Pilipinas Shell breaks ground its 3rd largest Import Facility

Pilipinas Shell breaks ground its 3rd largest Import Facility

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (PSPC) broke ground its 3rd largest import facility in Darong, Southern Mindanao on April 22, which aims to provide a more stable, undisrupted supply of energy in the region.

The Darong Import Facility has a rated capacity of 67 million liters of petroleum products. This will be the third-largest import facility in the PSPC network of terminals which includes the Shell Import Facility Tabangao (SHIFT) in Batangas with a 263-million-liter capacity; the North Mindanao Import Facility (NMIF) in Cagayan de Oro City with a 90-million-liter capacity; and the Subic Import Terminal, northwest of the National Capital Region, with a 54-million-liter capacity.

With the Darong Import Terminal achieving full operational status by the third quarter of 2024, PSPC has plans to establish more than 80 new Shell Mobility sites in Southern Mindanao by 2025. The Shell sites are designed to enhance customer experience, offer both fuel and non-fuel products, enable more forms of transportation, and lower carbon footprint through innovation.
The Darong Import Facility will also help and promote business continuity and stability in the area, providing resources for mobility during incidents of storms, floods, and other natural calamities.

Acknowledging that “Southern Mindanao is a strategic growth location for Shell” during the ground-breaking ceremony, Serge Bernal, Pilipinas Shell Vice President for Corporate Relations, said, “The Darong Import Facility will allow us to fulfill our commitment to support economic activities as the Philippines continues to recover from COVID-19. It strengthens our capacity to continue to deliver quality fuels to our customers, consistent with our organization growth plans.”

The Darong Import Facility is a 50-50 Joint Venture owned by energy company Northern Star Energy Corporation and the DMCI Construction and Equipment Resources Inc. (DMC-CERI), the leading engineering-based integrated construction company which will be building the facility. Meanwhile, the Sta. Cruz Storage Corporation (SCSC) will design, construct, and operate the facility for Shell with an exclusive-use arrangement for a term contract with an option to extend.

Also present in the groundbreaking ceremony were the Municipal Mayor of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur Engr. Jaime G. Lao; DMCI Holdings Inc. President Sid Consunji; Santa Cruz Storage Corporation President Das Consunji Reyes; Juan Miguel Delgado, COO of Northern Star Energy Corporation and SCSC and Romy Delgado CFO of Northern Star Energy Corporation and SCSC.

Santa Cruz Mayor Engineer Jaime G. Lao, Jr., welcomed the establishment of the Darong Import Facility in his community, saying, Santa Cruz is a first-class municipality that is investor-friendly. He likewise cited the good reputation of Pilipinas Shell, DMCI, Northern Star Energy Corporation and the parties associated with the Darong Import Terminal “and they did everything right from the start. We look forward to a brighter future for the municipality and our people.”

DMC CERI Chairman Isidro “Sid” Consunji said that the global pandemic has shown us the vulnerability of our supply chains and the need for more resilient infrastructure.

He added that with or without a pandemic, the Philippines needs adequate, continuous and affordable fuel supply to sustain the economy, address poverty and improve the quality of life of its citizenry.

“This fuel depot project (Darong Import Terminal) can bring our country closer to achieving all that,” Consunji said.

DMC CERI President Tulsidas “Das” C. Reyes echoed this optimism and said that once the Darong Import Facility is completed, the fuel storage facility will be one of the biggest and most modern of its kind in Mindanao.

“It will also generate and promote economic activities in the area which is aligned with the belief of DMC CERI in investing in the countryside where it can create the most social impact,” Reyes said.

On the part of Northern Star Energy Corporation, EVP and COO Juan Miguel Delgado said that the Darong Import Terminal is an affirmation of their business approach to move-store-trade.

“For Sta. Cruz Storage Corporation, it marks the start of its engagement in its core business that is both national and international in scope. Our presence here in the municipality of Santa Cruz will help provide Southern Mindanao with access to the highest quality fuel products to support economic activities as the region strives to recover from the pandemic,” Delgado said.

Pilipinas Shell Vice President for Supply and Distribution Kit Bermudez said that Shell believes in the prospects of Mindanao.

“Mindanao is one of the key priority growth areas of Pilipinas Shell. We are witness to how Mindanao is growing, and it is just apt that we provide them with the fuel storage for their growth,” Bermudez said.

Bermudez said that with this project, they also hope to energize the community and create opportunities for growth.

First Congressional District Office distributes starter toolkitsto graduates of the TESDA scholarship program

DAVAO CITY – The Office of First Congressional District Representative Paolo Duterte, in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), distributed 29 starter toolkits to their scholars on February 4, Friday afternoon.

The scholars received P10,000 worth of starter toolkits containing a VOM multi-tester analog, a soldering iron set, one long nose pliers, one diagonal cutting pliers, a screwdriver set, and one desoldering pump (solder sucker).

