASCOR is charging P58 per hour for forty container vans that will their use their reefer facility plugs while a rate of P105 per hour is being set for the forty footer containers.

The approval of the OPASCOR 2014 tariff rates has been pre-conditioned by the Association of International Shipping Lines (AISL) that additional reefer facility be installed at the CIP.

Championing the cause of port workers, OPASCOR, which calls itself “Workers Enterprise” has been established in 1990 where it is wholly-owned by its workers since each one of them has a stake in its shares of stocks, on top of their incomes and earnings as they worked.

ALU-TUCP Pres. Emeritus, Atty. Democrito Mendoza is at its helm but Atty. Tomas Riveral, now stands as its President and General Manager.

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Capitol Distributes P6M-Worth of Cattle Squeezer, Abattoir Equipment



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Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide III on January 16, 2018 turned over to various LGUs components of meat dressing equipment and squeeze chutes worth P5.673 million, prompting Cebu as the first provincial government to provide its LGUs with this type of machinery.

In a talk during the formal turn-over ceremony, Davide revealed that giving out these chutes is among the Capitol’s archetypal feat, as this is the ‘first time’ they dispense a huge cattle handling facility with a dimension of 2 x 3 x 10 meters.

A squeeze chute is a strongly built stall for safe holding of cattle, horses or other livestock while they are examined or given veterinary treatment.

The cage will provide for safety of the animal and the people attending it because the close-fitting crush ensures that the animal stands “stock still”.

In line with the Provincial Veterinary Office’s Artificial Insemination (AI) Program, these cattle crush will minimize the risk of injury to both the animal and the operator while an AI operation is performed.

Provincial Veterinarian Mary Rose Vincoy said the chutes, which costs around P188,000 each, will speed up implementation of the AI program as genetic improvement of livestock will become fast and easy.

During the ceremony, a veterinarian demonstrated how to squeeze-in a huge 20 month old Red Brahman inside a squeeze chute. While pressed inside the crusher, one can milk the cow, examine its front legs, hind legs, neck or subject the cow in heat to AI procedure.

Moreover, Department of Agriculture (DA)-7 Regional Technical Director Joel Elumba said the Capitol’s move is responsive as Central Visayas’ economy is mainly driven by poultry and livestock. Elumba is among the guests in last Monday’s ceremony.

Elumba explained that while the DA is just starting to include the chutes in its budget, the Capitol is already proceeding with its distribution.

“Karon pa maoy pagsugod pag-apil (squeeze chute) sa budget sa Department of Agriculture, pero ang Cebu naa na,” said Elumba.

Davide and members of the Provincial Board (PB) members present turned over 23 squeeze chutes, five viscera inspection tables, 20 live weight weighing scale, five evisceration platform and 51 tattoo slapper with ink.

Present during the ceremony were Sogod Mayor Lissa Marie Durano-Streegan, Marilyn Wenceslao of Santander, Erwin Yu of Tudela, Mariano Martinez of San Remigio, Lito Creus of Malabuyoc, and Nicepuro Apura of Carcar city.

Vice mayors Greman Solante of Tudela, Richard Streegan of Sogod and agriculture officers of recipient LGUs also attended and claimed their equipment.

Also present were PB members Celestino Martinez III, Jerome Librando, Christoper Baricuatro, Horacio Franco III and Jude Sybico.

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8990 Holdings Launches P2-B Cebu Mid-rise Condo Dev’t




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Listed mass housing developer 8990 Holdings Inc. expects to generate Php2 billion in sales from its second mid-rise condominium development in Barangay Tisa, Cebu City, as it expands its footprint in high growth areas across Visayas and Mindanao.

8990 Holdings President and Chief Executive Officer Willie J. Uy said continued strong demand prompted the company to launch Urban Deca Homes Tisa 2, which it would spend around Php800 million for its development until 2021.

Urban Deca Homes Tisa 2 will have 21 four-storey buildings served by elevators. Each building will have an average of 70 units or a total of 1,392 units for the entire project.

Its first project in Tisa has already been sold out..

“Urban Deca Homes Tisa 1 was well-received by the market due to its affordability combined with a great view of the mountains on one side while overlooking Cebu City and the sea on the other side,” said 8990 Holdings President and Chief Executive Officer Willie J. Uy.

The company is allotting Php3 billion for capital expenditures this year for the development of more mass housing projects, both vertical and horizontal, as it aims to help the government reduce the huge housing backlog of 5.9 million units.

Uy said revenue growth now depends on how fast they can secure permits to sell because they have already bought the land that they need and demand continues to be strong.

8990 Holdings still has a land bank of about 554 hectares, although it will continue to purchase land but less aggressively as it just needs to replace those that it will use for development.

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Sinulog 2018 Draws 1.4-M Crowd




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More than 1.4 million revelers crowded the streets of Cebu City for this year’s Sinulog Grand Parade on Sunday.

Newly-installed Police Regional Office-7 Director, Chief Supt. Robert Quenery, made the crowd estimate around 3 p.m. when the people’s turnout was at its peak.

Communication again became a problem as the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) re-implemented a city-wide signal shutdown from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. but the signal was fully restored by 9 p.m.

Organizers and police used two-way hand-held radios for communication.

Quenery said the signal shutdown had to be implemented to ensure the safety and security of Sinulog revelers, guests and participants.

The Sinulog 2018 Grand Parade started at around 8 a.m. was participated in by 30 contingents, including those from out of town — Pangalao of Panglao (Bohol), Buyugan of Abuyug (Leyte), Tribu Kalivungan of North Cotabato, and Katbalogan of Samar and Leyte.

Several showbiz personalities from Manila joined the Grand Parade such as “Kapamilya” stars Maja Salvador and Bea Alonzo.

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A Grand Finale, which was a musical presentation of the old and future Cebu, and a fireworks display culminated the Fiesta Señor celebrations.

No untoward incident was reported during the Sinulog Grand Parade, said Quenery minutes before the parade ended at the Cebu City Sports Center.

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Cebu Landmasters Eyes P7-B Reservation Sales This Year




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Listed property developer Cebu Landmasters Inc. (CLI) targets to hit Php7 billion in reservation sales this year, up 52 percent from Php4.58 billion posted last year.

CLI attributed its exceptional performance last year mainly to newly-launched residential projects, which are now almost fully sold.

“In 2018, we will continue to expand our footprint in the Visayas and Mindanao, and develop projects that respond to the growing market in these areas,” CLI chief executive officer Jose Soberano III told the local bourse.

The company will launch this year 20 new developments, among them two residential subdivisions, three residential condominiums, three offices, one hotel and one industrial park in Cebu; two residential condominiums and a hotel in Bacolod; and a residential condo in Iloilo.

It also plans to fortify its foothold in Mindanao where it will launch two residential subdivisions and one residential condominium in Cagayan de Oro, while a central business district and two residential condominiums will be unveiled in Davao.

The upcoming projects boost CLI’s total number of projects to 66 from 46 last year, as it continues to strengthen its brand in its niche markets.

Soberano is confident of meeting performance targets set for the year and beyond.

The company targeted to book Php1.7 billion in profit and Php5.3 billion in revenue in 2018.

It expects that hikes in household income resulting from the newly approved package 1 of the Duterte government’s Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law will be channeled to housing.

CLI said government spending in infrastructure was also expected to unlock land values outside Metro Manila and stimulate business in the countryside.

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