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PEZA welcomes 2021 with positive investment­s

Performanc­e lauded for maintainin­g a globally competitiv­e business climate


THE PHILIPPINE Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Director General Charito “Ching” Plaza has pledged that “As we start a new year amidst the new normal, we will continue to serve our mandate and turn challenges into opportunit­ies for the Filipino people and Philippine export-industry this 2021 and the years to come.”

This comes as PEZA approved in December 2020 a total of 26 projects expected to bring in P6.69 billion of investment­s. The approvals bring PEZA’s overall total to P95.03 billion of investment­s with 326 projects registered in from January to December 2020 – 109 of which came from the IT-BPO sector and 217 from the manufactur­ing sector.

In terms of location, 146 of the projects will be created in Region IV, 74 in the National Capital Region (NCR), 39 in Region VII, 34 in Region III, and 33 in other regions.

Compared to 2019, PEZA registered 540 new and expansion projects that was expected to bring in P117.5 billion of investment­s.

Ms. Plaza explained that “Despite the pandemic that began in 2020 and affected global economy and trade, PEZA remains to perform at its best with the help of its registered business enterprise­s.”

In fact, PEZA received recognitio­ns in 2020 from the US Department of State for its best practices that made business environmen­t in ecozones’ better, and a Special Citation conferred to government agencies who have exemplifie­d an untiring dedication and commitment to the FOI program during the COVID-19 pandemic in the recent FOI Awards.


Foreign investment­s were up in 2020 by 21.26% to P59.73 billion from 2019’s P49.26 Billion. Despite this, there has been a decline in local investment­s from P68.29 billion in 2019 to P35.30 billion in 2020. The decline can be attributed to various causes including the perilous effect of the COVID-19 imposed lockdowns beginning March 2020.

Neverthele­ss, PEZA remained at the top of the game compared to other IPAs. In fact, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported in the last quarter of 2020 that, “Only PEZA registered year-on-year growth in foreign investment commitment­s during the Julyto-September period with P20.3 billion, up 97% from P10.3 billion last year.” The report further mentioned that other IPAs like the Board of Investment­s (BoI) indicated a decline in generated foreign investment­s.

In terms of sector, the manufactur­ing industry has generated a total of P34.44 billion of investment­s, which is 13.43% up from the sector’s P30.35 billion investment in 2019.

The IT-BPO industry, on the other hand, is seen to bring in P17.41 billion of investment­s. This is 0.93% lower than the P17.58 billion investment­s recorded in 2019.

Majority of the investment­s came from various nationalit­ies including that of America, European countries like United Kingdom, Belgium, Ireland, and Spain, and Asian countries such as China, South Korea, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and Taiwan.

In terms of regions where the investment­s were located, the top performing in 2020 are Cordillera Administra­tive Region (CAR), Regions 1, 3, 5, 6, 11 and 12.

The PEZA chief said “PEZA is grateful for the continued trust and confidence of our investors despite the difficulti­es we faced in 2020. This shows that PEZA is strong and actively pursuing its mandate, harnessing Philippine investment competitiv­eness, and creating opportunit­ies for many Filipinos.”


“As we continue to cope with the new normal, we remain committed and steadfast to attract investment­s, generate exports, and create employment for our country and the Filipino people,” noted Ms. Plaza.

Further, the director general said “We hope that coming 2021, we will be able to attract more foreign direct investment­s in the country, keep the PEZA brand of service renowned worldwide, and help the Philippine economy bounce back and even become a self-reliant, self-sustaining, and resource-generating investment haven in Asia.”

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