LOOKING IN: No local gov’t response PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 11:42

BY ROD BALBON

 

Now that small and big time businesses are being established in the city, no corresponding and appropriate action has been taken until now by the City Mayor and even the Sangguniang Panlungsod in response to this development.

Aside from the need for a bigger and steady supply of electricity to run these businesses, the city must also allocate funds for road expansions and first-rate drainage system.

The KCC Mall, located at Gov. Camins Road, is expected to open this year and two more big shopping malls are expected to open by next year. These are the Yubenco Shopping Mall at Tetuan, beside the Zamboanga City High School Main campus, and the other one fronting the old and unoccupied Alta Mall, also in Tetuan. These two shopping malls lie within the same road.

Everybody knows this home-grown Yubenco Shopping Mall but the other one is owned by a Manila-based corporation—the Double Dragon Corporation. This corporation is owned by the Caktiongs, the owner of the world-known Jollibee Food Corporation and the Sys, the richest and owners of the largest chain of SM Malls in the country.

My source revealed that this business venture will be in partnership with the Lims, owner of the local Shop-O-Rama and Southway Mall and the four-hectare lot where the proposed shopping mall will be erected. Accordingly, this will be a 70-30 percent venture wherein the Lim’s lot will serve as their 30 percent equity.

At present, traffic along this narrow, two-lane stretch of road in Tetuan is horribly too heavy, at times unbearable during peak hours. With the present two educational institutions—the Universidad de Zamboanga Kinetics Department and the Zamboanga City High School Main,  and its numerous students plus the opening of these two shopping malls, traffic will expectedly be a nightmare at any given hour of the day.    Several years ago, Cebu City had the same problem but the city government  nevertheless proceeded with its road expansion program by expropriating the portions of land on both sides of the stretch of road leading to and from the IT and Ayala commercial centers just to ease the daily traffic mess.

It may be a bit late but never too late for the city government, in cooperation with the Sangguniang Panlungsod to plan and implement bold measures to build the necessary infrastructures to compliment the establishment of big businesses in our city.

The four-storey Zamboanga Peninsula Hospital in Putik will soon be opened and so will the two new hotels—the 36-room hotel of Benny Yu and Roger Tan beside the Aristocrat Restaurant along Gov. Camins Road and the bigger one of Engr. Benito Ong located downtown along LaPurisima corner Gov. Lim Avenue.

The opening of these establishments will certainly cause heavy traffic within the city.

Business is perking up, where are you City Mayor and the Sangguniang Panlungsod?