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4-Storey SM Mall Urdaneta to open next year 

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

URDANETA CITY – The four-storey SM Mall being constructed at a five- hectare land in Barangay Nancayasan here will be opened to the public next year, City Mayor Amadeo Gregorio Perez IV said.

SM Urdaneta City

ANOTHER SM MALL. The four-storey SM Mall is being constructed at Barangay Nancayasan Urdaneta City, Pangasinan and will be opened next year.
SM Prime Holdings, Inc. bought a five-hectare lot in the village after the plan to build a mall in a 10-hectare land in Barangay Anonas in Eastern Pangasinan, hit a legal snag.: MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

This is the one being built near the 7-11. The other one that people are talking is located at Barangay Anonas,”  Perez said.

The SM retail store also faces food chain Chowking and another huge retail store CB Mall that would make the nearby national highway there prone to traffic congestion.

Wala tayong magawa bumili sila ng lupa,” he quipped. (more…)

October 15, 2017 at 7:46 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: What, no thieves at Davao’s Malls Park?


I was taken-aback recently at the parking area of the U.S –  style S & R Warehouse Store in Davao City where my elementary classmate Ontoy Fabila vigorously assured me that the huge styrofoam box of boneless and smoked milk fish – the vaunted Dagupan City’s Bangus – I soldiered, er shouldered on as give away to kin and relatives and my bulky knapsack loaded at the carrier of his twin cab pickup truck Nissan Navara would be safe.

“Nobody will steal your belonging here in Davao City, come and join us inside for shopping with my cousin Truck Czar Don Junior Alba,” he assured me at the membership-shopping club modeled after the warehouse chains introduced in the United States.

He explained that even during the time of then mayor Rodrigo Duterte sneaking thieves and intimidating robbers did not take the belongings of other people in a parking space like the one at the S & R.

I surmised that would-be culprits were afraid to stash shoppers belongings at the park otherwise they would die in case the cops nabbed them,” I told Ontoy and Junior who were scouring for imported liqueur they are going to quaff  with wide eyed peasant friends in M’lang, Cotabato Province and before the start of our school’s global reunion. (more…)

October 15, 2017 at 7:43 pm Leave a comment

BIR Central Pangasinan backs as Top Collector

 By Mortz C. Ortigoza

 CALASIAO – After several months of exerting efforts to surpass its tax target, the premier tax agency in Region -1  landed top 3 among  offices that hit their tax collection goal.

According to Revenue District Chief -4 Chief Merlyn Vicente, her office exceeded by P27, 901,656.17 or 8.02% increase its tax target of P375, 747,656.17 by collecting  P347, 846,000 amid the lethargic business atmosphere in the two cities and 13 towns in Central Pangasinan.

 Tax target is given by the national government as indicator for all revenue district offices in the country to collect the new national tax target for this year.

RDO-4 collected P286, 258, 068.99 on August 2016.

Despite the shortfall in the past, Vicente and her hardworking staff soldiered on by exceeding the July and August tax targets and those in the same months last year. (more…)

October 15, 2017 at 7:37 pm Leave a comment

  PVAI calls on Korean veterans, kin to fill up forms for benefits

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
TAGUIG CITY – The PEFTOK Veterans Association, Inc. (PVAI, Inc) calls on veterans and kin of Filipino soldiers who fought in the 1950-1953 Korean War to fill up  a personal record as part of the files for their benefits.

PEFTOK stands for Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea.

PVAI President Paterno Villoria said the records could be used to authenticate the claims for benefits the veterans and their great grandchildren can get from the South Korean Government.


October 15, 2017 at 7:28 pm 3 comments

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