08 April 2020 (Wednesday)
Taguig City – In view of the extension of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to combat the worsening spread of COVID-19, Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Director General Charito “Ching” Plaza has vowed to help support and assist the National Government to cater to the needs of the export-oriented companies and the Filipino people.
“With the extension of the ECQ until April 30, we continue to help and support the Government in its efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. So as not to cripple the economy, PEZA remains true to its mandate and attain PEZA’s overall goal of business continuity during this period,” said Plaza.
The Director General added that “PEZA will continue to work with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) and other government agencies to address the issue and be part of the solution.”
“PEZA’s first memo providing assistance and emergency relief in the processing of permits instead of LOAs has been acknowledged by the Congress and the oversight report and made basis in the final “Bayanihan to Heal As One Act” (RA 11469) to be enforced by the GOCCs and export oriented companies,” said Plaza.
Further, the PEZA Chief explained, “We will continue to assist our companies and monitor the status of operations and their compliance to quarantine measures as we gather their requests and suggestions on PEZA assistance and reprieves. We pledge to do our best to support everyone in any way we can.”
Plaza assured its companies that all the guidelines and directives released by PEZA in the form of Memorandum Circulars will remain for the period of the extension. This backs Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles’ citation of one of the resolutions passed by the IATF on Monday. “Provided, that all exemptions granted by the Office of the President or the IATF shall continue to be in effect for the duration of the extended ECQ.”
“Any changes or developments on PEZA’s directives will be released officially through the Zone Administrators/Managers and will be posted on our website respectively,” noted the Director General. PEZA has earlier warned against faked or falsified advisories allegedly issued by the agency, saying its legitimate issuances are posted in the agency’s website.
On Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte has adapted the recommendation of the IATF-EID to extend the Luzon-wide ECQ until April 30 in hopes to contain the increasing number of COVID-19 cases.