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Hanjin abandons $2-B Misamis shipyard project
« on: April 30, 2008, 10:57:29 AM »
Some disturbing news for the region from ABS-CBN

Hanjin abandons $2-B Misamis shipyard project


Korean investors from Hanjin Corp. have packed up and are reportedly leaving the $2-B shipyard complex project in Tagoloan and Villanueva in Misamis Oriental because of \"too much politics.\"

Reports received by ABS-CBN Northern Mindanao said the Koreans are no longer interested in pursuing the billion dollar project because of politicking in the local government level.

They also complained that they officials earlier assured them of being given an environmental compliance certificate (ECC). However, the Koreans were later denied the ECC.

Officials tasked of issuing the ECC declined to explain.

Hanjin officials have declined to grant media interviews for fear of reprisal from government officials.

Some of the Koreans have already left for Manila for the flight to South Korea on Monday.

Hanjin started to clear the 400-hectare land in Villanueva and Tagoloan towns for the shipbuilding starting February this year. They started training hundreds of welders since March. Hanjin needs 40,000 skilled workers to build huge and modern ocean vessels.

Following the withdrawal of Hanjin, hundreds of skilled workers who are hoping to land jobs are now fearing for their future.

Another multi-billion project in the province -- the Laguindingan International Airport -- might be affected by the Koreans\' withdrawal.

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storyPage.aspx?storyId=116619

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Re: Hanjin abandons $2-B Misamis shipyard project
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2008, 11:16:49 PM »
 :( shot themselves in the foot again...if nothing changes nothing changes ...............
......... im the same way now .......here its the same ...nobody trusts anything  tower of babel
    everyone in  their own  world .ill take care of the people around me .........................
  like Geronimo im just waiting for the change ......same at work nobody listens  their treated like slaves .non union slaves so dont give a damn about themselves or america.............like Geronimo
 siad we are reaping the karma of all our greed..................crab mentality for sure  deba?
 billy2002 with that bright note .every where around us  gloom and doom.........................
   everything a crisis..........im so full of the world convoluted buullshit ..........
   now smile like the Asians,............it all does not mean a thing ...nothing is forever...........
   controlled folly...don juan..goood day till tomorrows vail of tears.billy2002

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Re: Hanjin abandons $2-B Misamis shipyard project
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2008, 11:32:10 PM »
Some disturbing news for the region from ABS-CBN

Hanjin abandons $2-B Misamis shipyard project


Korean investors from Hanjin Corp. have packed up and are reportedly leaving the $2-B shipyard complex project in Tagoloan and Villanueva in Misamis Oriental because of \"too much politics.\"

Reports received by ABS-CBN Northern Mindanao said the Koreans are no longer interested in pursuing the billion dollar project because of politicking in the local government level.

They also complained that they officials earlier assured them of being given an environmental compliance certificate (ECC). However, the Koreans were later denied the ECC.

Officials tasked of issuing the ECC declined to explain.

Hanjin officials have declined to grant media interviews for fear of reprisal from government officials.

Some of the Koreans have already left for Manila for the flight to South Korea on Monday.

Hanjin started to clear the 400-hectare land in Villanueva and Tagoloan towns for the shipbuilding starting February this year. They started training hundreds of welders since March. Hanjin needs 40,000 skilled workers to build huge and modern ocean vessels.

Following the withdrawal of Hanjin, hundreds of skilled workers who are hoping to land jobs are now fearing for their future.

Another multi-billion project in the province -- the Laguindingan International Airport -- might be affected by the Koreans\' withdrawal.

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storyPage.aspx?storyId=116619



