20 March 2020 (Friday)
Taguig City – PEZA authorized work-from-home arrangement for all of its IT/BPO enterprises, processing of applications, and other permits via online, and virtual inspection of goods.
However, specifically for the Cavite Economic Zone (CEZ), which is one of the biggest public economic zone operated by PEZA, the PEZA Head Office upon the recommendation of its Zone Administrator, suspended operations since March 19, 2020, on all the business establishments in the CEZ until further notice under CEZ Memorandum Circular no. 2020-013. This is due to the increasing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and PUIs/PUMs in the area.
CEZ has a total of 439 companies or locators registered there which employ a total of 68,058 employees.
In a statement, Plaza declares that “PEZA values the health and safety of its locators and workers as well as its surrounding communities and supports the government’s effort in trying to stop the spread of this virus. Thus, companies may opt to keep a skeletal workforce for basic admin, maintenance and security. Employees who will come in will need approval from their Zone Administrator and will be required to wear a face mask and undergo thermal scanning.”
For other ecozones that are not suspending its operations, “PEZA workers are given unhindered passage through the provision of PEZA stickers on industry cargoes and shuttle buses for workers. Social distancing and thermal scanning are being implemented on all vehicles. Facial masks are also required for their employees when going to work. Big companies have also adapted the work-from-home scheme and provided housing for their skeletal workforce who will need to come in,” said the PEZA Chief.
With these latest developments, Plaza called on the united efforts of its Zone Administrators, Zone Managers, and employees to ensure the safety and welfare of both its workers and clients. “As much as we remain true to our mandate for the country, we also need to do our part to become a cure at this point in time.”
Plaza noted that “PEZA’s exporters as global market driven are most vulnerable to world trade and military wards, local and global disasters or calamity like the coronavirus (COVID-19) that spread worldwide, amongst others.”