PEZA ties up with Lapu-Lapu City to make it as Island Paradise of Investment Opportunities in PH amidst COVID Challenges
01 June 2021 (Tuesday)
Lapu-Lapu City – Upholding a disease-free and security-dynamic Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and Export Industries in Lapu-Lapu City, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) and the City Government of Lapu-Lapu (CGL) has sealed the initiative to provide for free vaccine against COVID-19 for the economic zone administration personnel and the workforce of the various export industries at the Mactan Economic Zones (MEZ).
PEZA Director General Charito ‘Ching’ Plaza has emphasized the significance of attaining a COVID-free workforce of the export industries as an integral component in preparing the post-pandemic economic recovery platform for Lapu-Lapu, Cebu and the Visayas.
“The vaccination of our ecozone employees is one best way PEZA can contribute to the attainment of herd immunity, which will accelerate the country's full reopening of the economy and transition to the new normal,” noted Plaza.
With this, the Lapu-Lapu City LGU, under the stewardship of Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan, has pledged to provide and host for free inoculation of vaccine against COVID-19 for the said workforce and sector are said to be the most socially relevant cause during this period.
Both Director General Plaza and City Mayor Chan describe the workforce of export industries as the “economic frontliners”. It means the latter are maintaining their call of duty to continue to work for export-earning enterprises, despite that many local industries suspended their operations. Economic frontliners strive to foster business resiliency and continue promoting the city and the province as haven of export-based investments.
PEZA Director General Charito ‘Ching’ Plaza with Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard ‘Ahong’ Chan during the DG’s visit to Cebu.
Furthermore, Director General Plaza, being a soldier and a public servant, in partnership with Mayor Chan, takes advantage of the current pandemic as an opportunity to train leaders and managers in the export industry sector to become crisis-oriented as key elements in building institutional machinery for economic resiliency for a better normal.
“As we continue to live under this new normal setting, let us unite in creating avenues to retain and even attract more investors to locate in the country, specifically in the countryside, and help the country bounce back to its vibrant economy once again while protecting both the health of our people and the businesses,” said Plaza.