     After reading this post its hard to say something without breaking the rules of not saying something derogatory about our Filipino friends. And shot themselves in the foot doesn\'t even begin to get close to what they did to themselves.
          Has anyone heard of the expression \"millionare for a day mentality\" ?  I will try to explain for those of you who do not know what it is and if someone can explain it better please do.
           Take for example a you have a yaya in your home and she is making P1230 a month, now one day while you and your whole family is out running errands and she is home alone she decides to
go through your perosnal belongings and finds were you keep some extra money. what she finds is about P2500. Now the thought going through her mind is \"man this is two months wirth of wages I could throw a party, give all my friends a good and I would be looked up to. So she decides to take it. You come home and a day later discover your money is missing and you confront her of coarse her denys it but you she did take it because she was the only one there, so you fire her.
           Heres the \" millionare for a day\".  She thought that having the extra money all at one time without earning it would be better than working for it month after month after month until who knows when, even though she did not think she would get caught. So, in her eyes see would rather have much at once and than nothing instead of having a constant income for a long time.
          Now I know some of you are saying what does this have to do with HanJin or the government officals?  Well just from knowing as many Filipinos as I do (well over a hunred) I can see it already, some offical saw how much Hanjan was investing and thought this was going to be easy to get a little of that money and put it in his pocket, so he said they couldn\'t have the certificate they needed unless they greased someone palms and Hanjin wasn\'t stupid because they knew if they did once they would have to do it a hundred times and they amount would get higher and higher.
heres the \"millionare for a day\" again, except it backfired.

       Ray
If you treat a servant like a servant, you will lead a alone. But if you treat a servant like a leader, multitudes will follow.  Beatle

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Re: Hanjin abandons $2-B Misamis shipyard project
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2008, 11:51:50 PM »
:( shot themselves in the foot again...if nothing changes nothing changes ...............
......... im the same way now .......here its the same ...nobody trusts anything  tower of babel
    everyone in  their own  world .ill take care of the people around me .........................
  like Geronimo im just waiting for the change ......same at work nobody listens  their treated like slaves .non union slaves so dont give a damn about themselves or america.............like Geronimo
 siad we are reaping the karma of all our greed..................crab mentality for sure  deba?
 billy2002 with that bright note .every where around us  gloom and doom.........................
   everything a crisis..........im so full of the world convoluted buullshit ..........
   now smile like the Asians,............it all does not mean a thing ...nothing is forever...........
   controlled folly...don juan..goood day till tomorrows vail of tears.billy2002


\"tower of babel?\"  \"Geronimo\" and \"karma\" in the same sentence? \".im so full of the world convoluted buullshit?\" 

Billy, break the pills in half.  You\'re over medicating.    ::) ::) 
Louisville, KY USA - Bagong Silang, Caloocan City, PH

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Re: Hanjin abandons $2-B Misamis shipyard project
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2008, 12:16:44 AM »
I think the problem is that the Koreans are not Chinese, it seems the Chinese get anything they want from GMA, but if your Korean its a different story. Look at the problems they are facing with a similar business in Subic, all sorts of problems with safety that they can\'t gloss over. And the Filipino\'s are not letting it slide as men are dying....


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Re: Hanjin abandons $2-B Misamis shipyard project
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2008, 03:17:36 AM »
I think the problem is that the Koreans are not Chinese, it seems the Chinese get anything they want from GMA, but if your Korean its a different story. Look at the problems they are facing with a similar business in Subic, all sorts of problems with safety that they can\'t gloss over. And the Filipino\'s are not letting it slide as men are dying....


Wayne

Wayne, do you have any news articles or other references that talk about this?  I\'m really interested in hearing more about the problems in the Subic project.

Thanks!

 
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Re: Hanjin abandons $2-B Misamis shipyard project
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2008, 11:51:06 AM »
Something to be remembered here before reading this, Hanjin is a very large company in Korea and the rest of the world. The are accustomed to doing things big and if the Philippines wants them on their turf, they need to comply in large part to the needs of the company. Also Hanjin has been doing this for a very long time and quality and safety is what the company is all about, so if there are problems maybe the problems lie at the foot of the people doing the work, for whom safety is not a prime consideration. If you look at people riding motorcycles in Sandals not shoes and for a large part without helmets, workers who don\'t wear safety gear when working around dangerous materials, safety glasses are not a requirement and if they are it is not enforced.

As a country the Philippines needs to step up to the plate and demand its population to behave more in parallel to the rest of the world in areas of basic personal safety instead of the blasé attitude of \"It will be alright mate, we have always done it this way, why change now.\"


Arroyo wants report on Hanjin shipyard blast
01/18/2008 | 06:03 PM

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Friday ordered the National Police and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) to submit a complete report on the blast at the Hanjin shipyard that killed two people and injured three others.

