LEGAZPI CITY: At least 5,000 new jobs were created this year as this city drastically booms with the opening of several new malls to cater to the growing number of local and foreign tourists and high purchasing power of the Bicolanos. Mayor Noel Rosal said a high-end mall employed 2,000 this year and 3,000 were employed by another mall. Aside from the big malls, Rosal said the tourism industry is also a big source of income for Bicolanos. Legazpi aims to be a highly urbanized city, separate and independent from Albay.
RHAYDZ B. BARCIA