Robinsons at Abreeza

Davao City will have a full-service Robinsons Department Store located at Abreeza, the Ayala Center project here of Ayala Land and the Floriendo Group.

Clavel Tongco, Senior Division Head of Ayala Malls based in Cebu City told me that Robinsons Department Store would be the anchor department store at the Ayala Center Davao at Bajada.

She said Robinsons would build its own department store connected to the Abreeza Mall.

Robinsons recently opened a Cyber Center along JP Laurel but with limited space for stores and restaurants. The entire second level of the center is devoted to BPO business locators.

Tongco said the Ayala Center Davao is expected to open in mid 2011 with development cost topping P2.4 billion.

The Davao City Investment Incentive Board recently granted its application for local tax holidays.

Aug 5 City Council Agenda

Calendar of Business of the 29th Regular Session of the 15th City Council today:

Invocation – Councilor Rachel P. Zozobrado (3rd District);

National Anthem; City March “Tayo ay Dabawenyo”

Roll Call

Reading of the Minutes of the Previous Session;

Privilege Hour

First Reading – Item Nos. 1303 – 1321 (19 Items) e.g. Item No. 1307 – Letter from P/Supt. Glenn Dichosa de la Torre requesting the passage of an Ordinance creating an “Administrative Board” pursuant to provisions of the Comprehensive Drug Act of 2002; Item No. 1310 – Complaint against the operation of All Aboard Transport Services Group, Inc. on its “hop on, hop off” jeepney service; Item No. 1316 – Request for favorable endorsement for the PEZA application as an IT Building for the Robinsons Davao Mall;

3rd & Final Reading – Item No. 1208 – Reclassification of Anflocor Property for the Ayala Center Davao project; Item No. 1165 – Amusement Tax exemption for Artist Resource Network Association, Inc. for its ethno-rock environmental zarzuela “Ambon, Ulan, Baha” scheduled on August 12, 2008 at the CYO Gym for the benefit of Bantay Bata;

Second Reading (Deferred Items) – 4 Items, e.g. Item No. 1062 – The 2008-2017 Davao City Solid Waste Management Plan;

Second Reading (New Items) – 8 Items, e.g. Item No. 942 Application for reclassification from agricultural to residential zone by Uraya Land Development Inc. for a property located at Upper Catalunan Grande; Item No. 1098 – Application for foreshore lease by Rita Paras located at Km. 7, Lizada Village, Lanang; Item No. 855 – Offer to sell a property containing 2.6 hectares for site of a Muslim cemetery at Sirawan; Item No. 1081 – Updated policy and implementing guidelines for the educational assistance to indigent youth in the city; Item No. 927 – Complaint by students at the presence of Sutherland Global Services, a private IT company, at the premises of the TESDA Training Center at Buhisan, Tibungco;

5:48 a.m.

City Council OKs Ayala Mall

The City Council finally approved the application for reclassification of the Floirendo property, site for the Ayala Center Davao project.

Local media reported the voting as unanimous. Actually here are the tallies – Approval of the Committee Report – 23-0; Approval of the Resolution – 24-0; Approval of the Ordinance on Second Reading – 25-0. Only Councilor Angging Librado-Trinidad was not present. She just gave birth to her second child, a son, last Sunday.

Councilors who expressed concerns about the drainage and traffic issues were convinced to support our committee’s favorable report after no less than Ricky Floirendo presented the following plans:

Drainage measures would include tapping and expanding existing drainage systems inside the property as well as those leading to the Bacaca, Dacudao Ave. and Veloso St. outlets.

Traffic plans include three private and public utility entrance/exit points from JP Laurel with plenty of loading/unloading bays inside the property; no public utility vehicle loading and unloading infront of Redemptorist Church, and opening of N. Torres St. Extension as new ingress/engress point leading to Bo. Obrero and Agdao.

The measure will go for a final Third Reading next session. However, I noticed ground prep work is now going on at the site. The Ayala-Foirendo Group must really be in a hurry.

Goodluck!

See related posts and comments at – Ayala Center Davao; and Ayala Center Davao fotos

5:52 a.m.