Deputy presidential spokesman Anthony Golez said the President also ordered the PNP and the SBMA to “ensure that a similar incident will not happen again.\" Golez said Malacañang is expecting the report “soon\" but he already dubbed the incident as an “occupational accident.\" “The President wishes to extend her condolences to the families of the two Filipino workers in Hanjin Industries in Subic Bay who died due to an occupational accident that happened at 11 a.m.,\" he said.

He said Mrs Arroyo ordered the SBMA, the Office of Civil Defense and the health and social welfare departments to assess the incident and extend assistance to those injured and to the families of the fatalities. Reports quoted Subic police chief Supt. Cesar Jacob identifying the fatalities as Hermias Adamos, 30; and Mario Laxamana, 32. He said the injured – Jonathan Martinez, Gilbert Suba and a certain Donald – were taken to the James. L. Gordon Hospital in Olongapo City for second degree burns.
Jacob was quoted as saying that the explosion was caused by an oily portion of the ship being built there.

He said the explosion happened inside one of the ships being completed at assembly shop dry dock number 5 at 11:40 a.m. Hanjin is one of the biggest foreign investments under the Arroyo administration. President Arroyo herself attended the groundbreaking of the $2-million Hanjin shipyard in Misamis Oriental last week. The President has also been advocating the training of more Filipino welders for employment in the Korean shipbuilding company. - GMANews.TV

Safety lapses at Hanjin facility in Subic probed
01/18/2008 | 11:18 PM

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) ordered Friday a full scale investigation into the explosion at the shipbuilding site of South Korean Hanjin Heavy Industries Corp that caused the death of two workers and injured four others early in the day. In a press conference, SBMA administrator Armand Arreza said that the investigation will also look into the occupational health and safety issues inside the shipbuilding facility. \"We\'ve formed a team to look into the occupational health and safety standards at the production facility and if we find any violation of the standards, we will order the closure of the facility,\" Arreza told reporters. The incident came a day after the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) team together with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) visited the site to inspect the health and safety of the workers in the production facility. The DOLE team reportedly gave Hanjin\'s occupational safety and health program a passing mark. During the press conference, Arreza admitted the there have been several incidences of work related death at the South Korean facility.

\"To be honest, there were two deaths during the last two weeks, one cause by a steel pipe and the other was due to a vehicle-related accident,\" he said. - John Bayarong, GMANews.TV

Probers find lapses in Hanjin shipyard safety
By JOHN BAYARONG, GMANews.TV
01/21/2008 | 06:31 PM

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT - Government investigators on Monday said the Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Co. Ltd. shipbuilding facility here lacks the necessary safeguards that could have prevented Friday\'s explosion that killed two Filipino workers and injured four others. Investigators also said Hanjin could not cope with work-related emergencies because it has no medical doctor on site and has only one nurse on duty during the accident. President Arroyo on Friday ordered the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority to investigate the incident that killed the workers. SBMA\'s Occupational Health and Safety Division reported that the sprawling facility also lacks effective emergency response procedures and safety officers to oversee operations, especially in hazardous work places. The investigators noted that, at the time of the accident, there was only one company nurse on duty. The company has no physician. Ameth dela Llana-Koval, manager of the SBMA Ecology Center, clarified that Hanjin has four nurses. \"We are still determining how many emergency services workers each shift must have,\" she said. “Under occupational safety and health standards, the presence of only one health worker in the shipyard is inadequate,\" the OHSD report said.

Hanjin Phils has some 7,500 employees working inside its facility.

Investigators traced the fire that caused the explosion from a leaking oxygen line and “may have been exacerbated by the presence of lube oil on the floor of the working area.\" But workers insisted that the accident was caused by an acetylene rubber hose leaking due to \"welding sparks.\" SBMA administrator Armand Arreza on Friday ordered inspectors to look into the cause of the fire and determine if the South Korean company violated health and safety standards. Koval said her department already ordered work to stop in the facility, adding that SBMA will penalize the South Korean firm for violations. - GMANews.TV


SBMA fines Hanjin P50,000 a month for safety violations

01/28/2008 | 10:02 PM

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) penalized the Hanjin Heavy Industries Corporation, Phils. (HHIC) P50,000 a month, until the five safety and occupational standards violations found are addressed by the South Korean shipbuilding giant. The notice of violation (NOV) is in connection with the fatal accident that killed two Filipino workers and injured four others at the HHIC drydock on January 18. Amethya dela Llana-Koval, manager of the SBMA\'s Ecology Center, issued the NOV based on five violations found, out of the 12 safety issues noted over the weeklong investigation following the accident. None of the Hanjin officials were available for comment as of posting time. A certain Jo Abalos, Hanjin general affairs supervisor, initially agreed to comment but her staff later said she was not available and was in a meeting.

