4 March 2020 (Wednesday)
Quezon City – Taking the next step in plans to revolutionize the country, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) officials and employees have started to undergo ecozones planning and management trainings under the University of the Philippines’ School of Urban and Regional Planning (UP-SURP).
PEZA Director General Charito B. Plaza stated that “the trainings aim to have a common knowledge understanding in creating different economic zones and building townships in the country.”
As agreed upon by both parties last 7 October 2019, the trainings, which shall run for 10 days starting from March 2 to 6 then on March 16 to 20, seek to enable PEZA officers to address the need for more efficient and effective management of its resources and operations supportive of the development pursuit at the local, regional and national levels. The purpose of the academic and technical training is to provide an overview of urban and regional planning by laying down the theoretical foundations as well as legal and policy context of planning. It likewise introduces the participants to the Philippine planning system.
In addition, it provides discussion of the key areas of urban planning vis-à-vis the current state and challenges in local context necessary in building an understanding of the planning environment with emphasis on land use concerns. Ultimately, the program presents approaches, tools and key procedures on urban and regional planning in the local context.
Redesigning and re-master planning ecozones
In line with PEZA’s partnership with UP-SURP, the Authority also seeks to re-master plan and re-design its ecozones particularly its four ecozones: Baguio City Economic Zone (BCEZ), Mactan Economic Zone (MEZ), Cavite Economic Zone (CEZ), and Pampanga Economic Zone (PEZ). According to Plaza, “the public zones will serve as the models of PEZA’s new concept in recreating the once purely factories/industry parks into building eco-towns and eco-cities, with industrial, commercial, and residential areas.”
With these programs, the PEZA Chief noted that “It will achieve one of the new 10-point program and special projects’ goal to train and transform the Filipino workers into multi-knowledge, multi-skilled, rich human capital and world-class workers as the partnership seeks to create a pool of experts and specialists on ecozone planning designing to assist the LGUs and private sector in putting up ecozones and make the country attractive to investors.”
DG Plaza herself is a management specialist in the fields of business, public administration and in national and international security administration other than serving Congress for 12 years.
The PEZA Chief, thus, gives priority to education and training of PEZA employees, industry workers, the LGUs and the private sector and stakeholders of the economic zone program so, every Filipino citizen will be driven to help in industrializing the country and attain total development of the country.