Pag-IBIG Southern Mindanao Group made it again to PASADA …

September 30, 2008

And this time Pag-IBIG Davao Branch Office was rated top agency for 2008 Public Assistance Service Delivery Audit.

Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chair Ricardo Saludo conferred the award to the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) during the culminating activity of the Civil Service Month celebration through Davao Branch manager Manolito O. Olegario at the SM City Event Center on Tuesday, September 30, 2008.

Together with Pag-IBIG Fud with a rating of 4.17 percent for PASADA  is the Philippine National Police Davao City Office getting a rating of 4  percent. The award for the PNP was received by Davao City Police Director Sr. Supt. Ramon Apolinario.

It may be recalled that Pag-IBIG Fund Cotabato Branch Office headed by Manager Noli A. Armada was awarded the CSC Seal of Frontline Service Excellence in 2007 and was given the highest award of excellence, an additional recognition as they became part of the nationwide publicity for best practices in the bureaucracy.

Both the Cotabato and Davao Branch Offices belong to the Southern Mindanao Group under the supervision of Vice President Jose W. Banzon, Jr.

The CSC rates agency on delivery of frontline services through a team of volunteers where it transacts business with agencies not known to the agency being rated.

The strategy is simple as a pool of Public Service Monitors checks and tests out public services.

The government office delivery of services is tested by the PASADA where the office was assessed in terms of providing service, structures, systems and procedures and the physical condition.

The Fund’s value of customer care as well as meeting the expectations of the transacting public for prompt, courteous, responsive, facilitative and pleasant service were also factors considered in the award.

The CSC puts premium in promoting morale, efficiency, integrity, responsiveness and courtesy in government service.

The PASADA is a proactive mechanism installed to address the problems brought by inefficiency at the government’s first line of contact with the citizenry.

It also provides mechanism through which the performance of government frontline services can be systematically checked and evaluated.

Meanwhile the Dangal ng Bayan Award semi-finalists  were also recognized during the Awarding Activity with CSC Chair Saludo namely Naida G. Lasangre, Instructor II of Lupon School of Fisheries of Davao Oriental and F/Supt. Wilberto Rico Neil Kwan Tiu.

With the 108th celebration of  Civil Service, a one stop shop for government frontline agencies was set up from September 29 to 30, 2008 at the SM City Event Center where 22 agencies such as Pag-IBIG , Department of Foreign Affairs, National Statistics Office, Department of Agriculture, TESDA, DCWD, Davao City Business Bureau, Department of Science and Technoly and others showcased their different services for the public to access.

Shown in Top Photo shows (L-R) CSC Chair Saludo, Pag-IBIG Fund Davao Manager Manolito Olegario and CSC XI Regional Director Annabell Rosell while shown in top most photo are Pag-IBIG Fund Davao Staff headed by Operations Chief Agustin Deguilmo and middle managers Erna Taghap and Elsa Boquison marketing officer Maridee dela Cerna, HR officer Laarni, marketing and enforcment Enting Duenas and Raul Dangoy for mobility during the one-stop shop showcase of government agencies at SM City Event Center on September 29 to 30, 2008.  Also shown in photo below from left to right are Manager Olegario, Chairman Saludo, F/Supt. Tiu, Teacher Lasangre and CSC XI Director Rossell.  (Photo taken by Edgar Arro of Mindanao Times thank you !)

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As promised ….

September 29, 2008

Here’s the list ….

LIST OF ACTIVE SUBDIVISION OWNERS/DEVELOPERS WITHIN REGION XI

As of June 2008

(Data was furnished by the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board

Thanks Regional Officer Roy T. Lopez)

ARCH. KRISTIN H. LU

President and Gen. Manager

Kisan Lu Realty Inc.

MR. ANTONIO DOMINGO

Santos Land Dev’t Corporaton

MR. DEBIN A. URAYA

Chair,

Uraya Land Dev’t Corporation

MR. FRANCISCO M. SORIANO

President and General Manager

FM Soriano & Co. Inc.

MR. HENRY L. CHUA

President

HLC Construction & Dev’t Corporation

8990 HOUSING DEV’T. CORP.

Davao City

MR. MARYLINE L. PASTORIZA

President

Foothills Realty & Dev’t Corp.