The five violations found pertained to the organization of an effective safety and health committee, the provision of a company physician, the provision of adequate and appropriate personal protective equipment, provision of additional safety signage, and provision of safety officers. Koval in a telephone interview said each violation carries a fine of P10,000 for every month Hanjin fails to comply with the safety standards. \"This means [Hanjin] will be penalized with a maximum amount of P50,000 a month should they fail to comply with the safety standards we\'ve set in the NOV,\" Joval said. In a report last Friday to SBMA Chairman Feliciano Salonga and SBMA Administrator Armand Arreza, the SBMA Ecology Center said it has issued a notice of violation to the Korean firm “for violations of safety standards.\"

“The HHIC-Phils has taken actions to correct some of the 12 safety issues noted during the investigation, but there were five issues for which we had to serve a notice of violation,\" Koval said. Among the lapses found by the SBMA team was the revelation by Hanjin safety officers that not all workers in the shipyard were issued personal protective equipment. The report added that the company is still awaiting approval by Hanjin’s parent company in Korea for its request to hire a company physician and a dentist, and to create a safety and health committee, which shall set occupational health standards and implement effective safety measures in the shipyard. Last week, the SBMA ordered Hanjin to comply with all occupational health and safety standards as determined by concerned government agencies, including the SBMA. - John Bayarong, GMANews.TV

Hanjin facility mishap kills 2 workers in Subic
03/11/2008 | 01:58 PM

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT, Philippines - Tragedy struck anew at the Hanjin Heavy Industries Corporation, Phils. (HHIC) shipbuilding facility here, after two Filipino workers died last night when a crane that they were moving from one location to another fell and pinned them to the ground. Investigators identified the victims as Neil Mojica and Eduardo Molina, both residents of Balaybay, Castillejos, Zambales. They were working as slingmen for HHIC. According to a report, the workers were on an overhead crane that was being moved to another location at around 10:45 last night. Investigation showed that crane that they were moving fell from its supporting trestle while Mojica and Molina were removing the shackles. Both workers fell to the ground and were pinned by the crane. This was the second work-related accident that hit the South Korean firm this year.

Last January 18, a fire inside one of the boats being built killed two Filipino workers and injured three others. Government regulators later found at least five safety violations that may have contributed to the fire accident. As of press time, none of the South Korean officials of Hanjin were available for comment. - GMANews.TV

Crane operations at Hanjin suspended after accident
03/12/2008 | 06:56 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said crane operations at the Hanjin Heavy Industries Corp (HHIC) shipyard in Subic had been suspended after a crane fell on two of its employees Tuesday night, killing them instantly. Ermita said a report submitted by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) to Malacañang said investigations are now on going and crane operations had been suspended while the probe is on going. He stressed that the incident does not warrant a termination of Hanjin’s contract as the accident involved their local supplier, the Globe Distribution Philippines, and not South Korean company directly.

He said that based on the report they received, two workers were removing the shackles of a 20-ton beam that they were moving when the crane fell from its trestle and pinned them down. It was followed by another accident Wednesday morning when another employee fell from the roof that he was fixing. Reports said relatives of the three employees are now seeking assistance from HHIC.

Last January, two more Filipino employees were also killed after the shipyard caught fire, which government inspectors said maybe caused by some safety violations. - GMANews.TV


Hanjin may review investment in RP - report
04/08/2008 | 11:27 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Corp may review its investment in the country after a series of negative media reports about the company\'s projects at the Subic Bay Freeport, a report said Tuesday. The London-based \"Lloyd’s List\" news portal said Hanjin may review its investment program in the Philippines if media reports \"get any worse.\" The report quoted Hanjin Philippines president JS Shim as saying that much of the extensive media coverage of the $1.6B shipyard and related infrastructure was \"part of a politically motivated campaign to undermine the country’s current administration led by the increasingly unpopular president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.\" “Hanjin’s investment in the Philippines is one of this administration’s most praised achievements. Certain sections of the media who do not approve of the administration are seeking to undermine that achievement,\" the report quoted Shim. - GMANews.TV


