29 September 2020 (Tuesday)
Baguio City – The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), through the Baguio City Economic Zone (BCEZ), has inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc. (AFI) for the benefit of the foundation’s Bantay Kalikasan Bantay Baterya, Langis and WEEE Recovery Project and PEZA’s goals to promote green, healthy, and sustainable economic zones in Baguio last Friday, September 25, 2020.
According to PEZA Director General Charito B. Plaza, “PEZA welcomes partnerships that promote the goal of environment-friendly industrialization anchored on creating different types of economic zones that are green, healthy, sustainable, and smart.”
“PEZA, through the leadership of Director General Plaza, has been sincerely promoting sustainability, resiliency, green, healthy, and smart town economic zones. To this end, we can help our locators reduce operational costs, in still sense of responsibility, enhance commitment to environmental protection and ensure compliance to environmental issuances,” noted PEZA BCEZ Deputy Zone Administrator Allan Datahan.
Further, Plaza noted that “PEZA targets the implementation of environmental, health, and safety programs that seeks to provide a globally competitive and sustainable business environment for investors.”
BCEZ Recyclable Collection Event
To show solidarity to AFI’s environmental programs, PEZA has also conducted the first-ever Recyclable Collection Event (RCE) in BCEZ where participants can donate recyclables waste with economic value. The said event is also to commemorate the World Environmental Health Day 2020.
The RCE is a joint collaboration by PEZA-BCEZ with its locators, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) - CAR, City Government of Baguio, ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya, and Partner Temporary Storage and Disposal (TSD) Facilities, transporters, and haulers.
“I congratulate PEZA for organizing such a wonderful event (…) PEZA has been a long-time partner in environmental protection (…) and I am proud to announce that PEZA had been compliant to all environmental rules and regulations,” said DENR-EMB CAR Regional Director Ms. Ma. Victoria Abrera.
Abrera hopes that the program will be emulated in other provinces and in all the regions. “With our collaborative efforts, we are assured of a sustainable future. Just as we move to heal as one at the time of pandemic, we must also remember to work as one in the name of environmental health (…) lagi nating tatandaan: Ako, Ikaw, Tayo ang kalikasan.”
Revolution Smoke-Free campaign
Aside from this project, PEZA has been collaborating with the Department of Health (DOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Philippines in promoting green, healthy, sustainable, and smart ecozones.
Since 2018, PEZA, DOH, and WHO Philippines have been closely partnering for the progressive implementation of the ‘Revolution Smoke-Free’ campaign in BCEZ and thereafter replicated in all PEZA ecozones.
Hon. Joel Alison Alangsab, the Baguio City and Chairman Committee on Health and Sanitation, Ecology, and Environmental Protection, thanked PEZA for its sincere dedication to protect the environment and help the City of Baguio. “I will keep on saying thank you to PEZA for doing [these programs] and we pray that PEZA will be able to extend [these programs] to the whole city of Baguio and its barangays.”
Likewise, AFI Managing Director Ms. Susan Afan praised PEZA for its efforts to boost the economy during these trying times. She stated, “In my humble opinion, PEZA is one of the best and one of the most effective government initiatives through the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) because it helps promote investments, encourages export-oriented manufacturing and services which also helps boost our economy. Our economy right now needs this boost more than ever especially during these trying times of COVID.”
“PEZA would like to express its sincerest gratitude for the continued support of organizations like the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc., DOH, and WHO Philippines in our goal to create and promote green, healthy, sustainable, and smart ecozones,” said the PEZA Chief.
“Amidst the pandemic and its underlying uncertainties, PEZA aims to transform all of its economic zones as environmental and resilient zones. Let us continue to attain our goal to revolutionize the Philippines through the creation of different types of ecozones,” said Plaza.