MR. REYNALDO B. NAVARRO

General Manager

LS Properties Inc.,

FLORANTE B. DEL ROSARIO

Manager,

Ridge Estate Dev’t. Corp.

MS. MYRNA LYNN R. GILIG

General Manager

Communities (Davao), Inc.

MR. CARLITO C. DUBLAN

President & General Manager

Davao Elite Properties Mktg. Corp./

Primeland Dev’t. Corp

MR. JOSE MANUEL T. ESCALANTE

Regional Operations Manager

Sta. Lucia Realty & Dev. Corp. Inc.

MS. AIMEE MARIE BANGA

Park Manager

Forest Lake Memorial

MR. ALLAN BARQUILLA

Manager

Filinvest Land., Inc.

MR. LORENZO ANG

Ladislawa Village

MR. JOSE MA. L. ESCANO

Pryce Corporation

DMC URBAN PROPERTY DEVELOPERS, INC.

Davao City

LANDO PACIFIC CORP.

Davao City

MR. BERNARDO ARQUIZA

Jireh Land Dev’t Corp.

GENE C. BANGAYAN

Corporate Secretary

Holiday Garden Island Dev’t Corp.

FERMIN C. SOLANTE

Solante Notarial Office

Davao Oriental


A flashback to the celebration of Civil Service in September

September 26, 2008

The Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG in Region XII was awarded the CSC Seal of Frontline Service Excellence after going through assessment by a volunteer team of the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

The award of Pag IBIG Fund, the lone awardee in Region XII, was conferred on the occasion of the 107th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary, the 21st of September last year, in Cotabato City through officer-in-charge Noli Armada and vice president for Southern Mindanao Group Jose W. Banzon, Jr.

For this year’s 108th Civil Service celebration, the Pag-IBIG Fund South Min congratulates Pag-IBIG Fund Butuan City for winning the Pag-asa Award.

CSC chairperson Karina Constantino-David issued the award to the Pag-IBIG Fund Cotabato Branch for exemplars in the delivery of frontline services as tested by the Public Service Delivery Audit/Assistance (PASADA) Volunteers.

The Fund was assessed in terms of providing service, structures, systems and procedures and the physical condition.

The value of customer care of the Fund as well as meeting the expectations of the transacting public for prompt, courteous, responsive, facilitative and pleasant service were also factors considered in the award.

Under the PASADA, the CSC places premium in promoting morale, efficiency, integrity, responsiveness and courtesy in government service.

The PASADA is a proactive mechanism installed to address the problems wrought by inefficiency at the government’s first line of contact with the citizenry.

PASADA provides a mechanism through which the performance of government frontline services can be systematically checked and evaluated.

The program operates on a simple strategy where a pool of volunteers or Public Service Monitors checks and tests out public services.

Pag-IBIG Fund XII getting the CSC Seal of Frontline Service Excellence as an additional recognition will be part of the nationwide publicity of best practices in the bureaucracy.



New businesses …

September 25, 2008

East Asian bizmen eye Davao as retirement haven

Japanese and Korean investors are considering sites in Davao City for retirement villages of their foreign nationals.

These investors are just validating the areas that they had identified and their businesses are registered with the Securities and Exchange Corporation (SEC).

The Japanese investor however still has to conduct ocular on the recommended sites where the basic requirement is accessibility to medical facilities.

The sites are areas with building for dormitory type and there are raw site ideal for retirement villages.

The retirement village is an expansion of the Japanese investor with existing business in Davao City, the Menogaia Corporation, a business process outsourcing business that caters to clients in Japan for designs and architecture and the other is a language “English as Second Language” where Davao based instructors teach English on line to Japanese nationals.

Currently the Japanese investor has about 100 workers for both the designs and architecture and the on-line language.

The Menogaia Corp. owner, Knowing the increasing cost of retirement facilities in Japan, considered this investment as a big potential in Davao City.

Meanwhile the Korean investor is looking at developing an area in Buhangin for a mix-use of hotel, retirement part and for residential areas.

The Korean owned Good Morning Company has a 10-hectare area located between Robinsons and Panorama Subdivisions.


Here’s another good news for Davao City … Ayala Land finally breaks ground Tuesday for P5 B complex

September 25, 2008

Davao City will host the P5 billion mixed-use development project of Ayala Land Inc.  and Anflocor Group of Companies along J.P. Laurel Street.