Gov\'t subsidizing Hanjin power needs - solon
04/09/2008 | 10:04 PM

MANILA, Philippines - A congresswoman on Wednesday revealed that Korean firm Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction-Philippines in Subic is getting \"preferential treatment\" from government in form of electricity rate discounts. This was revealed by Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros who said that government is actually “subsidizing\" the foreign company’s power needs. The party-list representative based her allegation on Executive Order 701, where President Arroyo directed the National Transmission Company or Transco to give Hanjin a “discount on transmission and generation charges for 10 years.\"

This, even as Hontiveros said that the company has the financial capacity to shoulder its own investment costs. From the first year to the sixth, the government-owned National Power Corp. and Transco were ordered by Malacañang to give Hanjin discounted generation and transmission rates of $0.0491 (P2), which shall slightly increase to $0.0600 (P2.4) for the seventh to 10th year, according to Hontiveros. “This is a hefty discount considering the power needs of an industrial firm and compared to the P5 per kilowatt-hour rate imposed on Filipino consumers to cover NPC\'s generation charge and Transco\'s transmission charge,\" she said. The power subsidies, the congresswoman said, would not only be for Hanjin\'s shipyard in Subic. They would also cover another shipyard which is yet to be constructed in Mindanao. “The cost of these subsidies would eventually be imposed on Filipino consumers in the form power rate hikes, which are oftentimes rationalized by increasing generation and  transmission costs,\" Hontiveros pointed out.

The extent alone of concessions to Hanjin, “at the expense of labor standards, environmental protection, and revenues lost due to power subsidies shows a government that bends backward for foreigners but gives its own citizens second-class treatment.\" Amidst the inflationary effect of the rice shortage and oil price hikes, the solon said that EO 701 should be revoked. “It is not only unfair, it is also costly on the part of the government. The cost of these concessions would be burdened by the Filipino people.\" “It is not a question of how many millions of dollars that the company is investing in the country. The principle of parity and the rule of law should be applied,\" Hontiveros stressed. She earlier filed House Resolution 430 to investigate the apparent lack of health and safety standards in the Hanjin shipyard facility in Subic. - GMANews.TV

Hanjin\'s condo project inspected ahead of joint Senate hearing in Subic
04/25/2008 | 11:13 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Members of a joint Senate committee on Friday conducted an on-site investigation on the worth $20-million condominium project being undertaken by a Korean-owned company inside a protected site at the Subic Freeport. A radio report said that Senators inspected the controversial multi-level, high-rise condominium being constructed by Hanjin Heavy Industries, as part of an investigation on whether environmental laws and zoning regulations were violated in the construction of the 184-unit apartment complex inside the Subic Bay Watershed and Forest Reserve. The Senate investigation is being conducted jointly by the Committees on Environment and Natural Resources; Government Corporations and Public Enterprises; and Urban Planning, Housing, and Resettlement.

Before noon Friday, senators will be holding a joint Senate committee hearing at the Subic Bay Management Authority (SBMA) building. The project earned criticisms from politicians and environmentalists alike, who said an environment compliance certificate should not have been issued for a project that allegedly encroaches into a forested area. Zubiri had earlier slammed the Korean firm for relocating displaced tribal communities in “inferior structures and danger zones.\" Also, Zubiri feared that the project is plagued with several environmental issues including the cutting off of trees from a forested area, the health hazards posed on the Subic watershed, and the destruction to habitat and biodiversity in the area. Administration ally Gordon had belied Zubiri’s claim of trees being chopped off, saying there were no trees cut when he visited the site in early April. The SBMA had also repeatedly insisted that the site is not within the ‘zero development zone’ and falls within the area zoned for low impact projects.

