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P40-M hospital wing partially opens in CDO

March 29, 2019

THE P40-million North Wing building of JR Borja Memorial City Hospital (JRBGH) partially opened on Tuesday in time for the visit of Department of Health (DoH) Secretary Francisco Duque III.     Duque was here for the three-day National Health Sector Meeting from March 26 to 28, which was participated in by DOH officials from all over the country.    The additional wing of JRBH, a city-run hospital, was constructed under the DOH’s Health Facility Enhancement Program (HFEP). It will host the out-patient department, doctors’ clinics, and administration offices   “One beautiful thing that happened to Cagayan de Oro is the stewardship of Mayor Moreno who has engineered the transformation not only of JR Borja Hospital but the city as well,” Duque said during his speech at the inauguration.     The city-funded infrastructure projects that include the critical care unit, the patient’s lounge, and the cadaver holding unit were also inaugurated. (PNA)

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New owner of Davao’s first mall takes over, touts dev’t plan

March 29, 2019

DAVAO City -- Homegrown New City Commercial Center (NCCC) vowed to turn this city’s first shopping mall into a prime and iconic destination, saying it will hire the services of Filipinos who designed Singapore’s Marina Sands Bay, Hokada and Galaxy Macao.     NCCC, which formally took over Victoria Plaza on Wednesday after it sealed the acquisition on March 12, presented a five-phase development of the 9.6-hectare property, where Victoria Plaza currently stands.     Victoria Plaza was owned by Sunrise Investments and Development Corporation of the Limso Family.    Sharlene Faye Lim, LTS president and chief executive officer, said the area will be a mixed-use development with eight high-rise condominiums, serviced apartments, retail strips, lush green space, and a five-star hotel.     LTS (Lim Tian Su) operates the NCCC chain of stores in the city. It has expanded to other areas in Mindanao and Palawan.     Lim said the development could run from seven to 10 years and it will be partly funded by a loan from the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP). The last phase of the development will involve the reconstruction of the original mall, she added.     Lim said all the more than 300 mall tenants will continue to operate but at an area that will be provided by NCCC within the sprawling property. The tenants have also signed new contracts with the LTS/NCCC.     Walter Melicor, chief financial officer of Elements Habitare, said the site would be a showcase of Davao’s icons -- Waling-waling orchid and the pitcher plant.    “We will create iconic buildings,” said Melicor, whose firm is responsible for the design of Singapore’s Marina Sands Bay.   He said Victoria Plaza has a sentimental value to be enhanced,  referring to the mall's 26-year-old structure, which was inaugurated on March 16, 1993. (PNA)

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