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CABANATUAN CITY—Nearly 10 years after its plan to put up a shopping mall in this Nueva Ecija city was announced, SM Prime Holdings Inc. (SMPHI) has finally applied for a zoning permit for a four-story mall along the national road in Brgy. Hermogenes Concepcion here.

Mayor Julius Cesar Vergara said the company had filed the application with the city planning development office (CPDO) after he met with SM’s top officials.

SMPHI will build SM City Cabanatuan on a property acquired from the Macapagal and Perdigon families.

Vergara said SM’s entry into this city would boost local employment. He said SMPHI had promised to hire at least 80 percent of its expected 7,000 employees from the city and the province.

CPDO chief Virginia Busog said that based on the proposed construction plan, the mall will have a gross floor area of 2.4 hectares. Another 2.4 ha had been set aside for a transport terminal and bus bay.

Construction is expected to start this year and will be completed in six months.

Cabanatuan, about 120 kilometers north of Metro Manila, is the commercial, trade and educational center of Nueva Ecija.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/rhafapogi Rhafael Sanchez

    Hi?!!! Saan po pwede mag apply para sa tinatayo na SM cab?

  • http://www.facebook.com/rinoa.torres Rinoa Torres

    what a big threat for existing establishments in Nueva Ecija….. 

  • Nic Legaspi

    Another huge box-like building from SM. As the country’s largest retail developer, we should demand that SM gives priority to sustainable practices and the environment when building their malls. I’m sure a few green areas and open spaces wouldn’t hurt much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nothandsome-Nottrue/100000576812385 Nothandsome Nottrue

    patay na ang mga local businesses, dadalin na ng sm ang pera ng nueva ecija sa manila. wla na mag circulate pera dito sa probinsya. hindi palatandaan ang mga malls ng isang maunlad na bayan. mga factory ang dapat itayo sa probinsya at hindi mga malls.

  • Hagler

    yeah 7000 contractual employees.

  • kismaytami

    Maghanda handa na kayo sa sobrang trapik.

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