THE Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) will soon launch a new program called “Balikatan sa Negosyo at Trabaho” to help ecozone locators connect with each other to ensure local supply.
Peza Director General Charito Plaza said this will help locators survive even if there will be raw material and service disruptions.
“I am asking all our locators to help each other by supporting each other’s products and services,” she said.
Plaza cited, for example, throwing in support for JPark Island Resort and Waterpark, which is part of Peza’s tourism economic zone.
“I requested our locators that whenever they have events and activities, to support JPark so everyone can survive. We call that an indirect or constructive export when you sell your products and services to fellow locators,” she said.
The tourism sector is one of the sectors that has been badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, Plaza said Peza has recently appealed to the government’s Covid-19 task force to include ecozone workers in the A4 priority group for Covid-19 vaccination.
In a letter to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases head Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. dated April 23, 2021, Plaza explained that “Peza-registered companies, ecozone and industry workers are considered frontline workers as they have continued working to ensure the unhampered service to contribute to the global supply chain.”
Under the government’s vaccination program priority list, the A4 category is the group of frontline personnel in essential sectors, which has now been expanded to include additional sectors like the transportation workers, market vendors, religious leaders, overseas Filipino workers and members of the press. (JOB)