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.

Robinsons Davao

The on-going construction of the Robinsons Davao beside the Davao City Water District along JP Laurel is on schedule. It is set to open during the first quarter next year in time for the Araw ng Dabaw festivities.

These I was told by Robinsons Land executives who visited me last week, Henry Yap GM of the Office Building Division and VP for the Design & Planning Department, Danilo Camat, Property Manager of Robinsons Cagayan de Oro and Ramil Roy Sumander, their man in Davao.

The Davao mall will feature its anchor Robinsons Supermarket and Handyman do-it-yourself hardware, spaces for coffee shops, restaurants and other stores. At its second level, 5,000 square meters is designated as IT center for BPO locators. Their application for accreditation with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) is now with the City Council. It is in the agenda today (see previous post).

The Davao City Investment Incentive Board, where I sit as a member, earlier approved its request for grant of fiscal and non-fiscal incentives.

Its entry here is much anticipated similar to the opening of other major mall and retail giants in the country. It is exepected to help generate jobs and contribute to the dynamism of the local economy.

Visit this skyscrapercity thread monitoring the progress of the mall construction.

6:21 a.m.

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.