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KTM Asia Motorcycle Manufacturing, Inc. (KAMMI) has inaugurated its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at the Laguna Technopark in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, expanding motorcycle production for the Philippines as well as the regional export market. The KTM Philippines plant will assemble four KTM models: the KTM 200 DUKE; KTM 390 DUKE; KTM…

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Maritime insurer TT Club said that insurance claims were lower in 2016 than in 2015 despite an unstable shipping market and the bankruptcy of South Korean carrier Hanjin Shipping. In a statement which did not provide specific claims figures, TT Club said its surplus and reserves grew by $5 million…

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The creation of a state coordinating agency for bamboo development is being pushed by the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) to boost the Philippines’ share of the $20-billion global bamboo market. Senate bill (SB) 1478 or the Philippine Bamboo Industry Development Act (Philbida) would allow better coordination of the…

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Self-financed farmer cooperatives are a viable strategy to increase irrigated rice area to attain a national yield average of six tons per hectare, a scientist who help pioneer the first high-yielding hybrid in the mid-1960s said. Dr. Peter Jennings of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) based in Los Baños,…

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REN21 report says greater capacity installed at 23% lower investment cost A record 161 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy capacity was installed worldwide in 2016, a global status report said, while reductions in the cost of the technology lowered investments by 23 percent. The “Renewables 2017 Global Status Report (GSR)”…

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THE enthusiasm of leaders in Manila and Mindanao for “rehabilitating” Marawi City as soon as possible after the military rids it of its terrorist infestation is encouraging, but the guns haven’t even fallen silent yet and already it appears competing interests are heading for a new clash. A couple of…

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THE Philippine office property sector needs to adapt to changing demands of locators, who are increasingly seeking integrated technology in choosing workspaces, property consultant and management firm Jones Lang Lasalle said in a new report. The “Future of Work” analyzed the changing nature of work and its effect on corporate…

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DEVELOPER Filinvest has announced it is offering pre-sales for its Parkway Corporate Center, a 32-story office tower being built in Alabang, Muntinlupa City under the WorkSpaces by Filinvest brand. Filinvest said that while developments are largely concentrated in other parts of the National Capital Region, it remains focused on Alabang…

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Mid-income housing south of Metro Manila is expanding again with the launch of the San Francisco Heights subdivision project in Calamba, Laguna by developer Stateland Inc. The formal launch was held on May 27 with Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez attending as guest of honor. The project covers 23 hectares located…

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The Department of Health (DOH) will extend its dengue vaccination program to Cebu, using vaccine left over from its program in Luzon, Asst. Health Secretary Eric Tayag said Friday. Tayag said the vaccination program in Cebu will initially target Grade 4 students in Lapu-Lapu City and will use dengue vaccines…

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