July 29 City Council Agenda

Calendar of business for today’s regular session of the City Council:

Invocation by Councilor Louie Villafuerte (3rd District);

National Anthem; Davao City March – Tayo as Dabawenyo

Approval of the Minutes of the Previous Session

Privilege Hour

First Reading – 22 items, e.g. Item No. 1284 – Application for Development Permit (DP) of White Rock, a family subdivision of the Quintos at Shrine Hills, Matina; Item No. 1288 Letter of Pedro Godinez, Jr. seeking the assistance of the City Council to extend the licenses of security guards from 2 to 3 years and provision for a study-now-pay-later program; Item No. 1296 – Request of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce & Industry for exemption from the Sinage Ordinance to set up promotional banners for the Davao Trade Expo 2008; Item No. 1300 – Application for Preliminary Approval & Locational Clearance for Hacienda, a 9 hectare subdivision of DMC-Urban Property Developers at Catalunan Grande; Item 1301 – Application for PALC by Villa Monte Maria Subdivision for a 9 hectare property also in Catalunan Grande;

Unfinished Business – 2 items, Item No. 1208 – Ayala Center Davao and Item No. 1184-B on the World Bank – International Finance Corporation Report on Doing Business. The drainage and traffic plan for the proposed Floirendo-Ayala development will be presented by Floirendo Group Exec VP Ricky Floirendo today.

Deferred Committee Reports – 6 items, e.g. Item No. 875-B – Tax exemption request by the Samaham ng mga Musikero sa Davao, Inc. (SAMADHI); Item No. 165 – Restructured schedule of accounts for awardees, buyers and undocumented occupants of the city’s Slum Improvement & Rehabilitation (SIR) Projects;

New Committee Reports – 6 items, e.g. Item No. 893 – Legislative authorization for the expansion of cable television services by Panabo Satellite Television Network to Lasang and Bunawan; Item No. 1156 – Letter from Purok Leaders requesting the relief and transfer of the Sasa Police Station commander;

Items under Suspended Rules

4:24 a.m.

Ayala Center Davao fotos

Here are more photos of the proposed Ayala Center Davao:

New City Engineer

As chair of the Committee on Appointments & Government Reorganization, I sponsored yesterday at the City Council the Concurrence Resolution for the appointment of our new City Engineer.

Mayor Rody Duterte named Engr. Jose Dureza Gestuveo, Jr. as the new head of the our engineering office. His plantilla position is City Government Department Head II that carries Salary Grade 26 with P327,000 pay per annum.

Engr. Gestuveo has degrees in Mechanical Technology, Mechanical and Civil Engineering and Masters in Urban and Regional Planning. He has professional licenses as Mechanical Engineer, Civil Engineer and Master Plumber.

He started his career at the City Engineers’ Office as Field Staff during the early 1980s. When his first cousin, Jesus Dureza, won a seat in Congress in 1987, Engr. Gestuveo joined him at the House of Representatives as a Technical Staff.

After Dureza left Congress, Engr. Gestuveo joined the Davao City Water District where he rose to the position of Department Manager before he accepted the offer of Duterte. (Dureza is now the Press Secretary at Malacanang)

While waiting for his confirmation yesterday, he had the first taste of his big task ahead when members of the City Council deliberated on the application for land reclassification for the Ayala Center project in Davao. The key issues discussed were drainage and traffic management.

His being an urban planner would surely come handy in his new job. The city is fast growing and it needs people who should see it as a forest and not just trees.

6:20 a.m.

July 22 City Council Agenda

The City Council will continue to deliberate tomorrow on the application for reclassification of the Floirendo property for the planned Ayala Center Davao. Invited resource persons include the City Engineer, the District Engineer and the head of the Traffic Management Board.

Our post on the Ayala Center Davao has received many comments, particularly on the traffic that the new mall would generate in the JP Laurel area which is already a heavy traffic zone. The City Council sessions are open to the public and I encourage those interested to air their views to come join us tomorrow.

Other items in the City Council agenda include the World Bank/IFC Report on business permit processing, 11 items for First Reading, and eight items for Committee Reports notably the “Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan for 2008-2017.”

5:53 a.m.