• Mall project to create 500 jobs


    LEGAZPI CITY, Albay: The construction of a new mall in this city is expected to create at least 500 jobs and boost the economic growth of Albay province, Mayor Noel Rosal said on Friday.

    The P100-million mall, a project of Whole Grain Land owned by Joseph Lim, will be constructed beside the Saint Gregory the Great Cathedral and in front of the city hall building.

    Rosal joined city officials, local businessmen and Bishop Lucilo Quiambao during the ground-breaking ceremony of the project at Locsin Park.

    “This is the new landmark in Legazpi that will produce 500 new employments for the people of Albay. This project is under the public and private partnership with Joseph Lim of Whole Grain Land,” Rosal said.

    “If we join and work together for the goodness of everyone, we can make Legazpi as the most progressive city in Luzon. That’s why we need to be aggressive for development to create more employment being center of economic hub in Bicol,” he added.

    Aside from the mall, the city government will build an P80-million city hospital and a P50-million convention center.

    Legazpi City was one of the recipients of the 2014 Galing Pook Award due to excellence in local governance with its public-private partnership undertakings thus promoting people’s participation and empowerment, innovation, sustain-ability and efficiency in the delivery of basic services to the public.

    The city was also voted as the country’s second liveable city.

    The Aquino administration has infused P100 million for the construction of a mega highway with three by-pass roads going to the Bicol International Airport in Barangay Alobo in Daraga town.


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    1. These projects are good indicators of improving health services, etc. but are there projects planned to mitigate climate change impact on mega highways, tall and big buildings, people’s homes, electric wirings, etc? Another serious thing to consider is Albay is still a major agricultural province. Putting up big malls will create jobs temporarily but if the contractualization scheme of “ENDO 555” continues as part of this project, then the improvements seem artificial. The capitalists will earn big -time bucks. I hope and pray that the government funding mentioned in this article are transparent and free of corruption.
      By the way, Glenda’s damage to the province of Albay and some Bicol provinces seemed obliterated from news reports. How do the people’s homes damaged by Glenda look at present?