SM Supermalls withdraws planned transport terminal in Dagupan but to proceed with its mall

DAGUPAN CITY–SM SuperMall has indicated it is no longer interested to pursue its planned terminal project to be located at the eastern end of Perez Boulevard to complement its bigger multi-million peso project, SM Center Dagupan.

The withdrawal was announced on Friday before the start of a public hearing by the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) on SM Supermall’s request for an 18-month exemption from City Ordinance No. 951-77 while it is still building the SM Center Dagupan at M.H. Del Pilar Street, which used to be the old Pantranco terminal.

City Secretary Ryan Ravanzo said an official of SM Supermalls came to him before the start of the public hearing to manifest verbally that his company’ was no longer interested to continue its terminal project.

However, it will continue nevertheless with its SM Center Dagupan, considered as soon to be the biggest investment to come to the city in many years.

Ravanzo was directed by Councilor Jose Netu Tamayo, chair of the committee on laws and ordinances of the city council spearheading the public hearing, to ask SM Supermalls to reduce its manifestation in writing .

Ordinance No. 951-77, said City Legal Office Victoria Cabrera, prohibits the construction of a terminal in any place in Dagupan whose ingress and egress are within 100 meters away from a city intersection.

The ordinance is still in effect as it has not been amended till now.

Councilor Nicanor Aquino noted that if Ordinance No. 951-77 is strictly followed, all bus existing terminals in Dagupan owned by several big companies are considered illegal.

Tamayo, however, argued that Victory Liner and Five Star buses were not violating the ordinance as their ingresses and egresses in Barangay Mayombo were too far away from street intersections although their respective terminals were only few meters away from the intersection of Perez Boulevard, M. H. Del Pilar Street and Mayombo road.

However, another bus company, Solid North is possibly violating the ordinance as the ingress and egress of terminals are just beside the terminals of Victory and Five Star, which is less than 30 meters away from a street intersection.

Incidentally all bus companies which are serving the Dagupan to Manila and vice versa lines opposed the planned SM terminal as it will further choke traffic in the city’s busy commercial district.

Even officials of Dagupan do not welcome the terminal planned by SM but are overwhelmingly in favor of the construction and establishment of SM Center Dagupan.

Mayor Belen Fernandez and members of the SP are also not in conformity with the planned SM terminal.ō

At the same time, Tamayo asked Victory Liner, Five Star and Solid North to talk with each other so that all their buses will have common ingress and egress at Mayombo while maintaining their present terminals along Perez Boulevard.