2020 apia ustpTAGOLOAN, Misamis Oriental—PHIVIDEC-Industrial Authority (PHIVIDEC-IA) Administrator and Chief Executive Officer Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña mulls on securing a land, through usufruct agreement, for the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) for the school’s satellite campus in the town of Villanueva.

To recall, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11307 or the “University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines-Villanueva Campus Act.”

At present, the university is using the facilities of the local government of Villanueva, because they do not have a land where they could build the campus, Dr. Ambrosio Cultura, the USTP System President, said.

“We presented our proposal to establish USTP campus within PHIVIDEC. We are an academic institution and we offer research and development, technology innovations, and even establish spaces for industry and the academe,” said Cultura.

TAGOLOAN, M2020 groupisamis Oriental—Officials of the Chinese-owned Philippine Sanjia Steel Corporation called on the newly-appointed Administrator and Chief Executive Officer of PHIVIDEC-Industrial Authority Jose Gabriel "Pompee" La Viña at his office on October 20, 2020 to brief him about the corporation's latest development.

In 2018, Philippine Sanjia Steel Corporation put up an P800 million steel manufacturing plant in Tagoloan.

“We choose to establish the steel plant in Tagoloan because of its strategic location. Transporation is very convenient and accessible because it is near the port. We can build our own wharf so that the transport of materials will be easier,” said Philippine Sanjia Steel Corporation manager Zhang Dongjian.

The company is engaged in the production of steel products such as construction steels. The Sanjia Steel also targets the local market in response with President Rodrigo R. Duterte's call to reinvigorate the country's steel industry.

La Viña also assured the Sanjia Steel officials of the PHIVIDEC-IA's full support to make sure of an unhampered operation so that they could invite more friends from China to invest in the country.

The Sanjia Steel Corp. has completed the construction of their facilities and will soon hire about 500 workers from Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro during its first phase of operation.

2020 relocatee groupTAGOLOAN, Misamis Oriental—PHIVIDEC-IA Administrator and Chief Executive Officer Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña assured 148 families, directly affected by the construction of the foreign-owned steel company and manufacturing plant in the industrial estate would be taken cared of.

“We want the affected families to gain a sense of pride in their new homes in the resettlement community. We will also assist them through livelihood programs,” La Viña said.

La Viña, whose advocacy is helping the poor, promised a complete amenities like water supplies, schools, and churches would be made available to ensure that the relocation areas are livable and the residents would not want to leave the area.