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AGRIYA – Agricultural City By Anflocor

The AGRIYA

Many years of planning and ready to share with everyone the first master planned Agricultural Metropolis in the Davao Region.

With its beginnings deeply rooted in Panabo City, Davao del Norte, ANFLOCOR is proud to highlight the importance of agriculture and its role in the community and particularly the families its affects.
Over 88 hectares of Residential, Commercial, Institutional and Agri-Tourism offerings, AGRIYA will be able to cater to the needs of its residents, guests and surrounding communities for generations.
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Anflo Management and Investment Corporation (ANFLOCOR) Group chair Linda F. Lagdameo (3rd from right), ANFLOCOR Group agri operations president Vicente Floirendo (2nd from right), ANFLOCOR Group real estate and livestock operations president Ricardo Floirendo (rightmost), Industrial Group president Anton Lagdameo (center), Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat (3rd from left), Damosa Land first vice president Ricardo Lagdameo (2nd from left) and Panabo City Vice Mayor Biboy Gavina lead the cutting of ribbon to mark the launching of DLI’s Agriya in Panabo City on Thursday. Contributed photo

 

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Damosa’s SeaWind bags Asia Pacific Property Awards

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THE SeaWind condominium project of Damosa Land, Inc. (DLI) has been awarded the Asia Pacific Property Awards – the project’s first international award.

The six-tower condo project, which is the first vertical residential project of DLI, is located at Km. 11, Sasa Davao City and has already turned over the Tower 1 to its buyers and has already welcomed the first set of residents. The Tower 2 has also been completed. Towers 3 and 4 are now being constructed as well, to be followed by Towers 5 and 6.

“I would attribute Damosa Land’s success to its focus on quality, detail, and going above and beyond. All of this, while staying true to its vision of helping to uplift the lives of people in Mindanao. At Damosa Land, we have commitment to our community to deliver what we promise,” said DLI vice president Ricardo Floirendo Lagdameo in a report in SunStar Davao.

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MULTI-AWARDED PROPERTY. Damosa Land, Inc.’s SeaWind condominium project won its first international award at the Asia Pacific Property Awards. Receiving the award is DLI vice president Ricardo Floirendo Lagdameo (left). (Photo taken from Ricardo Lagdameo’s Facebook account)

Sandiganbayan junks Floirendo’s plea to defer graft rap arraignment

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The Sandiganbayan has rejected the motion of Davao del Norte 2nd District Rep. Antonio Floirendo Jr., seeking to defer his scheduled arraignment in the graft case filed against him by House of Representatives Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

In a five-page resolution dated April 12, the Sandiganbayan 6th Division said that “it denies Floirendo’s omnibus motion for leave in connection with his case for violation of Section 3(h) of Republic Act No. 3019, or the ‘Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act’.”

“The court resolves to deny the motion of the accused,” the anti-graft court said in its resolution.

The Sandiganbayan set the arraignment of the Davao del Norte lawmaker on May 2.

The complaint against Floirendo arose from the consolidated joint venture agreement (JVA) between Tagum Agricultural Development Authority (TADECO), where Floirendo’s family is a major stockholder, and its subsidiary Anflo Management and Investment Corp. (ANFLOCOR).

Alvarez argued that in 1969, TADECO entered into an agreement with the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) to lease a portion of land in the Davao Penal Colony to be used for the private company’s banana plantation.

The consolidated JVA was executed in 1979 which extended the period of lease for 25 years and renewed in May 2003 for another 25 years.

At the time the contract was renewed, Floirendo was already a congressman of the 2nd District of Davao del Norte.

However, while Floirendo was serving as congressman in 2003, Alvarez alleged that Floirendo was also a stockholder of TADECO.

Citing data from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Alvarez said that Floirendo was also a board member of ANFLOCOR from 1997 to 2015.

Last January, the Office of the Ombudsman charged Floirendo before the Sandiganbayan after Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales junked his motion seeking to reopen the case for submission of documentary and testimonial evidence.

Floirendo told the anti-graft court that he has sought the reconsideration of the Ombudsman on his case, arguing that his motion for reconsideration has yet to be resolved and the preliminary investigation is still unfinished.