For its part, the Korean Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines had said that the two-building, multi-level housing project can generate some 10,000 jobs. Hanjin began the construction of the twin towers in July 2007 and slated the completion in June. - Mark Merueñas, GMANews.TV


Arroyo asks Hanjin to stay in Misamis Oriental
05/01/2008 | 04:58 AM

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines - President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and other government officials scrambled into action Wednesday to dissuade South Korean Hanjin Heavy Industries Construction Co. Ltd. from withdrawing the construction of the $2-billion shipyard facility in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental. Arroyo met with Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar Moreno; Administrator Ninfa Albania of the Philippine Veterans Investments and Development Corporation (Phividec); Secretary Serge Remonde of the Presidential Management Staff, whom the President has designated as the secretary-in-charge for the Hanjin project; Undersecretary Boy Ibarle of PMS; Presidential Assistant for Northern Mindanao Jojo Popos; Tagoloan Mayor Paulino Emano; Villanueva Mayor Juliet Uy; Misamis Oriental 2nd District Representative Bambi Emano; and Northern Mindanao Regional Development Council Chair JJ Romualdo in Lumbia airport late Wednesday afternoon.

The huddle came after Hanjin managing director Myung Goo Kwon sent a letter to Albania expressing their desire to withdraw from the project. \"We are constrained to take this in view of the numerous adversities that beset the company\'s initial operations, to wit; negative and undue publicity of Hanjin projects both in Subic and Mindanao; local disturbances in the operations of the project; outstanding ROW (Right of Way) clearance and unfavorable actions therefrom,\" A Philippine star report quoted Myung.

Elisa Pabillore, Misamis Oriental Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director said a pullout by Hanjin would have \"serious ramifications\" to Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, and the country\'s image of haven for business investments in Asia. \"It would take years to rebuild a shattered image. A damaged credibility is one of the many potential ramifications that would materialize in case Hanjin pulls out its investment,\" Pabillore said. President Arroyo met with the officials before she went back to Manila after spending two days in Camiguin and Cagayan de Oro to inaugurate the Second Strong Republic Nautical Highway project. The meeting lasted for at least 30 minutes at the pre-departure lounge of the Lumbia airport. Governor Morena in a statement said: \"Instead of looking back and resort to finger pointing, we need to look forward and learn from the lessons of the past. I appeal to everybody to cooperate in insuring that this project will be completed and realize our dreams.\"

\"I am not at liberty to disclose everything that was discussed but suffice it to say that the President, in no uncertain terms, urge the group not to lose the Hanjin investment,\" he added. One of Hanjin\'s headaches -- an executive order from Tagoloan town Mayor Paulino Emano that seeks to stop the construction -- was solved Wednesday after Emano and Villanueva town Mayor Juliette Uy relented. Emano and Uy gave Hanjin the go signal to continue the construction after a lengthy discussion with PMS Usec Ebarle Wednesday afternoon.

\"The dialogue (with Ebarle) opened the way for a much clearer understanding of certain points and issues raised by the concerned local executives,\" said a statement from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Northern Mindanao office. Emano earlier ordered Hanjin to stop the construction of the shipyard because the Korean firm failed to secure a municipal building permit and an Environmental Clearance Certificate (ECC). On Wednesday, the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) issued a permit that would allow the Korean firm to put up fences around its facility in Tagoloan and Villanueva towns.

Most of the Hanjin staff in Villanueva had gone back to Manila according to Divine Lagdamen, head of the Phividec corporate planning department, but she said she got assurance that they would be coming back. \"Yes there is a work stoppage, but Hanjin is not closing down the project. The company\'s Korean staff has already gone back to Manila where they are based, but they will return once the project resumes,\" Lagdamen told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro. Lagdamen said Hanjin officials told Albania that the work stoppage is \"only temporary.\" She estimated that Hanjin have cleared 20 percent of the 441 hectares it will used for it\'s shipyard facility in the towns of Tagoloan and Misamis Oriental.

Hanjin said the $2-billion facility is expected to employ about 45,000 people -- including engineers, welders, fabricators and administrative personnel -- within the next three years, when the shipyard is expected to become fully operational. \"Recently there are a series of investigations and hearings by the Senate and everyday there are articles in the media denouncing and condemning Hanjin. Nobody refers to the brighter side such as more than 10,000 employment,\" Hanjin said in a press statement.

Still, there are other problems that hound Hanjin in its construction of its Misamis Oriental shipyard facility. DTI-Northern Mindanao Director Alicia Eusena said the shipyard facility does not have yet the approval of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza). Without the approval from Peza, Eusena said Hanjin will have to pay taxes to the Municipal Governments of Villanueva and Tagoloan. The Senate is investigating Hanjin for construction a condominium right in the middle of a forest in Subic, Olongapo City.