The complex will have business process outsourcing (BPO) buildings and its mall anchor.

A good mix of companies are expected to locate that can offer high-end quality products and many of them Manila-based merchants.

As estimated the project will generate a total employment of 11,000 broken down to 3,000 for the construction of the complex, 5,000 for the merchandise, and 3,000 for the BPOs.

Specs of the project includes the Abreeza, a 61,000 square meter mall with office buildings and 18,000 square meter BPO center.

Operations of the first phase of the mall will be on the fourth quarter of 2010 while the second phase on the third quarter of 2011.

Operations of Building 1 of the BPO center is targeted to operate on the fourth quarter of 2009 and Building 2 on the fourth quarter of 2011


More economic activities coming to the island …. good for business !

September 25, 2008

When business is alive more people are employed and more housing units needed as the real property industry could also spur economic activities.

Korean-Filipino mining partnership starts exploration in Sultan Kudarat

A Korean investor with local partners in Sultan Kudarat started mining exploration in barangay Kinayao, Bagumbayan town within the 4,500 hectares with approved mineral production sharing agreement (MSPA) issued to FADICASU.

The partnership was registered under FMC & GRCO Fadicasu Mining Corp & General Resources Co. Ltd.

In an interview with the Corporation’s operation manager, Rudolf Joseph C. Lopez, he said Fadicasu Mining Corp is the Filipino partner while General Resources Co., Ltd. is the Korean investor.

Fadicasu represents the name of the shareholders that all reside in Bagumbayan namely Faducan, Dida, Caspe and Subere.

Although the MSPA was approved in 1998, the exploration only started May 2008 and as of this writing are already into its 600 meters depth drilling of 10 holes.

Mineral deposits within the Daguma Range are copper and gold but the resource is more of copper with the gold deposits of 22 K.

He said they still need to go down to 2,000 meters of drilling to determine the volume of the reserves and they expect to hit their target by December this year with 100 holes.

With an initial investments of over P100 million, the company plan to put up processing plant in the area only after determining the volume because what they will ship to Korea are copper concentrate.

Within the Damuga Range he said are about 11 MPSA holders and that for the whole of Sultan Kuradat there are some 50 of them including mineral tenements which were issued same agreement.

Like in any other mining explorations he admitted that there are issues raised and in their case these are siltation of the Allah River, the threat to landslide and other related issues.

Lopez said prior to their entry in the area siltation is already present and the threat to landslide is outside of the approved MPSA.

However. he said they are closely cooperating with the local government unit because they have the responsibility to play in relation to their investment in the area.


A belated report but worth a reading !

September 20, 2008

Frank typhoon victims got aid from Pag-IBIG Fund
Assessing the devastation caused by typhoon “Frank”, Vice President and Pag-IBIG Fund Board Chairman Noli “Kabayan” De Castro directed the Fund to come to the aid of the victims by expediting the processing of applications for calamity loans.  Immediately, Pag-IBIG, through its Chief Executive Officer Romero F. S. Quimbo, approved the allocation of P1.5 billion for the said loans to help Fund members affected by typhoon “Frank”, which triggered disastrous floods particularly in the Visayas Region.

The loan is open to any active Pag-IBIG member who has made at least 24 monthly contributions who are residing in areas declared under the state of calamity by either the local government unit or by the Office of the President.  Members with outstanding Multi-Purpose Loans (MPL) may still borrow under the program.  To optimize assistance, a qualified member can borrow as much as 80 percent of his Pag-IBIG savings, comprising his personal contributions, the employer counterpart savings, as well as the dividends earned.
The said loan will be released to the member and will be paid over a period of 24 months. As an additional relief, a borrower is given a five-month grace period before he starts paying the loan.

CEO Quimbo advised all affected members to file their applications with the Pag-IBIG branch where their contributions are remitted within 90 days from the occurrence of the calamity.  VP De Castro has instructed the Pag-IBIG Fund to process the loans of affected members within one day from its filing, if possible.
The Pag-IBIG Fund Calamity Loan Program is an on-going scheme made available to Fund members to assist them in rebuilding their lives after a calamity.  In 2007, the Fund has released nearly P2 billion in calamity loans which benefited 120,793 members across the country.  For inquiries, members may call the Pag-IBIG hotline at 724.4244.