The Ombudsman said the preliminary investigation has been completed when his appeal before the Ombudsman was denied on Dec. 28, 2017.
It added that Floirendo’s appeal was already “moot and academic” when the anti-graft court issued a warrant of arrest against him.

In its resolution, the anti-graft court said “Floirendo’s motion for leave appears to be a second motion seeking a reinvestigation of the case on the ground that he was innocent and was denied of due process.”

It cited Section 7, Rule II of the Rules of Procedure of the Office of the Ombudsman, which states that “only one motion for reconsideration and/or reinvestigation can be filed in court.”

The Sandiganbayan said Floirendo’s motion will also be denied even without the Ombudsman guidelines, considering that the preliminary investigation had already been finished.

“Even if the instant motion is not prohibited under the Revised Guidelines, it must nonetheless be denied. There is no need to order the Office of the Ombudsman to complete the preliminary investigation because it has been completed,” the anti-graft court said. (PNA)

TADECO EXEC BARES THREATS TO PHILIPPINE BANANAS

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Anflo Group of Companies President and CEO Alexander Valoria (far left) leads the ribbon cutting of the receiving area of Tadeco’s Agro-Technology Outreach Program Monday in Magsaysay, Carmen, Davao del Norte. In photo with him are (from second left to right) Mayor Leah Marie Moral-Romano of B.E Dujali, MBFEA Executive Director Evelyn Magno, Anflocor SVP Ricardo R. Floirendo, Mayor James Gamao of Panabo, PBGEA Executive Director Stephen Antig, Mayor Virginia Perandos of Carmen and Mayor Daniel Batosalem of Sto. Tomas.

 

BY ROGER M. BALANZA

Low produce in the Philippines and increased production in banana-growing countries in  Latin America are the major threats to the Philippine banana industry, said Alexander Valoria, president of Tagum Agricultural Development Company (Tadeco).

Valoria bared these current scenarios as Tadeco opened on March 12, 2018, three state-of-the art laboratory facilities  aimed to increase banana production in the Davao region. Banana producer and exporter Tadeco is based in Davao del Norte, but also operates plantations in other areas of the region.

“From 2011 to 2016, annual fresh banana exports of the Philippines dropped by 50 million boxes. In the same time frame, annual banana exports from Central and South America increased by 137 million boxes, said Valoria.

Bananas from Central and South America are now going worldwide, while the Philippines is stuck to its old markets.

“We see (today) their bananas in China, Japan, Korea and the Middle East in increasing numbers,” Valoria said.

Even the Asian market, the Philippine bananas’ lifeblood, may see an invasion.

 “Central and South American banana associations (have said) that they will continue to penetrate the Asian market.  We cannot allow them to do that. Together, as the Philippine banana industry, we must meet and defeat that threat to our markets,” said the president of the Philippines’ largest producer and exporter of Cavendish bananas.

 “That can only be achieved if our industry will produce much more banana exports. We need to regain the ground that we lost in our Asian markets and even threaten their own US and European markets with Philippine bananas,” he said.

Increased production is at the bottom line of the state-of-the-art laboratories recently launched by Tadeco.

The three facilities, with local investment of P100 Million and a grant from the Dutch government, consist of a pathology (pest and diseases), tissue culture and trichoderma laboratories.

According to Valoria, companies and farmer-growers can avail of the facilities at minimal fees.

These laboratory services and products are integral towards increasing production, said Valoria.

Here is Valoria’s thoughts on TADECO’s trailblazing Agro-technical outreach program, first published by Jimmy Laking in Edge Davao:

“Today is a milestone in our continuing effort to improve production in terms of both quality and volume in our banana business and also for other agricultural crops.  It is the culmination of the hard work of tadeco’s research team led by Dr. Corcolon, the company’s investment of over P100m and even a grant from the Dutch government through their Promo Banana Project.

Today we launch Tadeco’s AgroTechnical Outreach Program that makes world class laboratory services that are so critical for our agricultural operations available right here in the middle of Davao del Norte. We made that commitment to many of our fellow Bananeros and to government. And today it is a reality.

