|By Mortz C. Ortigoza|
CALASIAO- The mayor of this burgeoning first-class town said that giant mall Robinsons will open shop this coming December.
Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay said a representative of Robinsons Land Corporation, the mother unit of the mammoth mall, said that stalls there are almost completed.
“Kumpleto na daw iyong stalls at iyon ang gusto nilang ihanda para sa mga taga-Pangasinan itong pag-sapit ng pasko sa December,” he stressed.
He also said that the representative of Robinsons has some talked with the owner of Dagupena Restaurant on the ongoing construction of the retail store that caused some cracks on the concrete parts of the famous restaurant.
The mayor said that even the nearby newly opened swanky Don Armando’s Restaurant suffered the same predicament.
“Na-experienced din nila iyon. Pero, ganoon talaga part ng pagpapatayo ng building”.
Meanwhile, Macanlalay said that the 40% share of this town from the increased of the Real Property Tax that was passed by the Provincial Board would be used to the operation and maintenance of public schools, construction and repair of school buildings, facilities and equipment, educational research, purchase of books and periodicals, and sports development as determined and approved by the local school board.
“Ang plano natin doon sa pagdagdag ng pag-ta-as ng collection natin, dadagdagan natin ang honorarium ng ating contractual sa school. We are only giving the P1,500. Dinagdagan ko siya, ginawa ko siyang mas malaki.Sabi ko siguro by next year, ganoon din the number of beneficiaries sa ating scholarship program dito sa municipio na meron tayong scholars, who are receiving P5000”.
He continued that he mulls to increase the number of his 200 scholars in college.
He said he presently appropriates P2 million for the 200 scholars who availed annually a P5 thousand a year subsidy.
“Wala silang failing grade, or Incomplete subject,” he declared as a condition for this town’s scholarship.
He said each scholar could take any courses anywhere as long as he/she maintains a passing grade.
He said disclosed too that the proceeds he got from the P2 million beauty popularity contest “Miss Calasiao” and the P500 thousand donations from the Senor Tesoro Association would be used to buttress the P10 million beautification of this town’s plaza.
He said the eye-catching clean plaza complements the new P60 million municipal halls dubbed as one of the best municipal hall in Pangasinan.“This would be one of the best plazas in the province,” Macanlalay quipped in Tagalog.