The distribution, held at Barangay Hall Magtuod, Maa was facilitated also by Tambi Sarenas, a candidate for City Councilor for First District of Davao City.

“Mapasalamaton ko sa akong nadawat na toolkit kay dako kining tabang para makahinay-hinay ko sugod sa akong trabaho (I am grateful for the office’s toolkit, which will help me start a job),” Kristel Ubante said.

The 26-year-old Ubante, from Purok 2A in Magtuod Maa, is among the First Congressional District Office’s scholars who recently completed electronics at TESDA. Ubante said that she went through a training from February to March.

Rep. Duterte’s office has been working with TESDA for their scholars. The program aims to provide accessible education and constant learning to anyone who aspires to acquire new skills or enhance their existing talents and knowledge amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

PRRD signs national budget for 2022

Bong Go emphasizes proper and timely use of funds critical in pandemic efforts and economic recovery

President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law on Thursday, December 30, the last national budget under his administration, a measure that is critical in implementing the government’s pandemic response and in ensuring the country’s economic recovery.

In his speech, Duterte expressed his gratitude to Congress for expediting the ratification of the national budget. He went on to note that the passage of the 2022 budget demonstrates the ‘healthy collaboration’ among all branches of the government, which is crucial in achieving national development goals, especially in these hard times.

“As we mark the signing of the 2022 budget and other laws, let us all emulate Rizal’s heroism and courage by serving the country with dedication and accountability by doing what is right and just for our people,” Duterte added.

The President also stated that the 2022 budget is critical in maintaining the recovery momentum and sustaining the legacy of infrastructure development.

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go commended the President for the timely signing of the budget, saying, “The signing is timely as we continue to deal with the pandemic and the recent onslaught of Typhoon Odette on our people and economy.”

“Nagpapasalamat naman ako sa mga kasamahan ko sa Lehislatibo at kay Pangulong Duterte sa agarang pagsasabatas ng 2022 General Appropriations Act. Sobrang napakahalaga ng budget na ito lalo na at patuloy nating nilalabanan ang pandemya at inaalalayan ang ating mga kababayang lubhang naapektuhan ng bagyong Odette,” he added.

The senator also urged government agencies to ensure the proper use of the funds, saying, “Kaya hinihimok ko ang mga kasamahan ko sa gobyerno na gamitin nang tama ang pondong inilaan upang agarang maihatid ang mga serbisyo at tulong na nararapat sa ating mga mamamayan.”

“Dapat walang masayang ni piso sa kaban ng bayan. Tiyakin nating magiging kasangkapan ang pondo ng gobyerno upang mapadali ang pagbangon ng ating bansa sa pagpasok ng Bagong Taon,” he added.

The senator then expressed his confidence that the budget was carefully considered in order to meet the demands of the Filipino people, particularly in these difficult times, and to enable the government to provide a comfortable life for all.

“Tiwala ako na ang budget na ito ay napapanahon at angkop upang tuluyan nating malampasan ang kasalukuyang pandemya at iba pang krisis sa bansa. Maipagpapatuloy din natin ang iba’t ibang programa at proyekto ng kasalukuyang administrasyon,” he stressed.

According to Go, the government continues to implement all necessary measures to save and protect lives. Also already included in the 2022 budget is an increased funding for COVID-19 response.

As Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Go successfully advocated budgetary support for the continuous implementation of the Prevention, Detection, Isolation, Treatment, and Reintegration strategy, the emergency hiring of COVID-19 Human Resources for Health, and hiring and training of contact tracers.

“We also ensured there would be sufficient funding for the following activities and programs: COVID-19 benefits and compensation for our healthcare workers who are at the forefront of our battle against COVID-19; COVID-19 Laboratory Network Commodities to further enhance our testing capacity; and Epidemiology and Surveillance program to strengthen our disease surveillance,” Go explained.

“We also increased the budget of our National Reference Laboratories, such as RITM, to capacitate them to do genome sequencing in light of the new emerging variants, and support for the operations of DOH hospitals across the country,” he added.

To further beef up protection against the virus, the government also ensured funding for COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots. He however emphasized the need for continued cooperation from the public in order to fully recover from the pandemic.

“Subalit, hindi naman kaya ng gobyernong sugpuin ang pandemya na mag-isa. Kaya dapat patuloy ang pakikiisa at kooperasyon ng lahat. Tandaan natin na hindi porke’t pwede nang lumabas at gumala ay hindi na tayo mag-iingat,” he said.

“Ang ating pagmamalasakit sa kapwa at pagiging disiplinado ay makakapagligtas ng buhay ng mga kapwa natin Pilipino. Kaya sama-sama po tayong maging instrumento ng pag-asa at mas ligtas na komunidad sa pagsalubong ng Bagong Taon!,” Go ended.

House to probe Mindanao Railway Project

The House of Representatives is set to do an inquiry on the Mindanao Railway Project’s (MRP) expropriation and acquisition of the road right of way.