To be able to check on soil nutrient status, diagnosis of diseases through conventional and molecular approaches eg for FW in plants or soil or in water, root health status, active ingredient analysis for formulated products, analysis of fertilizers, etc. quickly and here in Davao del Norte will be a huge advantage for the banana industry.  Furthermore, we will be selling tissue cultured planting material that is FW tolerant as well as selling trichoderma packs that we ourselves use extensively and consider integral to our program against FW.

Last year 2017, Tadeco achieved new production records. Tadeco produced 35.99 million boxes. Our ABC farms produced another 3 million boxes for an aggregate of 39 million boxes.  The planation average yield was 5,400 boxes per hectare, overall for Tadeco.  I congratulate the Tadeco team for such an accomplishment!

Obviously, such production and quality levels could not have been reached without the advantage of a world class agricultural laboratory and technical personnel. We want to share this advantage with the rest of the banana industry and that is why today is important for all of us.

From 2011 to 2016, annual fresh banana exports of the Philippines dropped by 50 million boxes. In the same time frame, annual banana exports from Central and South America increased by 137 million boxes. Thus we see their bananas in China, Japan, Korea and the ME in increasing numbers. In the last Corbana meeting, C and South American banana associations stated clearly that they will continue to penetrate the Asian market.  We cannot allow that to do that. Together, as the Philippine banana industry, we must meet and defeat that threat to our markets. That can only be achieved if our industry will produce much more banana exports. We need to regain the ground that we lost in our Asian markets and even threaten their own US and European markets with Philippine bananas. These laboratory services and products will be integral to the success of those objectives.”

 

DAVAO DEL NORTE: NO TO ALVAREZ, YES TO TADECO

Municipality under Alvarez’s district joins growing list of LGUs backing Tadeco-BuCor deal

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The provincial legislature of Davao del Norte, along with a first-class municipality under the congressional district of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, have joined  the growing list of local government units (LGUs) that have thrown their support behind the Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) between the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor)  and the Tagum Agricultural Development Company, Inc.(TADECO).

