Tagum readying for employment boom next year due to construction of Robinsons, SM malls, Hijo International Port

oct 11, 2013
Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon said that the city is fast readying to meet a new round of employment boom that would be started by the rising of Robinsons Mall next year.
He said that the city government has been launching massive workers’ profiling and skills training activities to prepare for expected jobs’ demand in the operations of Robinsons Mall, which he said is sure to start its construction first quarter next year.
“We are readying ourselves so that, say when they need for 500 workers we can easily supply them a list of workers residing in Tagum City,” he said.
 “Robinsons alone needs more than 1,000 workers,” he said.
He said that based from a Robinsons’ second letter to him two weeks ago the company’s investment fund is already on the pipeline. “I am confident that next year the construction of Robinsons will start.”
Robinsons Mall was earlier reported to locate at Barangay Canocotan, along the national highway.
The SM Mall would follow, Mayor Rellon added, saying  that the company is still negotiating to buy the lot adjacent to what it had earlier bought along the national highway fronting the NCCC Mall.
Another coming jobs’ generator and economic multiplier in the city is the  Hijo International Port, owned by Hijo International Port Services Inc. (HIPS), which is set to develop a 10.3-hectare private commercial port in Barangay Madaum in Tagum City. The listed port operator envisions Hijo to be the second-biggest container terminal in the country, next to its flagship Manila International Container Terminal.
Rellon said that in his latest coordination with the company’s Manila office he learned that the reclamation works for the port would be started next year also. 
He added that in the HIPS development plan, a wide one-kilometer area is intended for warehouses.
ICTSI plans the port to have an annual capacity of 2 million twenty equivalent units of containers and a 50-hectare coast area with a 12-meter-draft berth.
To meet this huge investment the Madaum-San Isidro highway would also be made four-lane from its existing concrete two-lane, Rellon said.
Tagum City is already hosting four big malls owned by the Gaisanos and several medium malls. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

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