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PamCham urges gov’t, PCI to reconcile over Paskuhan Village

Feb 9, 2018 @ 6:21

The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) is pushing for reconciliatory talks between the government and Premier Central Incorporated (PCI), a subsidiary of SM Prime Holdings Corporation , regarding the future of Paskuhan Village in the city of San Fernando.

Last year, PCI acquired the old Christmas-themed park along Jose Abad Santos Avenue for around P1 billion

But Solicitor General Jose Calida wrote a six-page opinion after the sale, saying that the sale of the property to PCI by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza) “is void pursuant to Section 54 of Republic Act (RA) 9593.”

Calida forwarded the opinion to Surigao del Sur 2nd District Rep. Johnny Pimentel, chair of the House committee on good government and accountability. Pampanga 3rd District Rep. Aurelio Gonzales Jr. also sought legislative probe into the sale.

“We are hoping that they could reconcile and see what they can agree on, sit and thresh out things and pursue the development of Paskuhan because this is something big for the province. Malaking bagay ito para sa Pampanga at sayang kung hindi matutuloy because of the impasse,” PamCham president Jess Nicdao said.

Nicdao expressed hope for reconciliation between the two chambers so that the development of the property, which has become a part of the Kapampangan tradition, will not be compromised.

“With the reconciliatory talks, both the government and SM could clear things. Sabi kasi on one side, mura iyun. Sabi naman ng SM, they did everything above board. With the talks, they could reconcile and pursue things for Paskuhan,” Nicdao said.

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