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PEZA assures full support and assistance to keep industry operations in ecozones and health safety compliance for workers

PEZA assures full support and assistance to keep industry operations in ecozones and health safety compliance for workers
March 20, 2020
PEZA assures full support and assistance to keep industry operations in ecozones and health safety compliance for workers

20 March 2020 (Friday)
 

Taguig City –Working in accordance with the Luzon-wide lockdown that President Rodrigo Duterte promulgated since March 16, the majority of Philippine Economic Zone Authority’s (PEZA) ecozones and registered-companies continue to adapt and operate under various work schemes to ensure business continuity while at the same time observing health measures and guidelines. 
 

PEZA Director General Charito “Ching” Plaza said that “Since the earlier quarantine took effect, PEZA has been cooperating and liaising with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to bring forth the concerns of workers and locators alike amidst the ‘enhanced community quarantine’.”

Plaza pointed out that “PEZA is the biggest contributor to export income on commodities (68%), to export services income (84%), and it has an estimated eight million of combined direct and indirect jobs created. We are mindful that 80% of PEZA investments are from foreign investors while 20% are Filipino-owned export-oriented companies.”

Currently, PEZA has a total of 3,529 locators in Luzon with 1,226,750 employees in Regions 1 to 5, in CAR and in NCR.

So with the aim toensure both safety of workers and business continuity, Plaza said that PEZA is closely coordinating with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and various LGUs.

IATF’s response to PEZA
In response to PEZA’s request, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, during the March 17 press briefing of the IATF-EID in Malacañang, directed the PNP to allow unimpeded movement of all types of cargoes, with proper inspection.

On his part, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello also encouraged BPO establishments and export-oriented businesses to facilitate work-from-home arrangements or temporary housing provision for their employees who will be coming in to maintain a skeletal work-force.

Plaza explained that “this is our way to assist our exporters and locators in this critical period. We assure that social distancing measures, as pronounced, will be strictly implemented and monitored in all of PEZA’s ecozones.”