In Misamis Oriental, hundreds of affected residents complained of poorly constructed resettlement site and non-payment of their farm products after their houses were torn down by bulldozers to make way for the construction. Two villages -- barangays Tambobong and Balacanas -- will be destroyed and will exist no more this year. At least 6,000 residents, mostly farmers, will become homeless. - Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro

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Re: Hanjin abandons $2-B Misamis shipyard project
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2008, 01:18:50 PM »
Something to note as well after a Google search of Hanjin safety violations, 90% happened in the Philippines, so is it the company causing the violations or the workers?

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Re: Hanjin abandons $2-B Misamis shipyard project
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2008, 01:27:47 PM »
Birth of giant shipbuilding:
Hanjin in RP

BY GENIVI FACTAO

The Hanjin shipbuilding facility along Subic Bay is an awesome sight. About three to five mountains had been leveled to accommodate the shipyard. This early, it is seeking approval to expand its site.

Along the coast, adjacent to its steel cutting facility, platforms to hold the skeleton of a containership, start to rise. We were aboard an SBMA patrol boat, and as we circle Subic Bay, we can see the great potential of Subic as an international service and logistic center in Asia. This must be the way Hong Kong and Singapore looked before it was über developed, or even Cebu in the 1980s.

Across Hanjin is the Subic containerport which can easily accommodate 300,000 TEUs. A passenger processing facility is ready for the time cruise ships will dock in the free port.

Subic bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) chairman Feliciano Salonga is very confident the Philippine shipbuilding industry will be a major pillar of the economy, thanks to Hanjin Heavy Industries Corp. (HHIC)-Philippines, owner and operator of one of the biggest shipbuilding facilities in the Asia-Pacific region. Hanjin is not the first foreign shipbuilder to come to the Philippines. Keppel and Tsuneishi were first. \"In boxing, Hanjin is heavy weight class, Tsuneishi is in the featherweight class,\" Salonga said.

Previous to that, there are the shipbuilders in Malabon and Navotas and the builders of yachts and small boats also in Subic. \"We are a maritime country. We supply 40 percent of international ship crew, 15 percent of which are officers\", Salonga said. We have schools here in Subic and Bataan to train merchant marines, he added.

\"I am very upbeat about Hanjin since when fully operational, they can employ as many as 30,000 workers.\" The SBMA chairman said Subic will be the center of shipbuilding, ship repair, education and training, services and logistics. \"Subic is a freeport. We have incentives like tax, facilitation, and they can fully own their investment,\" he said. Subic also have seven patrol boats for security and another one that can handle oil spills. Hanjin has committed to invest $1 billion, which it can double depending on the space that it can get. At present, Hanjin is making use of 282 hectares of the Redondo peninsula. Its expansion needs up to 300 hectares all in all.

The government collects about $3.50 per sq.m. as rent. The chairman added that the rates are renegotiated. SBMA calculates it will earn $10 million from rental for a 50-year lease. Besides the rent, the government collects 5 percent as corporate income tax and export taxes. It is expected that it can bring in close to $2 to $3.5 billion worth of export industries. More than taxes and rent, Salonga pointed out, is the employment Hanjin can generate. Hanjin will need about 30,000 workers in the shipyard.

They will be employing professionals such as naval architects and marine engineer, also direct line workers like ship fitters, welders, electricians etc. He explained that 40 percent of the total invest cost of Hanjin goes to the economy, spent in labor, housing, and food. \"Generally 40 percent of the cost is labor, and labor is what we provide in the partnership. Material and technology is 60 percent, so it is big value added for the domestic market,\" he explained. Salonga said that Hanjin had order book of $3 billion, which takes several years to finish. It already accepted orders for 12 ships at $60 million each from three different companies. First in the production line is for a French company represented by its president, Krevork Hekimian.

Hanjin has completed the first phase of construction in Subic, which enables them to start cutting the steel for the block construction. Hanjin shipyard, can fabricate 60 ships of different sizes and types in a year. The first steel cutting for the construction of a new 4,300 TEU container ship was conducted in March. Already lined-up for production are six units of 4,300 TEUs container ships to be delivered to Diorxy Maritime Corp. in Greece in 2009. The second production line will be comprised six units of 4,300 TEU ships intended for NSC Schiffartsgeselhaft of Germany.

