ANFLO PEZA Zone a come on to investors
The Mindanao Daily Mirror
By Maya M. Padillo
The 63-hectare Anflo Industrial Estate (AIE) of the Anflo Management and Investment Corporation (ANFLOCOR) in San Vicente, Panabo City is seen to lure more investors to locate in Davao Region.
The AIE is designed to serve agro-industrial and light manufacturing companies.
Speaking at the AIE’s groundbreaking yesterday, Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Director General Lilia De Lima said the project will be a magnet for companies to come here so they won’t have to think about trucking and the logistics cost.
“The advantage of the PEZA here is that the port is just there. The difficulty for manufacturing, we cannot just do that because you need the facilities and infrastructure. You need to be close to the port, need to have good roads, etc. but here the port is just there,” De Lima said.
De Lima said AIE will be good for local agriculture. “Example if they need certain production not all of these can be taken from the Floirendo farms they will need also from the others. And the locators might want to produce or process kinds of vegetables and fruits that are not available here yet,” De Lima said.
NFLOCOR President and CEO Anthony Alexander Valoria in an interview cited as an example the export of dressed chicken to Japan and Korea from the Philippines because it is the only country that is avian flu-free.
“These represent an opportunity for the poultry industry to set up their operations here,’ Valoria said.
De Lima said, this is timely because in December 19, 2014 the Philippines was given a GSP (Generalized Scheme of Preferences) Plus status by the European Union (EU) which means some 6,247 products coming from the Philippines will have no tariffs.
“Only the Philippines and Pakistan in the whole of Asia and we have to take advantage of that which will be good for the next 10 years and I’m sure that export products can be included in the no tariff,” she said.
De Lima said the establishment of AIE will make Panabo become like the Calabarzon, a once laid back area that is already bustling with people and business.
“When you have your own job and salary what else to you need housing. High-end, middle, low cost housing is proliferating and I can imagine it happening in this area,” she said.
De Lima added that there is a need to build more agri-industrial facilities as these can provide more jobs. She said those who cannot even graduate Grade 6 but for as long as they have willing hands to work they can find jobs in agri-industrial sector.
She added that 30 million Filipinos have benefited from the presence of PEZA zones in relation to jobs generation.
Valoria said when they were doing some initial assumption of a fully functional park that can create about 4,000 to 5,000 jobs and they are estimating roughly about P10 billion investments from different locators.
Valoria said that in today’s global competitiveness one needs to be an agri-industrial operator.
Ricardo Lagdameo, vice president Damosa Land, Inc. and Anflo Industrial Estate Corporation, said that from the 63 hectares they have registered, 53 hectares are with PEZA. He said an estimate of about 60 lots will be available for sale or lease with an average size of about 4,000 to 5,000 square meters and will cater to mini agro-industrial companies especially those for export and use facilities of DICT which is a walking distance from the said zone.
Lagdameo said there will be continuous power, availability of water, 24 hour security when the park is operational. He said when the park gets a certain level of occupancy PEZA will also put up an office in the said zone to cater the locators in the park. The biggest locator is the Davao Industrial Container Terminal (DICT) that has acquired nine hectares.
The P1billion AIE project is only operating on the first phase of the development, which is targeted for completion in two years.
Lagdameo said right now they started selling the first phase which has about 20 available parcels.
“We already have commitment for about two hectares which is about four parcels and industrial states will be putting up their own warehouses in the zone,” he said.