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SM, Robinsons to create 'new town' in Pangasinan

By Danny O Sagun

Dagupan City (24 September) -- A virtual town would be created at the eastern part of this city with the reported plan of SM to build its mall at the Tambac-Mayombo section, according to a university president whose institution owns several hectares of land in that area.

Dr. Gonzalo T. Duque, president of the Lyceum-Northwestern University, said that the area being developed by rival Robinsons for its own housing and mall projects in Calasiao town is adjacent to the site being eyed by the giant mall developer SM. His elder brother, Cesar, reportedly owns hundreds of hectares of lands in the area which he has offered to SM.

Tycoon Henry Sy's son, Hans, recently met with Mayor Benjamin S. Lim to sound off the latter of the family's plan to put up a branch in the city. The area being considered was the site earlier eyed in the 1990s by mall operator Gotesco for its P1.2 billion mall. The Duque brothers accompanied Sy in that courtesy call on the mayor.

Duque said LNU, which is holding this week its 41st Founders' Day Celebration, will greatly benefit from the presence of the mall there considering that it has 10 hectares of land near the site.

Some 5,000 jobs will be created when the SM mall comes here, he said, quoting Sy.

The city, he also said, will be assured of continuing development in view of the plan to construct a diversion road connecting San Fabian and San Jacinto with the new Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX). "Alam nyo ang lapit ng Dagupan sa San Fabian kaya magbenefit tayo dyan sa bagong expressway," he said.

The youngest of the Duque brothers, Francisco III, who chairs the Civil Service Commission, served as guest of honor and speaker for the Honors' Program and Recognition Day on Friday. He also led the cutting of ribbon for the renovated gymnasium.

The siblings' father, Francisco, Jr., served as health secretary during the time of President Diosdado Macapagal. He also served as Pangasinan governor. (PIA Pangasinan) [top]

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