SM Puerto Princesa on Saturday assured the public its newly constructed mall has passed rigorous internal and external inspections including that from the City engineering office to ensure its structural integrity.
Russel Fernandez, Public Relations Officer of SM Puerto Princesa, was responding to concerns mostly spread through social media that the new SM building’s construction was rushed for the coming holidays and may be unsafe.
The mall opened on September 15.
“It has been reviewed and audited in three levels. Sa level pa lang ng main contractor, pumasa na siya. Also sa side ng SM supermalls. And it has also been checked by the City engineering office at pumasa na rin,” Fernandez said during Saturday’s Behind the News talk program of Palawan News.
Fernandez however admitted they had dealt with a problem with their storm drainage recently after heavy rains fell which had caused partial flooding on the mall’s ground floor.
“Malakas ‘yung ulan that time kaya naapektuhan ‘yung ating storm drain kaya nangyari ‘yung insidente,” Fernandez said.
Fernandez explained that SM Puerto Princesa is still going through a “transition period” where they encountered such types of problems.
“Nasa adjustment period pa po kami. We still have to review for minor adjustments,” Fernandez said.
The 54,000-square meter, resort-themed mall features around 180 food and retail shops, three 158-seater digital cinemas, two 48-seater Director’s Club cinemas, and a traveler’s lounge catering for shoppers. The mall also caters 3,000 local workers and manufacturers.
“For the structure of the mall we make sure na naka-timeline lahat. Every now and then nagmomonitor sila. Even the owners are sometimes visiting us to inspect,” Fernandez said.