The LGUs were one in acknowledging  the valuable contributions of the BuCor-TADECO deal in invigorating the economies of, creating jobs in,  and providing social services to, in their respective communities along with fulfilling the agreement’s primary goal of rehabilitating inmates at the Davao Penal Colony.
They issued their statements of support following the move by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who represents Davao del Norte’s first district, to initiate a congressional inquiry into the Bucor-TADECO agreement and declare the deal null and void for supposedly being disadvantageous to the government. 
At least two hearings have already been conducted by the House committee on good government and public accountability on the issue during the first regular session of the Congress.
But the town of Asuncion, a first-class municipality under Alvarez’s district, have opted to back the BuCor-TADECO deal.
Resolution 2017-148 adopted by its  Sangguniang Bayan last July 11 said that it was “earnestly supporting” the agreement because the deal not only contributes to Davao’s economy but also generates “employment to thousands of workers, more particularly in the neighboring localities including Asuncion.”
The Sangguniang Bayan of Asuncion also pointed out that besides providing jobs to inmates, TADECO’s banana operations also created some 30,000 jobs and “secured the livelhood and future of at least 181,000 residents.”
It said the significance of TADECO’s operations to the lives of Davaoenos was the reason Davao del Norte Governor  Antonio Rafael del Rosario has enjoined all LGUs in the province to support the BuCor-TADECO agreement.
Meanwhile, a separate resolution sponsored by the majority of the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Davao Del Norte, and unanimously adopted on June 19, stated the provincial legislature’s support for the JVA and cited the relevance of TADECO “to the lives of the 181,000 residents of the province”  who are dependent on the company’s business operations.
The resolution was issued with the support of Del Rosario and was adopted with Vice Governor Alan Dujali presiding over the Sanggunian proceedings.
“The JVA rehabilitation program brought pride to the Province of Davao del Norte because its success is well known in the entire Philippine Penal System and as a matter of fact, BuCor wanted it replicated in its Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm in Palawan,” Resolution 364 of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan read.  
The resolution likewise stated that in 2016 alone, TADECO paid BuCor a total of 142,719,662.00 which equates to P26,900 per hectare and the former also paid approximately P438,000,000.00 in taxes and fees to the Philippine government.
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan, which decided to adopt a resolution of support for the BuCor-TADECO deal after receiving the position papers of both Tadeco and the Office of the Speaker, also called on the LGUs in District I “to give their support to the JVA due to its social and economic benefit to the entire Province for so many years.”
All the LGUs in the second district comprising Panabo City and the municipalities of Braulio E. Dujali, Carmen, the Island Garden City of Samal and Sto. Tomas have already issued their separate resolutions of support for the BuCor-TADECO JVA.
Last May 29, the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Panabo adopted a resolution “earnestly supporting the joint venture agreement” between TADECO and BuCor, which it said has a “vast contribution  to the economy of the neighboring cities and municipalities  within the Davao Region.”
In its resolution, the Sangguniang Panlungsod said the TADECO-BuCor agreement “had [been] reviewed and approved by no less than Six (6) Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretaries, namely, Juan Ponce Enrile (1968-1970),  Vicente Abad Santos (1970-1979), Ricardo C. Puno (1979), Catalino Macaraig Jr. (1979-1981), Sedfrey Ordonez (1987-1990), Simeon Datumanong (2003), and Raul Gonzales (w004-2007).”
“It has also passed through fourteen (14) Secretaries of Justice who upheld its validity,” the Sanggunian also said in its resolution.
The Sangguniang Bayan of Sto. Tomas said in a separate resolution adopted on May 22  that it is backing the BuCor-Tadeco accord “so as not to displace the thousand workers and its contribution to the economic development of the communities and country.”
The town of Tibal-Og in Sto.Tomas, through its Sangguniang Barangay also  released a resolution last May 23 backing the JVA, which stated that the presence of Tadeco “tremendously boosted the fast economic development activities benefiting the entire province of Davao del Norte.” 
The Liga ng Mga Barangay of Sto. Tomas, meanwhile, unanimously adopted a resolution last May 18 supporting the JVA, which it said, “helped to rehabilitate the inmates inside the Davao Prison and Penal Farm (DPPF) and prepare them for their eventual reintegration to society by providing them with a decent means of livelihood while serving their sentences to become a productive citizen in the community.”
Mayor Virginia Perandos of the municipality of Carmen pointed out that “TADECO has been playing (a major role) in the development of the entire province of Davao del Norte in general, and brought quality standard of living for  the people with its employment opportunities, including many of the BuCor inmates.”
A resolution unanimously adopted by the Sangguniang Bayan of Carmen on May 23 expressed its support to the JVA, and said the “presence of banana companies including Tadeco boost the economic activity not only of the Municipality of Carmen, but throughout the Davao Region.” 
The Liga ng mga Barangay of Carmen has also adopted a separate resolution backing the BuCor-Tadeco JVA. “Fifty percent of our labor force are working [in companies like TADECO, Dole Philippines and other agro-industrial establishments in the locality and other neighboring cities and municipalities,” the Liga said in its resolution. 
Meanwhile, the Sangguniang Bayan of Braulio E. Dujali pointed out in its Resolution dated May 15 that besides creating jobs, providing revenues for the municipality,  and constructing roads and other infrastructure, TADECO has also regularly conducted medical outreach programs for the town’s “poor communities through the Antonio O. Floirendo Foundation” and helped the town realize “its electrification program which benefited a good number of households and even those located in the outskirts of this town.” 
The resolution stated that Tadeco contributes more than half of the municipality’s total annual income. 
The Braulio E. Dujali chapter of the Liga ng mga Barangay have also come out in support of the JVA, stating in its unanimously adopted resolution that “Tadeco is one of the highest-yielding banana plantations in the world that provides employment to thousands of workers.”
The Sangguniang Panlungsod of the Island Garden City of Samal stated in its resolution that many of the inmates who benefited from the JVA came from the city.
Its  Liga ng Mga Barangay noted in its  May 10 resolution that the JVA provides employment to hundreds of workers in all of the 46 barangays within the city.
 

 

DAMOSA SEAWIND TOWER READY FOR OCCUPANCY

BY ROGER M. BALANZA

Damosa Land Inc. (DLI) announced that the first condominium of its Seawind project in Davao City will be ready for occupation by the end of the month.

