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P1-B Mall Soon to Rise in Legazpi; SM, Robinson's to Follow

LEGAZPI CITY, July 25 (PNA) -– Another mall costing P1 billion will soon rise in the 1.5-hectare area formerly occupied by the burned old public market in the city’s central business district.


The new business building will be put up by the LCC chain of malls owned and managed by the Tan family headed by Antonio Tan as president.

“This new investment will greatly help us generate more jobs for the Bicolanos and additional income for the local government’s coffer,” Mayor Noel Rosal said.

The LCC chain of malls in Bicol is owned by Filipino-Chinese Tan family who originated from Tabaco City and pioneered in the establishment of malls in the region’s key cities of Tabaco, Legazpi and Naga.

Aside from these cities, LCC has express marts in various municipalities in the region to cater to the needs of the people in the rural area who do not have to go to these cities to buy cheap but quality goods.

Aside from this P1-billion mall to be put up by the LCC here, the SM and the Robinson g…

Work on Viga-Pandan Road Project Begins this August

The winning contractor for the initial phase of the Japanese-funded rehabilitation of the Viga-Pandan section of the Catanduanes Circumferential Road will start this August, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) disclosed last week.


Newly-designated Catanduanes District Engineer Romeo Doloiras told local media that the upgrading and improvement of the 5.42 kilometer road section (with exceptions) comprising Contract Package II and II-A will be undertaken by Cavite Ideal International Construction & Development Corporation at a contract cost of P316.9 million.

To be completed in January 2015, the contract consists of construction of new concrete pavement of 5,42 kilometers of intermittent sections from Viga to barangay Bacak in Bagamanoc, reconstruction of one bridge with a length of 30.80 lineal meters, widening of one bridge with a length of 132.60 lineal meters, earthworks, drainage structures and slope protection works.

Presumably still undergoing procurement p…

A Proposed Catanduanes Power Sector Development Plan

Strategic planning is an organization's way of defining its strategy, or direction, and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy. In order to determine where it is going, the organization needs to know exactly where it stands, then determine where it wants to go and how it will get there. Section 2 of Republic Act (RA) No. 9136, otherwise known as the “Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001” or EPIRA, declared, among others, the policy of the State to ensure quality, reliability, security and affordability of the supply of electric power; Thus, one of the major mandate of FICELCO under DOE Circular No. 2003-12-11 , as an electric cooperative or a distribution utility is to supply adequate, affordable, quality and reliable electricity, which states among other that an abstract of the terms and conditions of power supply contracts with private power producers to augment the power supply in their franchise areas is assured that power interruption…

DMCI Offers to Put Up Coal Power Plant Here

One of the country’s power industry big players, DMCI Power Corporation, has reportedly offered to establish a coal-fired power plant in Catanduanes, with coal to be sourced from its parent company’s mine in Semirara island. First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative, Inc. (FICELCO) General Manager Engr. Samuel Laynes confirmed in a press conference last week that DMCI-PC officials communicated to the cooperative its intention to join the Catanduanes grid as a new power provider and to put up a 7.5-megawatt coal-fired power plant using coal mined from the country’s largest coal mine in Semirara island in Antique. Another 7.5-MW coal-fired plant would also be installed in the next few years once the first is on line. The press briefing was conducted following a spate of power outages caused by yet another breakdown of the 3.6-megawatt bunker-fuel power plant of Catanduanes Power Generation, Inc. (CPGI). GM Laynes disclosed that DMCI has assured that brand-new equipment would be install…

DENR Rues Lack of Space for Storing Seized Lumber

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here is sorely lacking space for storing seized lumber and vehicles, forcing it to delay retrieval of confiscated materials. OIC-CENRO Luvimindo Chioco told the Tribune last week that the lot their office is currently occupying is nearly overflowing with lumber and transport vehicles seized from past anti-illegal cutting operations that it has no longer space for the new ones. He made the disclosure after a concerned citizen of Viga inquired through the Tribune why a lumber-carrying truck seized by policemen last April has yet to be brought to Virac for proper disposition. Text messages sent by citizens informed the police last April 14 that a white six-wheeler truck loaded with lumber was sighted in Ananong and bound for the poblacion. Thirty minutes later, a team led by PO3 Romeo Ogalesco was patrolling barangay San Vicente when it saw a white Mitsubishi Canter truck (RBD-879) with its head just jutting out of the gate o…

NEDA V Trains CSU, LGU Staff on Project Development Preparation

As part of the technical assistance of the National Economic and Development Authority Regional Office V (NEDA V) - Bicol Project Development Committee (BPDC) to state universities and colleges and local government units (LGUs), 40 employees from Catanduanes State University (CSU), municipal and provincial government units, and non government organization in the province, were trained on Project Development and Feasibility Study Preparation on May 22-24, 2013 at the CSU Little Theater.


NEDA taught basic concepts and principles of project feasibility study preparation such as market, technical, institutional, financial, economic, environmental, and social aspects.

According to NEDA V, the capability building activity was crafted for the teaching personnel, including the staff involved in project planning and preparation activities from the different departments and colleges and local government units, to enhance skills in preparing feasibility study and project proposals.

The partic…

A Meeting of Minds at Marem’s

Newly-elected mayors as well as the three reelectionists had the chance of airing what was on their minds during the meeting with Congressman Cesar Sarmiento and Governor-elect Cely Wong at Marem’s Pension House.


Save for Bagamanoc’s Remegio Villaluna and San Andres’ Peter Cua who had traveled to Manila after the elections, the rest of the nine reelected and newly-elected chief executives expressed support for the two political leaders beginning June 30, aside from vowing to provide dedicated service to their constituents.

The number of women mayors remain at two (Flerida Alberto of Virac and Salvacion Isuela of Caramoran) while bachelor mayors increased to four (Mayor Obet Fernandez of Payo was joined by Gordon Olfindo of Viga, Johnny Rodulfo of Bato and Rodel Abichuela of Baras).

Of the 11 mayors, nine belong to the Liberal Party while the two others are from the Nationalist People’s Coalition, which joined LP in a coalition in Virac, and Lakas (in Bato). Bato constituents of Rod…