In House Resolution No. 2321, Representatives Paolo Z. Duterte and Eric Go Yap called for the investigation, in aid of legislation, on the Department of Transportation’s Mindanao Railway Project in particular the Phase 1 of the said project.

Phase 1 of MRP covers a 105-kilometer line that covers Davao del Norte, Davao City and Davao del Sur with eight stations located in Tagum City, Carmen, Panabo City, Mudiang, Davao Terminal, Toril, Sta. Cruz, and Digos City.

The two congressmen said that they have received various reports about the “variations in the offers for acquisition of road right of way (RROW) or expropriation of the private properties by the DOTr and/or its contractors, sub-contractors, or other service providers.”

These variations in offers, Reps. Duterte and Yap said, have substantial discrepancies from the actual zonal value or fair market value of the properties affected.

The House inquiry aims to revisit existing laws and rules on the manner of acquisition of right of way and expropriation of private properties affected by government works, infrastructure, and other projects and to strengthen the same or come up with new and better mechanisms to ensure that all affected stakeholders, whether from the public or private sector, are adequately compensated and protected by applicable laws and rules.

In a phone interview Thursday, October 28, Rep. Duterte said they received information that some individuals were buying properties along the 105 kilometer line at a very low price and are selling it to DOTr at a higher price.

Added to this, the Dabawenyo congressman said, some landowners have also been opposing the construction of the railway project right smack at some of the existing subdivisions in Davao City.

The young Duterte said some of the affected barangays are planning on coming out with a resolution opposing the said project.

Phase 1 of the MRP has a budget of P35.91 billion.

New Bicol International Airport part of Duterte Legacy

As Bong Go highlights PH’s Golden Age of Infrastructure

President Rodrigo Duterte, together with Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, and other officials, attended the inauguration of the Bicol International Airport (BIA) in Daraga town, Albay province on Thursday, October 8. The BIA, considered the first international airport in Luzon south of the National Capital Region, is expected to boost tourism and economic development in the Bicol Region.

“Kahit sa gitna ng pandemya, nananatiling nagsusumikap ang ating pamahalaan para ipagpatuloy ang mga mahahalagang proyekto sa ating komunidad,” said Go.

“Ito ay patunay ng malasakit at dedikasyon ng Duterte Administration sa paglilingkod sa buong taumbayan. Sisiguraduhin nating walang maiiwan sa ating pagbangon mula sa krisis,” he added.

The airport includes a 2,500-meter runway with take-off capabilities and night landing, as well as cargo and passenger terminal and an air traffic control tower, fire station, parking lot, and amenities.

According to the Department of Transportation, the BIA, dubbed as the “most scenic gateway”, generated 755 jobs during its construction and is set to create 1,100 more indirect jobs once operations commence.

In the country’s so-called Golden Age of Infrastructure, Go told Filipinos that no region will be left behind, saying “Hindi po natin nakakalimutan isama ang Bicol Region sa Golden Age of Infrastructure ng ating bansa.”

“Tiyak po ako na ang bagong pasilidad na ito ay makakatulong sa paglago sa Bicol, lalo na sa sektor ng turismo habang dahan-dahan nating binubuksan ang ating ekonomiya,” he added.

Meanwhile, Go also reassured the public that he will continue to pursue the completion and expansion of infrastructure development initiatives to achieve a more equitable economic development across the country.

Go has been vocal in his support for the country’s infrastructure development. He said that the construction of new airports will bring in jobs and economic opportunities outside Metro Manila and will provide livelihood to Filipinos, especially those who were left jobless due to the pandemic.

As Vice Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Go has strongly supported the funding of numerous infrastructure initiatives nationwide.

“Walang humpay ang ating paglilingkod. Pinag-aaralan natin ang lahat ng posibleng paraan na maaaring makapagpabilis sa daloy ng serbisyo at makatulong sa ating mga kababayan. Para naman sa amin ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte, basta kapakanan ng mga Pilipino, ipaglalaban namin ‘yan hanggang sa huli,” Go said.

Earlier, Go attended the opening of the first 18-kilometer section of the Central Luzon Link Expressway project with Duterte on July 15 in Tarlac City. The newly opened highway is intended to reduce the usual journey time between Cabanatuan City and Tarlac City from 70 minutes to just 20 minutes once it is fully operational. It will also be toll-free.

Go also attended the inauguration of the Cavite – Laguna Expressway Silang East Interchange section on August 24 and the Bonifacio Global City-Ortigas Center Link Road Project in Taguig City on September 30.

As a vice presidential candidate in the upcoming elections, he vowed to ensure that the positive change initiated by President Duterte will be continued in order to provide a more comfortable life for all Filipinos.

“Ipagpapatuloy ko ang mga magagandang programa tulad ng libreng edukasyon, libreng pagpapagamot tulad ng serbisyo mula sa Malasakit Centers, Build Build Build Projects, at marami pang iba tungo sa ating hangarin na mabigyan ng mas maginhawa at komportableng buhay ang mga Pilipino,” Go said earlier.