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 The project is on finishing stage, said company vice president Ricardo Floirendo Lagdameo.
Seawind, DLI’s first project,  is a 1,064-room 6-tower project of Davao City-based real estate company DLI, a subsidiary of the Anflocor Investment and Management Corporation (ANFLOCOR).
Located in Sasa District, Seawind is 10kms south from the city proper and adjacent to Lanang, Davao City’s fast emerging business district.Once finishing touches are completed, the units will be ready by the end of the month, Lagdameo told local daily Sunstar Davao.

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DLI is building three towers of seven or eight floors under Phase 1 of Seawind.
Lagdameo said “the second tower will be done probably about in three months’ time,” according to Sunstar.
 The third tower is set to be constructed within this month and will be completed in 14 to 16 months, Lagdameo said.
Over 90 percent of the units have been sold, Lagdameo told the paper, with Dabawenyos buying 60 percent.
Lagdameo said “25 percent are Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and the remaining is from all over the country,” according to Sunstar.

DAVAO DEL NORTE TO ASK DUTERTE TO “INTERVENE” IN ALVAREZ VS. TADECO, FLOIRENDO ROW

Only the President  can  cancel Tadeco-BuCor deal

Only President Rodrigo Duterte can order the cancellation of the Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) between Tagum Agricultural Development Company (Tadeco) and the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) covering sharing agreement over the Davao Penal Colony (Dapecol) reservation area in Davao del Norte.

This legal position taken by Department of Justice (DoJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre has inspired local government units (LGUs) of Davao del Norte to raise the issue to Malacanang with an appeal for President Duterte to dump attempts by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez  to have the JVA cancelled.
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bucor-tadeco-deal-may-7-2017_BCF4D83757ED4B628690E00744C30F4EAlvarez claims that the Tadeco-BuCor deal  is anomalous and disadvantageous to the government. The Speaker has requested the DoJ to declare the JVA as illegal and has initiated an inquiry to look into the deal at the House of Representatives.
According to Aguirre, declaring the JVA as illegal is not within the powers of the DoJ.
Only President Rodrigo Duterte can make such a declaration, said Aguirre at the joint committee hearing on May 9  of the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability and the Committee on Justice.
With the cancellation or not of the Tadeco-BuCor JVA resting solely in the hands of the President, Davao del Norte LGUs plan to appeal to President Duterte to spurn Alvarez’s attempts to cancel the contract.
Citing its job generation and positive economic impact on the province and its people, Davao del Norte LGUs have passed resolutions in support of the JVA involving over 5,000 hectares of the Dapecol reservation area that Tadeco developed into a banana plantation under a sharing agreement with BuCor and as a rehabilitation project for Dapecol inmates.
 “We will compile the resolutions of the LGUs in a petition to President Rodrigo Duterte as an expression of the collective sentiments of the people of Davao del Norte in support of the Tadeco-BuCor deal and against attempts by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to have the JVA cancelled,” said a source, who asked anonymity, privy to the move to bring up the Tadeco-BuCor JVA to President Duterte.
The Davao del Norte provincial government led by Governor Anthony del Rosario has supported the JVA through a resolution passed by the Provincial Board.
Likewise, the municipal councils  in the Second District also passed similar resolutions.
In the First District, congressional district of Alvarez, the  municipalities of Asuncion, Kapalong, Talaingod and  New Corella,  and the City Council of Tagum City, are preparing their own resolutions also in support of the Tadeco-BuCor deal.
The House has already conducted two hearings on the Tadeco-BuCor deal.
Tadeco, one of the country’s biggest banana producer and exporter owned by the family of Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr., insists the deal was legal and reviewed and approved by Congress.
Tadeco president and CEO Alex Valoria insists that despite Alvarez’s claim,  the JVA is valid and legal and  highly beneficial to the government.
At the joint committee hearing on May 9, Valoria presented key points on the constitutionality and legality of the Tadeco-BuCor JVA in response to the erroneous allegations by Alvarez  against the company. Valoria also cited the tremendous contribution of Tadeco to the economy of Davao del Norte, BuCor’s share in the deal and taxes Tadeco paid to the local and national governments.