23 November 2021 (Tuesday)
Pasay City – Celebrating 26 years this 2021 as the leading export-oriented investment promotion agency (IPA) in the country, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) is gearing up to host its annual Investors’ Recognition Day on 25 November, Thursday at PEZA Head Office in Pasay City.
The theme of the event is “PEZA soaring high: Making Philippines as an investment haven in Asia; Thinking Global and Acting Local; Galing Pinas”.
PEZA Director General Charito B. Plaza said, “For almost two years of battling with the COVID-19 and the challenges it has brought to our nation and to the world, I am proud that PEZA maintains its brand of excellence and we continue to perform our mandate of attracting new investments, fortifying and creating new partnerships and innovations, and making big contributions to our country’s economy.”
“It is also a great honor to recognize and give toast to our ecozone locators, developer-operators, and registered enterprises for their valuable and immense contributions in the economic by continuing operations, providing jobs to Filipinos, and export income to the country. Together, we overcome challenges during this pandemic,” added the PEZA Chief.
Nordic Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc. (NORDCHAM) President Bo Lundqvist, Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation, Inc. (SEIPI) Dr. Danilo C. Lachica, and the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) President Henry Lim Bon Liong are just some of the principals who will grace the series of events particularly on the Investors’ Recognition Day.
This year’s Investors’ Recognition Day, the PEZA Director General will deliver her State of the PEZA Address (SOPA). After this, the agency will grant 58 export-oriented companies with the following award categories: Outstanding Exporter, Outstanding Employer, Outstanding Community Projects, Outstanding Environmental Performance, COVID-19 Response Award, Galing Pinas! Award, Hall of Fame Award, and Billionaires Award. In the SOPA, the PEZA Chief will update all stakeholders about the latest performance and plans of PEZA in the present and coming years.
PEZA’s Award Categories to Honor Investors
The Outstanding Exporter Award is given to locators that has accomplished outstanding performance in exports and is a good corporate citizen while the Outstanding Employer Award is awarded to companies that generated the most number of jobs, held high regard for the welfare of its workers, and maintained harmony between labor and management.
For the Outstanding Community Project Award, it will be granted to locators or developers that has strengthened its relationship with the community through meaningful corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects like scholarship programs, free medical and dental services, tree planting, gift giving, or similar pro-community projects.
Locators that institutionalized its environmental management system, complied with environmental regulations, and fostered partnership between the government and the industry in caring for the environment while simultaneously sustaining economic growth will be awarded the Outstanding
Environmental Performers Award.
Meanwhile, the Hall of Fame Award is awarded to three-time winners of the Outstanding Exporter, Outstanding Employer, Outstanding Community Project and Outstanding Environmental Performer Awards.
The Billionaires Award is awarded to a company that exports at least US$2.5 Billion in any given year.
Further, the COVID-19 Response Award is bestowed to PEZA-registered enterprises and economic zone developer-operators who have successfully established policies and programs to avert the spread of the virus in the workplace.
PEZA’s launching of special projects
Under the Transformation Road Map, PEZA is set to launch and present nine (9) of its special projects in its relentless efforts to aggressively innovate, revolutionize the Agency, and further improve efficiency factors and ease of doing in the Philippines.
Prior to the Investors’ Recognition Day on Thursday, PEZA will officially launch the first 1,000 hardcopies of its Coffee Table Book (CTB) entitled, “Philippine Economic Zones: An Investment Haven in Asia. Galing Pinas, Galing Pinas!” on 23 November, Tuesday. The successful book publication is in partnership with the Seagull Philippines, Inc. led by Author Maria Rosa ‘Bing’ Carrion MNSA, PhD.
A back-to-back Global Biz Forum with PEZA will also take place to feature and discuss investment opportunities in the Philippines with Korean investors on 23 November today in the morning prior to the CTB launching in the afternoon. Another Global Biz will focus on Taiwanese investors the next day, 24 November.
On the day of the Investors’ Recognition Day, PEZA will launch its new logo and flag inspired with the “thinking global, acting local” worldview and the Agency’s unceasing goal for a strong and vibrant economy and full industrialization through its economic zones.
Likewise, PEZA will introduce its latest and modified agency website as well as showcase a glimpse of PEZA’s electronic payment and collection system in partnership with MYEG Philippines. These initiatives aim to adapt to new technological heights, provide the ease of doing business, and fulfill PEZA’s one-stop and non-stop shop operations in its ecozones.
PEZA will also unveil the iconic Innovator Man Statue which shall represent the Agency’s continuous innovations for 26 years and beyond, and its strategic adaptation in a fast-paced environment to attain total economic growth in the country.
In line with the recent Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) with the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to reduce the processing and approval time of PEZA-Visa (PV) issuance and with the recent Groundbreaking Ceremony for the establishment of the new balanghai-inspired PEZA Headquarters building, Director General Plaza will deliver updates and brief overview on the current progress of these projects.
The awarding ceremony and the launching of PEZA’s special projects will take place on 25 November 2021 Thursday, 1:00 PM PST at the PEZA Head Office Auditorium. In adherence to IATF protocols for Alert Level 2 in Metro Manila and maintain public health standards, limited honorees and guests will be observed.