Salonga narrated that Hanjin has been operating in the country for more than 20 years as Hanhill contractor, engaged in civil works. \"They know our culture for me they are the ideal locator. Hanjin pays all its bills on time,\" he said. Hanjin will take care of expatriates from Korea while they give support for the housing of Filipino workers.

Hanjin will invest P37.4 million to construct a condominium-hotel in a three-hectare lot inside the Ilanin Forest East area. Last February, HHIC-Philippines opened the P240-million Hanjin Skills Development Center (HSDC), the world’s largest single shipbuilding training center that could accommodate 500 Filipino trainees per batch.
\"The first phase of the Hanjin Skills Development Center can initially accommodate a total of 500 trainees; while Phase 2, when completed in May or June this year, can expand from 1,000 to 1,200 trainees per batch,\" HHIC-Phils. and HHIC Regional Director Jeong Sup Shim said.

The government allocated more than P20 million to relocate informal settlers in Redondo. \"If we don’t do anything more except make sure that Hanjin and Subic shipyard are operating we have justified our mandate. That’s more than enough contribution to the economy,\" Salonga ended. Malaya.com
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Re: Hanjin abandons $2-B Misamis shipyard project
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2008, 04:02:31 PM »
PNP to probe violence, bribery in MisOr project
05/02/2008 | 01:07 PM

MANILA, Philippines- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday formed a task force to probe allegations of bribery and harassment in connection with the ship-building operations in Misamis Oriental of South Korean firm Hanjin Heavy Industries Construction Company. This, after President Macapagal Arroyo, through Interior Sec. Ronaldo Puno, ordered the National Police to investigate claims that the Korean firm offered Tagoloan Mayor Paulino Emano a P400 million worth of supply contracts to allow construction operations to resume in Tagoloan and Villanueva towns. PNP chief Director General Avelino Razon said Task Force “TAGOVILL\" will also look into reports that municipal officials of Tagoloan had allegedly harassed and manhandled several Hanjin personnel.

To ensure a fair and impartial investigation, Razon has also ordered the administrative relief of Chief Inspector Claudio Mariquit and Senior Inspector Nannette Odchigue as chiefs of police of Tagoloan and Villanueva towns, respectively. The Northern Mindanao regional police have deployed policemen from its mobile group to secure the Hanjin facility and prevent further untoward incidents. Since the alleged harassment, the Hanjin had threatened to pull out its $2-billion Mindanao Training Center Project, putting at stake some 45,000 probable jobs in northern Mindanao. Earlier, Emano ordered the Korean firm to stop its operations in the eight-hectare piece of land for failing to secure an environmental compliance certificate, a municipal building permit, and other requirements.

In a meeting with President Arroyo, Emano explained the situation and reported the alleged bribe offer. The Tagoloan mayor said Mrs Arroyo told him to allow the Korean firm to continue its operations but “did not say anything\" about the bribe offer. QTV’s Balitanghali also quoted Department of Trade and Industry Sec. Peter Favila as saying he would still confirm the contents of the conversation between President Arroyo and Emano. For his part, Deputy Presidential Spokesman Anthony Golez said in a statement that the President is not wont to violate any law in favor of foreign investors. Golez, however, expressed the government’s support for investment projects of the Hanjin in the Philippines since it would accord jobs to more Filipinos. He said the government is urging local governments to cooperate with the said Korean firm. Likewise, the Palace believes that the Hanjin would first secure the necessary requirements for their project. The report said that GMA News tried interviewing several Hanjin officials on site but they all refused. - Mark Merueñas, GMANews.TV
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Re: Hanjin abandons $2-B Misamis shipyard project
« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2008, 07:50:31 AM »
I have mixed feelings about events like this. Part of me thinks it\'s good, because it will slow down growth in a part of the RP that I\'m seriously considering moving to. What attracted me is how much more laidback and pleasant the cities in that part of the country seemed compared to Manila.

But part of me also understands that big foreign investments create some jobs and pours a lot of money into the regional economy. And in some respects that is good, even though the changes that go along with modernization are not all good ones.

Nice series of articles.